11th Optoelectronics and Photonics
Summer School



20-26 June, 2021

Monte Bondone -Trento (Italy)




The 11th edition of the classical Optoelectronics and Photonics 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 DIGITALEID FONTE and EID REAL-NET 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 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 facilitate discussions in an informal venue.

School History

The international Optoelectronics and Photonics 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 hiking 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 20th June 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 mountain 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.

Speakers and Topics
  • Brain, Beatrice Vignoli, University of Trento
  • Neuromorphic Computing (HW), Claudio Gallicchio, University of Pisa
  • Machine Learning/Deep Learning, Elisa Ricci, University of Trento
  • Complex Networks, Inmaculada Leyva, Rey Juan Carlos University
  • Photonics Reservoir Computing, Serge Massar, Free University of Brussels
  • Delay systems, Miguel Cornelles Soriano, IFISC
  • Diffraction systems (Pelm), Claudio Conti, Sapienza University
  • Neuromorphic silicon photonics, Paul Prucnal and Bhavin Shastri, Princeton University
  • Scissor, Mattia Mancinelli, University of Trento
  • VCSEL, Antonio Hurtado, University of Strathclyde
  • Phase change system, Wolfram Pernice, University of Münster
  • Ising Machine, Hiroki Takesue, NTT Data
  • Photonics accelerator, Laurent Daudet, LightOn
  • Other Applications, Apostolos Argyris, IFISC
  • Nonlinear phenomena in telecommunication, Sergei Turitsyn, Aston University

Here follows the program:

Program SS NMP2021 (PDF | 45KB )



> Important information: the school will be held "whatever it takes".  We are now considering to have a blended mode. Some of the speakers and of the students will be on-site and others will join remotely. We leave to you to decide whether to come or not. We clearly prefer to have the participants on site so that they can also network and share their time in a relaxed ambient. The hotel has been very willing to accommodate even a few people, so the on-site mode is guaranteed, as well as the online mode for students and speakers who could not come due to restrictions or do not feel safe traveling. 
In case the european and local situation will not allow to travel, the school will be moved to a fully online event. Be sure that we will inform you about this in time!
For on site participation, the student has to pay at the hotel the living cost. The rate per day for students is 70 euros per night full board- double occupancy room.

The amount of participation fee is:

- 300 euro on site mode
- 150 euro online mode

The School will make available waiving fees: 5 for onsite and 5 for online participation. Those interested have to register and at the same time write an email to nmp2021@unitn.it with a short motivation within 20 May. Decision will be communicate before 31 May. Note that for onsite participation the hotel expenses are not covered by the fee.

Visa Assistance

Citizen having passports from certain countries need a visa to Italy. If you need any assistance to obtain your visa, please contact us as soon as possible (indicate your address, date and place of birth, your passport number and date of expiration).

For this please write an email to: nmp2021@unitn.it  with the subject: VISA ASSISTANCE

UniTrento Authorization (DOC | 0.2 MB )


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



The School will take place 20-26 June, 2021, at  the Hotel Montana, Monte Bondone, Trentino – Italy.



For request, questions, poster submission and registration enquires