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CIAN Student Retreat & Innovation to Market Workshop

The CIAN Student Retreat and the Innovation to Market Workshop are happening January 11-13, 2015 at the University of California San Diego.

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You must RSVP to be counted for meals and space.
(UCSD students MUST RSVP to be counted for food and space.)

Additional information about hotels & schedule is shown below.

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Make your hotel reservations here. To receive the discounted rate you must reserve your room BEFORE December 15th.

Hotel reservations will be offered for the reduced rate of $139 until Dec. 15th (afterwards they will rise in price).

The basic schedule is below. See the detailed agenda here.

11-Jan 2:00pm – 8:00pm Students arrive. Team Activity (Birch Aquarium) followed by dinner (Eureka!).
12-Jan 8:00am – 8:00pm Innovation to Market Workshop (see agenda for details)
13-Jan 8:00am – 12:00pm Innovation to Market Workshop (see agenda for details)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00am – 3:00pm Intellectual Property – Dave Gibbons
3:00pm – 5:00pm How to write a good scientific paper – Chris Mack

2014 SACNAS National Conference Update

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Every year the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (aka SACNAS) hosts a national conference in the hopes of gathering various universities, scientific organizations, scientists, researchers, and future researchers together to share ideas and help students that belong in minority ethnic groups get the edge they need to make it in today’s academic world.

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This years SACNAS Conference was held in Los Angeles and I was there to experience the conference amenities and share with potential candidates my experience in the REU program I participated in over the summer. If you would like to read about my experience in the Integrated Optics for Undergraduate-Native Americans program click here.

The conference ran from October 16th-18th, and was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which to my surprise was right next door to the famous Staples Center.

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The view when you first walk into the convention.

The first day, I focused on going to professional development meetings and some lectures I found interesting. Continue reading

CIAN LECTURE SERIES WEBINAR – Dr. Shayan Mookherjea

Results from the CIAN-Sandia silicon photonic MPW chip: preliminary report

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Time: 1:30PM – 3:30PM Pacific Time

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Dr. Shayan Mookherjea
Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
UCSD

Shayan Mookherjea is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received the BS degree with honors from Caltech, the SM degree from MIT, and the PhD from Caltech in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Physics. His awards include: Wilts Prize, Hellman Faculty Fellow, NSF CAREER award, IEEE Senior Member, and OSA Fellow. The Micro/Nano-Photonics Group (http://mnp.ucsd.edu) started research in silicon photonics in 2008, with 5 PhD theses, 24 journal papers and 47 conference publications so far on these topics, and has active collaborations with several external industrial partners.

Abstract

In 2013, we created an opportunity for five university teams from CIAN [Cornell, Univ. of Arizona, UC Berkeley (2 groups) and UC San Diego] to collaborate with Sandia National Laboratories (Chris DeRose, Tony Lentine, Andrew Pomerene, Andrew Starbuck, Douglas Trotter) in a multi-project-wafer fabrication effort, to design, fabricate and measure optoelectronic silicon photonic components for data center and access networks.

In this talk, I will present some of the results from the first fabrication run, including passive and active waveguides and micro-resonators, thermo-optic tuned filters, variable optical attenuators, Ge detectors, and some examples of sub-system performance. Results from this first run will inform the design of improved components, alongside space for some new designs, in a second fabrication run proposed in the near future.

Please register for “Results from the CIAN-Sandia silicon photonic MPW chip: Preliminary Report” on Oct 10, 2014 1:30 PM PDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8835685697665753602

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2014 10-10 Shayan Mookherjea UCSD

CIAN-wide Perfect Pitch Winner

Congratulations to Atiyah Ahsan of Columbia University!

The National Science Foundation’s Perfect Pitch competition invites students from Engineering Research Centers around the nation to compete at the NSF Biennial Meeting. Essentially an elevator pitch, competitors must put forward a proposal dealing with their ERC’s research topics and the importance of their own research to its goals.

CIAN recently held an internal Perfect Pitch competition where CIAN faculty judges select the student to represent CIAN at the NSF Biennial Meeting in Arlington, VA. Students from Columbia, the University of Arizona, University of California San Diego, and Tuskegee University competed. The CIAN judges have selected Atiyah Ahsan of Columbia University to represent CIAN at the NSF Biennial Meeting.

CIAN-wide Perfect Pitch Winner

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Atiyah Ahsan – Columbia University

Atiyah responded to her success in the CIAN-wide competition with the following statement:

“Having been a CIAN student for the past 4 years, I have had the opportunity to participate in various Innovation to Market workshops and a entrepreneurship class at Columbia Business School. I am looking forward to applying the knowledge from these experiences and representing CIAN nationally at the NSF Perfect Pitch competition.”

