The Optical Zeitgeist Laboratory aims at providing insights into technologies, protocols, and algorithms shapening the future of optical networks and their seamless integration with next-generation wireless broadband access networks. The research activities not only address the technical challenges and opportunities of bimodal optical-wireless networks but also explore their societal benefits and potential to create new unforeseen services and applications as we are about to enter the Petabyte age. As part of the University of Québec, the laboratory is instrumental in attracting the brightest graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world and promote collaborations between scientists, engineers, institutions, and companies in Canada and abroad.


The Optical Zeitgeist Laboratory was approved and funded by the federal Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) through its Leaders Opportunity Fund and the provincial Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) of Québec. The laboratory is located at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in the heart of downtown Montréal.

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& Education

As the research arm of the University of Québec, INRS provides excellence in research as well as graduate and postgraduate education.

The research team is headed by Prof. Martin Maier, the founder and creative director of the Optical Zeitgeist Laboratory.

The research activities rethink the role of optical networks and explore novel applications of optical networking concepts and technologies across emerging multidisciplinary domains.

INRS provides high-level education of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and training of highly qualified personnel in telecommunications networks and other related areas.