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Press Releases

Press releases featuring the latest activity about SPIE events, pro bono, policy and partnership activities are listed chronologically and archived by year.

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22 March 2017
Rare opportunity to explore augmented, virtual, mixed reality systems to be offered at SPIE Digital Optical Technologies

The first hands-on demonstration of four different devices for augmented, mixed, and virtual reality will be a highlight of SPIE Digital Optical Technologies, sponsored by SPIE in Munich in June. Registration is required, and is free to those registered for the conference.

21 March 2017
EUV lithography progress emphasized at SPIE Advanced Lithography

New extreme-ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) equipment including the industry’s first comprehensive solution for EUVL-enabled high-volume manufacturing systems. Highlighted research and applications advances presented earlier this month at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2017 in San Jose, California.

20 March 2017
Optical tool monitors brain’s circulatory response to pain

A study reported today in the journal Neurophotonics demonstrates that an optical imaging tool used monitor regional blood flow and tissue oxygenation may be used to track the brain’s response to acute pain in infants, children, and adults.

13 March 2017
Bio-imaging for lab and industry is focus of Winter College on Optics

The 2017 Winter College on Optics focused on applied optical techniques for bio-imaging, and was held at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, co-sponsored by organizations including SPIE.

09 March 2017
SPIE Digital Library joins as Yewno passes 100M mark in analyzed assets

Knowledge discovery technology provider Yewno has announced that it has ingested its 100 millionth content asset. SPIE is among the latest organizations collaborating with Yewno, whose system enhances learning and understanding by extracting and connecting concepts from vast volumes of content and data.

01 March 2017
New optical nanosensor improves brain mapping accuracy, opens way for broader range of applications

A paper published in the current edition of the journal Neurophotonics describes a new nanosensor design that enables more accurate mapping of the brain and shows the way forward for future sensors and a broader range of applications.

20 February 2017
Nikon research executive Donis Flagello to receive Frits Zernike Award at SPIE Advanced Lithography

Donis Flagello of Nikon Research Corporation of America will be recognized next week during SPIE Advanced Lithography in San Jose, California, for his influential work in optical lithography for semiconductor manufacturing.

08 February 2017
SPIE announces 71 new Fellows of 2017

SPIE has promoted 71 new Fellows of the Society this year, recognizing the significant scientific and technical contributions of each in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. The new Fellows will be recognized at SPIE events of their choosing throughout the year.

06 February 2017
Product launches, the latest research highlight bigger, busier SPIE Photonics West 2017

High-energy SPIE Photonics West launched the photonics industry year in San Francisco last week, with a greater number of people on hand for the latest research reports, new product launches, and numerous networking opportunities in biomedical optics, lasers, and optoelectronics.

03 February 2017
Cellino wins SPIE Startup Challenge with pitch for gene therapy enabled by lasers and nonfabricated materials

A Harvard University spin-off company was selected 1 February as the winning team in the SPIE Startup Challenge photonics product pitch contest held during SPIE Photonics West.

01 February 2017
Impressive new products recognized with prestigious Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

Nine outstanding new products from companies in six countries were named as winners in the 2017 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation at a gala banquet on 1 February in San Francisco. The competition recognizes new products and inventions that break with conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life through the generation and application of light-based technologies, optics and photonics and is sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media.

31 January 2017
SPIE leaders ask reconsideration of U.S. entry stance, offer assistance in developing policy

Leaders of SPIE are requesting reconsideration of an executive order banning entry to the United States. In a letter to President Donald Trump, the society offers to provide assistance in working with the administration to develop policies for providing necessary security checks without inhibiting scientific collaboration.

12 January 2017
Comment period opens tomorrow for Notice of Inquiry affecting optics and photonics export controls

Notice of Inquiry seeking public opinion about reinstating technical parameters where “specially designed” is used in export control regulations revised late last year was released today for public inspection via the Federal Register. Leaders of SPIE are advising the community that the level of public comment received will influence whether the wording is retained.

11 January 2017
Strong role for optics and photonics in American Innovation and Competitiveness Act hailed by SPIE

The photonics industry and STEM advocates associated with SPIE are commending the U.S. Congress and President Obama for their recognition of the importance of optics and photonics, following the signing Friday by the President of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA). 

10 January 2017
SPIE Startup Challenge semi-finalists' ideas span global, personal health to food safety, connected cars

Aspiring entrepreneurs will pitch their light-based technology business to an expert panel in a public competition on 31 January as semi-finalists in the 2017 SPIE Startup Challenge, held during SPIE Photonics West.

06 January 2017
SPIE launches ‘Photonics Fast Pitch Lunch’ this month at Photonics West for experienced entrepreneurs raising funds

SPIE is launching a new lunchtime forum for experienced entrepreneurs to efficiently present their business pitches and value propositions to savvy investors. The Photonics Fast Pitch Lunch will be held on 31 January during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.

03 January 2017
Wearables, cybersecurity, virtual reality among hot topics in expanded industry program at SPIE Photonics West

Insights on markets from healthcare to wearables relevant for startups to multinational corporations will be presented in industry-focused sessions at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco this month.

02 January 2017
SPIE 2017 awards honor biomedical, photonics achievements and dedication to education

Winners of the 2017 SPIE awards are being honored for achievements in cancer therapies, high-speed imaging for sensors, instruments for space exploration, and other fields, along with dedication to sharing knowledge through formal and information education in areas throughout the world.

02 January 2017
Katarina Svanberg honored with SPIE Gold Medal of the Society

Katarina Svanberg has been selected to receive the 2017 SPIE Gold Medal of the Society.