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Biophotonics, Novel Sensing, and Advanced Imaging
Session chair: Parsin H. Reza, University of Waterloo (Canada)
Session co-chairs: 
Shuo Tang, UBC (Canada)
Christian Davila, Senior Systems Engineer, Path Lab Research and Early Development, Roche Diagnostics Solutions (USA)
Kamran Avanaki, University of Illinois Chicago (USA)
This session provides a forum to present and discuss theory, design, fabrication, instrumentation, and applications in the areas of biophotonics, novel sensing, and advanced imaging. Topics in biophotonics include but are not limited to biomedical optical sensing/imaging technologies, image-guided drug delivery, brain imaging, clinical systems and applications, image-guided surgery, bio-inspired optics, and novel optical technologies for diagnosis and treatment. Novel sensing encompasses a range of rapidly advancing technologies that include but are not limited to fiber-optic and optical waveguide techniques, micromechanical oscillators, microcavity resonators, laser-based sensors, novel molecular probe design, nanoparticles and fluorescent markers, optofluidics, lab-on-a-chip, and small-footprint devices. This session also encourages submissions relating to all types of optical imaging technologies for diverse applications. Topics include but are not limited to 3D imaging, AR/VR, wearable display, image processing, computational imaging/spectroscopy, tomographic imaging, holography, high-dimensional imaging, multi-modal imaging, and advanced microscopy.
Keynote Speakers: 
  1. Ruikang Wang, University of Washington (USA)
    Abstract title: Optical coherence tomography angiography and its biomedical applications
  2. Chris Freudiger, Invenio Imaging Inc. (USA)
    Abstract title: Development and Clinical Translation of Stimulated Raman Histology (SRH)
Invite Speakers: 
  1. Chengbo Liu, Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
    Abstract title: High Performance Photoacoustic Microscopy based on Miniature Ultrasound Transducer
  2. Song Hu, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)
    Abstract title: Light + Sound: Peering into Brain Function and Metabolism across Scales
  3. Shawn (Liangzhong) Xiang, University of California, Irvine (USA)
    Abstract title: X-ray induced acoustic computed tomography (XACT)
  4. Deepak Dinakaran, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Canada)
    Abstract title: Augmenting Tumour Ablation with Radiation-activated Photodynamic Therapy (radioPDT) for Precision-guided Radiotherapy
  5. Jianan Qu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
    Abstract title: Adaptive Optics Multiphoton Microscopy for Neuroscience Research
  6. Xunbin Wei, Peking University (China (People's Republic of))
    Abstract title: Monitoring circulating melanoma cells by in vivo photoacoustic flow cytometry  
  7. Liang Gao, UCLA (USA)
    Abstract title: Computational fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy  
  8. Jun Xia, University at Buffalo (USA)    
    Abstract title: Deep-learning-enhanced translation photoacoustic imaging
  9. Jesse Jokerst, University of California, San Diego (USA)
    Abstract title: Engineering Health with Photoacoustic Imaging: Updates in Wound Care, Oral Health, and Contrast Agents
  10. Xincheng Yao, University of Illinois Chicago (USA)
    Abstract title: Advancing Teleophthalmology: Developing Affordable, Portable Widefield Fundus Cameras for Multispectral Chorioretinal Imaging  
  11. Guan Xu, University of Michigan (USA)
    Abstract title: Understanding the roles of distal vasculature and perilimbal sclera in intraocular pressure regulation
  12. Yoshiaki Yasuno, University of Tsukuba (Japan)  
    Abstract title: Computational contrast augmentation of optical coherence microscopy for label-free tissue function imaging
  13. Raymond Kozikowski, Pictor Labs, Inc. (USA)
    Abstract title: Disease biology insights using multiplexed and multi-omic tissue autofluorescence virtual staining methods
  14. Quincy Brown, Tulane University (USA)
    Abstract title: Gigascale Large Area Microscopy for Intraoperative Tumor Margin Detection
  15. Mike Bishop, illumiSonics (Canada)
    Abstract title: Development of a Photon Absorption Remote Sensing Advanced Imaging Device for Life Science Research
  16. Aydogan Oscan, UCLA (USA)
