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Photonics research requires significant levels of financial investment. So in order to sustain Europe's Industrial competitiveness and leadership in these photonic market sectors, Europe needs to better exploit the innovation leverage potential of regional innovation clusters and national platforms. EPRISE will target the regional and national authorities in order to better explain to them about the economic benefits and high societal impact of Photonics as a key emerging technology in their region and to promote cooperation on funding between regions.
Europe's photonics industry is facing global market competition and has to cope with a very high speed of technological developments in the field. While scientists and researchers have made great strides in advancing the application of photonics in these market sectors, there is still plenty of work to be done. Companies developing photonics-based products for these markets face highly specific Go2Market challenges such as long time to market adoption, complex regulatory frameworks and high barriers to market entry. The EPRISE consortium will organise a series of European photonics workshops over the next 2 ½ years, with the aim of providing SMEs with solutions on how to overcome the market entry barriers. Utilising advice from a panel of experts, the project consortium will gather together information about available public funding to aid SMEs in the process. Pre-arranged business to business meetings at these events will also boost collaboration between companies at both regional and national European levels.
The project coordinator, Cecilia Pinto from photonics innovation cluster Optitec in France commented – "We are delighted to be able to announce the start of this new support programme in Photonics which will see a Europe-wide cooperation between regional photonics clusters, National photonics networks and regional authorities to help companies, particularly Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs), to accelerate the commercialization of new photonics products in the Healthcare and Agri-Food markets. Such a joined-up approach will surely benefit consumers, patients, providers and manufacturers together."
The EPRISE project is a coordination and support action funded by the European Commission through the ICT part of the Horizon 2020 Programme in collaboration with Photonics21, the European Technology Platform (ETP) representing the European Photonics Community.
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#next.photonics – is the title of the upcoming Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting which will be held on the 28 and 29 March 2017 in the Le Plaza Hotel in Brussels.
Kicking off the discussion for the future strategic direction of the Photonics PPP in Europe will be the main focus of the General Assembly and the Work Group sessions. The event further provides you with information about the Photonics PPP achievements, latest news on EU calls and financing opportunities beyond the Horizon 2020 programme.
Be part of the change and do not miss this chance to network with the European Commission, Parliament and Regions and with colleagues from Photonics Industry and Science.
You can download the event announcement for further details on the event.
To register please go to: https://photonics.emendo-emex.de/registration
You can view the draft programme.
Le Plaza Hotel (meeting venue)
Contact details of the hotel:
Tel. +32 2 278 01 00 firstname.lastname@example.org
Other hotels nearby the meeting venue
You can download a list of other hotels close to the Le Plaza Hotel.
The event is kindly sponsored by:
The conference will include:
- regular sessions with papers from the open call (to be submitted to IEEE Xplore), the call being at available at http://www.eucnc.eu/?q=node%2F58;
- workshops, the call being available at http://www.eucnc.eu/?q=node%2F60;
- special sessions, the call being available at http://www.eucnc.eu/?q=node%2F94;
- poster sessions, the call being available at http://www.eucnc.eu/?q=node%2F59;
- tutorials, the call being available at http://www.eucnc.eu/?q=node%2F172;
- keynote talks;
- demos and exhibitions, the call being available at http://www.eucnc.eu/?q=node%2F84.
We invite you and your colleagues to submit a paper to the conference, as well as proposals for workshops, special sessions and tutorials, by 6th February 2017.
The call addresses several areas with different funding schemes. The specific challenges for Photonics are to sustain competitiveness & leadership in market sectors where Europe is strong (communications, medical photonics, sensing), to seize new opportunities, to strengthen the manufacturing base, boost the innovation capacity of SMEs and leverage innovation in clusters & national platforms.
ICT30.a Research and Innovation Actions
- Application driven core photonic technology developments for agile Petabit/s Optical Core and Metro Networks
- Photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology
- Disruptive approaches to optical manufacturing by 2 and 3 D opto-structuring
ICT30.b Innovation Actions
- Innovation Incubator for SMEs
- Application driven core photonic devices integrated in systems
Focus is on:
- Biophotonics: imaging systems for in-depth disease diagnosis
- Sensing for process and product monitoring and analysis
ICT30.c Coordination and Support actions
- Supporting the industrial strategy for photonics in Europe
The call text is available on the Participant Portal.
