2nd Annual Workshop on Photonic Communication Technologies and Bio-photonics
The second edition of the annual workshop co-organized by DTU Fotonik, Stanford University UC Berkeley, and Aalborg University and hosted by the Innovation Center Denmark in Silicon Valley took place this last 31 January and 1st February, at Stanford University. The workshop gathered over 70 participants from Danish industry and academia and their counterparts in Silicon Valley to present their latest research results and discuss potential partnerships in research and education.
Photonic technologies for access and networking
There is a general consensus that the next generation access networks should not just provide lots of bandwidth. The designs must be driven also by principles of flexibility, scalability, availability, environment-friendliness and security. Thus, photonic technologies featuring re-configurability, energy efficiency and network protection are expected to cause a quantum leap in the way broadband access is delivered. The workshop covered the above topics both from the academic and industry development point of view.
Biophotonics is addressing the exciting interdisciplinary research that explores light-based technologies for life-sciences and medicine. In particular, it research aims at an achievement for an ever-improving health care system, reducing health-care costs, personalizing health care and strive to address the new challenges of the human ageing process, which seems to make us more susceptible to diseases and systemic failures that effectively puts a “best before” date on our life and vitality. Both speakers and attendees discussed current trends, challenges and which new breakthrough are required for advancing the field of bio-photonic toward achieving it ultimate goal-developing tools and technologies for elevating the human condition.
Best poster award: The best poster award on communication technologies and bio-photonics went in both categories to PhD students affiliated with DTU Fotonik. Valeria Arlunno and Tomoyo Matsuoka won the prize with their posters on “Reconfigurable Digital Coherent Receiver for Hybrid Optical Fiber/Wireless Metro-Access Networks’’ and “Functionalizing 2PP-fabricated microtools for optical manipulation on the BioPhotonics Workstation”, respectively.
The poster winners: Valeria Arlunno (right) and Tomoyo Matsuoka (left)
Next edition 2012. The workshop will be organized again in 2012, traditionally following Photonics West conference. So, mark it in your calendars!