Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon, and Nano-Photonics

02 July 2018 – 05 July 2018 ETH Zurich, Zürich, Zurich Switzerland

IPR brings together experts from both academia and industry for an open discussion of cutting-edge research, trends and problems. IPR 2018 will continue with the broadened scope started in 2015, which incorporated new sub committees dedicated to emerging areas. They will cover the emerging topics in nano-photonics, new materials for photonics, such as two dimensional materials, epsilon-near-zero materials, integrated photonics for high precision applications such as frequency combs, electro-optic oscillators. Panel and open discussion sessions will also be included to facilitate a forum for free exchange of ideas and related discussion.

Application areas within the scope of this meeting are very broad and include, but are not restricted to: optical tele- and data communications; optical interconnects, switching and storage; data and information processing, including integrated quantum circuits; and optical monitoring and sensing, including mid-IR photonics. On the material side, traditional III-V semiconductor photonic devices and integrated circuits; silicon based devices and waveguide circuitry; silica on silicon and polymer photonic lightwave circuits as well as new and emerging material platforms such as graphene, 2D materials, and transparent conducting oxides are all within the scope of IPR.


  1. Photonic Devices  
    1. Silicon and other Group IV integrated photonics: devices and complex circuits
      • SOI-based materials,
      • Passive and active devices
      • Hybrid Light emitters, lasers, isolators, detectors, amplifiers, passives
    2. III-V and Compound Semiconductor Devices
      • Modulators;
      • Filters;
      • Switches;
      • Lasers;
      • Detectors;
      • VCSELs;
      • Planar amplifiers;
      • Compound semiconductor WDM components;
      • Novel III-V quantum optoelectronic devices;
    3. Dielectric and Polymer Waveguides and Waveguide Devices
      • Polymer-based waveguide devices;
      • Active/passive integrated components;
      • Switches;
      • Variable optical attenuators;
      • Modulators;
      • Filters;
      • Integrated isolators and circulators;
      • Planar dispersion compensators;
      • Non-reciprocal devices.
    4. Materials, Fabrication and Characterization Technologies for Photonic Integrated Circuits and Devices
      • Characterization of linear and nonlinear optical waveguide devices;
      • Micro-machined and micro-optic components;
      • Parallel optical interconnects;
      • Reliability advances and issues;
      • Emerging packaging technologies.
      • Novel assembly and manufacturing techniques;
    5. LiNbO3 - and Other Pockels Effect based devices
    6. Optical isolators
    7. Nanophotonics:  nanostructured photonic devices
      •  Photonic crystals (waveguides, resonators, light sources)
      •  Nano-engineered devices for the generation, transport and detection of light
      • Sub-wavelength devices
      • Biological and chemical transducers
      • Nanostructured photovoltaics
    8. Plasmonics
    9.  Nanofabrication Technology
      • Lithography and etching techniques
      •  Growth and deposition approaches
      •  Self-organized methods
    10.  Nanoscale structure characterization
  2. Integrated Photonics Applications
    1. Photonic integrated circuits and optoelectronic integrated circuits;
    2. Application of novel fabrication and material technologies for integrated photonics
    3. Photonic integrated circuits for telecom and Datacom applications
    4. Photonic integrated circuits for sensing
    5. Novel applications of photonic integrated circuits
    6. New functionality implemented in photonic integrated circuits
  3. Integrated High Precision Photonics
    1. Frequency comb generation
    2. Solitons
    3.  Mode locked lasers
    4.  Ultra-narrow linewidth oscillators
    5. Harmonic generation
    6. Raman and Brillouin gain
    7. Super-continuum generation
    8. Frequency (up/down) conversion
    9. Infrared and ultraviolet generation
    10. Physics, theory and applications of linear and nonlinear processes in novel integrated structures
    11. Nonlinear switching, modulation, memories and logic,
    12. Nonlinear optics in metamaterials, and opto-mechanics.
    13. Quantum technology applications
    14. On-chip optical trapping
    15. Optical references
  4. New Materials for Photonics
    1. Novel Materials for Advanced Opto-Electronics
      • Active Graphene Photonics
      • Beyond Graphene: the new class of 2D materials
      • Giant index modulation in transparent conductive oxides
      • Epsilon Near Zero materials
      • Energy efficient Photonics materials and devices
      • Materials and devices for computational imaging
    2. Theory, simulation and novel physical insights:
      • Devices beyond conventional limits
      • Enhanced Light matter interactions
      • Computational analysis and methods
    3. Emerging Opto-electronic devices and platforms:
      • Plasmons and nanolasers
      • Ultra Compact Electro-optic Modulators
      • Nano-Photonic device Integration
      • Heterogeneous and hybrid Platforms   
      • Artificial optical materials and Metamaterials for Photonics integration
      • Bio-photonics platforms for integrated devices



