The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
2 - 7 February 2019
Industry Events
AR, VR, MR Conference 2019: Optical Design Challenge
Date: Sunday 3 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Call for Papers for the 2019 Optical Design Challenge.
Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Huawei, and SPIE are inviting you to apply to the 2019 Optical Design Challenge.

We are looking for cutting-edge research aimed at improving any aspects of the optics in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). Do you have the next breakthrough in optical design for AR, VR, MR? Abstracts are due 30 November.

Learn more and apply: 2019 Optical Design Challenge
AR, VR, MR headset Demo Sessions
Date: Sunday 3 February 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take this opportunity to test-drive the hottest new virtual reality hardware currently (or soon to be) on the market. This hands-on event is free, but you must reserve a time slot in advance. Time slots are 30 minutes. You may sign up for a maximum of 4 sessions. You must have a paid registration badge to access the demos.

To be placed on the RSVP list, email innovation@spie.org
AR, VR, MR Conference 2019: Technical Presentations
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
This important industry conference consists of 25 invited talks and a panel on the current optical technological challenges and successes for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR). Hear from the biggest names in consumer electronics to up-and-coming companies in AR, VR, and MR.

Schedule
9:00 am to 4:30 pm - Presentations
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Panel Session
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Reception

Learn more: 2019 AR VR MR Conference
AR, VR, MR headset Demo Sessions
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Take this opportunity to test-drive the hottest new virtual reality hardware currently (or soon to be) on the market. This hands-on event is free, but you must reserve a time slot in advance. Time slots are 30 minutes. You may sign up for a maximum of 4 sessions. You must have a paid registration badge to access the demos.

To be placed on the RSVP list, email innovation@spie.org
Startup Challenge Pitch Clinic
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Semi-Finalists for the Startup Challenge are invited to a morning of training on entrepreneurship and pitches.
Startup Challenge Networking Lunch
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Startup Challenge Pitch Clinic attendees network with judges and mentors. This event is open to Startup Challenge participants only.
Photonics Cluster Reception
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Leaders from regional optics and photonics clusters are invited to join this SPIE-hosted reception. Connect with your peers while enjoying drinks and appetizers, compare notes, and hear an update from your peers abroad on efforts to raise awareness of photonics in their homeland, as well as a brief report on the SPIE Photonics Industry Analysis project.
Executive Women's Meetup
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
This is an invitation-only event for women executives in the optics, photonics, and photonics-enabled community to meet up, talk shop, network, and enjoy a glass of wine.

This event follows the Full Spectrum Photonics Presentation and Reception.

Female executives interested in attending may email mega@spie.org.
Commercializing Technologies Day 1: Customer Discovery Overview and Interviewing Workshop
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
This three-session workshop, called Innovation and Management in Photonics: Accelerating Commercialization of Technologies (IMPACT), is designed to help US-based start-ups and early stage companies leverage the networking opportunities available at SPIE Photonics West 2019 to significantly drive their business ideas forward.

IMPACT will add business insights to your technical expertise and teach you what it takes to bring your solution to the marketplace.

Based on the highly successful National Science Foundation I-Corps Program, IMPACT shares the Customer Discovery techniques critical to accelerating new technology commercialization. Participants completing the first two sessions will have the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their findings from photonics industry experts and investors.

Successful participants may be invited to move forward in the IN-LA process for sponsorship to NSF I-Corps along with its $25,000 grant. Availability is limited to the first 12 teams.


Presented by
Key Legal Issues Facing the Optics Industry: Part I
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Join this short workshop on the key legal issues facing our industry. Come grab a cup of coffee and meet the team. This is your chance to meet a legal team devoted to our industry. Think about what legal questions you have and bring them to this team. One-on-one sessions to follow on Thursday.

:: * Trade with China: The Evolving Landscape
* Government Contract Disputes
* Prime-Subcontractor Agreements: Teaming Agreements and Flowdowns
* Domestic Preferences / Buy American Act
* Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States: A Sea of Change is Coming
* Export Controls and Sanctions: Recent Developments and Best Practices
* Cybersecurity: Gov’t Requirements and Practical Approaches


Speakers

Kerry Scarlott, BakerHostetler (United States)

Kerry Scarlott counsels organizations of all sizes engaging in activities domestically and abroad regarding international trade matters. He has particularly deep experience counseling technology-based clients on effectively and efficiently navigating the Export Administration Regulations (EAR); the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); special sanction programs administered by various U.S. government agencies, including the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM); and national security regulations.
Open Session of the Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC) advises the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration within the Department of Commerce on technical questions that affect the level of export controls applicable to sensors and instrumentation equipment and technology.

Members of the public who are not members of the TAC are welcome to attend the open session of this committee meeting. A closed session will immediately follow the open session.


Background
Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) advise the Department of Commerce on the technical parameters for export controls applicable to dual-use commodities and technology and on the administration of those controls. The TACs are composed of representatives from industry and Government representing diverse points of view on the concerns of the exporting community. Industry representatives are selected from firms producing a broad range of goods, technologies, and software presently controlled for national security, foreign policy and nonproliferation or that are proposed for such controls, balanced to the extent possible among large and small firms. TAC members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce.

TAC members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and serve terms of not more than four consecutive years. Members of the public who are not members of the TAC are welcome to attend the open session of this committee meeting. A closed session will immediately follow the open session.


Moderator

Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE

Professional Headshots
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Come to the exhibition hall, Tuesday through Thursday to get your free professional portrait taken during Photonics West 2019. Whether you are looking to update your SPIE profile, social media pics, or a framed picture, take advantage of this free service offered by SPIE. You can even come back each day to get multiple styles of pictures.

