Panel - University-industry-government

  • Mr. Lars Steen Nielsen, Ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy in Colombia.
  • Mr. Kamil Kuninski, Head of Commercial Department, Royal Danish Embassy in Colombia.
  • Mr. Alejandro Olaya Davila, Director de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, Gobernación de Antioquia/ Director of Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of the province of Antioquia.
  • Mr. Elkin Echeverri Garcia, Director Plan CTi. Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación, Ruta N, Medellin/ Ruta N, Director of ICT Plan.
  • Mr. Jose Pablo Jaramillo / Planning Manager Internexa, Colombia.

Invited Speakers

Ana María Cárdenas Soto
Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

Optical spectrum engineering for telecommunication applications

We try to modify the spectrum in different parts of the networks, in order to get a better performance of an optical communication system. In this presentation, we show how we can obtain 160 Gbps capacity by slicing a Fabry Perot laser spectrum, for optical access networks.

BIO: Ana María Cárdenas is Ph.D. (2003) by Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. She worked in planning and design of telecommunication infrastructure at EPM (Medellín; Colombia, 1994-2005), and as professor at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (2005-2009) and at Universidad de Antioquia (2009-present). Her research interests are optical elastic networks and optical spectrum engineering.

 Ferney Amaya-Fernández
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia

Digital signal processing for high capacity optical networks

The increasing demand of fixed and mobile applications, and technologies such as smart cities and internet of the things imposes new requirements to the optical networks. The employment of digital signal processing techniques such as optical OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) could increase the capacity of the optical networks without to change the installed optical fiber. In scenarios with short optical fiber lengths, such as inside a data center, when the optical fiber could be replaced, MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) with multimode fiber is an alternative. In this talk we will present digital signal processing techniques to improve the optical fiber capacity considering the implementation in real time.

BIO: Ferney Amaya-Fernández is a Full Professor at the School of Engineering of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB), Medellín-Colombia. He received his Ph.D in Telecommunication Engineering from UPB Medellín. His main research interest are digital signal processing for optical communications and photonic sensor networks. 

 Hugo Enrique Hernández Figueroa

Antennas for High-Rate Optical Communications

The constant demand for increasingly higher speed optical communication channels applies not only to long-haul fiber based systems, but also to wireless links. Inter and intra chip communication links, IoT (Internet of Things) emerging technology, and, indoor high-speed wireless coverage systems, among other scenarios, strongly depend on efficient optical wireless links capable to deliver transmission rates in the order of tens of Gbps and beyond. Antennas are key devices to enable such optical links in a level of efficiency equivalent to its RF and microwave counterparts. Our group has recently designed and prototyped a novel non-intuitive all-dielectric antenna efficiently coupled to a high-contrast dielectric waveguide based on SOI technology, for inter photonic-chip communications, able to operate efficiently over the whole conventional (C) optical communication band, occupying a footprint area of only 1.78 microns by 1.78 microns, and broadside radiation (normal to the antenna plane). Additionally, we will also present the design of a wideband cylindrical nano-dielectric-resonator antenna (NDRA), coupled to a plasmonic waveguide, and able to operate at the short (S), C, and long (L) bands of the optical communication spectrum, exhibiting broadside radiation over the whole operation band. Theoretical and experimental aspects of these devices will be presented at the Conference.

BIO: Hugo Enrique Hernández-Figueroa is a Full Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. He is a Fellow of the OSA, a Senior Member of the IEEE, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Photonics Journal, and was an Associate Editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. His research interests concentrate in a wide variety of wave electromagnetic phenomena and applications mainly in photonics and microwaves.

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Hugo Luis Fragnito

Cooperation in Photonics with Brazil

BIO: Hugo Luis Fragnito was born in Argentina; obtained his Licentiate in Physics from University of Buenos Aires (1976) and Doctor of Sciences from State University of Campinas, UNICAMP (1984). His research experience includes infrared and submillimeter lasers (1975-1979), nonlinear optics (1980-1986), ultrafast optical phenomena (1987-1990) and fiber optics (1990-present). He was research visitor at Università di Roma, Italy (1980-1981) and at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ, USA (1987-1989).  He is member of the Optical Society of America, IEEE - Lasers and Optoelectronics Society, IEEE - Communications Society, Brazilian Physical Society, Brazilian Microwave and Optoelectronics Society, and Brazilian Telecommunications Society. Prof. Fragnito is author or co-author of over 150 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals or international conference proceedings, and wrote several tutorial texts for students of Physics. His publications were cited over 1300 times in the scientific literature. Presently he is Full Professor at Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute, UNICAMP. He is Director of the Optics and Photonics Research Center at and General Coordinator of the KyaTera Project.

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Idelfonso Tafur Monroy
Technical University of Denmark

Photonics for the Internet of Things

The Internet-of-things refers to the next generation of Internet that includes not only connectivity to devices such as smartphones and tablets but also to a large number of physical objects with embedded capability for sensing and communication among themselves via the Internet. The synergies and interrelations of the internet-of-things with cyber-physical spaces, big data and tactile Internet will create a whole new set of opportunities for tackling imminent challenges related to production, health, transport, energy among others and it will surely create new applications that we have not imagine yet. As an illustrative example, the Internet-of-things will make possible to convert our houses and buildings into smart living and working environments by combining sensing, computing and communicating to optimize the efficient use of resources such as energy and space efficiently. The internet-of-things will provide the platform for services such as smart cities, connected health, smart production, smart transport and mobility among the large number of applications. To realize the full potential of internet-of-things several technical challenges need to be addressed. Among those challenges are security, robust and omnipresence connectivity, and manageability. Although a single sensor or a single object connected to the internet may not require much bandwidth the Internet-of-thing will incorporate billions of connected objects that will require a high capacity, bi-directional and low latency connectivity infrastructure. In this talk we will present the potential and prospects of photonics technologies as key building blocks for providing the connectivity infrastructure to support the internet-of-things.

El Internet - de – las cosas se refiere a la próxima generación de Internet que incluye no sólo la conectividad a dispositivos tales como teléfonos inteligentes y tabletas, sino también a un gran número de objetos físicos con capacidad integrada para la comunicación entre ellos mismos a través del Internet. Las sinergias e interrelaciones del internet-de- las cosas con los espacios cibero-físicos, big data y el internet táctil va a crear un nuevo conjunto de oportunidades para afrontar los retos inminentes relacionados con la producción , la salud , el transporte , la energía , entre otros, y sin duda va a crear nuevas aplicaciones que aún no nos podemos imaginar. Como ejemplo de ilustración, El Internet - de – las cosas hará posible convertir nuestras casas y edificios en entornos de trabajo y de vivienda inteligente mediante la combinación de la informática y la comunicación para optimizar el uso eficiente de los recursos como la energía y el espacio. El Internet - de - las cosas va a proporcionar la plataforma para servicios tales como ciudades inteligentes, la salud conectada, la producción, el transporte inteligente y muchas más aplicaciones . Para poder aprovechar todo el potencial del Internet - de - las cosas varios desafíos técnicos deben ser abordados. Entre esos retos esta la seguridad, la conectividad robusta y omnipresente y gestión fácil. Aunque un solo sensor o un solo objeto conectado al Internet no requiere mucho ancho de banda, el Internet - de – las cosas incorporará miles de millones de objetos conectados que requerirán una red de comunicación de alta capacidad con conectividad de baja latencia y además bidireccional. En esta charla discutiremos el potencial y las perspectivas y el trabajo por hacer en el área de las tecnologías fotónicas para construir la infraestructura de conectividad que necesitara el Internet - de –las cosas.

BIO: Idelfonso Tafur Monroy is currently Head of the metro-access and short range communications group of the Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. He was an Assistant Professor until 2006 at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Currently, he is Professor at the Technical University of Denmark. He has participated in several European research projects, including the ACTS, FP6, and FP7 frameworks (APEX, STOLAS, LSAGNE, MUFINS). At the moment, he is in involved the ICT European projects Gi-GaWaM, ALPHA, BONE, and EURO-FOS. His research interests are in hybrid optical-wireless communication systems, coherent detection technologies and digital signal processing receivers for baseband and radio-over-fiber links, optical switching, nanophotonic technologies, and systems for integrated metro and access networks, short range optical links, and communication theory.

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Jes Broeng
Technical University of Denmark

Spinning out High-Tech Companies from University

BIO: Jes Broeng joined DTU Fotonik in 2012 with the goal of creating new spin-out companies.
Jes has an entrepreneur background as a co-founder of Crystal Fibre (sold 2008), now NKT Photonics. Jes has extensive experience in business development, product development, sales (US, Europe, and Asia; private and public sector), and IPR and license management. Jes has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from DTU, Denmark, and he is author and co-author of more than 200 publications, 1 textbook, and 15 patents (6000+ citations, h-index = 35). Jes serves on the committee of several international conferences. Jes was awarded the European Optics Prize in 1999.

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Jorge Garcia Sucerquia
Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Medellín

Photonics in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Medellín.

In this talk, a general overview of what we have done, what we do and what we want to do in Photonics in the Campus Medellin of the Universidad Nacional Colombia is presented. Three research groups work in our Campus combining expertise in the fields of laser and spectroscopy, optical fibers and sensors, non-linear optics, theoretical optics and opto-digital processing of data. In this talk we strength the contribution that we do to the formation of highly qualified people in the domain of Photonics. Some of our developments with a high degree of innovation are also highlighted.

BIO: J. Garcia-Sucerquia received his Ph.D in Physics from the Universidad de Antioquia at Medellin-Colombia in 2003. From 2004 to 2006 he held a postdoctoral position at Dalhousie University (Halifax-Canada) in working on digital lensless holographic microscopy. From 2012 to 2013 he was visiting professor at the Universidad de Valencia (Valencia-España). Currently he is Associate Professor at School of Physics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Medellin-Colombia) and head of the research group of Optics and Opto-Digital processing. His main research interest is digital holographic microscopy and applications. He is author and coauthor of more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and has filed 4 patents in the domain of digital microscopy.

Julian Sierra Perez
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

Strain measurements and damage detection in large composite structures by fiber optics sensors.

A 14 meters prototype of blade for a 150 kW wind turbine machine, made of glass fiber and vinylester resin doped with carbon nanofibers, was manufactured by using a manufacturing technique based on Light RTM. The blade consisted in a monocoque structure provided with PVC foam core. A new methodology was developed in order to instrument the blade with fiber optic sensors (FOS), embedding the sensors on the structure directly during the manufacturing. Two different FOS based techniques were embedded into the blade: Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) and a plain fiber optic for Distributed Sensing using an Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBR).

By means of a novel and robust automated technique based in strain field pattern recognition, a study of detectability of defects was performed for the blade under different load scenarios. Several static test were conducted in a testing bench, including a test campaign with known artificial damages induced into the structure and the sensitivity of the technique was evaluated. The results showed that all damages could be detected by using both sensing techniques.
BIO: Mechanical Engineer-Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Julian is focused on research and development activities with emphasis in design, engineering materials, non-conventional energies and aerospace engineering. Aeronautical Engineering Specialist-Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. Focused in maintenance, aeronautical design, aerodynamics and structures. Master in Science in engineering, new materials field-Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. Focused in new materials development, composite materials, fatigue and fracture mechanics. REsearch staty at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Master in Engineering, composite materials field-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in partnership with EADS. Focused in structural health monitoring and composite materials used in aeronautics. Master in Science, aerospace engineering field-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Focused in structural health monitoring and composite materials used in aeronautics. Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid with international mention by Universität Siegen (Germany). More than 15 papers presented in international conferences, one book chapter and 5 journal papers related to SHM based on FOS in the last 5 years.

Karsten Rottwitt, Group Leader
Technical University of Denmark

Recent advances in optical fiber amplifier

Through the last decades we have witnessed a tremendous revolution within optical communication. One of the main components that have enabled this is the optical fiber amplifier. First, in the late eighties, the erbium doped fiber amplifier seeded an enormous development within WDM systems leading to long haul transmission of multiple channels operating at 10 Gb/s. Then, in the late nineties research within optical amplifiers for optical communication focused on Raman amplifiers which enabled channel bitrates to reach 40 Gb/s. Current research on optical amplifiers is focused on amplifiers with multiple functionalities. An example of such an amplifier is the fiber optical parametric amplifier. In addition to amplification, parametric amplifiers may also be used to signal regeneration, wavelength conversion, WDM demultiplexers, optical phase-conjugation etc.

BIO: Dr. Rottwitt was born in Odense, Denmark, on November 13, 1965. He received the Master of Science degree in 1990 and the Ph.D. degree in 1993, both in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. From 1993 to 1995 Dr. Rottwitt was a Post Doc. at the Electromagnetics Institute, at the Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, where he worked on soliton transmission and soliton amplification and recovery. From 1995 to 2000 he was with AT&T, Bell Labs, Holmdel, and Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs, Murray Hill, both New Jersey. Here he was engaged in research on Raman amplifiers, their design and performance, including noise issues and systems applications. In 2001 he took a position at the University of Copenhagen as associate professor, where his research interests focused on near field optics and nonlinear fiber optics. In 2002 Dr. Rottwitt took on an associated professor position COM•DTU where he is currently heading the effort within Fibers & Nonlinear Optics. His current research interests are focused on fiber optical parametric amplifiers, nonlinear optics in nanostructured materials, short pulsed high power lasers and fiber sensors using photonic crystal fibers.

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Moises Ribeiro
Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, UFES, Brazil

Gold Nanoparticles for Optical Sensors in the Oil & Gas Industry

BIO: Moises R. N. Ribeiro was born in Vitoria/ES, Brazil in 1969. He received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicationes (INATEL), the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, and the Ph.D. degree in the same area from the University of Essex, UK, in 1992, 1996, and 2002, respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Brazil, in 1995. He is now a visiting professor to the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University (Oct 2010 to Sep. 2011) under a grant from the Brazilian government (CAPES). His research interests include fiber-optic and computer communication devices, systems, and networks.

Neil Guerrero González
Manager of Optical Transmission Systems and Integrated Photonics
Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento das Telecomunicações, CPqD

Optical Communications Technologies in Brazil: Present and Future

BIO: Neil Guerrero Gonzalez is an Electronic Engineer and MSc in Industrial Automation from the National University of Colombia in 2005 and 2007 respectively. In March of 2011, Neil got his PhD degree in Photonics Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). During March and August of 2011, Neil was associated as a postdoc to the department of Photonics of DTU in the framework of the FP7 European project CHRON (cognitive heterogeneous reconfigurable optical networks). In the period between January 2012 and February 2013, Dr. Guerrero Gonzalez was associated as a Researcher at the European Research Center (ERC) - Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH, in Munich. Currently, Neil is associated as manager of the high speed optical networks to the Center of Research and Development of Telecommunications (CPqD, Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento das Telecomunicações) in Campinas (Brazil). 

Salvador Sales
Universitat Politècnica de València, Cal- Sens, Spain

Very weak fiber Bragg grating cascade used as a distributed sensor

Very-weak fiber Bragg grating cascade is used as a distributed sensor. Several interrogation techniques have been presented for this novel type of configuration. The first one measures of the central frequency distribution of the grating based on time-frequency. The second technique is based on a technique used to analyze microwave photonics filters. The detection of spot events along the sensor is demonstrated with a remarkable accuracy under 1 mm, using a photo-detector and a modulator of only 500 MHz bandwidth. The simple proposed scheme is intrinsically robust against environmental changes and easy to reconfigure.

BIO: Prof. Salvador Sales is Professor at the Departamento de Comunicaciones, Universitat Politècnica de València, SPAIN since 2007. He is also working in the ITEAM Research Institute. He received the Annual Award of the Spanish Telecommunication Engineering Asociation to the best PhD. on optical communications. He is co-author of more than 90 journal papers and 200 international conferences. He has been collaborating and leading some national and European research projects since 1997. His main research interests include optoelectronic signal processing for optronic and microwave systems, optical delay lines, fibre Bragg gratings, WDM and SCM ligthwave systems and semiconductor optical amplifiers. He joined the Optoelectronics Research Centre, at the University of Southampton in 1999 the IMEC at the Ghent University in 2004 and the COM Department at Technical University of Denmark in 2006 for several short-term missions.

