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23-26 September 2013
Internationales Congress Center, Dresden


Twenty years of Remote Sensing

Charles Bostater Ulrich Michel
Charles Bostater Ulrich Michel

Symposium chair Charles Bostater (Marine-Envrionmental Optics Lab and Remote Sensing Center, Florida Institue of Technology) and co-chair Ulrich Michel (University of Education Heidelberg) welcomed attendees at the Internationales Congress Center in Dresden to the 20th iteration of Remote Sensing.

Ten conferences will run throughout the week, including nearly 500 technical presentations in sessions on adaptive optics, remote sensing for agriculture and chemical threats, climate change education, next-generation satellites, lidar technologies, SAR image analysis, image and signal processing, remote sensing of sea ice and large water regions, and related topics.


Imaging advances in the plenary spotlight

Andreas Eckhardt Eustace Dereniak
Andreas Eckhardt Eustace Dereniak

Andreas Eckardt, head of the Optical Information Systems Dept. and head of the Department of Optical Sensorics and Electronics at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center, described new trends and drivers behind several investigation approaches for development of very high-resolution imaging systems.

Eustace Dereniak, professor at the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, gave an overview of various types of imaging sensors developed at the college's Optical Detection Lab, for discriminating objects in remote sensing environments with simultaneous spectral monitoring of chemical or biological process in real time in four dimensions.


Security + Defence marks a decade

David Titterton Reinhard Ebert
David Titterton Reinhard Ebert

Technical sessions opened for the event's 10th year Monday morning with a welcome by symposium chair David Titterton (UK Defence Science and Technology Lab) and co-chair Reinhard Ebert (Fraunhofer IOSB, Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation).

Eleven conferences are scheduled throughout the week. Topics include electro-optical sensing and systems, hyperspectral imaging, optics and photonics for counterterrorism, crime fighting and defence, and unmanned sensors and networks. A session devoted to medical and biological  terahertz sensors will cover applications such as brain cancer margin detection and biomolecule detection.


Plenary talks cover laser capabilities for medicine and defence

Roland Sauerbrey Michael Gowin
Roland Sauerbrey Michael Gowin

Plenary talks on lasers highlighted Tuesday in the Security + Defence symposium.

Roland Sauerbrey (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf) spoke on new effects including laser particle acceleration resulting from the new capabiltiy of lasers toreach intensities around 1022 W/cm2, and described potential applications in radiation oncology as well as polarization of the vacuum.

A paper from Rheinmetall Defence by Markus Jung presented by Michael Gowin discussed requirements for defence applications of laser technology, reviewing science and technology of fiber lasers and amplifiers as well as prospects for future developments in power scaling of fiber lasers and beam combining technologies.


New Fellow of the Society

Jόn Atli Benediktsson, Philip Stahl

Jόn Atli Benediktsson, Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs, Rector/President's Office, University of Iceland, at left above, received his Fellows plaque from SPIE President-Elect Philip Stahl. Benediktsson is one of a total of 72 new Fellows of the Society being recognized at various SPIE events this year.


In memoriam: Colin Lewis

Gary Owen

Colin Lewis, long-time chair of the conference on Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting, was remembered in a memorial session led by Gary Owen (at left).

Colin Lewis
Colin Lewis

Lewis, former scientific advisor for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) in Northern Ireland and a visiting professor at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the University of Manchester, died in late January.

Lewis also chaired conferences on Optically Based Biological and Chemical Detection for Defence. He was esteemed by colleagues as a tireless advocate and a leader in policy as well as technology development and application, Owen noted.



Attendees were hosted to a reception in a courtyard of the historic Dresden Royal Palace.

ERS-ESD reception

ERS-ESD reception

ERS-ESD reception

ERS-ESD reception

ERS-ESD reception

ERS-ESD reception