Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California, United States
9 - 13 April 2017
Industry Events
Vendor Presentations and Reception: Infrared Applications: ThermoSense XXXIX
Date: Monday 10 April 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Room 304B
The Vendors Session started thirteen (XIII) years ago and has been a popular, well-attended success. It allows the busy technical conference attendees to better prioritize their time when visiting the exhibits. It also provides a relaxed atmosphere for informal conversations between vendors and conference attendees and a mixer with snacks and soft drinks. The session will feature brief, roughly 15 minute, presentations (technical and commercial) from hardware to software whose product lines impact thermal imaging applications. The 2017 participating vendors and the content of their presentations are:

StingRay Optics, LLC (Booth 747)
StingRay Optics Standard Products 2017
Sam Wyman, Standard Product & Marketing Communications Specialist

SCD.USA, LLC (Booth 301)
SCD sensors for Commercial and Security Applications
Robert McDaniel, President & CEO, SemiConductor Devices USA Infrared (SCD.USA-IR)

Reynard Corporation (Booth 736)
Optical component performance enables IR technologies
Chris Karp, Business Development

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Booth 620)
FLIR X8500sc – High Speed, High Resolution MWIR/LWIR Infrared Camera
Chris Bainter, Global Business Development Director

IO Industries Inc. (Booth 324)
Portable Video Recording Solutions for Infrared Cameras
Andrew Searle, Global Sales Manager, IO Industries Inc.

Telops Inc. (Booth 236)
Telops’ Infrared Cameras: What’s New for 2017?
Vince Morton, US Business Development Manager

IRCAM GmbH (Booth 629)
Infrared Cameras for Scientific Applications
Oliver Schreer, Managing Director

XENICS (Booth 426)
Low noise and high resolution line-scan & 2D inGaAs areas
Raf Vandersmissen, Product Manager

New Imaging technologies (Booth 564)
Six years of innovation in SWIR for better serving market
Jean-Louis LAURONT, Sales Director

InfraTec GmbH (Booth 350)
Infrared Cameras by InfraTec – Latest Innovations
Sven-A. Wode, Manager Business Development International

Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems (Booth 501)
Small SWaP High resolution SWIR imaging
Jay Bazzano, OEM Sales- ISR

Ophir Optronics Ltd. (Booth 621)
Market trends for cooled and uncooled zoom lenses
Bryan Blasutta, West Coast Sales Manager

Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. (Booth 601, 701)
Vantablack – Offering Unparalleled Blackbody Emissivity for Improved Radiometric Testing
Greg Matis, Senior Scientist

Labsphere, Inc. (Booth 800)
COLOSUS – Fully Calibrated, Complete VIS-SWIR Test Solution
Chris Durell, Director of Marketing, Imaging Systems

Electro Optical Industries, Inc. (Booth 526)
New capabilities of the Spynel 360° IR Surveillance Systems
Stephen Scopatz, General Manager, Electro Optical Industries

If you have any questions regarding this session, please contact:

Andres E. Rozlosnik, SI Termografía Infrarroja (Argentina),
Sheng-Jen (Tony) Hsieh, Texas A&M Univ. (United States),
Technology Demo: Hollywood using defense technology
Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Learn how technology originally created for defense is now being used in the movie-making industry. See the stabilized gimbal and all related controls in action. Released in 2015, the results have already been seen my millions of people in movies such as The Revenant, Star Wars, Independence Day: Resurgence, and more. Presented by IJK Controls
Job Fair
Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Top Employers are Coming Together to Interview and Hire Candidates at Defense + Commercial Sensing 2017
Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best.

Meet 15 recruiters on the exhibit floor
High Resolution Panoramic Thermal Imaging
Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
The infrared camera industry has made steady progress in increasing the resolution of commercial IR camera products over the last 30 years. Today you can buy a cooled InSb infrared camera that is 1344×784 pixels (~1 megapixel) and outputs 720P HD video. Video from this infrared camera looks very nice on a 20 inch monitor, but when the image is printed for a large wall poster, the resolution again becomes an issue.

This is an inherent limitation of commercial thermal infrared cameras: the still relatively low pixel count compared to even consumer visible-light cameras. Multi-megapixel thermal infrared focal plane arrays have been made for satellite imaging and astronomy applications, but their very high cost and complexity do not lend themselves to being used for more conventional photography.