  • Carlos Abellan, Quside Technologies SLSpain 
    Integrated Quantum Entropy Sources
  • Hatice Altug, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerland 
    Photonic Metasurfaces for Next-Generation Biosensors
  • Andrea Armani, University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States 
    Nonlinear Optics in Hybrid Organic-inorganic Ultra High Q Integrated Microcavities
  • George Barbastathis, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States 
    On the Use of Artificial Intelligence for the Next-generation of Computational Inverse Platforms
  • Dimitri Basov, Columbia UniversityUnited States 
    Fundamental Limits to Graphene Plasmonics
  • Keren Bergman, Columbia UniversityUnited States 
    Silicon Photonic Multi-Chip Module Integration Platform
  • Klaus Boller, Universiteit TwenteNetherlands 
    Pushing the Quantum Linewidth Limit with Hybrid Integrated Semiconductor Lasers
  • Joe Campbell, University of VirginiaUnited States 
    Low-noise Digital Alloy Avalanche Photodiodes
  • Jose David Domenech Gomez, Universidad Politecnica de ValenciaSpain 
    Visible Light silicon Nitride Photonics Pilot Line
  • Shanhui Fan, Stanford UniversityUnited States 
    Harvesting the Coldness of the Universe with Nanophotonic Structures
  • Anna Fontcuberta-Morral, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerland 
    III-V Nanowires on Si for Applications in Photonics
  • Amy Foster, Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States 
    Silicon Micro/Nanophotonic Optical Phased Arrays for Beam Steering
  • Martijn Heck, Aarhus UniversitetDenmark 
    Integrated Photonics for Trace Gas Sensors
  • Karin Hinzer, Ottawa UniversityCanada 
    Emerging Materials for High Efficiency Photovoltaics
  • Yuichiro Kato, RIKENJapan 
    Single-carbon-nanotube Photonics and Optoelectronics
  • Mathias Keller, University of SussexUnited Kingdom 
    Compact High Precision Optical Reference Based on Trapped Ions
  • Ursula Keller, ETH ZurichSwitzerland 
    Dual-comb Spectroscopy with One Unstabilized Semiconductor Laser
  • Mercedeh Khajavikhan, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited States 
    Enhancing Sensitivity of Micro-resonators Using Exceptional Points
  • Alfred Leitenstorfer, Universitat KonstanzGermany 
    Attosecond Electron Transport in Plasmonic Nanostructures
  • Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur, McGill UniversityCanada 
    An All-Silicon Photodetector for 850 nm Wavelength Applications
  • Goran Mashanovich, University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom 
    Group-IV Material Waveguide Platforms for the Long Wave Infrared
  • Shinji Matsuo, NTT Photonics LaboratoriesJapan 
    Novel Photonic Integration for Large-bandwidth and Power-efficiency Lasers and Modulators
  • Hamed Merdji, Commissariat a l'Energie AtomiqueFrance 
    High Harmonic Generation in 2D and 3D Semiconductors
  • David Moss, Swinburne University of TechnologyAustralia 
    Microwave and RF Applications of Micro-combs
  • Fiorenzo Omenetto, Tufts UniversityUnited States 
    Painting Silk Opals with Water and Light
  • Alejandro Ortega-Moñux, Universidad de MalagaSpain 
    Subwavelength Grating Metamaterial Engineering: A New Tool for Silicon Photonics
  • Daniel Perez Lopez, Universidad Politecnica de ValenciaSpain 
    Programmable Photonics: State of the Art and Future Trends
  • Dennis Prather, University of DelawareUnited States 
    Integrated, Thin Film, High Bandwidth Modulators for 5G Wireless Communication Systems
  • Fabrice Raineri, Lab de Photonique et de NanostructuresFrance 
    InGaP/GaP based Nonlinear Integrated Nanophotonics
  • Orad Reshef, Ottawa UniversityCanada 
    Integrated Zero-index Metamaterials and Waveguides
  • Ann Roberts, University of MelbourneAustralia 
    Nanophotonic Approaches to Optical Information Processing
  • Gunther Roelkens, Universiteit GentBelgium 
    III-V-on-silicon Photonics Integrated Circuits for Spectroscopic Sensing in the 2-4 um Wavelength Range
  • Stephen Segal, Thorlabs IncUnited States 
    Tunable Mid-infrared VCSELs for Methane Detection
  • Victor Torres Company, Chalmers Tekniska HogskolaSweden 
    High-confinement High-Q Silicon-rich Silicon Nitride Nonlinear Microresonators
  • M. Selim Ünlü, Boston UniversityUnited States 
    Interferometric Reflectance Imaging Sensor using Si-based Microfluidics
  • Kerry Vahala, California Institute of TechnologyUnited States 
    A Brillouin Gyroscope Using Chip-Integrable High-Q Optical Cavities
  • Nicolas Volet, University of California Santa BarbaraUnited States 
    Micro-resonator Soliton Generation with a Diode Laser
  • Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford UniversityUnited States 
    From Inverse Design to Implementation of Robust Nanophotonics
  • Xiaoxiao Xue, Tsinghua UniversityChina 
    Linear and Nonlinear Mode Coupling in Microresonator Frequency Comb Generation
  • Michael Zervas, LiGenTec SASwitzerland 
    Manufacturing Aspects for All-nitride-core Ultra-low Loss Silicon Nitride Photonics Platform



