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ECE Colloquium Series – Professor Clint Schow

April 27 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

As part of the *Eleanore Hale Wilson Lecture Series, ECE is proud to present:

Opportunities and Challenges for Photonics in Next-Generation Data Centers

Professor Clint Schow
University of California, Santa Barbara
Host: Professor Steve Koester



Data centers are driving the development of next-generation photonic technologies with the promise of higher performance at lower cost. Worldwide research encompasses multi– and single-mode links, all-photonic switching and routing technologies, and hybrid networks combining electrical and optical switching.

This talk will provide background on the current roles of optical interconnects in data centers and will highlight opportunities for photonics to dramatically improve the connectivity and performance of future installations. Integration of large-scale photonics with electronics in next generation multi-chip modules will be required, which raises a host of challenges and risks that provide fertile ground for research and innovation.


Clint L. Schow received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. After positions at IBM and Agility Communications, Dr. Schow spent more than a decade at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, as a Research Staff Member and Manager of the Optical Link and System Design group. He has led international R&D programs spanning chip-to-chip optical links, VCSEL and Si photonic transceivers, nanophotonic switches, and new system architectures enabled by high-bandwidth, low-latency photonic networks. In 2015, Dr. Schow joined the faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Dr. Schow has served on numerous international conference committees and has been a longtime volunteer for the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC), as a Program and General Chair and a member of the Steering Committee. He is a Fellow of the OSA and a Senior Member of the IEEE, has published more than 150 journal and conference articles, and has more than twenty issued patents.


*Established in 2009, the Eleanore Hale Wilson Fund supports engineering field leaders for travel to Minnesota to share their expertise and discoveries with University of Minnesota graduate students, faculty, and alumni. The fund also supports the receptions held in honor of each speaker.


April 27
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Keller Hall Annex 3-230
200 Union St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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