UA Optical Sciences Announces Joint Research Venture with Canon U.S.A.

Canon is expected to provide $3 million in initial research funding.
Sept. 8, 2008
Campus buildings across the campus m all are reflected in the new west wing of the UA College of Optical Sciences.
Campus buildings across the campus m all are reflected in the new west wing of the UA College of Optical Sciences.

The University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences has announced a joint research collaboration with Canon U.S.A., Inc, a leader in digital imaging. The collaboration between the University and Canon U.S.A., Inc. is expected to cover a wide range of cutting-edge optical technologies, from optical materials and measurement to medical applications.

“We are proud to work with the UA to develop new optical technologies and applications that will advance the industry, and further Canon’s legacy as a leading innovator of optical imaging,” said Shunichi Uzawa, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Canon U.S.A. Research and Development Division.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Canon U.S.A, Inc. on this joint research collaboration. This relationship provides an excellent example of how industry and universities can work together to solve complex challenges in the development of tomorrow’s optical technologies,” said James Wyant, dean of the UA College of Optical Sciences.

Canon U.S.A. is expected to provide approximately $3 million to fund joint research during the first phase of the project, a period anticipated to span 18 to 24 months. Phase one research is expected to involve approximately 15 UA faculty members and 15 graduate students working on nine proposed projects, including five “major” projects.

The following are the names of UA investigators involved in the nine proposed projects:

Nasser Peyghambarian, Ildar Gabitov, Jose Sasian, Michael Descour, Myung Cho, Harrison Barrett, Matthew Kupinski, Lars Furenlid, Robert Norwood, Thomas Milster, Russel Chipman, William Dallas and Stanley Pau.

The College of Optical Sciences is the world’s premier teaching and research institute in optical sciences and engineering, with outstanding faculty members, an international student population, a challenging curriculum, pioneering research programs and close relationships with the optics industry.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of $39.3 billion, is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands."

†IFI Patent Intelligence Press Release, January 2008