A solution to this resolution problem is the stitched panorama. If the scene is relatively static, a low-resolution infrared camera with a long focal length lens can be moved around the scene in a systematic way while capturing images. The images can then be stitched together or tiled as in a mosaic to make an extremely high pixel count image that will show little or no evidence of “seams.” There are special panoramic tripod heads that make this task easy, allowing for precisely controllable pan and tilt angle steps. I was given the task of producing some high quality infrared artwork that could be put in the lobbies and conference rooms of various FLIR facilities. With the help of some colleagues, we produced some stunning stitched panoramic images of local Santa Barbara landmarks and vistas.


Austin Richards
Senior Research Scientist, FLIR

The Need for Speed: Next Generation High Speed Infrared Detector Technologies
Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
For many years, high-speed visible cameras offered the ability to stop motion on fast-moving objects and provided unique insight through slow-motion playback for high-speed applications, such as airbag testing, munitions and ballistics testing, and brake & rotor testing applications. Unfortunately, the thermal infrared (IR) camera counterparts didn’t offer the snapshot speeds, high frame rates, and wide temperature measurement ranges necessary to be useful for these same testing applications.

But with next-generation high-speed infrared read-out integrating circuits (ROIC) and new strain layer superlattice (SLS) detector materials, there are finally Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) infrared camera solutions that can provide the much-needed speed and dynamic range to meet the challenges of high-speed thermal testing application.

This interactive presentation will discuss the benefits of these next-generation ROIC and detector material technologies and how they are pushing the boundaries on high-speed thermal testing capabilities.


Chris Bainter
Global Business Development Director Premium Business Segment, FLIR

Photonics and Food: Optical Tools Tackle Food Safety Challenges
Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Optical sensing and spectral analysis play a vital and increasingly important role in ensuring the quality and safety of our food supply. Current applications range from image-driven optical sorting in production, to characterization of fruit ripeness using luminescence spectra. Such techniques can also detect contaminated or counterfeit foods.

Richard will discuss recent advances in optical tools are how they tackle food safety challenges. He will also provide an insightful look at food fraud, what near-infrared can and cannot do, portable instruments, their technology and photonics.


Stephen G. Anderson
SPIE, Director, Industry Development


Richard Crocombe
PerkinElmer, Business Program Leader - Portables
Selling Globally: Resources for U.S. Exporters
Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Time: 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
If your company's sales activities, products or services come into contact with foreign jurisdictions, this is a must-attend program. The stakes have never been higher. Anyone who wants to answer questions such as, "How do U.S. export controls apply to me?" or "What are the legal pitfalls of doing business internationally?" or "What are best practices for engaging in global trade?" will benefit from attending this workshop.


Tatyana Aguirre
U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Specialist

Paul Matino
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Specialist

Kerry Scarlott
BakerHostetler Law Firm, Export Specialist

Jennifer Douris
SPIE Government Affairs Director

The Industrial Impacts of Thermal Imaging Drones
Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
FLIR will discuss the rapid expansion of drones with an emphasis on the use of thermal cameras on drones. They will also discuss the explicit ways in which aerial thermal imaging is already altering the way private, parties, government agencies and universities conduct business.


Randall Warnas
Global Distribution and Sales Manager (UAV), FLIR

Leadership in Evolving Times—How Women Offer a Unique Perspective
Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Leadership in Evolving Times—How Women Offer a Unique Perspective will be a panel discussion to review the following topics:

• Coping with stress and pressure strategies
• Secrets to great teams
• Tips, tactics, and tools for optimizing performance
• How to promote and encourage women to grow within their company (and how men and women can help)


Carol Marinello
CJMarinello & Associates, CEO and Managing Partner


Teresa Pace
L-3 Sensor Systems Segment, Director of Engineering

Dr. Pace obtained her doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. She has over 25 years of technical experience in sensors and systems engineering encompassing a wide variety of applications. Currently she is Director Systems Engineering; Image and Signal Processing for the Sensor Solutions Segment at L3 Technologies. Previously, she has been Director of Engineering for SenTech LLC, Chief Engineer for Lockheed Martin, Subject Matter Expert for US Army Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate, Director of Image Processing for DRS Technologies, and Faculty Research for the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State. Dr. Pace has had 14 patents awarded and published over 65 journal and conference papers. She is a Fellow of IEEE, President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, and is a past Editor-In-Chief for their magazine. She has been an Associate Editor for Machine Vision and Applications Journal and previously served on HKN's Board of Governors. In addition Dr. Pace is a member of IEEE’s Women in Engineering society, IEEE's Signal Processing society and a life member of the HKN Engineering Honor Society. Dr. Pace has received many accolades including the Lockheed Martin Nova Award for Outstanding Individual Technical Excellence, the highest technical award given by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, as well as Lockheed Martin's Apex Individual Contributor Award.

