ARC Centre of Excellence reflects on its bright achievements

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) commenced operation in 2003 as one of the first ARC Centres of Excellence, with Australian and international researchers collaborating on projects in the field of optical science and photonics technology. Funded by the ARC from 2003 to 2017, CUDOS has proved itself as a focus of Australian expertise in photonics, a technology of fundamental importance in communications, defence, consumer products, and other sectors.

CUDOS has played a pivotal role in demonstrating ground-breaking integrated photonic signal processors that can massively increase the information capacity of the internet. Researchers at the Centre developed the evidence that single-element photonic processors provide processing speeds (bandwidths) orders of magnitude greater than those of electronics, bringing us within reach of breathtaking capabilities that will transform almost every facet of the information society and economy.

Many of the benefits realised through the investment in CUDOS will be realised years, if not decades, after the Centre’s operations have ceased.

The outputs, which include Intellectual Property and publications, will have significant impact on the quality of the Australia's electronic warfare defensive capabilities and the sensitivity of our radar systems. Start-up companies founded through CUDOS research will continue to play an important role in the development of low-cost, internet-enabled sensors for the environment and for applications in personal health. 

The Centre has also had a significant impact on Australia's human capital, through the training and education of a cohort of more than 130 expert researchers who have gone into industry, academia, government, and professional roles and whose research expertise and problem solving capabilities will provide ongoing benefits to Australia for decades.



Media issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems.


Original Published Date: 
Monday, March 26, 2018