Dec. 10
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Photonics is one of the cross-cutting enabling technologies, especially suitable for combining with other basic technologies. Would you like to know more about opportunities in different industries?

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Increased specialization, knowledge sharing in photonics, and more efficient implementation of photonics-based solutions in Norwegian industry can have a major impact on Norway's economic growth. NORCE Energy & Technology, in collaboration with SINTEF Digital, the University of Tromsø and Oslo Metropolitan University has received support from the Research Council's IKTPLUSS program for a dialogue project and active participation in strategic processes in the two most important European photonics forums, the European Photonics Industry Consortium EPIC and the European technology platform Photonics21.

One of the sub-goals in this dialogue project is the profiling of Norwegian photonics competence and the opportunities that can open up if we succeed in strategic and targeted competence building within this field. Photonics is, in addition to artificial intelligence, one of the selected enabling technologies that are particularly relevant for digitization.

We invite everyone interested to hear more about photonics-based solutions in Norwegian industry in health, energy and process industry sectors. The format of the event reminds Tekna X, or Pecha Kucha where each speaker has around 10-12 minutes for the presentation.

Among the speakers: Prof Balpreet Singh Ahluwalia(UiT), Katarina Grujic (NORCE Technology), Peyman Mirtaheri(OsloMet), Prof. Anne Gerd Imenes (UiA), Marion O’Farrell (SINTEF Digital), Jana Jagerska(UiT).

Detailed program and information about speakers can be found in the tabs below the date.

Note that this event is in English. After all presentations we organize a question round, and you will be able to ask questions to the speakers.

The webcast is free and open to anyone interested.

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1 Welcome


2 Photonic chip based super-resolution optical microscopy for life science & medical biology

Method: Optical nanoscopy
Application area: biology, medicine
Abstract: Presentation will handle abour the latest activities and work, as well include work related with imaging of SARs-CoV2 VLP.

Professor Balpreet Singh Ahluwalia, UiT

3 Photonic integrated circuits for high-precision trace gas spectroscopy

Method: Laser absorption spectroscopy
Application area: Environmental monitoring, industrial process control, biomedical research/diagnostics
Abstract: Laser absorption spectroscopy based on free-space beams is traditionally used for the most demanding applications in trace gas detection; from atmospheric monitoring of climate gases to detecting traces of methane on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover. Their research at UiT The Arctic University of Norway aims to develop an integrated alternative: spectrometers realized on photonic chips, equally reliable and specific as the existing high-end systems but orders of magnitude lighter and smaller. Her talk will first explain the concept of an integrated waveguide-based spectrometer, discussing subsequently two of ours most successful sensor implementations based on (i) thin-film free-standing membrane waveguides and (ii) waveguides made of microporous films.

Jana Jagerska, Associate Professor, UiT

4 An optical method for monitoring brain activities

Method: functional near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and human motion
Application area: brain health, movement, and balance
Abstract: The human brain: what is it good for? One can argue that movement and balance are why cerebral cortex segments in the brain is developed. About 50% of the brain mass is structured by other cells than neurons. They are called glial cells and are characterized as important as neurons while not generating action potentials. The functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is an exciting brain cerebral cortex modality. It reflects the activities of glial cells in terms of blood oxygenation and flow changes in different brain segments. The method uses low-energy photons at a minimum of two wavelengths in the near-infrared light range and makes an image based on the absorption spectra in tissue. In this presentation, previous results using this technology will be presented to show how fNIRS is applied for a brain-computer interface monitoring device. In addition, it can be used as a tool to understand the role of the support mechanisms, functional and effective connectivities of brain networks to motion-related and dynamical tasks of the cerebral cortex.

Peyman Mirtaheri, Professor, OsloMet

5 Novel instrument design for inline measurement of complex food products using NIR spectroscopy

Method: Inline NIR spectroscopy
Application area: food industry
Abstract: Near Infrared Spectroscopy is well-known and well-tested as a method for measuring the composition of food products, especially when the products are homogeneous. However, when food products vary either spatially or internally, for example layering, it important to take this into account in the design of inline measurement instrumentation. We will present a novel instrument design and give some examples of it being tested inline.

Marion O’Farrell, Research Manager, SINTEF Digital

6 In-situ measurements of material properties and critical process parameters

Method: hyper/multispectral imaging/AI
Application area: Metallurgy
Abstract: Real-time and closed-loop control of metallurgical processes is still in its infancy, mostly based on simple models and limited sensor data, challenged by extreme temperature, harsh process conditions. This talk will focus on reviewing novel sensing approaches like muti- and hyperspectral imaging. With the potential to generate vast amounts of accurate data in real-time, and integrated with machine learning, such measurements can indeed offer more robust and accurate estimations of key parameters.

