The “First European Conference on Optical Fibre Communication” was held in 1975 in London, organized by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and European Physical Society (EPS). A proceeding with 209 pages was printed by the IEE. In 1988, ECOC was held again in UK (Brighton) and the IEE pioneered dissemination by publishing for the first time the proceeding of a major conference on an electronic library (IEEE). Since 2008 printed ECOC proceedings are not distributed anymore at all. The 37th ECOC, held in Geneva, marks another publication milestone. For the first time selected proceeding papers are published in an ECOC/Optics Express Special Issue, making use of dissemination through a high impact factor and open access journal.
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The “First European Conference on Optical Fibre Communication” (ECOC), was held in London, 16-18 September 1975, organized by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and European Physical Society (EPS).
This 1st ECOC was held not even 10 years after Dr. Kao had presented at a meeting, also in London and organized by the IEE, a proposal for long-distance communication over single-mode fibers [1,2], setting the starting point of the optical communication development, or rather: revolution.
ECOC has accompanied this optical communication development over all the years and has become over the last 36 years one of the two premier conferences which covers year after year the progress and frontiers of optical communication. Optical communication has enabled the internet which has dramatically changed our life and globalized our civilization.
ECOC has put this technology also to its own use. In 1988, ECOC was held again in the UK (Brighton) and the IEE pioneered dissemination by publishing for the first time the proceeding of a major conference on an electronic library (IEEE). Since 2008 printed ECOC proceedings are not distributed at all. ECOC 2011 marks another publication milestone. For the first time selected proceeding papers are published in an ECOC/Optics Express Special Issue, making use of dissemination through a high impact factor and open access journal.
The 37th European Conference on Optical Communication and Exhibition  took place in Geneva, Switzerland from September 18 to September 22, 2011. ECOC is Europe’s leading event for presenting scientific results, new developments and major innovations related to optical communications and took place at the Palexpo Conference and Exhibition center. ECOC 2011 provided an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forum that brought together more than 5000 people (1300 delegates and close to 4000 visitors) together from basic research, R&D, industry and telecom operators. More than 230 oral and 120 poster presentations were carefully selected by the ECOC Technical Program Committee from over 750 submissions. Five plenaries, six tutorials, forty-four invited papers, all by renowned experts, 18 workshops (with 120 papers), 6 symposia (with 49 papers) focused on top actual topics, and 23 post-deadline papers reporting last-hour breakthroughs completed the technical program. These papers are published in the ECOC 2011 proceedings . Altogether, 684 people presented at ECOC 2011 scientific conference.
It is little known that light guiding by total internal reflection was first demonstrated and published in “Comptes rendues”, in Geneva, Switzerland by Jean-Daniel Colladon , around 30 years before the famous demonstration by Tyndall in 1870 in London. At the ECOC 2011in Geneva we celebrated the 170th anniversary of this first demonstration of light guiding by Jean-Daniel Colladon in Geneva by four public lectures on “Milestones in Light Guiding”.
ECOC conferences are held every year in a different European city and organized by a completely new team, with only a very small handover, skillfully overseen and guided by the senior EMC (European Management Committee) and IAC (International Advisory Committee). It is a testimony to the diversity, unity and activity of the European scientific community that ECOC has become one of the most prestigious and premier conferences on optical communication. The ECOC technical program is put together by a program chair, six senior subcommittee chairs and a prestigious technical program committee with 98 distinguished experts in their fields from across the world. The topics of the six subcommittees are:
- SC1. Fibres, Fibre Devices, and Amplifiers, chaired by Hans Limberger (EPFL, Switzerland)
- SC2. Waveguide and Optoelectronic Devices, chaired by Juerg Leuthold (Universität Karlsruhe, Germany)
- SC3. Subsystems for Optical Networks, chaired by AntonioTeixeira (Universidade de Aveiro Portugal, Portugal)
- SC4. Transmission Systems and Network Elements, chaired by Christophe Peucheret (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
- SC5. Backbone and Core Networks, chaired by Dimitra Simeonidou (Photonic Networks Res. Lab. Colchester, UK)
- SC6. Access Networks and LAN, chaired by Gabriella Cincotti (University of Roma, Italy)
This Special Issue would not have been possible without the generous and enthusiastic efforts of the six distinguished subcommittee chairs, who also served as Optics Express guest co-editors, pictured in Fig. 1 .
