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Prof. Jürgen Czarske receives the IEEE Laser Instrumentation Award

Date Announced: 27 Aug 2020

Prof. Czarske in the laboratory, operating an experimental set-up. © TUD / Professorship of Measurement and Sensor System Technology.

Dresden, Germany -- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), based in New York City and the world's largest technical professional association, has honored Prof. Jürgen Czarske with the IEEE Photonics Society's “Laser Instrumentation Award”.

Prof. Czarske holds the professorship for measurement and sensor system technology at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the TU Dresden, Germany. The award recognizes his innovative electrical engineering work on the subject of computer-aided laser measurement processes.

Using digital transition, Prof. Czarske has achieved a “paradigm shift” for modern laser measurement technology, with which advances in information security on the Internet, in technical processes e.g. in fuel cells as well as for the prevention and early diagnosis of diseases. The award will be presented during an official ceremony at the IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC 2020).

The IEEE Laser Instrumentation Award was presented for the first time this year and honors the development of laser-based and electro-optical instruments that enable important new measurements or process capabilities for applications in the fields of industry, biomedicine, avionics and measurement technology.

“It is a pleasure that the IEEE Photonics Society is making the award, which I am delighted to accept on behalf of the entire team. The Laser Instrumentation Award, presented for the first time, is a great honor, confirmation and an incentive for further innovations for the team, ”said Prof. Czarske.

Digital transition

A digital transition has taken place in optics and laser technology in recent years. The development of powerful computers and algorithms opens up new possibilities for researching innovative laser instruments. Digitally programmable light is the key to the research of Prof. Czarske and his team.

“You draw on the potential of digital and thus adaptable optical components,” he said. “Instead of traditional lenses, programmable light modulators are used, for example, to look through biological tissue.

“In combination with ultra-fast computers, highly dynamic measurement tasks can also be solved in real time. What is special here is that the designed systems are self-parameterizing in the course of digitization through the use of the most modern algorithms. This means that the necessary settings are found automatically by the system.”

Prof. Czarske's team has demonstrated advances in computer-assisted laser instruments in numerous fields of application. The developed digital systems are used to fight cancer, such as with lensless fiber endoscopes, or for information security in fiber optic networks.

About Prof. Czarske

Prof. Czarske has been a pioneering researcher in measuring instruments for more than 35 years. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), European Optical Society (EOS), International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE), Senior Member of the IEEE, elected member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences, the Scientific Society for Laser Technology, board member of the German Society for applied optics and board member of the German Association for Laser Anemometry.

He has published over 200 magazine articles, delivered over 100 invited lectures, and assigned several patents to the industry. His awards include the AHMT Prize for Measurement Technology 1996, the Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize 2008, the Reinhart Koselleck Project 2014 of the German Research Foundation and the OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award 2019 / Robert M. Burley Prize.


Jürgen Czarske
TU Dresden

Tel. +49 351 463-34803

E-mail: juergen.czarske@tu-dresden.de 

Web Site: www.tu-dresden.de

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