SC1 - Novel Fibres, Fibre Devices and Fibre Amplifiers
• Physics of light propagation in optical fibres
• Optical fibre design, fabrication and characterisation
• Specialty optical fibres for improved transmission performance
• Low-latency fibres and fibres for new wavelength ranges
• Fibre-based devices
• Fibre amplifiers and fibre lasers
• Multimode & multicore fibre and fibre amplifiers
• Highly nonlinear fibres and their applications


SC2 - Optoelectronic Devices and Technologies
• Novel material platforms and structured materials
• Integrated III-V devices
• Design, fabrication and characterisation of novel integrated devices and functionalities
• Integrated light sources, directly modulated lasers and VCSELs
• Silicon and hybrid III-V/silicon photonics
• Sources and detectors for quantum communication systems
• Nonlinear waveguides for optical signal processing


SC3 - Integrated and co-integrated circuits
• Large-scale photonic integrated circuits
• Packaging of devices, testing of performance and reliability
• Co-packaged optical and electronic ICs (2D, 2.5D and 3D)
• System-on-a-chip (SoC) and on-chip networks
• Advanced analog and digital electronic/optical co-integrated circuits
• Photonic circuits for Neuromorphic applications


SC4 – Techniques for digitally enhancing optical communication
• Algorithms for DSP in optical transmission systems
• Modelling, design, and implementation of digital signal processing
• Design, implementation & implications of reduced complexity DSP algorithms
• Optical MIMO DSP
• Machine Learning based DSP for optical transmission


SC5 - Optical Transmission systems
• Lab/field demonstrations of optical transmission links deploying novel fibres, devices, subsystems and multiplexing techniques
• Link system demonstrations using novel signal modulation techniques
• Analog and nonlinear signal processing subsystems demonstrating transmission enhancements
• Multiplexing and demultiplexing subsystems for improved transmission
• Demonstration of spatially multiplexed transmission links


SC6 - Theory of Optical Communications
• New transmission system modelling methods
• Capacity, reach, flexibility limits of optical transmission systems
• System level implications of physical impairments and impairment mitigation techniques
• Novel error correction coding
• Advanced data encoding and signal shaping
• Information theory for optical communications
• Quantum communication system theory


SC7 – Photonics for RF and Free Space Optics applications
• Microwave Photonics subsystems
• Millimetre-wave and THz photonics signal generation/detection
• Demonstration of optics-based THz wireless subsystems
• Demonstration of radio-over-fibre systems for 5G and beyond
• Optical wireless communication (sub-)systems and networks
• LiFi and VLC communication networks
• Satellite photonic communication links
• Lab/field demonstration of free-space optical wireless transmission
• Photonic wired/wireless communication network solutions


SC8 - Core and metro networks
• Core, metro and converged networks
• Long reach and high capacity transport optical networks
• Underwater networks and cable deployment
• High connectivity node architectures including protection and failure recovery
• Network deployments and field trials
• Inter data centres interconnect networks
• Subsystems for network functionalities (2R/3R regeneration, OADMs, OXCs, ...)
• Optical performance monitoring techniques and subsystems
• Network demonstrations of quantum communication systems
• Optical switching and routing in long haul and core networks


SC9 – Access, Indoor and Data Center and Optical Networks
• Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTx) and optical access networks
• Passive optical networks
• In-building optical networks
• Intra data centre interconnect networks
• High performance computer networks
• Backhaul and fronthaul networks for mobile applications
• Highly parallel network and interconnect demonstrations
• Photonics for Cloud services
• Optical switching and routing in short-reach networks


SC10 - Architecture, Control and Management of optical networks
• Control, orchestration, and management of optical networks
• Optical network architectures, design and modelling
• Planning and scaling of hybrid optical/optoelectronic networks
• Machine learning and artificial intelligence for advanced optical networking and performance monitoring
• Integration of optical transmission network layers with higher-layer network services
• Network reliability, survivability, security and disaster recovery