Open to technical attendees, exhibitors, instructors, students, and exhibition visitors.
SPIE Job Fair
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Top employers are coming together to interview and hire candidates at Photonics West 2019.

Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best. Meet over 30 recruiters on the exhibit floor including OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, IPG Photonics, Quartus Engineering, Intel, SCHOTT North America, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Rockley Photonics, Luminar Technologies, Daylight Solutions, Newport, KLA Tencor, BAE Systems, The Aerospace Corp, Zygo Corporation, Thorlabs, Applied Materials, nmlaser, Oculus, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co, Lasertel, Coherent, Hardin Optical, Volk Optical, Inc., Magic Leap, and more.
Executive Panel: Embracing Uncertainty
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Photonics is a global business. With Brexit looming and “trade wars” apparently escalating, today’s business climate presents a unique set of challenges to all the key players, not least of which is planning and managing through the political uncertainty. Join us to hear industry leaders provide their unique perspectives on these challenges as well as commentary on the general technology and market trends in this fast-paced industry.

Listen to informed observations on the photonics business and ask questions of these industry executives to help you better understand the current global environment for photonics and set priorities for your business.

Moderator:

Stephen G. Anderson, Director, Industry Development, SPIE

Panelists:

Debbie Gustafson, CEO, Energetiq Technology, Inc. (United States)

Debbie Gustafson is the CEO of Energetiq Technology, Inc. and a member of its board of directors. Ms. Gustafson joined the company in 2005 as the VP of Sales, when the high-technology start-up introduced the first product. As CEO, Ms. Gustafson led the company into a successful acquisition by Hamamatsu Corporation in 2017. She has continued in her role as CEO as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hamamatsu Corporation and is driving the integration and growth strategy. Previously Ms. Gustafson held Sales and Marketing roles at Mykrolis (Entegris), ASTeX (MKS), Teradyne and Helix (Brooks Automation). She has vast international experience and has opened up offices and joint ventures in Japan and Korea. Ms. Gustafson holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University (UMass Dartmouth) and an MBA in Management from Bentley University. She also serves on the North America Board of SEMI, a global association providing industry stewardship and promoting the interests of the global electronics supply chain.


Eric Mottay, President and CEO, Amplitude Systemes (France)

Eric Mottay is the president and CEO of Amplitude Laser, France, a company he founded in 2001 and which is now a global leader in ultrafast lasers. Eric graduated from the Ecole Superieure d'Optique, Orsay, in 1985, and has since specialized in laser development and manufacturing. During his career, he developed and brought to the market numerous solid-state lasers, is the author of many scientific papers and holds several patents in the field.


Andreas Nitze, CEO, Berliner Glas Group (Germany)

Dr. Andreas Nitze is the Managing Partner and CEO of the Berliner Glas Group and President of the Board of Directors of Swissoptic AG. He has managed these companies for more than 24 years, transforming them into leading-edge optical technology companies with a worldwide portfolio serving a global OEM customer base. Dr. Nitze received his Ph.D. in Business Management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland in 1991. In October 2018, Dr Nitze was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Germany, in the Industry category.
Basics of Laser Material Processing
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Learn the basics of lasers and laser applications in this interesting and valuable workshop. This session is especially valuable to non-laser engineers and project managers who need to know what to expect from their laser systems.

• Discuss what happens when a laser beam hits a material
• Review process threshold and process window
• Discussions of how you can optimize a process. Including examples of marking and ablation / engraving or cutting
• Discussion around some common things that can go wrong
• Additional examples of successful laser applications


Instructor

Jean-Philippe Lavoie, Coherent (United States)
Startup Challenge Semi-Finals: Biophotonics & Point of Care
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Startup Challenge semi-finalists pitch their business to a panel of expert judges and compete to move on to the Startup Challenge finals.
Startup Challenge Semi-Finals: Imaging, Displays, Lasers, & Semiconductors
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Startup Challenge semi-finalists pitch their business to a panel of expert judges and compete to move on to the Startup Challenge finals.
Startup Challenge Semi-Finals: Sensors, Wearables, IoT
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Startup Challenge semi-finalists pitch their business to a panel of expert judges and compete to move on to the Startup Challenge finals.
The Solid-State Lighting Revolution: Innovations that Are Driving the Evolution of the LED Lighting Market
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
LED technology embodied in lamps (bulbs) and luminaires (fixtures) has captured more than 50% of the $80 billion worldwide lighting market. The near-complete penetration of this market by LED sources is in sight. Energy efficiency has been the main driver for this transformation, but other factors, such as light quality and controllability, have now become equally, if not more, important in moving the market forward.

This panel of lighting experts will provide examples of the innovative applications that go well beyond the simple replacement of conventional sources with more efficient LEDs. Attendees will gain insights into the technology innovations that are providing new benefits and capabilities that were never achievable with conventional light sources.

Moderator

Robert V. Steele, Solid-State Lighting Consultant (United States)

Dr. Robert V. Steele is an independent consultant in solid-state lighting. He retired in March 2010 as the Director of the LED Practice at Strategies Unlimited, where he had been responsible for all of the company’s activities in the area of LED market research and consulting since 1994. Dr. Steele was a founder of the Strategies in Light conference in 2000 and chaired it from 2000 to 2011. He also chaired Strategies in Light conferences in Japan and China. From 2012 to 2015 he was the chair of Strategies in Light Europe. Currently he is a co-chair of Strategies in Light in the US. Since 2010 he has consulted with LED lighting startup QuarkStar. He has written regularly for industry publications on LED markets and applications, and has given invited presentations at major conferences around the world. Dr. Steele has a B.S. in chemistry from MIT and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Panelists

Benno Spinger, Lumileds Germany GmbH (Germany)

Dr. Benno Spinger is Lead Application Engineer Optics at Lumileds Germany GmbH (Aachen) where he is responsible for innovation and design of lighting in automotive applications. Previously he was responsible for integration of LED products into automotive systems and for characterizing the first full LED headlamp at Philips Lumileds in San Jose, CA. Benno hold s a PhD in solid-state physics and a Batchelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany.