    Abstract title: Virtual Staining of Label-free Tissue Using Deep Learning
  17. Samantha Grist, The University of British Columbia (Canada)
    Abstract title: Towards robust, portable, point-of-need diagnostics using silicon photonic biosensors
  18. Christian Davila, Senior Systems Engineer, Path Lab Research and Early Development, Roche Diagnostics Solutions (USA)
    Abstract title: Digital analysis of the prostate tumor microenvironment with high-order chromogenic multiplexing
Green Photonics, Energy, and Related Technologies
Session chair: Sharif Sadaf, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)-Université du Québec (Canada)
Session co-chairs: 
Xihua Wang, University of Alberta (Canada)
Hieu P. T. Nguyen, Texas Tech University (USA)
Efficient utilization of light, both natural and artificial, is an essential goal of photonics technology. This session investigates photovoltaics and photonics applications in energy efficiency and manufacturing. Paper with novel results in the following topics will be considered: Materials, Characterization techniques, Numerical modeling, Advanced light management and spectral shaping, Devices including photovoltaics, LEDs, power converters, low power sensors, fuels generation, System architectures, Solar resource, and economics models, Converged bidirectional power and data and Agricultural adaptations.
Keynote Speakers: 
  1. Pei-Cheng Ku, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan (USA)
    Abstract title: GaN LEDs for Environmental Sensing
Invited Speakers: 
  1. Shamsul Arafin, Ohio State University (USA)
    Abstract title: Recent Progress of Electrically-Pumped AlGaN UV'A Lasers with Transparent Tunnel Junctions
  2. Gzregorz Muziol, Institute of High Pressure Physics Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
    Abstract title: Wide quantum well structures based on InGaN: interplay between extreme quantum-confined Stark effect and high efficiency
  3. Makhsud Saidaminov, University of Victoria (Canada)
    Abstract title: Perovskite Photovoltaics: Performance, Upscaling, and Reliability
  4. Cristina Cordoba, University of Victoria (Canada)
    Abstract title: Green Energy from Semiconductor Nanowires and 2D Materials
  5. Karthik Shankar, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Abstract title: Carbon Nitride (CN) Nanosheets and Doped CN Nanoparticles for Photovoltaics, Solar Fuels and Sensing
  6. Jerome Claverie, Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)
    Abstract title: Hollow Titanium Dioxide and Titanium Nitride Nanospheres: Absorption, Scattering and LSPR at work for Photocatalytic H2 Production
  7. Xiaohang Li, KAUST (Saudi Arabia)
    Abstract title: TBD
  8. Paul Simmonds, Tufts University (USA)
    Abstract title: Tensile-strained InGaAs quantum dot light sources for mid-IR environmental monitoring
  9. Carlo De Santi, University of Padova (Italy)
    Abstract title: Physical processes leading to the degradation of UV-C LEDs and their modeling by defect reactions and numerical simulations
  10. Md Golam Kibria, University of Calgary (Canada)
    Abstract title: Energy-Efficient Photo-Electrochemical CO2 Electrolysis to Produce Feedstock Chemicals and Fuels
High Power Laser Technology, Ultrafast Optics, and Applications
Session chair: Arkady Major, University of Manitoba (Canada)
Session co-chairs: 
Bernd Witzel, Université Laval (Canada)           
Shawn Sederberg, Simon Fraser University (Canada)           
This session will provide a forum to present and explore recent developments in the areas of high power laser technology, ultrafast optics, and applications. Topics include, but are not limited to, the foll owing areas: advances in laser sources; ultrafast solid-state, fiber, waveguide, and semiconductor laser sources; nonlinear frequency conversion; high peak power lasers and amplification technologies; high-intensity laser-matter interactions; laser-based XUV and X-ray sources; applications of novel short wavelength sources; laser-based particle acceleration; attosecond science; high harmonic generation; relativistic nonlinear phenomena; intense pulse propagation; sources of THz radiation; THz spectroscopy, sensing, and imaging; new THz measurement techniques; THz nonlinear optics; ultrafast devices, systems, and measurement techniques; applications of ultrafast technology.
Invited Speakers: 
  1.  Vyacheslav E. Leshchenko, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (USA)
    Abstract title: High-power mid-IR and LWIR optical sources for strong-field and attosecond studies
  2. Brett Carnio, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Abstract title: Difference frequency generation and electro-optic sampling of mid-infrared electric field pulses using highly nonlinear crystals
  3. Peter R. Herman, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Abstract title: Ultrafast laser beam shaping – filaments and light sheets for engineering periodic diffractive structure in bulk and fibre glasses
  4. Noah Flemens, Stanford University (USA)
    Abstract title: All Over the Spectrum: Generation and Shaping of Broadband Light with Ultrafast Adiabatic Frequency Conversion
  5. TJ Hammond, University of Windsor (Canada)
    Abstract title: Supercontinuum amplification by Kerr instability
  6. Arthur Mills, University of British Columbia (Canada)
    Abstract title: Advancing TR-ARPES and the role of high power ultrafast laser development 
  7. Marcus Ossiander, Graz University of Technology, Austria & Harvard University (USA)
    Abstract title: Metaoptics for the Extreme-UV
  8. Kamalesh Jana, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Abstract title: Flying Doughnut Pulses for Isolated Terahertz Magnetic Fields
  9. Giulio Vampa, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Abstract title: Control of high-harmonic beams with nanostructured surfaces
  10. Jiro Itatani, Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo (Japan)
    Abstract title: Intense Infrared Sources for High Harmonic Generation in Gases, Solids, and Liquids
  11. Shima Gholam Mirzaeimoghadar, University of Ottawa/National Research Council of Canada (Canada)
    Abstract title: High Harmonic Generation from Metals
  12. Ravi Bhardwaj, Department of Physics, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Abstract title: Probing chiral systems with intense light pulses
Nonlinear Optics, Nanophotonics, and Plasmonics

Session chair: Pablo Bianucci, Concordia University (Canada)

Session co-chair: 
Jayshri Sabarinathan, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Mengjie Yu, University of Southern California (USA)
This session aims at giving an overview on recent trends and achievements in nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, and plasmonics, with a particular emphasis on fundamental nonlinear radiation-matter interactions, practical applications of nonlinear spectroscopy, integrated nonlinear optical devices, deep-subwavelength investigations, nanostructures, and nanomaterials for photonics, nanoplasmonic systems, metasurfaces, and metamaterials. We encourage the submission of abstracts that are related to one or more of the above topics.
Keynote Speaker: 
  1. Dawn Tan, Singapore University of Technology and Design (Singapore)
    Abstract title: Bragg soliton dynamics on an ultra-silicon-rich nitride chip
  2. Andrea Blanco-Redondo, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida (USA)
    Abstract title: Programmable topological photonics
Invited Speakers: 
  1. Tara Drake, University of New Mexico (USA)
    Abstract title: Microresonator Optical Frequency Combs: thermal noise, precision, and progress toward low-noise signals and optical clockwork
  2. Natalia do Carmo Carvalho, University of Calgary (Canada)
    Abstract title: Probing High-Temperature Annealing Effects on Diamond Optical Microcavities
  3. Chao Xiang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
    Abstract title: Progress in heterogeneous laser integration in silicon photonics
  4. Kai Wang, McGill University (Canada)
    Abstract title: Non-Hermitian swallowtail degeneracy in squeezed states of light
  5. Vien Van, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Abstract title: Floquet topological photonics with microring lattices
  6. Bherad Gholipour, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Abstract title: Tuning broadband volatile and non-volatile transitions in nanostructured phase change and photo-ionic chalcogenide metacoatings
  7. John Davis, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Abstract title: Yittrium iron garnet photonic crystals for cavity magnomechanics
  8. Alizera Marandi, California Institute of Technology (USA)
    Abstract title: Ultrafast Quadratic Nonlinear Nanophotonics: From Superior Components to Advanced Circuits
  9. Shabir Bazrajaneh, University of Calgary (Canada)
    Abstract title: Nonclassical Emission from a topological Floquet resonance
  10. Monica Trejo-Duran, Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico)
    Abstract title: Nanoparticles Silver phototransformation
  11. Hamed Majedi, University of Waterloo (Canada)
    Abstract title: Optomagnetism in Two-Dimensional Dirac Materials
