Photonics PPP

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Information and Communication Technologies



ICT-STREAMS

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.02.2016 - 31.01.2019
http://www.ict-streams.eu
EUR 2 917 134,50
ICT-STREAMS aims at developing a radically new optical technology for direct chip-to-chip, board level interconnection paradigm that overcomes the current limitations of server-board designs. It aims to deliver a 1.6 Tb/s mid-board transceiver together with a 25.6 Tb/s-throughput mid-board routing engine onto the same electro-optic PCB, releasing a point-to-point-linked 16-socket server board, increasing server-board density and throughput by >400% and 1600% respectively, with 10 fold reduced energy consumption.

TERABOARD

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.12.2015 - 30.11.2018
http://www.teraboard.eu
EUR 4 249 157,50
TERABOARD aims at demonstrating a scalable, low power, low cost photonic technology to sustain the continuous increase of bandwidth density by leveraging on combination of scalability and low energy consumption. TERABOARD is a new technology that enables very large aggregated bandwidth density (Tb/s/cm2) on board. The concentration of a large number of operations in a single board leads to a radical system innovation, reduction of total energy cost and reduction of hardware size and cost.

COSMICC

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.12.2015 - 30.11.2018
http://www.h2020-cosmicc.com
EUR 3 736 897,50
The COSMICC consortium partners share the vision of mass commercialization of Silicon photonics based transceivers being possible starting in 2019 by enhancing the existing photonic integration platform of ST-Microelectronics. Combining CMOS electronics and Si-photonics with innovative-high-throughput fiber-attachment techniques, COSMICC will develop optical transceivers that will be packaged on-board and that are scalable to meet the future data-transmission requirements in data-centers and Super computing systems.

L3MATRIX

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.12.2015 - 30.11.2018
http://l3matrix.eu
EUR 3 123 966,25
The L3MATRIX project provides novel technological innovations in the fields of silicon photonics (SiP) and 3D device integration. The project will develop a novel SiP matrix with a scale larger than any similar device with more than 100 modulators on a single chip and will integrate embedded laser sources with a logic chip thus breaking the limitations on the bandwidth-distance product. L3MATRIX provides a new method of building switching elements that are both high radix and have an extended bandwidth of 25 Gb/s in single mode fibres and waveguides with low latency. The power consumption of DC networks built with these devices is 10-fold lower compared to the conventional technology.
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Industrial manufacturing and quality



COMBILASER

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://combilaser.eu
EUR 3 439 420
The COMBILASER project presents a great advance with respect to the current state of the art since it is the first time that all issues linked defects avoidance in welding or cladding process applied to parts will be approached from an integral or holistic point of view. The added value will consist on the seamless set up and industrial integration of laser melting and processing manufacturing by the application of a »ICT expert« - The Self-Learning module, which will entail to minimize human expert intervention and reduce process optimization loop for any new application. The always changing market rules and increased production flexibility demands are behind these needs as industrial drivers. The main outcome is oriented to commercially incorporate self-learning systems (able to coordinate and synchronize process monitoring and NTD techniques) in laser beam welding or cladding equipment/systems.

Adalam

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://adalam.eu
EUR 3 764 635
The main objective of the project is to develop a sensor based adaptive micro machining system using ultra short pulsed lasers for zero failure manufacturing. Finalizing the project scope and objectives the developed solution will be extended and optimized for 3 applications: • Adaptive micro milling, • Defect detection and removal on wafer carriers, • Recognition and texturing of complex tool features

RADICLE

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://radiclelaser.eu
EUR 3 583 212
The RADICLE project will create a real-time adaptive control system for laser welding using a range of sensors in combination with intelligent and adaptive control technologies for in-process monitoring and control to eliminate defects. The project will focus on the materials and geometries for key high value, safety critical components from the aerospace, automotive and power sectors. The RADICLE system will also include pre- and post-welding measurement to give a completely integrated 3-loop quality system that aims to increase productivity of European manufacturers by 30%.

MAShES

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.12.2014 - 30.11.2017
http://www.mashesproject.eu
EUR 3 673 157
MAShES aims to develop a breakthrough compact imaging system for RT closed-loop control of laser processing. It will be built on a novel multispectral optics and multisensor arrangement in the VIS-MWIR spectrum. Absolute temperature, geometry, and speed, will be imaged accurately and reliably. RT process control, and cognitive readjustment and process quality diagnosis will be embedded. MAShES will be designed under a modular approach, customizable for different laser processing applications. Scenarios of high added value and impact will be selected for demonstration (e.g. additive manufacturing of large parts, joining of dissimilar materials). As a result, MAShES addresses the development of a novel intelligent and self-adaptive system for continuous and autonomous process control. The use of MAShES system will allow the harmonization of high performance and quality with cost effective productivity, enabling at process level, reconfigurable, adaptive, and evolving factories. End-users would be capable to deal with highly dynamic operations in a productive way.

ultraSURFACE

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018
http://www.ultrasurface.eu
EUR 2 927 455
In nearly every sector of industrial manufacturing a broad spectrum of surface processing techniques is used, e.g. for structuring, coating or polishing of aesthetical or functional surfaces. In many applications these laser based surface processing techniques already achieve highest precision and quality, but often the throughput is limiting the industrial capability. The idea of ultraSURFACE is to increase the throughput for laser surface processing by at least a factor of 10 without any drawbacks in the quality of the processing results by using sophisticated optics for specific laser beam manipulation. Two different optics concepts will be realized and combined with fast and synchronized mechanics, scanner and optics control. Optics Concept 1 refers to a dynamic and flexible beam-shaping approach with piezo-deformable mirrors which enables the realization and the fast adaption of application specific intensity distributions. Optics Concept 2 is a beam-splitting approach which allows simultaneous processing with multiple laser beams and thus a significant increase in throughput. For both concepts the implementation of prototypes is planned as well as their industrial validation in different fields of application (laser structuring, laser polishing, laser thin-film processing).

HIPERDIAS

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.02.2016 - 31.07.2019
https://www.hiperdias.eu
EUR 3 640 307,50
Driven by the end-users requirements and needs, the main objective of the HIPERDIAS project is to demonstrate highthroughput laser-based manufacturing using high-power, high-repetition rate sub-1ps laser. Although the laser system to be developed within HIPERDIAS can address other material processing applications, the focus here will be 3D structuring of silicon at high speed, precision processing of diamond material and fine cutting of metal for the watch and the medical industry. The final targest of the project are to demonstrate: • a 10-times increase of ablation rate and producitivity of large area 3D-structuring of silicon; • a 10 times increase of speed in fine cutting metals; • an increase of process speed at a low processing tools costs of diamond machining.

TresClean

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.04.2016 - 31.09.2019
https://www.tresclean.eu
EUR 3 363 091,25
The aim of TresClean is to demonstrate high-throughput laser-based manufacturing applied to the production of plastic and metal component parts of consumer white goods and liquid filling machines respectively through the development of a novel industrial use of high-average power pulsed lasers in combination with high-performance optical devices and beam delivery systems. The technical field in which the objectives defined in ICT 27 will be applied and turned into a feasible industrial application is the development of fluid repellent and antibacterial surfaces. The motivation for the project is to go far beyond the state of the art in laser surface texturation and to gain industrial relevance by applying such a technique over large areas of machine parts or tools. As a consequence, the gap between the lab-tested feasibility of these laser-treated surfaces and the production for real applications will be bridged. Among the numerous industrial applications which can gain from functionalized surfaces the project is focused on the cleanliness and the asepticity of machine parts for the food industry and home appliances to deliver easier maintenance and longer service life of the laser treated components by making them superhydrophobic and thus enabling other highly desirable functionalities, such as anti-corrosion, antibiofouling, anti-microbial, and low friction resistance.

