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UCL Academics chair world's leading international conference for optical communications

Dr Seb Savory from this department along with Clint Schow, IBM and Kathy Tse, AT&T will be the Program Chairs for OFC/NFOEC 2013 and the General Chairs for OFC/NFOEC 2015.

The OFC/NFOEC is one of the world's largest and most influential communication technology events that brings together the people, products and information that drive the entire optical communications and networking industry. Over 12,000 attendees representing 65 countries, many from the world's top companies will converge in March 2013 in California for the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC), the world's leading international conference for optical communications and telecommunications professionals. OFC/NFOEC unites service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses, and component manufacturers, with researchers, engineers, and development teams from around the world. For 35 years, the conference has been the premier destination for converging breakthrough research and innovation in telecommunications, optical networking, fiber optics and, recently, datacom and computing. OFC/NFOEC is managed by the Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc), and the IEEE Photonics Society.

Dr Seb Savory from the department’s Optical Network's Group is OFC2013 TPC Co-Chair and the department’s Professor Alwyn Seeds will chair the Optical Processing and Analog Systems subcommittee, one of the five subcommittees overseen by Dr Seb Savory as Program Chair. There are 14 sub-committees in total looking at some of the latest advances in the technology and application of optical communications to be discussed at the conference including ultra-fast broadband deployment, software-defined networks and cloud services.

You can see both academics speaking about the research, ideas and innovations that have been attracting the most attention this year.