  12. Nasim Mohammadi Estakhri, Chapman University (USA)
    Abstract title: Near-field Hot Spots Using Patterned Metasurfaces
  13. Amir Safavi-Naeini,  Stanford University (or a senior postdoc) (USA)
    Abstract title: TBD
  14. Zaijun Chen, University of Souther California (USA)
    Abstract title: TBD
Semiconductor Photonics
Session chair: Winnie Ye, Carleton University (Canada)
Session co-chair: Jens Schmid, NRC (Canada)
The goal of this session is to provide an overview of recent achievements and trends on optical communications, involving theoretical and experimental advances from the component and device level to the system application level. Both short and long-haul communication platforms will be considered. The central interest of the session is on envisioned technologies and strategies aimed at increasing the performance capabilities of available broadband communication platforms. Topics of interest in optical communications include innovative optical multiplexing strategies, such as space-domain multiplexing combined with time-domain or/and frequency-domain multiplexing techniques, advanced optical modulation formats, coherent communication strategies, digital-signal processing methods for pre- and post-compensation of linear and nonlinear impairments,  and linear and nonlinear photonic technologies for communication applications, such as integrated-waveguide (e.g., silicon photonic) technologies.
Keynote Speakers: 
  1. Hon Ki Tsang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Abstract title: Silicon Photonics for High-Capacity Optical Interconnects
  2. Daniele Melati, CNRS/Universite Paris-Saclay (France)
    Abstract title: Metamaterial integrated photonics

Invited Speakers: 

  1. Amr S. Helmy, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Abstract title: Ushering in New Peak Power and Pulse Width Frontiers using Bragg Lasers
  2. Zhenguo Lu, Quantum and Nanotechnologies Research Centre, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
    Abstract title: Quantum dot laser and amplifier enabled converged optical and wireless access network systems
  3. Jonathan Bradley, McMaster University (Canada)
    Abstract title: Hybrid tellurite glass-silicon devices for photonic integrated circuits
  4. Ahmad Atieh, Optiwave Systems Inc. (Canada)
    Abstract title: Implementing a PIC Using Commercial PDKs for Optoelectronic Oscillator Comb Laser Generator
  5. Lais Fujii dos Santos, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Abstract title: Exploring nonlinear effects in InP/InGaAsP platform in the telecom range
  6. David Bitauld, III-V Lab / Nokia Bell Labs (France)
    Abstract title: Addressing the challenges of future telecommunication networks with advanced photonic integration technologies
  7. Zachary Vernon, Xanadu Quantum Technologies Inc (Canada)
    Abstract title: Fault-tolerant photonic quantum computing with GKP qubits
  8. Weidong Zhou, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) (USA)
    Abstract title: Recent Advanced in High Power PCSELs
  9. Giovanni Finocchio, University of Messina (Italy)
    Abstract title: Probabilistic computing: A new opportunity for semiconductor photonics
  10. Ksenia Yadav, Enablence Technologies (Canada)
    Abstract title: Accelerating design and enabling high-volume adoption of planar lightwave circuits through machine learning
  11. Carlos Alonso Ramos, C2N (France)
    Abstract title: Silicon nanostructures for nonlinear and optomechanical applications
  12. Jianhao Zhang, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
    Abstract title: Advanced designs of optical antennas and optical phased arrays
  13. Samuel Serna Otalvaro, Bridgewater State University (USA)
    Abstract title: Implementing advanced packaging schemes for enhanced optical coupling and nonlinear applications
Photonic Materials

Session chair: Tigran Galstian, Université Laval (Canada)

Session co-chairs: 
Kalaichelvi Saravanamuttu, McMaster University (Canada)           
Jean-Michel Nunzi, Queen's University (Canada)
Innovative photonic solutions often heavily rely on material properties of components used. The traditional approach was to choose those materials at relatively late stages of the design. However, many solutions may benefit from the “smart” design of optical materials keeping in mind their specific use. Multi-functional optical materials are the focus of our attention in this symposium. We would like to invite contributions describing innovative photonic devices with particularly emphasized role of photonic materials used as well as innovative multifunctional photonic materials that may enable new photonic devices. The symposium is also open for contributions describing natural photonic materials and structures (since we have so much to learn from nature) as well as materials with potential use in biophotonics and biomedicine.

