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.