The key activities of the Principal Investigators (PIs) represent the broad range of research areas in which optical technologies are developed and applied. By the principal investigators a collaboration is established between 5 different departments of the Faculty of Engineering (CBI, EEI, ME, MSE and CS), 5 different institutes and clinics of the Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital Erlangen (IMP, LA2, LFA, MED1 and MKG) and the Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics (IOIP) of the Faculty of Sciences which is linked to the newly founded Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) by the personal union of the MPL directors acting simultaneously as Chair professors at the IOIP of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).
Faculty of Engineering
- Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Department of Chemical and Bioengineering
- Department of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Medicine
- Institute of Medical Physics
- Department of Anatomy
- Department of Medicine
- Department of Maxillofacial Surgery
- Department of Ophthalmology
- University Hospital Erlangen
Some of the external partners are providing additional support by scholarships, through internships for the graduates or by the direct involvement of leading scientists as instructors. Directly involved as part of the Graduate School is the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) and the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Optics and Imaging at the FAU. This will be a unique feature of SAOT in Germany.
Due to the application orientated education and research program of the SAOT, cooperation between the Graduate School and non-university institutions forms one of the main tools for the success of the activities. The training and research within all modules of the main topics will result in close contact with several institutes and industrial partners in the field, e.g., with the Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB) and the Bavarian Laser Centre (BLZ).