HyProCell

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.11.2016 - 31.10.2019
EUR 3 937 331
Individualised production is an emerging trend in manufacturing. Laser-based Additive Manufacturing (LBAM) fits well with this trend, due to its capability of transforming digital designs directly into physical products. LBAM is not yet competitive for a widespread industrial adoption: post-processing operations are necessary and they are not currently integrated, human intervention is needed to overcome technology gaps, and a poor integration with production planning systems hinders process traceability and resource optimisation. HyProCell proposes the combination of available cutting-edge LBAM machines and ICT innovations within an integrated multiprocess production cell, which will include at least LBAM and subtractive manufacturing machine/s, in order to ensure a fully finished product from the incoming raw material. The general objective of HyProCell is to implement and validate this concept in real settings, manufacturing real parts and measuring obtained benefits

ModuLase

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.09.2016 - 31.08.2019
http://modulase.eu
EUR 2 184 565
State-of-the-art fibre-delivered laser sources are an industrially accepted tool for performing a range of materials processing applications. Despite the unrivalled capability of fibre-delivered laser sources to perform a wide range of processes, the potential flexibility of the laser source is limited by the need to change the processing head for these processes to be performed. The majority of industrial laser systems are employed to perform low-variety and high-volume manufacturing operations. However, current manufacturing trends (such as increased automation, individualisation and next-shoring) are driving the need to develop manufacturing systems which are capable of performing a higher variety of manufacturing operations. The ModuLase project will develop a re-configurable highly flexible processing head system, which will be capable of covering welding, cladding and cutting. The ModuLase process head system will: Be capable of welding, cladding and cutting, through the use of three modular end-effectors; • Include intelligent sensor technologies for in-process monitoring; • Be linked to an intelligent system, in order to achieve adaptive process control, quality assurance, and semi-automated process parameter configuration. The development and pilot line validation of the ModuLase laser process head will unlock the potential flexibility of fibre-delivered laser sources, and address a number of arising industrial challenges; including: • An increasing need for flexible manufacturing systems to support an increasing variety of product mixes. • The need to maximise equipment utilisation rates, by eliminating down-time associated with changing of laser processing heads and equipment stoppages. • Reducing capital investment costs.

PoLaRoll

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.10.2016 - 30.09.2019
http://www.polaroll-project.eu
EUR 3 508 527,75
The overall objective of PoLaRoll project is to substitute the lithography step in current etching processes by directly structuring the lacquer with the PoLaRoll laser micro machining unit. The PoLaRoll-module will replace the current masking process within a continuous lithography etching process for micro-structuring stainless steel reels. This will enable a flexible and cost efficient process consequently increasing significantly the productivity . The modular concept of the laser structuring system will allow the integration into several other applications in order to substitute masking processes or direct digital structuring. When looking along the value chain of laser manufacturing systems, the laser sources typically are the starting point and are integrated into downstream machines and processing systems. To position the next generation Roll-to-Roll manufacturing technology in the global market place, time to market is a key factor. The PoLaRoll results will help Europe stay competitive on the international market of laser micro machining and roll-to- roll machinery solutions providing:• Improved competiveness of laser-based manufacturing industry (equipment and suppliers) and the end-user industry; • Improved competiveness and strengthened Europe’s market position of laser-based manufacturing industry; • More efficient, more flexible and higher throughput of individualised laser-based production. Further impacts can be associated to PoLaRoll project: • Environmental impacts: the partial replacement of environmental unfriendly chemicals on the etching process chain currently used on the foil perforation by laser based machining will lead towards a greener manufacturing. The partial replacement of unfriendly chemicals will generate environmental impacts on the reduction of this production as well as on the reduction of its waste management, which represents a direct economical aspect as well.

DREAM

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.10.2016 - 30.09.2019
http://www.dream2020.eu
EUR 3 242 435
The aim of DREAM is to significantly improve the performances of laser Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) of titanium, aluminium and steel components in terms of speed, costs, material use and reliability, also using a LCA/LCC approach, whilst producing work pieces with controlled and significantly increased fatigue life, as well with higher strength-to-weight ratios. DREAM targets the development of a competitive supply chain to increase the productivity of laser-based AM and to bring it a significant step further towards larger scale industrial manufacturing. In order to upscale the results and to reach an industrial relevant level of productivity, the project is focused on the following four main challenges (i) Part modeling and topology optimization
(ii) Raw material optimization to avoid powder contamination
(iii) Process optimization, including innovations of the control software of the AM machine, to enable high throughput production
(iv) Setup of laser-PBF of nanostructured Titanium alloys with unchanged granulometric dimension for an additional push to higher productivity, since nanostructured metal powders can be sintered with lower energy input and faster speed.

The project, thanks to the three end-users involved, is focused on components for prosthetic, automotive and moulding applications to optimize the procedure for three different materials, respectively titanium, aluminium and steel.

ENCOMPASS

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.10.2016 - 30.09.2019
EUR 4 040 371,25
The ENCOMPASS project principally aims to create a fully digital integrated design decision support (IDDS) system to cover the whole manufacturing chain for a laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) process encompassing all individual processes within it. The ENCOMPASS concept takes a comprehensive view of the L-PBF process chain through synergising and optimising the key stages. The integration at digital level enables numerous synergies between the steps in the process chain and in addition, the steps themselves are being optimised to improve the capability and efficiency of the overall manufacturing chain. ENCOMPASS addresses the three key steps in the process chain: component design, build process, and post-build process steps (post-processing and inspection). By considering the entire AM process chain, rather than the AM machine in isolation, ENCOMPASS will integrate process decision making tools and produce substantial increases in AM productivity, with clear reductions in change over times and re-design, along with increased ‘right-first time’, leading to overall reductions in production costs, materials wastage, and over-processing. This will lead to higher economic and environmental sustainability of manufacturing, and re-inforce the EU’s position in industrial leadership in laser based AM.

HIPERLAM

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.11.2016 - 31.10.2019
EUR 3 756 256
HIPERLAM is an SME driven Research and Innovation Action (RIA) well-aligned to the Factories of the Future (FoF) Initiative with a strong emphasis upon demonstrating superior cost and speed performance in end-to-end processes featuring laser-based additive manufacturing in two key applications requiring high resolution printed conductive metallic lines, namely laser printed RFID antenna and laser printed Fingerprint sensors. Existing subtractive top-down process will be replaced by HIPERLAM’s additive process for both Applications. Process maps illustrate the existing multiple processing steps compared to HIPERLAM’s significantly fewer steps. Real-time diagnostics are included and Modelling investigations will be undertaken to support optimisation. The promise of HIPERLAM’s high resolution laser based additive manufacturing solutions is to transform the manufacturing processing speed by 10x for laser printed RFID antenna (Application 1) and 5x in the case of the lead-time for laser printed fingerprint sensor design (Application 2). Similarly, HIPERLAM promises to reduce costs by 20x and 50% respectively for Application 1 and Application 2. HIPERLAM features high resolution LIFT Printing and Laser Sintering utilising novel high viscous inks to achieve printed conductive metallic structures down to 10 µm resolution over large areas (10 to 1000 cm2) suitable for scale-up to full production. The targeted applications address global market needs and will support mainstream adoption of AM processes in EU industry by displacing existing processes with smart, flexible, digitally enabled manufacturing technology. HIPERLAM business cases promise significant revenue growth in both application spaces and in the potential for consortium partners to establish themselves in pre-eminent positions in high resolution, low cost, high throughput AM technology.

