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SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing opens with surge in attendance

25 April 2011

SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing

Conference attendees have more than 2,400 papers from which to choose this week at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing.

ORLANDO, Florida, USA -- Early-week technical attendance was up from last year at this morning's opening of SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing (DSS) in Orlando, Florida.

The weeklong event -- the world's largest unclassified international symposium on sensors, systems, and platforms -- is expected to draw more than 6,000 attendees for 58 technical conferences, 50 professional development courses and workshops, and 500-company exhibition. Dates are 25-29 April at the Orlando, Florida, World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center.

New technology and product demonstrations will be featured in the free-admission, three-day exhibition, running Tuesday through Thursday.

The SPIE Career Center will present a job fair Tuesday and Wednesday, with 15 companies interviewing for photonics industry positions.

Special sessions and featured speakers included with paid conference registration include:

  • DARPA director Regina Dugan will give the keynote talk at a symposium-wide plenary session (Tuesday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.)
  • a Cross-Conference Hot Topic panel discussion on "Data to Decisions: Sensors are No Longer King," moderated by John Pellegrino (Director, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, U.S. Army Research Lab); Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • a two-conference joint session on "Oil Spill and Ocean Monitoring" on sensing and measurement technologies deployed in response to the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico (Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
  • a government funding advisory session, organized by Paul McManamon (U.S. Air Force Research Lab, Retired) with representatives from U.S. defense agencies providing insights into probable areas of future research funding (Wednesday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
  • a track plenary talk by Paul Lewis (U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) on the evolution of U.S. airborne chemical and radiological remote sensing programs for emergency and natural disaster response (Wednesday, 5 to 6 p.m.).

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to banquet speaker U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

William Jeffrey (HRL Labs) is symposium chair. Kevin Meiners (U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense) is symposium co-chair.

Accepted papers will be published in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved after the meeting, and in print volumes and digital collections.

An annual event in Orlando since the 1980s, SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing will move to Baltimore, Maryland, in 2012. The move is intended to improve growth potential for both the technical program and the exhibition, and to enable meeting dates that do not overlap with holiday and spring break schedules.

For registration and other information on SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing, visit SPIE.org/x6765.xml.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, and supports scholarships, grants and other education programs around the world.

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