The 18th International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling – ONDM 2014 – was held in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 19 – 22, 2014.

Following the tradition of past editions of the Optical Network Design and Modeling conference, ONDM 2014 addressed cutting-edge research in optical networks, as well as topics relating optical networks to other areas and disciplines, such as Software Defined Networking (SDN), integration of optical and wireless networks and the role of optical networks for the future Internet design.

ONDM 2014 was a three and half day event organized by the Optical Networks Laboratory (ONLab) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. ONDM 2014 was technically co-sponsored by the IFIP TC 6 (working group 6.10), by the IEEE Photonics Society, and by the IEEE Communication Society with the endorsement of the TAOS and ONTC.

The conference was also supported by Ericsson AB, IEEE Swedish Chapter, FP7 project DISCUS, Swedish Research Council and the City of Stockholm.

More than 100 high quality technical papers were submitted by researchers from 30 countries all over the world. All submitted papers were peer reviewed by the Members of the Technical Program Committee and external reviewers. The authors of the accepted papers belong to 22 nations from Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle and Far East. Overall, 20 countries were represented at the conference by the 108 delegates that attended the event.

The accepted 40 contributions, together with 10 invited papers and 3 keynote talks were organized into 10 oral and one poster sessions. The workshop of the FP7 project DISCUS (The DIStributed Core for unlimited bandwidth supply for all Users and Services) was a part of the conference.

Authors of 11 selected papers were invited to submit an extended version of their work to a Special Issue of the Springer Photonic Network Communications Journal.

Thanks to the support provided by IFIP and KTH, a best paper and a best poster award were given to the two best works selected among the technical contributions presented at the oral and poster sessions, respectively. The selection was made according to the comments received from the reviewers and based on the quality of the presentations during the conference.

The scientific success of the conference was due to the very high quality of the technical contributions from the authors of the regular and invited papers as well as the keynote speakers. Moreover, our appreciation goes to the Technical Program Committee Chairs and the members of the Technical Program Committee for the effort in reviewing the papers, selecting the best contributions, and setting up the technical program of the conference.

The planning and organization of a conference such as ONDM involve a lot of effort from many people. Our sincere thanks go to the Local Organizers for their hard work and dedication.

We hope that the attendees enjoyed the technical program, the stay in Stockholm, and the social events of the conference.

Lena Wosinska
General Chair – ONDM 2014