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Infrared, sensors, and image analysis highlight SPIE Defense+Security program

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 30 November 2007 - Data/image processing and analysis, infrared (IR) and unmanned sensor technologies, and innovations in biosensing will be featured topics at the SPIE Defense+Security conference in Orlando, FL, USA, in March. The event is a major international unclassified symposium, drawing top engineers and researchers from industry, academia, government, and military labs throughout the world.

Nearly 1,700 technical papers will be presented in 45 conferences, and approximately 5,300 attendees are expected to attend. SPIE Defense+Security will be held in the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center. Courses will run 16-20 March, conferences 17-20 March, and the exhibit 18-20 March. Program topics range from core defense-related technologies to dual-use applications in IR sensing.

Symposium chairs are Larry B. Stotts, Deputy Director for Strategic Technology at DARPA, and Ray O. Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Lockheed Martin and a member of the SPIE Board of Directors.

The Honorable Jay M. Cohen, Under Secretary for Science and Technology of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former U.S. Chief of Naval Research, will present a symposium-wide plenary talk on the role of technology in the defense industry.

Sir John Chisholm, Executive Chairman of QinetiQ and Chair of the UK Medical Research Council, will speak on how individuals and companies can successfully manage the challenge of implementing innovation while avoiding costly mistakes - how to make money without losing it.

A product exhibition will include more than 400 exhibitors presenting state-of-the art hardware, systems, and services across a wide range of IR, imaging, optics, and sensors and senor systems technology. Exhibiting companies include FLIR Systems, L-3 Communications, Santa Barbara Infrared, Axsys Technologies, SOFRADIR, Cedip Infrared Systems, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin Missile & Fire, DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems, and others.

An education program will offer courses and workshops ranging from fundamental to advanced levels, in topics such as IR sensors and systems engineering, technologies for homeland security and law enforcement, tactical sensors and imagers, laser sensors and systems, battlespace technologies, displays, intelligent and unmanned systems, and communications.

Leaders from government and industry will discuss recent advances, current challenges, and opportunities in special focus sessions on topics including:

  • Future Directions for CBRNE Sensors and Systems Development
  • Food Safety
  • Visual Analytics for Homeland Defense and Security
  • Forensic Science: Emerging Needs.

More information is available online at SPIE Defense+Security