Francisco Rodrigues received his Master's Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from Aveiro University in 2014, being currently engaged in the Ph.D. under the program of Doctorate in Business and Innovation from the same university. With a research focus on PICs and NG-PON2, Francisco worked as a researcher at Instituto Telecomunicações and as an intern in PT Inovação e Sistemas. In 2015 he joined PICadvanced as an optoelectronic engineer contributing to the development of ONU transceivers for NG-PON2 and PIC platform. Current topics of interest are PICs for PON and Terahertz optoelectronics. Since 2017 Francisco is the CEO of PICadvanced S.A.
We will give an in-depth overview of the role of photonic integrated circuits and their applications in access networks, especially 10G and beyond technologies. Our photonic packaging approach and substrate options will be discussed, as well as the key challenges facing today's networks, for example, scalability, power consumption, and cost efficiency, to provide a flexible and adaptable solution.