MAESTRO

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.10.2016 - 30.09.2019
EUR 3 995 905
MAESTRO aims to develop and combine with existing Selective Laser Melting (SLM) techniques five innovations that will constitute the basis of a highly competitive manufacturing value chain: (1) a single pre-process software for a numerical chain combining all mandatory steps and configurations of SLM together with its related pre- and post-processes, (2) Hybridization of SLM with MIM, (3) Adaptive process control of SLM, (4) system level integration of a modular platform, (5) open access to an easy-to-use demonstration platform to reinforce to EU leadership in AM. These innovations will enable SLM to overcome the current limitations (speed, productivity, costs) to address large scale markets: productivity will be improved by 30%, cost reduced by 30% with quality towards zero defect. The performances of the MAESTRO platform will be assessed through a substantial number of demonstrators (7 in total: 4 brought by project partners, 3 selected through a EU-wide dissemination event).

PARADDISE

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.10.2016 - 30.09.2019
EUR 3 761 402,25
The overall objective of PARADDISE project is to rationalize, to structure and to make available to the stakeholders of manufacturing value chain the knowledge and the tools for combining two antithetical processes: Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) and Machining (milling and turning). The project will develop expert CAx technologies, smart components and monitoring and control systems tailored for the hybrid process in a cost-effective way and with structured knowledge about LMD process. The PARADDISE solution will offer a synergetic combination among: i) the high flexibility for the designs and for the materials to be used, the high material efficiency and the high savings in material resources and its associated costs of the LMD operations; and ii) the high accuracy, the high robustness and the high productivity of subtractive operations. The solution will be integrated in the ‘ZVH45/1600 Add+Process’ hybrid machine from IBARMIA manufacturer (PARADDISE partner), which is already available in the market as well as at TECNALIA’s facilities (PARADDISE coordinator). Thus, the PARADDISE project will conceive a process-machine-tools solution.
By means of this combined manufacturing process, large scale manufacturers of value-added metallic components will be able to achieve high quality and high productivity with a minimum use of material and energy resources when manufacturing those parts, which will lead to a reduction in manufacturing costs. In that way, the PARADDISE project intends to boost and to spread the use of Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) technology along the life cycle of value-adding metal components.
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Life science and health



DiCoMo

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.02.2016 - 31.01.2019
http://dicomo-project.eu
EUR 3 277 034,75
X-ray examinations provide valuable information about your health and play an essential role in medical diagnostics. The state-of-art consists of indirect converters (e.g. amorphous Silicon backplane and photodiodes stacked with CsI scintillators) which achieve high sensitivity but suffer from poor resolution due to optical cross-talk and direct converters (e.g. amorphous Selenium detectors on amorphous Silicon backplane) which enable high resolution but suffer from poor sensitivity and robustness, especially temperature stability. The goal of the project DiCoMo is to combine the advantages of today’s indirect and direct converters - with potential applications being improving the DQE performance of Mammography detectors and MTF performance of Radiography detectors. The new disruptive technology employed in DiCoMo also promises a radical reduction in material and fabrication costs so that the vision of DiCoMo is to provide opportunities for better diagnosis at lower dose and cost in radiography and mammography.

SAPHELY

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.02.2015 - 31.01.2018
https://saphely.eu
EUR 3 228 838
The SAPHELY project focuses on the development and the preclinical validation of a nanophotonic-based handheld point-of-care (POC) analysis device for its application to the minimally-invasive early diagnosis of diseases, with a focus in cancer. Disease identification will be based in the fast (<5 minutes), ultra-sensitive (sub-pM) and label-free detection of novel highly-specific microRNA (miRNA) biomarkers, using a small volume of whole blood (<100 μL). This POC analysis device, which will have a low cost (envisaged cost < €3000), will significantly help in the implementation of mass screening programs, with the consequent impact on clinical management, reducing also costs of treatments, and increasing survival rates. Moreover, this analysis device can also be used for its application in the monitoring and assessment of therapeutic response of a patient, opening the door to the practical implementation of the so-called “personalized medicine”.

RAIS

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://www.rais-project.eu
EUR 2 988 572,50
The overall objective of the RAIS project is to develop a new point-of-care label-free microarray platform, based on a proprietary interferometric lens-less microscopy design, which overcomes existing problems, and to validate it for quantifying levels of specific Sepsis biomarkers within 30 minutes. Sepsis is a potentially fatal whole-body inflammatory reaction caused by severe infection and, with a mortality rate of 35%, is responsible for ∼20,000 deaths per day worldwide. The cost of Sepsis is high – and rising. In 2008, > €10 billion was spent on hospitalizations for Sepsis in both Europe and USA. The rapid detection of Sepsis, essential to increase the survival rate of the patient/victim, is an ideal proof-of-concept to demonstrate the disruptive capability of the new proposed tool being developed within RAIS. However, it could also be extended to perform other types of disease screening or multiple simultaneous diagnoses, especially those requiring a large number of biochemical targets (more than 1 million) on a single microarray to be rapidly screened.

CARDIS

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.02.2015 - 31.07.2018
http://www.cardis-h2020.eu
EUR 3 629 206
The objective of CARDIS is to investigate and demonstrate the concept of a mobile, low-cost device based on a silicon photonics integrated laser vibrometer and validate the concept for the screening of arterial stiffness, detection of stenosis and heart failure. The objective will be met by: – Investigate, design and fabricate optical subsystems and components; – Integrate the subsystems and build a multi-beam interferometric laser vibrometer; – Develop a process flow scalable to high volumes for all sub-systems and their integration steps; – Investigate and develop the biomechanical model to translate optical signals related to skin-level vibrations into underlying CVD physiological events; – Validate the system in a clinical setting.

InSPECT

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://www.inspect2020.eu
EUR 4 143 460
Image-guided needle procedures - such as taking biopsies in screening cancerous tumours - are becoming increasingly important in clinical practice. Today, physicians are severely hampered by the lack of precision in positioning the needle tip. Real-time tissue-characterization feedback at the needle tip during these procedures can significantly improve the outcome of diagnosis and treatment, and reduce the cost of oncology treatment. Spectral tissue sensing using photonic needles has the promise to be a valuable diagnostic tool for screening tumours, as shown by several clinical trials. However, for widespread adoption the cost and size of these photonic needle systems - in particular the spectrometer console - needs to be improved dramatically. InSPECT aims at overcoming today's challenges and developing and integrating photonic building blocks for low-cost miniaturized spectral tissue sensing devices.

INNODERM

IA - Innovation action
01.03.2016 - 28.02.2021
http://innoderm2020.eu
EUR 3 869 879,13
The aim of the INNODERM Project is to develop a novel optoacoustic device for earlier non-invasive skin cancer diagnosis. INNODERM will design and prototype a handheld, portable, scalable, label-free device using raster-scan optoacoustic mesoscopy (RSOM) for point-of care dermatology applications. INNODERM brings together key photonic & ultrasound technologies and will validate the technical and economic viability of RSOM in dermatology suites for fast diagnosis and skin disease monitoring. RSOM can go beyond the abilities of current optical or optoacoustic devices and offers a paradigm shift in dermatology imaging, substantiating successful business cases.

LUCA

IA - Innovation action
01.01.2016 - 31.01.2020
http://luca-project.eu
EUR 3 628 845,75
The Horizon 2020 project Laser and Ultrasound Co-analyzer for Thyroid Nodules (LUCA) aims to develop an innovative technology for thyroid cancer screening that will provide doctors with enhanced information required to provide better and more specific results in thyroid nodule screening and enable better diagnosis. Current methods do not provide sufficient support to surgeons in their decision on the appropriate course of action, which leads to significant number of unnecessary surgeries and a reduced quality of life for patients. This calls for an increased sensitivity and specificity of the conventionally applied screening process. LUCA tackles this need by producing a novel, point-of-care, low-cost device for the screening of thyroid nodules. The device will combine two photonics systems, near-infrared diffuse correlation spectroscopy and time-resolved spectroscopy, with a multi-modal ultrasound system and a probe that enables multimodal data acquisition for the screening of thyroid nodules for thyroid cancer. Once successful, LUCA will save millions of euros over the coming decades and improve the lives of millions of Europeans.

