The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
1 - 6 February 2020
Industry Events
Entrepreneur Program: Think like an Entrepreneur Workshop—Healthcare Focus
Date: Saturday 1 February 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Howard Room (5th Floor)
WS1250 Course Level: Introductory

Have you ever wondered if something you’ve developed in the lab could be the basis for a business?

This half-day workshop brings experienced photonics entrepreneurs and specialists together with people who need to demystify the process of starting their own healthcare venture using light-based technologies.

Experienced entrepreneurs and trainers will introduce foundational concepts of entrepreneurship to optics & photonics researchers so that they understand the different mindsets and networks they need to be successful with a business venture. These mindsets are important whether you are building a business from nothing or trying to introduce a new product in an existing company. Explore the diverse skills and demands needed to do modern product development.

  • Think like a Founder – Starting something from nothing
  • Think like a Customer – What will solve their real problems
  • Think like a CEO – Building a team
  • Think like a VC – Financing teams, getting a payoff
  • Think like a Manufacturer – Prototyping, building lean, selling it quickly


  • Instructor

    Farzin Samadani, National Instructor for I-Corps Program (United States)

    Advances in Optical Coherence Tomography
    Date: Saturday 1 February 2020
    Time: 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    OCT now: Advanced systems, capabilities, and applications
    Now in its third decade of development, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is proving its power as an imaging technique with a growing list of applications in biomedicine. Extensive development activity is driving continued advances and fueling healthy growth (at a compound annual rate of almost 9% since 2018) in a global market projected to reach $1.5 B by 2023. This growth seems likely to continue as acceptance of OCT becomes more widespread and novel developments increase its ability to enable researchers and practitioners to produce important outcomes for patients. This session will look at novel system design, improved capabilities, and applications in ophthalmology, otology, cardiology, and more, along with the technological advances that are enabling OCT innovation.

    Join us to hear about some of the leading advances in OCT, with unique insight from industry experts on this fast-evolving technique.

    Chair


    Barbara Gefvert, Editor-in-Chief. BioOptics World (United States)

    Speakers

    Ophthalmic Optical Coherence Tomography – Transforming Patient Care
    In this talk we examine how OCT continues to transform patient care by ever increasing imaging speed, imaging depth and image quality. With fields of view approaching that of ultra-wide field fundus cameras and OCT Angiography providing non-invasive capillary contrast, optical coherence tomography systems have become versatile ophthalmic diagnostic tools indispensable in everyday clinical practice. We provide an overview of state of the art ophthalmic OCT and point out directions for how future OCT systems will continue to revolutionize eye care.


    Tilman Schmoll, Scientist, Carl Zeiss Meditec (United States)


    Through the Curtain: OCT-enhanced Ear Exams Remove the Guesswork
    This talk presents a re-engineering of OCT technology for production of a handheld tool that for the first time enables objective, quantitative, and non-invasive assessment of middle ear infections, the leading cause of hearing loss, surgeries, and antibiotic use in children. The current gold standard has an accuracy of only 50%, resulting in poor outcomes and treatment strategies. PhotoniCare’s OCT-enabled TOMi Scope is the only technology that looks directly at the disease, showing potential as a vast improvement over the current standard of care. The presentation will discuss device design and operation, as well as potential for further development.


    Ryan Shelton, Co-founder & CEO, PhotoniCare (United States)


    Improving Cardiac Outcomes with Photonic Imaging
    High-resolution visualization of coronary plaques using intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) has been proven to be a powerful tool to improve stenting, and may assist in vulnerable plaque detection. However, identification of potentially vulnerable lipid core- plaquesis difficult with IVOCT and/or standard of care tools.

    In April, 2019, the FDA approved a near-IR spectroscopy (NIRS)device for the detection of high risk coronary plaques. SpectraWAVE is using telecom inspired fiber optic components and systems to add NIRS to IVOCT in a single compact and affordable new instrument. This combined technology provides simultaneous information about the microstructure and composition of coronary plaques permitting improved stenting and detection vulnerable plaques.


    Barry Vuong, Senior Scientist / Engineer, SpectraWAVE Inc., (United States)


    Affordable OCT Imaging
    This presentation reveals the work—including engineering, development and distribution—to make OCT affordable for researchers and educators, clinicians, and OEMs. It briefly reviews operation of the technology, applications, commercial outcomes, and potential future directions.


    Adam Wax, Founder & Chief Science Officer, Lumedica (United States)


    Advanced components and subsystems for next-generation OCT
    For the last two decades, Thorlabs has delivered novel, reliable and application-oriented components to the OCT community. This talk provides a summary of recent progress at Thorlabs with emphasis on MEMS-VCSEL light source technology for sweep-mode switchable kHz-to-MHz A-scan rate OCT and meter-depth range imaging, efforts towards miniaturization and cost reduction of OCT components and systems, and new OCT research applications. It will discuss how these advances enable next-generation OCT for OCT researchers and developers, for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and for application end users without detailed knowledge of OCT.


    Shahid Islam, Lead VCSEL Applications Scientist, Thorlabs, Inc. (United States)
    Lunch & Learn: Equity in Industry
    Date: Saturday 1 February 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Open to all registered attendees. No advance registration is required. First 50 to attend will receive a free boxed lunch.


    Join us for a panel discussion on how to build equity in industry and share ideas with others in the community.


    Speaker

    Coming soon
    Healthcare Keynote: Bruce Tromberg, NIBIB and NIH
    Date: Saturday 1 February 2020
    Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    "Engineering the Future of Health" - Dr. Bruce Tromberg will kick off this session on translating laboratory science and engineering in healthcare into both positive patient outcomes and viable businesses.

    Keynote


    Bruce Tromberg, Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (United States)


    Entrepreneur Program: Healthcare Founders Panel
    Date: Saturday 1 February 2020
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Advances in healthcare are enabled by optics. Join founders of growing young companies in the Healthcare space for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities in the current healthcare startup landscape.
    Entrepreneur Program: Healthcare Investors Panel
    Date: Saturday 1 February 2020
    Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Investors in Healthcare companies have a tolerance for the long timelines and risk of a health efficacy evaluation. Hear from active investors what they look for in a company to fund, and how founders can improve their outcomes.
    Entrepreneur Program: Pitching 101
    Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Room 2024 (Level 2 West)
    Test drive your pitch for the Startup Challenge competition in this interactive workshop.
    Photonics in Healthcare
    Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Photonics-based methods are helping to meet the increasing worldwide demand for rapid, accurate, personalised and cost-effective healthcare interventions – including imaging, diagnostics and therapy. Biophotonics is also instrumental to the analysis of processes at the molecular level, enabling a greater understanding of the origin of diseases, and hence allowing prevention and new treatments.

    Attend this session to learn from industry experts as they discuss topics that include the selection and optimisation of image sensors specifically for medical imaging applications, fluorescence and spectral methods for image-guided surgery, fiber-based solutions for medical imaging, the use of acousto-optic elements for advanced microscopy, and the role of photonics in manufacturing of cell-based therapies.


    Chair

    Tom Harvey, Healthcare Photonics Lead, CPI Centre for Healthcare Photonics (United Kingdom)

    Speakers

    Making the invisible visible with multispectral and fluorescence image-guided surgery
    The prism-based imaging technique of the Quest Spectrum surgical platform enables surgeons to create contrast between biological tissues that are indistinguishable with the naked eye. The contrast in fluorescence image guided surgery is created by using fluorescent tracers to visualize biological structures. Due to the imaging in the near-infrared, just outside the spectrum visible to the human eye, the system can provide information for tumor localization or tissue perfusion, to give the surgeon real-time information and to improve their decision-making-process during open and minimal invasive surgery. Insight into the prism-based camera system for medical imaging will be given together with an overview of the current and future applications of fluorescence and (multi)spectral image-guided surgery. Case examples will be used to demonstrate the impact of these imaging techniques in the medical field.


