Key Intradisciplinary R&D Centers and Labs

 

 

Renewable Energies and Smart Grid

Established in 2011 following an initial investment of over 1 million NIS by the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS), the center focuses on energy monitoring facilities in the fields of solar energy, wind, water, fuel cells, smart grid and smart meters.

 

Nanomaterials and Tribology

Composed of two labs: the Tribology Lab and the Lab for Synthesis and Investigation of Nanomaterials; The Tribology Lab investigates interacting surfaces in relative motion and their associated design, friction, wear, and lubrication, considering the physics, chemistry, mechanics and materials of the interaction. It is involved in many national and international R&D activities. The Lab for Synthesis and Investigation of Nanomaterials deals with synthesizing the nanomaterials by solid-gas and high temperature processes. These nano-powders could be used, for example, to reinforce polymers for UMV (Unmanned Vehicles) or in artificial human joints as well as for mechanical defects.

SAR (Specific Absorption Rate)

A state-of-the-art lab, one of the few labs worldwide capable of performing physical SAR measurements according to international standards; Since its establishment in 2008, it provides SAR measurement services for the local industry and others as a national infrastructure.

Non-Invasive BCI (Brain-Computer Interface)

The lab focuses on devising novel mathematical models (e.g., tensor factorization), dynamic neural models, spatiotemporal analyzing techniques and neurofeedback paradigms. The work is aimed at detecting EEG activity patterns, which are highly correlated with motion primitives acquired throughout training on various motor tasks, for the development of novel, efficient noninvasive brain computer interfaces.

OPTO-ULSI

Multimodality, Multimedia, Man - Machine Interaction Center
Focuses on theoretical and experimental studies of modern photonic devices and structures such as spatial light modulators, optical sensors, diffractive optical elements, photovoltaic cells, plasmonic waveguides and resonators; It is equipped with optical tables, microscope probe, electro-optoelectronic devices and advanced software.

Photonics

Investigates and specializes in sub micrometric recording methods, photo deposition processes, optical elements and waveguides, image processing methods and more; It is equipped with high-quality microscopes, spectrometers, high-stability optical benches alongside powerful computers. Since its establishment in 1981, it has been the locus of some of the most thrilling research activities conducted at HIT.