Katarina Grujic, Senior researcher, NORCE Technology

7 Automation of field inspection in large scale solar farms

Method: ultraviolet fluorescence, electroluminescence, photoluminescence
Application area: Energy
Abstract: A comprehensive PV module diagnosis can be reached by combining several imaging technologies such as infrared thermography (IRT) imaging and ultraviolet fluorescence (UVF). Other novel luminescence technologies such as electroluminescence (EL) and photoluminescence (PL) show great potential but require further development to be utilized in a large-scale inspection system. The development of imaging techniques will continue to be an attractive domain of research that can be combined with aerial scanning for a cost-effective remote inspection that enable reliable power production in large-scale PV plants.

Prof. Anne Gerd Imenes, UiA

8 Closing and remarks


  • Balpreet Singh Ahluwalia

    UiT - Institutt for fysikk og teknologi

    The professor is working at the Department of Physics & Technology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Ahluwalia is also affiliated as visiting scientist at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Previously, Ahluwalia has been a visiting scientist at the Centre of Biophotonics of Science and Technology, University of California Davis (2012) and the Opto-electronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton (2008, 2019). Ahluwalia leads Optical Nanoscopy Research Group, which is driven by curiosity to image the nanoscale biological systems, by pushing the frontiers in advanced microscopy and translating its impact on biological and clinical applications. Ahluwalia is the inventor of chip-based optical nanoscopy, holds several patents in this field, and is co-founder of Chip NanoImaging AS. As a recognition of his contribution to the field of optics and advanced microscopy, Ahluwalia was awarded the 2018 Tycho Jæger Prize in Electro-optics and the 2018 University’s Research & Development Award.

  • Katarina Grujic


    Norce Norwegian Research Centre AS avd Kristiansand Universitetsveien

    Katarina Grujic has more than ten years of experience researching photonics-based imaging and inspection technologies for applications in harsh, visually degraded, and/or high-temperature environments. Current research interests are related to multi-analyte, pervasive, Artificial Intelligence supported photonic biosensors for integration in mobile platforms. This means monitoring of environmental parameters and point-of-care diagnostics, monitoring and treatment assessment of major diseases, and development of XR applications in health and medicine.

  • Anne Gerd Imenes



    Anne Gerd majored in Environmental Physics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and holds a PhD degree in Applied Physics from the University of Sydney. The topic of her Master thesis was flat-plate solar collectors for domestic hot water and floor heating systems, in collaboration with the Energy Physics group at the University of Oslo. The topic of her PhD degree was concentrating solar energy systems and the design and optimization of optical filters for spectral beam splitting. After graduation, Anne Gerd worked as a Post Doc at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Newcastle, Australia. Here, she participated in the commissioning and testing of a solar tower system consisting of a field of focusing mirrors and a solar-powered gas reactor. She worked for a while as a Research Scientist at the CSIRO, before returning to Norway as a senior researcher in renewable energy at the technical-industrial research institute Teknova. Following this, she started working as associate professor at the University of Agder in a part-time position. She is now employed as a full-time professor at the Institute of Engineering Sciences, where she mainly works with teaching and research topics related to solar cell technology.

  • Jana Jagerska


    UiT - Institutt for fysikk og teknologi

    Researcher and group leader in the field of nanophotonics and laser spectroscopy; focus on mid-infrared on-chip sensors for trace gas detection.

    Principal Investigator: ERC Starting Grant, RCN's FRINATEK Young Research Talents, TFS Starting Grant

    Teaching: Photonics (Spring 2018), Optical Sensing (2019)

  • Peyman Mirtaheri


    OsloMet - Storbyuniversitetet

    Peyman has a long experience in bio-electronics with a focus on sensory and measurements methods both at the cellular and tissue level. His specialty is in sensory scheme, materials, calibration methods used in biomedical applications. He is teaching medical instrumentation for biomedical engineering students at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). In addition, he is a leader of the optical/NIRS lab at the faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) at OsloMet since 2009.

  • Marion Elaine O´Farrell

    Research Manager

    SINTEF Avd Forskningsveien Oslo

    Dr. Marion O’Farrell works at SINTEF, a research institute in Norway. She is a research manager in the Smart Sensor Systems department in SINTEF. For almost 20 years, Marion has worked with the development of optical measurement systems for industrial applications, with a specific focus on inline food applications. She has published over 50 articles and has two patents related to the measurement of food: “Food Monitoring System” (IE20040383) and «Measurement of properties of organic material» (201580021396). She has contributed to the development of Tomra’s inline NIR spectral imaging system QVision. Marion’s research is focused on measurement system design using a multi-disciplinary approach that is based on first principles. She believes that high-quality physical data, from robust sensors, can unlock the true potential for digitalization in industry.

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