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12 - 16 April 2021
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SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2021

This event will be held online in April 2021

Attend the Defense + Commercial Sensing Digital Forum, the leading event where researchers and engineers share emerging technology in sensors, infrared technology, laser systems, spectral imaging, radar, LIDAR, AI/machine learning, and more. Learn from experts working on materials, components, systems, and analytics for defense, security, and commercial applications.

The Digital Forum will offer live plenary talks, on-demand technical presentations and discussions, online networking and special events, and a Digital Marketplace with product demonstrations and the ability to make business connections.

Check back for more event details in the coming weeks and stay up to date by signing up for event emails. We look forward to seeing you online in April.

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12 - 16 April 2021

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16 February - 24 March 2021

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2021 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

2021 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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