Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
14 - 18 April 2019
Industry Events
Special Industry Session on Quantum Technology
Date: Monday 15 April 2019
Time: 9:40 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. 320
The global quantum technology enabled high-tech market is expected to exceed $40 billion by 2044 as quantum-technology based solutions emerge in areas like imaging, secure communications, navigation, and timekeeping to name a few. This potential is attracting huge investment from both government and commercial entities. State-funded investment initiatives total more than $8 billion worldwide, while in the commercial space major corporations such as Honeywell, IBM, Intel, and Alibaba are all pursuing quantum technology solutions. Private investment in quantum technology is also soaring, with venture capital spending in 2018 of more than $200 million and the creation worldwide of tens of startup companies hoping to exploit the technology.

The goal of this session is to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with commercialization of quantum-based solutions. Speakers from industry and government share perspectives on development of quantum-enabled products as well as the creation of an ecosystem that facilitates supply chain development. Find out about the National Quantum Initiative, the Quantum Economic Development Consortium, the investment outlook, and more by attending this half-day special session.

Program
9:40 AM - Coffee and Networking

9:55 AM - Opening

Stephen G. Anderson, Director, Industry Development, SPIE (USA)


10:00 AM - What Does the National Quantum Initiative Mean for Industry?

Jenn Wickre, Senior Policy Advisor, House Committee on Science, Space & Technology, U.S. House of Representatives (USA)

As Senior Policy Advisor for the House Science Committee under Chairman Lamar Smith, Jenn Wickre was one of the principal drafters of the legislation establishing the National Quantum Initiative (NQI) that was passed into law in December of 2018. Working with the agencies, industry and university stakeholder community in crafting the bill, as well as counterparts in the Senate, Jenn has a robust understanding of the congressional intent behind the NQI Act, as well as the dynamics surrounding implementation.


10:25 AM - Building a Quantum Technology Industry Infrastructure: QED-C

Joseph S. Broz, VP Strategy and Applied Sciences Department Head, SRI International, and Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (USA)

The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) is a public/private partnership supported by NIST to inform the US Government’s National Quantum Initiative with respect to private sector needs, and to facilitate a robust commercial quantum ecosystem, including the supply chain, across the computing, network/communications, and sensing domains. This presentation will include an overview of the QED-C and its role in facilitating the growth a robust commercial quantum ecosystem.


10:50 AM - Quantum Technology: Future Applications and Opportunities

Robert S. Williamson III, VP, Business Development, ColdQuanta (USA)


11:15 AM - Toptica Photonics: Tunneling Through Barriers to Quantum Progress

Mark Tolbert, President and CEO of TOPTICA Photonics (USA)


11:40 AM -- Q & A


End of session



Check the Conference App for regular updates.
ThermoSense Vendor Presentation and Reception
Date: Monday 15 April 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:40 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. 321
The Vendors Session started 15 years ago and has become a popular and well-attended success. This venue provides an early opportunity for exhibitors to highlight their latest technology and products to the Thermosense, IR industry, and Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) community. This also enables the technical conference attendees to better prioritize their activities when visiting the Expo. It is a casual meeting with ample time for questions and answers.


Session Chairs

Andres E. Rozlosnik, SI Termografía Infrarroja (Argentina)


Sheng-Jen (Tony) Hsieh, Texas A&M Univ. (USA)


Intended audience
Anyone looking for state of the art in future generation of IR imagers radiometric and non-radiometric and IR image processing systems and all other hardware and software involve in infrared applications. This event is free to attend and open to all conference attendees, exhibitors, and exhibition visitors.


2019 Vendors (in presentation order)

SCD.USA Infrared LLC (Booth 719)
Newest Infrared Sensor Products for 2019 from SCD
Presenter: Mark Fydenkevez, President & CEO of SCD.USA and Quantum Imaging

Electro Optical Industries, Inc. (Booth 724)
Vacuum Blackbodies with Advanced Controllers
Presenter: Stephen Scopatz, General Manager of Electro Optical Industries

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Booth 613)
The latest camera and software developments from FLIR Instruments
Presenter: Jerry Beeney, Strategic Business Development Manager

Reynard Corporation (Booth 833)
Understanding the Optical Manufacturing Process for Custom Build IR Components
Presenter: Chris Karp, Business Development Manager

Sensors Unlimited, Inc. a Collins Aerospace Company (Booth 519)
SUI Update – SWIR imaging with pulse detection and GigE linescan camera for machine vision
Presenter: Doug Malchow, Business Development Manager – Industrial

SOFRADIR-EC (Booth 640)
Advancements in Cooled and Uncooled IR Developments for High Performance Imaging
Presenter: Dr Michel ZÉCRI, CEO SOFRADIR EC Inc (USA)

StingRay Optics, LLC (Booth 227)
StingRay Optics- New Developments 2019
Presenter: Sam Wyman, Sales Manager- Optical Systems

