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SPIE Remote Sensing, Security + Defence to showcase sensor and imaging technologies

Co-located events mirror overlap, promote collaboration among underpinning technologies

04 September 2014


Amsterdam will host the co-located SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security + Defence conferences this month.


CARDIFF, UK -- SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security + Defence conferences co-located in Amsterdam this month will provide a stimulating multidisciplinary forum for the latest research in signal processing, electro-optical system design, nanoengineering, and lasers for imaging and sensing applications. The event is sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and will run 22-25 September in the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Registered attendees may attend presentations in either conference, including four plenary talks by high-level speakers illustrating the breadth of applications enabled by the event's technologies:

  • Security + Defence speakers Jos Benschop of ASML and Peter de With of Technische Universiteit Eindhoven will talk about laser sources and integrated circuit systems for multiple applications, and advanced imaging and sensing systems utilizing CMOS and other technologies.
  • Remote Sensing speakers Bart Snijders of TNO and Lisa Huddleston of the NASA Kennedy Space Center will provide perspectives on sensing from space and from Earth, detailing instrumentation and systems used in monitoring weather, natural disasters, and climate change as well as in astronomy.

The Security + Defence technical programme includes nearly 300 papers on topics such as unmanned sensors, technologies for optical countermeasures, quantum-physics-based information technology, millimeter wave and terahertz sensors, and military applications in hyperspectral imaging and high-resolution sensing. Symposium chair is David Titterton, Defence Academy of the UK.

Remote Sensing will include approximately 600 presentations, on topics including sensor technology, next generation satellites, remote sensing of the Earth and its environment, atmospheric propagation, and signal and image processing. Updates on Sentinel, the Rosetta probe, and other current and future space missions will be among the talks. Symposium chair is Charles Bostater, Marine-Environmental Optics Lab and Remote Sensing Center, Florida Institute of Technology.

Security + Defence also includes a free-admission exhibition of more than 30 developers and suppliers showcasing devices and systems for chemical and biological sensing; infrared sources, detectors, and sensors; lasers and other light sources; cameras and CCD components; displays; electronic imaging systems; fiber optic components; and more.

The 50-year heritage of TNO will be celebrated in a dedicated session on Wednesday afternoon during the week. Presentations will detail the organisation's contributions to developments in the field of Earth observation, including instrument design, manufacturing, calibration, and downstream applications.

A lab tour of the European Space Agency is offered on Friday immediately following the conference. Space is limited and advance registration is required, either online via the event registration form or at the registration desk onsite.

Conference proceedings will be published online in the SPIE Digital Library after the event as manuscripts are approved, with CD publication following when all manuscripts are in.

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 more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2012.


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