Thor Scordelis, Leotek LLC (United States)

Thor Scordelis is General Manager-Americas at Leotek LLC, responsible for North America sales. Scordelis has more than 20 years’ experience in lighting application and design including at PG&E where, as Emerging Technologies-Lighting Portfolio Manager, he managed a multi-million dollar research budget focused on assessing the market viability and readiness of emerging lighting technologies. Scordelis speaks regularly at various forums on lighting industry trends, lighting application and the nexus between the lighting ‘consumer’ and the lighting technology. He holds a batcherlors degree in Industrial Design from the California State University at Long Beach and an MBA in Marketing, from Saint Mary’s College, Moraga CA. Scordelis also holds a Lighting Certification from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions.


Jay Shuler, Xicato (United States)

Jay Shuler is Director of Product Marketing at Xicato, where he guides the development of LEDs light sources and Bluetooth based lighting controls. Jay’s 11-year LED lighting experience also includes work at Philips Lumileds and Sensity Systems. Prior to Lighting, Jay spent 17 years in Networking at Nortel, AFC, Luminous Networks and Terawave Communications, where he managed and marketed products in voice and video services, and data and optical networking (SONET/SDH, Ethernet, RPR and PON). Jay holds bachelor and master degrees in Music and an MBA from the University of Michigan, and is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
Silicon Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits: 2019 Industry Perspective
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Demand for smaller and cheaper optical interconnections inside networks and computers will create a new market of miniaturized, low-cost photonic components that can leverage the scale of CMOS manufacturing. Learn what industry leaders have developed at the frontier of the silicon photonics and indium phosphide-based photonic integrated circuits. Come hear the latest updates in this important field driving data centers, communications, and computing.

Moderator:

Peter Hallett, Director, Marketing and Industry Relations, SPIE

Panelists:

Philippe Absil, IMEC, 3D and Optical Technologies Department Director (Belgium)


Drew Guckenberger, P.D., Luxtera, Director of Product Marketing (United States)


Douglas Gill, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Research Staff (United States)


Gloria Hoefler, Infinera, Director, Advanced Development, Optical Integrated Components Group (United States)


Ashok Krishnamoorthy, Axalume, Founder and CEO (United States)


Karen Nummy, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (United States)
How to Speak “High Power Diode Laser”
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Every sector of the laser industry has their own language and lingo. If you’re new to the photonics industry or interacting with vendors and customers in another sector, you might feel like you could use a crash course. How to Speak “High Power Diode Laser” is exactly that, a crash course in what you need to know to be effective in your interactions and communication with vendors, customers, and colleagues in the High Power Diode Laser industry.

In this session, we’ll cover the basics of diode lasers while staying light on the physics. We’ll go through the basic structure of diode lasers and why it's so important. We'll review the critical variables for laser diodes and the effects they'll have on operation. This talk is intended to explain how to think about and conceptualize laser diodes from 30,000ft while learning a few buzzwords. Vendors in the industry, product offerings, and pricing are not discussed.


Speaker

Joseph Braker, Quantel Laser (United States)
Commercializing Technologies Day 2: One-on-One Coaching Sessions
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
These sessions will provide coaching from facilitators to review the teams' Customer Discovery process.

Successful participants may be invited to move forward in the IN-LA process for sponsorship to NSF I-Corps along with its $25,000 grant. Availability is limited to the first 12 teams.


Presented by
Export Control Working Group: Lasers
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
SPIE, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC), has established working groups comprised of industry and university representatives that will assist in identifying and developing proposals related to improving the export control system in the areas of Detector & Cameras, Lasers and Lenses & Optics.

Discussion Topic: Lasers
* Fiber
* Diode
* High Powered


Moderator

Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE

If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris at jennifero@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
3D Printing and Industry 4.0: An Industry Perspective
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The ongoing adoption of 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing and the connected factory (Industry 4.0) is increasingly disrupting the entire process of manufacturing. From the basic design rules to parts customization and associated costs, 3D/Additive is demanding new approaches to all aspects of production. To remain profitable and stay competitive, manufacturing companies at a minimum must embrace advances in computing, robotics, automation, and materials development. Attend this panel discussion and find out how industry leaders are addressing the challenges of this exciting marketplace and finding new opportunities to grow their business.

Moderator:

Stephen G. Anderson, Director, Industry Development, SPIE

Panelists:

Stephanie DePalma, GE Additive AddWorksTM (United States)

Stephanie DePalma is an engineering design manager at GE Additive where she is responsible for driving customer and industry additive adoption through disruptive design. As part of the AddWorksTM team Ms. DePalma works with customers to help them understand additive manufacturing, develop cost models and business cases, evolve product roadmaps for additive adoption, and identify design solutions to ensure increased product performance. Ms. DePalma began her career with GE in 2014 with the Aviation business working as a materials and process engineer focused on industrializing indirect additive techniques for the investment casting process. Prior to joining GE, she worked for Deceuninck North America as a materials and process engineer for PVC extrusion in the fenestration industry. She then worked for Cornerstone Research Group as a research engineer for aerospace and defense contracts. Ms. DePalma holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University.


