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11th HONET-PfE
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

December 15 - 17, 2014
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11th Int'l Conference - Photonics for Energy (PfE)


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General Information

The HONETPfE 2014 is envisioned to cover photonics for energy production, harvesting renewable resources and intelligent monitoring based on smart grids.  The expanded scope for the HONET meeting will cover R&D topics ranging from new materials and device technologies to intelligent systems consisting of communication networks, cyber-security, e-applications and social networks.

Global Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) networks enable the high-speed internet by utilizing various photonic- and RF wireless technologies and networks spanning millions of fiber-optic links over the vast landscape and numerous satellites hovering over our planet. This technology base is the workhorse for ICT from the architectural, security, signal transport and application perspectives. Photonic, Optoelectronic, and Wireless modes of communication complement each other and enable various communication technologies that are now the life-lines of our increasingly interconnected world. These are the disciplines that have emerged from the “fundamental electromagnetic phenomena and light-matter interaction” and are the enablers of numerous engineering applications.  The foundations are electromagnetic-wave generation, propagation, and detection.  In both RF and optical regimes semiconductors and optical materials are utilized in the form of nano- and meta-materials.  Process advances in micro/nano-fabrication of photonics devices, components, and functional modules and sub-assemblies enable the rapid progress in these technical areas.

The 11th International Conference [http://honet-ict.org] will be hosted by Charlotte Research Institute (CRI) and EPIC (Electric Power Infrastructure Center) at UNC Charlotte. HONET has an expanded scope to include various symposia serving scientific, technical and commercial sectors from different regions with a broad global participation. It will cover multiple tracks in various photonic and communication disciplines: e.g., photonics for energy harvesting, smart grids, internet of things, cloud computing, global e-applications, communications, network-enabled sensors, signal processing, audio, image and video processing, network security and forensic, data compression, various nanophotonics for energy-harvesting devices and materials. HONET-PfE will include Industry Expo as well as workshops/tutorials and specialized short courses co-located with the main conference. HONET-PfE’ 2014 will span over three days of technical presentations as well as Industry Exhibits/Expo.  Keynote addresses and various plenary sessions will set the theme and reinforce the overall objectives. The HONET-PfE 2014 thematic focus is the Photonics for Energy” (PfE).  HONET-PfE has now a broader appeal of “Emerging/Enabling Technologies”, in addition to various communications and networking areas, it covers photonics and other complementary communication technologies as well as optics and nanotechnologies in the environmental arena as well as medicine and information processing. More information and updates are available at:  http://honet-ict.org


Authors are invited to submit R&D and concept papers presenting original research work related to the practice and theory related to the scope of “HONET-PfE. Extended abstracts and Students’ poster-papers consistent with the topics and scope are also welcomed. Related proposals for workshops and Tutorials will  be considered as well. All submissions must describe original and pertinent research, development, and future vision. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:



            Photonics for Energy Harvesting

            Location based services (LBS) and Network Security

            Photonics for Energy Efficiency : Semiconductor and Organic LEDs

            Internet Mobility, 4 G Services and OWA beyond LTE

            Emerging Solar Materials and Technologies

            5G Technologies

            Photonics for Smart Grids and Networks

            Internet of things

            Intelligent Monitoring based Smart Grids

            Social Networks and Green ICT

            Nano- and Meta-materials for Intelligent Devices 

            Cloud computing / Convergence of metro/optical access /storage networking

            Micro/Nano Fab of Active and Passive Photonics

            Demand Response and Cost Dynamics  

            Lasers, Solar Cells, and LEDs

            MicroGrid Analytics and Management

            Communication Networks -Enabling the Smart Grids

            Audio, Image and Video Processing

            Communications and Signal Processing

            Network Security and Forensic

            Data Compression and Storage





These topics should be discussed in terms of research findings, concepts, state-of-the-art, standards, implementations, developments, field trials/experiments, educational goals and new applications. Submitted or substantially similar papers must not be under review currently for any other publication. The received papers will be peer reviewed using “IEEE standards and criteria.” Authors should note that only the accepted and presented papers will be eligible for final proceedings. Papers accepted but not presented will be omitted from all proceedings.

          All paper submissions via EasyChairTM with link: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=honet2014  


Papers of exceptional quality will be considered for inclusion in the special issues of selected journals (e.g., IEEE & Elsevier). Articles for Journal publication may be subject to further reviewing by guest editors according to guidelines and Journals’ policies. Separate Journal publication charges may apply.



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