Mobilization conference about the project of investigating the History & Developments of Photonics

On Jan 5, 2013, the OSA Student Chapter in Zhejiang University held a mobilization conference about the project of investigating the History & Developments of Photonics, in the Greenroom on the first floor. Xiaowei Guan, the former President illustrated the specific plans and requirements for future development, and the details were discussed subsequently. The seminar aimed at clarifying the tasks and goals of the project by means of unrestricted discussions.

The meeting started at 1 o’clock. Xiaowei Guan firstly reported the contents of the seminar. As researchers in the field on optics and photonics, the members have always been looking for chances putting our scientific outcomes into applications. All the members in the project are divided into four parts named Group A, Group B, Group C & Group D. Group D mainly study the research status and outcomes of the world’s top research groups. The other three groups concentrate on optical communication, and Group A on devices, B on the backbone network system and C, the access network system specifically. All the selected companies to be investigated are the outstanding representatives in the field such as IBM, Intel, Huawei so on and so forth.

(A member from Group A is introducing their topic background)

The next time Xiaowei Guan made a brief introduction to the initial rough plan of each groups. As the leader of Group C, he divided the members into three parts: components & devices, networks and applications, based on the crew’s personal background. Then Xiaokun Wang, the leader of Group A, reported his considering ideas: investigating the past, present and future of the two companies (Intel & IBM); or grouped according to the scientific research and engineering applications by a combination of the two companies. During the discussion, some members advised him to add the institutions in cooperation with IBM & Intel, which can be helpful to get a deeper knowledge of photonic integrated technology. After analysis of the pros and cons, finally division by the overall and detail of the two companies were decided. The next Group D packet was very simple, according to the crew’s different research fields directly correspond to the appropriate direction of the world’s top research teams. The last Group B leader Lingchen Huang also raised their three grouping base: enterprises, network or technique, and the first method was selected after fierce discussion.

2(Attendees are discussing the three grouping base of Group B)

Since the details of grouping were decided, Xiaowei Guan stressed the timeline again: a mid-term summary shall be held in early April, a report handed over to the instructor by the end of May and an exhibition held in early June.

Finally, Chair Guan summed up that all the work above should be completed without terminating the research of the laboratory. As long as all the work done honestly, the achievements will give one a better systematic understanding of the history and development of the areas mentioned above.

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