Session: Energy Efficient Information & Communications Technology

Energy Efficient Information & Communications Technology
Wednesday, May 1, 2013  


The future of scalability and energy efficiency for next generation ICT core networks.

Rod Alferness, UC Santa Barbara

Steve Alexander, Ciena
Mario Paniccia, Intel
Ashok Krishnamoorthy, Oracle 
John Bowers, Institute for Energy Efficiency

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Rod Alferness

Dean, College of Engineering, UC Santa Barbara

Rod C. Alferness, former Chief Scientist at Bell Labs, became the Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of the University of California, Santa Barbara, College of Engineering on September 1st, 2011. 
Alferness is world-renowned for his work on integrated optical device switching technology and networks. His research has been central to the development of fiber optic communications networks.

Alferness began work at Bell Labs in 1976, after obtaining a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan. As Chief Scientist, a position he has held since 2007, Alferness oversaw long-term strategy, government and university partnerships, and research excellence programs. Earlier, as Senior Vice President of Research, he had overall responsibility for the company's global research laboratories. Alferness also spent several years as Chief Technical Officer for Bell Labs' parent company, Lucent Technologies, transferring the optical technology he worked on to the business units.

Alferness is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He received the 2005 IEEE Photonics Award and the 2010 OSA Leadership Award, and has served as President of the OSA and of the IEEE Photonics Society. 


Steve Alexander
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Presentation: "Transforming Networks: Energy Efficiency in the WAN"

With more than 20 years of telecom experience, Mr. Alexander is currently serving as Ciena’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.  Mr. Alexander has held a number of positions since joining the Company in 1994, including General Manager of Ciena's Transport & Switching and Data Networking business units, Vice President of Transport Products and Director of Lightwave Systems. From 1982 until joining Ciena, Mr. Alexander was employed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he last held the position of Assistant Leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group. Mr. Alexander is an IEEE Fellow and was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award in 2012. He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE / OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. He has served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technological Advisory Council, as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Lightwave Technology, as a member of the IEEE / LEOS Board of Governors, and was a General Chair of the conference on Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) in 1997. He has been granted 18 patents and has authored a text on Optical Communication Receiver Design as well as numerous conference and journal articles.

Mario Paniccia
Intel Fellow, Intel Labs
General Manager
Silicon Photonics Operations Organization

Presentation: "Silicon Photonics in the Data Center"

Dr. Mario J. Paniccia is an Intel Fellow and general manager of the Silicon Photonics Operations Organization.

Paniccia joined Intel in 1995 as a lead researcher developing a novel optical testing technology for probing transistor timing in microprocessors. Today this optical testing technology is the standard in the industry. During his tenure at Intel he has served in various roles from research and development to strategic direction setting to driving the development and commercialization of technologies needed to enable optical communications and/or optical interconnects in and around Intel platforms. Paniccia started Intel's research in the area of Silicon Photonics and currently leads the business unit driving silicon photonics product commercialization, which includes engineering, business, and strategy as well as defining future generation products.

Paniccia earned a bachelor's degree in physics in 1988 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Ph.D. in solid state physics from Purdue University in 1994. In May 2009 Paniccia was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Binghamton University.


Ashok Krishnamoorthy
Oracle Architect & Chief Technologist, Photonics

Presentation: "Energy Efficient Information and Communications Technology for The Datacenter

Dr. A. V. Krishnamoorthy is an Oracle Architect and Chief Technologist, Photonics. He also serves as PrincipleInvestigator for the Oracle Labs DARPA UNIC/POEM initiatives on silicon “photonics-to-the-processor.” Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer and Director at Sun Microsystems responsible for advanced optical interconnect and silicon photonics development. He also spent several years as CTO and President of AraLight, a Lucent technologies spinout developing high-density parallel optical products and technologies. Prior to that he was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Lucent New Ventures group, and before that a member of technical staff in the Advanced Photonics research department at Bell Labs. He has worked over two decades on the packaging and integration of photonic devices with silicon CMOS circuits - including electro-optic modulators on silicon, quantum well devices, VCSELs, and, most recently, Si/Ge photonics - and on creating transceivers, switching systems, and computing systems based on these components. His honors include the ICO international prize in Optics, the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer award, Eta Kappa Nu’s outstanding engineer citation, the Chairman’s Award from Sun Microsystems, and multiple team awards including Computerworld’s inaugural Horizon Award for Innovation, and the Best Paper Award of the 2009 International Symposium on Microelectronics. 


John Bowers
Director, Institute for Energy Efficiency
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Presentation: "Low Power Optical Switching and Silicon Interconnects"

John Bowers holds the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology, and is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSB. Dr. Bowers received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Bowers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the OSA Holonyak Prize, the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has published eight book chapters, 450 journal papers, 700 conference papers and has received 52 patents. He and coworkers received the EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007. 







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