The infoday will also allow participants to present their ideas for proposal -in the specific context of seeking partners- and to network with other participants. Moreover, it will be possible to ask Commission staff questions related to proposal ideas.
Due to the expected high number of participants, you are encouraged to attend only the thematic session of your direct interest.
The LED professional Symposium +Expo (LpS) is the leading annual European lighting conference focusing on technologies, innovations and applications. The LpS 2017 will emphasize “Smart Technologies for Lighting Innovations” and cover the latest trends in application areas. Experts from academia and industry are invited to submit an abstract and present their newest research, developments, innovations and expectations for future trends to a highly qualified audience. Between the 26th and 28thof September 2017, expert speakers, attendees and exhibitors from more than 50 countries will exchange their technological know-how at the Festspielhaus in Bregenz, Austria.
8 Benefits of Being an LpS Speaker
- You have the chance to win the LED professional Scientific Award.- Your paper will be published in the LpS 2017 proceedings booklet.
- You will receive a 3-day Symposium Pass, a proceedings booklet and access to all lectures.
- You will receive a ticket to the Get-Together event on Lake Constance.
- You will have the chance to exchange information with international lighting experts.
- You can expand your knowledge on current and future trends and developments.
- You can visit over 100 leading businesses showing their products, equipment and services.
- You can make new contacts and participate in numerous networking opportunities.
Application Areas for the Abstract
The theme of the abstracts can be taken from the following application areas: Human Centric Lighting, Indoor Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Automotive Lighting, Transportation Lighting, Architectural Lighting, Signage Lighting, Stage Lighting, Museum Lighting, Horticultural Lighting and Medical Lighting.
The presentation topics can range from information about Lighting Systems, Light Sources, Optics, Electronics, Drivers, Thermal Management, Measurement, Testing, Security, Reliability, Smart Controls, Smart Sensing, Intelligent Lighting, Networks, Cloud Systems, IT Systems, Software, Apps, Standardizations, Lighting Design, Cost, Manufacturing and Equipment.
Requirements and Website
The submitted papers must be original material and not have been previously presented or published and should cover latest technologies, innovations or market insights. The selected papers will be presented in English in a 25-minute time slot at the LpS 2017 conference.
You can submit your abstract at: www.LpS2017.com/call-for-papers.
For more information about the event see this year’s LpS Event video https://youtu.be/phE43GJZc-8.
- Feb 3, 2017: Call for Papers Deadline
- April 3, 2017: Notification of Acceptance
- June 2, 2017: Submission of Full Paper
- Sept 11, 2017: Submission of Final Presentation
- Sept 26-28, 2017: Lecture at the LpS 2017 Event
WaterSpy addresses this challenge by developing water quality analysis photonics technology suitable for inline, field measurements. WaterSpy technology will be integrated, for validation purposes, to a commercially successful water quality monitoring platform, in the form of a portable device add-on. WaterSpy will be used in the field for the analysis of critical points of water distribution networks. This will be demonstrated in two different demo sites in Italy.
WaterSpy is being developed by a multi-disciplinary team, coordinated by CyRIC, Cyprus Research and Innovation Center Ltd, in the framework of EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme. The project has just been launched (1st November 2016) and will run for three years, to allow enough time for the development and real-world validation of the technology.
WaterSpy addresses a major challenge of today’s societies: water quality. While water availability used to be a major challenge, it has now become more available (over 90% availability worldwide). People’s attention is thus turning towards water quality. WaterSpy is taking advantage of advances in cutting edge photonic devices, in order to provide new capabilities in water analysis.
The aim of the WaterSpy team is to develop a device that will require about 30-45 minutesfor a full sample analysis of 250 mL. This is in line with the EC and national regulations that require that no bacteria should be present in a sample of 250mL of drinkable water. The 30-45 minutes will allow to perform 32-48 tests per day in the same site. With currently used systems, the same analysis could take up to 3 days.
The project is funded by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020. The project is an initiative of the Photonics Public Private Partnership.
