LASER World of PHOTONICS Industry Days 2021
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LASER World of PHOTONICS Industry Days

Information on the World of Photonics Stage & Highlights

From June 21 to 24, 2021, we will present the LASER World of PHOTONICS Industry Days on the World of Photonics Stage. This will take place parallel to the digital World of Photonics Congress and offer the photonics community a platform for information exchange and networking. You can expect exciting presentations on market figures and the photonics applications of tomorrow, as well as quantum optics and many interesting showrooms.

Access to the World of Photonics Stage is free-of-charge for both conference participants at the World of Photonics Congress Online and for visitors to the LASER World of PHOTONICS Industry Days.

IMPORTANT: Please note that prior registration is required to access the digital platform.

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Overview of the Program Schedule

Tag 1: 21. Juni 2021 Science Insights: Welcome notes and Keynote
[#text: 21. Juni 2021 ] Tag 2: 22. Juni 2022 [#text: Welcome notes and Keynote] Industry Insights:
Laser Trends & Markets
Future Applications
[#text: 21. Juni 2021 ] Tag 3: 23. Juni 2022 [#text: Welcome notes and Keynote] Industry & Science Insights: Biophotonics
[#text: 21. Juni 2021 ] Tag 4: 24. Juni 2022 [#text: Welcome notes and Keynote] Industry Insights: World of QUANTUM

Have you missed a session?

All sessions are recorded and available at the World of Photonics Stage via the “event agenda” until July, 23rd, 2021.

Speaker Gallery

Dr. Robert Axmann, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Dr. Robert Axmann
Head of the DLR Quantum Computing
Dr. Robert Axmann, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Head of the DLR Quantum Computing
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Dr. Robert Axmann

Dr. Axmann studied Aerospace Engineering in Munich, Germany and Cranfield UK and got a PhD in aerospace engineering. He holds also a master in business administration. During his time at DLR, he prepared different satellite missions for operations and worked in different specific projects for the board. From 2017 onwards, he was the Founding Director of the Institute of Data Science in Jena and head of the department Strategy Space Research and Technology. Since summer 2020 he accompanied the development of the quantum computing

The presentation will cover an overview of DLR, it’s research institutes and the state of the starting quantum computing initiative.

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 10:35 – 11:05 CET

Dennis Dontsov - Sios Messtechnik
Dr. Denis Dontsov
Managing Director
Dennis Dontsov - Sios Messtechnik

Managing Director
SIOS Messtechnik GmbH

Dr. Denis Dontsov

Denis Dontsov received his doctorate in 2003 from the Technical University of Ilmenau in the field of high precision laser vibrometry. He worked for the SIOS Messtechnik Ilmenau since 2002 in the R&D department. In the period from 2010 to 2016 he was a R&D Director of the company and since 2016 he is a CEO of the SIOS Messtechnik GmbH. His research activities lie in particular in the development of metrological devices based on the laser interferometer technology in particular nanopositioning and nanomeasuring machines and ultra-stable laser interferometers.

SIOS Messtechnik GmbH produces specially designed laser interferometers for ultra-stable applications based on the own modular low noise laser technology. The presentation gives an overview about the applications, challenges and solutions which can be provided.

Monday, 21 June 2021, 14:00 - 14:20 CET

Christopher Dorman
Senior Vice President and General Manager

Senior Vice President and General Manager
Coherent Inc, USA

Christopher Dorman

Chris Dorman is Senior Vice President and General Manager at Coherent Inc a global leader in lasers, photonic components and tools. Based in the Glasgow facility, he joined Coherent in 2002 as a Product Line Manager and has held various Business Management positions.

He has an MA in Physics from Oxford University and a PhD in Lasers and Quantum Physics from Imperial College, London. He is currently Chair of the UK Photonics Leadership Group, Chair of Photonics Scotland (formerly the Scottish Optoelectronics Organisation), is a visiting Professor to the University of Strathclyde and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He was awarded an OBE for services to Photonic and Laser Technology and Exports in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2019.

Presentation of the Winners of the Bernard J. Couillaud Prize and the Herbert Walther Award by OSA

Monday, 21 June 2021, 12:15 – 12:30 CET

Roundtable “Quantum – Quo Vadis?”

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 CET

Filipp Stefan
Prof. Dr. Stefan Filipp
TU Munich & Walther-Meissner-Institute
Filipp Stefan

TU Munich & Walther-Meissner-Institute
Munich Quantum Valley, Germany

Prof. Dr. Stefan Filipp

Stefan Filipp has been appointed Professor in Technical Physics at the TU Munich and Director of the Walther-Meissner-Institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in 2020. Before he has led the superconducting qubit team at the IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory to develop architectures for quantum computing based on superconducting circuits. He has joined IBM in 2014 as permanent research staff member of the experimental quantum computing team at IBM T.J. Watson Re-search lab in Yorktown Heights, NY, US. His degree in physics he has received from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and the Upp-sala University, Sweden for his studies on quantum geometric phases effects, for which he was awarded the Victor-Hess Award. He then worked as Postdoc and later Senior Researcher on quantum computing, quantum simulation and quantum optics with superconducting circuits at the ETH Zurich. He has been co-chair expert panel 'Quantencomputing' of the Bun-deskanzleramt, Germany in 2020 and is currently leading the GeQCoS project on building a German quantum computer based on superconducting qubits.

The Munich Quantum Valley is an initiative formed by the Bavarian Academy of Science (BAdW),  Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG), Max-Planck-Society (MPG), Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), and the Technische Universität München (TUM) to establish quantum-computing (QC) capabilities and to provide quantum technology expertise in Bavaria for research and development activities and for general applications in industry and society. The main goals of this initiative are to establish a center for quantum computing and quantum technologies, to realize a quantum technology park and to establish special teaching, entrepreneurship and outreach activities to create an economic and technical environment for the indus-trial and widespread use of quantum computation and quantum technologies. To reach these goals, the state of Bavaria has agreed to provide 300 M€ of funding for a period of five years.

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 11:20 – 11:35 CET

Moritz Förster, VDMA
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Dr. Moritz Förster
Managing Director
Moritz Förster, VDMA
© VDMA e.V.

Managing Director
VDMA e.V., Germany

Dr. Moritz Förster

Dr. Moritz Förster studied chemistry at the University of Frankfurt and has been active as a speaker in the Photonics Forum of the VDMA since 2019. Since May 2020 he is also managing director of the Working Committee “Lasers and Laser Systems for Material Processing” (AG Laser). The AG Laser represents the interests of around 30 companies before politics, business partners, the interested public, and the media. The member companies include leading manufacturers of both laser sources and laser machining systems. This AG Laser profile is complemented with producers of components specific to laser technologies. An independent organisation within VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, or German Engineering Federation), AG Laser has been the proactive voice of Germany’s laser industry since 1988. With about 3,300 members from Germany and other EU (including EFTA) nations, VDMA is the largest industrial association in Europe.

The leading European mechanical engineering association - VDMA - provides insights into current developments in the German laser industry. Technical trends will be highlighted as well as market developments and association policy aspects. The managing director of the AG Laser in the VDMA will be available for discussion, as will representatives of the laser industry. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 11:45 – 12:00 CET

Andreas Frahm
Director Global Sales
Andreas Frahm

Andreas Frahm has joined TRUMPF in April 2017 as Senior Sales Manager and is today responsible for the Global Sales operation at TRUMPF’s LASER TECH-NOLOGY division.

After graduating in industrial engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology, Frahm joined Dräger, a leading manufacturer of medical and safety technology. During more than twenty years at Dräger Medical he gained extensive expertise in implementing regional and groupwide sales and service strategies. Following career steps in Europe and Asia-Pacific he was appointed Chief Sales Officer at the Dräger Group in Luebeck. Frahm spent more than 11 years of his professional career in the Asia-Pacific region, which included Management positions in South Korea, China and Singapore.

Prior to joining TRUMPF, Frahm was the managing direc-tor at SLM Solutions responsible for Sales, Marketing, Service and Application Engineering. At SLM Solutions he was focusing on the development of the global footprint of the company and especially the implementation of a comprehensive sales and service network worldwide in order to enable the high growth momentum of the company. That included the set-up of an industry-specific business development and application engineering team for the different target industries, like aviation & aerospace industries.

Frahm is 58 years old, married and has three children.

Roundtable "Future Challenges for Lasers and Photonic Technologies"

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 15:30 – 16:30 CET

Genzel
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Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel
Director
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Genzel

Reinhard Genzel, born 1952 in Bad Homburg v. d. H., Germany, is one of the Directors of Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Professor in the Graduate School of the University of California, Berkeley and an Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. He is a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

His research interests include astrophysics of galactic nuclei, star formation, kinematics and cosmic evolution of galaxies, massive black holes and experimental infrared, submillimeter and millimeter astronomy.