Kathleen Boyle
Verify, Chairman and CEO

As Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Verify, Inc., Kathleen Boyle provides strategic leadership to achieve enterprise growth through the development and delivery of innovative aerospace and defense supplier performance management solutions. Verify’s 300+ customers, which include each of the top 20 global A&D companies, are supported by 2,000 Verify technical specialists and engineers at over 7,000 locations in 40+ countries where clients benefit from increased quality, delivery and business performance. Starting with an internship in 1991, Ms. Boyle has over 25 years of extensive organizational and management experience with the Verify group of companies. Prior positions include President (2012-2013), Vice President of Quality & Compliance (2010-2012), Director of Operations (2009-2010), Director of Customer Satisfaction (2007-2009) and Director of Business Development (2005-2007). In the preceding decade, Kathleen served as International Resources Manager, Eastern Region Manager and Project Leader for Vendor Surveillance Corporation, a subsidiary of Verify, at offices in California and New Jersey. A native of Orange County, California; Kathleen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and MBA from the University of California, Irvine – Paul Merage School of Business. She is a member of the Board of Governors for Aviation Industries Association, founding President and current Board Member of Women In Defense – Greater Los Angeles Chapter, Executive Committee Member of the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Consultative School Board and Board Governance Chair for the Directors of a Casa Teresa, a shelter for pregnant homeless women seeking to achieve lifelong self-sufficiency for themselves and their children.

Suzanne Daniels
L3 Integrated Sensor Systems Sector, Director of Business Development

Suzanne Daniels joined L3 Cincinnati Electronics as Director of Business Development in November of 2016. Her current responsibilities are focused on expanding midwave IR Focal Plane products and technologies for both defense and commercial applications. Previously, Daniels co-founded Enlightening Answering Consulting, LLC. A company providing leadership and subject matter expertise to small business entities for connecting and moving technology into the business world. Daniels worked as an independent consultant with K2C Associated, LLC providing Business Development and Strategic Development for commercialization of technology and held the office of Co-Vice President of the New England Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. Daniels has served as a Senior Executive of Business Development for the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems (ISRS) business unit of BAE Systems Electronic Systems spearheading innovative technologies for situational awareness. Prior to her ISRS position, she served as the Business Development Director for the Soldier and Vehicle Solutions business unit driving commercial technologies and products into military applications. Before joining BAE Systems, Daniels served as a Business Development Director with Lockheed Martin Washington Operations in Crystal City, VA. In that position she was the face for the Missiles and Fire Control Business Unit to Senior Pentagon Officials for anti-armor missile programs. Prior to Lockheed Martin, Daniels was a Physical Scientist with the US Army Close Combat Anti-Weapon Systems Program Executive Office in Huntsville, AL where she was responsible for the program management of targeting IR acquisition systems. She also served as a member of the task force within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research, Development and Acquisition in Washington, DC for strategic space technologies and applications. Early in her career, Daniels developed and implemented 2nd generation IR Focal Plane Array Technology and Common Module Optical Improvements into Missile Seeker and Command Launch Units with the US Army Night Vision Electronics Sensors Directorate at Ft. Belvoir, VA. Daniels earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership from Northeastern University, has an associate degree in Applied Physics and is a graduate of the Federal Women’s Executive Leadership Program.