Ralf Kimmel, General Manger, TRUMPF (United States)

Ralf Kimmel is general manager of the TRUMPF laser division in North America. The TRUMPF laser technology center is one of the largest TRUMPF sales subsidiaries within the laser division and provides laser technology to USA, Mexico and Canada. Strong business drivers are automotive industry, additive manufacturing with laser technologies, applications in e-mobility, consumer electronics and medical industries. Kimmel has more than 18 years of experience in laser applications. Previous positions include designing engineering at Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany and as project manager at the national German aeronautics and space research center. Kimmel holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering, with a focus on cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart.
Introduction to Photodetectors, Spectroscopy + Spectrometers, PMT, SiPM + SPAD
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:10 AM - 5:00 PM
Hamamatsu is holding a free one-day workshop that covers three topics:

Part 1
8:10 AM – 10:00 AM: Introduction to Photodetectors

Photodetectors are essential components in a vast array of modern scientific and commercial instruments and devices; technological progress will make them even more ubiquitous. Understanding their opto-electronic properties, regimes of operation, circuit requirements, and noise characteristics is essential to a practitioner to make a proper photodetector selection for a given application. The purpose of this presentation is to provide guidance in this process by discussing the above considerations for the four most common point photodetectors: photomultiplier tube, photodiode, avalanche photodiode, and silicon photomultiplier.

10:00 AM to 10:15 AM: Break

Part 2
10:15 AM to 11:45 AM: Spectroscopy and Spectrometers

Information about the system under investigation may be contained in the spectrum of light received from it. Spectroscopy is an umbrella term referring to a multitude of measurement techniques that can be employed to access the information. This presentation mentions several major dispersive and non-dispersive spectroscopic techniques such as, for example, fluorescence, Fourier transform, laser-induced breakdown, and time-resolved, and discusses in greater detail three forms of Raman spectroscopy: normal, resonant, and surface enhanced. The discussion of Raman spectroscopy includes the theory behind the technique, the hardware components of a working setup, and the most common applications.

11:45 AM to 1:00 PM: Lunch

Part 3
1:10 PM – 3:00 PM: PMT, SiPM and SPAD: Technology Progress, Characteristics, Performance, and Applications

Silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) and single-photon avalanche photodiode (SPAD) are solid-state photodetectors capable of detecting individual photons. This remarkable photosensitivity is due to their very high intrinsic gain. This presentation discusses both photodetectors and covers topics such as: 1) principles of operation, 2) most recent technological developments, 3) comparison with other photodetectors such as photomultiplier tubes and linear-mode avalanche photodiodes, 4) photodetection setups and front-end electronics, 5) data analysis, 6) current and potential applications.

3:00 PM to 3:15 PM: Break

Part 4
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM: Automotive LiDAR: Design Concepts, Light Sources, and Photodetectors

The presentation discusses the techniques of measuring distance with light for the automotive industry based on principles of the direct and indirect time of flight, frequency modulation, and triangulation. The discussion contains the following topics: physics behind the techniques; range, precision, and resolution of each technique; the required light sources, light projectors, and photodetectors; and literature overview of the existing systems.


Instructor

Slawomir Piatek, Hamamatsu (United States)


sponsored by
High-power Laser Optics, Distance Measurement in LiDAR, and Infrared Detectors
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Laser Components is holding a free one-day workshop that covers three topics:

Part 1
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM: How to Specify Polarizers, Laser Optics, and Spatial Light Modulators

Part 2
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Important Factors to Consider When Selecting the Optimum Infrared Detector

Part 3
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: From Distance Measurement in LiDAR to Next-Gen White Light, Each Using Different Technologies: How to set the Optimal Device Performance


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Part 1

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM: How to specify Polarizers, Laser Optics, and Spatial Light Modulators
Specifying the correct optical component may determine the success of an application. This course focuses on polarizers, laser damage thresholds in laser optics, custom laser optics coatings, and spatial light modulators utilized as adaptive optical elements, their functional principles, essential properties, and corresponding effects depending on the application. The course is broken up in four parts and you are free to attend one or all presentations.

The morning session is broken up in four parts and you are free to attend one or all presentations.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Polarizers
  • Explain the matter of polarization and list different types of polarizers
  • Characterize polarizers by their specifications
  • Describe the polarizers mode of operation in various applications
  • Define key parameters for a polarizer in an intended application


  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: LIDT and High-Power Laser Optics
  • Specify Laser-Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT)
  • Identify what influences LIDT
  • Explain LIDT values


  • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Custom Laser Optics Coatings
  • Determine the positive effects of low UV absorption in UV coated optics to increase lifetime and avoid damage of high-power short-pulse lasers
  • Describe the golden rules for multi-wavelength coatings
  • Evaluate the trade-off between reflectivity and transmission, and high laser damage threshold for complex coatings


  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Digital Optics with Spatial Light Modulators
  • Analyze the fundamentals of liquid crystal based Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs)
  • Point out the typical parameters of LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) SLM devices
  • Explain the differences in beam shaping and beam splitting applications
  • Identify potential application areas
  • Compare the performance of Diffractive Optical Elements (DOE) and adaptive optical devices, like SLMs


  • Instructors

    André Volke, CODIXX (Germany)

    André Volke has been working for a polarizer manufacturer for nearly 20 years, focusing on development, manufacturing and customizing of polarizers. He currently works for CODIXX AG, a German manufacturer of nanoparticle-based polarizers.


    Barbara Herdt, Laser Components (Germany)

    Barbara Herdt is responsible for the business development of Laser Optics at LASER COMPONENTS GmbH, a world leader in manufacturing, sales, and distribution of cutting-edge photonic components. Previously, she designed optics for medical instruments and developed telescopes for the aerospace industry. She holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.


