Workshop chairs: Prof. Brigitte Voit and Prof. Ken-ichi Kitayama
Based on the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Leibniz Association and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), a joint workshop was held at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) from 20th to 22nd September 2017.
The main focus of the workshop was advanced optics and photonics. Internet of Things (IoT) smart objects on the planet are predicted to reach 200 billion entities by 2020, and 2.5 Exabyte (1018) of data are generated on an every days basis, which is half the amount of data that has been generated from the dawn of civilization until 2003. In this IoT era advanced optics and photonics technology will play a key role in computing and sensing a wide variety of phenomena and transporting huge amount of data in an energy-efficient and secure way.
The workshop was convened by Prof. Brigitte Voit, managing director of the IPF, and Prof. Ken-ichi Kitayama, Research Supervisor of JST’s strategic research project “Advanced core technology for creation and practical utilization of innovative properties and functions based upon optics and photonics”. Nearly fifty researchers from eight Leibniz Institutes and various Japanese organizations came together to discuss latest research findings in the fields of advanced optics and photonics, covering materials, devices, and their applications. The workshop, which also included representatives from German and Japanese funding organizations, provided a timely opportunity to plan future cooperation, which was welcomed by all participants. Plans to collaborate were made particularly in the fields of photonics and engineering of photoluminescent materials, polymers, nano science and photonics, and measurement technologies, including terahertz range. With their attendance at the workshop, Prof. Matthias Kleiner, President of the Leibniz Association and Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi, President of JST, honoured and underlined the importance of maintaining the existing close ties between both organizations.