Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
14 - 18 April 2019
Conference SI202
Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications XVI
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Abstract Due:
3 October 2018

Author Notification:
10 December 2018

Manuscript Due Date:
20 March 2019

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Conference Chairs
Conference Co-Chairs
Program Committee
  • Christopher S. Baldwin, Weatherford International Ltd. (United States)
  • Ole Bang, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
  • Eric A. Bergles, BaySpec Inc. (United States)
  • Jeff Bush, Optiphase, Inc. (United States)
  • Kevin Peng Chen, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
  • Brian Culshaw, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
  • Abdessama Elyamani, Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems (United States)
  • Xudong Fan, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
  • Yoel Fink, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
  • Eric Lee Goldner, US Sensor Systems, Inc. (United States)
  • Tom W. Graver, Micron Optics, Inc. (United States)
  • Ming Han, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln (United States)
  • Hajime Haneda, National Institute for Materials Science (Japan)
  • Daniel Homa, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)

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This conference covers all aspects of fiber optic sensor technology based on conventional optical fibers and new fiber structures (e.g., photonic crystal, suspended core, polymer clad silica…), for aerospace, civil structures, defense, oil and gas, nuclear and conventional energy, bio/medical, and environmental applications. Major R&D efforts in fiber optic sensor technology have been conducted since the mid-1970s, which have led to the development, among many others, of strain/vibration/acoustic sensors based on Mach-Zehnder and Michelson interferometers; rotation and other sensors based on Sagnac interferometers; point sensors based on Fabry-Perot interferometers and Bragg gratings; as well as distributed sensing techniques based on Rayleigh, Raman, and Brillouin scattering. Today, fiber optic sensors enjoy widespread use in a broad variety of applications ranging from structural sensing and health monitoring in civil and aeronautic areas; to downhole sensors for oil and gas exploration and extraction; to high-voltage/current sensing systems for the electric power industry, and more. New components and technologies are continually extending the capabilities and applications of fiber sensor technology. New fiber designs, materials, components, and fabrication processes offer much higher levels of performance and utility not readily achievable using conventional optic fibers.

Special 2019 Session on Fiber Optic Sensor Commercialization and Innovation A panel discussion will provide insight on topics including business start-up stories, new venture opportunities, descriptions of best methods and how to succeed, marketing strategies, entrepreneurship experiences and lessons learned, investment and commercialization of fiber optic sensor technology, fiber optic sensor technology standards, and small business expertise.

Special Session on Fiber Optic Gyro Technology Talks will cover the early history and lessons learned associated with fiber gyros as well as progress that has been made in developing fielded commercial products that are being used on aircraft, space craft, ships, pointing and tracking systems, robots, and soccer field cutters.

Special Session on Standards in Fiber Sensor Technology This 2019 Special Session will highlight advances in systems and technology impacting fiber optic sensor development and aim to determine the benefits and or practices of standardization across applications.

Special Session on Fiber Optic Sensors for the Internet of Things, Automation and Robotics, Machine Learning As technology moves into new fields this session explores what is being done with fiber optic sensors to facilitate the growth of smart structures in the Internet of Things, automation, big data analytics, robotics, and machine learning.

Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications, and Photonic Sensors for Harsh Environments

This focus area seeks papers on the development and application of fiber optic sensors technology and the components that are being used to support them which includes but is not limited to the following:
  • fiber etalon and fiber Bragg grating (FBG)-based sensors
  • specialty fibers and passive/active fiber devices for sensing applications
  • discrete and multipoint sensors and systems for mechanical, EM, chemical, bio, or medical properties
  • interferometric and polarimetric fiber sensors (Sagnac, Michelson, and Mach-Zehnder)
  • distributed sensors, sensing systems and applications (Rayleigh, Raman, Brillouin)
  • multiplexing and sensor networking
  • field applications and system trials in civil structures, aerospace, oil and gas, medical, utilities and security
  • harsh environment applications and sensor packaging for operation in extreme environments
  • military and defense fiber sensor development, uses, and applications
  • oil and gas applications.

Structured Fibers for Sensing Applications

The unique optical properties of Photonic Crystal Fibers (PCF), antiresonant reflecting optical waveguide (ARROW) fibers, hollow-core metallic/metamaterial coated fibers, and other innovative structures, coupled with the development of new and improved fabrication techniques, has fueled the global interest in their theoretical and experimental studies. The optical properties such as bandgap and light propagation characteristics of photonic bandgap crystals and PCFs can be manipulated by structural design and defect engineering. These properties can also be altered by external stimuli that can be thermal, optical, electrical, magnetic, chemical, biological, and nuclear, etc. The great potential of PCF, ARROW, and other structures has been well-recognized for a variety of applications, including optical communications, integrated optical circuits, and sensors.
This focus area aims to provide a forum for scientists and engineers involved in modeling, design, fabrication, device integration, and applications of new fiber structures to share the advances made in sensor-related research and development; to explore the frontier and offer insights into emerging and new sensing technologies in this rapidly expanding field; and to promote and nurture networking and collaboration among researchers with complementary experiences and expertise. A focus will be placed on the science and technology of 1D and 2D hollow- or solid-core photonic crystal fibers and other innovative structures for advanced sensing applications.

Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Theory and Simulations
  • Sensing Architectures and Techniques
    • optical, electrical, magnetic, chemical, biomimetic
    • point and stand-off, arrays, networks, and systems
    • novel fiber technologies.
  • Applications of Sensors and Sensor Systems
    • bio and chemical sensing in gas and liquids
    • detection of nuclear radiation, warfare agents, explosives and toxic industrial compounds
    • genomics and biomedical analysis
    • monitoring of pollutants in environment
    • Oil and gas exploration and extraction

The Chairs would like to entertain suggestions for Invited and Tutorial Talks on emerging fiber sensor technology and historical reviews.
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