He has received numerous honours and awards, including the Shaw Prize of The Shaw Prize Foundation and the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy.

In 2020, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Andrea Ghez, for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.

World of Photonics Congress Opening Plenary

More than one hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his Theory of General Relativity (GR). One year later, Karl Schwarzschild solved the GR equa-tions for a non-rotating, spherical mass distribution; if this mass is sufficiently compact, even light cannot escape from within the so-called event horizon, and there is a mass singularity at the center. The theoretical con-cept of a 'black hole' was born, and was refined in the next decades by work of Penrose, Wheeler, Kerr, Hawking and many others. First indirect evidence for the existence of such black holes in our Universe came from observations of compact X-ray binaries and distant luminous quasars. I will discuss the forty year journey, which my colleagues and I have been undertaking to study the mass distribution in the Center of our Milky Way from ever more precise, long term studies of the motions of gas and stars as test particles of the space time. These studies show the existence of a four million solar mass object, which must be a single massive black hole, beyond any reasonable doubt.

Monday, 21 June 2021, 11:15 – 12:15 CET

Prof. Häfner; Fraunhofer ILT
Prof. Dr. Constantin Häfner
Managing Director
Prof. Dr. Constantin Häfner

Prof. Dr. Constantin Haefner has been managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, Germany, since 2019. Previously, Haefner led the Advanced Photon Technologies Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA, where he was responsible for the programmatic development and application of next-generation, high average power energetic laser systems for scientific research, national security and commercial applications.

Haefner received his physics degree from the University of Konstanz (1999) and his PhD from the University of Heidelberg (2003). In 2004, he became Chief Laser Scientist at the Nevada Terawatt Facility in Reno, Nevada. In 2006, he moved to LLNL, where he led the research and de-velopment of cutting-edge technologies for large, high-intensity, high-power laser systems. In 2017, he was named an OSA Fellow for his pioneering work in next-generation high average power petawatt laser systems.

Scaling the average power of ultrashort pulse lasers is the key to unlocking their ability for precise material processing and virtually limitless material selection on an industrial scale. The underlying technology not only enables increased precision and flexibility in arbitrary material processing applications, but is also of systemic importance in the fields of mobility, energy and health. Against this background, the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources "CAPS" bundles the competencies of different institutes to create unique selling points for their customers and the global photonics market. CAPS recently demonstrated multi-kilowatt ultrashort pulse lasers and first applications. A user facility is available to test your ideas.

Despite high-throughput precision materials processing, sources with high brilliance at shorter wavelengths are needed in the photonics market. Laser-driven secondary sources such as EUV, X-rays or even particle beams offer unique properties and provide the perspective to address these markets.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 14:30 – 15:00 CET

© Q.ANT GmbH
Dr. Stefan Hengesbach
CTO and Managing Director
© Q.ANT GmbH

CTO and Managing Director
Q.ANT GmbH, Germany

Dr. Stefan Hengesbach

Since his graduation, Stefan Hengesbach has been intensively engaged in photonics, especially semiconductor lasers. He received his diploma in engineering from the RWTH Aachen University in 2008.

After a stay abroad at the Fraunhofer Center for Laser Technologies in Michigan, he took up a position as a university lecturer at the Chair for Laser Technology of the RWTH Aachen University and as a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen until 2016.

A major aspect of his research has been the modelling and simulation of optical systems, the design of diode laser modules and especially the frequency stabilization and high-power multiplexing technologies. He re-ceived his doctorate degree (Dr.-Ing.) in 2014 at the RWTH Aachen University.

In 2016, Dr. Hengesbach switched to the TRUMPF Group. As Executive Assistant to the Managing Director Sales and Services at TRUMPF he gained intensive insights into sales, services and competition in the area of laser sources and materials processing.

In 2018, he became managing director of the TRUMPF Group's newly founded spin-off Q.ANT, which focuses on the development of products based on quantum optics.

Quantum mechanical measurement techniques have the potential to overcome limitations of classical measurements. Q.ANT develops sensors based on different physical effects that are at different levels of technology maturity.

Particle sensors based on "classical entanglement" have already been developed by Q.ANT and are being evaluated by test customers. This technology uses non-separable states in classical optical systems that are mathematically analogous to quantum mechanical entanglement.

In the near future atomic gyroscopes have the potential to provide precise control of motions ranging from autonomous driving to satellite orbit control.

Quantum magnetometers based on NV centers are suitable for addressing a wide range of sensing applications, from magnetic field measurements and NMR spec-troscopy to pressure and temperature measurements. Currently, simple magnetometers with low sensitivity are already commercially available.

Core components for all products using entangled photons like quantum and ghost imaging are nonlinear crystals with waveguides. Q.ANT produces its own nonlinear waveguides in order to have access to application-optimized core components even at short notice.

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 14:00 – 14:20 CET

Bruno Huttner, Director of Strategic Quantum Initiatives, and Quantum Key Distribution Expert, ID Quantique
Bruno Huttner
Director of Strategic Quantum Initiatives, and Quantum Key Distribution Expert
Bruno Huttner, Director of Strategic Quantum Initiatives, and Quantum Key Distribution Expert, ID Quantique

Director of Strategic Quantum Initiatives, and Quantum Key Distribution Expert
ID Quantique, Switzerland

Bruno Huttner

Bruno Huttner is the Director of Strategic Quantum Initiatives, and a Quantum Key Distribution Expert at ID Quantique. He is also the co- chairman of the Quantum-Safe Security Working Group (QSS WG) organized by the Cloud Security Alliance.

Bruno joined ID Quantique in 2014, participating in business development and product management in the Quantum Security division. He then started the space programs, aiming at developing quantum key distribution globally, using satellites.

Bruno is an engineer (Ecole Centrale Paris) and a physicist (PhD from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology). After an early career in academia, Bruno moved to business. Prior to joining ID Quantique, he participated in the creation of a startup company, Luciol Instruments, which used quantum technologies for improving test and measurements equipment.

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 14:40 – 15:00 CET

Wilhelm Kaenders
© Herewith granted by TOPTICA Photonics AG
Dr. Wilhelm Kaenders
Member of Executive Board (CTO)
Wilhelm Kaenders
© Herewith granted by TOPTICA Photonics AG

Member of Executive Board (CTO)
TOPTICA Photonics AG, Germany

Dr. Wilhelm Kaenders

Dr. Kaenders is a co-founder of TOPTICA Photonics AG, initially commercializing developments of the German academic quantum community and active in test equipment for optical data storage. Today, laser products and laser systems for the field of Quantum Technology, Biophotonics and Nondestructive Material Testing are developed and offered to the global market, including current major and future players in the quantum computing and sensing arena.

Tunable and fixed-frequency single mode diode laser, ultrafast fiber laser, and high level system engineering combined with a unique scaling capability for these market segments are the strengths of the company that today employs about 400 highly qualified individuals of all technical disciplines in Germany, USA, Japan and China.

Wilhelm is Fellow of the Optical Society and SPIE, and serves as the Chairman of the LWoP/WoQ Industrial Advisory Board for Messe München.

Roundtable “Quantum – Quo Vadis?”

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 CET

Dr. Markus Kogel-Hollacher
Head of Department R&D Projects

Head of Department R&D Projects
Precitec GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

Dr. Markus Kogel-Hollacher

Dr. Markus Kogel-Hollacher began his activities in the laser industry working for his MS degree at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (Aachen) in 1994. Since then the focus of his work is in the field of monitoring and control of laser processes.

After earning his MS degree in physics in 1996 from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany he joined Precitec, Germany continuing the work with the em-phasis on transferring R&D results to industrial solutions. This work has been discussed extensively in several technical journals and presented in various conferences. In his position as head of the department R&D projects in the Precitec Group he oversees national and international governmentally funded pro-jects.

Working together with RTD performers and end users his guiding principle is to continuously increase the reliability and the use of process monitoring and process control devices in laser materials processing.

Dr. Kogel-Hollacher is Fellow of the LIA, member of the Board Of Stakeholders at Photonics21 in Brussels, was Finalist at the Innovation Award Laser Technology in 2012 and 2014 and served as an expert for evaluating project proposals on national and international level.

The main advantages of laser machining compared to conventional machining technologies are the non-contact machining, high precision, and the wear-free tool. This has been known for decades. As performances are increasing due to intensive R&D efforts, it is natural to ask how these photon sources can be used on an industrial scale. This paper will discuss this topic from the perspective of component manufacturers also using e-mobility applications as an example.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 14:00 - 14:30 CET

Dr. Arnold Mayer
President
Dr. Arnold Mayer

Dr. Arnold Mayer is president and founder of Optech Consulting, a consultancy specializing in the laser and photonics industry. The company provides consulting for industry, investment bodies, and government. It publishes periodic reports on the industrial laser market and organizes the International Laser Marketplace symposium. Prior to founding Optech Consulting in 1992 Arnold held positions in business development, industrial R&D, and management consulting. He received his degree in physics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart.

In 2020 the global market for laser systems for materials processing decreased only very slightely, given the macro-economic environment in the year of the global pandemic. The market analyst Arnold Mayer will discuss the market development in comparison to other markets and look at some local markets as well.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 11:05 – 11:25 CET

Jörg Mayer
Managing Director/CEO
Jörg Mayer

Jörg Mayer, born in 1972, is a communications scientist. As a business consultant with Andersen Consulting / Accenture from 1998 to 2001, he was engaged in the implementation of Customer Relationship Programs in large‐scale companies – mainly in Germany, the USA and Great Britain. Until 2007 he led PR- and advertising campaigns with the agency Scholz & Friends / Lowe Worldwide for large institutions and international service companies. Between 2007 and 2017 he was engaged as CEO of distinctive renewable energy associations, shaping the effects of Germany’s energy transition. Since 2018, he heads the German Industry Association SPECTARIS with a membership base of more than 450 companies, representing industries with a total turnover of 70 bn. Euros and more than 300.000 employees in Germany. SPECTARIS is the German voice for Optics, Photonics, Analytical and Medical Technologies.

After a comparatively weak 2020 due to the Corona pandemic, the German photonics industry with its approximately 1,000 companies and 160,000 employees is continuing its expansion course. Sales growth of up to 14 percent is projected for 2021. By 2025, average annual growth of around six percent and a total revenue of then almost 60 billion euros are expected. In view of an export ratio of more than 70 percent, foreign business is of great significance. The most important target countries for German exports are the People's Republic of China, the United States, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom. Germany accounts for almost 40 percent of European and more than 6 percent of global photonics production. Important areas for manufacturers are, for example, photonics core components and materials as well as solutions for Industry 4.0, healthcare and wellness, optical measurements and mobility.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 11:25 – 11:45 CET

Dr. Eric Mounier
Dr. Eric Mounier
Director of Market Research
Dr. Eric Mounier

Director of Market Research
Yole Développement, France

Dr. Eric Mounier

With more than 25+ years’ experience within the semiconductor industry, Eric Mounier PhD. is Director of Market Research at Yole. Eric provides daily in-depth insights into current and future semiconductor trends, markets and innovative technologies (such as Quantum computing, Si photonics, new sensing technologies, new type of sensors ...). Based on relevant methodological expertise and a strong technological background, he works closely with all the teams at Yole to point out disruptive technologies and analyze and present business opportunities through technology & market reports and custom consulting projects. With numerous internal workshops on technologies, methodologies, best practices and more, Yole’s Fellow Analyst ensures the training of Yole’s Technology & Market Analysts.

In this position, Eric Mounier has spoken in numerous international conferences, presenting his vision of the semiconductor industry and latest technical innovations. He has also authored or co-authored more than 100 papers as well as more than 120 Yole’s technology & market reports.

Previously, Eric held R&D and Marketing positions at CEA Leti (France). Eric Mounier has a PhD. in Semiconductor Engineering and a degree in Optoelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (France).

Roundtable "Quantum - Quo Vadis?"

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 CET

Prof. Rainer Müller
Prof. Dr. Rainer Müller
Leiter Abteilung Physik und Physikdidaktik
Prof. Rainer Müller

Leiter Abteilung Physik und Physikdidaktik
Technische Universität Braunschweig , Germany

Prof. Dr. Rainer Müller

Rainer Müller is professor of physics education at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. He is active in Quantum Education, for example in the European Quantum Technology Flagship. He is member of Cluster of Excellence Quantum Frontiers and the Quantum Valley Lower Saxony.

Roundtable "Quantum - Quo Vadis?"

