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SPIE Professional April 2017

SPIE Optics + Photonics set for 6-10 August

A new “Technology Hot Topics” plenary session will be a feature of SPIE Optics + Photonics 2017, 6-10 August in San Diego, CA (USA).

The hot topics session, in addition to the other plenary talks at SPIE Optics + Photonics, will be held Sunday, 6 August, and will include international experts giving 20-minute talks on how optics and photonics drive innovation in their disciplines.

Three speakers confirmed so far are SPIE Senior Member Cesare Soci of Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), who will discuss quantum devices; Nanshu Lu of University of Texas at Austin (USA), who will give a talk on graphene electronic tattoo sensors; and Scott McEldowney of Oculus (USA), speaking on augmented and virtual reality.

The weeklong annual event is expected to have 3500 technical presentations in 69 conferences; about 34 courses and workshops; a job fair at the three-day exhibition; an SPIE Awards banquet; an SPIE Women in Optics presentation; the Optics Outreach Games; networking opportunities; and industry workshops.

SPIE Membership events will include the SPIE Student Chapter Leadership Workshop; a members-only reception; the SPIE Fellows lunch; an SPIE Senior Member breakfast; and the SPIE annual meeting at which the Society’s 2017 election results will be announced.

The four topical themes, Nanoscience + Engineering, Organic Photonics + Electronics, Optics + Photonics for Sustainable Energy, and Optical Engineering + Applications, cover a vast gamut of light-based technologies.

Among the key topics to be covered will be plasmonics, metamaterials, X-ray optics, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR); perovskite photovoltaics; technologies for food and water security; OLEDs, and numerous advancements in nanophotonics that hold the key to solving many global issues, especially in energy and medicine.

A number of conferences will cover the design and development of devices and instruments for remote sensing and astronomical applications, including miniaturized satellites known as CubeSats. In addition, the “Light in Nature” conference will return for its sixth iteration.

Three new conferences will present the latest developments in quantum photonic devices, quantum nanophotonics, and thermal radiation management for energy applications.


Plenary speakers and their topics, as known by early March, are:

  • SPIE Fellow Larry R. Dalton, University of Washington (USA), hybrid electro-optics and chip-scale integration of electronics and photonics
  • SPIE Fellow Naomi J. Halas, Rice University (USA), molecular plasmons
  • Deji Akinwande, University of Texas at Austin (USA), scientific progress, engineering achievements, and commercialization of flexible, printable 2D atomic materials and devices
  • Leo Baldwin, Amazon (USA)
  • Charles Gay, SunShot Initiative, US Department of Energy (USA)
  • F. Javier García de Abajo, Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain), controlling light at the atomic scale
  • Michael Grätzel, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Steven Kahn, SLAC National Accelerator Lab at Stanford University (USA), optical design of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
  • Thomas S. Pagano, Jet Propulsion Lab (USA), technologies for hyperspectral infrared remote sensing from space on a CubeSat
  • Nam-Gyu Park, Sungkyunkwan University (Republic of Korea), history and progress of halide perovskite photovoltaics
  • Ralph Romero, Black & Veatch (USA)
  • Eicke R. Weber, Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore BEARS (Singapore) and University of California, Berkeley (USA), photovoltaics moving into the terawatt age
  • Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), 3D laser nanolithography

Chairs for SPIE Nanoscience + Engineering are SPIE member Harry Atwater of the California Institute of Technology (USA) and Nikolay Zheludev of University of Southampton (UK) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).

SPIE Fellows Zakya Kafafi of Lehigh University (USA) and Ifor D. W. Samuel of University of St Andrews (UK) are chairs for SPIE Organic Photonics + Electronics.

Oleg V. Sulima, senior scientist at GE Global Research (USA), is chair of SPIE Optics + Photonics for Sustainable Energy.

Registration for SPIE Optics + Photonics opens 24 April.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201704.24

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