INO and COPL sign memorandum of understanding with RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics in Japan

QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 26, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Optics Institute (INO) announces the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Centre d'Optique, Photonique et Laser (COPL) and the RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics in Japan. This memorandum of understanding opens the door to cooperation between the three organizations.

The collaboration activities between these three organizations include the exchange of researchers, staff and students, scientific and technological research materials, and scientific and technological information, including delivering lectures and holding joint seminars and symposia. Joint research projects may also sprout from this partnership, which continues until the end of March 2018, and may be extended by mutual agreement.

"This agreement with the Centre d'Optique Photonique et Laser (COPL) and the RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics represents a great opportunity for our three organizations to develop new and innovative technologies," says INO President and CEO Jean-Yves Roy. "Bringing together our three world-renowned research centers is a major step towards a new era in photonics, which means expanding the range of services we can offer to the industry."

"COPL is very proud to count an organization as prestigious as the RIKEN Center among its scientific collaborators," says Réal Vallée, director of COPL. "This joint collaboration agreement with INO will help position Quebec researchers as an international reference in the strategic sector of photonics."

"Quebec and Japan are strongholds of optics and photonics worldwide," notes Satoshi Wada, director of the Advanced Photonics Technology Development Group. "By consolidating their linkage, COPL, INO and RIKEN will favor knowledge exchange and effective cooperation, which will enable rapid progress for all organizations. We are looking forward to our next meeting planned for April and focusing on engineering and science in the mid-infrared and THz frequencies including light sources, devices, detectors, applications and basic science."

About INO
A leading technology designer and developer, INO is Canada's largest center for industrial optics and photonics expertise. It is an international leader in its field, having developed over 6,000 custom solutions to date for Quebec and Canadian companies across a wide variety of fields. INO has performed 64 technology transfers and helped create 30 spinoff companies employing over 1,000 people. INO has 194 employees, more than 80% of whom are scientists involved in research.

About COPL
COPL is the Quebec cluster of recognized experts in optics and photonics. COPL's research excellence, state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive scientific program position it among the best centers in the world for optics and photonics training and research.

About the RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics
RIKEN is Japan's largest comprehensive research institution, renowned for high-quality research in a diverse range of scientific disciplines. Founded in 1917 as a private research foundation in Tokyo, RIKEN has grown rapidly in size and scope, today encompassing a network of world-class research centers and institutes across Japan.


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For further information: Kim Tardif, National Optics Institute (INO), 418 657-7406 #2354, 418‑657‑7006,


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