COBIOPHAD

IA - Innovation action
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018
http://www.cobiophad.eu
EUR 3 734 780,64
Aim of the COBIOPHAD project is to create a highly innovative, compact disc-based system for improved diagnosis of allergy to antibiotics. The COBIOPHAD project targets the development of a highly sensitive, selective, and multiplexed diagnostic device to provide a quick and inexpensive in vitro test. The test will integrate multiple key enabling technologies [KETs] including photonics, use of advanced materials, opto-electronics, and bio-analytical tools. Using this system, the consortium aims to improve the appropriateness of antibiotic prescriptions which in turn will contribute to the sustainability of healthcare systems and improve the health status and quality of life of millions of European citizens that suffer with β-lactam antibiotics allergies.

POSEIDON

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://www.poseidonproject.eu
EUR 4 068 781
The objective of the POSEIDON project is to develop a SPR-based biosensing platform for the detection of L. pneumophila bacteria, with high sensitivity and high specificity, translating the results obtained as experimental proof of concept into an operating automated prototype usable in industrially relevant settings and by untrained personnel. The following challenges will be pursued throughout the development of the project: High sensitivity and low detection limit; • Selectivity towards target pathogen detection in order to avoid both false-positive and false-negative results; • Short analysis times • Ease of use, possibility of on-site monitoring and automation of the sample manipulation and detection procedure. • Efficient delivery of the bacteria: cells should remain intact throughout the whole fluid transportation system in the device, and should not adhere to the fluidic piping and microfluidic channels, so that virtually all of the bacteria cells in the sample are delivered to the sensing unit. • The size of the device should allow samples to be analyzed at the point of need rather than in a separate laboratory, allowing reduction of cost per single measurement and increase in throughput.

MOON

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.11.2016 - 31.10.2020
EUR 3 694 634
The rising life expectancy of EU citizens is creating a dramatic increase in age-related degenerative diseases and associated healthcare costs. The MOON Project (Multi-modal Optical Diagnostics for Ocular and Neurodegenerative Disease) meets this societal challenge by applying photonics to diagnose age-related diseases of the eye and central nervous system. MOON will design and build a multi-band, multimodal and functional imaging platform combining label-free molecularly sensitive Raman spectroscopy with high speed and high-resolution Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), for in-depth diagnostics of ocular and neurodegenerative diseases. MOON will enhance OCT through the development of a disruptive laser technology that enables wide-field structural and functional imaging. MOON will establish a reference database for molecular biomarkers of addressed diseases that enables, for the first time, in-depth molecular-specific diagnosis of retinal diseases and neurodegenerative pathologies based on Raman spectroscopy. The MOON system will be validated in vivo in a clinical setting through close collaboration between clinicians and commercial partners. The clinical validation will establish the diagnostic accuracy of the multi-modal platform, while also verifying the ease-of-use needed for widespread adoption. MOON is driven by unmet medical user needs in diagnostic imaging with a clear business case addressing the highly promising ophthalmic market of early and in-depth molecularly sensitive diagnostics of retinal and neurodegenerative diseases. The three industrial partners cover the complete value/supply chain. MOON aims to bridge the gap between research and product development, thereby expediting the commercialization of the MOON technologies, strengthening the participating companies, and creating a competitive advantage for the European photonics market.

CVENT

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.11.2016 - 31.10.2019
EUR 4 260 790
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), more specifically, vulnerable plaque rupture, remains the major cause of death for people at middle age. The CVENT consortium will revolutionize screening, diagnosis and monitoring of CVD by means of a compact photoacoustic imaging (PAI) system for vulnerable plaque imaging. In the carotid arteries feeding the brain, vulnerable plaque rupture initiates cerebrovascular ischemic attacks. The state-of-the-art decision-making approach for a high-risk surgical intervention to avoid plaque rupture is based on stenosis severity alone, measured with ultrasound (US) imaging. However, this does not distinguish between vulnerable (rupture-prone) and stable (harmless) plaques, leading to severe overtreatment. Consequently, there is a worldwide unmet and urgent clinical need for functional information to enable in-depth diagnosis of carotid plaque vulnerability, avoiding cardiovascular events (CVENT) and reducing overtreatment risk. The objective of the CVENT consortium is the development of a portable multimodal and multiwavelength PAI system with a 3 cm imaging depth, for diagnosis and monitoring of carotid plaque vulnerability. The combination of high optical contrast of PAI and the high resolution of US will be used to identify plaque vulnerability markers, typically lipid pools and intra-plaque haemorrhage. Improved diagnosis of carotid plaque vulnerability will lead to a significant reduction in CVD-related disability and mortality. Simultaneously, by stratifying patients into high and low risk groups, overtreatment is reduced, leading to better allocation of healthcare funds.

SOLUS

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.12.2016 - 30.11.2020
http://www.solus-project.eu
EUR 3 815 260
SOLUS aims at developing an innovative non-invasive, point-of-care, low-cost, easy-to-operate, multi-modal imaging system (diffuse optics and ultrasounds/shear wave elastography) for high-specificity diagnosis of breast cancer. Mammographic screening is effective in reducing mortality, however the 10-year cumulative false-positive risk is 50-60%, leading to needless additional invasive procedures (e.g. biopsy). The project addresses the unmet clinical need for higher specificity in breast cancer imaging following screening by fully combining photonics with non-photonics techniques, developing and clinically validating innovative and previously unthinkable photonics concepts and components: time-domain small source-detector distance optical tomography, miniaturized picosecond pulsed laser sources, high-dynamic-range time-gated single-photons detectors to achieve unprecedented sensitivity and depth penetration. For the first time, this allows a comprehensive quantitative characterization of breast tissue including composition (water, lipids, collagen), functional blood parameters, morphologic information and mechanical parameters (stiffness). This innovative multi-parametric characterization will significantly improve the specificity of breast screening, with great impact on the quality of life of millions of European women every year, and huge savings for the healthcare systems. The strong involvement of leading industrial players at all levels in the value chain will push the European innovation process and make a significant contribution to ensuring Europe’s industrial leadership in the biophotonics healthcare market, while addressing one of the largest societal challenges in health and well-being.

GALAHAD

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.12.2016 - 30.11.2019
EUR 3 996 780
The project GALAHAD targets the critical need for better glaucoma diagnostic systems. Glaucoma is an age-related major cause of blindness. The eye disease is characterized by an irreversible damage to the optic nerve head caused by increased intra-ocular pressure. The current screening and basic diagnostics for the disease involve intra-ocular pressure measurement, visual field tests and detection of structural damage to the optic nerve head and retinal nerve fibre layer. The present methods have high rates of false positive or false negative results since the in depth analysis of optical nerve head damage is not possible due to the poor resolution of available optical technologies. A leading candidate is optical coherence tomography (OCT), but the required axial resolution is ~1 μm, well beyond the 3-5 μm resolution of commercial systems. GALAHAD aims to develop a label free, compact and easy to operate high resolution diagnostic OCT system. The multiband and multimodal system will use submicron ultra-high resolution polarisation sensitive OCT (UHR PS OCT). The key breakthrough elements are: (i) A revolutionary low cost multiband supercontinuum light source. (ii.) Ground-breaking ultra-broadband photonic components required to exploit such a source. (iii.) Automated glaucoma screening algorithms: using end user evaluation of cell and animal models and tissue samples, automated algorithms will be developed, trained and tested so that non-expert operators will be able to perform glaucoma screening. The GALAHAD in depth glaucoma diagnostics after a positive screening with conventional methods will dramatically reduce false positive and false negative screening results and decrease the number of patients suffering from glaucoma-related disability.

