EPIC Meeting on Wafer Level Optics at SUSS MicroOptics

7-8 November 2019

Neuchatel, Switzerland

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The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the benefits and motivation of migrating towards wafer level manufacturing of optical diffractive, refractive or reflective components. The main goal of the meeting is to discuss applications in CMOS image sensors, automotive lighting, AR/VR headsets, medical, datacom, consumer electronics etc. between technology providers, system integrators and users. Some manufacturing processes will also be discussed including large area master fabrication using a step and repeat UV-NIL (ultra-violet nanoimprint lithography) systems, the working stamp material and its fabrication. Furthermore, processes to evaluate the quality of the wafer level optics and lens stacking will be evaluated according to the lens-to-lens and wafer-to-wafer alignment accuracy, quantitative optical/surface measurements and lens shape fidelity, depending on each of the application fields.



11:30 Optional bus transfer from the recommended hotels to the event venue – Microcity
12:00 – 13:00 Registration & light lunch @ Microcity
13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming words by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:05 – 13:15 Welcoming words by Reinhard Völkel, CEO, SUSS MicroOptics
13:15 – 13:45 KEYNOTE: Excellence in imprint lithography and wafer-stacking
Reinhard Völkel, CEO, SUSS MicroOptics (SWITZERLAND)

SESSION 1: Setting up the scene
13:45 – 14:00 2D and 3D Imaging markets overview and wafer level optics opportunities
Guillaume Girardin, Division Director, Yole Development (FRANCE)
14:00 – 14:15 Diffractives and refractives: the exciting common ground
Frank Wyrowski, CEO, LightTrans International (GERMANY)
14:15 – 14:30 Additive manufacturing for the production of microoptics
Michael Thiel, CSO & Co-Founder, Nanoscribe (GERMANY)
14:30 – 14:45 SCIL for wafer-scale meta-surfaces to micro-optics in functional optical materials
Marc Verschuuren, CTO, SCIL Nanoimprint Solutions (THE NETHERLANDS)
14:45 – 15:00 Micro and nanostructured masters for replication of advanced optics
Theodor Nielsen, CEO, NIL Technology (DENMARK)

15:00 – 15:45 Coffee break

SESSION 2: Micro-optics in automotive
15:45 – 16:15 KEYNOTE: Chances and challenges in WaferOptics
Edwin Wolterink, CTO, Anteryon International (THE NETHERLANDS)
16:15 – 16:45 KEYNOTE: Beam shaping micro-optics made of glass for 3D sensing in the automotive industry
Dirk Hauschild, Chief Marketing Officer, LIMO (GERMANY)
16:45 – 17:00 Grayscale photolithographic mastering for automotive lighting
Robert Leitel, Scientist, Fraunhofer IOF (GERMANY)
17:00 – 17:15 Opportunities in wafer-level optics: the benefits of wide-band color filter arrays
Boaz Arad, CTO, Voyage 81 (ISRAEL)
17:15 – 17:30 Enabling automotive lighting with thermoplastic optics  
Bernd Grammer, Business Development Manager, SABIC Innovative Plastics (GERMANY)

17:40 – 18:00 Bus transfer from Microcity to the dinner place
18:00 – 22:00 Dinner @ Restaurant La Maison Des Halles
22:15 Walk from restaurant La Maison Des Halles to the recommended hotels


07:30 – 08:00 Check out of the hotels
08:00 Departure by bus transfer from the recommended hotels to  the event venue – Microcity
08:20 – 08:55 Morning coffee @ Microcity
08:55 – 09:00 Recap by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

SESSION 3: Enabling consumer and other large volume applications
09:00 – 09:30 KEYNOTE: Wafer-scale folded micro-optical interconnects
Rolando Ferrini, Section Head, CSEM (SWITZERLAND)
09:30 – 09:45 Wafer level nanoimprinting and R2R pilot lines at VTT 
Kimmo Keränen, Senior Scientist, VTT (FINLAND)
09:45 – 10:15 KEYNOTE: WLO technologies for consumer applications
Markus Rossi, VP Innovations, ams (SWITZERLAND)
10:15 – 10:30 Microassembly and testing of integrated photonics in large volumes
Anna Nikiel, VP Business Development, Technobis (THE NETHERLANDS)
10:30 – 10:45 Roll-to-roll UV imprinting technology for thin foil polymer micro-optics
Samuli Siitonen, CTO, Nanocomp (FINLAND)
10:45 – 11:00 Maskless and free: grey scale and step & repeat nanoimprint lithography for advanced optics