CIAN-wide competition participants
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CIAN Student Webinar Talk Series – Atiyah Ahsan, Columbia University

Advanced Optical Performance Monitoring for Next-Generation Dynamic Optical Networks

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Time: 1:30pm Pacific Time

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Abstract

Ever-growing demand for speed and bandwidth and increasing energy consumption in today’s networks are driving the need for intelligent next-generation networking architectures that can overcome fundamental spectral and energy limitations. Metro-only internet traffic in particular is experiencing unprecedented growth and is projected to exceed long-haul traffic by 40% in 2017; current static peak capacity provisioned networks are ill-equipped to address such “bursty” traffic patterns. Dynamic optical networking, where bandwidth is allocated on-demand in the physical layer in response to changing traffic demands and network conditions, is a promising solution to address these challenges. Rapidly changing network configurations, however, cause unpredictable transmission impairments and result in network instability. Real-time awareness of the state of the physical layer is necessary for managing signal quality and reliability in a dynamic network and can be achieved through ubiquitous distribution of advanced optical performance monitors in a network.

Delay-line-interferometer (DLI) based optical-signal-to-noise (OSNR) monitor is a good candidate for ubiquitous monitoring as it is cost-effective and supports multiple advanced modulation formats. Its greatest drawback is that its measurements are modulation-format and bit-rate dependent, rendering it ineffective in future networks operating in a mixed line rate and modulation formats framework. In our recent work we demonstrated that by using pilot-tones, modulation-format and bit-rate awareness is realized in the monitor. Autonomous signal quality decisions, even in presence of modulation-dependent cross-talk, is achieved facilitating scalable cross-layer impairment aware routing.

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Biography

Atiyah Ahsan
Ph.D. Candidate
CIAN Graduate Student
Columbia University

Atiyah Ahsan received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (summa cum laude, thesis with highest honors) from Tufts University, Boston and the M.Sc. degree from Columbia University, New York in 2010 and 2012 respectively. From May 2012 to January 2013, she worked as a student collaborator on a project led by Dr. Daniel Kilper at Bell Labs Alcatel Lucent. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Columbia University Lightwave Research Laboratory under the advisement of Professor Keren Bergman. Her research is focused on advanced optical performance monitoring techniques and cross-layer architectures for next-generation dynamic access and metro-networks.

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If you missed Atiyah Ahsan’s talk, see it below!

Being a Young Scholar – A High School Student Opportunity

Are you a young, enthused individual who wants to work with lasers, gain valuable research skills, have fun AND get paid while doing this? These were the proposals that caught my attention and motivated me to apply to the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) Young Scholars internship program. While I was uncertain whether I would be a good candidate for this opportunity I knew that I had a desire to learn and gain valuable research skills and this program offered exactly what I desired.

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After submitting my application and anxiously waiting for a response, in December of 2013 the program coordinator contacted me and asked whether I was interested in participating in the program. I immediately agreed, because I knew that this was my chance to get involved in something exciting and meaningful. After exchanging a couple of email messages I was set up for an interview and told to prepare myself for an exciting opportunity.

Soon enough the big day arrived and before I could comprehend what was happening, I found myself knocking at the interviewer’s door. Continue reading

CIAN LECTURE SERIES WEBINAR – Daniel Lam

Real-time Optical Performance Monitoring Using Time-stretch Technology

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 1:30pm Pacific Time

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Daniel Lam
Ph.D. Candidate
CIAN Graduate Student
UCLA

Daniel Lam received a B.S. degree in Optical Sciences and Engineering from The University of Arizona in 2008, and a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2009.  His research has been focused on digital broadband linearization of optical links and performing high speed measurements using time stretch technology under the guidance of Professors Bahram Jalali and Asad M. Madni.  He is an engineer with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems since 2009.  He is also a recipient of the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Fellowship.

Abstract

With the rapid development of optical networks, optical performance monitoring (OPM) has become a necessity for managing high capacity optical transmission and switching systems.  The transmission capacity can be attained by utilizing amplitude, phase, and polarization of optical waves to send information at increasing data rates.  However at higher transmission rates, impairments in the link could affect the optical wave properties that would impact information capacity.  This in turn requires the implementation of high speed monitoring techniques to monitor degradation/faults in the system and to perform efficient, automated corrective actions in the optical fiber communication network.  The Time-Stretch Enhanced Recorder (TiSER) is capable of providing real-time, in-service, signal analysis for degradation/fault detection.  By generating eye diagrams in real-time, TiSER can provide valuable information on important performance parameters such as bit error rate, rise and fall times, timing jitter, and other optical impairments.  Rapid OPM techniques to measure and provide mean time to repair and mean time to failure is required for next generation agile networks.

Please register for CIAN LECTURE SERIES —
Daniel Lam, UCLA on Sep 12, 2014 1:30 PM PDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2823758426800478722

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2014 09-12 Daniel Lam