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Past Winner
2018 NSERC Synergy Awards for Innovation

Synergy Award for Innovation

Synergy Award for Innovation

Category: Two or More Companies

Energy Materials Telecommunications Research Centre of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique
OptoElectronic Components Inc., QPS Photronics Inc.

Roberto Morandotti is harnessing the power of light to take us beyond the limits of today’s digital technology. The INRS researcher combines quantum mechanics and integrated photonics to realize the next generation of computing technology. With Morandotti’s breakthroughs, quantum computers will have the components necessary to transmit information using particles of light instead of electronic signals. He is collaborating with OptoElectronic Components Inc. and QPS Photronics Inc. to design quantum technology that can integrate with our existing digital systems — a necessity if quantum computing is going to reach the masses. Morandotti’s renowned work is helping establish Canada as a cutting-edge research destination and a quantum manufacturing hub, positioning our country at the vanguard of a quantum future.

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