Art Lofton
Northrop Grumman, Aerospace Systems Sector, VP for Mission and Quality Assurance

Art Lofton is sector vice president, Global Mission Excellence, at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of military aircraft, autonomous and space systems and next-generation solutions to assist our customers worldwide, preserve freedom and advance human discovery. In this role, Lofton is responsible for leading Aerospace Systems in the pursuit of quality excellence, and identifying and applying new analytic approaches and techniques across all sector data sets. His responsibilities span the complete scope of quality, including mission assurance, process excellence, design excellence, supplier quality, continuous improvement, safety assurance and oversight of the program management homeroom. Lofton has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He completed several advanced management programs, including the Program Management Seminar and Advanced Program Management Course. Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Big Data Trends Shaping the Future of Photonics
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Room 201A
This workshop will explore the Big Data Trends Shaping the Future of Photonics. The goal is to bring together industry and academia from around the world to showcase the newest trends and best practices within big data analytics and photonic technologies for Data Centers, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Real-time Optical Instrumentation, Biomedical Imaging, and emerging technologies. Researchers from leading companies and universities will speak at the workshop.


8:30 *Cejo Konuparamban Lonappan, UCLA
8:35 *Ata Mahjoubfar, UCLA
8:45 *Robert Hainsey, SPIE

Session I: Optical Systems in Telecommunications (Chair: Cejo K. Lonappan)
8:50 * John Bowers, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCSB
9:10 * Ashok Krishnamoorthy, Chairman at Axalume Inc.
9:30 * Arlon Martin, Sr. Director, Marketing at Mellanox Technologies
9:50 * Ming Li, Professor, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China
10:10 * Ozdal Boyraz, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UCI
10:30 * Shalabh Gupta, Professor, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Bombay, India


Session II: IoT, Big Data, Machine Learning and Emerging Techniques (Chair: Dr. Ata Mahjoubfar)
11:00* Fabien Scalzo, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, UCLA
11:20 * Aydin Babakhani, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
11:40 * Uttam Majumder, Sr. Research Electronics Engineer, High Performance Systems Branch, Air Force Research Lab
12:00 * Madhuri Suthar, Ph.D. Student, UCLA


Session III: Real-time Instrumentation and Optical Computing (Chair: Yunshan Jiang)
13:20 * George Valley, Senior Scientist, Aerospace Corporation
13:40 * Lute Maleki, Founder and CEO, OEWaves Inc.; Founder and board member, Strobe Inc.
14:00 * Philip Hon, Principal Scientist, NG Next, Northrop Grumman Corporation
14:20 * Peter Petre, Principal Research Scientist, Hughes Research Laboratories
14:40 * Hossein Asghari, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Loyola Marymount University; and Time Photonics


Session IV: Optical Bio-Imaging (Chair: Dr. Sebastian Nino Karpf)
15:10 * Nino Karpf, Post doctoral scholar, UCLA
15:30 * Andreas Velten, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW Madison
15:50 * Babak Kateb, California Neurosurgical Institute; Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics; and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
16:10 * Changhuei Yang, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering and Medical Engineering, California Institute of Technology


The workshop is organized by the Bahram Jalali-Lab at UCLA.

Complete agenda at
Technology Demo: Hollywood using defense technology
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Learn how technology originally created for defense is now being used in the movie-making industry. See the stabilized gimbal and all related controls in action. Released in 2015, the results have already been seen my millions of people in movies such as The Revenant, Star Wars, Independence Day: Resurgence, and more. Presented by IJK Controls
Job Fair
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Top Employers are Coming Together to Interview and Hire Candidates at Defense + Commercial Sensing 2016
Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best.

Meet 15 recruiters on the exhibit floor
Miniaturized and Mobile Spectroscopy and Optical Sensor Applications
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Panelists from industry, academia, government laboratories and venture capital community will discuss opportunities driven by miniaturization of spectroscopic sensing systems and optical sensor applications. The speakers will discuss industry needs for wide-range commercial, security and defense applications. Join us to listen and interact with leaders in the spectroscopy and sensing community, and come to share your ideas.


Joseph X. Montemarano
Executive Director, MIRTHE, Princeton Univ.

Joseph Montemarano has been involved in state-of-the-art research and commercialization efforts related to health-care, defense and homeland security, advanced materials, computer science and photonic applications throughout his career. Mr. Montemarano has helped large and small companies, and government researchers access emerging technologies, faculty and other university resources resulting in a significant increase in sponsored research, the launch of several spin-off companies, and successful technology commercialization and fielded applications. He joined Princeton University in July 1994, where he is a Director for Industrial Enterprise for the Princeton Institute for Science and Technology of Materials.


