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Institute for Photonics and ICT (IPI)
Institute at a glance

Institute at a glance

The focus areas of the Institute for Photonics and ICT (IPI) include applications and systems that are based on photonics as well as information and communication technologies. The activities and tasks of the institute cover the research fields of Optoelectronics, Image Processing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and ICT. Our skills in the areas of sensors, data recording and processing, language and data communication as well as web application development and visualisation complement one another perfectly here.

Expertise

Expertise

The research team of the Institute for Photonics and ICT deals with the application of photonics technologies for the procurement and evaluation of information.

The research fields of Optoelectronics and Image Processing complement one another perfectly: in the research field of Optoelectronics, sensor and camera systems are designed and constructed that deliver the raw data for the subsequent image processing. This allows for the development of advanced smart sensors. In combination with our know-how in the area of ICT and our research focus area of Big Data and Analytics, our institute thus possesses the required basic knowledge when it comes to issues and applications relating to the Internet of Things.

Study

Study

The expertise of the Institute for Photonics and ICT (IPI) is incorporated in various study and further education programmes.

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Bachelor's degree Photonics

Self-driving vehicles, VR glasses, drones – many of the new technologies based on photonics are still at a fledgling stage. The study contents of the bachelor’s degree programme in Photonics provide an understanding of light-based technologies and also cover their use and further development.
Further education

Further education

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CAS Image Processing

You will learn the functions and characteristics of the components of industrial image processing systems and gain experience in dealing with these components. Also, you will learn how to implement image processing systems from a combination of hardware and software solutions.
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CAS Optoelectronics

You will learn the operating principle of optoelectronic components and how to integrate these into efficient systems with needs-based circuitry. Also, you will learn how to select the right optical and optoelectrical components to solve a problem and put the system in question into operation.
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Specialised courses in ICT/technology

Further education in a technical field will hone your profile and open up new career options. We offer a varied further education programme consisting of daily, module and CAS certificate courses. For example, in the fields of Optoelectronics, Image Processing, Network Technology and IT.
Research and services

Research and services

The Technology Service Lab at the Institute for Photonics and ICT (IPI) offers research projects and services in the areas of light measurement, EMC and energy efficiency.

With the establishment of the bachelor’s degree programme in Photonics, which is like no other in Switzerland, a Photonics Lab was also set up and equipped with state-of-the-art technology that is also available for research projects and services. The range of offered measurements comprises the characterisation of optoelectronic components and systems, immunity to external light sources and the fulfilment of eye protection classes.

Forms of cooperation

There are various forms of cooperation: research projectsconsulting projects or student projects. Please contact us – we are happy to support you with your projects.

Labs

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Lab: 3D surface measurement

Using optical strip light projection, the surface of any component can be recorded three-dimensionally in a contactless and highly precise manner.
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Lighting Lab

Provision of consulting services and the performance of photometric measurement procedures relating to luminous flux, brightness, light intensity, illumination intensity, colour temperature, energy efficiency and flicker values as well as in connection with the colour rendering index.
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EMC Test Centre

Provision of consulting services and flexible performance of measurement procedures with respect to the EMC immunity and EMC emission of devices.
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Device Efficiency Lab

Provision of consulting services and performance of measurement procedures with respect to the energy efficiency of electrical devices. Additional parameters can also be addressed at the client’s request.
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Networks Lab

Provision of consulting services and training on network topics such as routing, VLAN switching, WLAN, IoT technologies and Cisco certification tests.
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Photonics Lab

Provision of consulting services and performance of measurement procedures for the characterisation of optoelectronic components and systems as well as for eye safety and immunity to external light sources.
Contact

Contact

HTW Chur
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft
Institut für Photonics und ICT (IPI)
Pulvermühlestrasse 57
7004 Chur
Switzerland

Phone:   +41 81 286 24 24
Mail:       ipi@htwchur.ch

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