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SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing adds new topics for 2013

11 September 2012

Crowd at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing
SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing will return to the Baltimore Convention Center next spring; above, a crowd awaits the opening of the exhibition during the 2012 event.


BELLINGHAM, Washington -- SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing will return to its new home in Baltimore, Maryland, next spring with more than 60 technical conferences focused on imaging, sensors, lasers and related topics. The event also offers professional development courses taught by leading experts, and an exhibition featuring developers and suppliers of applications such as robotics, infrared detectors, chemical sensors, high-speed imaging systems, and displays. Dates are 29 April through 3 May 2013 in the Baltimore Convention Center. Abstracts are being accepted through 22 October.

Defense, Security, and Sensing set new records in the number of technical presentations as well as exhibiting companies and exhibition visitors in its debut in Baltimore last April. Growth was due in part to the long-standing event's new close proximity to the many government and research labs, decision makers, prime contractors, and aerospace companies in the greater Washington area.

In addition to a full range of well-established conferences in topics such as infrared systems, lidar and radar, laser technology, ISR, display technologies, unmanned systems and robotics, cyber protection, CBRNE, biometric technology for human identification, sensor data analysis, and energy harvesting and storage, the 2013 event will introduce three new conference topics:

  • Emerging Theory, Analysis, and Design for Optical Space Communications
  • Flexible Electronics
  • Next-Generation Analyst.

The mix of topics demonstrates both the multidisciplinary nature of optics and photonics and the spin-off benefits of technology originally developed for security and defense applications, organizers noted. Examples of specific spin-off topics are sensing for agriculture, food quality and safety; biosensors; sensing for health and disaster response; thermal imaging and fiber optic sensing in aerospace and energy industries; ocean sensing and monitoring; and border safety.

Kenneth Israel, Major General (USAF Retired) is Symposium Chair, and David Whelan of Boeing Defense, Space, and Security is Symposium Co-Chair.

Defense, Security, and Sensing is the largest annual meeting on R&D-focused optics and photonics technologies on the East Coast offering conferences, courses, networking opportunities, and an exhibition. Dates for upcoming years are:

  • 5-9  May 2014
  • 20-24 April 2015
  • 18-22 April 2016.

Conference proceedings will be published individually in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved after the meeting, and also in collected print and digital volumes and collections.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

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