PICCOLO

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019
EUR 3 997 655
Colorectal cancer represents around one tenth of all cancers worldwide. Early and accurate diagnosis and precise intervention can increase cure rate up to 90%. Improved diagnostic techniques with enough sensitivity and specificity are required to allow in situ assessment, safe characterization and resection of lesions during clinical practice interventions.
The multidisciplinary PICCOLO team proposes a new compact, hybrid and multimodal photonics endoscope based on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Multi-Photon Tomography (MPT) combined with novel red-flag fluorescence technology for in vivo diagnosis and clinical decision support. By combining the outstanding structural information from OCT with the precise functional information from MPT, this innovative endoscope will provide gastroenterologists immediate and detailed in situ identification of colorectal neoplastic lesions and facilitate accurate and reliable in vivo diagnostics, with additional, grading capabilities for colon cancer as well as in-situ lesion infiltration and margin assessment. With the development of compact instrumentation, the cost of the components and thus the system will be significantly reduced. Human representative animal models will be used to generate imaging biomarkers that allow automated detection, assessment and grading of disease. The developed system will be tested in operating room conditions.

HypoSens

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.11.2016 - 31.10.2019
EUR 3 998 646,25
The Vision of HypoSens is to develop a widely accepted,non-invasive and crucial prognostic tool for breast cancer progression in early stages to help clinicians and specially oncologists to decide about prompt therapy approaches to patients and improve quality of life and expectancy. Our breakthrough research will focus on the development, pre-clinical and clinical validation, and industrial demonstration of a unique all optical cancer prognostic system that will determine presence of cancer cells in the breast lymph nodes and characterize them, which correlates with presence of metastasis and bad prognosis. HypoSens prognostic system will consist of a non-invasive Near-infrared imaging device able to register signals through scattering media enabled by the implementation of wavefront shaping,that will process data collected by injected tumour-targeted body antibody functionalised nano-particles containing porphyrin sensors that will determine local oxygen concentration and local temperature distribution in the cancer cells.The HypoSens imaging system is strategically designed to offer a non-invasive alternative to the Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy,the current surgical procedure for breast cancer staging. With an approximate cost of 60,000€ per device unit and additional 5,000€ per patient, the device is an affordable, accurate, easy to use prognostic solution for clinicians towards more accurate and fast diagnostics and personalised treatment options.The initial target of the project is metastatic breast cancer, with potential later involvement in other cancer markets, e.g. vulval, renal, colorectal, gastric etc (via the use of different tumor-targeting moiety).With an estimated 1.7 million new cases each year, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide.Its low cost will enable a wide and fast take-up by clinicians and hospitals leading to an important reduction of the economic and societal burden related to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

ESOTRAC

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020
EUR 4 000 602,50
More than 450.000 people are diagnosed with esophageal cancer (EC) each-year worldwide and approximately 400.000 die from the disease. Esophageal cancer is the eighth most commonly diagnosed cancer, but it is the sixth leading cause of cancer-related death, with incidence rates steeply rising. Risk factors, including gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett’s esophagus, may diagnostically implicate more than 300 million people worldwide. Nevertheless, the disease is detected late due to limitations in current diagnostic procedures leading to adverse prognosis and high treatment costs. ESOTRAC will change the landscape of esophageal diagnosis, over existing methods, based on cross-sectional optoacoustic and optical coherence endoscopy. The dual-modality system delivers a set of early-cancer imaging features necessary for improving early diagnosis, saving lives and leading to 3-5 Billion annual savings for the healthcare system. OCT provides micron scale subsurface morphological information based on photon scattering and optoacoustics provides deeper penetration and complementary pathophysiological features based on photon absorption. ESOTRAC develops novel photonic components (light sources, optical/optoacoustic scopes) and innovates novel medical system designs. Then, it performs pilot studies to investigate the functionality of the new endoscope and deliver a novel imaging-feature portfolio offering improved and earlier diagnosis. A central ESOTRAC ambition is that the new endoscope will become the new EC diagnostic standard by enabling quantitative and label-free three-dimensional endoscopy of early cancer with tremendous potential to impact esophageal care. ESOTRAC leverages European investment and know-how and strengthens the prospects of economic growth by leading the market position in endoscopic imaging.

PAMMOTH

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020
EUR 4 352 007,50
X-ray mammography is the mainstay of breast cancer screening programs. It is estimated that between 20 - 50% of abnormal screening mammograms will prove to be negative. The paradigm in diagnosis is to establish whether a lesion is benign or malignant. All the imaging techniques conventionally used today – diagnostic x-ray, ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging have many limitations, leading to multiple and/or repeat imaging and often unnecessary biopsy. This leads to physical, psychological and economic burdens felt at individual, familial and societal levels. With an aging population, high incidence of breast cancer and tightening health-care budgets, there is an urgent requirement for a non-invasive method for in-depth assessment of the screening-detected lesion. In PAMMOTH we will showcase such an imager, combining photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging. With the use of quantitative image reconstruction of multi-wavelength photoacoustic data, information is gained of the vascular and oxygen status of the lesion relating to tumor physiology and function. From the ultrasound part, we derive ultrasound reflection from the lesion in a manner superior to conventional breast ultrasonography, relating to anatomic features and extent of a tumor. This information will enable the radiologist to come to a diagnosis accurately and rapidly without the use of contrast agents, without pain and discomfort to the patient, while being cost-effective and not requiring complex infrastructure.
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Emerging lighting, electronics and displays



PHEBE

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.02.2015 - 31.08.2018
http://www.h2020-phebe.eu
EUR 3 931 688
The overall objective of the PHEBE project is to develop innovative, high-efficiency, blue emitters for white OLEDS, which will create a major breakthrough in the cost performance of OLED lighting. To produce the innovative blue emitters, two new types of molecular systems – without rare earth complexes - will be investigated: • intramolecular charge transfer systems that enable thermally activated delayed fluorescence (ICT-TADF); • intermolecular exciplex charge transfer systems that enable thermally activated delayed fluorescence (Exciplex- TADF)

Flexolighting

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://www.flexolighting.eu
EUR 4 358 983,50
The Flexolighting programme targets future full scale up of novel systems for OLED (organic light emitting diodes) manufacture, specifically bridging the gap between new research prototypes and low cost mass production technologies. This three-year programme will develop a set of new materials, methods and processes to address the key issues of lifetime, light uniformity over large areas and manufacturing on flexible or conformable surfaces that currently limit OLED technology being widely adopted as a new lighting system of choice for an entire range of potential applications. The project will not only ensure the successful production of OLED lighting panels at a competitive cost but will also create unique know-how for European manufacturers to create sustainable technology and jobs in both materials and equipment manufacture.

OpenAIS

IA - Innovation action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://www.openais.eu
EUR 7 893 553
Following the trends of the creation of the "The Internet of Things" (IoT) and the rapid penetration of SSL based lighting, it is very advantageous to connect the luminaires in buildings to the Internet. OpenAIS aims at setting the leading standard for inclusion of lighting for professional applications in to IoT, with a focus on office lighting. This will enable a transition from the currently existing closed and command oriented lighting control systems to an open and service oriented system architecture. The OpenAIS project will define the requirements and use cases for offices in 2020, define the best open system architecture, identify existing ICT components to be used and develop additional components. The system will be validated by a pilot installation in a real office setting.

LOMID

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://l3matrix.eu
EUR 3 993 453
The LOMID project (Large cost-effective OLED microdisplays and their applications) will define pathways to the manufacture of flexible OLED microdisplays with an exceptionally large area (16 mm x 20 mm, screen diagonal of 25.4 mm) at acceptably high yields (>65%). This will be achieved by developing a robust silicon-based chip design allowing high pixel counts (1024×1280 (SXGA)) and high spatial resolution (pixel sizes of 10 μm x 10 μm corresponding to 2000 ppi). These display innovations will be coupled to a highly reliable manufacturing of the backplane.