Lance Christensen
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Lance E. Christensen is an Atmospheric Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA and Principal Investigator of the NASA Earth Science instrument ALIAS (Aircraft Laser Infrared Absorption Spectrometer). He is a member of the JPL Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) team that contributed part of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite on the Mars Curiosity Rover. Among Christensen's research interests is building and utilizing miniature laser spectrometers for Earth and Planetary science. He has adapted JPL technology and science to quickly identity and quantify natural gas leaks using a miniature Open Path Laser Spectrometer (OPLS) that can be hand-carried or integrated in a small aerial robot (e.g. quadcopter).

Tim Day
Daylight Solutions

Timothy Day is a cofounder of Daylight Solutions and serves as the CEO and CTO for the company. Dr. Day has over 20 years' experience in both technical and business management in the photonics industry. He has led engineering, research, product development, manufacturing, and marketing operations. He started his career as a cofounder of New Focus, where he served from 1990 through 2004. During his time at New Focus, he was involved in all aspects of the company’s history, concluding with his work on the sale of the company to Bookham Technology PLC for $338M. While at New Focus he also contributed to the raising of over $500M though public and private equity offerings. From 1990 to 2009, while at New Focus and Daylight Solutions, Dr. Day has developed extensive patent and product portfolios and transferred numerous products into production, both onshore and overseas. Dr. Day has extensive technical knowledge and experience, and is considered an expert in the field of photonics.

Michael B. (Mickey) Frish
Physical Sciences Inc. Manager, Industrial Sensors

Dr. Frish has a broad, interdisciplinary background with specific strengths in research, development, commercialization and marketing of photonics instrumentation. Early in his 35-year career with Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) he led the development and introduction of the first industrial quality gas analyzer and long-path leak detector products using Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy. He subsequently led the evolution of these products into the Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD), an R&D 100 Awardee. The RMLD is now a common tool used for natural gas leak detection with over 3000 units manufactured by Heath Consultants deployed worldwide. His current work includes miniaturizing TDLAS sensors, reducing their costs, and utilizing them to quantify leak rates. Dr. Frish has been awarded eight patents, and is the author or co-author of over 80 technical reports and publications. He received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.

William Green
IBM Research, Silicon Integrated Nanophotonics

William Green is the Manager of the Silicon Integrated Nanophotonics Group at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. His current research activities encompass the design and systems-level characterization of CMOS-integrated silicon nanophotonic devices and sub-systems, for short-reach optical interconnects and on-chip optical networks. Other research endeavors include the study of highly nonlinear silicon waveguide devices for all-optical parametric signal processing and broadband mid-infrared light source generation, as well as the use of such devices for applications in trace gas sensing. Green holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Ralph Taylor-Smith
General Partner of Battelle Ventures and Innovation Valley Partners

Ralph is Managing Director at GE Ventures, the venture capital investment unit of General Electric, where he leads financial investments in innovative Sensors, Robotics & Data-Com technologies for applications in factory automation, advanced manufacturing services and digital health, in collaboration with GE’s Business Units. Before GE, Ralph had been a venture capitalist for ten years, as a Managing Director, Fund General Partner and member of the Investment Committee at the $260M Battelle Ventures fund. Prior to venture capital, Ralph gained significant experience in investment banking, technology R&D and business development. Previously, he worked for several years as an Investment Banker on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan focusing on Mergers/Acquisitions for the TMT (technology, media and telecom/data-com) industry; prior to that, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist, Engineer, and Business Development Manager in hardware, software and nanotech-enabled IT devices within the photonics and semiconductor microelectronics industry at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and AT&T.

Mark Zondlo
Princeton University

Mark A. Zondlo is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Director for External Partnerships, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Princeton. He studies how natural and human emissions of trace gases to the atmosphere impact air quality and climate by developing and deploying laser-based sensors on aircraft, vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, towers, and ground-based platforms. The sensor development research involves extensive and rigorous field testing and validation to ensure high-quality measurements to answer key scientific questions. He has participated in international field studies supported by NSF, NASA, NOAA, and other organizations. Prof. Zondlo received a B.A. from Rice University (Chemistry), Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (physical chemistry), and was an NCAR Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellow. Before joining Princeton in 2008, he spent six years as a Senior Research Scientist at Southwest Sciences, Inc. Prof. Zondlo is an associated faculty with MIRTHE+, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton Environmental Institute, and Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials.

