Conference Summary Report
International Workshop on Photonics Polymer for Innovation (IWPPI2016) was held in Hotel Sunvalley Nasu in Nasu Gun, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. In the Opening Session, Mr. Yoshimasa Goto, Director of Japan Science and Technology Agency gave a greeting. Followed by four Plenary Talks of Prof. David Payne, Southampton University, Dr. Robert Lieberman, President of SPIE, Prof. Wolfgang Osten, Stuttgart University, and Prof. Junji Kido, Yamagata University.
In the Special Session which was held after the Plenary Session, three prominent panelists from the display industry, Mr. Aruga, President of Japan Display Inc., Mr. Wada, Senior Managing Director of DNP, Mr. Umehara, Executive Vice President of Nitto Denko Corporation, and Prof. Chiba, Nihon University University Research Center were invited to discuss the future vision of display industry and how we can bring about an innovation of photonics polymer in the display industry. Prof. Koike of Keio University, the co-chair of IWPPI also joined the discussion to introduce his original research results towards 8K display. A powerful opinion from Prof. Chiba who promotes the medical application of the 8K system was added to messages from the panelists who lead the display industry. It turned out as a very fruitful and meaningful session to think about how we can make an industrial creation based on Japanese original photonics polymer technologies.
On the 2nd day of the Workshop, researchers specialized in photonics polymers from France, USA, Korea, Taiwan, UK, Spain, Japan, etc., presented their latest results and exchanged opinions and information in the Technical Session and Poster Session.
Besides these session, a technical exhibition was co-held along with the workshop. The exhibitors were DNP, Japan Display Inc., and Nitto Denko Corporation, and 14 entities who participate in the S-Innovation Program entitled “Research and Development of Advanced Information Technology based on Photonics Polymers” of JST. This certainly was a big step forward for the further development of research and the promotion of industrialization of the photonics polymer technologies by having held the workshop to present the research results and the activities of the participating entities on the S-Innovation Program.