CPIC, the Canadian Photonic Industry Consortium is a business-led photonics exchange organization embracing the whole value chain from researchers to photonic companies and end-users. Its mandate is to network end-users, photonic industries, universities and institutions with the objective of accelerating the growth of the Canadian industry through photonics.
It has been a year since we have been plunged in this pandemic and it has affected our entire lives from work to travel and the economy.
Countries and governments have struggled to respond to this challenge and find a balance to bring us as close to normal (what we are used to in our daily lives) as possible.
We have failed and paid the price for our failure (lives and livelihoods lost in the pandemic), but we have developed resilience and showed innovation in our response to the challenge.
At Photonics West 2021 we took a look at the future with Quantum West This inaugural event was organized in partnership by SPIE and the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C). Tuesday March 9,2021, the session of Quantum applications was presented, with interesting topics that covered Sensing, Imaging, quantum communication, information systems and computing.
Speakers from UK, EU and US have given their take on the technology which is just emerging and is holding a lot of promise.
New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), powerful computing chips, and camera-integrated lidar systems have enabled a host of novel sensing and imaging applications. Related products range from 3D sensing and facial recognition solutions to cameras capable of object recognition and classification.
The 2020 Optics and Photonics Industry Report (Fall Update) issued by SPIE, provides an in-depth assessment of the global optics and photonics industry, including new data on the markets enabled by photonics and the anticipated impact of the global pandemic on the photonics marketplace. The report highlights industry trends and profiles key companies involved.
It was not so long ago, actually only last year in January that we have been able to meet in person at the Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco. The first and the last Photonics Show in 2020 that I have attended in person. After a postponement from January to March in 2021 we are happy to be able to meet online in the Digital Forum that is also offering viewing of presentations on demand and online in the Digital Market to explore the product developments that were so much influence by the current pandemic.