We would also like to thank the 125 reviewers, listed below, who dedicated their valuable time to review the manuscripts of this first ECOC/Optics Express Special Issue. This issue was made possible only through their dedicated efforts.
- Kazi Abedin, OFS Laboratories
- Norberto Amaya, University of Essex
- Prince Anandarajah, Dublin City University
- Achim Autenrieth, ADVA Optical Networking AG
- Liam Barry, Dublin City University
- Polina Bayvel, University College London
- Pietro Bernasconi, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs.
- Oriol Bertran-Pardo, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs.
- Timothy Birks, University of Bath
- Hans Bissessur, Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks
- Alberto Bononi, Universita degli Studi di Parma
- Gabriella Bosco, Politecnico di Torino
- Camille-Sophie Bres, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
- Joe Campbell, University of Virginia
- Jose Capmany, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
- John Cartledge, Queen's University at Kingston
- Philippe Chanclou, TELECOM Bretagne
- Filippo Cugini, CNIT
- Stefan Dahlfort, Ericsson, Inc.
- Thomas Darcie, University of Victoria
- Huug de Waardt, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
- Fabrizio Di Pasquale, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
- David DiGiovanni, OFS Laboratories
- John Downie, Corning Inc.
- Liang Du, Monash University
- Benjamin Eggleton, University of Sydney
- Jorg Elbers, ADVA AG Optical Networking
- Andrew Ellis, University College Cork
- Eduard Escalona, University of Essex
- Rene-Jean Essiambre, Alcatel-Lucent
- Yann Frignac, Telecom Sud-Paris
- Kiyoshi Fukuchi, NEC Corporation
- Andrea Galtarossa, Universita degli Studi di Padova
- Roberto Gaudino, Politecnico di Torino
- Tommy Geisler, OFS FITEL DENMARK ApS
- Ekaterina Golovchenko, TE SubCom
- Fausto Gomez Agis, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
- Stéphane Gosselin, Orange Labs
- Norbert Hanik, Technical University of Muenchen
- Ian Henning, University of Essex
- Dag Hjelme, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
- Werner Hofmann, University of California Berkeley
- Hao Hu, DTU Fotonik
- Ming-Fang Huang, NEC Laboratories America Inc
- Patrick Iannone, AT&T Corp.
- Hiroshi Ishikawa, Natl Inst of Adv Industrial Sci & Tech.
- Pontus Johannisson, Chalmers University of Technology
- Michel Joindot, University of Rennes
- Gabriel Junyent, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
- Magnus Karlsson, Chalmers University of Technology
- Masanori Koshiba, Hokkaido University
- Sang Bae Lee, Korea Institute of Science & Technology
- Jie Hyun Lee, ETRI
- Christian Lerminiaux, UTT Service Commun de la Documentation
- Juerg Leuthold, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
- Christina Lim, University of Melbourne
- Chinlon Lin, Lightelli Co., Ltd.
- Robert Lingle, OFS
- Xiang Liu, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs.
- Andrew Lord, BT Exact
- Kurt Lösch, Alcatel-Lucent
- Hadrien Louchet, VPIsystems
- Hanne Ludvigsen, Aalto Yliopisto
- YI LUO, Tsinghua University
- Lucia Marazzi, Politecnico di Milano
- Graeme Douglas Maxwell, Center for Integrated Photonics Tech Ltd
- Patrice Megret, Universite de Mons
- David Millar, University College London
- John Mitchell, University College London
- Geert Morthier, Ghent University, INTEC
- Hans Christian Hansen Mulvad, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
- Raul Muñoz, CTTC
- Hiroshi Murata, Osaka University
- Junichi Nakagawa, Mitsubishi Elec. Corp.