    Richelle Hovelling, Manager Research & Trials, Quest Medical Imaging (The Netherlands)

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    Image sensors for medical applications – Specific needs and applications
    Image sensors belong to the core components in many medical devices such as endoscopic and intraoral cameras. However, the leading sensor manufactures target high volume applications with specifications which are often different from the requirements in medical applications. Tailored solutions for medical devices are often produced in lower quantities having special demands regarding the optic design, spectral response and size. The presentation gives an overview on aspects for sensor choice and enhanced functionality. Emphasis is put on the chief ray angle design of micro lens arrays in CMOS sensors and options to replace protective windows by customized coated windows. A high precision alignment tool for multi-chip camera systems is presented and some aspects for sensor alignment will be presented.


    Stefan Beyer, Manager Product Development Medical Applications, Berliner Glas (Germany)

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    Do Dim Things: Why low light imaging capabilities enable advances in research and medicine
    The past decade of camera development ushered in a new era of low light imaging that was previously unfathomable. EMCCDs enabled the first precision localization super resolution experiments. These cameras, along with highly sensitive PMTs, were part of the story of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. From EMCCDs we progressed to scientific CMOS. These cameras are now the workhorse for PCR, digital pathology whole slide imaging and low-cost gene sequencing. As the go-to technology for almost every advanced microscopy technique, they are applied to elucidating the inner workings of cells, the connectivity and activity of the brain, the mysteries of embryogenesis and the pathology of disease. As research progresses and optical designs become refined, the technical advances in the lab will make their way into the clinic, both as data-driven treatments and diagnostic instruments. Understanding what CMOS, and particularly low noise scientific CMOS, brings to the table for imaging is beneficial to every investigator since this insight may stimulate new ideas for previously untestable questions and undeveloped devices.


    Stephanie M. Fullerton, Life Science Marketing Manager, Hamamatsu Corporation (United States)

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    The use of acousto-optics in advanced microscopy
    High resolution, confocal microscopes illuminate their object with laser beams. Instead of recording the whole image in one step, these microscopes scan the object point by point. High end instruments operate with multiple lasers & wavelengths and some versions now utilise supercontinuum sources. The need to carefully control both the illumination, reflection and any generated fluorescence signals is critical. Acousto-optics provides the capability of very rapidly manipulating the wavelength and amplitude of light through the interaction of acoustic waves with laser light within acousto-optic crystals in a completely electronic manner. Acousto-optic deflectors can also be arranged and driven to enable the rapid focus and tilt of optical wavefronts, enabling high-speed 3D random access microscopy. The potential to be able to combine continuous axial and lateral scanning using acousto-optics enables line scanning in any direction at high speed and the scan can be aligned to match biological structures. The wide use of acousto-optics in modern high resolution, advanced microscopy is discussed.


    Andrew Robertson, Senior Vice President, Gooch & Housego (United Kingdom)

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    The Digital Twin: A call for new sensors for bioreactors
    A bioreactor is vessel for large-scale biological reactions. The bioreactor must provide for the complete nourishment, gas exchange, temperature control, and homeostasis that would normally be provided by a complete organism. Most current bioreactors provide for relatively basic sensing and control of the cell culture medium. Common sensors include temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen and most control systems regulate temperature, pH and gas exchange through PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) control. A number of studies have demonstrated that improved cell viability and production can be achieved by more thorough sensing and modelling of the bioreactor system. Improvements in sensors, complex system modelling, and control technology create an opportunity for improved bioreactors capable of delivering consistent, predictable results even in complex culturing conditions like the autologous cell cultures required for cell-based therapies such as immunotherapy and regenerative medicine. To this end, GE is developing new modelling methods to understand not only average batch regulation but complete modelling of individual batches. This modelling of every batch we refer to as the Digital Twin. By creating a Digital Twin of the bioreactor, we will be able to improve both adaptive and predictive control of processes through in silico modelling to deliver improved outcomes for our customers.


    Paul C. Goodwin, Science Director, GE Healthcare, Life Sciences (United States)

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    Advanced fiber solutions for biomedical photonics in the 0.3-16 µm range
    Review of the latest progress reached in specialty fiber optics of a broad spectral range: 0.3-16μm. The most advanced fiber solutions for minimal invasive laser medicine and biomedical diagnostics using IR-imaging and key spectroscopy methods will be presented with hot examples of new applications: multi-spectral tissue diagnostics to detect tumor margins for its surgery removal, minimal invasive laser angioplasty, inter-corporal InfraRed-imaging of tissue during RFA procedures in heart, etc. Spectral fiber sensing for label free analysis of tissue composition enables to differentiate malignant and normal tissue to secure minimal invasive, but complete tumor removal. Comparison of key spectral methods of Raman scattering, fluorescence, diffuse NIR-reflection & MIR-absorption spectroscopy was made to select the most specific, sensitive and accurate method or to combine them for tumor surgery navigation. Clinical examples of this approach will be presented for oral, colon and other organ cancers. Progress with new development of flexible cables for medical CO2- and CO-lasers will be presented describing comparison of PIR-fiber and Hollow Waveguide based cables to enable the possibility to develop new smart laser medical systems.


    Viacheslav Artyushenko, President, art photonics GmbH (Germany)

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    How hyperspectral sensing technologies can help enabling wearables for health diagnostics
    In the past decade we have seen several wearables introduced that can measure certain health-related parameters. Fitness wearables and skin patches that monitor optical heart rate, for instance are readily available. Significant advances have also been made on integrating heart rate variability and ECG measurements into smart watches. Other important health-related parameters, however, cannot yet reliably be integrated into a wearable device. Continuous measurement of oxygen saturation with medical grade accuracy at parts of the body other than the finger or ear lobe, for example, is not available from a wearable. Similarly, skin hydration measurement is not yet available in a wearable device. In this presentation we will explain recent advances in using hyperspectral sensing to measure parameters such as oxygen saturation and skin hydration for integration into small wearables. Actual results will be shown on Spectricity’s optical sensors with a size of only a few square mm. We will explain how this patented CMOS hyperspectral filter technology can help with the manufacture of really compact patch and strap wearables that should be able to measure oxygen saturation and skin hydration with medical grade accuracy.


    Ward van der Tempel, co-founder and Product Director, Spectricity (Belgium)

    Lunch & Learn: Managing Unconscious Bias
    Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Open to all registered attendees. No advance registration is required. First 50 to attend will receive a free boxed lunch.

    Join us for a one-hour session on how to manage unconscious bias and share ideas with others in the community.

    Instructor:
    TBD
    Entrepreneur Program: Lunch & Strategy Discussion
    Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: Room 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    Startup strategy will be the focus of this networking lunch and discussion.
    Entrepreneur Program: Building a Team to Build Your Business Panel
    Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
    Time: 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
    Location: Room 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    "Leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats. And they stick with that discipline—first the people, then the direction—no matter how dire the circumstances." - Jim Collins. Indeed, most investors will tell you that they back teams, not ideas or business models. Join this panel discussion to learn how to identify gaps and make good strategic hires with the limited resources in your startup.
    Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging
    Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
    Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Artificial Intelligence / deep learning is a modern machine learning approach that has seen tremendous innovation in the last few years. Specifically, it has revolutionized the field of computer vision—making practical technologies out of what seemed like science fiction just a few years ago. There is a general sense of optimism that these same technologies may be fruitfully applied in medical imagine to improve accuracy and efficiency of reading services.