About the organizers

MIRTHE+ is a Photonics Sensing Center at Princeton University and Partners. The Center advances the knowledge and technology pertaining to mid-IR and other photonic technologies for health, the environment, security, defense, process control, and instrumentation including materials, light sources, detectors, sensing systems, and sensing applications. MIRTHE+ is develops valuable long-term relationships with industry members including large- and medium-scale established companies, start-ups and small businesses, as well as national laboratories. Through MIRTHE+ Industry Collaboration program, member companies leverage a unique access to innovative research and network of highly respected expertise from academia and industry.

Ethernet Evolution, Are We Ready for 10GigE?
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
As consumer and server markets continue to advance Ethernet speed and cost, diverse applications take advantage of new possibilities. This presentation will discuss some of the benefits and opportunities that 10 Gigabit Ethernet offers Machine Vision and present test results regarding concerns such as CPU utilization and power consumption.


Mike Fussell
Product Marketing Manager, FLIR

High-Speed Imaging: Today’s Possibilities and Future Directions
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
New motion analysis technology makes it possible to analyze high-speed events like never before. Resolution, frames-per-second, and affordability have improved so much in the last two years that a high-speed cameras and slow motion can be useful for both common and complex scientific and engineering problems. Reliable cameras and advancements in image processing enable speeds of one thousand frames a second, or one million frames per second, enabling a whole new way to analyze small details during very fast events. Ballistics, particle distribution, materials processing, shock wave analysis, crash/impact analysis, microscopy, manufacturing, combustion cycles, and other potential uses are generating valuable information never been seen before.

In this talk you will see current possibilities, insight about what others are doing now, and a look into the future of high-speed imaging.

Industry Keynote

Jay Stepleton
Ametek, Vice President, Vision Research

Jay Stepleton holds BSEE degree from the University of Colorado and a MSEE Colorado State University. He spent over 25 years with Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies in various engineering and management roles. He joined Vision Research, a business unit within Ametek, in 2009 and in 2010 he assumed the General Manager Position. His leadership has led the research and development of new technologies and innovations guided by the needs and challenges of scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and media broadcasters. Jay also holds the title of Vice President of the Materials Analysis Division of Ametek.
Precision Patterns on Precision Optics
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Precision patterns are widespread, from photolithography for IC’s and displays - to placing the double yellow line in the middle of the road; from newspaper printing to skywriting. The ability of the engineer to effectively design the patterns for maximum utility and minimum cost are keys to successful implementation.

FLIR’s capability to place precise patterns on optical surfaces provides system designers more choices for targeting, bore-sighting, heaters, EMI suppression, signal filtering and other applications where precision optics are needed and patterning may provide an effective solution. Weapon sight reticle patterns remain important to the sportsman and the soldier. Crosshair options for tactical and long range targeting are boundless. FLIR’s patterning capabilities allow us to produce micron and sub-micron features on and in optical surfaces, but is this what is needed?

We will take a look at some rules of thumb for precision patterns, both for utility and for cost.


Robert Bush
Product Marketing Manager, FLIR

SMALLSATS: The Next Big Thing
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Small satellites, CubeSats, and Nanosats are advancing rapidly as new platforms used in constellations, swarms, or disaggregated systems. These small platforms are game-changers for remote sensing that will advance scientific knowledge, reduce the cost of new missions, and expand access to space using devices that range from the size of a loaf of bread to the size of a washing machine. With infrared detectors, spectrometers, and high-resolution cameras looking down at the Earth or up into deep space, this is an area ripe for R&D and collaboration among industry, government, and academia. Earth observation applications span weather forecasting, hurricane and tropical storm analysis and prediction, monitoring climate change, and studying natural disasters.

Come hear about the emerging opportunities, key drivers and motivations, and technical challenges from optics and sensors to data processing and communications that remain to be answered – and how you may get involved with programs creating a new paradigm for remote sensing.


Peter Hallett
SPIE, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations


Thomas S. Pagano
JPL, CubeSat, Principal Investigator

Thomas S. Pagano is the Project Manager for the AIRS/AMSU/HSB Suite of instruments on the EOS Aqua Spacecraft and the Principal Investigator for the CubeSat Infrared Atmospheric Sounder (CIRAS). Prior to joining JPL in 1997, he was the Chief Systems Engineer on the MODIS instrument development program at Raytheon SBRS since 1985. He has a BS in Physics from UC Santa Barbara, and an MS in Physics from Montana State University. He holds 2 US patents and is author of numerous papers on space remote sensing instruments and calibration.