Invited Speakers: 

  1. Jyoti Yadav, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Abstract title: MoS2/WS2 heterostructure growth using Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD)
  2. Lionel Canioni, ICMCB - UMR 5026 CNRS Université de Bordeaux Bordeaux INP (France)
    Abstract title: Femtosecond laser 3D printing of integrated photonic architectures
Photonics and AI

Session chair: Antonio Calà Lesina, Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)

Session co-chairs: 
Stefanie Czischek, University of Ottawa (Canada)           
Sean Molesky, Polytechnique Montréal (Canada)
Ksenia Yadav, Enablence Technologies Inc. (Canada)
This session aims at giving an overview of how artificial intelligence (AI) intersects with photonics from two different perspectives:
(1) Using AI for photonics: application of artificial neural networks, deep learning, machine learning, genetic algorithms, automated reasoning, Bayesian approaches, big data, advanced optimization techniques for inverse design, and other AI paradigms to integrated optics, nanophotonics, remote sensing, spectroscopy, microscopy, quantum optics, computational imaging, quantum communication protocols, augmented and virtual reality, and other areas of photonics.
(2) Using photonics for AI: application of photonics technology for AI computing, such as analogic optical computing for AI, reservoir computing, photonic quantum machine learning, photonic hardware accelerators, neuromorphic computing, and photonics neural networks.
Keynote Speakers: 
  1. Jelena Vučković, Stanford University (USA)
    Abstract title: Unlocking the power of photonics through inverse design and heterogeneous integration
  2. Marin Soljačić, MIT (USA)     
    Abstract title: Novel photonic schemes for AI, and AI for band discovery
Invited Speakers: 
  1. Stephen Hughes, Queen's University (Canada)
    Abstract title: Efficient inverse design techniques for topological photonic crystal waveguides
  2. Arka Majumdar, University of Washington (USA)
    Abstract title: Meta-Optical Encoders for AI Accelerators
  3. Junsuk Rho, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) (South Korea)
    Abstract title: Inverse design and forward modelling in nanophotonics using deep-learning
  4. Aadhi Rahim, Queen's University (Canada)
    Abstract title: Neuromorphic Photonics for Real-time Signal Processing
  5. Tomah Sogabe, The University of Electro-Communications (Japan)
    Abstract title: AI-based Inverse design for targeting material property and device design
  6. Jonathan Fan, Stanford University (USA)
    Abstract title: Machine learning methods for designing and modeling photonic systems
  7. Liang Feng, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
    Abstract title: Lithography-Free Integrated Photonics for Reconfigurable Information Processing
  8. Wu Lin, Singapore University of Technology and Design (Singapore)
    Abstract title: Inverse designs from quantum nanophotonics to hybrid metadevices
  9. Sawyer Campbell, Penn State University (USA)
    Abstract title: Accelerated Optimization of Robust Nanophotonic Devices via Deep Learning
  10. Jens Niegemann, Ansys (Canada)
    Abstract title: Photonics design for AI/ML applications
  11. Yuri Grinberg, National Research Council (Canada)
    Abstract title: Dimensionality Reduction in Photonics Design - New Methods and Applications
Photonic Theory, Design, and Simulations
Session chair: Pavel Cheben, NRC (Canada)           
Session co-chair: Jonathan Bradley, McMaster University (Canada)
This session focuses on the physics, design, and simulations of optical and photonic structures, devices, and systems. It is intended to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas on optics, photonics and, optoelectronics theory, design, simulation and, verification techniques at different levels, including material properties, components, devices, systems, fabrication, and applications. The session covers a wide range of topics in photonic theory, simulation, and design, including: waveguide photonic bandgap engineering, microcavities, passive and active photonic devices, sensors, diffractive and subwavelength structures, integrated optical circuits for datacom, WDM, and coherent communication systems, light sources, photodetectors, modulators, amplifiers, wavelength converters, switches, couplers, resonators, filters, free-space optics, optical interconnects, optics for aerospace and defense, photonic design automation, manufacturing and verification tools, and novel algorithms and photonic CAD software for photonics and integration with electronics.
