Drive-In

Integrated Photonics for the next generation of autonomous Vehicles using InP technologies

Integrated Photonics for the next generation of autonomous Vehicles using InP technologies (DRIVE-In) is an EU-funded European Industrial Doctorate Innovative Training Network involving the University of Vigo (Spain) as the Academic Partner, and VPIphotonics GmbH (Germany) as Industrial Partner.

The DRIVE-In project aims to provide cutting-edge training to young researchers in the emerging field of integrated photonics, fostering its application in the automotive industry through the development of novel generic Indium-Phosphide (InP) Process Design Kits (PDKs) as well as the creation of disruptive simulation tools and modelling procedures for use in optoelectronic (combined integrated photonics and microelectronics) systems. Together the ESRs will combine academic research and industrial knowledge to overcome specific challenges of the integrated photonics sector, related to hybridisation of integrated photonics and microelectronics, increasing Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) complexity, availability of PIC design tools, need for high-performance Free Space Optic (FSO) devices and need for software simulation and fast-generation layout models. DRIVE-In is implemented through secondments of the ESRs between both the academic and industrial participants.

DRIVE-In will train the four ESRs at two beneficiaries: University of Vigo, a leading European academic institution – and at VPI Photonics, an innovative company for simulation software and design services; as well as at three partners: Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute, a leading European academic institution – and at Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia (CTAG) and Bright Photonics, both innovative companies in the fields of automotive technology and integrated photonics design and consultancy.

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Resarchers in photonics and optoelectronics

André Richter
André Richter
Researcher in optical transmission systems
Internationally renowned expert in the field of modelling and design optical transmission systems and photonics applications. He fulfilled various...
Braulio Gomez Saavedra
Braulio Gomez Saavedra
M.Sc. in communications engineering
Received his M.Sc. in communications engineering from the TU Darmstadt, Germany. After that, he joined the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute...
Francisco Diaz-Otero
Francisco Diaz-Otero
Professor in photonics and optical communications
He is ViceDirector of the Telecommunication Engineering School, regional manager of the European Satellite Navigation Competition hosted by ESA...
Francisco J. Fraile
Francisco J. Fraile
Professor in optoelectronics and quantum optics
He has more than 25 years of experience in research areas like optoelectronic devices, optical communications, nonlinear optics and quantum...
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