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Celebrating 40 Years

Celebrating 40 Years

From 1976 to 2016, this meeting continually evolves to keep up with new technologies and application areas. SPIE is proud to support so many dedicated people working to advance technologies and innovations.

In an attempt to remain relevant with the changing world and keep the name and technical event aligned, the event has undergone several changes throughout the years.

The origins of the meeting started with conferences on atmospheric imaging, high-powered lasers, and fibers and reconnaissance in Reston, VA in 1976. It moved to Washington DC and Arlington, VA in the early 80s. Then, in 1986, with the name SPIE's Aerospace Sensing, the event moved from the greater Washington DC area to Orlando. At that time, the event supported a strong aerospace program, topics included imaging, sensors, and displays.

In 1996 the meeting became known as AeroSense, SPIE's International Symposium on Aerospace/Defense Sensing, Simulation, and Controls—or simply AeroSense.

Topics over the years expanded to include image and signal processing, optical pattern recognition, modeling and simulation, data mining, unmanned and unattended space, and a very strong program on IR imaging and sensing. By 2003 none of the topics focused specifically on aerospace and thus the name became Defense and Security. 

In 2009, SPIE incorporated 10 to 12 non-defense sensing conferences from a past Optics East meeting held on Boston, MA and the name expanded to Defense, Security, and Sensing Symposium (DSS). This included several new technology tracks including sensing for industry, environment, and health and emerging technologies (which included law enforcement, agriculture, food quality, forensics, and fiber optic sensing).

Still under the name SPIE DSS, the event moved to Baltimore, MD in 2012. As the technologies and applications continue to expand into commercial + scientific sensing and imaging, in 2016 the name will become SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS).

As we look forward to the future and continue driving new innovations, we want to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of the past 40 years and say thank you to all those involved.

SPIE looks forward to continuing to support these exciting, dynamic technologies and ever-evolving applications into the future.


40 Years of Innovations

World's first digital camera
0.01 megapixels (MP)

Meeting origins in Virginia

Launch of Space-Shuttle Imaging Radar (SIR-A)

First clinical laser technology used in medicine
Strategic Defense Initiative launched

Conference moved to Orlando as Aerospace Sensing

First commercial IR camera introduced
First Fiber Optic Cable crosses Atlantic

Selath Aircraft F-117 revealed

First digital camera sold in the USA

First Predator drones deployed

Conference changed to AeroSense
0.18MP available

First automotive thermal imaging driving aid
First cell phone with built-in camera 

Roomba robotic vacuum released
1.22MP available

Google Maps Released

Summer Olympics, Bejing air quality tested with lasers

Conference changed to Defesne, Security, and Sensing (DSS)

50-year anniversary of the laser
9.98MP available

First commercial drone flight over US land

50MP available

Conference changed to Defense + Commercial Sensing

Rising Researchers
Recognizing early career professionals.

Applications Due
3 October

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