QI investigators are studying the benefits of photonics in telecommunications as well as environmental mapping and biophotonics. QI faculty are investigating novel methods for shifting to ultra-low-energy transmissions (Attojoule/Bit) and ultra-high-bandwidth (petabits/sec). With its strengths in information theory, wireless, and photonics, QI is uniquely prepared to develop new applications for wireless/photonic fusion by designing photonics-RF processors. As the U.S. moves to a low-carbon economy, real-time carbon mapping for monitoring and more efficient combustion is becoming a necessity, and QI’s programs for photonic carbon-band sensors and multi-band and octave-spanning spectroscopy will enable ultra-fast combustion physics capture and help the country meet its low-carbon goals. QI photonics projects are also making advances in the health sciences with hyperspectral body imaging made possible with mid-infrared scanners and a move toward zero-collateral surgery using blood-targeted lasers.


2014-2015 Round

  • Cartridge Lab-on-Chip (CLOC) for Mobile Health, PI Shaya Fainman (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Integrated Optoelectronics for Ultra-Compact Data Center Network Nodes, PI Shayan Mookherjea, (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • SunLight SDX: Developing and Validating a Software-Defined Network Exchange, PI Thomas DeFanti, (QI)
  • Multipolar Optical Materials via Active Fano Resonances, PI Boubacar Kante (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

2012-2013 Round

  • Optically-Assisted Needle Guidance, PI Sadik Esene (NanoEngineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering)

2010-2011 Round

  • Low-Cost Lab-on-Chip Sensor Platform, PI Deli Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering)