San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
28 August - 1 September 2016
Technical Events
Special Tribute to Naoya (Nagy) Ogata: Pioneer of the Use of Salmon-Based DNA for Photonics and Electronics
Date: Sunday 28 August 2016
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:05 AM
Dr. Ogata was a visionary in making large quantities of salmon DNA available for, not only optical and electronic applications, but also for human health issues, as well as many other scientific endeavors. He was indeed the pioneer and spiritual leader of the DNA photonics field. A top researcher and mentor, all who knew him and collaborated with him, benefited from his encouragement and generosity. He was a caring and extraordinary scientist. The Nanobiosystems: Processing, Characterization, and Applications IX conference is dedicating this year's meeting to Dr. Ogata. To learn more about Dr. Ogata's contributions, please click here.
Poster Session: Organic, Sustainable Energy, and Optical Engineering + Applications
Date: Monday 29 August 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Conference attendees are invited to attend the poster session on Monday evening. Come view the collection of posters within the topics of Optics + Photonics for Sustainable Energy, Organic Photonics + Electronics, and Optical Engineering + Applications. Enjoy light refreshments, ask questions, and network with colleagues in your field. Authors of poster papers will be present to answer questions concerning their papers. Attendees are required to wear their conference registration badges to the poster sessions. Poster authors, visit http://spie.org/OPPosterGuidelines for set-up instructions.
Illumination Technical Event
Date: Monday 29 August 2016
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chair: Jake Jacobsen, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)

Please join us for an evening of stimulating discussion, networking, and conversation. Don’t miss this annual gathering where we discuss the latest developments in the field of illumination. At the end of the presentation any member of the audience may present information within the broad field of illumination. Light refreshments will be served.

Light refreshments sponsored by:

The Optical Solutions Group at
Optomechanical/Instrument Technical Group Event
Date: Tuesday 30 August 2016
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Session Chair: Alson E. Hatheway, Alson E. Hatheway Inc. (USA)

This is the annual meeting of the premier group of optomechanical engineers that design and analyze the world's optical instruments and systems. This gathering is open to all technical attendees of SPIE Optics+Photonics. Our feature speaker will be Tony Hull, Professor at the University of New Mexico, who will describe the latest advances in the design and construction of large light-weight glass-ceramic mirrors for use in future astronomical instruments. Following the featured speaker, the floor will be open for other agenda items and a workshop session on Problems and Solutions. Anyone who wishes to put an item on the agenda should contact the Chair, Al Hatheway, at aeh@aehinc.com. Come prepared to present some challenges to the Group.
Lens Design Technical Event
Date: Tuesday 30 August 2016
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Session Chair: Rich Pfisterer, Photon Engineering, LLC (USA)

"Let's Give 'Em Something to Talk About!"

Lens designers! Join us for our annual gathering to meet and discuss... lens design! Let’s talk about what we’re designing, how we’re going about doing it (what materials, software, techniques, etc.), and which problems we’re encountering. We’ll also explore current technical and commercial trends in the marketplace.
This year's invited speaker will be Dave Shafer of David Shafer Optical Design, whose talk is entitled "A General Lens Design Method, with a Photographic Lens Example." In Dave’s own words: "A very general method of doing optical design is described which features a systematic sequence of steps that build up a design from a very simple monochromatic starting point. The temporary use of aspherics in a design gives a way for determining where to add lenses in a design to improve performance and a method is described for replacing these temporary aspherics with spherical doublets. Then a procedure using temporary stop shift is described for color correction, including secondary color that uses the least number of new lenses and often results in a design with only two glass types. These systematic steps are illustrated by developing a very high performance 50 mm f/1.7 photographic lens. The resulting design has high polychromatic MTF that is nearly constant over the field and only uses two glass types, with a highest index of 1.53!”

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Light refreshments sponsored by:

The Optical Solutions Group at
An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned
Date: Tuesday 30 August 2016
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chair: Mark Kahan, Synopsys, Inc. (United States)

This event is dedicated to the sharing of key optical lessons learned. Nearly all optical engineers, scientists, researchers, or managers have dealt with the unexpected. Many of these situations in hindsight are quite funny, and have buried within them key optical/managerial lessons learned. The problem with simply listing lesson learned is that as a simple listing, they are clearly hard to remember, thus history repeats itself much to our collective debit. This evening’s event will help us all remember the important take-aways by presenting a collection of small stories or optical parables from Leaders in the Field of Optics and Optical Systems Engineering.

Each speaker will be given the freedom to embellish their material (within editorial limits), and names, places, and dates may be changed to protect the guilty, but all the take-aways will have a basis in truth as avowed by the author.

This evenings program centers on a critical but rarely discussed topic – lessons learned that relate to the cost modeling of optical systems.

There will be three primary speakers:
  • Jonathan Arenberg of Northrup Grumman Corporation will discuss New Paradigms for Large Space Astrophysics Mission. Items Jon will address current cost paradigms and how they become unsustainable given the new large NASA N+2 and N+3 Missions, and he will also discuss factors that can help change the paradigm.
  • H. Philip Stahl of NASA will cover factors that emphasize the importance of understanding what goes into creating a cost model, i.e. all of the limitations associated with the data and how the data is processed. When cost modeling is boiled down to a single equation one can easily use cost modeling to make ill-advised decisions. Phil will show how the Stahl and Hendricks multi-variable correlation and parametric regression technique can be used to generate a potential cost model for space and ground optical telescope assemblies.
  • Finally, the Session Chair, Mark Kahan of Synopsys, will summarize some recent cost-modeling work underway by others, while illustrating some of his own work in using Cost as an Independent Variable in Optimizing a System (CAIV). He will also highlight over 4-dozen cost modeling areas that are in need of further study.
Audience participation will be allowed/ encouraged, as time permits.
Workshop on X-Ray Optics
Date: Tuesday 30 August 2016
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chair: Ali M. Khounsary, Illinois Institute of Technology (USA); Daniele Cocco, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (USA)

The X-Ray Optics Working Group provides an informal setting for the interested engineers and scientists to meet and discuss issues related to the design, analysis, cooling, fabrication, and metrology of x-ray optics. Topics for discussion can be e-mailed to the organizer, Dr. Ali Khounsary (amk@iit.edu), prior to the meeting.
Penetrating Radiation Technical Event
Date: Tuesday 30 August 2016
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chair: James E. Baciak, Univ. of Florida (USA)

This event brings together technologists and scientists with interests in neutron, x- and gamma-ray detection, spectroscopy, and imaging for all applications. The featured speaker this year is Mateusz Monterial from Sandia National Laboratory.
Special Session: Royalty-free Video
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2016
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Access a live broadcast of the session on Royalty-Free Video using streaming media through Periscope and YouTube. This experiment can help us understand the future of streaming media and its role in broadcasting technical content.

This session is part of the Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXIX conference. Receive updates by following https://twitter.com/AnneMargotAaron.

Sponsored by: Netflix, Inc.
Poster Session: Nanotechnology, Organic, and Optical Engineering + Applications
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Conference attendees are invited to attend the poster session on Wednesday evening. Come view the collection of posters within the topics of NanoScience + Engineering, Organic Photonics + Electronics, and Optical Engineering + Applications. Enjoy light refreshments, ask questions, and network with colleagues in your field. Authors of poster papers will be present to answer questions concerning their papers. Attendees are required to wear their conference registration badges to the poster sessions. Poster authors, visit http://spie.org/OPPosterGuidelines for set-up instructions.
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