Jonathan Klamkin, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Yoshiaki Nakano, University of Tokyo, Japan

Program Chairs
Andreas Beling, University of Virginia, USA
Marco Peccianti, University of Sussex, UK

Photonic Devices
Anna Tauke-Pedretti, Sandia National Laboratories, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Shamsul Arafin, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Meredith Hutchinson, Naval Research Lab, USA
Di Liang, Hewlett Packard Labs, USA
Sasa Ristic, McGill University, Canada
Jonathan Roth, Juniper Networks, USA
Koji Takeda, NTT, Japan
Benjamin Yang, Georgia Tech Research Inst., USA

Integrated Photonic Applications
Pascual Muñoz, Universidad Politecnica de ValenciaSpain, Subcommittee Chair
Giampiero Contestabile, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy
Michael Geiselmann, LiGenTec SA, Switzerland
Bert Jan Offrein, IBM Zurich, Switzerland
Richard Penty, University of Cambridge, UK
Leo Spiekman, Aeon Corp., USA 
Kevin Williams, TU Eindhoven, Netherlands

Integrated High Precision Photonics
Lucia Caspani, University of Strathclyde, UK, Subcommittee Chair
Ladan Arissian, National Research Council of Canada, Canada
Matteo Clerici, University of Glasgow, UK
Sonia Garcia-Blanco, University of TwenteNetherlands
Kaoru Minoshima, University of Electro-CommunicationsJapan
Martin Rochette, McGill UniversityCanada
Judith Su, University of Arizona, College of Optical ScienceUSA
Alexander Szameit, Universität Rostock, Germany

New Materials for Photonics
Luca Dal Negro, Boston University, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Jacopo Bertolotti, University of ExeterUK
Marcelo Davanco, NIST, USA
Luca Sapienza, University of SouthamptonUK
Lei Tian, Boston UniversityUSA
Heayoung Yoon,University of Utah, USA
Nanfang Yu, Columbia University, USA



Plenary Session

Raman Kashyap

Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

State of the Art Ultra-long FBGs for Linear and Nonlinear Applications: Challenges and Opportunities

