Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
14 - 18 April 2019
Course (SC1269)
Infrared Systems Architecture and Design for Future Market Trends
Monday 15 April 2019
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Member Price $260.00
Non-Member Price $285.00
Student Member Price $189.00
  • Course Level:
  • Introductory
  • CEU:
  • 0.2
This course explains basic technology and new market trends for infrared sensors for commercial and military applications. The course starts with a brief introduction to Infrared physics, phenomenology and history. Typical systems architectures will be discussed and how they may be changed by emerging technologies. The difficulties and barriers of introducing a new technology into Infrared cameras and systems will be covered. Potential disruptive technologies and embryonic technologies will be described, forecasted and applied to future markets and applications. New emerging applications and markets that are untouched, or little penetrated by the technology will be described, and the barriers that have prevented this technology to sufficiently enter these markets. The subject matter concentrated on infrared imagers (both commercial and military); although the images may not be presented to a human, but a computer, car or robot. Some non-imaging systems such as IRSTs, hyperspectral and sparse FPAs for certain applications are also discussed. Classic IR spectrometry, near-IR (as detected by silicon) and IR microscopy are not addressed.
Learning Outcomes
  • describe the emerging technologies.
  • explain the current and future market forces.
  • identify the role of potentially disruptive technologies to the infrared imaging industry.
  • be familiar with new potential applications.
  • explain the top-level state of the art infrared technology for commercial and military systems.
  • describe the developing technology trends.
  • summarize the existing and future marketing trends and judge how this will impact commercial and military products.
  • Identify embryonic technologies that are potentially disruptive and judge what existing technologies are threatened.
Executives, sales, scientists, engineers, and managers who wish to learn more and understand how technology trends and market forces are and will interact in the future of the infrared imaging industry. Especially those that have less than 10 years of experience in the industry.
About the
John Lester Miller is a SPIE Fellow and has 39 years of experience in the design, development and marketing of infrared systems for commercial, military, industrial and scientific applications. He has worked at Mt. Wilson & Palomar Observatories, Rockwell International, NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (on Mauna Kea), Lockheed Martin, and was with FLIR systems for 19 years including serving as Chief Technology Officer for FLIR’s Government Division. He joined FLIR when it had sales of $35 million per year, and left when it had reached $1.6 billion. He is now CTO of Episensors and founder of Cascade Electro Optics, and sits on several boards of directors for photonic companies. He has written more than 100 papers, and four books on electro-optical technology, holds 8 patents and served as an expert witness in federal court and regularly consults. John is a conference co-chair for SPIE’s “Infrared Technology and Application conference”, sits on SPIE’s executive committee and previously the Military Sensor Symposium’s Passive and National program committee. He has degrees in Physics, Astronomy and an MBA in management of technology.
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