Light, causing familiar physical phenomena, has interesting property and functions. Light provides versatile usages and technological applications. It is of critical importance also in information science, where a research area called information photonics has been formed. Here light plays roles of information medium, interface between substances and objects, or interfaces to humans. Then, by combination with information technology, performance and functional improvement is achieved on conventional optical technologies. For example, computational imaging, in which an optical imaging system is enhanced by algorithmic processing, presents new possibilities of imaging modality. On the other hand, fusion of information technology and light can lead to new research areas of information science. By using DNA as computation elements and by applying optical communication technology, nano-information systems working on a molecular scale can be constructed. Development of a computer operating in a cell is not a dream anymore. We are pursuing our research by combining light with information science, based on these multi-faceted approaches.
- 1986 D.Eng. Osaka University
- 1986 Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
- 1986 Research Associate, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka University
- 1992 Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka University
- 1996 Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka University
- 2002 Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University
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