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Date: 13th September 2013

Research Media International Innovation partners with Europe’s largest optical communications conference

Research Media International Innovation partners with Europe’s largest optical communications conference

Bristol, UK - September 13th, 2013. UK based Research Media Ltd, who produce the Research Media International Innovation series of publications, is proud to be media partner to ECOC 2013 (European Conference on Optical Communications). Organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Europe’s largest professional body of engineers, the conference takes place at the ICC London ExCeL from 22 to 26 September. The five day conference will feature presentations from leading and respected global industry experts and institutions about the latest developments in optical communications techniques, systems and networks from around the world.

Now in its 39th year, the conference line-up will include keynote presentations from ARM’s CEO Warren East, BBC’s Senior Technology Executive Matthew Postgate and BT’s Managing Director, Research and Innovation Dr Timothy John Whitley. All sessions will provide unique, cutting-edge technical reports to stimulate discussions with industry figureheads and researchers who are already confirmed to take part.

Workshops will take centre stage on day one to attract a wide audience of operators, vendors, manufacturers and researchers to participate in the six sessions throughout the day. The workshops will focus on Space Division Multiplexing (SDM) migration from point-to-point transmission to full optical networking, low-cost access to photonics ICs, integration of optical devices for SDM transmission, technologies for short reach optical interconnects, architectures and control for elastic optical networks and SDN applications for optical network operating systems challenges and opportunities.

Technical Programme Committee Chair, Professor Dimitra Simeonidou from the University of Bristol, said: “This year’s programme highlights the diverse topics currently in the optical communications market which are set to be covered at ECOC 2013. Delegates can look forward to hearing from world renowned researchers and distinguished industrialists on some of the hottest topics facing the industry today including data centre networks, high speed access technologies and integrated devices”.

The conference provides a global representation of speakers from service providers, technology companies to the industry’s global academics including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA,
the University of Bath, UK, NTT Photonics Labs, Fujikura Ltd, the University of Melbourne, Australia, Acacia Communications, Telefónica I+D, Hitachi, Stanford University, USA, and Prysmian Group who are all confirmed to deliver presentations and case studies.

Alongside the conference, on the third day, two special symposia will be hosted about two new topics in the field. The symposia will bring together well-respected professors and researchers from around the world and will cover Nanophotonics and Metamaterials, ideas for telecoms and data processing, and next generation data centres- paving the way for the Zettabyte era.

As media partner to ECOC 2013, Research Media will be available to answer any questions about research dissemination methods. A forthcoming edition of International Innovation will include an extensive review of the event, highlighting the latest industry research and developments.

Nick Brake, Director, Research Media said: “Research and innovation is vital to the success of any industry. We are delighted to be supporting the 2013 event and the IET. There is an excellent group of speakers and I look forward to hearing about the new topics and developments in the optical communications field”.

International Innovation is the leading open access global dissemination resource for the wider scientific, technology and research communities. Available both digitally and in print, International Innovation is free of charge and keeps subscribers up-to-date with cutting-edge developments in science, technology, healthcare, European and US research. Users can access, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to all articles in the publications without asking prior permission from the publisher or author.

“The agenda is truly diverse and we’re excited and proud of the programme,” said ECOC Conference Chair, Professor Will Stewart at University of Southampton. “The conference programme truly reflects the shifting nature of this dynamic ecosystem and by offering the right balance of networking, information and practical applications, the conference is set to be the most interesting to date.”

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For press information, contact:
Priscilla Dibble at Research Media,
Tel: 01172 232 190
Email: pdibble[at]researchmedia[dot]eu

Notes to editors:

About Research Media:

Research Media Ltd is based in Bristol. The International Innovation range of publications includes key analysis and information on current research trends, funding, policy issues, partnership challenges and translational research. Research Media works with academics, funding agencies and stakeholders in the pursuit of effective dissemination.

About IET:
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is leading the development of an international engineering and technology community, sharing and advancing knowledge to enhance people’s lives. The IET is the Professional Home for Life for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of Essential Engineering Intelligence. The Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No. 211014) and Scotland (No. SCO38698).

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