    Session Chair

    Kyle Myers, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (United States)


    Speakers

    Maryellen Giger, College at the University of Chicago, recently sold Quantitative Insights (United States)



    Charles A. Taylor, CTO, HeartFlow (United States)



    Myung Jae Lee, Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer, JLK Inspection (Korea and United States)


    Panel to follow
    Entrepreneur Program: Investment: Milestones and Money Panel
    Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
    Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location: Room 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    In seeking outside funding to scale a company, most founders make the mistake of not connecting the money raised to the milestones they intend to achieve. This panel discussion brings financial experts, investors, and founders together for a conversation about how to speak the same language.
    Global Photonics Markets Workshop
    Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
    Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Room 3000 (Level 3 West)
    If you are currently or have been involved in efforts to measure the size and impact of the photonics business activity in your region or country, attend this workshop to meet with and learn from your colleagues in other regions who are also involved in understanding the economic impact of photonics and the generation of key supporting statistics and analysis.

    This workshop will provide a forum for sharing experiences and discussing the lessons learned from those who have done this before. You can learn directly from your peers … What are the problems to expect? How did others solve them? What are the best practices? How best to leverage such analysis?

    The discussion will range from tips about how to structure databases and source data, questions to ask in a survey, to running apportionment meetings and bigger debates such as whom to include in the industry and how to leverage such exercises for maximum impact.

    The workshop will be led jointly by Stephen Anderson, Director of Industry Development at SPIE, and Dr. John Lincoln (Harlin Ltd & UK Photonics Leadership Group). Both have worked on sizing the photonics industry globally and regionally for the past six years.

    This event is invitation only. If you are interesting in attending, please email stephena@spie.org
    Entrepreneur Program: Risk 2 Value Course
    Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
    Time: 3:30 PM - 5:45 PM
    Location: Room 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    Investors in your company need to know how you will use the money they put in and where the company will get to as a result. Learn a technique that financial experts use to make this estimate so you can speak more effectively to potential investors.

    Instructors

    Christopher Rowan, Managing Partner, Arscientia Advisors (United States)



    Doug Komen, Investor, Arscientia Advisors (United States)
    Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar
    Date: Monday 3 February 2020
    Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: InterContinental Hotel, Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)

    Join us for the only executive-level event held in partnership with SPIE and part of the official Photonics West program. The 32nd Annual Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar offers global photonics-industry executives, analysts, and investors market data, strategic insights, and guidance, with exclusive content and invaluable, high-level networking opportunities. The networking includes a breakfast, lunch and a high-profile post-Seminar reception.

    This year SPIE has joined in partnership with Laser Focus World, which produces the Seminar, to provide even more understanding of the international business climate, trade challenges, investment flows, and emerging technology trends and opportunities.

    Speakers and panelists range from senior executives at some of the largest photonics companies such as II-VI, Hamamatsu, MKS Instruments, and Trumpf, to CEOs of startups and technical experts in fast changing markets such as precision optics and VCSELs. Registration for the Marketplace Seminar is handled separately by Laser Focus World. View the agenda online



    Produced by Laser Focus World
    In cooperation with
    ITF Photonics
    Date: Monday 3 February 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate B-C
    Artificial intelligence and cloud computing are driving an exponentially growing demand for optical interconnect bandwidth. From the datacenter network down to the chip level, silicon photonics is a prime technology to scale optical interconnects to the desired bandwidth density, power and cost.

    But silicon photonics can enable applications far beyond datacenter interconnects. Think about biophotonics-on-chip, a relatively new research domain that will be very important for diagnostics, therapy and follow up. It will enable doctors to analyze tissue samples without having to use big (fluorescence) microscopes, and to study tissue samples without using big spectroscopes. The key is to integrate optical circuits (out of silicon) with electronic ones. With these photonic-electronic hybrid chips, one can make revolutionary healthcare solutions with the main characteristic of being compact, smart, low-cost and easy to use.

    Integrated optical spectral sensing solutions can benefit an even wider range of applications and markets, including precision agriculture, food analysis or colorimetric applications for industrial and consumer markets.

    ITF Photonics 2020 will focus on the versatility of integrated silicon photonics technology and on its potential for a broad variety of application domains – including cloud computing, datacenters, artificial intelligence, healthcare, agriculture and food analysis.

    The event is invitation only. Email innovation@spie.org to learn more.


    Schedule

    1:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Coffee and Registration

    1:30 pm to 1:50: Opening and Welcome
    Photonics Driven Innovation in Healthcare, Computing and Communications


    Bert Gyselinckx, VP & GM, imec Florida (United States)


    Photonics enabling the Future of AI

    1:50 to 2:10 pm: Towards Chip-Based Quantum Cryptographic Devices

    Charles Lim, Assitant Professor of ECE and CQT, NUS (United States)


    2:10 to 2:30 pm: Silicon Photonics Technology for Scaling AI and the Cloud 

    Philippe Absil, VP R&D, Head of the 3D and Silicon Photonics Technologies Dpt, imec (Belgium)


    2:30 to 2:50 pm: Next-Generation Micro-Photonic Transdermal Biosensor Technology for Main Biomarker and Monitoring

    Augustinas Vizbaras, CTO, Head of Chip & Sensor Technology, Brolis Sensor Technology (Lithuania)


    Photonics for Imaging

    2:50 to 3:10 pm: Low-Cost / High-Resolution, Small Pitch, Short-Wave Infrared Image Sensors and Systems

    Pawel Malinowski, Program Manager User Interfaces & Imagers, imec (Belgium)

    and

    Orges Furxhi, R&D Manager, Camera Systems and Computational Imaging, imec (Belgium)


    3:10 to 3:30 pm: How Hyperspectral Sensing Technologies Can Help Enabling Wearables for Health Diagnostics

    Carl Smets, CEO, Spectricity (United States)


    Photonics for Health

    3:30 to 4:00 pm: Coffee break


    4:00 to 4:20 pm: Photonics for Sensing

    Cary Gunn, Founder & CEO, Genalyte (United States)


    4:20 to 4:40 pm: Integrating Biophotonics on Chip

    Pol Van Dorpe, Scientific Director, Life Science Technologies, imec (Belgium)


    4:40 to 5:00 pm: Keynote TBC

    5.00 to 5.20 pm: InSiDe: Integrated Silicon Photonics for Cardiovascular Disease Monitoring

    Roel Baets, imec (Belgium)


    Advancing your Innovation with Photonics

    5:20 to 5:40 pm: Imec.IC-link: Silicon Photonics Services Showing Cases from Industry
    TBC, imec (Belgium)


    Closing Talk

    5:40 to 6:00 pm: Why AI Projects Fail: The "7 commandments" of AI for Business

    Mieke De Ketelaere, Program Director AI, imec (Belgium)


    6:00 to 7:00 pm: Reception and Demos


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    Entrepreneur Program: Customer Discovery with NSF I-Corps Instruction
    Date: Monday 3 February 2020
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Room 2024 (Level 2 West)
    Photonics West is an amazing laboratory for customer discovery training. Learn about the wide variety of customers you might encounter, identify decision-makers among them, and have the conversations that will guide your business development.

