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SPIE leaders participate in Ibero-American events advancing optics and photonics

04 October 2010

Katarina Svanberg and Fernando Mendoza Santoyo

SPIE President Katarina Svanberg and SPIE Director Fernando Mendoza Santoyo were among SPIE leaders attending RIAO-OPTILAS.

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Conferences in South America last month supported by SPIE highlighted the diversity of optics and photonics research and the bonds among the Ibero-American community. SPIE leaders and members participated in the technical events in Peru and Brazil, and in an industry session organized by the Society.


The triennial RIAO-OPTILAS meetings at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru in Lima 20-24 September were "a welcome boost for the development of optics and photonics in the Andean region," said Chair Guillermo Baldwin. The well-attended meeting drew participants from many countries in the Ibero-American region, including Spain and Portugal in Europe.

This year marked the seventh Ibero-American Conference on Optics (RIAO) and the tenth Latin-American Meeting on Optics, Lasers and Applications (OPTILAS), co-located since 1998. Papers were organized into 13 broad topical areas in laser, optics, and photonics.

SPIE President-Elect and Fellow Katarina Svanberg of Lund University Hospital was an invited speaker, as were SPIE Fellows Daniel Malacara (Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica), Joanna Schmit (Veeco Instruments), James Wyant (College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona), and Duncan Moore (Institute of Optics, University of Rochester); and SPIE Members Juan Carlos Miñano and Javier Alda (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), Sune Svanberg (Lund University), Zbigniew Jaroszewicz (Institute of Applied Optics, Poland), and Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop (University of Queensland).

SPIE Director and Fellow Fernando Mendoza Santoyo (Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica) and SPIE Fellows Maria Millán (Universitat Politecnica de Cataluyna), Juan Campos (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona), and Maria Calvo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), President of the International Commission for Optics, also attended.

The nearly 60 participants at the SPIE-sponsored industry event heard Stephan Montgomery, President of ElectroniCast, SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs, and Baldwin speak on technology R&D trends, challenges and opportunities in the path to commercialization of science, and how academia and industry can work together.

SPIE presented student best-paper awards including cash prizes to Pablo Solano (Universidad de Concepción), and Dulce Maria González-Utrera and Job Mendoza Hernández (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

RIAO-OPTILAS provided opportunity for the signing of a new cooperative agreement by Katarina Svanberg on behalf of SPIE and Eric Rosas, President of the Academia Mexicana de Óptica, recognizing the societies' shared interests and plans for increased interaction.

"SPIE is truly an international society, and as such has long valued the contributions and participation of the Ibero-American optics and photonics community," Svanberg said of the agreement. "Among many excellent examples of outstanding research activities in the region are those at the Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica in Leon."

Speckle Fields and beyond

The 2010 Speckle conference -- Speckle Fields Forever -- left Europe this year for South America, and was held in Florianópolis, off the coast of Brazil.

The meeting focused on the most recent theories, techniques, and data analysis approaches and applications of the speckle effect in experimental mechanics, material science, optical testing, industry, medicine, biology, agriculture, and forensic science.

SPIE Director and Fellow Mitsuo Takeda (University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo) was an invited speaker, and joined Past President and Fellow Malgorzata Kujawinska (Warsaw University of Technology) in representing SPIE.

A new meeting being organized for next spring in Portugal -- the International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics (AOP 2011) -- will provide more opportunities for trans-Atlantic collaboration. Organized by the Portuguese Optics and Photonics Society (SPOF) under President Manuel Filipe Costa (Universidade do Minho), AOP 2011 is also being supported by SPIE.

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.

Also photographed at the meeting:

Maria, Millan, Guillermo Baldwin, Juan Campos

RIAO-OPTILAS Chair Guillermo Baldwin (center) with SPIE Fellows Maria Millán and Juan Campos.

Erik Rosas, AOM, and Katarina Svanberg, SPIE

Eric Rosas, President of AMO, and Katarina Svanberg, President-Elect of SPIE, signed an agreement for increased interaction among the two societies.

Katarina Svanberg presents a best student paper award from SPIE to Pablo Solano.

Katarina Svanberg presents a best student paper award from SPIE to Dulce Maria González-Utrera. Job Mendoza Hernández (not pictured) also received a best student paper award from SPIE.

Above, four photos: Local dancers and musicians shared Peruvian culture with RIAO-OPTILAS attendees.


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