For four decades, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) have delivered outstanding performance for applications in many fields of engineering and science, including sensing, lasers, dispersion management, and filters. However, most FBGs for these applications have been confined to lengths of less than 100mm. Recent developments have led to a demand for longer gratings (~meter length) in applications such as Raman and Brillouin distributed feedback FBG lasers. Until recently, controlling the spatial characteristics of the FBG with a precision necessary for these applications has been difficult to achieve, since small errors accumulate leading to unpredictable and unrepeatable characteristics. These errors make it impossible to utilise long FBGs for linear and nonlinear applications routinely. By undertaking a step by step approach to understand the limitations of not only the technology of FBG inscription, but surprisingly, also from the uniformity of the optical fiber has led to near perfect ultra-long gratings. Although challenges remain, these advances have allowed the fabrication of single frequency fiber Raman and Brillouin DFB lasers with outstanding performance, also opening the doors to other nonlinear optical applications.

About the Speaker

Raman Kashyap is a Professor at Polytechnique Montreal with a dual appointment in the Departments of Engineering Physics and Electronics Engineering, a holder of a Canada Research Chair in Future Photonics Systems since 2003, and the head of the FABULAS Laboratory. He was previously the Head of a photonics company in Montreal, Corvis Canada Inc. At BT Research Laboratories in the UK for 25 years, he researched optical devices and applications in photonics, and discovered the optical "fiber fuse". He was the first to demonstrate how photonics could be integrated into cell-phones in 2014 (Making smart phones smarter with photonics, Optics Express), and according to OSA, with a potential media coverage of 19 million. He is the author of the first book on Fiber Bragg Gratings published in 1999, 550 technical papers and 44 patents.

His current research interests are focused on laser induced cooling, nonlinear optics, sensors, fiber Raman DFB lasers, Stimulated Brillouin scattering, Plasmonics, integrating photonics into cell-phones, and perfecting ultra-long fiber gratings. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, the Optical Society of America, the SPIE, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Physics (UK).

Michal Lipson

Columbia University, USA

Next Generation Photonics based on 2D Materials

Two dimensional materials such as monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) are expected to have large changes in their optical sheet conductivity by controlling their carrier densities. We demonstrate a platform for waveguide-integrated phase modulators in the near-infrared regime based on Tungsten disulphide (WS2) gating.

About the Speaker

Professor Michal Lipson joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Columbia University in July 2015. She completed her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics at the Technion in 1998 followed by a Postdoctoral position at MIT in the Materials Science Department until 2001. In 2001 she joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. She was named Cornell Given Foundation Professor of Engineering in 2013. Lipson was one of the main pioneers in the field of silicon photonics and is the inventor of several of the critical building blocks in the field including the GHz silicon modulator. She holds over 20 patents and is the author of over 200 technical papers. Professor Lipson's honors and awards include the MacArthur Fellow, Blavatnik Award, IBM Faculty Award, and the NSF Early Career Award. She is a fellow of OSA and IEEE. Since 2014 she has been named by Thomson Reuters as a top 1% highly cited researcher in the field of Physics.

Lukas Novotny

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Levitated Optomechanics

Optically levitated nanoparticles in ultrahigh vacuum exhibit very low damping and constitute a highly sensitive optomechanical system. By using active parametric feedback the particle's center-of-mass temperature can be cooled below 100 microKelvin, limitedby photon recoil heating.

About the Speaker

Lukas Novotny is a Professor of Photonics at ETH Zürich. His research is focused on understanding and controlling light-matter interactions on the nanometer scale. Novotny did his PhD at ETH Zürich and from 1996-99 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, working on new schemes of single molecule detection and nonlinear spectroscopy. In 1999 he joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics where he started one of the first research programs with focus on nano-optics. Novotny is the author of the textbook 'Principles of Nano-Optics', which is currently in its second edition. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Martin Schell

Heinrich Hertz Institute, Germany

Photonic Integration for Communication and Sensing-Economic Success and Failure

Photonic Integration has the chance to revolutionize photonics probably as much as electronic integration has done since the 1970ies. Prior failures and successes will be analyzed, and current technologies and developments will be overviewed.

About the Speaker

Martin Schell is professor for Optic and Optoelectronic Integration at Technical University Berlin, and director of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI, Berlin. His research interest is photonic integration for communication and sensing.