LUMENTILE

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.03.2015 - 28.02.2018
https://www.lumentile-project.eu
EUR 2 470 113,75
LUMENTILE originates from an idea of disruptive innovation, where the joint use of new technologies creates added value and new functionalities for traditional materials, thus turning the classical ceramic tile into a “multifunctional electronic luminous tile” realized by large area and organic electronics. It will exploit frontier technologies in large-area and organic electronics and photonics to develop a new generation of modular luminous components for design-driven applications, where a different meaning is given to the use of light driven by the design, by empowering it to be used as a radical different designed element for architecture, as a skin integrated element for interior design, lighting or advertising purposes.

PI-SCALE

IA - Innovation action
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018
http://pi-scale.eu
EUR 13 999 792,76
“Bringing flexible organic electronics to pilot innovation scale” (PI-SCALE) is a highly needed response to bridge the gap which exists today between promising laboratory scale results of highly efficient flexible OLED modules and mass manufacturing of high value-added products. The project will integrate existing European infrastructures into a “European flexible OLED pilot line”, which will operate in an open access mode and serve customers from along the value chain with individual product designs, validation of upscaling concepts, and system-level flexible OLED integration.

PhotonicSensing

ERA-NET-Cofund - ERA-NET Cofund
01.04.2016 - 31.03.2021
https://photonicsensing.eu
EUR 5 666 733,93
PhotonicSensing is a joint initiative which contributes to the fast development and implementation of photonics based sensing technologies and therefore further improve the European market share in this domain. It is organised as a competition for funding and will be implemented jointly by the participating national and regional funding bodies from the following countries and regions: FFG, Austria (Coordinator); • VLAIO, Flanders Region (Belgium); • VDI, Germany; • MATIMOP-ISERD, Israel; • NCBR, Poland; • FCT, Portugal; • TÜBITAK, Turkey; • Regione Toscana, Tuscany Region (Italy); • Innovate UK, United Kingdom

LEDLUM

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.11.2016 - 31.10.2019
https://ledlum-project.eu
EUR 4 118 521,25
The project LEDLUM (Tiny Light Engine for Large Scale LED Lighting) will make major improvements to the volume, the weight, the lifetime and the size of the driver (electrical engine) of light emitting diodes (LED), that are used in the majority of solid state light (SSL) systems. These improvements will be made while keeping the power rating of the driver. To achieve this, the operating frequency of the driver will be increased by approximately a factor of 1,000. The LEDLUM project aims to reach the following objectives: 90% size and weight reduction of the power electronics part in the LED driver, • reduction of material cost by a factor of 2, • reduction of energy losses by 45%, and • increase of the expected lifetime from 5 to 10 years.

LEDLUM

IA - Innovation action
01.12.2016 - 30.11.2019
EUR 3 816 440
The idea of integrating the surgeon’s perceptive efficiency with the aid of new augmented reality (AR) visualization modalities has become a dominant topic of academic and industrial research in the medical domain since the 90’s. AR technology appeared to represent a significant development in the context of image-guided surgery (IGS). Video-Optical See Through AR surgical System (VOSTARS) will be the first hybrid see-through HMD surgical navigator. Further, albeit VOSTARS will be specifically designed for medical procedures, its design is aimed to evolve into a multi-purpose AR platform for HMDs.
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Security, metrology, sensing



SEERS

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.02.2015 - 31.01.2018
http://www.seersproject.eu
EUR 3 750 535
SEERS (Snapshot Spectral Imager for IR Surveillance) will develop a modular, compact and cost effective snapshot spectral imaging system in the infrared domain (0.7-14 µm wavelength). It will be endowed with embedded vision and cognitive fusion capabilities. Robust visibility, robust temperature imaging, gas detection and discrimination, and spill detection will enable event-driven video analysis. Breakthrough performance will be demonstrated in two relevant application scenarios: coastal and road tunnel surveillance.

I-ALLOW

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2015 - 30.04.2017
http://i-allow.eu
EUR 2 409 223
I-ALLOW’s main objective is to develop and demonstrate a civil low cost imaging solution based on a novel multifunctional approach camera system integrated with a high performance processing unit addressing a vast variety of outdoor scenarios for safety and security applications. The features of the solution will be specified, tested and benchmarked with the involvement of potential end-users operating in transportation and logistics and responsible for monitoring of critical infrastructures (railways, motorways, harbours).

MIREGAS

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.12.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://www.h2020-miregas.eu
EUR 3 588 262
The project aims at demonstrating an innovative light source that covers 2.7…3.5 µm wavelength range with a resolution <1nm. The spectral bands are switchable and tuneable and they can be modulated. The source allows for the fabrication of an affordable multi-band gas sensor with good selectivity and sensitivity. The unit price can be lowered in high-volumes by utilizing tailored molded IR lens technology and automated packaging and assembling technologies. In safety and security applications, the Mid-IR wavelength range covered by the source allows for the detection of several harmful gas components with a single sensor. The market impact is expected to be disruptive, since the devices currently in the market are either complicated, expensive and heavy instruments, or the applied measurement principles are inadequate in terms of stability and selectivity. The source will be validated in several key applications including building ventilation, high voltage asset monitoring, emission monitoring, gas leakage monitoring as well as process control and safety.

CHEQUERS

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.03.2015 - 31.08.2018
http://www.chequers.eu
EUR 3 325 668
In a world where explosive, toxic or otherwise lethal substances are, sadly, no longer restricted to theatres of war, but are becoming increasingly common in civilian areas (encountered either by misfortune or misadventure), the ability to detect and identify hazardous chemicals and compounds quickly, easily and at significant range is highly attractive. Even after a terrorist attack has occurred, significant danger still exists from the threat of further concealed devices, thus significantly impeding the rendering of aid whilst the scene is declared safe. Whilst there has been significant investment in sensor technology to address this need, no single solution has yet been demonstrated which can fulfil the often conflicting needs of high sensitivity, speed, low cost, ease of use, portability and the ability to detect and identify multiple target molecular compounds again confused and unforgiving scenes. In the CHEQUERS project, we will address this capability by realising two devices, both based around the same core technologies, which draw on the considerable expertise and excellence of the consortium partners.

​MIRPHAB

IA - Innovation action - Pilot line
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019
http://www.mirphab.eu
EUR 12 980 217,39
​MIRPHAB (Mid InfraRed PHotonics devices fABrication for chemical sensing and spectroscopic applications) provides a platform to ensure the bridging between technology and component development and the commercial availability of such components avoiding the risks associated with the introduction of new disruptive technologies. Its main objectives are to: • provide a reliable supply of mid-infrared (MIR) photonic components for companies incl. in particular SMEs already active in analytical MIR sensing • reduce investment cost to access innovative MIR solutions for companies already active in the field of analytical sensors, but new to MIR photonics based sensing • attract companies new to the field of analytical sensors, aiming to integrate µ-sensors into their products.

​AQUARIUS

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019
EUR 3 891 263,75
​AQUARIUS proposes disruptive improvements in laser based water sensing employing MIR quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). It is motivated by i) the EC Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) where hydrocarbons are identified as priority hazardous substances, ii) the industrial and regulatory need for fast and continuous detection of contaminants and iii) the current state-of-the-art of measuring these substances using QCLs as defined by project partner QuantaRed Technologies and described in ASTM D7678. AQUARIUS covers the supply chain from research institutes to system integrator and end users. It will push the online system from TRL 3 to 7 and the inline system from TRL 2 to 4 and thus reinforce the industrial leadership of the project partners regarding QCL based liquid sensing and photonic components (source, detector and IOCs).

