Roadmap for light-based technologies

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

An international expert in photonics is visiting South Australia and the University of Adelaide to investigate the impact and value of light-based technologies to business, government, and the community.

Dr Bob Lieberman, President of the International Society for Optics and Photonics, is investigating the feasibility of establishing South Australia as a world-recognised leader for photonics excellence.

The State Government provided the University of Adelaide with a $200,000 grant to help conduct the feasibility study.

Dr Lieberman will help develop a roadmap for light-based technologies in partnership with University's Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).

IPAS Director Professor Andre Luiten said the roadmap and Dr Lieberman’s involvement was great news for the development of these advanced technologies in South Australia.

“The University of Adelaide, working with its industry and research partners, looks forward to discovering new ways that our intellectual and research capabilities in photonics can be used to further develop new and existing businesses within the state,” he said.

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher said: "The global photonics market is worth around $540 billion and is expected to grow to $950 billion by 2023, so it represents a great opportunity for our local advanced manufacturers.

“Photonic devices such as lasers, sensors, and optical fibres are applicable to a number of important local industries including resources, medical, defence, food, and environment.

“Photonics is a disruptive technology with the potential to be a game-changer for South Australian companies, enabling them to solve problems for local, interstate, and global customers.”

The roadmap will provide an important analysis of current and future local, national, and international market opportunities relating to photonics.


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