On behalf of the International Cooperative of Plastic Optical Fibers (ICPOF), we are pleased to announce the 27th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibers (POF 2018) will be held in Seattle, Washington, USA, from September 4 to 6th.

The main theme for POF2018 is optical data networks and sensing architectures, technologies, components, materials, tools and techniques that utilize the advantages of POF.These technologies are designed to meet the harsh environment of aircraft and spacecraft applications on both commercial and military platforms. This application-oriented conference will provide an international forum for leaders, researchers, scientists, and engineers from academia and industry to share new R&D advances and discuss issues and solutions.

POF 2018 will also cover recent developments in POF technology, applications, technical standards, industry progress and new markets. Speakers from around the world will review opportunities for POF in areas such as automobile applications, Gigabit POF, 4K/8K ultra high definition television (UHDTV), home networking, active optical cables, POF sources & sensors, and high-temperature POF, among others.

There will be Special Sessions featuring leading-edge speakers and panel discussions. There will also be short tutorials offered by the world’s leading experts. The conference will feature many invited speakers, but we rely on a strong contributed paper program, and ask you to submit your work and meet us in Seattle. We will invite avionic and automotive suppliers, photonic and fiber optic suppliers from cables and connectors to transceivers and sensors to exhibit their technologies and products, providing the participants with an opportunity for direct interaction with vendors.

During the conference, we would like you to join our excursions to the world’s largest building in volume under one roof that houses the assembly lines of the Boeing wide body aircrafts 747, 777, and 787.We also invite you to the Museum of Flight where you will experience the history of aviation, from the first controlled glider to the modern spacecraft.

We welcome your participation in POF2018, and look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Prof. Yasuhiro Koike
Chair, International Cooperative of
Plastic Optic Fibers
Keio University, Japan
T. Kien Truong
Chair, POF 2018
Technical Fellow, Boeing, USA