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Their work involves various fields ranging from academic research and industry to culture and arts.
These are the “Professor Light” or masters of light challenging to yet unknown frontiers.
Here we introduce the latest photonics technology told by the Professor Lights and have them illuminate our future.
Vol.05 Hugo Thienpont “Spreading the value and appeal of photonics around the world from Belgium!”
In Europe, a learning kit is available that helps middle school students learn optical engineering (hereinafter “photonics”) while experimenting on their own or in small groups. Using this kit, kids can learn optical engineering and technology almost instinctively. A person who is strongly promoting the development and spread of this kit is Prof. Hugo Thienpont, vice-director of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) or Free University of Brussels in Belgium. He has believed in the possibilities offered by photonics since its earliest days and has been working to foster photonics engineers and promote collaborative efforts with industry. Here in Professor Lights Vol. 05, we shine some light on Prof. Thienpont’s energetic activities in photonics from Belgium.
Vicerector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Director of Brussels Photonics (B-PHOT)
Vol.04 Masatoshi ISHIKAWA “Exploring the future with ultra-high-speed, massively parallel image processing technology”
The Janken (Rock-Paper-Scissors) robot that never loses, video control that follows up on fast moving objects, and high-speed book scanner that scans 250 pages per minute. All of these were created by Professor Masatoshi Ishikawa of the University of Tokyo who constantly invents “strange things” and “things we’ve never seen” by applying ultra-high-speed image processing technology. Here we get a close-up look at Professor Masatoshi Ishikawa and his Proof of Concept or POC approach that is now needed in the post catch-up era to show the world will accept a technology or idea.
Professor, Department of Creative Informatics and Department of Information Physics and Computing, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
Vol.03 Yoshiaki KATO “Half a century spent with lasers — from researcher to leader”
For half a century since the dawn of the age of the laser, Yoshiaki Kato has helped steer its progress and development. Over those years he has served in roles ranging from a researcher in laser spectroscopy to a project manager for laser fusion research. Currently, holding top positions at the Laser Society of Japan and The Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries, he has a sweeping view spanning the R&D research in academic fields and creation of new industrial fields, as well as fostering of human talent for these areas. Let’s take a brief look at the path he has traveled up to now.
President of Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries
President of Laser Society of Japan
Vol.02 Takahiro ANDO "Transforming photons and time into art"
By creating physical sensations from individual particles of light, Mr. Takahiro Ando, a gifted artist & creator, has succeeded in expressing these sensations as unique artwork. This creative work merges art with photon counting — an advanced technique for measuring low-level light using a photomultiplier tube (often abbreviated as PMT). The world of this artwork spans phenomena from the activities of organisms to the workings of space and time. This article explores the continually expanding modes for expressing this world.
Artist & Creator
Vol.01 Aya AKIKUSA "Diagnosing plant health with light, the challenge to change the future of agriculture"
If we could check health of plants the same as getting a health exam then... There is a researcher who is working hard to develop the diagnosis of plants health which had been no easy feat even for veterans in this field. That is a long way before putting the technology to practical uses yet the roadmap towards their goal seems to be clear.
Lab No. 8, Hamamatsu Photonics
Central Research Laboratory