WATERSPY

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.11.2016 - 31.10.2019
EUR 3 049 206,74
​Pervasive and on-line water quality monitoring data is critical for detecting environmental pollution. Currently, water utilities rely heavily on frequent sampling and laboratory analysis in order to acquire this information. For this situation to be improved, portable and high-performance devices for pervasive water quality monitoring are required. Towards this end, there has been growing interest in expanding spectroscopic methods beyond the 2μm range of the infrared spectrum. That region of the spectrum is home to many vibrational & rotational absorptions of compounds related to water quality. Unfortunately, water itself is a strong absorber of infrared light. Thus, such methods were restricted to laboratory settings until now. WaterSpy addresses this challenge by developing water quality detection photonics technology suitable for inline, field measurements, operating in the 6-10 μm region. The solution is based on the combined use of advanced, tuneable Quantum Cascade Lasers and fibre-coupled, fast & sensitive Higher Operation Temperature photodetectors.

FLAIR

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.03.2016 - 28.02.2018
EUR 183 454,80
​One of the major driving forces for current research in electronics is the desire to realize the so-called internet of things, an autonomous information network that enables communication between objects without external human intervention. To this end, much of the research effort in device physics is currently directed into sensors technology, and specifically, to photodetectors. The infrared (IR) region of the spectrum is of particular interest as it can carry information about an object’s temperature, and its chemical composition. In this proposal we will harvest the unique potential of emerging atomically thin materials to pioneer a new class of flexible hyperspectral infrared detectors (FLAIR) which are imperceptible to the human eyes and yet highly efficient.
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DESIGN AND MANUFACTORING OF COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS



DIMENSION

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.02.2016 - 31.01.20
http://www.dimension-h2020.eu
EUR 2 621 758,75
Forecasts of the interconnect bandwidth trends in datacenters (DC) reveal that DC traffic will increase significantly while most of the DC traffic will remain within the DC in the next years. In order to achieve high-bandwidth energy-efficent and compact optical interconnects the electro-optical systems and components have to be fully integrated on chip. The DIMENSION project aims to establish a truly integrated electro-optical platform. The main objectives of DIMENSION are: • Establish a silicon platform monolithically combining BiCMOS electronics with silicon photonics and III-V photonics; • Fully CMOS compatibility; • Integrated devices, with CMOS, photonic and III-V functionality at the cost of silicon volume fabrication.

PLASMOfab

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018
http://www.plasmofab.eu
EUR 3 580 691,25
PLASMOfab aims to develop CMOS compatible plasmonics in a generic planar integration process as the means to consolidate photonic and electronic integration. Wafer scale integration will be used by PLASMOfab to demonstrate low cost, volume manufacturing and high yield of powerful PICs. The new integration technology will unravel a series of innovations with profound benefits of enhanced light-matter interaction enabled by plasmonics in optical transmitters and biosensors modules.

OCTCHIP

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019
http://www.octchip.
researchproject.at
EUR 3 997 450
Quick and cost-effective access to optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanning is critical to identify critical retinal diseases that often lead to blindness. The aim of the project OCTCHIP is to develop a hand-held OCT retinal scanner for early and cost-effective detection of diabetic retinopathy and other critical retinal diseases, allowing a globally easier access to optical coherence tomography.

WIPE

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018
http://wipe.jeppix.eu
EUR 3 062 997,50
The WIPE project is about researching new technologies for connecting micro-photonic integrated circuits (PIC’s) and micro-electronic integrated circuits (IC’s) in a most advanced way, enabling - Better performance, - Faster design and manufacturing, - Lower price of new photonic components which will form the core elements in a wide variety of applications which make life better, e.g. - Ultra-high speed data communication for the next generation Internet, - Extremely sensitive detectors for gasses, temperatures or strain in mechanical structures securing our environment and the safety of machines, - New biomedical analysis devices for a quick diagnosis of diseases. The WIPE project aims to develop a technology which enables the direct connection of optical InP-based PIC’s and electronic CMOS IC’s at a wafer scale. The chips are electrically connected in the shortest way by VIA’s through the insulating layer between PIC and IC. This strongly reduces parasitics and enables a far higher performance of the system than is currently present. The second goal of WIPE is to devise a chip design technology for an effective and efficient co-design of the matching optical and electronic circuits.

HAMLET

RIA - Research and Innovation action
01.12.2015 - 30.11.2018
http://www.ict-hamlet.eu
EUR 3 487 401,25
The new generation of broadband microwave systems in various fields (wireless communications, satellite communications, sensing, medical imaging) and especially the emerging 5G wireless technology, have very high requirements in terms of carrier frequency, bandwidth, dynamic range, size, power consumption, tunability, and immunity to electromagnetic interference. In parallel, when the microwave signals that need to be processed have a very high carrier frequency, the integrated circuits should be able to offer high-bandwidth modulation and detection. The aim of the project HAMLET is to extend the capabilities of two existing photonic platforms, develop an advanced hybrid integration engine and provide a new photonic platform tailored to needs of modern Microwave Photonics applications and especially the upcoming 5G wireless technology.

PICs4All

CSA - Coordination and support action
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018
http://l3matrix.eu
EUR 1 051 895
PICs4All aims at low-cost development of ASPICs (Application Specific PIC) using the generic foundry model, and rapid prototyping via industrial Multi-Project Wafer runs. To this end, PICs4All brings together the PIC-value chain of Europe’s key players in the field of photonic integration, including manufacturing and packaging partners, photonic CAD software partners, R&D labs and Photonic IC design houses. PICs4All has set up a European Network of experts in photonics constituted by 9 Application Support Centres (ASC) distributed around Europe whose main task is to stimulate the development of novel applications based on Photonic ICs for various application fields, enhance cooperation between universities, clusters, industry, and research centres, and the most important, to enable access to the PIC technology. PICs4All aims to: 1. Increase the impact of photonics and enable access to the advanced photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technologies for academia, research institutes, SMEs and larger companies. 2. Establish a European network of Application Support Centers (ASCs) in the field of PIC technology. 3. Lower the barrier for applying advanced PICs, and thus to increase the awareness of the existence of the unique facility provided by JePPIX (InP and TriPleX PIC design, manufacturing, testing and packaging).

PIX4life

IA - Innovation action - Pilot line
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019
http://www.pix4life.eu
EUR 8 557 337,88
PIX4life aims to mature a high performance, high yielding and CMOS-processing compatible SiN Photonic IC pilot line together with the accompanying supply chain for applications in the visible range (400-1000 nm) in order to become the world’s premier pilot line for multitype integrated biophotonic applications. PIX4life will enable miniaturizing and increasing the cost effectiveness of bulky, expensive optical life science systems. PIX4life will pave the way towards making the platform available in open access for a broader number of customers from the (bio-)photonic and life science communities with industrial development in mind.

