Presentation proposals welcome for SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing

Abstracts for presentations in sensors, infrared technology, laser systems, spectral imaging, radar, LiDAR, and photonics research being accepted through 9 October

27 September 2017
SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2018

SPIE Defense + Commerical Sensing attracts researchers, engineers,
developers, and product managers from around the globe.
(Joey Cobbs Photography)

BELLINGHAM, Washington, US, and CARDIFF, UK — Proposals for research reports in sensors, infrared technology, laser systems, spectral imaging, radar, LiDAR, and other topics are being accepted through 9 October by organizers of SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2018, the leading global sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies event.

Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing will run 15 through 19 April in Orlando, Florida, its long-time home and now a regular venue in a three-year rotation among cities on both coasts. Complete event information is at

The technical conference is the largest meeting for sensing and imaging engineers, scientists, and industry leaders, bringing together 5,000 people from around the world to share reports on the latest results from the lab along with overviews on key governmental missions relevant to the industry.

Participants span the whole of the international defense, security, and sensing community, including industry, government, and academia. Researchers, scientists, engineers, program managers, and suppliers gather for information-sharing, business creation, professional development and training, networking, and an exhibition.

Conferences are being organized around longstanding anchor technologies such as infrared (IR), radar, and hyperspectral imaging, and in dynamic new areas of focus.

Highlighted applications areas and technologies include:

“Our 2018 Orlando location will bring attendees into a region boasting a major hub of defense technology, a premier aerospace and space location, and the world-renowned optics and lasers program at CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida,” said SPIE Senior Director Andrew Brown.

As examples of the area’s focus, Brown noted that Orlando is home to BRIDG (Bridging the Innovation Development Gap), the world’s first industry-led smart sensor consortium, and Luminar Technologies, which recently announced a novel approach to LiDAR design to will make autonomous vehicles both safe and scalable. Leading international nanoelectronics research center imec is establishing imec Florida in Osceola County.

The area is also home to innovative sensor companies such as Photon-X, Talawah Technologies, and NanoZyme, and notable defense companies including Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Harris, L3 Technologies, Rockwell Collins, General Dynamics, and DRS Technologies.

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