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UL attracts Europe’s Leading Event in Optical Fibre Sensor Technology

Two Hundred delegates from all over the world will descend upon the University of Limerick this week to attend the 6th European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors (EWOFS).

It is Europe’s premier event in Optical Fibre Sensors and will see delegates come from all over the world including Brazil, China, Iran, Japan and the USA.  These delegates are from industrial as well as academic backgrounds and are global leaders in their field of expertise.

There are several key areas in which Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS) are already making a difference. These include medical/biomedical sensors and instrumentation, monitoring of key civil structures example bridges, dams, pipelines as well as deep wells including geothermal and oil and gas. Through these activities OFS also has a significant role in the future development of the Internet of Things (IoT) which brings together sensors, computers, communications and security through connectivity across a rapidly developing networked environment.

The Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre, the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department and UL are proud to host the 6th European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors. OFS are essential to the future growth of society and prosperity in Ireland as well as globally. The location of this event at UL is a key indicator of the strength of sensors research in both academia and industry that is currently ongoing in Ireland.

Professor Elfed Lewis, General Chair of EWOFS 2016, Director of OFSRC and member of the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department at UL

Keynote lectures will be delivered by Professor Michel Digonnet of Stanford University (USA) on Fibre Optic Gyroscopes (FOGs) and ‘Slow Light’ Structures and Dr Robert Lieberman President of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) 2016 on Bio/Medical Detection Using Optical Fibers.  There are a number of keynote presentations, invited lectures as well as regular papers which will cover these breakthrough topics.

The event is generously supported with major sponsorship from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and OZ Optics both of whom are platinum sponsors with considerable support also from Failte Ireland.  The conference will be attended by a total of 9 industrial exhibitors which shows the growing level of industrial and commercial activity in this relatively new area of technology.

The workshop will take place between May 31st and June 3rd 2016. For more information visit

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