Registration opens for SPIE Photonics West 2019, the largest international optics and photonics event of the year

With three conference tracks, two exhibitions, a high-profile industry awards ceremony, a two-day AR/VR/MR conference, and the annual Startup Challenge, SPIE Photonics West showcases innovative technologies and ventures in biomedical optics, laser applications and optoelectronics for an estimated 23,000 registered attendees

30 October 2018


EXPONENTIAL NUMBERS: Anticipating the exhibition-floor opening at SPIE Photonics West 2018

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA and CARDIFF, UK - Pioneer of near-infrared optical imaging and tomography Eva Sevick; Samuel Achilefu, winner of the 2019 SPIE Britton Chance Award for transformative advancements in cancer treatment and patient care; Facebook head of Optical Technology Strategy Katharine Schmidtke; Clare Elwell, whose research using new optical imaging techniques to understand the human brain won the 2016 WISE Research Award; SPIE Fellow and machine-learning expert Aydogan Ozcan; Henry Hess, whose work focuses on artificial-muscle building from molecules, and "smart dust" biosensors which detect environmental pathogens; and Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Saturn-focused Cassini Mission Project Manager - and recent Emmy-recipient - Earl Maize.

These are just a few of the plenary speakers who will be presenting their research during the 2019 SPIE Photonics West symposium, where the latest in applications, technologies and discoveries in optics and photonics will be shared and on display. Held at PW's home base, San Francisco's Moscone Center, 2-7 February, the meeting has three major conference tracks: BiOS, highlighting new discoveries and research in biophotonics, biomedical optics, and imaging; LASE, with its focus on the laser industry and applications; and OPTO, showcasing optoelectronics, photonic materials, and related devices.

Featuring hundreds of product launches, live demonstrations, and technologies on display, the BiOS Expo and Photonics West Exhibition are both free and open to the public: the 200-exhibitor-strong BiOS Expo - with the latest technology in biomedical optics and healthcare applications - is open 2-3 February; the Photonics West Exhibition, 5-7 February, showcases the best innovations of the photonics industry from more than 1,200 international companies. In addition to the exhibitions, the free registration also gives access to the industry program which runs 3-7 February and features presentations from leading minds in the optics and photonics industries.

"As the optics and photonics fields have grown, SPIE Photonics West, now in its 25th year, has grown with them," says SPIE Senior Director of Technical Programs and Proceedings Marilyn Gorsuch, who is also the event manager for Photonics West. "SPIE Photonics West annually sets the pace as the first worldwide event of the year for the gathering of the photonics community. Each year, we welcome the top innovators and researchers across industry, academia and government. This year, in the newly-renovated Moscone Center, we are looking forward to another strong year, with increased attendance, more presentations than ever, and more space for our exhibitors."

The action-packed week includes the two-day AR/VR/MR conference chaired by Microsoft Principal Optical Architect and SPIE Fellow Bernard Kress, featuring demos from tech giants (Google, Huawei, Magic Leap) and emerging companies (Vuzix, Avegant, DigiLens), as well as the student-oriented Optical Design Competition. A black-tie evening, the Prism Awards, now in its 11th year, celebrates the best work across the optics industries, while the SPIE Startup Challenge reveals exciting fledgling companies. Imperial College London physicist, equity activist, and women-in-STEM and Wikipedia writer-editor extraordinaire Jess Wade will lead an interactive SPIE Women in Optics and Diversity & Inclusion evening event, challenging stereotypes within science.

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Editors: In 2019, SPIE Photonics West will host an estimated 23,000 registered attendees, 1,350 exhibitors, and more than 5,200 papers. Along with 14 professional-development sessions and 70+ courses covering everything from Laser Sources to Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics, PW also hosts a comprehensive job fair, 5-6 February.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves 257,000 constituents from 173 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2018, SPIE provided more than $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.

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