Telops Inc. (Booth 429)
Improving Thermal Measurements with Better Spectral Resolution and Increased Speed Capabilities
Presenter: Wes Autran, Business Development Manager

Thales Cryogenics B.V. (Booth 226)
Thales Cryogenics; Availability vs Reliability
Presenter: Kevin Giesen, Account Manager at Thales Cryogenics

RICOR USA, Inc. (Booth 213)
New Cryocooler developments for HOT detectors
Presenter: Vicky (Victor) Segal, VP Sales and Marketing and Business Development

InfraTec infrared LLC (Booth 204)
Calibrated Zoom Cameras from InfraTec
Presenter: Dr. Sven-A. Wode, Manager Business Development International

IRCAM GmbH (Booth 826)
Infrared Cameras for Scientific Applications
Presenter: Oliver Schreer, Managing Director

Sierra Olympic Technologies Inc. (Booth 209)
Vinden and Ventus series of thermal imaging cameras and software from Sierra Olympic Technologies
Presenter: Chris Johnston, President

HEITRONICS (Booth 746)
Transfer Radiation Thermometers for IR Calibration of Thermal Imaging Cameras and other infrared instrumentation
Presenter: William Bud Foran, Manager of the Americas

Ningbo Sunny Infrared Technologies Co., Ltd. ( Booth 323)
Challenges and breakthroughs of compact thermal imaging lenses
Presenter: Xueren Wang, Project Manager

MicaSense, Inc. (Booth 1157)
Aligned thermal and multispectral imaging for agricultural analysis
Presenter: Dr. Manal Elarab, Remote Sensing Scientist

Excelitas (Booth 438)
CheetIR - Latest high definition, HOT MWIR high performance optical zoom camera
Presenter: Dennis Bates- Business Development Manager

This session is complete. If you are interested in participating in the session you can ask the moderators in case a time slot becomes available. Thanks for your commitment.

If you have any questions regarding this session, please contact:

Andres E. Rozlosnik, SI Termografía Infrarroja (Argentina), aer@termografia.com
Sheng-Jen (Tony) Hsieh, Texas A&M Univ. (United States), hsieh@tamu.edu
Job Fair
Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall
Top Employers are Coming Together to Interview and Hire Candidates at Defense + Commercial Sensing 2019
Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best.

Meet recruiters on the exhibit floor
AR VR Experience
Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall
Come experience AR VR technology for yourself at this technology demonstration.

Take part in Augmented and Virtual Reality demonstrations of spacecraft instruments and hardware, as well as other technologies and user interfaces from Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory. Happening at the exhibition.
FLIR: Thermal Cameras for Safer Cars
Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
Over 600,000 FLIR thermal cameras have been deployed in passenger cars to date to improve safety by extending the drivers vision at night beyond the range of the headlights. This is a popular option in areas where deer and other animal strikes are common. In addition to improving night time perception thermal cameras improve automotive safety by improving vehicle perception in high contrast scenes, like when driving into the sun and other challenging environmental conditions such as fog and rain. With the emergence of machine learning, thermal cameras are poised to further improve automotive safety by providing an orthogonal and redundant sensor input to the sensor fusion network that is used to control the vehicle.

This talk will show how thermal cameras complement the other sensors used in automotive applications and some of the machine learning and simulation work that FLIR has done to jump start the widespread adoption of thermal cameras as standard equipment in automotive safety application such as thermally activated automatic emergency breaking.

Speaker

Mike Walters, VP Micro-camera Product Management at FLIR (USA)


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GPS-denied, 6DoF Tracking / Navigation: Important Concepts
Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Time: 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
Many applications need to track (i.e., navigate) the 3D location and/or orientation of a device. The gold standard approach, GPS strengthened by inertial measurements, is not always an option. Many alternative sensors are available to track / navigate in GPS-denied situations. I will present a high level overview of several of the more popular options, and their pros and cons.

Speaker

Rich Madison, R&D Manager, Motion Tracking at Thales Visionix (USA)
Imec: Enabling High Resolution MMW Imaging for Autonomous Driving, Inspection, and Security
Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
Next generation mmw imaging building blocks will enable high resolution imaging and solutions for autonomous driving, standoff security screening, non-destructive inspection, and standoff monitoring of high density crowds. This presentation will focus on how imec’s envisioned flexibility will allow efficient and creative computational imaging methods to enhance imagery beyond predefined hardware capabilities.


Speaker

Orges Furxhi, Senior Researcher at imec (USA)
A Path to Successful Implementation of Precision Optics for Night Vision Systems Utilizing Molded Aspheric Lenses
Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
Molded aspheric optics will lower the cost, reduce the weight and reduce the size of night vision systems. There is continued pressure to improve old systems and develop new systems with substantially reduced cost, weight and size. However poorly or even typically engineered aspheric lens systems can result in reduced system performance, production delays and other serious problems. To successfully utilize molded aspheres and the newer moldable materials, in precision optics used for night vision, each stage of the design and implementation is different in its details from conventional glass systems.