Quantum technologies are currently raising high hopes for industrial and commercial applications. Quantum computing in particular is seen as a disruptive technology of the future. For the success of these developments, it is necessary to provide the required workforce. There need to be developers but also users of quantum technologies – not only physicists but also engineers and computer scientists. The necessary competences and curricula for these different target groups need to be developed. Therefore, the field of quantum education is essential for future development. In the presentation an overview of the field and the current developments in the European and national environment will be given.

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 CET

Prof. Jürgen Popp
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp
Wissenschaftlicher Direktor
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp

  • Scientific director Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (2014 acceptance in prestigious Leibniz association);
  • Chair for Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Director Institute of Physical Chemistry;
  • World leading expert in Biophotonic / optical health technology research covering the complete range from photonic basic research towards translation into clinically applicable methods;
  • Author and co-author of more than 920 scientific publications with more than 24.200 citations, h- index 71 (Web of Science 03/21). Inventor of numerous patents on the topic of spectroscopic instrumentation
  • University teacher and active member in university self- administration and several supervisory boards.

Research focus

The core of the research activities focuses on researching, developing and implementing innovative optical/photonic methods and tools for multiscale spectroscopy and multimodal imaging together with particle- and chip-based molecular point-of-care concepts for analytics, diagnostics and therapy in the fields of medicine, life and environmental sciences, quality and process analytics as well as pharmacy. The implementation of novel fiber concepts for spectroscopy and imaging as well as fiber-assisted sensor technology and the use of surface-enhanced detection techniques to increase the sensitivity of spectroscopic methods complete the research profile. In general, the research pursues the goal of covering the entire analysis measurement chain, whereby sample preparation methods that can be used locally and independently of the laboratory are investigated and implemented in the entire workflow. Statistical, chemometric and image-evaluating methods as well as machine learning are researched and used to evaluate the data obtained.

Biophotonics

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 09:00 – 10:00 CET

What potential do photonic technologies have for applications in medicine and healthcare? In which areas have biophotonic solutions already become standard? How can new processes be efficiently transferred into marketable products in the future?

The lecture will give a general overview of biophotonic applications and their market potential. In an outlook, different technologies still under research and development will be presented as examples. Scientists from the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) in Jena will provide insights into their work in the laboratories. Finally, the Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI) will be used as an example to show how the transfer of research results into marketable solutions can be efficiently organized.

Dr. Heike Riel
IBM Fellow, Head Science & Technology, Lead IBM Re-search Quantum Europe & Africa

IBM Fellow, Head Science & Technology, Lead IBM Re-search Quantum Europe & Africa
IBM Quantum, Germany

Dr. Heike Riel

Dr. Heike Riel is IBM Fellow, Head of Science & Technology and Lead of IBM Research Quantum Europe & Africa.

She leads the research agenda and operation of the Science & Technology department aiming to create scientific and technological breakthroughs in Quantum Computing and Technologies, Physics of Artificial Intelligence, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and to explore new directions to computing. She is a distinguished expert insemiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices and focuses her research on advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences.

She received the master’s in physics from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the PhD in physics from University of Bayreuth and an MBA from Henley Business College (UK). She has authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications, filed more than 50 patents and has received several major awards and distinctions.

Quantum Computing – The New Computing Paradigm

The evolution of today’s classical computers is a technological achievement without equal. Digital computing has achieved unprecedented improvements reaching exponential growth of processing power following the prediction of Moore’s law since more than 50 years. With targeting the 2-nm technology node, the progress on future miniaturization reaches a limit and other advancements are quested. The future of computing will combine parallel improvements in three technologies like conventional processor, hardware for artificial intelligence and quantum processors.

Quantum computing has been explored over the last 40 years and has evolved from an exotic physics topic existing only in the realm of science fiction into working devices. For the first time, five years ago we have provided public access to a quantum computer via the cloud and have accelerated progress toward building and applying quantum systems, including understanding the scope of quantum computing, pushing its hardware technology, developing applications, and advancing error correction protocols.

In this talk, I will give an overview of quantum computing and the technical advancements we want to implement the next years across the stack from hardware to applications.

