Students in photonics teaching lab in Faculty of Engineering

Advanced photonics lab backed by industry partnership

14 March 2024
The University of Sydney Engineering Precinct welcomes new photonics teaching lab, backed by industry partner, Keysight Technologies
The state-of-the-art photonics lab provides students with valuable experiential learning on advanced photonic technologies.

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney is thrilled to open an advanced photonics lab backed by industry partnership with Keysight Technologies, enhancing the projects and research of students and leading academics in the field of electrical and computer engineering.

Photonics is used across a wide range of fields including photonic integrated circuits that support the internet, LIDAR for autonomous vehicles, facial recognition for smartphones and many physical, biological, chemical and medical sensing applications.

This lab is a leap towards preparing our graduates to be at the forefront of technology, ready to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the future.
Professor Xiaoke Yi, Associate Head of School (Research), Director of Photonics Research Group, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Located at the University’s Engineering and Technology Precinct, the state-of-the-art photonics teaching lab provides students with valuable experiential learning on advanced photonic technologies. These technologies include circuits, communications, sensing and signal processing, to meet both the learning and industry demands and skillset, ensuring students graduate ready for a career in electrical and computer engineering.

The lab offers unique test and measurement facilities along with the advanced software, and automation tools, promising to significantly enhance student experiences and project outcomes.

We are honoured to partner with industry leader Keysight Technologies, in establishing one of the first photonics teaching labs in Australia. This is just one of many partnerships strengthening our connection to industry, enabling talented students in building career-ready skills in the field, and engaging our researchers to think outside the box and enhance their projects.
Professor Willy Zwaenepoel, Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Students will have access to industrial-grade equipment, giving them hands-on experience essential for their academic, research and industry pursuits as they explore the world of electrical and computer engineering. Whether engaged in learning or research endeavours, the new photonics laboratory offers a wide range of opportunities for skill development and academic exploration.

This state-of-the-art photonics laboratory, a joint collaboration between Keysight and the University of Sydney, will give students access to world-class training on the latest equipment, preparing them to deliver a new generation of technical innovation.
Dr. Douglas Baney, Corporate Director of Education, Keysight

This new facility is a result of the faculty’s joint efforts with Keysight who have provided assistance with equipment as well as photonics training. Students will gain exposure, using industrial grade instruments, on key measurement methods to characterize how photonic circuits process optical signals. This is important for optical communications, robotics, autonomous vehicles and many other fields.

The photonics lab will open on Wednesday March 20th with a launch event at the Engineering and Technology Precinct. The event will feature a keynote address to students and faculty by Dr. Douglas Baney, Corporate Director of Education, Keysight.

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