Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida, United States
15 - 19 April 2018
Conference SI104
Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies XI
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Abstract Due:
9 October 2017

Author Notification:
11 December 2017

Manuscript Due Date:
19 March 2018

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Conference Chairs
Program Committee
Program Committee continued...
  • Vassili Karanassios, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
  • Martin Kraft, Carinthian Tech Research AG (Austria)
  • Jouko O. Malinen, VTT Technical Research Ctr. of Finland (Finland)
  • Ellen V. Miseo, Hamamatsu Corp. (United States)
  • Jeffry J. Santman, Corning Advanced Optics (United States)
  • David W. Schiering, CziTek, LLC (United States)
  • John Seelenbinder, Agilent Technologies (United States)
  • Ulrike Willer, Technische Univ. Clausthal (Germany)

Call for
This will be the eleventh year of this conference: it premiered at Optics East 2007 in Boston, MA and is now part of the SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging Symposium. For the past five years, the conference has spanned two days and had sessions focusing on: enabling technologies; spectrometers in the field; laser-based (TDLAS, QCL and IBC) and cavity ringdown spectrometry; LIBS, Raman, and terahertz; Raman, SERS, and security applications; portable and novel spectrometers; MEMS- and MOEMS-based spectrometers; hyperspectral imaging spectrometers and applications; and imaging and chemometrics. Over the past two years, the conference introduced a half-day session on ‘Smartphone Spectroscopy’, and in 2018 we are encouraging submissions to expand the coverage of this rapidly-growing area into the area of wearable devices.

The emphasis is on advanced technologies for spectroscopic instrumentation, particularly the uv-visible, infrared, near-infrared, and Raman molecular techniques, but also including advances enabling miniature and portable spectrometers across the electromagnetic spectrum, including x-ray fluorescence, laser induced fluorescence, laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), Terahertz, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry. The conference also includes papers describing breakthrough and novel, recently-introduced, commercial instrumentation, demonstrations using mobile and wearable devices for diagnostic purposes and the collection of analytical data for distributed point sensing.

Portable and handheld instruments are being developed that are often more sensitive and selective, smaller, cheaper, and more robust than their laboratory predecessors. The concurrent improvements in analytical theory, data analysis methods, algorithms and the power of portable processors enable instrument designers to ‘put a PhD scientist in the box’, and empower field spectroscopic devices to give specific actionable answers. Spectroscopy-based systems are now making critical judgments in environments and applications that were unreachable twenty years ago, from hazardous materials to the operating theater, and from field geologists to customs and border personnel. With the increasing processing and display power of mobile and wearable devices, coupled with their high resolution cameras, a very recent development is ability to put both spectroscopic and imaging instrumentation into the hands of retail consumers. We will see the rise of the ‘citizen spectroscopist’ in the next few years, with sharing and processing of their data in the ‘cloud’.

Advances in array detectors (CCD, CID, InGaAs, InSb, SLS, MCT, CMOS, etc.) are enabling a new generation of faster imaging spectrometers with both laboratory and field applications. Lower-cost microbolometer infrared arrays have been developed, employing MEMS techniques. New laser-based sources (quantum cascade lasers, interband cascade lasers, supercontinuums, terahertz, etc.), particularly in the mid-infrared, are being used in combination with advances in detector technology to create new spectroscopic platforms. Novel designs also enable very compact spectrometers and imagers, suitable for use on airborne platforms, including drones. The concurrent improvements in analytical theory, data analysis methods, algorithms, and the power of portable processors enable instrument designers to ‘put a PhD scientist in the box’ and empower field spectroscopic devices to give specific actionable answers.

The 2018 Conference will take place in Orlando, FL, 15 - 19 April 2018, as part of the Defense + Commercial Sensing meeting.

Original papers are being solicited in the following areas from those involved in research, system development, application engineering, data analysis and processing, as well as users applying these systems for specific applications:

Novel Enabling Technologies for:
  • IR, NIR, Raman, terahertz, fluorescence, UV-visible
  • ‘Smartphone Spectroscopy’: Cell-phone-based spectrometers and imagers
  • MEMS-based, miniature, handheld/portable, and robust spectrometers
  • Spectrometers based on tunable (quantum cascade lasers, sum-difference techniques, OPOs, etc.) and supercontinuum sources
  • Spectral-based sensors : integration of fixed- and tunable filters with single-point and array detectors
  • Sources, point-, and imaging detectors
  • Spectroscopic imaging systems, including hyperspectral imaging
Miniature, Portable, and Handheld Spectrometers and Imagers:
  • Molecular (IR, NIR, Raman, terahertz, fluorescence, UV-visible, cavity-ringdown)
  • Elemental (LIBS, plasma-based emission, XRF, etc.)
  • Other novel miniature and portable spectrometers (NMR, ESR, mass, IMS, GC/MS, etc.)
  • Combined/integrated techniques (e.g., Raman/LIBS)
  • Consumer spectroscopy, imaging and data processing
  • Field applications of portable spectrometers and imagers
Design Considerations and Theory for Specific Applications in the areas of:
  • Homeland security and public safety
  • Narcotics and illicit drug manufacturing
  • Field analyses, including customs, Hazmat, food and IED applications
  • Anti-counterfeiting and counterfeit detection
  • Consumer goods, food fraud and food safety
  • Biological and medical applications
  • Advanced materials characterization, including composites
  • Pharmaceutical and industrial processing, including PAT
  • Usage in challenging and low-resource environments
System Engineering and Industrial Design for Solution-focused Applications, including:
  • Operating systems/user interface/ergonomics for handheld analyzers
  • Sampling considerations
  • Interfaces to robots
  • Model-based design
  • Chemometrics and data analysis techniques for handheld analyzers and imaging spectrometers, including multivariate calibration and classification; multivariate curve-resolution, blind source separation; figures of merit, performance evaluation.
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