- Yoshiaki Nakano, University of Tokyo
- Masataka Nakazawa, Tohoku University
- Alan Naughton, Tyndall National Institute
- Moshe Nazarathy, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
- Reza Nejabati, University of Essex
- Anthony Ng'Oma, Corning Inc.
- Pascale Nouchi, Thales Group
- Roeland Nuijts, Surfnet BV
- Bert Offrein, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
- Hiroshi Onaka, Fujitsu Ltd.
- Leif Oxenløwe, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
- Juan Palacios, Telefonica
- Shuping Peng, University of Essex
- Richard Penty, University of Cambridge
- Klaus Petermann, Technische Universität Berlin
- Periklis Petropoulos, Optoelectronics Research Centre
- Hans-Ulrich Pfeiffer, Oclaro
- Andrew Phillips, University of Nottingham
- Josep Prat, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
- Valerio Pruneri, Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques
- Stojan Radic, University of California San Diego
- Albert Rafel, British Telecommunications
- Werner Rosenkranz, Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel
- Salvador Sales, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
- Ken-ichi Sato, Nagoya University
- Seb Savory, University College London
- Christian Schaeffer, Helmut Schmidt University
- Marco Secondini, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
- Paolo Serena, Universita degli Studi di Parma
- Leo Spiekman, Alphion Corporation
- Alexandros Stavdas, University of Peloponnese
- Masatoshi Suzuki, KDDI R&D Laboratories
- Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
- Hidenori Taga, National Sun Yat-Sen University
- Eduward Tangdiongga, Eindhoven University of Technology
- Antonio Teixeira, Universidade de Aveiro
- Luc Thevenaz, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
- Torger Tokle, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
- Shinji Tsuji, Hitachi Ltd.
- Anna Tzanakaki, Athens Info. Tech.
- Peter Vetter, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs.
- Davide Visani, Università degli Studi di Bologna
- Hongsheng Wang, Alphion Corporation
- Peter Winzer, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs.
- Marc Wuilpart, Université de Mons
- Jing Xu, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
- Fatih Yaman, NEC Laboratories America Inc.
- Xingwen Yi, University of Elec Science & Tech of China
- Hosung Yoon, Korea Telecom
- Xianbin Yu, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
- Darko Zibar, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
Ursula Keller did suggest that this conflict can be resolved with an ECOC/Optics Express Special issue. Articles in such a special issue can have quite some overlap with the proceedings. In addition, articles in such a special issue can incorporate feedback obtained during the conference, can be made longer and are reviewed much more carefully. Of course this Special Issue has to be published quickly after the conference. We did decide to publish this special issue 3 months after the conference; it gives the authors and reviewers enough time and it is, considered the size of the task, as rapid as possible.
In an opinion survey during the conference we did find that a vast majority of the delegates welcomed this opportunity. This did manifest itself also in that a high percentage (40%) of the eligible proceeding articles decided to submit to this special issue. It is our privilege to introduce you to this first ECOC/Optics Express Special Issue and we do hope that this will be the beginning of a new area for ECOC to disseminate their results.
It has been a pleasure for me to work with this outstanding team on this 2011 ECOC/Optics Express Special Issue and I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards all of them.
Christoph Harder (HPP, Switzerland)Program Chair 37th ECOC 2011Geneva, Switzerland
References and links
1. K. C. Kao and G. A. Hockham, “Dielectric-fibre surface waveguides for optical frequencies,” Proc. IEE 113, 1151–1158 (1966).
2. J. Hecht, City of Light (Oxford University Press, 1999).
3. 37th ECOC 2011 conference, http://www.ecoc2011.org/.
4. 37th ECOC 2011 proceedings, 18–22 Sept. 2011, Geneva, Switzerland, Print ISBN: 978–1-4577–1918–9.
5. D. Colladon, “On the reflections of a ray of light inside a parabolic liquid stream,” Comptes Rendus 15, 800–802 (1842). Translated by Julian A. Carey, April 1, 1995.