Keynote Speakers: 
  1. David Miller, Stanford University (USA)
    Abstract title: Finding and Counting Channels with Waves: Limits and Opportunities
  2. Graham Reed, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton (UK)
    Abstract title: A 300Gb/s single-channel silicon photonics modulator-driver combination
  3. Kerry Vahala, California Institute of Technology (USA)
    Abstract title: Next Generation Frequency Microcombs for Photonic Integration of Optical Frequency Division Systems
  4. Anu Agarwal, MIT (USA)
    Abstract title: FUTUR-IC: Research Solutions towards a Sustainable Microchip Manufacturing Industry
  5. Roberto Morandotti, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (Canada)
    Abstract title: Integrated devices for application in quantum optics and photonic machine learning
Invited Speakers: 
  1. Juan Diego Ania Castanon, CSIC (Spain)
    Abstract title: 20 years of ultralong fiber laser technology and its applications.
  2. Amr S. Helmy, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Abstract title: Non-Classical Optical Sources for Practical Quantum Sensing
  3. Daniele Melati, CNRS (France)
    Abstract title: Optimized metamaterial photonic devices for integrated and free-space applications
  4. Guifang Li, CREOL (USA)
    Abstract title: Fabrication and Testing of Optically-Pumped Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers
  5. Stewart Aitchison, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Abstract title: Optimization of Silicon Photonic Couplers, Y-junctions and Modulators
  6. Zindine Mokeddem, Centre de nanosciences et nanotechnologie (France)
    Abstract title: Polarization control devices in the silicon nitride platform for quantum applications
  7. Alejandro Ortega Monux, Universidad de Málaga (Spain)
    Abstract title: Cladding-modulated Integrated Bragg Gratings for Spectral Filtering
  8. Frank Setzpfandt, Friedrich Schiller University (Germany)
    Abstract title: Generation of entangled photon pairs in nanostructures
  9. M. Saad Bin-Alam, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
    Abstract title: Mie-resonant Huygens' metawaveguide structures
  10. Mohamed Swillam, The American University in Cairo (Egypt)
    Abstract title: Adjoint Variable Method Unleashed: A Journey into Rapid Inverse Design Strategies 
  11. Valerio Vitali, University of Pavia (Italy)
    Abstract title: Broadband Wavelength Conversion in Integrated Waveguides Based on Intermodal Four-Wave Mixing
  12. Thalia Dominguez Bucio, University of Southampton (UK)
    Abstract title: Monolithic integration for low power integrated photonics
  13. Wei Shi, Université Laval (Canada)
    Abstract title: Nonlinear Dynamics of Silicon Micro-Resonator Modulators
  14. Guangrui Xia, University of British Columbia (Canada)
    Abstract title: Recent Development in Bulk-Ge-based On-chip Light Emitters and VCSELs
  15. Jens Schmid, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
    Abstract title: TBD
  16. Lora Ramunno, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Abstract title: Modelling and design of complex light matter interactions on the nanoscale
  17. Sendy Phang, George Green Institute for Electromagnetics Research, University of Nottingham (UK)
    Abstract title: Photonic Reservoir Computing: Principles, Architectures and Applications for Sensing and Information Processing
  18. Mirwais Aktary, Applied Nanotools (Canada)
    Abstract title: Rapid Prototyping of Silicon and Silicon Nitride Photonic Integrated Circuits
  19. Neetesh Singh, DESY (Germany)
    Abstract title: Large-mode-area integrated photonics for high-power lasers and amplifiers
  20. Ahmed Abumazwed, CMC Microsystems (Canada) 
    Abstract title: Integrated devices for monolithic silicon photonics: simulation, measurement and statistical analysis
Quantum Light-Matter Interactions: Sensing, Communications, and Information Processing
Session chair: Benjamin Sussman, NRC (Canada)
Session co-chairs: 
Roman Krems, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Alicia Sit, NRC (Canada)
Considerable efforts are underway globally to employ fundamental aspects of quantum physics to develop quantum technologies. This session will bring together leading theoretical and experimental physicists to discuss the latest developments in various implementations of quantum applications using atoms, molecules, and photons. Concerning quantum communications, though the emphasis is on quantum key distribution, we welcome a diverse range of topics: from components (sources, detectors, memories, repeaters, integrated devices) to systems (fiber-based and free-space), from novel protocols to quantum hacking schemes to quantum measurements.
