NIST will hold a workshop at the Boulder Colorado Laboratories to discuss the role of machine learning (ML) in optical communication systems. Optical communication systems are increasingly used closer to the network edge and are expected to find use in new applications that require more intelligent functionality. Optical networks are needed to address the high speeds and low latency of 5G wireless networks. The analog nature of optical transmission and the complexity of operation and management remain an impediment to greater use of software controls. Furthermore, optical systems are running up against spectral density limits that threaten traditional capacity-based scaling. New efficiency-based scaling methods are needed to further improve the cost/bit/s without relying on capacity improvements alone. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning provide a new direction with the potential to both enable wider use of software controls and to further optimize the efficiency of optical systems across multiple dimensions. Reference data sets for ML would improve functionality and operability across industry further enabling scaling and efficiency. This workshop seeks to identify and develop applications of AI, and ML in the context of accelerating the use of software-based networking in optical systems for improved performance and scalability. Paths to realizing reference training data sets for ML in optical communications systems including needs for new or different metrology will be examined. Workshop outcomes include a white paper for a plan and path to develop and disseminate reference data sets for ML training and applications to open and programmable optical communication systems, as well as a working group to further develop these ideas.
Presentation Slides from August 2, 2019 Workshop on Machine Learning for Optical Communications Systems
Agenda (Printable PDF)
Workshop on Machine Learning For Optical Comm Systems
Friday, August 2nd, 2019
NIST Boulder, Colorado Campus
7:00 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:30 – 9:15 Keynote: “Machine Learning for Optical Communication Systems”
9:15 – 9:30 Coffee Break
9:30 – 11:30 Morning Talks (35 min each + 5 min questions)
11:30-12 pm Morning Speaker Panel- Discussion to address questions from morning talks. (Panel Moderator: Dan Kilper)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch (available for registered attendees only)
13:00 – 14:00 Afternoon speaker panel facilitated by 3 Flash Talks/ 5 min each.
(Panel Moderator: Abdella Battou)
14:00 – 15:00 Breakout groups lead by flash talk speakers
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 16:00 Readout from breakout groups
16:00 – 16:30 Discussion on draft white paper
16:30 – 17:00 Next steps: working groups and follow up workshop
A block of room have been arranged at the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn
• Group code: call 800-233-8469 and reference code " NIST Machine Learning "
• Arrival Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019
• Departure Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019
• Group Rates: $174 for a room with one king bed
Book by July 1, 2019 in order to guarantee the rate.
If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.
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