Henry Helvajian
The Aerospace Corporation, Senior Scientist, Micro/Nano Technology Department

Henry Helvajian runs the Laboratory for Laser Microengineering Science. He has had focused investigations on gas phase photochemistry and kinetics of activated radical species for chemical laser development, photophysical processes of low fluence laser/material interaction phenomenon and the development laser based techniques for materials processing and process diagnostics for additive manufacturing. In 1992 he began investigations on the applications of microsystems (MEMS) to space systems and in the miniaturization of satellites and satellite subsystems. He has been involved in the design of a <1 kg mass picosatellite and nanosatellite and in the development of various space microthrusters. Recently, he has been developing a laser processing technique for the fabrication of MEMS in glass/ceramic materials and in the development of a manufacturing methodology for mass producing nanosatellites incorporating glass/ceramics as structural material and in the utility of space systems that are comprised of an assembly of robotic modules. Dr. Helvajian has edited four books on microengineering space systems and has authored over 100 papers and book chapters in applied physics, photochemistry, materials science and space systems miniaturization technology. Helvajian received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering/electrophysics at the University of Southern California. Helvajian served as co-chair of the SPIE Photonics West LASE Conference and is a Fellow of the SPIE.

Jeffery J. Puschell
Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems, Principal Engineering Fellow

Jeff Puschell is Principal Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California. He is an internationally recognized expert in the system engineering of space-based imaging and remote sensing systems. His 31+ years of experience includes development of visible-infrared instruments for space-based operational environmental remote sensing, development and field testing of laser-based communication and remote sensing systems using millimeter, infrared, visible and ultraviolet wavelength instrumentation for ground-based astronomy. Dr. Puschell has authored or co-authored 120+ papers on a variety of topics in astrophysics, imaging, remote sensing and optical communication. He is a Fellow of SPIE and has served as an SPIE Conference Chair, on the SPIE Symposium Committee, SPIE Fellows Committee, and is a frequent author and editor on topics related to remote sensing technology and data management.

Innovations in Sensor Positioning
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
High performance sensors require high performance positioning systems. Designed for payloads of 5 pounds or less, the new FLIR PTU 5 is the most accurate pan tilt in its size class. This extra small positioner can be easily integrated with many different types of cameras and sensors. The FLIR PTU 5 can also be used in harsh environments due to its MIL spec, weatherproof housing.

Explore some of the demanding applications that benefit from a small, rugged, and accurate pan tilt; including robotics, vehicle applications and unattended ground sensors. Copies of our guidebook will be available for help in selecting the right pan tilt for your application.


Lisa Gerbracht
Worldwide Manager, OEM Sales, Motion Control Systems, FLIR

LiDAR for Autonomous Vehicles: The future of 3D Sensing and Perception
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Solid-state LiDAR systems are key enabling technology for self-driving vehicles, 3D mapping, and industrial automation. Until recently LiDAR systems were too bulky, expensive, and with too many moving parts. Commercial advancements have made sophisticated mapping, object detection, classification, and tracking possible with small sensors that will become ubiquitous, particularly as they enable autonomous vehicles or “self-driving cars”. The magnitude of the market opportunity has been recognized by venture capitalists who have poured investment into this area, and recently valued Quanergy at over $1.5 billion—making this field the hottest market in photonics.

What vision has generated so much excitement in this area? What role do lasers, sensors, cameras, and data management play? What technical and societal challenges and opportunities emerge in this photonics-enabled future?

Industry Keynote

Louay Eldada
Quanergy, CEO and Co-Founder

Louay Eldada is CEO and co-founder of Quanergy Systems, Inc. Dr. Eldada is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Quanergy is his fourth start-up. Dr. Eldada is a technical business leader with a proven track record at both small and large companies and with 71 patents, an expert in nanotechnology, photonic integrated circuits, and advanced optoelectronics. Prior to Quanergy, he was CSO of SunEdison and CTO of HelioVolt. Dr. Eldada was earlier CTO of DuPont Photonic Technologies, formed by the acquisition of Telephotonics where he was founding CTO. His first job was at Honeywell, where he started the Telecom Photonics business and sold it to Corning. He has published more than 200 technical papers, books and book chapters, organized or presented at more than 230 conference--including many SPIE conferences. He studied business administration at Harvard, MIT and Stanford, and holds a Ph.D. in optical engineering from Columbia University.

