About CEIS

Bigelow Group CATOur Mission

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.

Our Impact

Over the past ten years, CEIS funding has been leveraged to generate over $537 million in economic impact and the creation of 273 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.

Our Areas of Focus

Our primary technology focus is on optics, photonics, and imaging in support of the regional cluster of companies in those industries.;

We also support projects in the biomedical, energy, and microelectronics areas in response to the ongoing diversification of the Finger Lakes regional area economy. The imaging work we support includes but is not limited to the following technologies and applications.

Nanotech Cleanroom


  • Optical components design and manufacturing
  • Optical systems design
  • Image capture circuits, devices, and materials
  • Image processing
  • Image analysis and recognition
  • Multispectral and hyperspectral imaging
  • Image display and printing


  • Vision
  • Geospatial imaging
  • Nanoscale imaging
  • Defense and security

Our Contribution


As one of 15 Centers for Advanced Technology funded by NYSTAR, a division of the New York State Department of Economic Development, we provide matching state funds to magnify the impact of corporate-sponsored research in existing labs at our partner universities.

Federal Initiatives

The progress we are making with the help of both our state and federal partners further strengthens our mission here at CEIS: Research + Industry = Transforming Technology. View our progress in the timeline below.