    Philip Engel, Holoeye (Germany)


    Stefan Osten, Holoeye (Germany)

    Stefan Osten is head of the Spatial Light Modulators (SLM) sales team at Holoeye. He has more than 10 years of experience in LCOS SLMs and is the author of several publications on optical properties of reflective LCOS phase modulators.

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    Part 2
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Important Factors to Consider When Selecting and Operating the Optimum Infrared Detector

    Infrared detectors are used in a wide variety of applications including spectroscopy, gas analysis, flame detection, moisture sensing, range finding, remote temperature measurement, and even gravitational wave measurements. Whatever your instrument design or research requirements, there are a few key parameters to understand when selecting and operating the optimum IR detector. The course is broken up in two parts and you are free to attend one or both presentations.

    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Infrared Detector Selection: The Pros and Cons of Different Material Performance
  • Describe the importance of specifications such as wavelength range, detectivity, noise equivalent power, incident power levels, and desired operating frequency
  • Distinguish and compare different types of IR detectors: photomultiplier tubes, InGaAs photodiodes, PbS and PbSe photoconductors, MCT detectors, bolometers, thermocouples, and pyroelectric detectors
  • Specify the best optimized IR detector for your application


  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Linearity versus Nonlinearity of Infrared Detectors
  • Compare linear and nonlinear behavior of IR detectors in complex applications
  • Compose a procedure to measure detector linearity over a wide dynamic range
  • Explain nonlinear behavior of an IR detector type


  • Instructors

    Davorin Babic, Laser Components Detector Group (United States)

    Davorin Babic is Director of Research and Development at LASER COMPONENTS Detector Group, a technology company that designs and manufactures high performance photovoltaic and photoconductive detectors. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is actively involved in improving existing and developing novel photodetectors with special focus on infrared.


    Johannes Kunsch, Laser Components GmbH (Germany)
    Johannes Kunsch works as Head of Business Unit Infrared Components at LASER COMPONENTS GmbH, Germany. He finished his studies as a physicist at the University of Jena in 1985 and worked then as a researcher on laser induced ultrafast phenomena until he joined LASER COMPONENTS in 1991. He also plays an active role in the infrared community as author, speaker, and organizer.


    Susan Wells, Laser Components (United States)

    Susan Wells is the Technical Sales Engineer at LASER COMPONENTS UNITED STATES, a trusted sales organization providing cutting-edge photonic components in North America. With an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree from Drexel University, she enjoys using her technical background to connect instrumentation designers with the best possible photonic solutions. She will continue to be the Scientific Coordinator for the U.S. based WORKshop on Infrared Technologies taking place at Princeton University, with the support of MIRTHE+, in October 2019.

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    Part 3
    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: From Distance Measurement in LiDAR to Next-Gen White Light, Each Using Different Technologies: How to Set the Optimal Device Performance

    The workshop explains the different working principles of (Flash) LiDAR-optimized Pulsed Laser Diodes, Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes, and Transimpedance Amplifiers for LiDAR receivers. The primary goal is to understand the advantages and challenges of these technologies, as well as the trade-off between laser power and eye-safety.

    To close this session, we will illustrate various applications of laser-generated white light sources as well as optical design considerations when building high intensity, long throw spot lighting or fiber optic illumination.


    1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Flash LiDAR Detectors and Technology
  • Describe the basic working principle of Flash LiDAR systems
  • Identify the different system components
  • Summarize the main advantages and challenges of Flash LiDAR
  • Explain the role of the detector and the associated requirements
  • Understand the critical role of sun and other environmental conditions in outside applications
  • Be familiar with LiDAR for automotive and safety applications


  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Transimpedance Amplifiers for LiDAR Receivers
  • Learn what a TransImpedance Amplifier (TIA) does
  • Identify the basic types of LIDAR (Flash, Pulse, FMCW)
  • Differentiate optical sensor types (PD, APD, SIPM)
  • Grasp the challenges of long-range Pulsed LiDAR
  • Observe how eye safety limits constrain the design
  • Design a LiDAR system at maximum detection range
  • Deal with Ambient light and APD leakage
  • Determine the interplay of the detector and the amplifier


  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Driving FET-based Pulsed Laser Hybrid Circuits
    Understanding of the various elements of field-effect transistors (FET) driver design for optimized device performance

    2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: High Performance Lighting Applications with LaserLight
  • Identify to which applications laser white light sources, called LaserLight, bring unique value when compared to other solid-state lighting sources like LEDs
  • Estimate the performance achieved with a LaserLight system using models
  • Demonstrate systems expediently and generate new designs by using optics and complementary components


  • Instructors

    Jennifer Ruskowski, Fraunhofer Institute (IMS) (Germany)

    Jennifer Ruskowski is head of 3D Sensors at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (IMS) in Duisburg, Germany. Currently, she is dedicated to high-sensitive photodetectors in CMOS for LiDAR applications. The physicist earned a Ph.D. in the field of Advanced Packaging at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She is with Fraunhofer since 2009.


    Greg Fung, Analog Devices (United States)

    Greg Fung is a Design Manager at Analog Devices in Milpitas, CA. He has designed several high-speed ADC drivers and RF amplifiers. Greg has a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis and an MS Electrical Engineering from Stanford.


    Joseph Adut, Analog Devices (United States)

    Joseph Adut is a Design Engineer at Analog Devices where he has specialized in high speed mixed signal design. Joseph has successfully designed a number of multi-gigahertz scope front ends. He is actively designing multi-channel TIA’s primarily targeted towards the Autonomous Vehicle market. Joseph received his MSEE from Texas A&M.


