With ongoing pressures on travel and marketing budgets, it is more important than ever to select conferences that provide the highest return on investment. Here’s why participation at SPIE’s Defense, Security and Sensing conferences and exhibition provides the best opportunity for efficient information exchange, business development, networking, and professional development, keeping attendees at the leading edge of the industry.
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|Why Should You Attend Defense, Security, and Sensing 2013?
Defense, Security, and Sensing is the largest annual collection of conferences focused on imaging, sensors, lasers and system applications. It is held in Baltimore, Maryland, a region that is the heart of the U.S. defense, security and aerospace industries, and home to many important educational institutions working in these fields.
1) Latest research and development: 55 co-located technical conferences covering the latest developments in:
Lidar and Radar
Image processing and data analysis
Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems
Unmanned systems and robotics
Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives sensing
Biometric technology for human identification
Hyperspectral, multispectral, and ultraspectral imaging
Themal imaging applications for industry
Sensing for agriculture and food quality and safety
Environmental, chemical, and ocean sensing
And much more: See specific conference for details
2) Unique opportunities to connect:Learn about the latest research and network with experts, vendors, and colleagues from government, military, aerospace, academia and industry from around the world. SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing attracts more than 6,500 top scientists, engineers and product developers, and offers an opportunity to connect with industry leaders and government program directors.
With so much information and sensing technology available in one setting, you can readily justify your goals with one investment of time and minimum travel dollars. Optimize your travel budget while maintaining your competitive edge in research and development.
3) Professional development: Attend one or more of the 55 courses and workshops at Defense, Security, and Sensing to stay on top of the latest technologies and get the training you need to stay competitive in the today’s job market. These education sessions are conducted by experts from academia, government and industry.
4) Technical Exhibition: With more than 500 exhibiting companies and agencies, the Defense, Security, and Sensing Exhibition showcases the newest products, latest innovations and cutting-edge technologies in optics, lasers, sensors, image processing, spectroscopy, infrared systems, and optoelectronic components. Meet with your main suppliers and vendors to maximize your time in Baltimore.
5) Strategic perspective from key leaders: Defense, Security, and Sensing features renowned keynote speakers who provide the latest overview of key governmental department missions relevant to this industry. Bruce Carlson, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, was keynote speaker in 2012.
|What is included in your registration
Registering to attend Defense, Security, and Sensing allows access to all 55 conferences, workshops, networking events, keynote speeches, poster sessions, and the exhibition. By assembling this robust and unique program in one location, SPIE enables you to optimize your networking interactions while minimizing your travel costs. Connect with colleagues, experts, suppliers, potential future suppliers, and customers, in one location. Further, you can arrange to conduct industry visits or associated business in connection with this program – contact SPIE if you need affiliated meeting space.
Attending Defense, Security, and Sensing is an opportunity to learn the progress and view the latest hardware and software in the realm of optical sensing techniques, devices and systems.
|Baltimore: A fiscally smart decision at the heart of the industry
• Baltimore is a lower cost locale for key agency and industry attendees located in the D.C. Metro and Beltway area. In most cases travel by train or car is convenient.
• Proximity to other business: The Baltimore/D.C. Metro Area is the No. 1 area for defense contractors and government agencies. Baltimore also provides opportunities for attendees to combine their visit with other business in the vital corridor between D.C. and Baltimore - there are over 800 defense and aerospace companies in the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area - as well as the Northeast in general.
• Easy to get around: The Baltimore Convention Center is located at the famed Inner Harbor and near numerous hotels. Our guests save on expensive taxi rides that they may incur in other cities. Baltimore also features the fast, friendly and free Charm City Circulator, which transports visitors along several routes in the city, making it even easier to get around. The close proximity of the hotels has an added benefit - more time network with your peers and explore the show floor.
|At a Glance – your cost to attend:
A. If you live and work in DC, Maryland, Virginia – No airfare incurred
B. East Coast: ~$250
C. Mid country: ~$350
D. West Coast: ~ $450
Train: DC, Maryland, Virginia (If in the this key region) $15 - 25 per day
Driving: DC, Maryland, Virginia (If in the this key region) $.55/mile @ 100 miles) = $55/day
Parking: Estimation, assume $30/day x 4 days = $120
Hotel: Prices range from $140 to $210 a night. 4 nights stay at $180 + tax = ~ $720.
- Reservations open 5 December, 2012.
Meals: 4 days at $75 per day = $300
- Speakers and authors: $675 for SPIE members, $735 for non-members.
- Non-authors: $650 for SPIE members, $810 for non-members.
- Students: $275 for SPIE members, $295 for non-members.