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TEST Talks 2021 - Labs and manufacturing testing challenges

Telecom industry: disruptive changes ahead!

15 avril 2021 - 6 mai 2021 Virtual event

TEST Talks 2021 - Labs and manufacturing testing challenges
15 avril 2021 - 6 mai 2021 Virtual event
TEST Talks 2021 - Labs and manufacturing testing challenges
15 avril 2021 - 6 mai 2021 Virtual event

Meet with our guest speakers and teams of experts


Stephen Hardy

Editorial Director at Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber optic space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense. 


Ana González

R&D Manager - EPIC

Dr. Ana González is currently R&D Manager at EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium). Her role is to understand the technology developed by EPIC members and to identify potential collaboration opportunities between them. She also participates in different EC initiatives such Pilot Lines in Photonics, where she contributes to business development and marketing strategy. Her expertise lies in the development of optical systems and research into applications such as sensing and datacom. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and her PhD degree from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2). 


David J. Rodgers

Business Development Manager

David J. Rodgers is a seasoned Test and Measurement (T&M) professional with wide-ranging experience in serial communications protocol and interconnect validation, and a focus on Ethernet network and Fibre Channel fabric solutions where he has been defining, designing, deploying and marketing a broad range of high-speed serial analysis T&M products for SANs and LANs. David has 35+ years industry experience in bringing new computer technologies to market with a wide-ranging background in business, program management and product development of serial protocol T&M solutions. He is an original member of the USB Implementers Forum and one of the pioneer marketers of USB protocol analyzers. David represents EXFO for high-speed interconnect test technologies including Ethernet and Fibre Channel in various protocol industry groups such as IEEE, T10/T11 standards bodies, the Ethernet Alliance and the Fibre Channel Industry Association.


François Menard


Francois Menard is the CTO of AEPONYX inc. He has worked extensively in wired, wireless and optical fiber telecommunication networks over a career spanning more than 25 years. Mr. Menard is the architect of over twenty-five optical communications technology patents and patent applications that combine integrated photonics with micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS). He is the representative of AEPONYX in standards bodies such as ITU and IEEE and leads strategic technological developments. 



Faisal Dada

Principal Architect and Director in the Wired and Wireless Group - Xilinx

Faisal Dada is a Principal Architect & Director in the Wired and Wireless Group at Xilinx, where he manages strategic and technical engagements with customers and service providers. He has more than 20 years’ experience working in different capacities in the industry. At Xilinx, he is responsible for the Optical Transport and Access global markets and works closely with product planning teams to define next-generation products. His responsibilities at Xilinx include publishing papers, speaking at conferences and working with standards bodies. 


Steve Jia

Distinguished Technologist - CableLabs

Steve Jia is a Distinguished Technologist on Optical Technologies at CableLabs, focusing on future optical access network architectures and emerging broadband wired and wireless converged technologies. Dr. Jia has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, 1 book and 4 book chapters, he holds 50 US and foreign patents. Dr. Jia has been the Technical Lead of CableLabs’ point-to-point coherent optics specifications. He has a Ph.D. degree in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.


Luis Miguel Contreras Murillo

Technology Expert at Global CTIO unit – Telefónica

Luis M. Contreras ( has been working for Telefónica in the I+D / Telefónica CTIO unit since August 2011. His projects include 5G, SDN, virtualization, transport networks and their interaction with cloud and distributed services, as well as interconnection topics. He previously worked for Alcatel and Orange. 

Luis is actively involved in research and innovation activities, with 70+ papers published by relevant journals, magazines and conferences. He speaks regularly at high-profile academic and industry events. Luis has participated in projects funded by the EU and the ESA. He is currently working on the EU H2020 projects 5GROWTH and 5G-EVE, and the EU-TW 5G-DIVE. In the standardization arena, he is an active contributor to IETF (authoring five RFCs), O-RAN, ETSI, ITU-T and ONF. 

Luis earned a Telecom Engineering (M.Sc.) degree at the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid (1997). He also holds an M. Sc. in Telematics from the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (2010) where he also lectures part-time. 


Harpinder Matharu

Senior Director Wired & Wireless Group - Xilinx

Harpinder Matharu manages the strategic and technical marketing team at Xilinix. His current focus area is 5G NR, Telco Cloud, Mobile Edge Compute, Converged Access and AI/ML applications for wired and wireless networks. He has more than 30 years of experience working in different capacities within the communications industry. 