    Ran Zhu, Laser Components (Canada)

    Ran Zhu is a design engineer of pulsed laser diodes at LASER COMPONENTS Canada. He received his M.Sc. degree in Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Technologies from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in China. Later on, he earned a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Concordia University in Canada where he was a postdoc fellow in iPhotonics Laboratories. His past research interests include radio-over-fiber systems, broadband analog linearization and digital linearization technologies for radio-over-fiber transmitters. Previously, he was a hardware engineer in Ciena Quebec team, where he worked on the research and development of coherent optical receiver.


    Julian Carey, SLD Laser (United States)

    Julian Carey is the Product and Technical Marketing Manager at SLD Laser, a leader in the commercialization of laser light sources for automotive and specialty lighting applications. His previous roles were marketing and developing scanning laser-based display systems at Prysm and LED based lighting components and systems at Philips, Lumileds and Agilent. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

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    A Session for Engineering Managers: Where Do You Start?
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Attendees will have a look at how software is rapidly changing the way optical design teams are organizing themselves and the significant benefits.

    The workshop will enable you to:
    • Understand the effect of software on optical design team organization and how this can significantly lower total cost, accelerate time to market and change the competitive landscape
    • Assess current capabilities
    • Initiate the changes needed to modernize workflows.
    Intended Audience:
    Optical and mechanical engineering managers, Directors and VP’s


    Instructor

    Mark Nicholson, Zemax, CEO (United States)

    Mark oversees corporate strategic planning for Zemax. Ever focused on leading-edge applications of optical technology, Mark holds a PhD in plasma physics and spectroscopy and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Imperial College in London. For the past 20 years, Mark has helped Zemax navigate through key inflection points. Prior to that, he worked with Oxford Group and Crosfield Electronics.


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    Export Control Working Group: Lenses and Optics
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    SPIE, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC), has established working groups comprised of industry and university representatives to assist in identifying and developing proposals related to improving the export control system in the areas of Detector & Cameras, Lasers and Lenses & Optics.

    Discussion Topic: Lenses and Optics


    Moderator

    Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE

    If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris O'Bryan at jennifero@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
    Professional Headshots
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Come to the exhibition hall, Tuesday through Thursday to get your free professional portrait taken during Photonics West 2019. Whether you are looking to update your SPIE profile, social media pics, or a framed picture, take advantage of this free service offered by SPIE. You can even come back each day to get multiple styles of pictures.

    Open to technical attendees, exhibitors, instructors, students, and exhibition visitors.
    SPIE Job Fair
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Top employers are coming together to interview and hire candidates at Photonics West 2019.

    Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best. Meet over 30 recruiters on the exhibit floor including OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, IPG Photonics, Quartus Engineering, Intel, SCHOTT North America, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Rockley Photonics, Luminar Technologies, Daylight Solutions, Newport, KLA Tencor, BAE Systems, The Aerospace Corp, Zygo Corporation, Thorlabs, Applied Materials, nmlaser, Oculus, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co, Lasertel, Coherent, Hardin Optical, Volk Optical, Inc., Magic Leap, and more.
    Export Control Working Group: Cameras
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    SPIE, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC), has established working groups comprised of industry and university representatives to assist in identifying and developing proposals related to improving the export control system in the areas of Detector & Cameras, Lasers and Lenses & Optics.

    Discussion Topic: Detectors and Cameras
    * Uncooled
    * Cooled
    * SWIR
    * Cryocoolers
    * ROICs
    * Image Intensifiers


    Moderator

    Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE

    If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris at jennifero@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
    The QED-C Consortium and Enabling Photonics Technologies for the Emerging Quantum Industry
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) is a public/private partnership supported by NIST to inform the US Government's National Quantum Initiative with respect to private sector needs, and to facilitate a robust commercial quantum ecosystem, including the supply chain, across the computing, network/communications, and sensing domains. The QED-C’s mandate is to coordinate industry, academia, and the US Government in enabling the future quantum economy. Specific issues that the QED-C will address include: future workforce needs in the quantum economy, unique infrastructure requirements, enabling technology developments, performance standards, and stimulating new quantum applications and use cases. The session will include an overview of the QED-C, followed by a panel discussion on photonic technologies that are enabling to the emerging quantum industry. Examples of important gaps in certain enabling photonics technologies will be presented and discussed by the panelists.

    Moderator

    Joseph S. Broz, VP Strategy and Applied Sciences Department Head, SRI International, and Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (United States)

    Dr. Joseph Broz leads SRI’s Advanced Technology and Systems Division (ATSD) in Applied Science, government business development, technical and business strategy. He brings 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to this role. Before joining SRI in 2013, Broz served as the Laboratory Director for Tenneco—a Fortune 100 company, and as Vice President of Laboratories and Business Development for TIMET, the world's largest titanium company, and as founder of Defense Capital Advisors. Broz is an Associate Editor of the journal Science Advances, has published numerous technical papers and has been awarded several U.S. patents. Broz hold a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute (ETH) in Zurich.

    Panelists

    Chad Hoyt, Research Scientist, Honeywell (United States)

    Chad Hoyt is a research scientist in the Advanced Sensing Technology group at Honeywell in Plymouth, MN. After his Ph.D. work in solid-state laser cooling at the University of New Mexico, Hoyt helped build a neutral-atom optical clock as a post-doctoral researcher at NIST, Boulder. Currently, he helps develop new atomic timing and navigation technologies at Honeywell such as microwave and optical clocks.