Real examples from imaging devices such as fast visible and near IR objectives, thermal objectives, reflective systems and various eyepieces will be given. Both the advantages and limitations of the various moldable materials will be summarized.


Speaker

Dave Schmidt, Chief Scientist, at RPO (USA)
Opening Up New Markets for THz Technology
Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
According to market analysis, the gas sensors market is expected to be valued at $1.3 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 6.83% between 2017 and 2023. What has kept THz spectroscopy from making significant inroads into this market has been three-fold: price, detection sensitivity and market acceptance of a new technology. At this Industry Talk, I will discuss various aspects of getting into this market.

Speaker

Joseph R. Demers, President of Bakman Technologies (USA)
FLIR’s New MWIR Portfolio
Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Time: 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
FLIR has introduced several new MWIR camera cores covering diverse market applications from SWaP sensitive to ultra-high performance.


Speaker

Dan Walker, Vice President Product Management, Core & Components at FLIR (USA)


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Research to Develop a Survey of Small Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) Sensors for Group 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
This session will give some insight into DSIAC, a DOD information research partner and curator of technology advancements and trends for the defense systems community. Brian is an employee of the SURVICE Engineering Company and the Technical Project Lead with DSIAC, where he assists in all aspects of the technical and managerial oversight of the center. Prior to this position, he spent more than 8 years supporting various teams and efforts at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (assessing live-fire UBB tests, innovating accelerometer data reduction and analysis methods, and developing survivability and injury analyses used to expand and enhance the Army’s UBB modeling methodology). Come hear what DSIAC has to offer.


Speaker

Brian Benesch, Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (USA)
AR VR Experience
Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall
Come experience AR VR technology for yourself at this technology demonstration.

Take part in Augmented and Virtual Reality demonstrations of spacecraft instruments and hardware, as well as other technologies and user interfaces from Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory. Happening at the exhibition.
Job Fair
Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall
Top Employers are Coming Together to Interview and Hire Candidates at Defense + Commercial Sensing 2019
Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best.

Meet recruiters on the exhibit floor
Stabilized Panoramic Video for First Responder and Defense Applications
Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
First responders and warfighters need situational awareness (SA) to make better decisions to keep themselves and civilians safer. Traditional cameras cannot provide full SA because they have a limited field of view, provide no clear orientation information, and are limited in their ability to compensate for rapid movement/rotation.

We combine a new method for panoramic video stitching, a precise synchronization of multiple image sensors to a single clock and IMU, and a first-year person/VR visualization UI to significantly improve first-responder SA. To do this, we employ fully stabilized panoramic video even at high rates of rotation, noise-resistant stitching at 200X lower processing requirements, and consistent horizontal and vertical orientation information. The result is cameras that can be thrown, rolled, dropped, mounted on a drone, attached to a dog, and lowered into a tunnel on a rope, among other applications.


Speaker

Francisco Aguilar, CEO at Bounce Imaging (USA)
FMCW Lidar for Defense Applications
Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Time: 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
Blackmore is pioneering a new kind of lidar that measures radial velocity on every data point. Accelerate your analytics and unlock your perception pipeline.

Lidar is at a dramatic inflection point of dropping costs and increasing capability. Fixed-point installs, mobile ground applications, and airborne platforms can all benefit from lidar mapping and surveillance capability. Further, as systems become increasingly autonomous, lidar stands as a key sensor. Blackmore will cover the space of lidar applications as context for the unique capabilities offered by Blackmore's FMCW lidar technology and associated analytics.


Speaker

Stephen Crouch, CTO at Blackmore Sensors and Analytics (USA)
High Performance Quantum Cascade Lasers for Defense and Commercial Applications
Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
Commercial products based on Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) devices continue to enjoy performance improvements. These advanced capabilities have been integrated into QCL-based instrumentation that enables many applications requiring mid-infrared illumination and sensing. We will review several recent examples of application demonstrations in scientific research, life sciences and defense markets.

Speaker

Eric Takeuchi, VP Strategy & Business Development, DRS Daylight Solutions (USA)
Ultralow-loss Mid-IR Interference Coatings via Substrate Transfer and Direct Bonding
Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
Substrate-transferred crystalline coatings have emerged as a groundbreaking new concept in high-performance optical interference coatings. Building upon the initial demonstration of this technology in 2013, significant improvements have been realized in the optical performance of these novel single-crystal GaAs/AlGaAs multilayers for both near- and mid-infrared wavelengths. For center wavelengths spanning 1064 to 1560 nm, the excess optical losses (scatter + absorption) have been determined to be less than 5 ppm, with sub-ppm optical absorption directly measured. Near a center wavelength of 1550 nm, these coatings have enabled the realization of a linear cavity with a finesse exceeding 600,000.

