11th Optoelectronics and Photonics
Winter School



17-23 January, 2021

Andalo-Trento (Italy)



The 11th edition of the classical Optoelectronics and Photonics winter school in Trentino aims at introducing students and post-docs with an optics background to the concepts of neuromorphic photonics, focusing on the hot topics that are driving the technological and scientific research in this field. The target audience are PhD students and young researchers, who will have the opportunity to attend the lectures given by the main scientists leading the neuromorphic photonics community.

This year the school is also organized in the frame of the ERC-AdG project BACKUP, the PRIN 2017 project PELM and of the ETN POST DIGITAL network. Researchers working in the project will present lectures and results on hybrid neuromorphic networks.

University of Trento, the Nanoscience laboratory, and the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC) of the University of the Balearic Islands will organize this edition of the Winter school.

The school will initially introduce the general concepts about the biological brain behaviours and neuroscience, with particular attention to their implementation in machine learning and complex networks. Then the lectures will focus on different kind of neuromorphic photonic platforms (from lasers and diffraction systems, down to integrated photonics chips) and on applications like photonic accelerators, optical device optimization and telecommunications.

In addition to standard classes, rump evening sessions on hot topics in the field with free beers and beverages will be organized to facilitate discussions among students and lecturers. Since this is a residential school, both the students and the lecturers will reside in the same hotel which will easy discussions in an informal venue or on the ski fields.

School History

The international Optoelectronics and Photonics Winter School is a biannual event which is traditionally being held in Trentino Region starting from 2001. This is going to be the 11th edition.

Typically, the school is addressing specific topics within the international scientific community of Optoelectronics and Photonics. It aims to bring together a large number of PhD students and young researchers from all parts of the world who across a one-week intense schedule follow a series of lectures on selected topics. The lectures are held by internationally recognized experts in the field. At the same time, the students are encouraged to enjoy the beautiful location where the school is organized. To this end a large lunch break is considered to allow skiing and relaxing on the mountains or at the hotel facilities.

The different editions of the school have been organized each other year by the Nanoscience Laboratory of the University of Trento.


Throughout these years the School had a continuous success and has gained the fame of an important event among both young students and experts in the field.


The conference will be organized in three main areas, each of which is divided in subareas.

  1. Introduction
    1. Brain physiology
    2. Neuroscience
    3. Reservoir computing
    4. Machine Learning/ Deep learning
    5. Complex Networks
    6. Quantum Machine Learning
    7. Neuromorphic Computing
  2. Photonic platforms
    1. Delay Systems
    2. Diffraction Systems
    3. Spiking Networks
    4. Swirl 
    5. Scissors 
    6. VCSELs
    7. Phase Change System
    8. Ising Machines
  3. Applications
    1. Photonics accelerator
    2. Optical device Optimization
    3. Telecommunications

The school will begin on Sunday 17th January in the afternoon. After welcoming remarks, the first introductory lectures will be given. In the evening, an ice-breaking event will be organized by the SPIE Student Chapter of the University of Trento Student Chapter. From Monday to Friday the agenda will be the following:

  • Morning session (9.00-12.30). Three lectures with one coffee break.
  • Lunch and long break to winter sport and discussion
  • Afternoon session (16.30-19.30). Three lectures.
  • Dinner
  • Evening session (after 21.00). Different events for each day, including rump sessions, social dinner and poster sessions.

On Saturday, a closing ceremony will close the school. Activities will finish after lunch.

The final program will be published soon.


The school will take place 17 to 23 January, 2021 in Andalo (TN), Italy. The number of participants is limited to 50. After reaching 50 confirmed applications, inscription will be closed even before the deadline.

> Registration deadline: 15 December, 2020

The registration fee (€ 800) will cover the lodging (full board), winter school kit, entry to all scientific sessions, participation to the special winter events, coffee breaks, welcome drink, social events and the use of the hotel facilities. 

Information about the registration will be published soon.


During the school, a poster session to stimulate discussions and networking will take place. The description of current activity of the students is encouraged. While it is mandatory to submit an abstract at the registration time, it will not undergo any review process and will be accepted as it is. The abstract should contain a Title, Author(s) list and Affiliation and the text of max 250 words. A prize for the best poster is offered.


  • Beatrice Vignoli, University of Trento - Italy
  • Manlio De Domenico, FBK-Bruno Kessler Foundation - Italy
  • Antonio Hurtado, University of Strathclyde - Scotland
  • Serge Massar, Université libre de Bruxelles - Belgium
  • Claudio Mirasso, University of the Balearic Islands - Spain
  • Miguel Cornelles Soriano, IFISC-Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems - Spain
  • Mattia Mancinelli, University of Trento - Italy
  • Wolfram Pernice, University of Münster - Germany
  • Paul Prucnal, Princeton University - USA
  • Hiroki Takesue, NTT - Japan
  • Laurent Daudet, LightOn - France
  • Pavel Cheben, University of Ottawa - USA
  • Sergei Turitsyn, Aston University - England

For request, questions, poster submission and registration enquires