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SPIE Defense & Security Symposium ends after successful week in Orlando

By Stacey Crockett

BELLINGHAM, WA. - April 16, 2007 -- SPIE Defense & Security Symposium (DSS), the largest unclassified conference and exhibition covering sensor technology for military and homeland security applications, has just wrapped up after a week of unique networking opportunities and face-to-face interaction with people who are shaping the future technologies for the defense and security industry.

More than 5,200 scientists, engineers and military personnel attended 1,800 presentations, 55 courses and workshops, and the world's largest exhibit of photonic hardware and software products for security and defense.

The DSS exhibit, with over 400 vendors, is well established as the premier infrared technology exhibit with the latest components and systems for security, military and civilian applications. Companies were there to show their latest developments in detectors, sensors, cameras, imaging equipment, and more. Recognizing the importance of the SPIE Defense & Security Exhibition as a venue for relaying news about current developments to their customers, many took the opportunity to announce new products, including Milpitas-based JDSU, New York City-based L-3 Communications Infrared Products, Colorado Springs-based Black Forest Engineering and Sensors Unlimited Inc.

One of the highlights of the Symposium was the evening Executive Forum titled "The Next Tech Boom." Moderated by Dr. John Carrano, Defense & Security Symposium Chair and Vice President of R&D at Luminex Corporation, the Forum featured a stimulating keynote by Mark Mills, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of ICx Technologies, Inc. Mills provoked audience questions and insightful commentary from an expert panel made up of Major General Steve Reeves, Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense for the DoD, Dr. Lynne Zydowsky, Zydowsky Consultant, Dr. C. Kumar Patel, Pranalytical, Inc. and UCLA, and Dr. Allen Northrup, Founder and CEO of MicroFluidic Systems, Inc.

The 2008 Defense & Security Symposium and Exhibition will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida on 16 - 21 March 2008.

For more information on this and other SPIE conferences, go to http:\\spie.org\conferences.

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. SPIE organizes events including SPIE Advanced Lithography, Photonics West, Photomask, OptiFab, Defense & Security Symposium, Optics & Photonics, Optics East, Photonics Europe and many others. SPIE also publishes journals, books and conference proceedings, with over 235,000 technical papers available for download via the SPIE Digital Library. See SPIE.org for details.