What do you expect to achieve in this project?
HOT (Hybrid Optomechanical Technologies) will have an impact on a broad range of areas in our increasingly information-driven society. These will include health, navigation, timing, computation and communication. It will enable dramatic leaps in the performance of the most sophisticated products developed by industries active in these areas, for example, biomedical imaging, unmanned aviation and quantum communication. Furthermore, HOT will be deployed in consumer and mobile products, thanks to economical mass production with nanofabrication techniques and ultralow power consumption.
How will European citizens benefit from this project, both from the technology developments it accomplishes as well as the scientific breakthroughs it may achieve?
The HOT project will open the route to new technologies based on motion, which will revolutionise ICT and sensing devices. Our technologies target the domains of medical imaging, positioning, security, timing and navigation, as well as provide new functionalities supporting personal health monitoring and quantum-protected communication.
Is EU funding important for the European research? How has it contributed to your projects/careers/success?
EU funding is crucial to advance fundamental research and bridge the gap from the laboratory to the market. The HOT consortium consists of 17 partners from academia and industry, thus fostering collaborations among European research institutions, SMEs and large corporations, otherwise not possible with other funding sources. It provides a unique opportunity for widening participation in European research and development, and promoting up-and-coming researchers in a field of much relevance to science, technology and society. It empowers young researchers on their way to becoming leaders of innovation and technology, giving them an ideal platform with which to accelerate their career. Our research has also been witnessed by numerous high impact publications and positions Europe in the competitive ranks of USA and Asia.
What are you going to exhibit at ICT2018? What should visitors expect to see/experience upon visiting your booth?
HOT will showcase a demonstrator device and virtual experiences on circulators, microwave to optical converters and mechanical phase synchronisation. We will clearly explain the underlying physics, the technological basis and its utility. We will also display the evolution from lab measurement setups to the packaged device, accompanied by didactic materials.