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SPIE adds industrial, commercial sensing conferences to top annual defense and security event

SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing is the largest international event in the field.This year's annual SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing symposium (13-17 April in Orlando, FL), the largest international event for sensing and related optical technologies for industrial, commercial, and defense applications, will include an expanded range of industrial and commercial sensing topics.

The change in scope will better reflect the synergy in the industry, where photonics devices and systems developed for the military find applications in industry, and industry-developed sensors find applications in defense and security.

The added topics strengthen existing programs in imaging, sensing, unmanned and robotic systems, and sensor and data analysis, with conferences on terahertz technology; environmental, chemical and biological sensing; smart biomedical and physiological sensors; photonics transportation; sensing for agriculture and food quality and safety; fiber optics sensors; and the next generation of spectroscopic technologies.

SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center 13-17 April. It is expected to draw 6,000 attendees in the optics and photonics field, and will feature 55 conferences, 57 courses and workshops, and nearly 500 companies in a three-day exhibition. Five winners of the 2008 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, sponsored by SPIE and Laurin Publishing, will exhibit: NoblePeak Vision, Tessera, Coherent, Daylight Solutions, and Sensor Electronic Technology.

In addition to the roster of technical short courses on topics such as imaging and sensing devices and systems and data processing, three professional development workshops will be offered. A workshop on compliance with ITAR, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, of crucial importance to the defense sector, is featured, as well as classes on product innovation and engineering project leadership.

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