    Mohammad Soltani, Technical Lead, Raytheon BBN Technologies (United States)

    Dr. Mohammad Soltani is a technical lead in integrated nanophotonics research at Raytheon BBN Technologies with more than 20 years of experience in theory, experiment, and fabrication of integrated photonic devices and nanoscale light-matter interaction for a broad range of classical and quantum applications in sensing, signal processing, communications, and metrology. He has conducted research on different areas of integrated photonics including physics and applications of ultra-high Q resonators, III-Nitride photonics, silicon photonics, nonlinear optics, cryogenic photonics, quantum photonic measurement, computational electrodynamics, and nanofabrication. He obtained his PhD from Georgia Tech in Optics & Photonics followed by postdoctral training in Laboratory Atomic and Solid State Physics at Cornell University.


    John E. Spencer, Co-Founder, President, and CEO, Photodigm, Inc. (United States)

    Dr. John E. Spencer is Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Photodigm, Inc., a supplier of precision single frequency laser diodes, enabling products for spectroscopy, low noise optical pumping, LIDAR, atom optics, and quantum information sources. Previously, he founded PlasmaQuest, Inc., a supplier of plasma processing equipment to the semiconductor, data storage, and optoelectronics industry, and served as its president until its acquisition by Applied Science and Technology (subsequently acquired by MKS Instruments). Spencer also was Director of Technology at Machine Technology, Inc., Member of the Technical Staff at Texas Instruments, and Research Chemist at General Electric. He is the author of more than 50 papers and patents and holds a B.S. from Millsaps College, and a Ph.D. from Rice University.


    Mark A. Tolbert, CEO, Toptica (United States)

    Mark A. Tolbert is the President and CEO of TOPTICA Photonics. Tolbert joined the TOPTICA group in 2006. He has a strong ability to create and grow high-tech companies and strives to build organizations which can self-perpetuate and create an exciting, challenging and rewarding environment for those who take the challenge with him. Tolbert started his career in plastic optics as Director of Sales and Marketing with GS Optics. His management interests and skills brought him then to a leading position first within Burleigh and then EXFO, where he held the position of Director of Business Development, with particular emphasis on the new product development and international business. At EXFO Burleigh Instruments Tolbert developed various OEM and R&D markets for the automation, nanotechnology and biophotonics markets. With a strong engineering and management background from the University of Rochester & RIT, Mark has a degree in Physics and received his MBA from the Simon School of Business.
    How to Reduce Errors Found Downstream of the Optical Design with Zemax Virtual Prototyping
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Zemax virtual prototyping enables optical and mechanical engineers to design, communicate, and collaborate on building optical products right the first time. Optical engineers can continue to rely on OpticStudio for the reliable and accurate calculations. With LensMechanix, mechanical engineers can validate their mechanical designs by flagging potential problems early in the product development process without having to step out of the CAD platform. By maintaining the fidelity of the optical design throughout the design process, optical and mechanical engineers can create a complete, reliable, model of a product.

    Learn how virtual prototyping from Zemax is improving the engineering design process for both optical and mechanical engineers with OpticStudio and LensMechanix. This course will provide awareness and understanding of the tools Zemax provides to streamline engineering design workflow.

    In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to:
    • Optimize, analyze, and tolerance a sequential system in OpticStudio
    • Optimize a sequential design for conversion to non-sequential mode
    • Load a sequential design into SOLIDWORKS using LensMechanix
    • Package, analyze, and validate your complete optomechanical design
    • Open a completed LensMechanix design in OpticStudio
    • Optimize a complete optomechanical design

    Instructors

    Isis Peguero, Zemax, LensMechanix (United States)

    Dedicated to improving LensMechanix, Isis works with potential and existing customers to ensure that the product is meeting customer needs and improving the workflow for mechanical engineers. She listens to customer feedback to further improve LensMechanix. Isis studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. During her summers, she interned at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), where she designed the housing for small optical components for the largest solar telescope in the world, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. Currently, Isis enjoys seeing how LensMechanix improves the workflow that she went through during her time at NCAR.


    Thomas Pickering, Zemax, OpticStudio (United States)

    Dr. Pickering joined Zemax in early 2015 as a Senior Optical Engineer, and has since moved into Product Management with the goal to make OpticStudio the best optical design software it can possibly be. He has a PhD in Accelerator Physics from Royal Holloway, University of London. As a researcher with CERN, DESY, and Cornell University, he focused on the development of particle beam profile monitors using laser-wire systems as well as optical diffraction and transition radiation.

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    Modeling and Design of Diffractive and Meta-lenses with VirtualLab Fusion
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    The growing importance of diffractive and meta-lenses in modern optical systems makes it vital to investigate and understand their capabilities. Both defined as thin structured layers etched or deposited on a surface, the difference between them lies in the scale of the structures: sub-wavelength range in the case of meta-lenses, wavelength range for diffractive. The underlying surface can be either plane or curved, with the latter case presenting particular challenges in fabrication, when it is at all feasible to manufacture. The effect sought with the inclusion of such components in an optical system is to produce a change in the incident wavefront; additional electromagnetic phenomena, often detrimental to the overall performance of the element, can and do occur, and must, therefore, be considered.

    That is precisely one of the highlights of this workshop: we will show you how to include diffractive and meta-lenses in optical lens systems and how to perform a full fast physical optics simulation of the overall system, which accounts for all resulting effects, including higher diffraction orders (e.g. for multiple foci in intra-ocular lenses). The preliminary design of the diffractive and meta-lens elements may be based on an optimization of the wavefront transformation (binary surface) in Zemax®, with the resulting system subsequently imported into VirtualLab. We will then demonstrate how to design the lens structure of the corresponding diffractive (surface or volume) or meta-lens (nano-fin type). Another route we will illustrate is via the so-called functional design approach, which directly provides the lens structure for a given requested lens functionality. Once the diffractive or meta-lens has been designed (following one of the paths outlined above) the whole system can be analyzed with Fast Physical Optics to gauge its overall performance. The lens structure can eventually be exported as fabrication data for lithography or other manufacturing processes.


