The conference focuses on the field of silicon photonics, that is, the control of light in microchips built with the same technology as the electronic chips in our smartphones and computers. This technology is used in transceivers for datacentres which are already shipping in the millions, and there is a growing market for silicon photonics based coherent long-haul communications, as well as ultra- compact silicon biosensors for diagnostics, and integrated LIDAR solutions are being explored. At the same time, research activity in this field continues surging, in the quest for faster and more energy efficient chips.

This year’s event ( which brings together around 150 of the world’s leading experts from academia and industry is organized by Communications Engineering's Photonics & RF Group ( in conjunction with the University of Valencia.