20-23 September 2010
Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis, Toulouse
Security + Defence Exhibition
Co-located events open with strong attendance and lively sessions
SPIE's co-located European conferences on Security + Defence and Remote Sensing opened with excellent attendance on 20 September at the Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis in Toulouse. More than 700 delegates and exhibitors were on hand over the first two days of the meeting.
Above: Attendees network at a coffee break during the first day of sessions at SPIE Security + Defence and Remote Sensing.
Among first-day technical session highlights was a standing-room-only crowd for the conference on Military Applications in Hyperspectral Imaging and High Spatial Resolution Sensing.
A timely and topical session on LIDAR measurements during the eruptions early this year of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano captivated the audience, as data from observation platforms of the ash plume over Europe were presented.
A roundtable discussion on Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting resulted in a lively debate with contributions from an international audience of technology experts.
Above, from left: Jean-Paul Makengo and Ralph James at the conference welcome reception.
A welcome reception was held in the 11th-century town hall, where SPIE President Ralph James and other conference attendees were welcomed by Toulouse Deputy Mayor Jean-Paul Makengo. Dr. James extended his welcome to the delegates and thanks to the City of Toulouse for hosting the meeting, and presented Mr. Makengo with a tie celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first demonstration of the laser.
Security + Defence plenary talks.
Above: Symposium Chair Bernard Rosier.
Symposium Chairs David Titterton, Reinhard Ebert, and Bernard Rosier introduced an excellent cadre of internationally recognized plenary presenters.
Above: Emmanuel Rosencher.
Emmanuel Rosencher, Chief Scientist, ONERA, covered a wide array of photonic-related technologies developed at the French Aerospace Laboratory with applications across the electromagnetic spectrum..
Above: Jean-Thierry Audren.
Jean-Thierry Audren, European S&T Director, Sagem, provided an overview of the defence and security market including funding trends and described the role of Photonics21 in developing the Strategic Research Agenda and the recent classification of photonics as a "key enabling technology" under the European framework.
Above: John Crow.
John Crow, Head of Scientific Advisors Team, UK Ministry of Defence, provided an overview of how the UK is implementing a coordinated counter-terrorism and crime-fighting science and technology strategy.
Remote Sensing plenary talks
Plenary speakers for the Remote Sensing conference were introduced by Symposium Chairs Steven Neeck, NASA, and Karin Stein, Fraunhofer IOSB..
Above: Pascale Ultré-Guérard.
Pascale Ultré-Guérard, CNES, provided an in-depth review of CNES strategy and activities in the Earth observation programme. The talk covered past successes of the Directorate along with present-day activities and future plans. A large array of projects were described, with applications for areas such as climate change, water cycle, land cover, and oceans.
Above: Vernon Singhroy.
Vernon Singhroy, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, reviewed the role of the organization in working with the Canadian Space Agency to develop remote sensing applications for government. In particular Dr. Singharoy provided an overview of the RADARSAT-1 and -2 platforms that provide data for applications such as natural resource management and exploration, climate change, and disaster management.
The sold-out exhibition opened Tuesday with a record number of companies displaying products and technologies to the conference participants.
"With local companies such as ONERA, Airbus, Thales, CNES, and EADS Astrium, the Toulouse region is a recognized as a leading center of research, development and manufacturing in aerospace, defense, security and remote sensing" said Dr. Andrew Brown, SPIE Senior Director for Global Business Development. "As such, this is the ideal location to host these meetings. We are delighted with the local, national, and international participation during challenging economic times. The record number of attendees and the energy throughout the conference center highlights the value participants gain from networking, exposure to new technologies and markets, and interacting with key suppliers at the exhibition."
The conference continues through Thursday 23 September.
In 2011 the meetings will move to Prague, Czech Republic, where they will be held at the Clarion Hotel 19-22 September.