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Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California, United States
26 - 30 April 2020
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The leading global event on sensing, imaging + photonics technologies

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2020

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing showcases the latest research and advancements in sensors, infrared technology, laser systems, spectral imaging, radar, LIDAR, AI/machine learning, and more. Leaders come to learn from and collaborate with other experts working on materials, components, systems, and analytics for defense, security, and commercial applications.

Collocated in 2020: SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing will be co-located with SPIE Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation in Anaheim. These unique communities will enjoy opportunities to network, learn, and share their latest developments. Technical registration for either symposium gives you access to both meetings.  Learn more

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The Defense + Commercial Sensing Industry Program offers free sessions that provide valuable information and networking for everyone - from engineers to CEOs, researchers to marketing professionals - looking for the latest on imaging, sensors, Infrared (IR), autonomous systems, quantum computing, public policy updates, and more.

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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

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The Rising Researchers program is designed to recognize early career professionals who are conducting outstanding work in sensing, imaging, optics, or related fields. Find out more about the application requiements and the benefits to the winners each year.

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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
Director Engineering, L3Harris (USA)

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