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 14:20 – 14:40 CET

Quantum Computing

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 14:20 – 14:40 CET

Dr.-Ing. Christian Schmitz , TRUMPF Group 
Chief Executive Officer for Laser Technology (CEO LT)
Member of the Group Management Board
© TRUMPF Group
Dr. Christian Schmitz
Chief Executive Officer Laser Technology (CEO LT)
Dr.-Ing. Christian Schmitz , TRUMPF Group 
Chief Executive Officer for Laser Technology (CEO LT)
Member of the Group Management Board
© TRUMPF Group

Chief Executive Officer Laser Technology (CEO LT)
TRUMPF Lasertechnik GmbH, Germany

Dr. Christian Schmitz

Christian Schmitz was born in 1959 in Wuppertal, Germany and studied Physics at the Universität Gesamthochschule Siegen (Siegen Comprehensive University). He gained his doctorate at the Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW, Institute for Laser Tools) at the University of Stuttgart.

In 1999, Christian Schmitz joined TRUMPF Laser GmbH + Co. KG in Schramberg, Germany in the Development department and then became Group and Project Leader. He was Member of the Management Board as Head of the Research and Development department for material processing from 2005.

Christian Schmitz was Vice President for Lasers at TRUMPF Inc. in Farmington, USA in 2009.

He was Managing Director at TRUMPF Lasertechnik GmbH in Ditzingen, Germany from 2010 to 2017, responsible for production in the Laser Technology Business Division.

Trends in the German Laser Industry

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 11:45-12:00 CET

Matthias Schulze
Director of Marketing OEM Components and Instrumentation

Director of Marketing OEM Components and Instrumentation
Coherent Inc., Germany

Matthias Schulze

Matthias Schulze is Director of marketing for Coherent Inc, a global leader in lasers and photonics components. He joined Coherent in 1995 as a sales engineer in Germany and subsequently was holding various positions in marketing. First at Coherent Luebeck in Germany and later in companywide responsibilities. He holds a PhD in physics from the Technical University in Berlin, Germany.

High parameter cytometers enable advances in immunology including the fight against Covid-19. In-creased market demand drives innovation from Lasers to detection. This talk describes concepts how laser subsystems combined with new ways of signal recognition provide breakthroughs in instrumentation.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 11:00 – 11:30 CET

Soldan
Dr. Peter Soldan
Leiter Quantensysteme
Soldan

Leiter Quantensysteme
VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH, Germany

Dr. Peter Soldan

Peter Soldan verantwortet bei der VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH das Management von Förderprogrammen im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF). Zu seinen Aufgaben gehören die Konzeption und Umsetzung von Fördermaßnahmen für Forschung und Industrie sowie Outreach-Aktivitäten.

Er ist seit 2000 im Bereich der Forschungs- und Innovationsförderung beim VDI Technologiezentrum tätig. Gegenwärtig ist er als Leiter Quantensysteme mit der Projektträgerschaft zu Photonik und Quantentechnologien für das BMBF sowie den Koordinierungsaufgaben des VDI Technologiezentrums zur europäischen Technologieplattform Photonics21 und zum EU Quantum Flagship betraut. Peter Soldan ist promovierter Physiker.

Mit dem Programm der Bundesregierung „Quantentechnologien – von den Grundlagen zum Markt“ gibt es bereits seit 2018 einen dedizierten Rahmen für die Förderung der Quantentechnologien. Dieser hat zusammen mit dem starken Wissenschaftssystem den Weg aus den Laboren hin zu ersten Anwendungen geebnet. Um weiter an Dynamik zu gewinnen, hat die Bundesregierung beschlossen, im Rahmen des Konjunktur- und Zukunftspakets zur Bewältigung der wirtschaftlichen Folgen der Covid-19 Krise weitere zwei Milliarden Euro in das Thema zu investieren. Das Quantencomputing ist hier ein Fokusthema. Letztlich soll ein umfassendes Innovationsökosystem aus Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft geschaffen werden. Der Vortrag gibt einen Überblick über die damit verbundenen Aktivitäten des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung.

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 10:05 – 10:35 CET

Strohm
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Dr. Thomas Strohm
Vice President of QuIC and Coordinator for Quantum Technologies at Robert Bosch GmbH
Strohm
© Bosch

Vice President of QuIC and Coordinator for Quantum Technologies at Robert Bosch GmbH
QuIC & Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany

Dr. Thomas Strohm

Dr. Thomas Strohm received his PhD in 1999 at the MPI for Solid State Research in Stuttgart where he did theoretical work on high-temperature superconductors in Prof. Cardona’s group. Thereafter, he joined the Corporate Research division of Robert Bosch GmbH. For more than 10 years, he worked in SW engineering and as a system and SW architect. Among other projects, he was responsible for the development of a SW engineering curriculum and until end of 2016 gave courses on System and SW architecture at Bosch. In 2013, he started scouting Quantum Cryptography and, later, Quantum Computing. Currently, Thomas is coordinating the Quantum Technologies activities at Bosch. He is also part of Europe’s Quantum Community Network (QCN) and the Coordination Office (FCO) of Europe’s Quantum Flagship Initiative and furthermore Vice President of the European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC). Thomas is also part of the QRANGE public-funded project and contributes to the research on modelling quantum random number generators.