    Instructor

    Farzin Samadani, National Instructor for I-Corps Program (United States)
    Entrepreneur Program: Networking Lunch
    Date: Monday 3 February 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Location: Room 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    Day 2 of the Entrepreneur Program is all about mentoring. This informal lunch is open to the participants in the Entrepreneur program and the mentors and judges from the Startup Challenge so that teams can meet and network.
    Entrepreneur Program: Office Hours—Teams and Mentors
    Date: Monday 3 February 2020
    Time: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Rooms 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    Mentors from a variety of backgrounds will take 20 minute meetings with Entrepreneur program participants and teams.
    Photonics Cluster Reception
    Date: Monday 3 February 2020
    Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Location: InterContinental Hotel, InterContinental A (5th Floor)
    Leaders from regional optics and photonics clusters are invited to join this SPIE-hosted reception. Connect with your peers while enjoying drinks and appetizers, compare notes, and hear an update from your peers abroad on efforts to raise awareness of photonics in their homeland, as well as a brief report on the SPIE Photonics Industry Analysis project.


    Sponsored by
    Executive Women's Meetup
    Date: Monday 3 February 2020
    Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location: InterContinental Hotel, Fremont Room (5th Floor)
    This is an invitation-only event for women executives in the optics, photonics, and photonics-enabled community to meet up, talk shop, network, and enjoy a glass of wine.

    This event follows the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation and Reception.

    Female executives interested in attending may email mega@spie.org for more information.
    Entrepreneur Program: Pre-Seed Stage Healthcare Pitches
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Location: Room 2011 (Level 2 West)
    Startup Challenge semi-finalists pitch their business to a panel of expert judges and compete to move on to the Startup Challenge finals.
    Entrepreneur Program: Pre-Seed Stage Deep Tech Pitches
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Location: Room 2024 (Level 2 West)
    Startup Challenge semi-finalists pitch their business to a panel of expert judges and compete to move on to the Startup Challenge finals.
    Entrepreneur Program: Fireside Chat with Phil Greenhalgh, Wave Optics
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    WaveOptics, a company that develops core optical components for augmented reality (AR) displays, has closed its series C round of funding at $39 million. How did they get there? What is next? What is your advice to any tech startup out there?

    Join us for this one-one interview with Phil Greenhalgh, CTO of Wave Optics, interviewed by Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital



    Phil Greenhalgh, CTO of Wave Optics. (United States)



    Evan Nisselson, General Partner & Founder, LDV Capital (United States)
    Entrepreneur Program: Demos & Startup Alley
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Room 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    Meet with the entrepreneurs featured in the Startup Challenge. See the prototypes and talk with the entrepreneurs to explore potential partnerships, investment, or sales.
    Sensors and Instrumentation Export Control Meeting
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate B
    Members of the public who are not members of the TAC are welcome to attend this meeting. The meeting will include discussions regarding current export licensing statistics, control of emerging and foundational technology, end user and use controls and other matters affecting export of technology. Officials from the Bureau of Industry and Security within the Department of Commerce will be present for this meeting.

    Moderator

    Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE (United States)

    Entrepreneur Program: Seed Stage Healthcare Semi-Finals
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Room 2011 (Level 2 West)
    The Semi-finals of the Startup Challenge for seed stage companies.
    Entrepreneur Program: Seed Stage Deep Tech Semi-Finals
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Room 2024 (Level 2 West)
    The Semi-finals of the Startup Challenge for seed stage companies.
    SPIE Job Fair
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Hall C (Exhibit Level)
    Top employers are coming together to interview and hire candidates at Photonics West 2020.

    Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best. Meet over 30 recruiters on the exhibit floor including OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, IPG Photonics, Quartus Engineering, Intel, SCHOTT North America, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Rockley Photonics, Luminar Technologies, Daylight Solutions, Newport, KLA Tencor, BAE Systems, The Aerospace Corp, Zygo Corporation, Thorlabs, Applied Materials, nmlaser, Oculus, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co, Lasertel, Coherent, Hardin Optical, Volk Optical, Inc., Magic Leap, and more.
    Photonic Integration Forum
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Growing bandwidth and storage demands in data centers, cloud computing, and communications networks are pressuring incumbent technology for data handling, switching speeds, scalability, energy consumption, and cost, motivating the scale-up of optics and integrated photonics deeper into systems.

    Optical networking components based on integrated photonics and wafer-scale processing will cut cost and energy, boost speed, and allowing architects to redesign servers, connections, racks, and data centers that move data at lightspeed. Applications of photonic integrated circuits are now spreading innovation beyond optical networking toward computation and into market segments including healthcare, the internet of things, and sensing.

    Learn from industry leaders at the forefront of photonic integration as they share expert perspectives on the commercialization of photonic integrated circuits using materials spanning silicon photonics, silicon nitride, polymers, and indium phosphide integration platforms – and their emerging applications.

    Moderator

    Peter Hallett, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, SPIE (United States)

    Speakers

    Sylvie Menezo, CEO & CTO, Scintil Photonics (France)


    Michael Hochberg, CTO, Elenion (United States)


    Philippe Absil, VP R&D, Head of the 3D and Silicon Photonics Technologies Dpt, imec (Belgium)


    Peter De Dobbelaere, Vice President of Engineering, Luxtera (United States)

    Lunch & Learn: Creative Inclusive Cultures
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Open to all registered attendees. No advance registration is required. First 50 to attend will receive a free boxed lunch.

    Join us for a one-hour training on how to create a more inclusive culture and promote a safe environment for sharing ideas.


    Speaker

    Coming soon
    Entrepreneur Program: Lunch with Keynote Speaker
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Location: Room 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    Join us at this important networking luncheon. Our keynote speaker, Evan Nisselson, is the founder of LDV Capital, a thesis-driven early stage venture fund investing in people building visual technology businesses. LDV has been investing in pre-seed and seed stage teams (focusing on computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyze visual data) across North America and Europe since 2012. "45 Billion Cameras by 2022 will fuel business opportunities"


    Keynote

    Evan Nisselson, General Partner & Founder, LDV Capital (United States)


    Invitation only. If you are interesting in attending, please email innovation@spie.org
    Entrepreneur Program: M&A Trends in Photonics Keynote
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location: Room 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    Mergers and acquisitions are the primary drivers of exits among technology startups. A series of presentations will map out trends in the mergers and acquisitions of photonics-enabled companies.
    The Commercialization of Quantum Technology
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Commercial applications of quantum technology are projected to create a market exceeding $40 billion in global revenues by 2044. Areas of emerging opportunities include imaging, secure communications, simulation, navigation, timekeeping, and computing to name a few. This potential is attracting huge investment from both government and industry. State-funded investment initiatives total more than $8 billion worldwide, while industry investment includes both major corporations like Honeywell, IBM, Intel, and Alibaba as well as SMEs and startups. Private investment in quantum technology is also soaring, with venture capital spending in 2019 of more than $250 million and the creation worldwide of tens of startup companies hoping to exploit the technology.

    Attend this half-day forum and find out more about the industrial applications of quantum technology and where the industry stands. How do industry leaders address the challenges of commercializing quantum technology-based solutions?

    Learn from expert speakers who share their perspectives on development of quantum-enabled applications and products, as well as the creation of an ecosystem that facilitates supply chain development.


    Speakers

    The industry quantum consortium (QED-C) one year in
    This talk will focus on the progress made by the QED-C in its first year of operation, and highlights from the quantum industry.


    Joseph S. Broz, Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), and Vice President, SRI International (United States)


    The quantum-enabled industry in the UK: A vision for the future.
    QuantIC was one of four Quantum Technology Hubs funded as part of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme. Launched in December 2014 by the UK Government, the UK National Programme aims to accelerate the commercialization of quantum technologies for the benefit of the UK economy and society. One of the first national investments in this field, the UK QT Programme has brought together academia, government and industry to achieve a common goal, establishing a new model to stimulate bottom-up technology-driven innovation. The UK Programme has been emulated by other initiatives across the globe and the international competition is intensifying. Half-way into the delivery of our ten-year vision, we reflect upon the journey so far and present an ambitious vision for the future of a quantum-enabled industry in the UK.


    Sara Diegoli, QuantIC Programme Manager, QuantIC; Strategic Projects Manager, University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)


    Tunneling through barriers to quantum commercialization
    Laser sources have been noted as one of the greatest difficulties to allowing quantum commercialization. The path to compact, robust laser solutions enabling quantum growth is less a need for scientific development and more of one of industry standardization, collaboration, consolidation and investment. This presentation will focus on the obstacles related to faster commercialization of quantum and how those obstacle can be overcome.


    Mark Tolbert, CEO, Toptica Inc. (United States)


    Quantum Atomic Commercialization for Research and Deployed Applications
    As commercial market pull begins to take over from decades of quantum atomic technology push, engineering challenges become increasingly clear. As a leader in the commercialization of quantum technologies for both deployed and research applications, ColdQuanta has responded to the very different needs of the two spaces. Size, weight and power reduction is critical for most deployed applications. In these cases, ColdQuanta has focused on the volume reduced of critical component and subsystem technologies, especially vacuum and optical. In research applications, flexibility and performance is the key to finding a commercial niche. Here ColdQuanta has focused on adapting technologies to the unique needs of quantum researchers and developers. To accommodate both markets, ColdQuanta has taken a two-pronged approach to quantum system commercialization. On one hand, we develop compact systems using specialized user interfaces for well-defined quantum technology commercial applications. On the other hand, we make commercially available quantum instruments with flexible interfaces, adaptable parameter sets, and relaxed size requirements for research applications. I will present examples of components, subsystems and systems developed by ColdQuanta for both deployed and research applications and the engineering challenges inherent to both. A flexible and responsible approach is critical for success in the emerging quantum commercial markets.


    Maximillian A Perez, Director, Government Programs, ColdQuanta Inc (United States)
    Entrepreneur Program: Investing in Photonics Panel
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
    Location: Room 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    Most investors shy away from the long timelines and uncertain outcomes of hardware startups. This panel discussion brings together active investors in the photonics to discuss emerging trends, common problems, and how founders can build successful companies.
    Entrepreneur Program: Series A/B Pitches
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Room 2020/2022 (Level 2 West)
    Companies raising later funding rounds in both the healthcare and deep tech spaces will pitch in this final event of the Venture Summit.

    Closing remarks

    Evan Nisselson, General Partner & Founder, LDV Capital (United States)
    Optics and Photonics Technician Shortage: Solutions and Opportunities
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Time: 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate C
    Join us for this happy hour networking event that will bring together employers interested in increasing the number of technicians in the pipeline and colleges that are training technicians. Hear short presentations on activities that are helping to increase the technician pool and meet technician program instructors at information tables during the networking time. Presenters will include Norman Hodgson from Coherent Inc., Trenton Berg from the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance and Jim VanKouwenberg from Optimax. Space is limited so please RSVP to krisindap@spie.org .
    Industry Workshop: Photodetectors, Light Sources and Spectrometers–Introduction and Future Technologies
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Room 2004 (Level 2 West)
    Topic #1 – Intro to Photodetectors

    Time: 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM


    Slawomir Piatek, Technical Consultant (United States)

    Abstract:
    Photodetectors are essential components in a vast array of modern scientific and commercial instruments and devices; technological progress will make them even more ubiquitous. Understanding their opto-electronic properties, regimes of operation, circuit requirements, and noise characteristics is essential to a practitioner to make a proper photodetector selection for a given application. The purpose of this presentation is to provide guidance in this process by discussing the above considerations for the four most common point photodetectors: photomultiplier tube, photodiode, avalanche photodiode, and silicon photomultiplier.

    Break – 9:45 AM to 10:00 AM

    Topic #2 – General Image Sensors & Spectrometers

    Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM


    John Gilmore , Business Development Manager, Hamamatsu (United States)

    Abstract: Part of this presentation’s purpose is for attendees to understand the technology limits of image sensor solutions such as back-thinned CCDs, CMOS passive pixel with variable integration, CMOS active pixel sensors, and InGaAs image sensors. By knowing the detector technology, we can apply that to spectrometers to quickly assess instrumentation capabilities. There are many spectrometers on the market for various spectroscopy applications. In this presentation, you can learn what’s unique about Hamamatsu spectrometers. We are not just a run-of-the-mill supplier; we are uniquely positioned to provide every aspect of spectrometer technology. Hamamatsu is well-known as a quality sensor (CCD, CMOS) provider, and now also for MEMS/MOEMS solutions including transmission gratings and nano-imprinted surface-enhanced substrates (SERS) and micro-spectrometers. We combine these unique technologies to manufacture portable Raman and other optical modules. To cover the NIR, many are turning towards MEMS-FPI tunable filters, the MEMS-FTIR engine, or compact InGaAs-based thin flat spectrometers, forming low-cost handheld spectroscopy solutions. We will introduce specialized products including the award-winning, grating-based micro-spectrometer (C12880MA) and the smallest grating-based spectrometer in the world, our new surface mount spectrometer (SMD series, C14384MA-01). We cover a broad spectral range from UV to NIR, and miniaturization and low cost modules are part of recent development themes at Hamamatsu. We will continue to work closely with customers, new and existing, and together we will create the spectroscopy solutions for the next generation.

    Topic #3 – The Future of Photon Counting Technologies (From MPPC/SiPM to SPPC/SPAD)

    Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM


    Koei Yamamoto, Director of Solid State and Laser Division, Hamamatsu (United States)

    Abstract: More than 10 years have passed since Hamamatsu started developing the MPPC, which is a part of the SiPM family. The most important feature is its photon counting capability due to its high gain and low noise, but the MPPC has many additional features such as compact size, low operating voltage, robustness, high detection efficiency, and immunity to magnetic fields. Over the years, various types of MPPC technology and devices have been developed for applications in academic research, precise measurement, medicine, and industry, for example. Our most successful developments include the MPPC coupled with a scintillator for high energy physics and for TOF-PET for cancer detection. Recent developments resulted in covering different wavelength regions such as VUV, VIS, and NIR, to make the MPPC suitable for a wider range of applications. Recently, there’s been popular demand for NIR-enhanced MPPCs in distance measurement applications in the automotive industry. In addition to developing the detectors, Hamamatsu also developed ASIC, power supplies, and modules using these components to make it easy for customers to design their systems. In this presentation, we will discuss new devices we call “Hybrid MPPC SPAD.” In these new devices, the 1D or 2D MPPCs are connected to specially-designed photon-counting ASICs through wire bonding or bump bonding. We also recently developed the 2D InGaAs MPPC with ASIC, which is an infrared-sensitive SPAD. Some of the modules will be introduced in this presentation.

    Lunch – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    Topic #4 – A Guide to the Complex World of Light Sources

    Time: 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM

    Mohamed Shahen, Laser Technical Expert; Eric Mesa, Light Source Technical Engineer, Hamamatsu (United States)

    Abstract: Light-generating devices use many different technologies to generate light over a broad spectrum range and with varying characteristics. We discuss the main defining characteristics of devices that generate light such as wavelength, spectral width, temporal structure, and intensity, among others. After understanding the light characteristics necessary to help choose one device over another, attendees will learn about the different device technologies for light generation and will also understand the unique value as well as the limitations of each device type.

    Topic #5 – Overview of Mid-Infrared (MIR) Technologies: Merits, Applications, and New Developments

    Time: 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM

    Gary Spingarn, MIR Marketing Engineer; Naota Akikusa, Light Source Designer, Hamamatsu (United States)

    Abstract: Mid-infrared measurements have recently become a hot topic in the photonics industry and for good reason: so much valuable information lies within materials’ interactions with longer wavelengths. Capabilities and complexity have been huge roadblocks in the market, and this presentation will explain that things are beginning to change. Innovations have brought new, attractive options to the table for detectors and light sources alike. There will be a discussion of the advantages of mid-infrared techniques, some popular applications, and infrared devices such as detectors and semiconductor lasers.

    Break – 3:15 PM to 3:30 PM

    Topic #6 – Automotive LiDAR: Concepts, Challenges, and Future of Photonics Technology

    Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM



    Jake Li, Business Development Manager, Hamamatsu (United States)

    and Koei Yamamoto, Director of Solid State and Laser Division, Hamamatsu (United States)

    Abstract: The first part of the presentation will introduce different LiDAR concepts, mainly direct time of flight (TOF) and indirect TOF, frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW). The discussion will focus on the benefits and challenges of different TOF or FMCW LiDAR concepts in the market today, the optical design challenges that are key drivers for development of each LiDAR concept, and the challenges of the industry moving from LiDAR concepts to future automotive production.

    The second part of the presentation will continue the discussion in detail, specifically the optical challenges of TOF LiDAR concepts from a design perspective and how Hamamatsu plans to address these challenges through improvement of photonics technology. We will cover topics such as the critical photonics components including photodetectors (Silicon or InGaAs APD, MPPC, and SPAD) and light sources (PLDs) for various LiDAR concepts. We will discuss the component level requirements and how to overcome challenges such as crosstalk, high NIR sensitivity, improving capacitance and noise, auto-grade packaging and customization. We will correlate how the technology improvements at the optical component level will help improve some LiDAR systems parameters, such as longer detection range, simplified circuit design, lower power consumption, and more.
    Latest Trends in Micro LED Displays Forum
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Room 2007 (Level 2 West)
    MicroLED was the latest tech buzzword a few years ago, but today it stands poised to be the next big thing in consumer electronics. Join this forum and get the latest on the trends in large, and small, displays.

    Presentations

    Next Generation Micro LED Display Technology


    Falcon Liu, PlayNitride (Taiwan)


    The Trends of Micro LED Technology


    Fang Yen-Hsiang, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)


    Application of uLED in Smart Headlamp Lighting


    Jeffrey Li, Director of Applications for Jasper Display (Taiwan)


    Low Cost and Practical Technology to Manufacture Micro-LED Displays: Self-align Fluidic Assembly


    Jong-Jan (JJ) Lee, Founder and CEO, eLux (United States and Taiwan)
    Lunch & Learn: Growth Mindset Leadership
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Open to all registered attendees. No advance registration is required. First 50 to attend will receive a free boxed lunch.


    Join us for a one-hour session on how to employ a growth mindset to enhance leadership skills.


    Speaker

    Coming soon
    Industry Workshop: Basics of Laser Material Processing
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    Location: Room 2009 (Level 2 West)
    Learn the basics of lasers and laser applications in this interesting and valuable workshop. This session is especially valuable to non-laser engineers and project managers who need to know what to expect from their laser systems.

    • Discuss what happens when a laser beam hits a material
    • Review process threshold and process window
    • Discussions of how you can optimize a process. Including examples of marking and ablation / engraving or cutting
    • Discussion around some common things that can go wrong
    • Additional examples of successful laser applications


    Instructor

    Jean-Philippe Lavoie, Coherent (United States)
    Industry Workshop: Optical Replication—A Cost-effective Method for Volume Production of Freeform Optics and Aspheres
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Constraints in traditional manufacturing techniques have historically been a primary factor in the limited integration of freeform mirrors into optical systems. Non-diffraction limited usages such as energy distribution and illumination applications were predominant due to these constraints.

    Now with state-of-the-art deterministic methods of optical manufacturing, it is possible to produce imaging quality aspheric and freeform mirrors. The optical replication manufacturing methods are successfully meeting the demands for large volume, high fidelity optical requirements. This workshop will explore the capabilities and advantages replication technologies offer for the production of freeform mirrors.

    • Discussion of Freeform Optics and Optical Replication
    • Advantages and Limitations of Using Freeform Optics
    • Comparison of various current manufacturing methods
    • Benefits of using optical replication techniques for high volume aspheric manufacturing
    • Key Factors in the Design-to-Manufacturing-to-Metrology Relationships


    Speaker

    David Cook, General Manager, Spectrum Scientific (United States)
    Industry Workshop: How to Design and Package a Maksutov Telescope Using OpticStudio and a New Solution from Zemax
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Room 2008 (Level 2 West)
    Description

    Zemax enables optical design teams to design, communicate, and collaborate on building optical products right the first time. Optical engineers can continue to rely on OpticStudio for reliable and accurate calculations. With Zemax’s new solution, CAD users can load the design with flawless and fast creation of CAD objects. They can package their design and perform stray light and interference checks with their mechanical components considered, and they can create an optical drawing within seconds. By maintaining the fidelity of the optical design throughout the design process, optical design teams can create a complete, reliable model of a product.

    Learn how Zemax is improving the engineering design process for all members of an optical design team with OpticStudio and Zemax’s new solution. This talk will provide awareness and understanding of the tools Zemax provides to streamline engineering design workflow and give time back to the engineers.

    Learning Outcomes

    In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to:

    • Optimize a sequential design in OpticStudio for conversion to non-sequential mode
    • Prepare the file for CAD
    • Load an optical design into SOLIDWORKS
    • Package your optics with accurate geometry
    • Run a stray light analysis with optomechanical components
    • Analyze, and validate your complete optomechanical design
    • Create an optical drawing in seconds


    Instructors

    Lisa Clauson, Associate Product Manager, Zemax, LLC (United States)


    Esteban Carbajal, Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer, Zemax, LLC (United States)
    Industry Workshop: Multi-Element Lens Design for Manufacturability
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location: Room 2009 (Level 2 West)
    This workshop will cover the challenges and best practices of designing manufacturable lens assemblies. Understanding the background of how a multi-element lens assembly is manufactured and assembled provides invaluable insights into details that should be taken into consideration in the design and tolerancing stages. Taking extra time early on to consider these details can improve performance and yield, while reducing costs in the long run.


    Speaker

    Katie Schwertz, Senior Design Engineer, Edmund Optics (United States)
    Export Control Working Group: Lasers
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate B
    SPIE, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC), has established working groups comprised of industry and university representatives that will assist in identifying and developing proposals related to improving the export control system in the areas of Detector & Cameras, Lasers and Lenses & Optics.

    Discussion Topic: Lasers
    * Fiber
    * Diode
    * High Powered


    Moderator

    Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE (United States)

    If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris at jennifero@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
    Entrepreneur Program: SPIE Startup Challenge—Healthcare
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location: Room 2003 (West Level Two)


    The healthcare event—the SPIE Startup Challenge Finals.
    With over $85,000 in cash, prizes, and promotion at stake, this is an event not to be missed.

    See and hear pitches for the "best of the best" new photonics businesses. This pitch competition is a lively, interactive event showcasing the power of entrepreneurs to move photonics technology to the global marketplace. The top two entrepreneurs from each semi-final track will have just five minutes each to pitch their businesses to a team of expert judges.

    The top pitch presenter will go home with $10,000 in cash from JENOPTIK and $5,000 of equipment from Edmund Optics. Join fellow business development, investment, and product managers to scout new talent and see what the future of entrepreneurship in photonics looks like.

    The event will conclude with a networking reception from 3:30-4:30pm where you can meet the presenters and fellow attendees involved in photonics entrepreneurship. Go to the Startup Challenge website for details on presenters, logistics, prizes, and sponsors spie.org/startup: spie.org/startup
    Export Control Working Group: Lenses and Optics
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate B
    SPIE, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC), has established working groups comprised of industry and university representatives to assist in identifying and developing proposals related to improving the export control system in the areas of Detector & Cameras, Lasers and Lenses & Optics.

    Discussion Topic: Lenses and Optics


    Moderator

    Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE (United States)

    If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris O'Bryan at jennifero@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
    Lasers in Manufacturing
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    In today’s advanced manufacturing arena the role of laser-based solutions continues to gain ground. The ever-growing range of laser-based manufacturing solutions includes additive manufacturing, laser-based micromachining, welding and cutting to name a few. Other advances include developments like sources that are tailored to a specific application. To remain competitive in this environment, manufacturers must also embrace adjacent technologies such as computing, robotics, and automation as well as materials development.

    This session will explore the current state of laser-based manufacturing and likely future developments. Listen to industry experts share their views about the current state-of-the art in laser-based manufacturing.


    Chair

    Michelle L. Stock, President, MLStock Consulting (United States)

    Speakers

    High Power and high precision Laser manufacturing from UV to IR: State of the art and future challenges
    Laser manufacturing with laser cutting, welding, drilling, additive processing and many other processes is an important part of current production technology. With the development of new laser sources with adapted wavelengths and pulse durations higher productivity and higher precision can be achieved for many applications in automotive industry, electronics, medical industry and others. Lasers as a fully digital technology approach allows not only mass production but also single part production with highest efficiency and quality. Even more, with the use of AI-based process control a fully digitized process chain can be achieved.


    Arnold Gillner, Department Manager Micro Technology, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik (Germany)


    Laser based FMM Solution for High Resolution OLED Display
    Manufacturing fine metal mask (FMM) is one of the biggest hurdles to realize UHD grade AMOLED displays for smartphone and augmented reality (AR). We have developed the state-of-the-art material and processing technology to achieve 800ppi or higher resolution FMMs. The Invar thinning and the thermal damage-free laser ablation process realized us achieving the FMM for UHD displays.


    Chi-Woo Kim, President, APS Holdings (Korea)


    Electric Vehicles - Enabling the Change with the Use of Lasers
    The automotive industry is nearing an inflection point as eMobility disrupts what has been the standard for over 100 years. Shifting consumer attitudes, improved battery economics and positive regulation have led to huge investments in electrification by OEM’s and tiered suppliers in which lasers will play a critical role.


    Anthony Prugar, Region Sales Manager / Industry Manager eMobility, TRUMPF (United States)


    Advanced Metal Processing Enabled by Fiber Lasers with Programmable Beam Quality
    Different materials processing applications require different laser spot sizes, divergences, and beam shapes. Conventional lasers have fixed beam properties, and available approaches to varying the beam increase system size, cost, and complexity and/or degrade performance and reliability. Most tools thus employ a fixed-beam laser, resulting in nonoptimized performance, lack of manufacturing flexibility, or the requirement to purchase multiple tools. A new fiber laser, Corona, provides rapidly tunable beam characteristics directly from the output fiber using an all-fiber mechanism. Corona’s broad range of beam sizes and shapes and real-time programmability enable adjustments on-the-fly and optimization of each process step. Results for metal cutting and welding will be presented.


    Dahv Kliner, Vice President of Fiber Laser Technology, nLIGHT (United States)
    SPIE Job Fair
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Hall C (Exhibit Level)
    Top employers are coming together to interview and hire candidates at Photonics West 2020.

    Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best. Meet over 30 recruiters on the exhibit floor including OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, IPG Photonics, Quartus Engineering, Intel, SCHOTT North America, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Rockley Photonics, Luminar Technologies, Daylight Solutions, Newport, KLA Tencor, BAE Systems, The Aerospace Corp, Zygo Corporation, Thorlabs, Applied Materials, nmlaser, Oculus, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co, Lasertel, Coherent, Hardin Optical, Volk Optical, Inc., Magic Leap, and more.
    Entrepreneur Program: Healthcare—Pitch Review
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Room 2003 (Level 2 West)
    Expert analysis of the pitches, the markets they represent, and prospects for growth in this area.

    Lunch and networking follow. Come back at 12:30 for the Starting a Photonics Business panel.
    Export Control Working Group: Cameras
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate B
    SPIE, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC), has established working groups comprised of industry and university representatives to assist in identifying and developing proposals related to improving the export control system in the areas of Detector & Cameras, Lasers and Lenses & Optics.

    Discussion Topic: Detectors and Cameras
    * Uncooled
    * Cooled
    * SWIR
    * Cryocoolers
    * ROICs
    * Image Intensifiers


    Moderator

    Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE (United States)

    If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris at jennifero@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
    Entrepreneur Program: SPIE Startup Challenge—Past Winners Panel
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Location: Room 2003 (West Level Two)
    Join Evan Nisselson and past winners of the SPIE Startup Challenge for a discussion of key factors in their successful journey from lab to launch and beyond.

    Moderator

    Evan Nisselson, General Partner & Founder, LDV Capital (United States)

    Panelists


    Leslie Kimerling, CEO & Co-Founder, Double Helix Optics (United States)



    Ryan Shelton, Co-founder & CEO, PhotoniCare (United States)
    Entrepreneur Program: SPIE Startup Challenge—Deep Tech
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: Room 2003 (Level 2 West)


    The Deep Tech Startup Challenge Finals.
    With over $85,000 in cash, prizes, and promotion at stake, this is an event not to be missed.

    See and hear pitches for the "best of the best" new photonics businesses. This pitch competition is a lively, interactive event showcasing the power of entrepreneurs to move photonics technology to the global marketplace. The top two entrepreneurs from each semi-final track will have just five minutes each to pitch their businesses to a team of expert judges.

    The top pitch presenter will go home with $10,000 in cash from JENOPTIK and $5,000 of equipment from Edmund Optics. Join fellow business development, investment, and product managers to scout new talent and see what the future of entrepreneurship in photonics looks like.

    The event will conclude with a networking reception from 3:30-4:30pm where you can meet the presenters and fellow attendees involved in photonics entrepreneurship. Go to the Startup Challenge website for details on presenters, logistics, prizes, and sponsors spie.org/startup: spie.org/startup
    Photonics Mobility Forum
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    This session highlights the growing role of optics and photonics in today’s autonomous systems marketplace. Photonics-based sensing--such as forward- and rear-facing cameras (IR and visible), lidar, and sensor fusion—is essential to autonomous mobility. Other relevant optical technologies include adaptive lighting based on LEDs or lasers, light-based communications (Li-Fi), advanced displays, and in-cabin monitoring.

