Prof. Manijeh Razeghi
Northwestern University, USA 

Title: Engineering the Quantum Era: Breaking Spectral Barriers for Photonics

Abstract: Nature offers us a full assortment of atoms, but nanoengineering is required to put them together in an elegant way to realize functional structures not found in nature. A particular rich playground for nanotechnology is the so-called III-V semiconductors, made of atoms from columns III and V of the periodic table, and constituting compounds with many useful optical and electronic properties in their own right.  Guided by highly accurate simulations of the electronic structure, modern semiconductor optoelectronic devices are literally made atom by atom using advanced growth technology such as molecular beam epitaxy and metal organic chemical vapor deposition to combine these materials in ways to give them new proprieties that neither material has on its own.  Modern mastery of materials growth and characterization with the help of such techniques allows high-power and highly efficient functional devices to be made, such as those that convert electrical energy into coherent light or detect light of any wavelength and convert it into an electrical signal. This talk will present the latest world-class research breakthroughs that have brought quantum engineering to an unprecedented level, creating light detectors and emitters over an extremely wide spectral range from 0.2 to 300 microns.

Prof. Philippe Gallion
Emeritus Professor, Télécom ParisTech

Title: Advanced Optical Communications and Networking

Abstract: In a short introduction, the guiding properties of optical fibers are first recalled in a user-oriented presentation including multi and single mode operations. Attenuation mechanisms, group velocity dispersion (GVD), polarization mode dispersion (PMD) and non-linear propagation are presented, as well as their system impairments. The principles and the performances of optoelectronics devices, semiconductor laser (SCL), photo detector and optical modulator are shortly reviewed, including optical amplifier (OA) technologies and associated noise generation. The direct detection (DD) and optically pre-amplified systems are presented as well as and their use in the different implementations of fiber to the home (FTTH) access networks. Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) and the color management will be addressed and compared to time division multiplexing (ETDM). Its implementations as coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM), for access networks applications, and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), for long haul and data com applications. For long haul and high bit rate system, the coherent optical detection, allows the optical phase preservation, and therefore to use digital communications techniques such as quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), forward error coding (FEC), dispersion impairments corrections and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM). The today system performances, allowing reaching the Shannon channel capacity are presented, the non-linear noise generation and accumulation being the major impairment. In addition to the polarization diversity, space division multiplexing (SDM) and mode-division multiplexing (MDM) associated with multi-input multi-output (MIMO) technique in multi-core fiber (MCF) and in few-mode fibers (FMF) are finally discussed.

Dr Vinod Kumar, Dir (retd) Wireless Research, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, France

Title: 5G Standardization and Deployment: Focus on 5GNR

Abstract: The proposed talk will introduce the three-pillar approach standardized in ITU for IMT-2020 and will discuss the performance requirements for eMBB (enhanced mobile broadband), URLLC (Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications) and mMTC (Massive Machine Type Communications). Their interaction with 5G Air Interface technologies standardized by 3GPP such as 5GNR (5G New Radio); mmWave transmission systems and Massive MIMO will be discussed. Core network architecture for the wide variety of applications mentioned above and the flexibility advantages of the introduction of SDN/NFV (mainly standardized by ETSI) will be detailed.

Prof. Ratnajit Bhattacharjee, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

Title: Photoconductive Antenna: A radiation source for the Terahertz Band

Abstract: The characteristics of the Terahertz (THz) frequencies endow them suitable for the different applications related to imaging, security, communication, biomedical, pharmaceutical, spectroscopy and many more. However, availability of efficient sources and detectors remained as a hindrance in harnessing the full potential of Terahertz band. Recent advancements in the field of nanotechnology, semiconductors and laser technology have fuelled substantial research activities in the Terahertz band. Photoconductive Antennas (PCA) are among the most popular sources of THz radiation because of their simplicity, reliability, cost and efficiency. Such antennas can be designed to generate pulsed or continuous-wave Terahertz radiation. Continuous waves are generated through photo-mixing of two continuous wave laser beams on a photoconductive antenna configuration. Such antennas are referred to as Photomixing antenna (PMA). Many studies have been performed over last decade on these antennas to increase their efficiency to make them more suitable for different applications. This talk presents analytical models developed for the pulsed PCA and continuous wave PMA. It also introduces a novel technique to enhance the radiated power from a photoconductive antenna. Graphene, due to its interesting and desired physical and electrical properties, has several potential applications over a wide range of frequencies, especially in the antenna technology. This talk also introduces and discusses Graphene and its application to antennas at the THz band with a few basic results.