    Learning Outcomes:
    • Import of lens system with binary surface from Zemax® into VirtualLab Fusion.
    • Transfer from binary surface (wavefront function) into a real diffractive lens or meta lens structure.
    • Design of meta and diffractive lenses by functional design approach in VirtualLab and its application to the example of a holographic projection system for AR/MR.
    • Fast physical optics modeling of system with diffractive and meta lenses including all electromagnetic effects.
    • Export of fabrication data for lenses.


    Intended Audience:
    Optical engineers, designers, researchers and students interested in diffractive/meta-lenses and holographic optical elements (HOEs).


    Instructors:

    Frank Wyrowski, Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany)


    Site Zhang, LightTrans International UG (Germany)


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    SPIE Startup Challenge
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM


    The main event—the SPIE Startup Challenge Finals.
    With over $85,000 in cash, prizes, and promotion at stake, this is an event not to be missed.

    See and hear pitches for the "best of the best" new photonics businesses. This pitch competition is a lively, interactive event showcasing the power of entrepreneurs to move photonics technology to the global marketplace. The top two entrepreneurs from each semi-final track will have just five minutes each to pitch their businesses to a team of expert judges.

    The top pitch presenter will go home with $10,000 in cash from JENOPTIK and $5,000 of equipment from Edmund Optics. Join fellow business development, investment, and product managers to scout new talent and see what the future of entrepreneurship in photonics looks like.

    The event will conclude with a networking reception from 5-6:00pm where you can meet the presenters and fellow attendees involved in photonics entrepreneurship. Go to the Startup Challenge website for details on presenters, logistics, prizes, and sponsors spie.org/startup: spie.org/startup
    PRISM Awards Ceremony and Banquet
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    The Prism Awards is celebrating 11 years—and this year we expect to recognize new products that influence and improve our lives on a daily basis.

    Winners announced on 6 February, the Wednesday evening of SPIE Photonics West 2019. This gala has become the largest gathering of CEOs and VIPs in the photonics industry.

    Ticket information or other questions, email innovation@spie.org


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    Key Legal Issues Facing the Optics Industry: Part II
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Meet one-on-one with leading legal experts about a wide range of cutting edge legal issues facing the optics industry, and receive essential tips on how to effectively and efficiently navigate the changing legal landscape. Bring your questions. Topics can include:

    * Trade with China: The Evolving Landscape
    * Government Contract Disputes
    * Prime-Subcontractor Agreements: Teaming Agreements and Flowdowns
    * Domestic Preferences / Buy American Act
    * Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States: A Sea of Change is Coming
    * Export Controls and Sanctions: Recent Developments and Best Practices
    * Cybersecurity: Gov’t Requirements and Practical Approaches


    Speakers

    Kerry Scarlott, BakerHostetler (United States)

    Kerry Scarlott counsels organizations of all sizes engaging in activities domestically and abroad regarding international trade matters. He has particularly deep experience counseling technology-based clients on effectively and efficiently navigating the Export Administration Regulations (EAR); the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); special sanction programs administered by various U.S. government agencies, including the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM); and national security regulations.
    Marketing Tips for Small Companies
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Looking to improve the ROI on your marketing and sales? Compare notes with your peers in this open discussion. Speaker Michele Nichols will share successes and lessons learned across many of the optics and photonics companies she works with, and will facilitate this roundtable session.

    This session will include a marketing roundtable discussion, 'how to bring customers to you' ideas, practical tips for companies from start-up to second stage growth, etc.


    Instructor

    Michele Nichols, Launch Team Inc. (United States)
    Photonics Industry and Public Policy Update
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
    Hear the latest industry and public policy updates from SPIE on Thursday morning after the Photonics West Exhibitor Breakfast.

    Stephen Anderson, Industry Development Director will present an update of the SPIE core optics and photonics components industry profile including current trends and the outlook for 2019.

    This industry profile has become an invaluable resource to business leaders, government representatives and researchers who need a clear picture of the size and impact of the global photonics industry. The profile has found use in supporting business strategies, driving investment decisions, and in the development of national policies to drive economic growth.

    In addition, Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, SPIE Government Affairs Director based in Washington, DC, will provide an update on current public policy issues affecting the optics and photonics community, including regulatory changes that could affect growth in emerging fields of technology both in the U.S. and globally, the status of the trade war between the U.S. and China and new CFIUS requirements for foreign investment.

    Speakers

    Stephen G. Anderson, Director, Industry Development, SPIE


    Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE
    Professional Headshots
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Come to the exhibition hall, Tuesday through Thursday to get your free professional portrait taken during Photonics West 2019. Whether you are looking to update your SPIE profile, social media pics, or a framed picture, take advantage of this free service offered by SPIE. You can even come back each day to get multiple styles of pictures.

    Open to technical attendees, exhibitors, instructors, students, and exhibition visitors.
    Startup Alley: Commercialization and Prototype Showcase
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Meet with the entrepreneurs featured in the Startup Challenge as they deliver their pitches and take questions about their new photonics businesses. See the prototypes and talk with the entrepreneurs to explore potential partnerships, investment, or sales.
    Commercializing Technologies Day 3: Pitch Pit
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    This session will entail rapid-fire presentations and feedback from a panel of photonics insiders and investors.

    Successful participants may be invited to move forward in the IN-LA process for sponsorship to NSF I-Corps along with its $25,000 grant. Availability is limited to the first 12 teams.


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