11:00 – 11:45 Coffee break

SESSION 4: Materials and assembly 
11:45 – 12:00 Wafer-level glass molding of chalcogenide glasses
Tim Grunwald, Head of Department, Fraunhofer IPT (GERMANY)
12:00 – 12:15 UV curing materials for wafer level optics
Andrea Kneidinger, Specialist, DELO (GERMANY)
12:15 – 12:30 Low and high refractive index materials for optics and imprinted optical solutions
Jukka Perento, VP Operations, Inkron (FINLAND)
12:30 – 12:45 Cross-functional photopolymer for microoptics manufacture
Arne Schleunitz, CTO, micro resist technology (GERMANY)
12:45 – 13:00 Gray scale lithography – creating complex 2.5D structures in thick photoresist by direct laser writing
Dominique Colle, Process and Application Engineer, Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik (GERMANY)
13:00 – 13:15 Wafer scale packaging and wafer level optics 
Martin Tuma, Sales, Argotech (CZECH REPUBLIC)
13:15 – 13:30 Recent advances in fast optimization of multi-element optic, electro-optic and photonic assemblies in manufacturing
Scott Jordan, Head of Photonics, Physik Instrumente (PI) (USA)

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

SESSION 5: Metrology and ultra-precision manufacturing
14:30 – 14:45 Manufacturing glass spacers for wafer level optics
Antanas Urbas, Chief Research Scientist, Workshop of Photonics (LITHUANIA)
14:45 – 15:00 Ultra-precision MLA masters using innovative DPI™ on-axis diamond turning technology
15:00 – 15:15 Customized high volume optical wafer testers
Theo Scholten, Operations Manager, NTS Optel (THE NETHERLANDS)
15:15 – 15:30 2D and 3D contact profilometry solutions for the measurement of micro lens arrays
Neil Fitzgibbon, Optics Metrology Business Development Manager, Tylor Hobson (UNITED KINGDOM)

15:35 – 15:50 Bus transfer to SUSS MicroOptics @ Hauterive
15:55 – 17:00 Company visit @ SUSS MicroOptics, Hauterive
17:05 End and optional departure by bus transfer from SUSS company in Hauterive to Neuchatel central station


The bus transfers will be organized from / to these hotels to / from SUSS MicroOptics and the dinner place only:

  • Hotel Alpes et Lac (address: place de la Gare 2, 2000, Neuchâtel, Switzerland). This hotel is only available for 7-9 November. Bookings can be made by email: hotel@alpesetlac.ch or phone: :+41 32 723 19 19. Please mention the code: EPIC. The price ranges from 134 to 172 CHF rate per person.
  • Hotel Touring au Lac (address: Place Numa-Droz 1, CH – 2001 Neuchâtel). The hotel is available 6-9 November. Booking is only available via email: hotel@touringaulac.ch. Please notify them that you are booking your room in relation with the conference happening at SUSS MicroOptics. Price ranges from 128 to 160 CHF, depending on the room class.

You can also book another hotels that are within a walking distance of these hotels to be able to use the bus transfers (e.g. Best Western Premier Hotel Beaulac, 350 m from Hotel Touring au Lac). After booking your accommodation, please inform Jasmine by jasmine.vlietinck@epic-assoc.com [close to] which of the two hotels you booked your rooms at.


The meeting on 7-8 Nov. will take place at Microcity, auditore MC A1 272 on the 1st floor (address: Rue de la Maladière 73, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland). Parking lot address (if needed): Rue de la Pierre-à-Mazel 39, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

The dinner on 7 November will be held at the Restaurant La Maison Des Halles (address: Rue du Trésor 4, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland).

The company tour on 8 Nov. will take place at SUSS MicroOptocs Hauterive (Rouges-Terres 61, 2068 Hauterive, Switzerland).


We are sorry, but the registration for this meeting is already closed due to a high number of attendees. You are welcome to attend our future meetings: https://www.epic-assoc.com/epic-events/.


EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite, email: neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com, mobile: +37062438991


Helena Jelinkova, Events Manager, EPIC. Mobile: +420606526252

Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC. Mobile: +31626978312