Martin Schell joined HHI in 2005. From 2000 to 2005, he was first product line manager, then head of production and procurement at Infineon Fiber Optics. From 1996 to 2000 he was management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Before that, he spent one year as a visiting researcher at The Tokyo University, Japan. He received the Dipl.-Phys. degree from the RWTH Aachen in 1989, and the Dr. rer. nat. degree from the Technical University Berlin in 1993.

Martin Schell is a board member of EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium), speaker of the board of OptecBB (Competence Network Optical Technologies Berlin/Brandenburg), member of the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders, and member of the Public Policy Committee of The Optical Society.

Linda Thomas

Naval Research Laboratory, USA

Progress and Challenges in Free-space Optical Networks

Free space optics (FSO) technology allows access to currently unregulated spectrum; and provides an augmentation to RF wireless in congested areas.  In order to more broadly adopt the technology, FSO must be implemented as a networked wireless system, versus simply a point-to-point link.

About the Speaker

Linda Thomas is a Senior Research Engineer in the Electro-optics Technology Section, Code 8123, of the Naval Center for Space Technology, at the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. She has been working at NRL since 2004. Her current research interests are free-space laser communications, hybrid optical and RF communications networks, satellite laser ranging, and single photon detectors.

Dr. Thomas received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC, and has a Master’s degree and Doctorate in the field of Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology from 2014-2016, and prior Conference Chair of the SPIE Conference on Atmospheric Propagation.

Peter Winzer

Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Scaling Optical Networks into the Next Decade and Beyond

Informed by long-term historic traffic and technology scaling, we extrapolate the evolution of optical networking technologies into the next decade and beyond, highlighting the challenges that research will have to address.

About the Speaker

Peter J. Winzer received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, in 1998. Supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), he investigated photon-starved space-borne Doppler lidar and laser communications using high-sensitivity digital modulation and detection. At Bell Labs since 2000, he has focused on various aspects of high-bandwidth fiber-optic communication systems, including Raman amplification, advanced optical modulation formats, multiplexing schemes, and receiver concepts, digital signal processing and coding, as well as on robust network architectures for dynamic data services. He contributed to several high-speed and high-capacity optical transmission records with interface rates from 10 Gb/s to 1 Tb/s, including the first 100G and the first 400G electronically multiplexed optical transmission systems and the first field trial of live 100G video traffic over an existing carrier network. Since 2008 he has been investigating and internationally promoting spatial multiplexing as a promising option to scale optical transport systems beyond the capacity limits of single-mode fiber. He currently heads the Optical Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. He has widely published and patented and is actively involved in technical and organizational tasks with the IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society (OSA). Dr. Winzer is a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher, the only one from industry in the Engineering category in 2015, a Bell Labs Fellow, a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA, and an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He received a Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 2017 and is the recipient of the 2018 John Tyndall Award.


Special Events

Special Symposium on Optical Fiber Sensing Technologies for Monitoring in Harsh Environment I and II

Monday, 2 July; 14:00-18:30
Location: Room D1.1

Organizers: Guillaume Laffont, CEA, France; Matthieu Lancry, Université Paris Sud, France
Supported by: CEA, Micron Optics, and IFOS

This symposium reports on the latest research and development related to the use of fiber optic sensing technologies to perform monitoring under harsh environments. These elements can be low or high temperatures (typically well outside of standards defined for telecommunications), high strain, high pressures, high voltage, high magnetic fields, vibrations, dust, explosive environments, and aggressive chemical and biological environments. The program features 3 invited speakers and 11 contributed papers. 

Invited speakers:
Richard J. Black, Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems, USA
Robert B. Walker, National Research Council Canada, Canada
Eric Lindner, FBGS Technologies GmbH, Germany

Congress Reception

Monday, 2 July; 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Polyterressa (Rain Location: Main Hall)

Enjoy food and drinks with your network and colleagues during the Congress Reception.

BGPP Industry Session

Tuesday, 3 July; 11:30 - 12:30
Location: Room D1.1

BGPP 2018 continues the long-standing tradition of addressing fundamental and technical issues of immediate and long-term application of fiber Bragg gratings and other devices fabricated by laser-matter-interaction. While fundamental aspects are covered by invited and contributed proceeding papers, the technical aspect is addressed in the Industry Session.

