2015 Summer Topicals Meeting Series

13 - 15 July 2015

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*On-site Room change: VisC is now in Victoria and MiP is now in Windsor A.

2015 SUM Final Program has been updated!

The Program-at-a-Glance has been updated!

Author acceptance notices have been sent out from noreply@precismail.com.

View the Topicals Invited Speakers!

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Thank you to UTEP and NSF, our 2015 Sponsors!

Congratulations to Mitchell Nahmias 1st place Best Student Poster

Congratulations to Christopher Huynh 2nd place Best Student Poster

Welcome to the 2015 Summer Topicals Meeting Series

13 - 15 July 2015

British Colonial Hilton
Nassau, Bahamas

Weidong Zhou - The University of Texas at Arlington, USA

2015 General Chair


Zetian Mi - McGill University, Canada

2015 General Chair Elect and UVLED Topic Co-Chair


Erin Young - University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

UVLED Topic Co-Chair


Anupama B. Kaul - University of Texas, El Paso, USA

FTDM Topic Co-Chair


Goki Eda - National University of Singapore, Singapore

FTDM Topic Co-Chair


Michael Gerhold - U.S. Army Research Office, USA

OCOI Topic Co-Chair


Shaya Fainman - University of California San Diego, USA

OCOI Topic Co-Chair


Dominic O'Brien - University of Oxford, UK

VisC Topic Co-Chair


Zhengyuan Xu - Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

VisC Topic Co-Chair


Thomas DC Little - Boston University, USA

VisC Topic Co-Chair


Jonathan Hu - Baylor University, USA

MIP Topic Co-Chair


Gunther Roelkens - Ghent University, Belgium

MIP Topic Co-Chair


Shui-Qing (Fisher) Yu - University of Arkansas, USA

MIP Topic Co-Chair


Michael Vasilev - The University of Texas at Arlington, USA

NOSP Topic Co-Chair


Peter A. Andrekson - Chalmers University, Sweden

NOSP Topic Co-Chair


Masayuki Matsumoto - Wakayama University, Japan

NOSP Topic Co-Chair


National Science Foundation

2015 Sponsor


University of Texas El Paso

2015 Sponsor


We look forward to welcoming you to Nassau, Bahamas!

The site of the 2015 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals Meeting Series

The Topical Meetings of the IEEE Photonics Society are the premier conference series for exciting, new areas in photonic science, technology, and applications; creating the opportunity to learn about emerging fields and to interact with the research and technology leaders in an intimate environment. The meetings will be held at the British Colonial Hilton, the only beachfront hotel in downtown Nassau with a beautiful private beach.

The 2015 Summer Topical Meetings are focused on "Emerging Material and Integrated Optical Systems". The following six Topical meetings will be held:

  1. Functional Two-dimensional Materials (FTDM)
  2. Ultraviolet Lasers and Light Emitting Diodes (UVLED)
  3. On-chip optical interconnects (OCOI)
  4. Visible Light Communications (VisC)
  5. Mid Infrared Photonics (MIP)
  6. Nonlinear-Optical Signal Processing  (NOSP)

A unique aspect of the Topical Meetings is that IEEE Photonics Society member volunteers propose and organize these meetings. Hence, I would like to thank each of the Topical Chairs and the Program Committee Members who have volunteered and invested their time organizing these conferences. I also want to thank the plenary and invited speakers for giving us their perspectives on the exciting new developments and the challenges in these fields. Finally, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the IEEE Photonics Society Conference Staff for their professional organization and arrangements.

The topics to be discussed in this year's Summer Topicals span a broad range in related emerging and hot areas of research, from materials to devices, integrated photonics, and systems. The FTDM topic will cover recent advances in graphene and beyond graphene 2D atomic-layered materials and their device applications, particularly in the area of photonics. The UVLED topic will aims to provide an interdisciplinary setting to discuss the state-of-the-art advances, both fundamentally and technologically, in all aspects related to the development of UV optoelectronic devices and their emerging applications in lighting, water purification, diagnosis, and bio-agent detection. The OCOI topic aims to capture the latest advances in high-speed and high efficiency optical switching technology to examine the possibility of new regimes for hybrid electronic/photonic integration. The VisC topic aims to bring together device experts, communications engineers and those involved in applications to share the latest advances and to understand the challenges the community faces. The MIP topic will bring together photonic engineers along with optical physicists and application experts to assess the key scientific challenges associated with mid-IR photonics and chart the roadmap for technological developments that will best address the highly diverse application needs. The NOSP topic will cover both traditional and emerging materials, as well as various nanophotonic platforms and advanced format and algorithms used for NOSP.  

In addition to the technical presentations, hallway discussions, and other networking, I hope that you have a chance to experience (and splash!) the beautiful tropical beach and wonderful culture/food in Nassau, Bahamas.

Look forward to seeing you in the Bahamas!

Weidong Zhou, 2015 General Chair



Weidong Zhou

Nanophotonics Lab - University of Texas at Arlington, USA
General Chair Elect

Zetian Mi

McGill University, Canada

Plenary Speakers

Pallab Bhattacharya

University of Michigan, USA

Polariton lasers

James Speck

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Identifying the origin of efficiency droop in GaN-based LEDs by direct observation of Auger electrons

Michal Lipson

Columbia University, USA

Emerging Platforms for On-Chip Photonics

Michael Eggleston

University of California at Berkeley, USA

Optical Antenna Enhanced nanoLEDs for On-Chip Optical Interconnects

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2015 Final Program

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2015 Program-at-a-Glance

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2016 Summer Topicals Meeting Series dates are 11-13 July in Newport Beach, California USA

2017 Summer Topicals Meeting Series dates are 10-12 July in San Juan, Puerto Rico

2018 Summer Topicals Meeting Series dates are 9-11 July in Waikoloa, Hawaii USA

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