SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016

In San Diego, CA, 28 August - 1 September.

01 April 2016

Recent developments in nanoengineering, solar energy, illumination engineering, optical tweezers, metrology, quantum imaging, robotics, and photonic devices will be presented 28 August – 1 September in San Diego at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016.

More than 3000 presentations will cover the latest research in optics and photonics technologies in four symposia: Nanoscience + Engineering, Optics + Photonics for Sustainable Energy, Organic Photonics + Electronics, and Optical Engineering + Applications.

Presentations on green photonics technologies are included throughout these symposia, with talks on building-integrated photovoltaic and concentrator systems; organic LEDs; remote sensing and modeling of ecosystems; and other cutting-edge sustainable technologies.

A new conference will cover UV and higher energy sources and materials, with applications in lithography, biosensing, materials processing, and holography.

The annual event opens with two symposium-wide plenary speakers on Sunday. Michael Tolley of University of California, San Diego (USA) will speak on bioinspired and soft robotics, and Melissa Rice of Western Washington University (USA) will talk about piloting the Mars Curiosity Rover and the recent discoveries from the red planet.


Michael Tolley with a sample of the 3D-printed material for a soft robot.
Melissa Rice and the Mars Curiosity Rover
Melissa Rice and the Mars Curiosity Rover
(Photo courtesy Melissa Rice)

photo of Maryellen GigerAs of press time, other plenary speakers for SPIE Optics + Photonics include SPIE Vice President Maryellen Giger (right) of University of Chicago (USA) and:

  • SPIE Senior Member Andrea Alù of University of Texas at Austin (USA)
  • SPIE Senior Member Alexandra Boltasseva of Purdue University (USA)
  • Harald Giessen from University of Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Daniel Sigg from the LIGO Hanford Observatory and California Institute of Technology (USA)

Student and education activities include a SPIE Student Chapter Leadership Workshop, a conference on education and outreach, and a number of professional development sessions.

SPIE President Robert Lieberman, president of Lumoptix (USA), will preside over the SPIE annual general meeting Tuesday 30 August, and a banquet will honor SPIE annual award winners Wednesday 31 August.

Technology and product demonstrations are also scheduled during a three-day exhibition, Tuesday through Thursday.


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