Prof. V. Sinha, Chair Professor, E & ICT Academy, MNIT Jaipur

Title: A Tutorial on Error Control Coding for Mobile Communication

Biography: Prof. Vishwanath Sinha, MS (Electronics) and D.Sc. Electrical Engineering from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (erstwhile Yugoslavia). He worked as a Professor with Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, founder Director of LNMIT, Jaipur, Emeritus Professor with Department of ECE and Chair Professor for E&ICT Academy of MNIT Jaipur before settle down in Delhi. He has been a Visiting Professor, since 1977, in a number of foreign Universities/Institutions in Germany, Switzerland, USA, Brazil and Yugoslavia. The main areas of his interest are Telematics, Error Control Coding, Satellite Communications and Technical Education. Prof. Sinha is a fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers and Institution of Engineers, India and senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA. He is also a Life Member of Indian Society for Technical Education. Several awards including S.K. Mitra and J.C. Bose Memorial Awards for best papers presented by him and published in 1976 and 1979 have recognized his rich knowledge and contribution in engineering. Prof. Sinha has a long teaching experience at IIT, Kanpur, Brazilian Space Research Institute and University of Puerto Rico and has supervised 36 Ph.D. theses. He has organized different courses for engineering colleges, working engineers and scientists, and also organized a number of large size national/international conferences. Prof. Sinha has to his credit more than 80 papers published/presented in national/ international journals/ conferences/ seminars. His research activities at IIT, Kanpur and Brazilian Space Research Institute made notable contribution in various areas including development of Remote Tutor, a product which establishes a Virtual University and provides online interactive teaching tool, Telematics Projects, Graphics and Indian Script Terminal Project, Military Communication Satellite Systems, Systems for Space Telecommunications and Modulation Techniques. Prof. Sinha is endowed with rich administrative experience in various capacities within and outside the teaching institutes.

Dr. Yaseera Ismail   University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa


Title: Quantum Communication, the next generation of optical communication

Abstract: To date, information is protected by the use of classical algorithms however these techniques are based on the complexity of a mathematical construct. With the progression of powerful resources, some of these mathematical constructs can be broken through brute force attacks. With the shift towards the development of a quantum computer all current conventional encryption technique will eventually be rendered obsolete. Quantum Communication is an emerging technology and an alternative method of ensuring the security of information with great commercial potential. It addresses the challenges confronting conventional encryption approaches, by providing a provably secure cryptographic building block for remote parties to share cryptographic keys. Quantum Communication has the potential to replace or augment existing conventional technologies for secure transmission of encryption keys. Quantum key distribution (QKD) is probably the most paradigmatically implementable technology in the branch of quantum information science. It is based on the idea of point to point transfer of information and is achieved by encoding quantum carriers (qubits). Over the last few decades, several quantum communication links have been established over various distances dependent on the medium of the quantum channel. The demonstration of this technology has been successfully implemented in fiber and free-space and via satellite. Quantum communication, although progressing drastically in the last few years, still has its challenges to overcome to reach a probable end user hybrid quantum network. Quantum information science comprises of three fields, quantum communication, quantum computing and machine learning. Machine learning is a state of the art technique for making predictions and can be applied to quantum communication to optimize the key distribution process especially for free-space quantum links. Here we focus on the advancement of quantum communication and the integration of machine learning in communication systems.

Dr. Rajiv Mathur   CTO, Chainvine Ltd., UK


Title: Blockchain – The ‘Invisible’ technology that is ‘Visibly’ changing the world

Biography: Dr. Rajiv Mathur is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder & Director of Chainvine Limited. Chainvine is an Enterprise Blockchain and Distributed Ladger Technology Company whi have received international recognition. Chainvine are hear-quartered in UK with offices in Basingstoke-UK, Stockholm-Sweden and Gurugram-India. Dr. Mathur comes from a Computer Science R & D background with research and teaching experience at some of the world's most renowned institutions such as Imperial College London. In the area of telecommunications, Dr. Mathur has held executive management positions such as being the Chief Architect at Vodafone Qatar. Dr. Mathur has been a mamagement consultant to many retail banks and payment networkd in the UK in the areas of digital transformation and fraud detection.


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