Welcome Remarks: Welcome back to Real in-Person iPOP2023!

Dear friends, presenters and supporters of iPOP Conference,

We have overcome the COVID-19 pandemic which had severely impacted all of us, we are delighted to have iPOP 2023 planned as a full real in-person conference being held May 25-26, 2023 with showcase and exhibitions.

This year marks the 19th anniversary of iPOP International conference, which has been founded and sponsored by Photonic Internet Labs (PIL) and ISOCORE. Since its inception, the conference has enjoyed well attendance with diverse and involved participants in person.

For this year's event, we are augmenting the existing central theme of the conference with forward-looking 6G networks and green/smart city which include backbone technology, platform and services. In 6G networks, not only huge bandwidth but also super-low latency with green technology are needed. New breakthroughs to support them are needed. In addition, we have networks topics for flexible service such as SDN, NFV and service chaining with the focus on reliable, manageable, flexible and cost-effective carrier and/or service provider networks. Of course, datacenter, mobile access network integration like 5G are hot topics. AI and data analytics support reliable and high-efficient network operation. All-Optical Networks which connect high-performance processing power with AI create new network paradigm. The iPOP conference venue this year happens to be at the heart of IOWN technology which is promoted by Intel SONY and NTT and also the starting point of iPOP conference 19 years ago, here in NTT Musashino R&D.

6 years ago, "iPOP which started as IP+Optical, will stand for intelligent and Processing over Optical networks" announced by Prof. N. Yamanaka at iPOP opening plenary. It is now becoming realistic!! It is also the target of 6G and IOWN.

We hope that you would be able to join us in person or online at iPOP 2023 with presentations which may be in parson. We look forward to your participation and support to make the event a great success!

April 26, 2023
iPOP 2023 General Co-Chairs
Naoaki Yamanaka
Takeshi Kuwahara
Bijan Jabbari