• Defense + Commercial Sensing
    Virtual Exhibition
    For Authors and Presenters
    For Chairs and Committees
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida, United States
11 - 15 April 2021
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SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2020 Digital Forum

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Digital Forum 2020

Thank you for a great Digital Forum

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Digital Forum 2020 had more than 3,600 people sign up for the opportunity to participate in the free event. Authors shared emerging research and technology advances in sensors, infrared technology, laser systems, spectral imaging, radar, LIDAR, AI/machine learning, and more. The community heard from experts working on materials, components, systems, and analytics for defense, security, and commercial applications.

Those who signed up will have access to the Digital Forum Proceedings for free. Thank you for your participation, and we look forward to having you join SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing in 2021.

A welcome to the community

SPIE President John Greivenkamp welcomed attendees to Defense + Commercial Sensing 2020 Digital Forum.

Symposium Chairs Jay Kumler and John Pellegrino outlined what this meeting means to our community and overviews what to expect throughout the coming week, with an aspriational note to plan to be together again in Orlando in 2021.

Digital Forum Plenary Speakers

We were pleased to include the following plenary presentations as part of the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2020 Digital Forum. Recorded presentations were available throughout the forum. Attendees took the opportunity to watch the presentations and engage with the speakers online.

All Symposium Plenary

Innovation in the aerospace and defense industry
Michael Noble


Michael Noble
L3Harris (USA)

Track Plenaries


Tri-modal imaging spectroscopy of paintings

John Delaney

John Delaney
National Gallery of Art (USA)


Multi-micron silicon photonics platform for imaging and sensing

Aaron Zilkie

Aaron Zilkie
Rockley Photonics (USA)


Silicon photonics for LIDAR

Jonathan Doylend

Jonathan Doylend
Intel (USA)


A National Laboratory "crystal ball" look into the future of sensing and imaging systems

G. Andrew Erickson

G. Andrew "Andy" Erickson
Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA)


Artificial intelligence for maneuver and mobility (AIMM) essential research project

Stuart Young

Stuart Young
U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (USA)

2020 Conference program tracks, topics, and application areas


Single photon sources and detectors, image sensors, spectroscopic instrumentation, energy harvesting systems, and quantum technologies
Applications include low-light imaging, free-space communications, energy generation and storage, cybersecurity and cryptography, time-of-flight imaging, and drone-mounted sensing, imaging and detection


Spectral imaging technologies and algorithms; big data, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI); point cloud processing, 3D imaging and vision, and computational image processing
Applications include homeland security and defense; target detection, recognition, and tracking; optical metrology and inspection; augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR); 3D displays; and geospatial informatics


Infrared (IR) detectors, sensors, optics and imaging systems; radar; LiDAR; millimeter-wave and terahertz (THz) imaging systems; x-ray imaging systems; and optical waveguides and laser sensors
Applications include surveillance; guidance systems; handheld and body-mounted imagers; anomaly detection; navigation and targeting; leak detection; environmental monitoring; and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous systems


Ground-penetrating radar, cyber-sensing technologies, terahertz (THz) imaging, sensor fusion, compressive sensing, AI/ML, blockchain architectures, AR/VR, and spectroscopic inspection systems
Applications include multi-domain operations, situational awareness, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE), unexploded ordnance (UXO) and IED detection, autonomous systems, ocean monitoring, food safety, and phenotyping

Companies that supported Defense + Commercial Sensing 2020

Virtual Exhibition

Take a moment to walk the virtual show floor, review company announcements and product demonstrations, and even scan your virtual badge if you want to get in touch with any of the companies. 

Thank you for a great Digital Forum

Those who signed up will have access to the Digital Forum Proceedings for free. Thank you for your participation, and we look forward to having you join SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing in 2021.

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2020 Program

2020 Exhibition Preview

2020 Symposium Chairs and Co-Chair

Jay Kumler

Jay Kumler
President, JENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC (USA)

John Pellegrino

John M. Pellegrino, Director Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory (EOSL), Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Augustus W. Fountain III

Augustus W. Fountain III
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Univ. of South Carolina (USA)

Teresa Pace

Teresa Pace
Director Engineering, L3Harris (USA)

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