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About Us

Our mission is to promote economic development in New York State by bringing together companies and university researchers who have areas of common interest and encouraging collaboration through funding and outreach.

Over the past ten years, CEIS funding has been leveraged to generate over $702 million in economic impact and the creation of 239 new jobs. By bringing together multiple universities, companies, government agencies, and economic development organizations in a collaborative environment, we provide leadership in the identification and realization of technology-driven economic development in the Finger Lakes region.

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News & Events

September 12, 2017

The New York Light and Sound Interactive Conference and Expo September 12-14, 2017 - Rochester, New York

Light and Sound Interactive is a unique conference and expo focused on light and sound-based technologies and their applications in emerging fields such as virtual and augmented reality, games, cinema, and music. The conference is interactive, featuring talks by leading experts, panel sessions, workshops, and product demonstrations.

April 17, 2017

Rochester: A Place for Photonics

Photonics is an exciting and high-potential industry, and Rochester can capitalize on it. 

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March 1, 2017

Collaborative Innovative Research (CIR) Request for Proposals (RFP)

Up to $30,000 awarded to research faculty partnering with NYS company. CEIS supports a range of optics, photonics and imaging interests.  Proposal submission deadline is May 22, 2017.

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Meet the Greatest Minds in Light & Sound

LSI poster

The first annual New York Light and Sound Interactive Conference and Expo (LSI) will be held September 12-14, 2017 in Rochester, New York, immediately preceding the Rochester Fringe Festival. The event will feature virtual and augmented reality, games and interactive media, next-generation displays, integrated photonics, computer vision, autonomous vehicles, new forms of media and user experiences, immersive sound, and other technologies that employ light and sound at the human interface. The target audience for this hands-on interactive event includes large and small companies, start-ups, investors, entrepreneurs, media professionals, artists, researchers, enthusiasts, thought-leaders, and futurists.

LSI builds upon Rochester’s heritage as the Imaging Capital of the World and its globally recognized optics, photonics, and imaging cluster. The conference also will leverage Rochester’s world-renowned music culture anchored by the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and our media innovation community led by the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity (MAGIC) Center. Specific events will include addresses by keynote speakers, panel sessions, networking events, product demonstrations, hands-on technology demonstrations, and a trade show.

LSI is being organized by the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) at the University of Rochester (a NYSTAR designated Center for Advanced Technology) in conjunction with the Rochester Institute of Technology and volunteers from industry, academia, and economic development organizations throughout the region.

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CEIS-CAT Announcement

CAT Renewal Poster

Since 1992, CEIS has been designated as a New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT). As a CAT, we have worked to support collaborative projects between private entities and university researchers. Over the last ten years we have supported nearly 300 projects in an incredibly diverse range of interests which have generated over $700 million in direct, measurable, economic impact, creating some 200 jobs, and retaining another 239.

We are proud to announce that New York’s Empire State Development has chosen CEIS from an incredibly competitive field to continue as a Center for Advanced Technologies for another ten years in our focus area of photonics and imaging science systems.

In this transitional period, we think it is appropriate to look back and highlight some of the incredible work our partnering organizations and primary investigators have done in the last year, as well as looking forward to the future and the arrival of AIM Photonics.

This is a very exciting time for us, and we are happy to say that the future looks ever better and ever brighter here in Rochester.  Check back to learn what projects will be funded in the Center’s new CAT cycle as well as exciting developments in photonics, and Rochester’s photonics community.

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