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CMP Students Win CUDOS Workshop Prizes

Monday February 6 2012

Centre for Micro-Photonics students have won a raft of prizes at the annual Centre for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) workshop. The prizes include best poster, most innovative poster and second place in the entrepreneurship competition.

The Centre for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) is a national research consortium funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence program. Comprised of seven Australian Universities and a host of international collaborators, the Centre is a significant research team working towards fast and efficient optical measurement, communication and processing technologies.

Each year, the Centre runs a workshop involving the staff and students from the seven collaborating universities. Held in Shoal Bay from 31st January to 3rd February this year, the 2012 even was the largest yet. A number of prizes were on offer for attending students, including best poster, outreach and commercialisation. The winning CMP students and their awards are listed below.

Best Poster
The highly coveted best poster award was jointly awarded to CMP student Mark D. Turner for his poster entitled "Achieving true cubic symmetry in three-dimensional biomimetic chiral photonic microstructures via galvo mirror dithering". Mark was awarded the prize not only for his poster content, but by being able to deliver a short and concise introduction to his work and its importance.

Most innovative poster
The most innovative poster award was specially created during the 2012 poster session in response to an original poster design. Awarded to Ben Cumming for his poster entitled "nonlinear chalcogenide gyroids fabricated with direct laser writing", the poster featured an interactive spinning wheel that took the poster judges along a multi-image story of aberration compensation.

Entrepreneurship competition
Encapsulating CUDOS' push for research commercialisation, the 2012 workshop ran a student entrepreneurship competition where entrants were asked to submit an advertisement of their choice for a fictional company or product related to CUDOS. CMP students Mark Turner, Ben Cumming and Han Lin submitted a three minute technical video advertisement for a fictional company FABTEK. The company was based on previous CUDOS/CMP nanofabrication technologies that had been boxed up into a small and easy to use fabrication system. The competition was fierce, and the Swinburne team managed to pull off a second place.