Photonics and microelectronics leaders discuss research at annual conference on Nov. 6

Local and regional experts discuss current trends in microcircuits, sensors and optoelectronics technologies that could impact AIM Photonics initiatives

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Louise Slaughter Hall

The IEEE Electronic Devices Society will hold its 39th annual Western New York Conference from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 in Louise Slaughter Hall at Rochester Institute of Technology. Registration for the daylong event begins at 10:15 a.m., opening remarks start at 10:45 a.m. and the first speaker’s presentation will begin at 11 a.m.

The event is free and open to members of the sponsor-societies as well as university faculty, graduate or doctoral-level university students and industry professionals. Registration can be done online.

Conference coordinators are also still accepting abstracts about photonics research and development activities in Western New York for poster sessions for the conference until Oct. 30.

With Rochester as the new site of American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, or AIM Photonics, the topic of integrated photonics is of interest to the local scientific community, and is a common theme for several of the conference presentations. Ryne Raffaelle, RIT vice president for research and associate provost, will provide opening remarks and background about the Rochester AIM Photonics initiative. Other invited speakers discussing these topics include:

  • Richard R. Grzybowski, MACOM Integrated Photonic Solutions, “Getting Started with Silicon Photonics”
  • Benjamin L. Miller, University of Rochester Medical Center, “Integrated Photonic Sensors”
  • Po Dong, Alcatel-Lucent, “Silicon Photonics for Telecom/Datacom”
  • Saj Ishaq, SRI International, “Emulation of Microcircuits”
  • Meredith Reed, Army Research Laboratory, “GaN Optoelectronics”
  • William Donaldson, University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics, “Electro-optic Measurements on the OMEGA”
  • Parsian K. Mohseni, RIT Microsystems Engineering, “III-V Nanowires”

“With photonics being ‘the talk of the town,’ we have a wonderful group of speakers lined up to provide the scientific community with their technical insights and the opportunities that await this region,” said Karl Hirschman, professor in RIT’s Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering Department, and co-coordinator of the EDS event. “We are especially excited about this year’s event.”

The conference is being co-sponsored by the Rochester chapters of IEEE, the Electron Devices Society, Circuits and Systems and the Photonics Society. More information about the event can be found online or by contacting event co-chairs Karl Hirshman at or Stefan Preble at