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Photonics for monitoring flooding and climate change, sensors for security, and more will highlight SPIE event

07 September 2010

CARDIFF, UK -- Two collocated events featuring photonics advances in next-generation satellites, remote sensing of the Earth and the environment, LIDAR, infrared, electro-optical remote sensing, sensors, and more will draw international researchers and developers to Toulouse this month. More than 800 are expected to attend SPIE Remote Sensing -- in its 17th year -- and SPIE Security and Defence -- in its 7th year -- at the Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis in Toulouse, 20-23 September.

A sold-out exhibition of 40 companies associated with the security and defence industry will be held 21 and 22 September. Access to the exhibition and all conferences is included with registration to either the Security and Defence or the Remote Sensing congress.

Floods, volcano, climate among Remote Sensing applications

SPIE Remote SensingRemote Sensing will include a special session on LIDAR measurements including those used last spring to monitor the composition and movement of the ash cloud resulting from the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.

Another session will focus on the European SMOS satellite. Its innovative sensor system currently is being used to track the saturated soils of flood-stricken Pakistan. Information gathered by the sensor helps to identify soil closest to saturation, enabling advance warning of coming floods. (Read the BBC News story on the SMOS technology.)

Remote Sensing plenary talks will be delivered by:

  • Pascale Ultré-Guérard (Earth Observation Program at the Strategy and Programs Directorate, CNES) on the CNES and Earth observation
  • Vernon Singhroy (Canada Centre for Remote Sensing) on theRADARSAT applications program.

Data from the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT), launched last year, will be presented in a workshop. GOSAT (IBUKI) is a joint project of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Japanese National Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Canadian Ministry of the Environment.

Steven P. Neeck (NASA Headquarters) is Symposium Chair and Karin Stein (Fraunhofer-IOSB Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation) Symposium Co-chair.

Remote Sensing is sponsored by SPIE, with support from Cooperating Organisations including the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, European Optical Society, Centre National d'Études Spatiales, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung und Geoinformation, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society, and Société Française de Photogrammétrie et de Télédétection.

Security and Defence bridges the gap

Conferences presented at Security and Defence provide a bridge between fundamental optical science and the application of the underpinning technologies in advanced defence and security systems. The event addresses emerging challenges in areas such as network-enabled capability/network-centric warfare and military operations as well as peace-keeping in the urban theatre.

Plenary presentations will be given by:

  • Emmanuel Rosencher (ONERA and École Polytechnique) on optronics for security, defence and space applications
  • Jean-Thierry Audren (Sagem Defense and Security) on European photonics research for security
  • Adam Ogilvie-Smith (Office for Security & Counter-Terrorism, United Kingdom) on novel technology ideas to solve the problems of counter-terrorism and crime fighting.

A roundtable discussion to be held on contrasting crime and security issues found in defence has been scheduled for Tuesday.

David Titterton (Defence Science and Technology Lab.) is Symposium Chair. Reinhard Ebert (Fraunhofer FOM for Optronics and Pattern Recognition) and Bernard Rosier (ONERA) are Symposium Co-Chairs.

Security and Defence is sponsored by SPIE with support from Cooperating Organisations Electro Magnetic Sensing Defence Technology Centre, OPTHER, and the Société Françoise d'Optique.

Conference proceedings papers will be published individually in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved after the meeting, and also in collected print and digital volumes and collections.

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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