Institute for Advanced Engineering and Research

Call for Contributions

The scope of the conference contains all the topics of interest of ICTON and associated events as listed at It focuses on the applications of transparent and all-optical technologies in broadband telecommunication networks, systems, and components.

Authors are cordially invited to submit their contributions (max. of 4-6 pages in electronic form, paper template in MS Word accompanied by a PDF version) for Regular and Poster Sessions to by September 30th, 2007 October 20th, 2007.

The conference will be co-located with:

Workshop on Frontiers of Optical Networks (FON)

The tremendous growth of the Internet, the large increase in traffic demands, and the relentless demand for network capacity have produced a need for new flexible types of services. Optical networks are expected to support the diverse requirements of a broad range of applications as they are evolving dramatically in terms of technology and architecture. In particular, optical component technology is rapidly maturing, offering cost effective solutions to a point where optical networks are currently being deployed in core backbone networks, and are gaining increased interest for deployment in metro and access environments. WDM systems are widely deployed, thanks to low-cost and high reliability of optical components. Core, metropolitan, and access networks are increasingly based on optical technologies to overcome the electronic bottleneck at network edge. Even, traditional multi-layer architecture, such as the widely deployed IP/ATM/SDH protocol stacks, are already based on WDM transport systems increasing efforts to move some of available functionalities in higher layers to the optical layer. New components and subsystems for very high speed optical networks offer new design options to network operators and designers. Contributions are invited on topics concerning these emerging networks, including but not limited to:

  • All-optical access networks
  • Indoor wireless optical networks
  • FreeSpace optical sensor networks
  • Ethernet services over optical networks
  • Access methods over optical components
  • Integrated wireless - optical access networks
  • High speed optical LANs and gigabit networks
  • Optical core, metropolitan and access networks
  • Interworking between optical and wireless networks
  • Algorithms and protocols for optical access networks
  • Intra-satellite wireless optical network communication
  • Multi-layer IP MPLS and GMPLS over optical architectures
  • Wireless optical network technologies and pervasive computing

  • Workshop on Resilience in Transparent Optical Networks (RTON)

    A crucial feature of any communication network is its survivability which refers to the ability to withstand component failures and to continue providing services in disruption conditions. Providing resilience against failures is therefore an important requirement for many high-speed networks. As these networks carry more and more data, the amount of disruption caused by a network fault or attack becomes more and more significant.

    All-Optical Networks (AONs) are a relatively new technology for very high data rate communications, flexible switching and broadband application support. More specifically, they provide transparency features allowing routing and switching of data without interpretation or regression of signals within the network. AONs contain only transparent optical components and therefore differ to a large extent from optical networks currently used. In particular, the peculiar behavior of all-optical components and architectures bring forth a new set of challenges for network security. As a result, these emerging networks have particularly unique features and requirements in terms of security and quality of service (QoS) thus requiring a much more targeted approach in terms of network management.

    While some of available control and management methods are applicable to different types of network architectures, many of them are not adequate for AONs. Despite new management methods having been proposed, no robust standards or techniques exist to date for guaranteeing the QoS in AONs. Therefore, the need for expert diagnostic techniques and more sophisticated management mechanisms that assist managing and assessing the proper function of AON components is highly desirable. Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Optical network survivability & reliability
  • Protection and restoration techniques
  • Security issues in transparent optical networks
  • Performance monitoring in transparent optical networks
  • Control andmanagement issues in transparent optical networks

  • Workshop on Advanced Materials for Nanophotonics Applications (AMNA)

    The field of Advanced Materials for Nanophotonics Applications cover large and divers areas of knowledge ranging from nanostructures, bioengineering, functionalized advanced materials to photonics. To reach high development in such area we have to understand quite well the Fundamental of Photonics, Nanophotonics and Biophotonics including laser-matter interaction and nonlinear optical processes, theoretical models, measurements techniques and applications. Functionalized compounds could be a solution to our very sophisticated problems since the world where we live become more and more complex and increasingly dependent upon advanced technologies. In these perspectives functionalised nanocompounds for photonics could provide better solutions to unsolved problems.

    Nanophotonics and Bionanophotonics are an exciting new frontier that has captured the imaginations of people worldwide. They deal with the interaction of light with matter on a nanometer size scale. By adding a new dimension to nanoscale science and technology, nanophotonics provides challenges for fundamental research and creates opportunities for new technologies (Prof. Paras N. Prasad, Nanophotonics, 2004). The interest in nanoscience is a realization of a famous statement by R.P. Feynman that 'There is plenty of room at the bottom' (R.P. Feynman, 1961). Bionanophotonics integrates four major technologies: lasers, photonics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. The fusion of these technologies truly offers a new dimension for both, diagnostics and therapy. Bionanophotonics creates many opportunities for chemists, physicists, engineers, physicians, dentists, health professionals and biomedical researchers. The need for new materials and technologies to provide early detection of diseases, to produce and apply more targeted therapies, and to restore impaired biological functions is constantly increasing. Key Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Biophotonics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Photonic nanostructures
  • Applications of nanostructures and nanomaterials
  • Laser-matter interaction and nonlinear optical processes

  • Workshop on Optical Components for Telecommunications Systems (OCTS)

    The tremendous growth of the Internet, the large increase in traffic demands and the relentless demand for network capacity have produced a need for new flexible types of services. To deliver these, optical communication systems have been deployed in many areas such as long-haul telecommunications, interoffice communications, computer links and undersea systems.

    Transparent optical network are emerging as a promising technology for very high data-rate communications, flexible switching and broadband application support. In particular, they provide transparency capabilities allowing routing and switching of traffic without regeneration of signals within the network.

    This emerging new generation of optical networks is characterized by Multi-gigabit data rates, low bit-error rates and optical transparency over long distances. Over the next few years optical technology is expected to become the platform of choice for providing services that have, until today, been supported by telecommunication voice and data network providers. This workshop intends to attract contributions that report advances in:

    Optical Devices including:

  • Integrated optics, nonlinear optics
  • Optical fibers, fiber devices, amplifiers
  • Advances in optoelectronic materials and devices
  • Emerging areas: photonic crystals, bio-photonics, quantum computing

  • Optical Switching including:

  • Modeling and performance of switched networks
  • Advanced components for switching applications
  • optical decoding, synchronization, label swapping
  • Optical processing: wavelength conversion, regeneration
  • Optical packet/burst switching networks and control for OPS/OBS networks