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

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The exchange of information between the commercial sector and the defense and security sectors is more important than ever. This meeting encourages leading researchers and engineers to share emerging technology in sensors, infrared technology, laser systems, spectral imaging, radar, LIDAR, AI/machine learning, and more. Join to learn from experts working on materials, components, systems, and analytics for defense, security, and commercial applications.

As we plan for an in-person meeting next year, we recognize that travel conditions are uncertain. SPIE remains committed to providing a forum for information sharing, collaboration, and advancing research that is vital to our community.

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Abstracts Due
21 October 2020

Author Notification
18 December 2020

Registration Open
February 2021

Upload System Available
16 February - 19 March 2021

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

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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