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Orlando, Florida, United States
11 - 15 April 2021
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SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2021 Call for Papers

Share advancements with colleagues by gathering at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing in 2021

The exchange of information is more important than ever, and we invite authors to share emerging research and technology advances in sensors, infrared technology, laser systems, spectral imaging, radar, LIDAR, AI/machine learning, and more. Come to learn from experts working on materials, components, systems, and analytics for defense, security, and commercial applications. 

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Abstracts Due
Extended to
21 October 2020

Author Notification
18 December 2020

Manuscripts Due
17 March 2021

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2021 Conference program tracks, topics, and application areas

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Tracks and Topics


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

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2021 Symposium Chairs and Co-Chairs

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
Director Engineering, L3Harris (USA)

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