UL attracts Europe’s Leading Event in Optical Fibre Sensor Technology

Two Hundred delegates from all over the world descended upon the University of Limerick to attend the 6th European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors (EWOFS). It is Europe’s premier event in Optical Fibre Sensors and saw delegates come from all over the world including Brazil, China, Iran, Japan and the USA.  These delegates are from industrial as well as academic backgrounds and are global leaders in their field of expertise.

There are several key areas in which Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS) are already making a difference. These include medical/biomedical sensors and instrumentation, monitoring of key civil structures example bridges, dams, pipelines as well as deep wells including geothermal and oil and gas. Through these activities OFS also has a significant role in the future development of the Internet of Things (IoT) which brings together sensors, computers, communications and security through connectivity across a rapidly developing networked environment.

The Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre, the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department and UL hosted the 6th European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors. OFS are essential to the future growth of society and prosperity in Ireland as well as globally. The location of this event at UL is a key indicator of the strength of sensors research in both academia and industry that is currently ongoing in Ireland.

Keynote lectures were delivered by Professor Michel Digonnet of Stanford University (USA) on Fibre Optic Gyroscopes (FOGs) and ‘Slow Light’ Structures and Dr Robert Lieberman President of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) 2016 on Bio/Medical Detection Using Optical Fibers.  There were a number of keynote presentations, invited lectures as well as regular papers covering these breakthrough topics.The event was generously supported with major sponsorship from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and OZ Optics both of whom are platinum sponsors with considerable support also from Failte Ireland.