Navigating Defense and the Budget in President Trump's Washington
Date: Thursday 13 April 2017
Time: 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: Industry Stage, Exhibition Hall (Level 1)

Josh Holly
The Podesta Group

Whether clients need defense or budget expertise, national media contacts or innovative advocacy strategies, Josh has the know-how – and know-who – to deliver results. With close ties to Republican leadership and deep relationships with unelected members of the presidential transition team, Josh offers Podesta Group clients varied legislative experts from national security to education and workforce issues. He also draws upon a solid background in government acquisition policy to support clients interested in building or expanding their presence in the federal marketplace. Josh has had a seat at the table for many of the major national security debates and decisions of the past decade, from the military surge in Iraq to the nation’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan. Serving as a top communicator for the US House Committee on Armed Services from 2005 through 2011, Josh worked on six successive National Defense Authorization Acts. This comprehensive annual legislation authorizes funding for all the policies and military programs within the Department of Defense, as well as national security programs at the Department of Energy. He also played a role in enacting the Military Commissions Act and two laws which reformed the acquisition process for major weapons systems. As chief spokesman for the committee, Josh developed and managed a comprehensive strategic communication plan, as well as created and managed the social media strategy. He worked directly with Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, as well as then Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh.

Earlier in his career, Josh served as director of media affairs for the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce under former Speaker John Boehner (ROH), then Chairman. Earlier in his career, Josh was deputy press secretary in Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)’s 2002 campaign, press secretary for Rep. Ernie Fletcher (RKY), and director of news analysis for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Technology Demo: Hollywood using defense technology
Date: Thursday 13 April 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall (Level 1)
Learn how technology originally created for defense is now being used in the movie-making industry. See the stabilized gimbal and all related controls in action. Released in 2015, the results have already been seen my millions of people in movies such as The Revenant, Star Wars, Independence Day: Resurgence, and more. Presented by IJK Controls
Movie Magic and Cinema Science
Date: Thursday 13 April 2017
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: SPIE Industry Stage
Technology leaders of Hollywood discuss how advances in lighting, optics, cameras, gimbals, digital effects and projection are changing America's favorite entertainment experience.

Speakers / Panelists

Gunnar Ristroph
IJK Controls, CEO

Gunnar Ristroph has a combined controls, mechanical and software background. Mr. Ristroph has designed control algorithms and built detailed simulations for everything from hybrid-phased-array antenna pointing and tracking to low-cost stabilized imaging systems. Mr. Ristroph has led servo and software development for stabilized gimbals and integrated products such as a fire control system. He enjoys seeing a project from conceptual controls study through to production.

Mr. Ristroph led IJK Controls involvement in research projects for experimental lasercomm on-the-move and a sensor fusion estimator for integrated navigation and tracking. Mr. Ristroph received degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Controls and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology. His publications cover topics from air vehicle flight stability (PNAS) to control of flexible structures for stabilized pointing systems (SPIE).

Jarred Land
Red Camera, President

Article excerpt from Film and Digital Times: Episode 2 of “Interviews with Jarred” about RED Digital Cinema, the state of the industry, large format, and more

FDT: A year ago you said, “VistaVision still seems to be a perfect format for RED. It has the aesthetic advantages of having a larger frame and retains the ability to still use faster glass without hitting the limited availability of lenses that 65mm has to deal with—especially on the wide end…” Then at NAB [conference, the world's largest event focused on the intersection of technology, media and entertainment] you introduced the RED Weapon 8K camera. You and I both thought the other manufacturers would quickly follow. But they haven’t yet. Why not? Maybe not so easy?

JARRED LAND: To be fair, I believe there might actually have been more larger format cinema lenses released since the last NAB than normal cinema S35mm lenses. Lens design is an art and just takes time.

FDT: And still no consensus on lens mounts.

JARRED LAND: Yes. This one I am a bit surprised at. I’m waiting for someone to introduce a proper new lens mount that can become the standard —and when that happens we will support it with open arms.

Max H. Penner
Director of Photography, Visual Effects, and Cinematographer

Max Penner is known for his work on Batman Returns (1992), Fright Night (2011) and Drive Angry (2011).

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