Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California, United States
26 - 30 April 2020
Conference SI207
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XXV
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Abstract Due:
16 October 2019

Author Notification:
20 December 2019

Manuscript Due Date:
1 April 2020

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Conference Chairs
Program Committee
  • Philip Gatt, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies (United States)
  • Hans D. Hallen, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
  • Richard M. Heinrichs, MIT Lincoln Labs. (United States)
  • Thomas J. Karr, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (United States)
  • Martin Laurenzis, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)

Program Committee continued...
Call for
Laser radar, lidar and laser remote sensing methods continue to evolve with the development of the enabling component technologies, advanced systems concepts, integration with new platforms, and innovative employment strategies. Combined with advances in signal processing, data fusion, and visual display, the diversity and sophistication of these capabilities continue to grow in support of a wide range of defense, scientific, and commercial applications. The opportunity for participants in these communities to interact, collaborate, and foster innovation in the development of these laser radar systems is central to the success of this field of research and development and is the focus of this conference.

While the development of technology is an important and interesting topic in and of itself, the development of technology is much more effective when considered within the context of the applications of that technology. This year, the conference will highlight advances in 3D laser radar in a special session on lidar for advanced driver assisted systems (a.k.a. self driving cars). Furthermore, emerging and difficult defense, security, counter terrorism, and natural disaster and emergency response requirements demand innovative solutions for which laser radar techniques appear to be well suited. These new applications may create additional demands upon the supporting technologies. As a result, this conference will focus not only on laser radar technology, but also on the practical applications of that technology and, in particular, new applications of laser radar technology. Separate sessions in this conference will be devoted to specific application areas including military, industrial, scientific and commercial applications.

Papers are solicited in the following areas:
  • lidar for self driving vehicles and autonomous systems
  • laser radars for defense applications, target detection, identification, and accurate geolocation
  • laser systems remote detection of mines, explosives, and weapons of mass destruction
  • design, development, or testing (laboratory or field) of laser radars including laser radar calibration standards, testing standards, and quality assurance procedures
  • scanning, scannerless, and flash imaging laser radar systems
  • spacecraft docking systems, inspection systems, and sensors for space exploration
  • collision avoidance sensors for aircraft and marine vessels
  • topographic mapping and bathymetry systems, their testing, calibration, and applications
  • foliage and camouflage poke-through 3D laser radar systems and methods
  • obscured imaging methods using laser radar to penetrate dust, fog, rain, and clouds
  • modeling, simulation, verification and validation of laser radar systems performance
  • automated target recognition based on laser radar methods
  • processing, interpretation, segmentation, classification, and object recognition or exploitation of 3D data
  • utilization of machine learning, deep learning and convolutional neural networks in exploitation of 3D data
  • atmospheric lidar sensing systems including meteorological applications and atmospheric monitoring (e.g., airport hazard warning, wind-shear detection, tornado detection, wind field mapping, etc.)
  • integrated active ladar and passive imaging systems, and passive and active 3D data fusion
  • non-contact metrology, multispectral lidar, and laser polarimetry
  • coherent (e.g., FMCW 3D) and shot noise limited systems
  • Geiger mode and single photon sensitive laser radar
  • digital holography and computational laser imaging
  • vibration and acoustic detection, dynamics and microdynamics measurements via laser vibromtery
  • new laser radar materials, novel laser sources enabling new applications and component technology
  • advanced laser radar detectors
  • novel pointing, scanning, beam-steering and control technologies
  • ladar for autonomous navigation and hazard avoidance for air and ground vehicles (Smart Cities)
  • hostile environment applications (e.g., underwater, high radiation, high or low temperatures, etc.)
  • medical applications of imaging/sensing methods employing laser systems
  • advanced cost-reduction techniques and more effective system architectures
  • laser radar techniques used in any new or unconventional applications.
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