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SPIE Professional July 2015

Remote-sensing and security events to be held in Toulouse in September

SPIE Europe to host 23 conferences.

photo of Grady Tuell, courtesy Georgia Tech Research InstitutePlenary speakers for this year’s SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security + Defence in Toulouse, France, include SPIE Senior Member Grady Tuell, the recipient of the 2015 SPIE George W. Goddard Award.

Tuell, associate director of the Electro-Optical Systems Lab at Georgia Tech Research Institute (USA) and an expert on bathymetric lidar, will be the plenary speaker at SPIE Remote Sensing, collocated with SPIE Security+Defence 21-24 September.

photo of plenary speaker at SPIE Security + Defence Bernard Capbern, head of the laser department at CEA-Laser Megajoule in France, will be the Security + Defence plenary speaker. Capbern will discuss the development and operational challengers of the Laser Megajoule Project.

The joint plenary session will also include a panel discussion on CubeSats, the miniature satellites used for Earth observation, reconnaissance, space and climate research, situational awareness, and other applications. Representatives from Surrey Satellite Technology (UK), the QB50 project, and other organizations involved in the design, manufacture, launch, and operation of these small satellites will discuss the instruments and other details about their missions.

The two European symposia are expected to have a combined attendance of 900 scientists and industry representatives from 25 countries.


Miniaturized satellites, 10-centimeter cubes known as CubeSats, were developed to lower the cost of space missions.

By using commercial, off-the-shelf electrical components, universities and companies can usually build one for about $10,000. Launch costs are approximately $100,000 to $125,000.

CubeSats are often used to study climate by monitoring atmospheric parameters such as water vapor content.

The QB50 project is an international initiative to launch 50 CubeSats in 2016 for in-situ measurements in the lower thermosphere and re-entry research.

logo for SPIE Security+DefenceSPIE REMOTE SENSING 2015

Ten conferences at SPIE Remote Sensing will cover the optical technologies used on sensors, systems, and satellites and their applications in agriculture, atmospheric science, oceanography, environmental monitoring, and other areas.

Representatives from space agencies in Japan, France, the USA, the Netherlands, and elsewhere will give updates on their ongoing and upcoming missions.

Special sessions within the conferences will cover such topics as lidar techniques and hyperspectral remote-sensing modeling and applications.

Symposium chair is SPIE Senior Member Charles R. Bostater of the Marine-Environmental Optics Lab and Remote Sensing Center at Florida Institute of Technology (USA).

Learn more information about SPIE Remote Sensing.

logo for SPIE Security+DefenceSPIE SECURITY+DEFENCE

SPIE Security+Defence, in its 12th year, will have 13 conferences with a European focus on fundamental optical and photonics science and their applications in defense and security systems.

Topics to be covered include optronics, hyperspectral imaging, biomimetics, high-power lasers, signal processing, unmanned sensors, free-space optical communication techniques, camouflage design, and infrared systems.

Many of these devices and technologies are considered “dual-use” because they may be used in medicine, manufacturing, and other commercial applications in addition to detection and identification of weapons and illegal items.

A new conference will cover target and background signatures and the algorithmic and experimental approaches for distinguishing the weak signal of a target from a cluttered background of images. Presentations in this conference will cover the tools to distinguish between target and background properties in the visible to the thermal infrared spectral region.

SPIE Fellow David H. Titterton of the UK Defence Academy (UK) is symposium chair, and SPIE member Reinhard Ebert from Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB (Germany) is cochair.

Learn more about SPIE Security+Defence.

Registration at either symposium provides access to all conferences and presentations at both events as well as admittance to the exhibition 22-23 September where the latest in components, devices, and technologies may be found.

Editor's Note: Information above has been updated since the print edition of SPIE Professional went to press.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201507.27

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