Moreover, extending this technology to the mid-IR spectral region from 2 to 5 μm, the GaAs/AlGaAs-based semiconductor supermirrors have continued to show low-loss properties. For example, excess losses of less than 50 ppm were measured by cavity ringdown on the first prototype mirrors at 4.5 µm. The combination of wide spectral bandwidth with low optical absorption offers unique possibilities for mid-IR applications with this enabling coating technology. Given their unique advantages, crystalline coatings are currently redefining the performance metrics for applications requiring the ultimate levels of optical, thermal, and optomechanical performance.


Speaker

Mark White, Business Development and Marketing at Crystalline Mirror Solutions (USA)
Breakthrough Applications of Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) for Standoff Detection of Explosives and Chemical and Biological Targets
Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
Standoff detection of chemicals has been one of the most challenging, as well as most promising applications for QCLs. Furthermore, Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy has been the industry standard for detection and identification of chemicals, but it has always been limited to laboratory settings. However, the combination of QCLs and Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy has now enabled numerous Standoff Applications and has opened up new markets. Block Engineering/MEMS (“Block”) has been leading the field of Standoff Detection for decades and has now expanded its capabilities and product portfolio with QCL-based systems.

In this presentation, we will describe several breakthrough standoff applications, including real-time, multicomponent gas detection and identification for large area protection against chemical attacks, long-standoff detection of trace chemicals including explosives on a variety of real-world surfaces, detection of biological threats and protection of large areas against accidental industrial chemical releases.


Speaker

Petros A. Kotidis, CEO of Block Engineering (USA)
FLIR: SWIR Imaging In Nightglow Conditions
Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Time: 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
Where there is little or no man-made light, the night presents a very challenging environment for silicon low-light cameras and I2 night vision goggles. But the night sky glows with downwelling SWIR radiation that is hundreds of times brighter than ambient visible light on a moonless night. This so-called nightglow is ripe for exploitation by tactical SWIR systems, but extreme sensitivity and low sensor noise is required.

This presentation discusses the results of recent field trials using FLIR Systems InGaAs cameras (along with ambient SWIR irradiance measurements) on moonless desert nights in areas of southern Utah where man-made light pollution is minimal.


Speaker

Austin Richards, Senior Research Scientist at FLIR (USA)


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ERC: Funding Opportunities for Creative Minds from Europe and Anywhere in the World
Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
The European Research Council (ERC) funds frontier research that enables breakthrough discoveries, and establishes the conditions for future innovations that address key scientific and societal priorities. ERC supports individual researchers of any nationality at different career development stages, performing cross disciplinary research in Europe. Pioneering ideas, new research fields and emerging applications introducing unconventional and innovative approaches are funded.

The main funding schemes of the European Research Council (ERC) will be presented, together with its main achievements in the last 10 years. The portfolio of ERC projects in photonics will be also presented and some success stories highlighted.


Speaker

Anna G. Mignani , European Research Council Executive Agency and National Research Council of Italy (Europe)
Photonics Public Policy Update
Date: Thursday 18 April 2019
Time: 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: Industry Stage- Exhibition Hall
Hear the latest public policy updates from SPIE on Thursday morning after the Exhibitor Breakfast. Jennifer Douris O’Bryan, SPIE Government Affairs Director based in Washington, DC, will provide an update on current public policy issues affecting the optics and photonics community, including regulatory changes that could affect growth in emerging fields of technology both in the U.S. and globally, the status of the trade war between the U.S. and China and new CFIUS requirements for foreign investment.


Speaker

Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE (USA)

Check the Conference App for regular updates.
AR VR Experience
Date: Thursday 18 April 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Exhibition Hall
Come experience AR VR technology for yourself at this technology demonstration.

Take part in Augmented and Virtual Reality demonstrations of spacecraft instruments and hardware, as well as other technologies and user interfaces from Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory. Happening at the exhibition.
Building the Future of Integrated Photonics Sensors with AIM Photonics
Date: Thursday 18 April 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
Sensors serve as the interface between the universe and data, and as such are critical to applications ranging from homeland security to healthcare. This talk will describe how AIM Photonics can be a viral partner in addressing diverse sensor markets, with a particular focus on defense.


Speaker

Benjamin L. Miller, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering & Optics and University of Rochester Medical Center (USA)
FLIR: Custom Gridded Windows for Visible and SWIR Applications
Date: Thursday 18 April 2019
Time: 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Industry Stage - Exhibition Hall
This presentation will discuss gridded windows technology for imaging systems, which provides superior transmission while attenuating EMI and incorporating other functions such as heating.


Speaker

Robert Bush, Senior Business Development Manager at FLIR Systems (USA)


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