Keynote Speaker: 
  1. Kenji Ohmori, Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences (Japan)
    Abstract title: Ultrafast quantum computing with ultracold atom arrays at quantum speed limit
  2. Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa and University of Rochester (Canada)
    Abstract title: Sharper Images Through Quantum Imaging
Invited Speakers:
  1. Jeff Young, University of British Columbia (Canada)
    Abstract title: Cryogenic Plug-and-Play Integrated Quantum-Photonic Sources and Detectors
  2. Valery Milner, University of British Columbia (Canada)
    Abstract title: Rotational Control of Molecules and Rotons in Superfluid Helium
  3. Kero Lau, Simon Fraser University (Canada)
    Abstract title: Downloading many-qubit entangled state from many-mode continuous-variable entanglement
  4. Lindsay LeBlanc, Department of Physics, University of Alberta (Canada)
    Abstract title: Holonomic quantum state control in ultracold atoms
  5. Faezeh Kimiaee Asadi, University of Calgary (Canada)
    Abstract title: Photons and spins in quantum technology and quantum biology
  6. Erika Janitz, University of Calgary (Canada)
    Abstract title: Quantum Sensing with Diamond Defects
  7. Norbert Lutkenhaus, University of Waterloo (Canada)
    Abstract title: How to link Quantum Key Distribution experiments to a solid security analysis
  8. Guillaume Thekkadath, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
    Abstract title: Observation of a group delay in high-gain parametric down-conversion
  9. Amr S. Helmy, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Abstract title: Quantum Inspired LiDAR
  10. Kimberely Hall, Dalhousie University (Canada)
    Abstract title: Chirped Laser Driving of Quantum Emitters for Multiplexing in Quantum Networks
  11. Hugo Larocque, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
    Abstract title: Programmable Interactions between Optical Fields and Atom-like Systems in Integrated Circuits
  12. Luis Sanchez-Soto, Universidad Complutense (Spain)
    Abstract title: Superresolution in time and frequency
  13. Youn Seok Lee, Photonic Inc. (Canada)
    Abstract title: Quantum information processing based on silicon T centres
  14. Ignacio Franco, University of Rochester (USA)
    Abstract title: Light-field control of real and virtual charge carriers
  15. Lukas Chrostowski, University of British Columbia (Canada)
    Abstract title: TBD
  16. Ebrahim Karimi, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    Abstract title: Recent Progress of Structured Photons: From Fundamental Research to Quantum Information Processing
  17. Paul Barclay, University of Calgary (Canada)
    Abstract title: Diamond photonic crystals: from X-band optomechanics to nonlinear optics
  18. Thomas Baker, Department of Physics & Astronomy; Department of Chemistry; Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technologies, University of Victoria (Canada)
    Abstract title: Dynamical measurements on the matrix product state
  19. Daniel Oblak, University of Calgary (Canada)
    Abstract title: TBD