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SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing draws record attendance

24 April 2009

SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Infrared, imaging, displays, and sensing technologies were among the top-drawing topics for the record-breaking crowd at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing symposium last week in the Orlando, Florida, World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center.

The symposium drew 6,124 attendees to technical conferences and an exhibition focused on optics and photonics technologies for industrial, commercial, and defense applications. Prof. Kazuo Hotate of the Univ. of Tokyo was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work in fiber optic smart sensors. A panel on funding featuring three government executives was among sessions that drew overflow audiences, and a two-day session celebrated the 50th anniversary of the invention of the ground-breaking infrared technology of the Kevin Harding, Ray Johnson, Robert Lieberman, Kazuo Hotatemercury-cadmium-tellurium detector.

Company representatives reported good traffic in the largest-ever 515-company DSS exhibition.

"Of the seven shows I've been to this year, this was one of the best. It's been great because people drawn by the technical content at DSS have a real problem they are trying to solve and we can help," said Dennis Cavanaugh of CoorsTek.

"Despite the economic downturn, once again the show has proved very successful for us," said Colin Pearce of Active Silicon. "DSS has become of center of excellence for sensing and security technologies, and we as an exhibitor get to showcase our technologies to the right DSS 2009 exhibitionaudience."

Read more about day-to-day highlights in reports from the meeting by SPIE staff published on the event website: spie.org/x6768.xml.

Several industry leaders and conference presenters were interviewed for video and podcasting from the SPIE Newsroom, and interviews are being posted over the next few weeks. Available now are a preview clip from a video interview with Norman Augustine, retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, and a podcast and transcript of Augustine's overflow plenary talk on global competitiveness and re-engineering engineering.

Upcoming interviews and podcasts will feature:

  • Roger Appleby, Senior QinetiQ Fellow, on the future of passive millimeter-waveAugustine plenary audience at SPIE DSS imaging
  • Ray Johnson, Lockheed Martin; Symposium Chair of SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing 2009
  • William Jeffrey, HRL Labs; Symposium Cochair of SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing 2010
  • Thomas Elliott, inventor of the SPRITE detector
  • Ron Driggers, Naval Research Lab; Editor of Optical Engineering beginning in January 2010
  • Brendan Godfrey, Air Force Office of Scientific Research; DSS funding panel member
  • John Pellegrino, U.S. Army Research Lab; DSS funding panel member
  • Walter Jones, Office of Naval Research; DSS funding panel member
  • Augustus Way Fountain, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Ctr., and Patrick Gardner, Western Carolina Univ.; Chairs of the confrence on Chemical Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing
  • Manfred Bester, Operations and Ground Systems, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Space Technologies and Applications plenary speaker
  • David Irvin, Air Force Space Command; Space Technologies and Applications plenary speaker
  • David Krohn, Light Wave Venture Consulting.

Approximately 2,000 papers were presented in 55 conferences, and papers are being published in the SPIE Digital Libraryas soon as approved. The SPIE Digital Library contains more than 275,000 articles on optics and photonics research, with approximately 20,000 new journal and proceedings articles added each year. Read more about the SPIE Digital Library online at spie.org/x2836.xml or visit the SPIE Digital Library website.

Michael Eismann, Air Force Research Lab, is Symposium Chair for 2010.

SPIE is the international optics and photonics society, founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 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. In 2008, the Society provided $1.9 million for scholarships, grants, and other activities supporting research and education around the world. For more information, visit SPIE.org.


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Photo captions, from top above:

Kazuo Hotate of the Univ. of Tokyo (far right), the 2009 SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Lifetime Achievement Award winner, is congratulated by (from left) SPIE Past President Kevin Harding, Symposium Chair Ray Johnson, and Symposium Executive Committee Member Robert Lieberman.

The SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing exhibition included 515 exhibition companies, a record number for the event.

An audience of more than 1,000 attended a plenary talk by Norman Augustine, former Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin.