The New Wireless and Optoelectronics Research and Innovation Centre (WORIC) has established many links and projects with companies and these include:
- EADS- the Centre has a project (£1M) to research new techniques for free space communications to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and already more than 2 patentable concepts have been generated. • EADS have also funded a PhD student (£80k) to work with the team on the UAV research project.
- Renishaw- the Centre was initially funded (£30k) by Renishaw to research the innovative concept of pivot free laser tuning based on patent WO2009081160
- Digital Projection Ltd – via the successful research undertaken on the £2M TSB project, additional collaborations have been undertaken with Digital projection via the spin off company Cymtec and who have received over £150k to develop the technology further.
- Karl Storz – via the NHIR funding (£450k) and through Copner’s CTO role with Cymtec major projects have been established with Karl Storz on light engines for endoscopy. This interaction has led to 2 major differentiating patents which have been filed by Cymtec and have been key in leveraging over £350k of investment from Finance Wales.
- Cymtec is a spin off of the University and has created over 4 key patents and as a result has secured investments from Finance Wales of > £400k. The company now has major designs wins with Digital Projection Ltd, Karl Storz and in process of closing NRE projects with BAE, Barco and a number of key companies in silicon valley, California. Cymtec also has a very a Kess student working on the tuneable laser project. The Centre also worked closely with Cymtec on the CIRP project.
- Optos- as a result of the innovation within the Centre on the tuneable laser, new applications on retinal eye scanning have been realised and Optos are keen to investigate these techniques and are currently establishing a PhD student project within the Centre
- Chromogenex has worked with the Centre in many ways via KTP and KESS studentships and as a result a number of patents are in the process of being filed (£160k).
- Sub10 Systems – recently the centre secured free equipment from Sub10 for 60GHz wireless communication (worth £65k) in order for the centre to carry out modelling validation. This partnership has led to potential many new projects that the centre is currently seeking to bid into.
- Technology Strategy Board Grant (TP/6/EPH/6/S/K2515A) based on Copner’s IP (US2004131093) significantly enhancing frequency doubling efficiency by deploying narrowband multimode laser radiation. This project involved a large consortia including Oclaro, Gooch and housego, Covesion and Digital Projection with the intended aim of providing speckle free laser light sources for projection display. Project was a major success and demonstrated >2W of frequency doubled green radiation from 49 laser emitters with very little speckle.(£2M in total with ~£400k to USW)
- EPSRC funded project (£450k Copner PI, EP/I029613/1) to explore novel frequency tuneable laser sources for multiple, synchronous and accurate distance measurement. This project was based on the new technology developed on an A4B CIRP project which demonstrated the first pivot point and mode hop free laser tuning (see patent Copner et al. WO2009081160)
- A4B project CIRP (Copner, HE 05 ROI 0821) to develop the new laser tuning concept described in WO2009081160. This project was a collaborative project working with both Cymtec and Renishaw and has produced even stronger IP (to be patented very soon) which has been assigned and licensed to Renishaw.
- Lomox funded project (£1.5M Copner, Job Number 10C031 and 10C032) to explore and research novel and robust organic materials, and structures for stable OLED emission. The aim here was to produce world beating light emission from OLED structures cheaply and which would not degrade over time. This project is on-going.
- Carbon Trust (Copner, 0810-173) is a project which was aligned to the Lomox project on OLEDs but concentrating on novel photonic structures for enhancing and extracting the light efficiently.
- NHIR grant (£600k, Co-investigator II-LS-0511-21004) awarded through collaboration between Copner and Cymtec ltd and where the project seeks to innovative new techniques for LED endoscopic illumination. This collaborative project works with both ICL and Karl Storq and has stimulated 3 new patents in the field.
- Kess grant with Cymtec to explore novel laser tuning techniques suitable for Opthamlic deployment.
- EPSRC funded research project [GR/L87996], which established an improved ray- tracing (RT) propagation model with features that enhance the efficiency and accuracy of computational predictions of electromagnetic coverage in cellular networks.
- SIP funds to work with Keima Wireless, RFMD & Sub10 Systems (£3k each).