    Attend this half-day forum to learn from industry experts about the opportunities and challenges presented by these emerging markets and how optical and photonics fits into the overall landscape of autonomous mobile systems.

    Speakers will be asked to participate in a short panel for Q&A at the end of the session.


    Session Chair

    Markus Arzberger, Director of Product Management, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors (Germany)

    Speakers
    Autonomous Mobility (CIS, FIR, LiDAR, Radar, AI)
    Autonomous Driving (AD) is the current megatrend in mobility, changing drastically the traditional automotive landscape and business models. There are two ways that AD can be accomplished:

    • The ADAS way: traditional car makers which sell cars for the grand public that will keep increasing their level of autonomy (LV 1-2-3-4-5), at an affordable cost; currently they are at LV2.

    • The robotic car way: companies that do not manufacture cars but have other business models and challenge conventional auto-makers by offering fleets of already fully autonomous cars (corresponding to ADAS LV4 or LV5). These are expensive for the average consumer to own and will be used as a service (robo-taxis); the so-called Transport as a Service (TaaS).

    In order for AD to be accomplished, various sensors must be used in cars: CIS, FIR, LIDAR, Radar. Additionally, for the tremendous amount of data gathered from these sensors, proper computing platforms (AI) are needed to make sense of the information.

    In this session, the relevant market data and forecasts will be analyzed for the aforementioned sensors and computing platforms as well as a global overview of the business will be outlined.


    Dimitrios Damianos, Analyst, Yole Développement (France)


    Taking Machine Perception Beyond 3D
    In this talk we will review different 3D imaging technologies and discuss the merits and challenges of a coherent approach. In particular, integration of a 1550 nm FMCW architecture in silicon photonics will be detailed, together with some recent progress in the area.


    Mehdi Asghari, Founder and CEO, SiLC (United States)


    Presentation Coming Soon


    Marcus Dahlem, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Imec (Belgium)


    Driving Autonomy- Challenges and Rewards
    In this session, we will open the door to the factors that influence the roadmap to autonomous vehicles. We will explore the challenges in technology, the automotive industry and society, and provoke thoughtful solutions that will inevitably lead to rewards both for society and industry.


    Robert Baribault, Principal Architect, System Architecture at LeddarTech (Canada)


    The evolving bifurcation of Lidar technology in ADAS and AV vehicles
    The automotive industry is increasingly cognizant of the different value propositions that Lidar technology offers for autonomous vehicles (L4/L5) and vehicles with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The value of lidar in ADAS still remains to be tapped – even though the technology is available and mature. The AV market continues to march on with lidar offering the range and resolution that it is uniquely suited to provide. This presentation makes a case for recognizing the current value of lidar in ADAS and clarifying the different requirements for lidar in AV Vs ADAS and the challenges faced in the eco-system. The presentation also shines a light on the role of NCAP standards in guiding the industry.


    Rajeev Thakur, Director Automotive Programs at Velodyne Lidar (United States)


    Laser Light Sources Mobility Applications
    We provide a description on the rapidly expanding capabilities of laser light technology, including bright, safe, precision illumination sources with the ability to sense and communicate. Specifically, we describe recently commercialized UL certified white light sources with more than 10x the brightness, range, and beam contrast compared to LEDs. Additionally, we describe novel fiber delivered and fiber emissive light sources, with elegant maintenance and enhanced thermal management, as well as spatially dynamic beam spotlight control, enabling high precision beam shaping. Lastly, we present on recent demonstrations of laser light capability that deliver more than 20 gigabit per second data rates for LiFi communication applications from safe white light spotlights, as well as sources that enable precision 2D and 3D sensing. Such laser light sources have applications in mobility applications including automotive, avionics, drones, rail, and marine applications.


    Paul Rudy, Co-Founder, CMO and SVP of Business Development, SLD Laser (United States)


    Entrepreneur Program: Deep Tech—Pitch Review
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location: Room 2003 (Level 2 West)
    Expert analysis of the pitches, the markets they represent, and prospects for growth in this area.

    Awards Ceremony for the Startup Challenge follows immediately.
    Entrepreneur Program: SPIE Startup Challenge: Awards & Reception
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Room 2003 (West Level Two)
    Awards for the winners of the Healthcare and Deep Tech Startup Challenge will be presented by SPIE President John Greivenkamp

    Stay after and network with the winners, judges, and VCs.
    PRISM Awards Ceremony and Banquet
    Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020
    Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis Hotel, Yerba Buena Ballroom (Lower Level)
    The Prism Awards is celebrating 12 years—and this year we expect to recognize new products that influence and improve our lives on a daily basis.

    Finalists announced mid-November. Check back for updates.

    Winners announced on 5 February, the Wednesday evening of SPIE Photonics West 2020. This gala has become the largest gathering of CEOs and VIPs in the photonics industry.

    Ticket information or other questions, email innovation@spie.org


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    Industry Update: Trends and Outlook
    Date: Thursday 6 February 2020
    Time: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Stephen Anderson, SPIE Industry Development Director will present an update of the core optics and photonics components industry profile from SPIE including the most recent data for 2018 and projections for 2019. This in-depth study of the core optics and photonics components industry examines recent industry performance and provides insight on current trends and the outlook into 2020.

    Based on a multi-year evaluation of more than 3,000 companies in over 50 countries, this global industry profile has become a key resource for investors, business leaders, and government representatives who need a clear picture of the worldwide photonics industry, its size, and economic impact. The SPIE industry profile has found use supporting business strategies, guiding investment decisions, and in the development of national policies to drive funding, business success and economic growth.

    Speaker

    Stephen G. Anderson, Director, Industry Development, SPIE (United States)
    Public Policy Update: Export Control, Advocacy, and More
    Date: Thursday 6 February 2020
    Time: 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, SPIE Government Affairs Director will provide an update on advocacy and public policy issues affecting the optics and photonics community, both in the U.S. and internationally. Her presentation will address, for example, regulatory changes that could affect growth in emerging fields of technology, impact of the trade war between the U.S. and China, and new CFIUS Export and foreign investment policy requirements for foreign investment.

    Jennifer has extensive experience working with members of the U.S. Congress, where she has advised on technology, defense, and appropriations policy. She also works closely with industry representatives to develop proposals to make needed changes to international export control regulations through submission to the Wassenaar Arrangement. Jennifer is currently Chair of the Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC) within the US Department of Commerce.

    Speaker

    Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE (United States)
    Prism Award Winners Panel
    Date: Thursday 6 February 2020
    Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Come hear from past Prism Award winners and a surprise 4th panelist--who just learned the night before that they won!

    This panel will ask these companies how they develop winning products, successful teams, and the work it took to get there.

    Moderator

    Pamela Robertson, Industry Program Manager, SPIE (United States)


    Past Winners and Panelists

    Dahv Kliner, VP, Fiber Laser Technology at nLIGHT. 2019 Winner (United States)

    Other companies include Coherent, NKT Photonics, QD Lasers and more.


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    Lunch & Learn: Diversity in the Workplace
    Date: Thursday 6 February 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: Industry Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level)
    Open to all registered attendees. No advance registration is required. First 50 to attend will receive a free boxed lunch.

    Join us for a panel discussion on how to recruit, retain, and advance diversity in the workplace.


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