The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
2 - 7 February 2019
Student Events
Student Chapter Leadership Workshop
Date: Friday 1 February 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Park Central Hotel, Franciscan Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Join SPIE student chapter leaders from around the world at this all-day Leadership Workshop. The workshop will start with breakfast, followed by a morning session on mindful leadership and chapter management.

After lunch, instructor Christine Haas will teach the business of storytelling. You will learn how to create and deliver engaging stories in professional settings with techniques for motivating and persuading your audience. You will craft your own story and deliver it in a small group to get immediate feedback and improve your storytelling prowess. This is a great way to prepare for the many networking opportunities throughout the week!


Christine Haas worked in science- and engineering-focused non-profits and higher-ed institutions for 8 years before launching Christine Haas Consulting in July 2012. As Director of Marketing for Drexel College of Engineering, she oversaw an extensive communication portfolio and branding for seven departments and programs. As Director of Operations for WPI Engineering, she managed operations and strategic initiatives, and helped launch the Engineering Ambassadors Program to build a strong pipeline of diverse leaders in the engineering and science fields. She received her MBA in marketing and international business from Drexel University and her BA in English and Film from Dickinson College.

Note: This workshop is free to all student chapter members with a paid registration badge. Officer Travel Grant recipients are automatically registered. All other interested student chapter members must register by Friday, 11 January to attend. Email to register.
Lab Automation and Photonic Design Hackathon
Date: Sunday 3 February 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Room 11 (South Exhibit Level)
Have you ever wanted to automate your lab, get better at processing your data, and make beautiful plots and figures? What if you could meet a bunch of cool scientists at the same time? Well, you are in luck! We have 8 demos for various common lab automation tasks, ranging from simple remote control of optical instrumentation, data processing and photonic design simulations, all the way to full lab automation. Students, professionals of all levels are welcome to learn and share their secret tips and tricks developed over the years.

Lab automation is becoming more and more important as lab equipment is growing more capable and optical experiments more complex. Especially experiments performed over longer time periods or requiring the acquisition of massive amount of data can significantly benefit from automation and allows researchers to concentrate on the more fun part of the experimental work. Open source software, which is widely available, can offer significant advantages over standard commercial software in terms of flexibility, modularity and compatibility.

Low-cost system-on-chip controller running Linux (like the Raspberry Pi for example) can provide local controls and interfaces for instrumentation and coordinated using a local area network using Python as rapid prototyping programming language. Python is fun to learn and useful for lab automation as it runs on almost any computer and the functionality can be easily extended based on a comprehensive set of modules with good support for scientific applications.

In this hackathon there will be six stations/demos:

Accelerating data processing and simulation with SIMD, Joel Carpenter, Univ. of Queensland

Controlling SLM-function via Python, Philip Engel, Holoeye

Inverse Design, Adam Reid, Lumerical

Photonic Integrated Circuit Design using NAZCA, Rastko Pajković, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology

Implementing FDTD on a GPU, HongBo Lu, Univ. of California, Davis

Python-powered Design and Optimization of Photonic Integrated Circuits, Eugene Sokolov, VPIphotonics

The format will consist of short "lightning talks" (3 mins including questions) to introduce the demos. Then 1 hour will be devoted to see all the demos.


Nicolas Fontaine, Nokia Bell Labs, Martin Lavery, Univ. of Glasgow

Interested? Attendees are asked to bring their own laptops; all conference badge types are welcome. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please email to inform you interest by Sunday or just show up if you decide too late!
3-Minute Poster Presentations, Sponsored by Journal of Biomedical Optics and Neurophotonics
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: South Lower Lobby (South Exhibit Level)
Students who have been selected to present a poster in one of the BiOS poster sessions will be presenting 3-minute rapid-fire overviews of their poster research. Presentations will be judged on content and presentation effectiveness by representatives from the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Biomedical Optics and Neurophotonics.

The top three presentations will receive cash prizes. Awards will be announced during the Monday night poster session. These awards are sponsored by the Journal of Biomedical Optics and Neurophotonics.
Lunch with the Experts - A Student Networking Event
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Park Central Hotel, Metropolitan I/II (2nd Floor)
Open to those with a paid student registration badge.
No advance registration is required. However, seating is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enjoy a casual meal with colleagues at this engaging networking opportunity. This event features experts willing to share their experience and wisdom on career paths in optics and photonics and an award presentation for SPIE scholarships and MKS Instruments Grant winners.

Sponsored by:

Student Social
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Tabletop Tap House
Open to those with a paid student registration badge.

Relax and hang out with new friends and peers while enjoying the atmosphere of a great off-site venue. No ties required but please bring your student conference badge.

TableTop Tap House
175 4th Street

From the Moscone Center:
Head Southwest on Howard St toward 4th St
Turn right on 4th St
TableTop Tap House is on the right
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