Attached Educational Research Facility > Photonics Center
Professor OMASA Takeshi
Professor INOUE Yasushi
head of the general affairs section MIYASHITA Itsuko
head of the accounting section YAMAMOTO Kouichi

Photonics is the science and technology to understand and utilize the interaction between light and matter and is used in various fields, from basic research to industrial applications. Photonics Advanced Research Center (PARC) was established in 2007 to promote the research and development of photonics-related science and technology, leveraging the strengths of photonics at Osaka University, where more than 100 photonics-related laboratories exist. PARC was operated as one of the projects under “Creation of Innovation Centers for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Areas Program” by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for ten years since FY2007. In FY2009, the Photonics Center Building was constructed under the support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and has deepened its collaboration with research institutions and companies in Japan and overseas. As a center affiliated with the Graduate School of Engineering, PARC provides open laboratories and shared facilities of various equipment for photonics research and is also operated as an independent center organizing colloquia, seminars, and human resource development, and has been creating networking opportunities. Since FY 2016, PARC has been promoting joint research with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Open Innovation Lab (OIL), which focuses on collaboration between biomedical research and photonics engineering. In FY2022, Osaka University was selected for a COI-NEXT project, “LIPS, The Photonics Hub for Life and Biomedical Engineering,” by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). PARC plays a central role in developing and innovating interdisciplinary research for the project.