PIXAPP

IA - Innovation action - Pilot line
01.01.2017 - 31.12.20
EUR 13 407 812,76
PIXAPP will establish the world’s first open access Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) assembly & packaging Pilot Line. PIXAPP provides Europe’s SMEs with a unique one-stop-shop, enabling them to exploit the breakthrough advantages of PIC technologies. PIXAPP bridges the ‘valley of death’, providing SMEs with an easy access route to take R&D results from lab to market, giving them a competitive advantage over global competition. Target markets include communications, healthcare & security, which are of great socio-economic importance to Europe. PIXAPP bridges missing gaps in the value chain, from assembly & packaging, through to equipment optimisation, test and application demonstration. To achieve these ambitious objectives, PIXAPP will; 1) Combine a group of Europe’s leading industrial & research organisations in an advanced PIC assembly & packaging Pilot Line facility.2) Develop an innovative Pilot Line operational model that coordinates activities between consortium partners & supports easy user access through a single entry point. 3) Establish packaging standards that provide cost-efficient assembly & packaging solutions, enabling transfer to full-scale industrial manufacture. 4) Create the highly-skilled workforce required to manage & operate these industrial manufacturing facilities.5) Develop a business plan to ensure Pilot Line sustainability & a route to industrial manufacturing. PIXAPP will deliver significant impacts to a wide stakeholder group, highlighting how industrial & research sectors can collaborate to address emerging socio-economic challenges.
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PHOTONICS RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING



LIGHT2015

CSA - Coordination and support action
01.01.2015 - 30.06.2016
www.europe.light2015.org
EUR 979 808,75
LIGHT2015 is a European project funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. It aims to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in all Member States of the EU during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015). LIGHT2015 is structured in terms of three broad objectives: Explain Photonics, Inspire People, and Network Europe.

Photonics4All

CSA - Coordination and support action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016
http://photonics4all.eu
EUR 997 953
Photonics4All is a European Outreach project funded by the European Commission to promote photonics and light based technologies to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public across the EU. A number of educational tools are being developed as part of the project: a Photonics app, a game and an animated video – all to explain photonics and promote its study and use. Special events are also being provided for each target group: a business start-up challenge, activities for children at schools and universities and public photonics events to make photonics more popular.

COMPLETE

CSA - Coordination and support action
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
http://photonics-complete.eu
EUR 718 250
The ultimate goal of the project is to optimize the usage of public funds for building beyond state-of-the-art public networks. The key approach towards this goal is a creation of a common information platform for public procurers and support them in the whole procurement process chain by providing the organizational and technical expertise.

RespiceSME

CSA - Coordination and support action
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2017
http://www.respice-sme.eu
EUR 1 109 047,50
The RespiceSME project aims to reinforce the innovative capacity of Europe’s photonics SMEs, clusters and national platforms by stimulating targeted collaborations in and beyond photonics. RespiceSME proposes new approaches for stronger innovative effectiveness using a 3-dimensional approach: 1. evaluating and stimulating the innovation potential in order to strengthen the innovation capacity of high-tech photonics SMEs. 2. enhancing the global technological exploitation of photonics innovation capacity by analysing different value chains valuable for high-tech photonics SMEs - allowing significant leveraging of non-photonic sectors such as Environment / Energy, Transport, and Manufacturing, thereby, enabling the penetration of new markets and/or new application areas close to markets. 3. creating a bridge over the ‘Valley of Death’ to increase the competitiveness of the European photonics sector by developing Best Practices for enabling photonics SMEs access to European and regional Research Technology Organisations, harnessing educational and training programmes aligned with their specific needs, determining next generation regional innovative smart specialisation strategies and providing access to public and private financial supports.

TEPRISE

CSA - Coordination and support action
01.01.2017 - 30.06.2019
EUR 1 402 792,50
TEPRISE project aims to promote and support Photonics as a KET with focus on Life Science applications in 4 target markets where Europe holds a leading position – Medical Technologies, Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture and Food. Companies developing photonics-based products for these markets face highly specific Go-to-Market challenges such as long time to market adoption, complex regulatory frameworks and high barriers to market entry to name but a few. They are often in need of support from public funding to help them cross the “Valley of death” between innovation ready phase (TRL 4), and investment ready phase (TRL 7). During this time, they are also in need of advice from market specific experts who can guide them on non-technological (business) topics. EPRISE consortium will organise a “European Photonics Roadshow”, a series of 7 major events hosted by European regions, with the aim of providing SMEs with concrete solutions from market experts on how to overcome market barriers and boosting collaboration along the complete value chain via pre-arranged B2B meetings. The project also aims to provide regional policy makers with an overview of funding synergies to be considered in the current or following Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). Furthermore, the project aims to establish a formal collaboration with the ongoing European Photonics projects offering technology support (ActPhast, Pix4Life) that can address potential technology issues linked to SMEs access to market.

PHABLABS 4.0

CSA - Coordination and support action
01.12.2016 - 31.05.2019
http://www.phablabs.eu
EUR 1 499 370
PHABLABS 4.0 aims to integrate photonics in a durable way into the rapidly expanding ecosystem of European Fab Labs and Makerslabs, resulting in a larger and better skilled photonics workforce with superior innovation capacity to achieve a lasting, positive impact on the next revolution in digitization. PHABLABS 4.0 will devise and deliver a comprehensive suite of Workshops, Challenger projects and Photonics Toolkits to enhance Fab Labs and Makerslab with photonics activities aimed at 3 specific target groups: young minds (age 10-14), students (age 15-18) and young professionals and technicians (age 18+). These activities will be extensively tested in 14 existing Fab Labs with the purpose of rolling them out to the entire growing network of European Fab Labs as a proven model at the end of the project. The ultimate impact of PHABLABS 4.0 will be seen in the emergence of a much larger and better trained workforce with 21st Century skills capable of translating the potential of photonics as a key enabling technology into tangible products for the benefit of society.

ACTPHAST

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
01.11.2013 - 31.10.2017
http://www.actphast.eu
EUR 8 000 000
ACTPHAST (Access CenTer for PHotonics innovAtion Solutions and Technology Support) is a unique “one-stop-shop” for supporting photonics innovation by European companies. ACTPHAST supports and accelerates the innovation capacity of European companies by providing them with direct access to the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities of Europe's leading photonics research centres (the ACTPHAST Partners), enabling companies to exploit the tremendous commercial potential of applied photonics. There are 23 research institutes who together make up the ACTPHAST Partners. Together the ACTPHAST Partners provide a full spectrum of photonics technology platforms ranging from fibre optics and micro optics, to highly integrated photonic platforms, with capabilities extending from design through to full system prototyping. The ACTPHAST program is particularly suited to the needs of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who do not have the financial resources to invest in in-house R&D expertise and state-of-the-art technologies, nor to undertake risky innovation projects. ACTPHAST support is 100% subsidized for projects undertaken with SMEs.

APPOLO

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
01.09.2013 - 31.08.2017
http://www.appolo-fp7.eu
EUR 10 999 954
The APPOLO project seeks to establish and coordinate connections between the end-users, which have demand on laser technologies for (micro)fabrication, knowledge accumulated in the application laboratories of research institutes and universities and the laser equipment manufacturers (preferable SMEs: for integration, lasers, beam control and guiding, software, etc.) in order to facilitate faster validation of the process feasibility and adaptation or customization of the technology (equipment) for manufacturing conditions, including reliability of components and their interaction as well as assessment of the dedicated production processes in terms of the process speed, quality and repeatability. The HUB is established to prepare and offer laser equipment validation and certification services for businesses outside the project. Core of the consortium consist of laser application laboratories around Europe which are connected to a virtual hub to accumulate knowledge and infrastructure and promote the easy-to-access environment for development and validation of laser-based technologies. All partners selected a few directions (clusters) for validation of novel laser technologies, including equipments: the ultra-short pulse laser scribing for monolithic interconnects in CIGS solar cells: from laser to pilot line; use of lasers in smart surface texturing for automotive and printing/decoration industries and for the real-3D flexible electronics. Innovative SMEs are related to large system-integrators and end-users through the application laboratories.

LASHARE

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
01.09.2013 - 31.08.2017
https://www.lashare.eu
EUR 11 200 000
LASHARE is a European Commission co-funded research project with the goal of sharing laser expertise. Coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, more than 36 partners from industry, small and medium sized businesses (SME) and six of the most renowned research and technology development organisations have teamed up to develop and apply an approach called Laser-based Equipment Assessment (LEA). In this, an industrial user, an SME equipment supplier and a research and technology development partner jointly conduct an assessment of a laser-based equipment.
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