Researcher

Professor Francois Ladouceur

My Expertise

Photonics, telecommunication, Intellectual Property, HI-Tech start-up creations.

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Biography

A/Prof Ladouceur graduated from Institute of Advanced Studies at ANU in 1992. He held a post-doctoral (research engineer) position at LETI (Grenoble) from 1992 to 1994 and worked as Research Fellow at ANU from 1994 to 1998. Following this early academic career, A/Prof Ladouceur moved to the private section in 1998 after founding the Photonics Consulting Group to commercialise his research outputwith Virtual Photonics. In 2001, A/Prof Ladouceur...view more

A/Prof Ladouceur graduated from Institute of Advanced Studies at ANU in 1992. He held a post-doctoral (research engineer) position at LETI (Grenoble) from 1992 to 1994 and worked as Research Fellow at ANU from 1994 to 1998. Following this early academic career, A/Prof Ladouceur moved to the private section in 1998 after founding the Photonics Consulting Group to commercialise his research outputwith Virtual Photonics. In 2001, A/Prof Ladouceur became the founding Managing Director of the Bandwidth Foundry Pty Ltd after successfully raising ~$20 million from private and public sources.

His research interests include: 
  • Integrated optics
  • Optical sensing networks
  • Photonics-based brain/machine interfaces

A/Prof Ladouceur has made key contributions to both fundamental waveguide theory and applied integrated optics:

  • Applied integrated optics: A/Prof Ladouceur introduced in 1995 a radically new approach to the design of waveguide path design. This approach, based on adiabatic parameterised paths has lead to significant improvement in both the size of integrated optics devices and of the ease of design.
  • Waveguide theory: A/Prof Ladouceur suggested that stable spatial solitons induce in its supporting medium a waveguide which itself could carry light as a linear structure. A/Prof Ladouceur also suggested a powerful self-consistency approach to this problem that provided a mathematical alternative to the cumbersome (albeit powerful) inverse scattering approach. 
 

My Grants

ARC Discovery 2016 (DP160104625), Design of an optrode for next generation brain-machine interfaces, Prof Nigel Lovell, Prof Francois Ladouceur; Dr Amr Al Abed, $457.6k

CRC Project 2016, High performance optical telemetry system for ocean monitoring (CRC-P-49), Prof François Ladouceur, $1,014,320

NSW Department of Industry, Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP), High-performance optical telemetry system for ocean monitoring, $50k

US Office of Naval Research (ONR), Multi-Optrode Array for Neural Interfacing, 2018, US$360,000 ($485,000)

ACARP Grant 2018 (C28010), Towards better, safer mines – Optical technologies for software defined instrumentation, $335k

NSW Smart Sensing Network 2019 (CUPS-1) Distributed In-pipe Sensing: Distributed hydrophone arrays for leak detection, Prof F. Ladouceur, $337k

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Location

Electrical Engineering Building, G17, Room 344B

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Contact

+61 (2) 9385 5304