Imran Avci (VU): RAPID PHOTONICS: Low-cost and fast prototyping of photonic integrated circuits
Did you see a picture of the first computer? It was as big as a large room. Nowadays we can carry our computers even in our pockets. This was made possible by integrating electronic components into microchips. In a similar way we can also integrate optical components into microchips and make them cheaper,faster and smaller. These devices are called photonic integrated circuits and we have been using them in communication, medical diagnostics, biological/environmental sensing, lidar applications and in many more fields.
However, the main challenge is the fabrication cost and lead time of photonic integrated circuit prototypes that hinders their wide deployment. We developed a new fabrication technique that will revolutionize the photonic circuit prototyping: 100 times cheaper, 10 times faster prototyping. Our goal is to bring this technology within reach for companies, universities, research institutes and exploit the great potential of photonic integrated circuits. We believe that the photons will rule the tomorrow’s applications.
Desi Bootsman (HvA): Mazehunter: playful learning for children with dyslexia Mazehunter is developing a digital-physical hybrid game for children diagnosed with dyslexia, that translates innovative dyslexia treatment to an attractive and addictive game environment. Research shows that the cooperation of the hemispheres together has a lot of influence on the processing of information. In people […]
Tom Broens (Amsterdam UMC): act-E: Unravel your curriculum We develop act-E, a unique online curriculum information system. It helps students, teachers and managers to unravel their education. Courses are no longer ‘islands’ but part of a bigger picture: the curriculum. A high-quality curriculum is designed to have a consistent allignment and build-up of learning goals, […]
Floris Roelofsen (UvA): Automatic text-to-sign translation Language technology has taken an enormous flight over the last 20 years. Search engines, automatic translation, and speech recognition have become part of our everyday lives. But the focus has been, almost exclusively, on spoken languages. Sign languages have received much less attention. For instance, Google Translate already works […]