SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing move to Baltimore gains Congressional participation
BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Maryland) will participate in the opening ceremony for the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing exhibition when the event makes its Baltimore debut this month.
After many successful years in Orlando, the world's largest unclassified conference and exhibition for defense, homeland security, and sensing applications is moving to the Baltimore Convention Center. The move is expected to allow for more participation on the part of researchers and managers at a large number of key government labs and companies.
SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing includes a week-long technical program with more than 2,400 presentations on new technology and social media applications in reconnaissance, surveillance, imaging, and sensing. Conference dates are 23-27 April.
More than 540 companies and agencies will participate in the 3-day exhibition, running 24-26 April. Companies include large prime contractors, established suppliers, and dynamic start-ups providing optics, lasers, sensors, image processing, spectroscopy, infrared systems, and optoelectronics components.
Bartlett will attend the exhibition opening on 24 April at 10 a.m. A longtime supporter of defense R&D, he recently collaborated with California Democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez to create a new Defense R&D Caucus that will serve as a forum for Pentagon-funded research conducted by industry, universities and the national lab, his office noted.
Other highlights of the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing meeting include:
- new conferences on cyber sensing and full-motion video workflows and technologies for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and situational awareness
- sessions on sensing applications in food safety and disaster monitoring as well as lasers for guidance and communications
- a featured talk by Bruce Carlson, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office on transforming defense R&D to meet 21st century challenges
- a featured talk by Paul Kaminski of Technovation, recent winner of the National Reconnaissance Office Pioneer Award
- product launches and demonstrations, including a display of unmanned aerial vehicle technology
- technical and industry panel discussions on topics such as social and cultural modeling applications for information fusion, geospatial information fusion in activity-based intelligence analysis, government funding, and early-stage technology commercialization.
Symposium chair is Kevin Meiners, Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Portfolio, Programs and Resources. Kenneth Israel, Lockheed Martin Corp., is symposium co-chair.
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.5 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.
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