Chris Tutt

Program Manager - Senko Advanced Components

Christopher Tutt (Chris) has been the program manager for the CS® and SN® Fiber Optic Interconnect solutions at Senko Advanced Components, Inc. for the last 3 years with responsibility for developing and promoting product growth for this new technology.  Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the Interconnect industry and related technologies. He holds 4 patents related to Interconnects and has published one technical paper. Chris is a veteran of the US Navy where he received his training in computer and radar technology.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, watching baseball, and playing with the family dog.


Shon Schmidt

CEO - Maple Leaf Photonics

Shon Schmidt is the founder and CEO of Maple Leaf Photonics, a start-up focused on developing technology and tools that accelerate the commercialization of integrated photonic systems. While his career has focused on hardware and software product development, Shon also authored numerous patents and publications in the fields of novel microprocessor circuits, computer security and lab-on-chip diagnostic sensors for personalized healthcare. Shon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He currently resides in Seattle with his wife, Cambria, and their three sons.


Raphaël Dubé-Demers

Manager R& D - Optical Instruments

Raphaël Dubé-Demers received a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Université Laval in Quebec City, Quebec in 2012, where he joined the Centre doptique, photonique et laser (COPL) and received a Masters degree in electrical engineering. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. In the Photonics Group, he specialized in the modeling, development and testing of resonant SOI modulators. In 2019, after more than 2 years as technical lead at Ciena, Raphael cofounded EHVA Inc. with Professor Wei Shi. 


Antonio Tartaglia

System Manager and Expert in Photonics – Ericsson

Antonio has spent the last 24 years looking at optical technologies for telecommunications from different angles: production engineering , product development, systems design. He’s currently with Ericsson in Italy as a system manager and technologist. 


Simon Weight

Senior Sales Engineer - Elliot Scientific Ltd

  • Joined Elliot Scientific in 1998
  • Position: Senior Sales Engineer
  • Responsibilities: Sales and technical support for products in our Components Group
  • Previous positions: GEC Marconi Avionics
  • Academic background: BSc (Hons) in Physics
  • Professional qualifications: CPhys, MInstP

Simon is responsible for our Components Group, offering products to the research community from over 25 different suppliers, including our own alignment and micro-positioning products. In addition to the university research groups and associated collaborative hubs such as the UK National Quantum Technology Hub, we also have established accounts with larger research organizations such as the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), National Physical Laboratory, Atomic Weapons Establishment, and Fraunhofer UK. Simon has also managed our largest OEM account for a number of years, involving the design and supply of fibre optic-based products, with many of these handled through a Kanban ordering process. With a broad range of products from optics, fibres and micro-positioners to some of our newer product lines such as microscopy light sources, Simon engages customers across multidisciplinary research areas.


Sebastian Giessmann

Product Marketing Manager - MPI Corporation

Sebastian received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the Dresden University of Applied Science. He has held various positions in R&D, application support and product management in the semiconductor test industry. Currently he is responsible for probe systems product marketing at MPI Corporation and with specialization in silicon photonics testing. 


Stéphane Chabot

Vice-président, Développement commercial sur le terrain

Membre de l’équipe EXFO depuis 1998, Stéphane Chabot dirige la fonction de développement commercial sur le terrain de la Société. Il a pour mission de maximiser les activités d’EXFO dans les marchés et les secteurs de croissance stratégique des applications touchant la fibre optique, le transport et les tests de réseaux 5G. Au cours de sa carrière chez EXFO, M. Chabot a notamment occupé le poste de vice-président, Tests et mesures pendant sept ans; dans le cadre de ce rôle, il a considérablement augmenté la part de marché et les revenus de quatre unités d’affaires. Il a en outre exercé diverses fonctions au sein de l’organisation responsable de la gamme de produits, où il a travaillé avec les équipes sur des innovations de rupture destinées aux fournisseurs de services de télécommunications, aux opérateurs multisystèmes et aux centres de données à très grande échelle. Avant de se joindre à EXFO, M. Chabot a été officier des télécommunications dans les Forces armées canadiennes pendant six ans. Il est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en sciences spatiales du Collège militaire royal du Canada ainsi que d’un diplôme en administration des affaires de l’Université Laval, à Québec.


Sophie Legault

Director Business Unit High-Speed & T&D

Sophie Legault is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Sophie currently holds the position of Director Product Management - Network Deployment and Operations business unit.

