Book Review — Programmable Integrated Photonics by José Capmany and Daniel Pérez

once found chiefly in academic and R&D labs, are now routinely produced in the commercial market for a variety of end applications. Commensurate with the field’s maturity, several textbooks and monographs have been published in the last few years to either serve as introductions to PIC design methodology or as tutorials summarizing the vast literature. It is therefore timely and fitting for Capmany and Pérez to release their new contribution, which they assert is “the first comprehensive, up-to-date and self-contained introduction to the field of programmable integrated photonics.”

Access South Africa’s Leading Research Journal’s Entire Collection

The full archives of the SAIEE Africa Research Journal—some issues dating back more than 100 years—are now available in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

The open-access quarterly journal from the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers publishes peer-reviewed articles on research in IEEE’s fields of interest. The digitization of the 5,000 …

IEEE Photonics Society Restructures Volunteer Leadership — Important Changes to the Society Bylaws

The Photonics Society Constitution and Bylaws committee has reviewed our current society bylaws and have recommended revisions to better define the restructuring of our volunteer leadership and bring our bylaws in line with current practices. 
The Board of Governors has approved the proposed changes to the Photonics Society Bylaws to maximize our volunteer and staff resources and to better align our governance structure with current operations.

Royal Academy of Engineering Inducts IEEE Photonics Society Fellow, Professor Nabeel Agha Riza

IEEE Photonics Society Fellow and Chair Professor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nabeel A. Riza of University College Cork, Ireland was inducted into the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK’s National Academy of Engineering. Induction to the Academy is a prestigious UK honor awarded to high impact engineering professionals. Membership is diverse and includes Nobel Prize winners and UK’s Lewis Hamilton, 6-time Formula One Racing World Champion. Riza was elected as a global prize-winning inventor of light-based technologies including invention of the all-digital fault-tolerant fiber-optic equalizer deployed in the global internet. Sir Jim McDonald, President of the Academy stated: “Our Fellows represent the best of the best in the engineering world.” The induction ceremony was held 11 October, Prince Philip House, London.

Humanitarian & Student-Driven Activities Led by Chapters in Africa

The IEEE Photonics Society’s Membership Council, its respective Committees, i.e., Globalization, Diversity Oversight, Education, as well as the Humanitarian & Public Imperative Committee have granted several student chapters throughout Africa with educational and/or humanitarian funding. 
Below are a few high-impact projects that took place in the second half of 2021, which garnered internal and external accolades across the IEEE and photonics community-at-large.

Don’t Be Afraid to Learn

Today we interview Dr. Gemma Vall Llosera, Head of Automation & AI Innovation from Ericsson Sweden, an experienced technology broker spanning application areas of optics and photonics, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, communications, cloud technologies, Board Member of Photonic Sweden.

Special Event Recap: Women-in-Electronics & Photonics Symposium at CSW2021

Compound Semiconductor Week 2021 (CSW2021) was held digitally this year ( within the joint venue for the 47th International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS) and the 32nd International Conference on Indium Phosphide and Related Materials (IPRM). More than 300 participants presented their research and innovations in more than 30 sessions and workshops, sharing their latest findings on the wide range of compound semiconductor technology frontiers covered in the event. 

IEEE Senior Member Initiative: How to Apply or Nominate in 2022

The ‘Nominate a Senior Member Initiative’ was designed to encourage IEEE Society Chapters and volunteer leaders to become actively involved in promoting IEEE Senior Member grade. This initiative aims to: encourage grade advancement within IEEE; simplify the application process; offer financial incentives for approved senior member applications; and offer increased member benefits. Chapters and mentors should encourage senior membership elevation for many reasons. IEEE Senior Members become more invested in volunteer activities at a leadership level and have an average retention rate of 98%. 

Conference Report: 27th International Semiconductor Laser Conference (ISLC)

It’s a wrap! After years of preparation and in spite of the operating challenges from the COVID-pandemic, the ISLC returned successfully to Germany in 2021 after a 20-year pause. The conference wrapped up on 14 October, on a beautiful autumn day in the Dorint Hotel in historic Potsdam, just outside the capital Berlin. The 27th ISLC was the first hybrid event in the conference’s history and was filled to capacity, with both in-person attendance (over 100) and the in-person exhibition selling out, complemented by over 100 on-line attendees, more than matching attendance in previous years. The ISLC succeeded thanks to a huge effort by its organizers, the team at the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, excellent support from the conference chairs, the program committee and the IEEE Photonics Society as technical sponsors as well as enthusiastic participation from the semiconductor laser community. We saw especially strong technical on-line participation from the Japanese community, even though travelling was not possible. Indeed, Program Chair Akihiko Kasukawa from Furukawa Electric, was the only in-person representative from the entire Asia-Pacific region, continuing his untiring support of the ISLC.