Speaker Name(s): Alan Willner Ph.D. Description: Optical fibre communications have been a key enabler of the fantastic growth in nearly all forms of global communications. One tiny glass fibre can accommodate more than 20,000 Gbits per second of information traffic, the equivalent of many millions of simultaneous phone calls or a million simultaneous high-speed internet connections. Increasing demand for capacity by different types of users has driven significant innovation. Recent technical achievements in advanced data-modulation formats, high-performance integrated optics, and work to overcome non-idealities on the optical fibre itself promise a robust, reconfigurable system with greater capacity and flexibility.