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    Defense + Commercial Sensing 2020 - Digitial Forum

    SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Digital Forum 2020

    Thank you for a great Digital Forum

    In 2020 the in-person gathering scheduled for 26 - 30 April in Anaheim, California, USA was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 health crisis. However, SPIE recognized the importance for the photonics community to report the advances many had hoped to present at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing. To continue the information exchange and networking that the photonics community values and relies on, in just a few short weeks the in-person meeting shifted to a new, Digital Forum.

    What is a Digital Forum?
    The SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Digital Forum was free to all participants. Authors uploaded their presentations (audio and PowerPoint) leading up to the event. A free and simple registration gave participants access to the forum content from 27 April - 8 May 2020. Participants from the global photonics community accessed the authors’ works by watching presentations on their own schedule. A commenting section gave participants and authors a chance to engage in professional dialogue.

    Digital Forum results

    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.

    It was an active week with participants from 63 countries reviewing research and connecting online.

    Over 600 presentations, 450 manuscripts, 6 plenaries
    The program included 5 tracks and 40 conferences.


    Over 33,00 video views and 14,000 papers downloaded
    An impressive number of interactions occurred throughout the week.
    Over 750 comments and questions supported dialogue
    A commenting feature offered attendees the opportunity to engage with authors.

    More than 2,000 visitors to the virtual exhibition
    Nearly 300 companies participated in the virtual exhibit.
    Free online forum
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    Available on your schedule

    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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