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SPIE/OSA European Conferences on Biomedical Optics

SPIE Optical Metrology

22-26 May 2011
Co-located with Laser World of Photonics
ICM International Conference Centre Munich

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Coherence holography on center stage

Eustace Dereniak and Mitsuo Takeda
A plenary talk on coherence holography highlighted Optical Metrology technical sessions Wednesday. Mitsuo Takeda, President of the Optical Society of Japan and a former SPIE Director covered principles and applications of the new technology, which bridges the gap between holography and statistical optics. Above, left, SPIE President-Elect Eustace Dereniak talks with Takeda following the talk.

Students awards for excellence

ECBO student best paper awards
Above, presenters pose with student winners recognized for excellence with awards at ECBO11.

Several students received Best Paper and Best Poster awards recognizing their outstanding presentations in the ECBO conferences. 

The Toptica Best Student Paper first-place winner was  Krista Jansen (Erasmus MC), for a paper on "Intravascular photoacoustic imaging of human coronary atherosclerosis" (8090-18). Runner-up was Guillaume Labroille (Ecole Polytechnique), for "Time-multiplexed two-photon microscopy using broadband shaped femtosecond pulses" (8086-24).

Thorlabs Best Student Paper/Poster Award went to José D. Vollet Filho (Univ. de São Paolo), for "Photodynamic therapy prediction model using fluorescence spectroscopy and study of treatment parameters" (8092-8).

SPIE recognized its travel grant winner, Robert H. Wilson (Univ. of Michigan), who presented on "Optical spectroscopy for quantitative sensing in human pancreatic tissues" (8087-36). 

Photonics21 award winners Dhriti Sundar Ghosh and Oriol Bertran-Pardo
Dhriti Sundar Ghosh (ICFO-Instituto de Ciencias Fotónicas), at left above, being congratulated by SPIE President Katarina Svanberg, and Oriol Bertran-Pardo (Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs), second from left, were winners of Photonics21 Student Innovation Awards sponsored by SPIE, the EC Seventh Framework Programme, and Aixtron. Roberta Ramponi, Photonics21 Work Group 7 Chair, at right, presented the awards.

Biomedical plenaries

Plenary talks highlighted technical sessions in the ECBO symposium Tuesday afternoon. Mary-Ann Mycek (Univ. of Michigan) presented a multimodal optical technique for pancreatic cancer detection, and Wolfgang Drexler (Medizinische Univ. Wien) reviewed 20 years of OCT (optical coherence tomography), highlighting the diagnostic capability the technique provides to physicians.

CEOs on photonics

Photonics CEOs
A panel of CEOs at Laser World of Photonics discussed photonics applications in energy, health, infrastructure, and security.

Setting the agenda

European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) sessions on imaging, microscopy, and new biophotonics techniques opened the technical program Sunday morning in Munich, followed on Monday by the first conferences in Optical Metrology (industrial inspection and modelling), and the World of Photonics opening ceremony and plenary session.

Georg Schuette
At the World of Photonics opening ceremony, Georg Schütte (BMBF-Federal Ministry for Education and Research) described Germany's comprehensive Agenda 2020 for photonics.

World of Photonics opening session
Among those on hand for the World of Photonics opening were, from left above, Yousef Asadi-Khiavi (IBAKH), World of Photonics Steering Committee Chair Peter Loosen (Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik), SPIE President-Elect Eustace Dereniak (Univ. of Arizona College of Optical Sciences), and Peter Moulton (Q-Peak).

Fellows, students, and awards

SPIE Fellows and students gathered for a well-attended luncheon Monday afternoon to network, and to honor winners of two SPIE awards.

Johannes Fitzgerald de Boer and Katarina Svanberg
Johannes Fitzgerald de Boer (VU Univ. Amsterdam and Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute), left, accepts the 2011 G.G. Stokes Award from SPIE President Katarina Svanberg.

Katarina Svanberg and Minella Alarcon
SPIE President Katarina Svanberg, left, presents the SPIE Educator Award to Minella Alarcon, who accepted on behalf of the ALOP team named as recipients of this year's award. Alarcon founded the program under the UNESCO umbrella.

SPIE Fellows luncheon
SPIE Fellows and student members share lunch and perspectives.

Christopher Dainty and Katarina Svanberg
Optical Society (OSA) President Christopher Dainty (National Univ. of Ireland, Galway) and SPIE President Katarina Svanberg (Lund Univ. Hospital) -- both Fellows of SPIE -- chat at the luncheon.

SPIE Fellows luncheon
SPIE Fellows and students were treated to a buffet luncheon.

Eustace Dereniak
SPIE President-Elect Eustace Dereniak (Univ. of Arizona College of Optical Sciences) and Anna Pakula (Warsaw Univ. of Technology) at the Fellows-student luncheon.

Students at Optical Metrology/Biomedical Optics
Students from Poland pose with SPIE President-Elect Eustace Dereniak (fourth from right) at the luncheon.

Opening day

European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) sessions on imaging, microscopy, and new biophotonics techniques opened the technical program Sunday morning in Munich.

Partnering between industry and academia was the focus of an all-day workshop on Sunday chaired by Wolfgang Osten (Univ. of Stuttgart) and Nadya Reingand (CeLight Inc.). The workshop provided important insights on valuing emerging technology, with updates on several European and German collaborative projects, and courses on managing intellectual property and related topics.

Nadya Reingand, Karin Burger, Wolfgang Osten
Workshop chairs Nadya Reingand (at left) and Wolfgang Osten socialize after the workshop with Karin Burger, Manager SPIE Europe.

SPIE Press Releases

European Conferences in Biomedical Optics will span the research-clinical gap

Scientists, engineers, and clinicians working in optics and photonics to solve problems in biomedicine will present the field's latest advances at the upcoming European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) 2011.

SPIE Optical Metrology has solutions for design, modelling and inspection

New research in optical measurement technologies enabling applications in industry, research modelling, inspection of nanostructures and artwork, and related topics will be presented at SPIE Optical Metrology 23-26 May 2011 in Munich.

Related Links

SPIE/OSA European Conferences on Biomedical Optics website

SPIE Optical Metrology website