Mobilization conference about the project of investigating the History & Developments of Photonics

On Jan 5, 2013, the OSA Student Chapter in Zhejiang University held a mobilization conference about the project of investigating the History & Developments of Photonics, in the Greenroom on the first floor. Xiaowei Guan, the former President illustrated the specific plans and requirements for future development, and the details were discussed subsequently. The seminar aimed at clarifying the tasks and goals of the project by means of unrestricted discussions.

The meeting started at 1 o’clock. Xiaowei Guan firstly reported the contents of the seminar. As researchers in the field on optics and photonics, the members have always been looking for chances putting our scientific outcomes into applications. All the members in the project are divided into four parts named Group A, Group B, Group C & Group D. Group D mainly study the research status and outcomes of the world’s top research groups. The other three groups concentrate on optical communication, and Group A on devices, B on the backbone network system and C, the access network system specifically. All the selected companies to be investigated are the outstanding representatives in the field such as IBM, Intel, Huawei so on and so forth.

(A member from Group A is introducing their topic background)

The next time Xiaowei Guan made a brief introduction to the initial rough plan of each groups. As the leader of Group C, he divided the members into three parts: components & devices, networks and applications, based on the crew’s personal background. Then Xiaokun Wang, the leader of Group A, reported his considering ideas: investigating the past, present and future of the two companies (Intel & IBM); or grouped according to the scientific research and engineering applications by a combination of the two companies. During the discussion, some members advised him to add the institutions in cooperation with IBM & Intel, which can be helpful to get a deeper knowledge of photonic integrated technology. After analysis of the pros and cons, finally division by the overall and detail of the two companies were decided. The next Group D packet was very simple, according to the crew’s different research fields directly correspond to the appropriate direction of the world’s top research teams. The last Group B leader Lingchen Huang also raised their three grouping base: enterprises, network or technique, and the first method was selected after fierce discussion.

2(Attendees are discussing the three grouping base of Group B)

Since the details of grouping were decided, Xiaowei Guan stressed the timeline again: a mid-term summary shall be held in early April, a report handed over to the instructor by the end of May and an exhibition held in early June.

Finally, Chair Guan summed up that all the work above should be completed without terminating the research of the laboratory. As long as all the work done honestly, the achievements will give one a better systematic understanding of the history and development of the areas mentioned above.

Article is by Hongyan Liu (


Photos are by Senlin Zhang (

Liangzhu Activity held in Liangzhu, Hangzhou

The fellowship between the Student Chapter of the OSA and the undergraduates from tourism management is held on last Saturday, Oct. 27th. Everyone spent a meaningful and joyful day in Liangzhu, Hangzhou.

The students arrived at the Liangzhu Museum in the early morning, where an enthusiastic volunteer gave us a warm reception. Then she showed us the main collections of this museum and plenty of the detailed information of Liangzhu lying in these antiques. Through her introduction, the students got a better understand of the historic town of Liangzhu and its splendent culture. We realized that both the sculpture and manufacture were advanced long long ago in Liangzhu, the achievements of which are even difficult to accomplish today with modern technology.

Soon after the visit of the museum, we went to the Yeluwan manor for outdoor activity at about 12:00pm. A barbecue was done by ourselves for the lunch, which consist of various meat and vegetables. The students were divided into several groups to prepare their food and tools to barbecue the materials purchased by the organizers. Through the final baked food might not be so delicious than we ate before in the restaurants, everyone were content with what they and their partners cooked. By the way, the full procedure of the barbecue was filled with rejoicings since some students had never barbecued before.
The real counter-strike was held as the last activity of this association. Split up into two groups were all the present students to fight against, i.e., everyone was equipped with a fake gun to shoot the enemies and the group with the more persons alive shall be the victor. The team cooperation for the group was emphasized during this virtual war. All the students went back to the school after this game at 5:00pm or so.

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