HES-SO is the largest university of applied sciences (UAS) in Switzerland and the second largest higher education institution of the country, with more than 21’000 students and 25 schools located in 7 cantons. HES-SO is organised in six faculties: Design & Visual Arts, Business Management & Services, Engineering & Architecture, Music & Performing Arts, Health and Social Work. Education and research are oriented towards practical applications in the same areas. HES-SO offers a large variety of education programmes: 46 Bachelor degrees, 22 Master degrees and 255 continuing education courses. It employs 10’000 collaborators, with approx. 700 FTE dedicated to R&D activities. Strongly anchored in the regional economy, HES-SO collaborates closely with SMEs, and its R&D also extends to certain aspects of industrial-scale production. HES-SO undertakes research projects with a wide range of partners in Switzerland and abroad. HES-SO has been involved in European Framework Programmes since 1998. In FP7 we participated in 32 collaborative projects, including 3 as coordinator. In H2020 we are beneficiaries in 18 projects, covering the three Pillars of the programme.

In SOLARNET, HES-SO will be represented by the Institute of Industrial Automatization of HEIG-VD (IAI). Amongst other projects, IAI focuses on the development of optical instrumentation and telescopes for astronomy. HES-SO will take care of the sub-topic “PSF estimation” of WP 7.3. It is dedicated to the estimation of the real time optical system response of the EST adaptive optics system (point spread function reconstruction, PSF-R), critically required to reduce the raw instrument data into useful scientific information. Our team is a known world leader in the domain of PSF-R and our plan is to apply what we have developed for night time adaptive optics systems (on the W. M. Keck telescopes), to solar AO systems, on EST.

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Prof. Dr. Laurent Jolissaint
Institut iAi
Route de Cheseaux, 1
CP 521
CH – 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains
Email: laurent.jolissaint@heig-vd.ch