This conference served as part of the SPIE Photonics West 2017 - the world's largest multidisciplinary event for photonics technologies collocated with one of the largest photonic exhibition.
On the 10th – 13th October, 2017 Prof. Carlos Drummond, from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS, University of Bordeaux came to IPC. Professor Carlos Drummond delivered an open for all IPC researchers (incl. PhD students) lecture: “From fire ants to graphene: some considerations on water-hydrophobic interfaces”. Professor Drummond visited selected laboratories and research groups (incl. department of the ERA Chair holder – i.e. Professor Wojtkowski) which was aimed establishing contacts synergic groups supporting the ERA Chair holder and discuss possibility of future cooperation.
Dawid Borycki presented a talk entitled Internet of Things. Building machine vision system supported by artificial intelligence. The presentation was devoted to explain how to build low-budget machine vision system utilizing the Windows 10 IoT Core, machine learning, and custom image processing routines implemented with OpenCV.
On the 20th June, 2017 Professor Luyuan Li, Director of the State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology at Nankai University came to IPC. Professor Luyuan Li delivered an open for all IPC researchers (incl. PhD students) lecture on his studies and trends in scientific research in China. Professor Luyuan Li visited selected laboratories and research groups (incl. department of the ERA Chair holder – i.e. Professor Wojtkowski) which was aimed establishing contacts synergic groups supporting the ERA Chair holder and discuss possibility of future cooperation.
Together with other members of the group Jan Guzowski visited Prof. Roland Zengerle Lab at University of Freiburg, Germany. The agenda of the meeting included presentation by Prof. Zengerle as well as by other two group leaders in his lab, namely Dr. Peter Koltay and Dr. Felix von Stetten. The purpose of the visit was to establish long-term collaboration with prof. Garstecki lab, in particular associated with co-advising by prof. Zengerle of two PhD students, Yu-Ting Kao and Yu-Kai Lai.
Yuriy Stepanenko visited the University of Nevada, Reno. The purpose of this study visit was to continue the collaboration began in 2007 with the group of Laser-plasma interaction at Nevada Terawatt Facility, University of Nevada, Reno. The group uses advanced laser sources for plasma generation, particle acceleration and diagnostics of Z-pinch.
This visit was scheduled in cooperation with one of the best group in the field of ultrafast Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – prof. Huber group from Lubeck. The purpose of the visit was to obtain results from ultrafast (up to 100 vol./s) OCT on rabbit and mice hearts. In order to do that, we have made a cooperation with Max Planck for Dynamics and Self-Organization from Goettingen, which gave us a support from biological point of view (also provided with well-prepared hearts).
The goal of the visit was to carry first in the world investigation of full heart with use of OCT system. For that Michał Hamkało had to get newly extracted hearts of mice from an authorized laboratory in Goettingen and took it to Luebeck (to next cooperator) with help of dr Jan Christoph. In the Institute for Biomedical Optics in Luebeck he was working with the OCT system (one of the fastest in the world) in order to specify parameters of heart imaging.
The goal of the visit was to perform experiments on human cells using novel microscopic technique: differential dynamic microscopy (DDM). The plan of the experiments contained quantification of movement of subcellular components in native HeLa cells and observation of changes of mobility during programmed cell death (apoptosis).
The purpose of the travel was to assess the perspectives for future collaboration with the Soft Living Matter Group run by prof. Clifford Brangwynne at the Princeton University. The group conducts cutting-edge research in the field of physicochemistry of soft matter in living systems. The group possesses a wide background and know-how concerning biophysical studies on model biological systems at all complexity levels (single cells, tissues and organisms). It is applied there, i.e., to studies of phase transitions in living systems and intrinsically disordered proteins, which play a key role in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases.