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SPIE Optical Systems Design 2018

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Optical engineers from around the world gathered in Frankfurt Germany in May for SPIE Optical Systems Design Symposium, collocated at Optatec. The focused event included over 300 technical presentations, spanning six conference topics core to optical engineering and applied optics.

John Grievenkamp, Pablo Benitez, Juan Carlos Minano, Joe Howard, Wilhelm Ulrich

Plenary presentations on the opening Monday by Joseph Howard of NASA Goddard covered the current and future NASA Space Telescopes, while the Technical University of Madrid's Pablo Benitez gave a presentation on the Optics for Virtual Reality.

The session began with the SPIE A.E. Conrady Award presented to Philip J. Rogers and ended with the awarding of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship to Caleb D. Gannon.

Wilhem Ulrich, Federico Capasso, Daniel Smith

Plenary presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday featured Bill Cassarly of Synopsys talking about Etendue in illumination systems and design, and Harvard's Federico Capasso presenting on his lab's work with Metasurfaces and Flat Optics, respectively.

International Space Station celebrates IDL with attendees

Of particular note at this year's symposium, attendees celebrated the inaugural International Day of Light with a reception and a video feed from the International Space Station where astronauts toasted to light. SPIE created a celebratory tie and scarf and distributed to attendees, who then gathered for what is thought to be the largest collection of SPIE apparel wearers.

record number of SPIE ties and scarves in one picture

Overall the event was a great success with many happy attendees seeing old friends and colleagues as well as making new collaborations and learning about the latest in optical system design. 

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