• Defense + Commercial Sensing
    Benefits of attending
    Anaheim 2017
    Technical Overview
    Defense + Security
    Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging
    Fiber Optic Sensors
    Unmanned Autonomous Systems
    Rising Researchers
    Special Events
    Industry Events
    Job Fair
    Travel to Anaheim
    Onsite Services
    For Authors and Presenters
    For Chairs and Committees
    For Exhibitors
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California, United States
9 - 13 April 2017
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Provide the benefits and seek approval early

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2017 offers key opportunities for information exchange, business development, vendor and project networking, and professional development.

Use the information below to build your case—outline the benefits and ROI you will receive by participating.

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Goverment Notices

2015: Memorandum outlines FYI2017 Budget, including science and technology as priority.Read the memorandum

Start your approval process early

It is important to make travel and education funding requests as early as possible. Some potentially key dates for those seeking approval.

 Time to event      Date
 6 months  7 October 2016
 120 days   10 December 2016
 90 days  9 January 2017
 45 days   23 February 2017



Provides mission-critical value

Advancing scientific understanding of fundamental aspects of sensors, optics, imaging, lasers, and related technologies for defense, security, industry, health, and the environment.

Fostering national and international communication among scientists, researchers, program managers, and company representatives.

Providing a forum for scientists to present their research and interact with other scientists and leaders in their field.

Hearing from important leaders who provide the latest overview of key governmental department missions relevant to this industry. Recent plenary presenters from past events:

  • Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Watch her May 2013 presentation HERE
  • Ms. Letitia A. Long, Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • Dr. Troy E. Meink, Member of the Senior Executive Service, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space; Director, Executive Agent for Space Staff
  • Prof. Dr. -Ing. Ludger Overmeyer, Head of Institute of Transport and Automation Technology Leibniz Univ. Hannover

View other Defense + Security presentations at SPIE.tv HERE

Aligning with AFOSR Technology Directorates

Public policy impacts science and engineering

You can also arrange to conduct industry visits or associated business in connection with this program—contact SPIE if you need affiliated meeting space.

Event overview

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing is the leading global technical conferences, courses, and exhibition on sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies for defense, security, industry, health care, and the environment.

SPIE Defense + Security
Optics, Imaging, Sensing, and Laser Systems 

SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging 
Advanced Technologies and Applications

2017 General Schedule

 Sunday, April 9  Full Day of Conferences & Courses
 Monday, April 10  Full Day of Conferences & Courses 
 Plenary & Welcome Reception
 Tuesday, April 11  Full Day of Conferences & Courses
 Expo Open
 Wednesday, April 12   Full Day of Conferences & Courses
 Expo Open
 Thursday, April 13  Full Day of Conferences & Courses
 Expo Open

Conference registration includes
  • Access to all 55 conferences
  • All plenaries, panels and workshops, technical group meetings, and poster sessions
  • Admission to the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Expo and Industry Sessions
  • Welcome Reception and other networking events
  • Coffee breaks and dessert snacks Tuesday and Wednesday
  • A choice of proceedings
Estimate the cost to attend

All costs are estimates

Estimated 2017 Registration Fees

Registration Type

SPIE Member


Speakers & Authors $635 $695
Non-author Attendees $710 $770
Students $340 $360


Approx. round-trip cost

East Coast $550
Mid Country $400
West Coast $300
Other Potential Daily Costs

Expense type 

Cost per Day

Parking $15-$25
Meals $70
Hotel $125-$199 + 17% tax

Estimate your driving @ $.60/mile


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Important Author Dates

Author Notification (Rescheduled)
13 December 2016

Manuscripts Due
13 March 2017

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