Our research group led by Dr. Dan Kilper investigates the dynamics of transparent optical networks, developing potentially disruptive technology solutions with ultra-high throughput, minimal access latencies, and low power dissipation. We are developing new ways to control optical systems through software so that the high capacity of optics can be used for a wide range of emerging applications in smart cities, the Internet of Things, and 5G mobile networks. Novel integrated photonic devices promise to drive down the cost and expand the functionality available to optical networks and our group is inventing the architectures and methods to realize these benefits in practical applications.

In the News…


  1. COSMOS: Cloud Enhanced Open Software Defined Mobile Wireless Testbed for City-Scale Deployment.
  2. Agile Cloud Service Delivery Using Integrated Photonics Networking.
  3. Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) in Optical Networks.
  4. Cyber Physical Network Interdependencies in Software Defined Network Control.
  5. TURBO: Terabits/s Using Reconfigurable Bandwidth Optics.
  6. Energy Efficiency and Optimization of Nonlinear Optical Networking Technology.
  7. Lighting a Dark Fiber Research Network in Harlem.

Featured Publications

  1. Yu, J., Chen, T., Gutterman, C., Zhu, S., Zussman, G., Seskar, I., & Kilper, D. (2019, March). COSMOS: Optical architecture and prototyping. In Optical Fiber Communication Conference (pp. M3G-3). Optical Society of America.
  2. Kilper, D. C., Zhu, S., & Yu, J. (2018, October). Physical Layer Control for Disaggregated Optical Systems. In 2018 Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP) (pp. 1-3). IEEE.
  3. Mo, W., Gutterman, C. L., Li, Y., Zhu, S., Zussman, G., & Kilper, D. C. (2018). Deep-Neural-Network-Based Wavelength Selection and Switching in ROADM Systems. Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, 10(10), D1-D11.
  4. Díaz-Montiel, A. A., Yu, J., Mo, W., Li, Y., Kilper, D. C., & Ruffini, M. (2018, May). Performance analysis of QoT estimator in SDN-controlled ROADM networks. In 2018 International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM) (pp. 142-147). IEEE.
  5. Mo, W., Huang, Y. K., Zhang, S., Ip, E., Kilper, D. C., Aono, Y., & Tajima, T. (2018, March). ANN-based transfer learning for QoT prediction in real-time mixed line-rate systems. In 2018 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exposition (OFC) (pp. 1-3). IEEE.
  6. Li, Y., & Kilper, D. C. (2018). Optical physical layer SDN. IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, 10(1), A110-A121.
  7. Li, Y., Mo, W., Zhu, S., Shen, Y., Yu, J., Samadi, P., … & Kilper, D. C. (2018). tSDX: enabling impairment-aware all-optical inter-domain exchange.¬†Journal of Lightwave Technology,¬†36(1), 142-154.
  8. Barry, L. P., Wang, J., McArdle, C., & Kilper, D. (2018). Optical Switching in Datacenters: Architectures Based on Optical Circuit Switching. In Optical Switching in Next Generation Data Centers (pp. 23-44). Springer, Cham.
  9. Y. Li, W. Mo, S. Zhu, Y. Shen, J. Yu, P. Samadi, K. Bergman, D. Kilper, “Transparent Software-Defined Exchange (tSDX) with Real- Time OSNR-Based Impairment-Aware Wavelength Path Provisioning across Multi-Domain Optical Networks”, Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference 2017.
  10. S. Zhu, W. Mo, D. C. Kilper, A. Anthur, L. Barry, ‚ÄúDual Laser Switching for Dynamic Wavelength Operation in Amplified Optical Transmission‚ÄĚ, Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference 2017.
  11. (invited) D. C. Kilper and Y. Li, ‚ÄúOptical Physical Layer SDN: Enabling Physical Layer Programmability through Open Control Systems‚ÄĚ, Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference 2017.
  12. M. Ghobadi, R. Mahajan, A. Phanishayee, N. Devanur, J. Kukarni, G. Ranade, P.-A. Blanche, H. Rastegarfar, M. Glick, and D. Kilper ‚ÄúProjecToR: Agile Reconfigurable Data Center Interconnect‚ÄĚ Proceedings of the 2016 conference on ACM SIGCOMM, pp. 216-229 (2016).
  13. H. Rastegarfar, D. C. Kilper, M. Glick, and N. Peyghambarian, “Topology implications in cyber-physical software-defined optical transmission networks,” Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC 2016), Accepted.
  14. H. Rastegarfar and D. C. Kilper, “Robust software-de fined optical networking for the power grid,” 2016 International Workshop on Sustainability, Implementation and Resilience of Energy-Aware Networks,International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (IEEE ICNC), Accepted.
  15. H. Rastegarfar, D. C. Kilper, M. Glick, and N. Peyghambarian, “Cyber-physical interdepndency in dynamic software-defined optical transmission networks,”J. OPT. Commun. Netw.¬†7(12)
  16. D. C. Kilper and H. Rastegarfar, “Energy challenges in optical access and aggregation networks“, ¬†Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, vol. 374, no. 2062, pp. 20140435, Mar. 2016.
  17. M. Yang, H. Rastegarfar, S. Johnson, W. Mo, M. S. Ajay Gautham, J. Zhu, J. Wissinger, M. Cvijetic, M. Glick, and N. Peyghambarian, “Traffic-aware non-uniform passband assignment in elastic optical networks,” ¬†in Proc. 2015 IEEEPhotonics Conference (IPC), Oct. 2015, pp. 402-403.
  18. D. C. Kilper, M. Bhopalwala, H. Rastegarfar, and W. Mo, “Optical power dynamics in wavelength layer software defi ned networking,” in Proc. Advanced Photonics Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, Jun. 2015, paper NeT2F.2.

Funding Sources and Partners

Our research is a part of NSF CIAN-ERC. We are a part of Photonics Speciality Area in Optical Sciences led by Dr. Nasser Peyghambarian.



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Many people do not realize that the Internet that we know today is only possible because of technological developments that occurred in optical communication systems at the turn of the century. Today the Internet is an optical network of massive scale extending worldwide from individual homes to individual servers in mega-datacenters.  In fact it has grown to the point that our ability to continue to scale these technologies