Optical design is essentially an inverse problem: its goal is to determine specifications of optical components such that a desired optical functionality is achieved. The first objective of ADOPSYS is to develop for the inverse problem of optical design new strategies that reduce the amount of human trial-and-error effort significantly, and to apply them in close collaboration with the industrial partners to design problems that occur in modern applications, in particular energy efficient lighting systems, high resolution systems and machine vision, inspection and safety. In addition, improving the enabling methodology for the propagation of optical fields through optical systems (i.e. the direct problem in optics) will also be studied to increase the efficiency of the inverse design methodologies and hence to increase design productivity. The second, equally important, objective of this project is to build a unique European training infrastructure for PhDs in the field of optical design methods for a future career in European academy and photonics industry. The training network ADOPSYS will train young optical scientists and engineers in the full scope of optical modelling and design at the most advanced (i.e. PhD) level. The academic and industrial partners in ADOPSYS together cover the complete modern field of optical modelling and design and its applications, which no single European group or institute can provide alone. The training in ADOPSYS consists of:

  1. Education and training through research at the host and during industrial secondments The ESRs will receive research training and supervision by academic and industrial partners. Each ESR will receive secondment from an industrial partner during which the ESRs will apply generic new design methodologies to a specific field of applications.
  2.  Broad in depth education and training in optics by network events In the first phase of ADOPSYS, trainings are given to educate all ESRs the full scope of optical modelling and methods to solve inverse problems of optical design at an advanced (PhD) level. Furthermore, yearly research workshops will be organised to foster close collaboration, to brainstorm about difficult problems and to investigate together new topics and developments.
  3. Training in transferable skills by network events and industrial secondment Trainings on IPR, how to collaborate in large projects, how to start your own company, entrepreneurship, etc. are given in a special workshop dedicated to transferable skills and as part of the first research workshop. Furthermore, each ESR will obtain secondment of an industrial partner for at least 3 months and will in this way get on-the-job industrial experience and training in transferable skills.