The debut of SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing in Baltimore drew more than 6,700 attendees, the most ever for the week-long conference and exhibition serving industry, government and academia. The 2012 event set new records in the technical program, with 2,450 presentations on sensing, defense, and security technologies, and in the exhibition, with 540 exhibitors and an 18-percent increase in exhibit visitors.
"Our conference attendees have overwhelmingly endorsed our move to the new location, chosen because of proximity to government and research facilities and decision makers in the Washington, D.C., area, and area amenities," said Peter Hallett, SPIE director of Marketing and Industry Relations.
SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing is the only annual conference and exhibition on the East Coast of the United States focused on optical science and engineering, including lasers, sensors, and imaging systems.
Growing conferences on multispectral and hyperspectral systems, signal processing, data fusion, and automatic processing of big data continue to push the frontier of advanced defense, security, and sensing technologies into real-world applications.
SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing draws developers of photonic sensors that measure the spectroscopic signatures of materials ranging from chemicals, biological materials, trace gases, or toxins, Hallett noted.
Research discussed and presented at the 58 conferences came from a wide spectrum of optics and photonics technologies. In addition to R&D in defense, homeland security, and related technologies, presentations focused on using sensors for food safety, global health, and military medicine, and for monitoring environmental degradation.
"Applications include oceanography, pollution control, precision agriculture, pathogen detection, and many in defense and security," Hallett said. "This work involves lasers, detectors, and people across disciplines including physics, engineering, and computer sciences."
Exhibitors said leads were strong, and they cited the symposium's proximity to decision makers as a huge benefit.
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SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing will return to Baltimore in May 2013.