Laser and photonic systems integration: Emerging innovations and framework for research and education

Shimon Y. Nof, Gary J. Cheng, Andrew M. Weiner, Xin W. Chen, Avital Bechar, Marshall G. Jones, Claude B. Reed, Alkan Donmez, Thomas D. Weldon, Peter Bermel, Satish T.S. Bukkapatnam, Changqing Cheng, Soundar R.T. Kumara, Arden Bement, Richard Koubek, Bopaya Bidanda, Yung C. Shin, Agostino Capponi, Seokcheon Lee, Mark R. LehtoAndrew L. Liu, Omid Nohadani, Marcos Dantus, Peter W. Lorraine, David D. Nolte, Robert W. Proctor, Harshad P. Sardesai, Leyuan Shi, Juan P. Wachs, Xi Cheng Zhang

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The purpose of this article is to review the key emerging innovations in laser and photonics systems as well as their design and integration, focusing on challenges and opportunities for solutions of societal challenges. Developments, their significance, and frontier challenges are explained in advanced manufacturing, biomedicine and healthcare, and communication. Systems, networks, and integration issues and challenges are then discussed, and an integration framework for networking laser- and photonic-based services and products is proposed. The article concludes with implications and an agenda for education, research and development, and policy needs, with a focus on human, society, science, and technology integration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-516
Number of pages34
JournalHuman Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2013


  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Laser processing
  • Optical communication
  • Precision collaboration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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