Project partners include:CyRIC - Cyprus Research and Innovation Centre (Cyprus), National Research Council (Italy), Alpes Lasers SA (Switzerland), National Technical University of Athens (Greece), Technische Universität Wien (TUW), Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg (Germany), AUG Signals Hellas (Greece), VIGO Systems SA (Poland) and IREN SpA (Italy).
Popping in to your local hospital may be much more revealing in as little as three years thanks to engineers at Holoxica Limited, who have invented a moving 3D video hologram.
Watching your heart beat, your lungs inflate or your unborn child in life size and before your eyes as a hologram that can be rotated or enlarged, in real time is no longer the stuff of science fiction.
With no need for 3D specs or a virtual reality headset, the dynamic or ‘moving video’ 3rd Generation holograms are made by gathering multiple ‘slices’ of an internal organ, such as a brain or a liver, from a normal CT or MRI scanner. These ‘slices’ of data are then assembled through a ‘diffractive holographic screen’, producing single colour green pixels, or ‘voxels’, in mid-air and essentially bending light to the will of the user.
Teaming up the European photonics innovator accelerator ACTPHAST, hologram specialists Holoxica have linked photonics technology with their 1st and 2nd Generation holographic motion displays to develop one of the most revered gadgets of science fiction, an idea that never seemed to take off in real life. Holoxica’s CEO, Dr Javid Khan explains:
“Hollywood depicts holographic displays as something ubiquitous in films from Iron Man to Avatar. This has created inflated expectations in the mind of the public who largely believe that displays or ‘holographic projectors’ already exist and are trivial to make. This is not the case.”
Instead of trying to create a mythical “Star Wars” display, Holoxica took a more pragmatic approach by starting with the simplest holographic display, a single pixel, or ‘voxel’, in 3D space, that could be switched on or off.
“After the first voxel, we moved on to two, working up to 4, then 9, then 16 voxels and so on. Our images are not projected; they are holographically reconstructed using diffractive optics. Projection implies scattering off a surface, but here there is no surface, only air. We are using photonics design and engineering of diffractive optical elements to bend or form light to produce images in mid-air.”
“Although we are looking at targeting medical, scientific and engineering imaging fields to start with, holographic video will change gaming, communication and create a new digital revolution,” Dr Khan enthused.
With the possibility to isolate features, zoom in, rotate and pan around 3D space, the 3rd Generation dynamic display presents an array of exciting opportunities for the future of surgery and anatomical study.
“Take current imaging techniques like CT scans where radiologists are trained to interpret the multiple levels of data, or ‘slices’ of the brain. Medical consultants, specialists and surgeons are not trained to do this and therefore need to build up a mental stack of the scans or rely on second-hand interpretation.”
“For the first time, a physician will be able to see a tumour in an impossible part of the brain and make an informed decision. This is also easier for patients to understand what is going on. Teaching anatomy with this device will give students a hitherto unrivalled understanding.”
While Augmented and Virtual Reality both have their strengths, both rely on an artificial separation from the real world, a point Holoxica are keen to exploit.
“VR headsets have fundamental limitations which makes them unsuitable for a true 3D experience. These technologies do not recreate a true 3D image: they present a pair of 2D images to both eyes.”
“This stereo disparity leads to a poor 3D experience as it is fundamentally unacceptable to the human brain, resulting in problems such as motion sickness, dizziness and nausea. The headsets also mess up your hair and provide a potential breeding ground for bacteria.”
Dr Javid Khan could be as important a 3D pioneer as the Italian painter Masaccio, who, with his use of linear perspective in the early 1420s played a central role the cultural phenomenon we now call the Renaissance. Painting suddenly went from two dimensions to three. Like Masaccio, Dr Khan’s work may be laying the foundations for the next cultural revolution, making our modern, digital world 3D:
“In laptops, tablets, news, 2D is accepted. Our world is three dimensional: our brains are wired for three dimensions. Holoxica’s work is spearheading an entirely new Renaissance for our time.”
Earlier this year the Holoxica received a grant of €1.3 million from the EU via the European Union’s Horizon 2020, after a successful partnership with ACTPHAST, the ‘one-stop shop’ digital incubator designed to provide open access to photonics innovation support for eligible European companies.
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