With a solid background that spans service providers, network equipment manufacturers and test and measurement, she is well-equipped to manage complex projects and lead teams towards success. Her current role involves overseeing the development and execution of product and solution strategies and working closely with cross-functional teams to drive innovation and growth. She is also responsible for leading strategic planning initiatives and has spoken at multiple industry events.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and an MBA from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal.


Leo Lin

Director - Business Unit NEMs Manufacturing Design & research

Leo Lin has 20+ years of experience in the telecom and IT sectors. He currently holds the position of Director – NEMs Manufacturing Design & Research at EXFO. Prior to that, Leo has held various leadership roles in product management, sales & marketing and engineering at Finisar, QXP, Wistron, EZconn and Chorum and led multidisciplinary teams to launch over 16 new product families for data centers, wireless, DWDM transport and FTTx. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from University of Toronto and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal.


Jean-Marie Vilain

Solution Manager

Jean-Marie Vilain brings to EXFO more than thirty years of extensive experience in optical transport networks, signal integrity testing and protocol network testing. His past experience also led him to work with major telecom accounts in Americas, EMEA and Asia, and to develop a deep expertise in technical marketing, competitive analysis and sales strategy. Jean-Marie Vilain holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from École de technologie supérieure de Montréal.


François Couny

Senior Product Line Manager

François Couny is Product Line Manager for EXFO Optics. He started his career in 2001 as a Test & Measurement engineer at Blaze Photonics, a start-up company specialized in Photonic Crystal Fibre and completed his Ph.D. in Photonics in 2008 at the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Material at the University of Bath (UK). He went on to join Yenista Optics in 2010 with a focus on developing tuneable laser sources and spectral solutions, including an Optical Spectrum Analyzer and also an optical component tester adapted to photonic integrated circuits characterization. Since 2015, François has been PLM for Yenista Optics, now part of EXFO as EXFO Optics.


Guillaume Lavallée

Product Line Manager

Guillaume Lavallee is a product line manager at EXFO, the communications industry’s test, monitoring and analytics experts. He oversees the optical products in the Installation and Maintenance division. He has more than 15 years of experience in telecom test and measurement, related technologies and best practices. Guillaume has a bachelor’s degree in Physics Engineering, specialized in Optics, as well as an MBA from Canada’s University Laval.

Meet with experts from across the telecom industry

EXFO is delighted to invite you to its very first TEST Talks, an online series of panels where experts from across the telecom industry will share valuable insights around the testing needs and challenges of R&D and manufacturing. We'll explore a wide range of topics, including photonic integrated circuits, 400G/800G technology and 5G transport testing.

The event will be spread over four Thursdays from April 15 to May 6. Each day begins with a live panel discussion followed by in-depth sessions with experts and interactive live demos. TEST Talks foster interactive exchanges between our speakers and the audience. Pick as many sessions as you like.

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TEST Talk 1: The rules are changing: How can we stay in the game?

EXFO’S first TEST Talk features Lightwave Editorial Director Stephen Hardy holding forth on key trends and challenges in labs and manufacturing, plus in-depth sessions and demos where we address the telecom industry’s changing rules and how researchers and manufacturers now have to play the game.

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TEST Talk 2: How to future-proof PIC testing

Next-generation photonic technology calls for next-generation testing capabilities. Find out more on April 22 when we discuss these capabilities with industry experts Ana González (EPIC), François Menard (AEPONYX), Shon Schmidt (Maple Leaf Photonics) and François Couny (EXFO). After the panel discussion, join in-depth technical sessions with subject matter experts.

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TEST Talk 3: New era of transceivers: 400G and beyond

Transceiver testing challenges loom large as the telecom industry defines 800G while also deploying 400G widely. Industry experts David J. Rodgers (Ethernet Alliance-Teledyne), Faisal Dada (Xilinx), Leo Lin (EXFO) and Jean-Marie Vilain (EXFO) share insights during a live panel discussion about the new wave of transceivers. After the panel discussion, join in-depth technical sessions with subject matter experts.

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TEST Talk 4: 5G challenges from R&D to field deployment

Questions about 5G testing abound in contexts including R&D, fiber deployment in the field, xHaul transport, transceiver testing and open RAN evolution. Want answers? Our panelists have them. Join us on May 6 when industry experts Antonio Tartaglia (Ericsson), Luis Miguel Contreras Murillo (Telefónica), Harpinder Matharu (Xilinx) and Sophie Legault (EXFO) will share the lessons they’ve learned. After the panel discussion, join in-depth technical sessions with subject matter experts.

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Telecom industry: disruptive changes ahead!

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