Bellingham, WA (PRWEB) May 24, 2013
In a sneak preview of the future, researchers, engineers, and industry suppliers will present technologies with applications in multiple and diverse areas of life at the annual SPIE Optics and Photonics symposium in San Diego, California, 25-29 August. Organized by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the event is the largest international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America, with approximately 4,500 expected attendance.
Technical conferences in the event’s four symposia (NanoScience and Engineering, Solar Energy and Technology, Organic Photonics and Electronics, and Optical Engineering and Applications) will offer more than 3,200 presentations including plenary and other featured talks on topics such as:
This year’s new conferences cover:
A special “Tribute to H. John Caulfield” conference and its resulting proceedings will celebrate Caulfield’s pioneering contributions to the fields of holography and information optics. His numerous inventions include local reference beam holography, coherence gated imaging, generalized matched filters, optical linear algebra, fuzzy optical metrology, artificial color, and passive conservative interferometric logic gates.
More than 40 professional development courses and workshops are being offered, for training at introductory and advanced levels in core concepts in optical and systems engineering, optomechanics, manufacturing, remote sensing, astronomical optics, and more. New courses include:
The free-admission, three-day exhibition (27-29 August) will showcase 240 suppliers of optical components, detectors, sensors, cameras, lasers, optoelectronics, and other hardware and software for manufacturing, measurement, and research. A job fair running the first two days will connect employers with job-seekers, and product demonstrations will be scheduled throughout the exhibition. A special section of the exhibition will be devoted to displays by SPIE Student Chapters demonstrating their activities in increasing science awareness and literacy in their regions.
Students will also have the opportunity to enter their optics and photonics educational projects in the Optics Outreach Olympics, and approximately 200 will participate in a Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at the beginning of the week.
Targeted networking events include a Women in Optics reception with a presentation by Kathy Perkins, director of PhET Interactive Simulations at University of Colorado Boulder, on “Finding the Right Fit: From Atmospheric Scientist to Educating the Next Generation of Scientists Worldwide”; a Student Lunch with the Experts; and the SPIE Fellows luncheon, honoring several new Fellows named in 2013 and featuring a presentation by Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology) on “The Exciting Past, Tumultuous Present, and Abundant Future of Solar Energy.”
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2012.
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