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SPIE sees economic growth through focus on photonics

12 October 2010

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Economies that support photonics R&D are growing, and the most successful are employing strategic analysis to find the most promising directions, SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs said at a top-level meeting at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) last week on developing a communication roadmap.

Arthurs was among several speakers at the MIT MicroPhotonics Center fall research meeting 4 and 5 October, convened to discuss a updated "Communications Technology Roadmap" (CTR) being developed by the Microphotonics Center Industry Consortium.

Lionel Kimerling and Michal Lipson

Photo caption: Lionel Kimerling, Director of Microphotonics at MIT, (left) and Michal Lipson, research professor at Cornell University and a 2010 winner of a "genius award" from the MacArthur Foundation, were among those discussing the CTR last week. Kimerling is codirector of the committee updating the roadmap.

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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