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Directorate's Message

D6H_8736 - Copy.jpgOn behalf of the Directorate, a very warm welcome to the website for The Photonics Institute (TPI).
 

It is significant that 2015 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Light. Indeed, the 21st century belongs to photonics, an enabling technology with applications that span many industrial sectors, such as communications, manufacturing, sensing, lighting, health care and life sciences, space, energy, defence and automotive. Harnessing light will be the key to life-changing technologies - from energy to security, from biotechnologies to low-cost precision manufacturing, from the internet to quantum-level information processing.

 
Today, the photonics industry employs millions of people worldwide. According to the Photonics Industry Report 2013, the photonics market is expected to reach US$890 billion in 2020 and has been growing twice as fast as the global GDP. The market is shifting towards Asia and it is imperative that Singapore be a key player in this market opportunity. As such, establishing a world-leading photonics institute in Singapore is a prerequisite for this vision.

Our partnership with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, UK, is the very key to developing and strengthening the capabilities of our institute at NTU. Renowned for its expertise in fibre technology and the understanding of photonics and its practical applications, the ORC is led by Professor Sir David Payne, who is also a member of the TPI Directorate. As such, there will be many opportunities for working closely together to achieve the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge, breakthroughs and industrial innovations between Singapore and the United Kingdom.

We envision that The Photonics Institute will make a substantial impact on Singapore and firmly put it on the map as a leading R&D nation spearheading the development of photonics technologies, fostering the growth of internationally competitive industries and a photonics ecosystem in the country. We expect our R&D programmes to impact on energy independence, environment, safety and thus the overall quality of life in Singapore through a wider adoption of “green” photonics technologies. We also see the institute as a centre for creating a national cohort of entrepreneurial photonics professionals.

Indeed, these are exciting times ahead and I have every confidence that TPI
will become one of the top photonics institute in the world, helping to tackle technological challenges of the future.

We invite you to embark on this journey with us.


Best wishes,

Professor Tjin Swee Chuan
Co-Director of TPI