QuIC is a new association of the Europe’s quantum technology industry. In this talk, it will be presented.

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 11:05 – 11:20 CET

Dr. Andreas Thoß
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Dr. Andreas Thoss
Geschäftsführer
Dr. Andreas Thoß
© Dr. Andreas Thoß

Geschäftsführer
THOSS Media GmbH, Germany

Dr. Andreas Thoss

Andreas Thoss is a journalist and physicist. In 2003, he received his doctorate in physics with a thesis on ultrashort pulse laser research, which he conducted at the Max Born Institute in Berlin. In the same year, he joined the international publishing house John Wiley & Sons. At Wiley, he gained extensive experience as an editor and publisher in book, journal and online publishing. Among other things, he founded four journals there. In 2010, he started THOSS Media, where he launched one more academic journal. As an expert in content marketing, he wrote several hundred texts that were published on more than 70 different platforms. Since 2016, he has also been Contributing Editor, Germany, at the magazine Laser Focus World.

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 10:00 – 10:05 CET

Prof. Dr. Michael Totzeck
Prof. Dr. Michael Totzeck
ZEISS Fellow
Prof. Dr. Michael Totzeck

ZEISS Fellow
Carl Zeiss AG, Germany

Prof. Dr. Michael Totzeck

Michael Totzeck is a Fellow and head of the Innovation Management Manufacturing at ZEISS Corporate Research and Technology (CRT). He received his PhD in physics from the Technical University of Berlin in the year of the break of the Berlin Wall. After heading a group on high resolution microscopy at the University of Stuttgart he joined ZEISS Semiconductor manufacturing Technology (SMT) in 2002 as a principal scientist for polarization optics. In 2008 he became director of the metrology department in ZEISS CRT. In 2010 he was appointed as Senior Principal and in 2015 as Fellow. In parallel he is an honorary professor at the University of Konstanz and teaches technical optics there. He is author and coauthor of 70 patent families and >30 papers in refereed journals. His research interests comprise any kind of science that has to do with optics, - in particular imaging, metrology, lithography, quantum technology and digitalization. Shaping the Future: How Photonics Drives – and Is Driven by – the Major Technology Trends

Optics and photonics are enabling technologies that spur the very same technology trends that drive them. Digitalization would be impossible without optical lithography with EUV lithography as the youngest offspring. At the same time, computational imaging and machine learning continue to disrupt optics by enabling new functionalities and expanding the application space. Optics is miniaturized on several levels by photonic integrated circuits, 3d-printing, tunable optics, holographic elements, and metamaterials, what opens applications like automotive LIDAR, smartphone sensors, augmented reality and other. Advanced automation requires the situational awareness as provided by visual inspection, 3D sensing and optical metrology - in a way optics is the “eye of the IoT”. But photonics also widens its footprint in advanced manufacturing: Starting from the well-known laser material processing, photonics moves to 3d printing, polishing and even forming.

In short: Optics and photonics have been driven by a mutual reinforcement of technology and application. There is no reason to assume that this feedback-loop has ended. On the contrary, this development accelerates as the intense research on quantum technology demonstrates.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 13:30 – 14:00 CET

Dr. Christoph Ullmann
Managing Director

Managing Director
Laserline GmbH, Germany

Dr. Christoph Ullmann

Dr. Christoph Ullmann, born in 1963, studied mechanical engineering at RWTH University of Aachen and wrote his diploma thesis at MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. From 1990 until 1994 he worked at Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology in Aachen and graduated as Dr.-Ing. from RWTH Aachen in 1994. In 1995 Dr. Ullmann was co-founder and managing director of DILAS Diodenlaser, Mainz before he founded Laserline GmbH in Mülheim-Kärlich in 1997. Since that time, he is managing director of Laserline and developed the company to the leading manufacturer of high power diode lasers.

Trends in the German Laser Industry

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 11:45 – 12:00 CET

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