The importance of light technologies to critical Industry 4.0 topics, including the Internet of Things (IoT), Factories of the Future (FoF), and Autonomous Vehicles will be highlighted at one of Europe's biggest gatherings of Photonics leaders next month.
The two-day Photonics PPP Annual Meeting entitled 'Winning the Future – Europe's Age of Light' will also focus on the strategic development for the missions of the PPP in FP9 - the Research and Innovation Framework Program beyond Horizon 2020.
The annual gathering will set about defining the challenges that lie ahead in R&I for photonics and its applied fields such as Lasers, Optical Components, Sensors, Network Components, LED's, Artificial Intelligence and quantum technologies.
Starting off with an informal gathering at the Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels on Thursday 8th March attendees will be welcomed with an address from Photonics21 president, and CEO of OSRAM, Aldo Kamper.
Experts will be on hand to give a series of 'ignite talks' discussing the challenges and opportunities of a digitized world in which photonics plays a vital role, including:
Digitization and Internet of Things (tbc) - Dr. Heike Riel, Executive Director IBM Research Frontiers Institute, Director IoT Technology and Solutions;
Digital Transformation for Industry Renaissance - Jean-François Hebert, Vice President Sales Global Accounts High Tech Industry, Dassault Systèmes SE
On the unification of the real and the virtual world - Prof. Dr. Michael Totzeck, Fellow Corporate Research and Technology Carl Zeiss AG University of Konstanz;
Our Way Towards FP9 - Lucilla Sioli, Director Digital Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Photonics Strategy Process - Aldo Kamper, Photonics21 President & CEO Osram Opto Semiconductor
Normally associated with the famous Breugel collections, the Royal Museums will provide a lavish setting for the keynote speaker, the European Commission's deputy head of cabinet, Carl Buhr.
On Day 2, the Bluepoint Conference Centre, Brussels hosts the second leg of the event, with the latest announcements in policy and direction the Photonics PPP works on setting with its key stakeholders.
Europe's Light Community will launch the strategy process for a new photonics multi-annual roadmap for the next 10 years. The discussion for the future strategic direction of the PPP will be the focus of the General Assembly, as well as the financing opportunities of the FP9 program.
Attendees can register for the Photonics Workshops on a variety of themes, including: Information & Communication, Industrial Manufacturing & Quality, Life Sciences & Health, Emerging Lighting, Electronics & Displays, Security, Metrology & Sensors, Design & Manufacturing of Components & Systems, Photonics Research, Education & Training, Automotive & Transport, and Agriculture & Food.