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OSA Traveling Lecturer: "Transitioning from science into industry: my journey from ultra cold atoms to super-hot applications” by Armand Niederberger

Friday, September 15, 2017 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
CREOL Room 103

Armand Niederberger
Director of Data Science and Algorithms at LEIA Inc.


When considering our future, we often look at the avenues our current skills clear for us; and it can be difficult to grasp how skills in academic research could be used in industrial research and development. In this talk, I will trace my own path from quantum optics theory to optimization, and electrodynamics simulations, which lead me to take a position at a startup in programming, (some) management, and algorithms. Along my way, OSA activities frequently served as condensation nucleus for very interesting subsequent projects and contacts. We will discuss how to transfer skills from academia to industry, the mindset that advances your career, and how to construct an interesting, fulfilling and fun professional life after graduation.


Armand Niederberger is currently serving as the Director of Data Science and Algorithms at Leia Inc, which commercializes novel glasses-free, full-parallax 3D displays, based on nanotechnology backlights. Prior to Leia, he was a visiting scientist at Hewlett Packard Laboratories, where Leia’s technology was originally conceived, and at Stanford University, as well as the University of Strathclyde as a scientist in quantum optics and numerical optimization. Niederberger holds a doctorate degree from UPC/ICFO in Barcelona, and a MSc in physics from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. During his PhD, he got involved with OSA. With the ICFO OSA Student chapter, he organized numerous outreach events with local high schools called “The Day Of Light”. Furthermore, he co-created the IONS Project, the OSA Network of Entrepreneurs, and, while serving on the centennial Advisory Panel, the Ambassador Program.

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