Speakers from 6 different companies have been invited to make a 10 min presentation to showcase their advanced products, to explain the underlying technology and working principle. Company professionals that are also presenting scientific work during the conference have been favored. Therefore, the scientists in the auditorium working in closely related areas may get easily into contact with the company professionals for various reasons. Scientist may see how applied research translates into new products and applications. Junior scientists may be stimulated to create tomorrow a start-up in the field or join a company. In this way BGPP encourages greater interaction between the industry professionals and scientist.

Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 3 July; 12:30 - 13:30
Location: Room F33.1

Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Advanced Photonics Field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

Programs are open to OSA Members.

Congress Banquet on Lake Zurich (Separate Fee Required)

Tuesday, 3 July; 19:00 - 22:00
Location: Zurich Burkliplatz

Join your colleagues for a special evening boat banquet on Lake Zurich. After a welcome beverage and brief welcome, dine aboard the MS Panta Rhei and enjoy the picturesque shoreline of Lake Zurich with the Alps in the distance. An additional ticket is required for this event; purchase ticket within registration.

Special Symposium on Innovative Grating-components and Grating-configurations for Fiber Lasers I and II

Wednesday, 4 July; 14:00-18:30
Location: Room D1.1

Organizers: Martin Bernier, COPL, Canada; Morten Ibsen, ORC - University of Southampton, UK
Supported by: Teraxion,PhotoNova, Inc., ITF Technologies, and Shenzhen JPT Opto-electronics

This symposium reports on novel and innovative configurations of gratings, including fiber and volume Bragg gratings, in conjunction with fiber lasers to further their performance and facilitate new application areas. It also covers innovative gratings and grating configurations from their design and optimization, through to their fabrication and application. The program features 4 invited speakers and 8 contributed papers.

Invited Speakers:
Real Vallee,  Universite Laval, Canada
Alex Fuerbach,  Macquarie University, Australia
Alexei L. Glebov, OptiGrate Corp., USA
Paul Westbrook, OFS Laboratories, USA

Lab Automation Hackathon

Wednesday, 4 July; 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Room F33.1
Organizers: Nick Fontaine and Roland Ryf, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Have you ever wanted to automate your lab, get better/quicker at processing your data, make beautiful plots and figures and at the same time meet a bunch of cool scientists?  Well, you are in luck! We have 8 demos for various common lab automation tasks, ranging from simple remote control of optical instrumentation, data processing and photonic design simulations, all the way to full lab automation.  Students, professionals of all levels are welcome to learn and share their secret tips and tricks developed over the years.

Lab automation is becoming more and more important as lab equipment is growing more capable and optical experiments more complex. Especially experiments performed over longer time periods or requiring the acquisition of massive amount of data can significantly benefit from automation and allows researchers to concentrate on the more fun part of the experimental work. Open source software, which is widely available, can offer significant advantages over standard commercial software in terms of flexibility, modularity and compatibility. Low-cost system-on-chip controller running Linux (like the Raspberry Pi for example) can provide local controls and interfaces for instrumentation and coordinated using a local area network using Python as rapid prototyping programming language. Python is fun to learn and useful for lab automation as it runs on almost any computer and the functionality can be easily extended based on a comprehensive set of modules with good support for scientific applications.

In this hackathon, we will provide 8 stations/demos, each staffed with a researcher experienced in lab automation, which will cover the following topics:
  • Installing python on your computer (beginners)
  • Introduction to the Python programming language (beginners)
  • Python programming environment and web based tools (beginners)
  • Plots and graphics in Python (beginners)
  • Instrumentation control in Python
  • Remote control and coordination of multiple computer for lab automation (advanced)
  • Data processing on multicore and GPU based systems (advanced)
  • Python software for photonic design
Bring a laptop to participate in the exercise. There will be plenty of time for mingling and discussion.

BGPP Reception at The Lion Pub (for BGPP-registered attendees only; RSVP required)

Wednesday, 4 July; 19:00-22:00
Location: The Lion Pub
Sponsored by: Shenzhen JPT Opto-electronics

Join fellow BGPP attendees and sponsors for a BGPP-only reception at The Lion Pub Zurich. After a welcome beverage and brief welcome, network and enjoy drinks and hot & cold appetizers in this British Pub atmosphere.