5-7 November 2012
Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China
Photonics Asia has been organized as a joint venture with the Chinese Optical Society since 2002. this year approximately 800 attendees from 26 countires participated in 14 conferences on a broad range of topics:
- biomedical optics
- optical design
- infrared and terahertz technologies
- LEDs and displays
- quantum optics.
Above from left, at the conference opening session are technical program co-chairs Xu Liu and COS Vice President and Secretary-General Qihuang Gong, plenary speaker Sune Svanberg, SPIE Immediate Past President Katarina Svanberg, COS President Bingkun Zhou, SPIE Fellow Yong Rui, and SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs.
SPIE Immediate Past President Katarina Svanberg introduced Yong Rui, Senior Director of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group, as a new Fellow of SPIE.
The technical side
The four plenary presentations covered a range of today's most popular topics including microcavity physics, applications of laser spectroscopy to environment and medical research, scalable quantum information processing, and quantum dot lasers. Plenary speakers were Sune Svandberg of Lund University, Alexey Zhukov of the Russian Academy of Sciences St. Petersburg Academic University, Jianwei Pan from the University of Science and Technology, and Kerry Vahala from the California Institute of Technology.
Interactive poster sessions allowed attendees to discuss the latest research with colleagues and ask questions directly to the authors.
Networking lunches were provided daily, giving conference attendees the opportunity to relax and reconnect with colleagues while also expanding their professional network, and a banquet (pictured below) featured a student orchestra playing traditional instruments.
Weather during the week ranged from snowy and cold ...
... to sunny -- and still cold!