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Victor Grimblatt
R&D Group Director and General Manager, Synopsys Chile R&D Center

Integrated Circuits Design Flow

Electronic systems have become part of our life, we interact at least with 350 electronic systems per day at home, at work, at the university, and during transportation. Electronic and system engineers are faced to several strategic decisions during the design cycle, one of those strategic decision is to define if the system they are implementing should consider the integration of part of it in an integrated circuit. Knowing the integrated circuit design flow is a must to make good decision in that domain. This talk presents the digital integrated circuits design flow   from the idea description in a hardware description langauage (HDL) to the GDSII file needed for fabrication.

BIO: He was born in Viña del Mar, Chile. He has an engineering diploma in microelectronics from Institut Nationale Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG - France) and an electronic engineering diploma from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile). Currently, he is R&D Group Director and General Manager of Synopsys Chile, leader in Electronic Design Automation. He opened the Synopsys Chile R&D Center in 2006. Before joining Synopsys, he worked for different Chilean and multinational companies, such as Motorola Semiconductors, Honeywell Bull, VLSI Technology Inc., and Compass Design Automation Inc. He started to work in EDA in 1988 in VLSI Technology Inc. where he developed synthesis tools being one of the pioneers of this new technology. From 2006 to 2008 he was member of the "Chilean Offshoring Committee" organized by the Minister of Economy of Chile. In 2010 he was awarded as "Innovator of the Year in Services Export". He is also member of several Technical Program Committees on Circuit Design and Embedded Systems. Since 2012 he is chair of the IEEE Chilean chapter of the CASS. He also teaches several courses at Universidad de Chile and Universidad de los Andes related to integrated circuits and Computer Architecture.

Acepted posters

Session 1: Nov 24, 10h00 - 10h30:

1. Title: Plataforma tecnológica para una red inalámbrica comunitaria como instrumento de innovación en la construcción de gobernanza social: caso barrio comuna 8.
Authors: Fabio Leon Suárez, Sara Maria Yepes.
Affilition: ITM, Colombia

2. Title: Optical demultiplexer based on RR with a non periodical Michelson interferometer.
Authors: Salvador Vargas, Carmen Vazquez.
Affilition: Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá.

3. Title: Methodology by Optimal Scalability over FiWi in Smart Grids using Multistage Stochastic Programming.
Authors: Arturo Geovanny Peralta Sevilla, Roberto Carlos Hincapie Reyes, Ferney Orlando Amaya Fernandez.
Affiliations: Universidad Politécnica Saleciana, Ecuador - Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia.

Session 2: Nov 24, 15h00 - 15h30:

4. Title: Elastic Optical Networks – Research Group GITA.
Auhors: John James Granada, Eduardo Avendaño, Javier Botia, Juan Diego Zapata, Jenny Cuatindioy, Stefany Bedoya, Gabriel Villarreal, Jesús Madroñero, Hernán Yepes, Ana Cárdenas.
Affilition: Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

5. Title: Analysis of Video Transmission by Optical Fiber.
Author: Julio Cesar Garcia Alvarez, Sebastian González Rivera.
Affiliation: Universidad Nacional, Colombia.

6. Title: High order mode recovery by spectrally and spatially resolved image for multimode waveguides.
Author: Claudia Serpa
Affiliation: Universidad de Campinas, Brazil - Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia.

Session 3: Nov 25, 10h00 - 10h20:

7. Title: Comparative analysis of the dynamic conductivity for metallic and carbon nanotube nanoantennas.
Authors: Edward Medina G., Ángel Salazar.
Affiliation: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia.

8. Title: Optical Power and Average Analyzes of OFDR Interrogation Technique.
Authors: Camilo Rodriguez.
Affiliation: Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Brasil.

9. Title: RF sensor using metamaterials .
Authors: Juan E. Rivera P., Héctor Lorduy G.
Affiliation: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia.

November 24-25, 2014, Medellín, Colombia