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SPIE Professional October 2013

New virtual symposium at Photonics West 2014

By Karen Thomas

SPIE Photonics West

With the introduction of a new virtual symposium on translational biophotonics research, SPIE Photonics West 2014 will now have six symposia in San Francisco, CA (USA), 1-6 February.

The new symposium, Translational Research, will highlight papers from BiOS that show how photonics technologies, tools, and techniques can meet global challenges in healthcare, especially in the areas of cancer, heart disease, and neurological disease. Papers submitted in these three areas are eligible for listing in the Translational Research virtual program and for best paper awards.

SPIE Translational Research imageSPIE Fellow Bruce J. Tromberg, director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic at University of California, Irvine (USA), will serve as symposium chair. A specialist in laser radiation and tissue interaction, Tromberg developed photon migration to analyze the effects of laser energy on tissue.

Translational Research joins BiOS, LASE, OPTO, MOEMS-MEMS, and Green Photonics as well as two exhibitions, a job fair, the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation, and numerous educational courses that make SPIE Photonics West the largest and most influential meeting of the year.

SPIE Photonics WestThe week-long event at the Moscone Center is expected to have more than 4500 presentations on such topics as new biophotonic treatments for brain imaging, disease diagnostics, and therapy; green photonics for sustainable energy solutions, laser innovations for industrial manufacturing and 3D printing; and new micro-displays.

In addition, the fourth annual SPIE Startup Challenge will be held 5 February, with winners of the best company pitch receiving cash awards and sponsorship to attend an entrepreneurship training program. Jenoptik returns as founding partner for the Startup Challenge, with TRUMPF and Open Photonics confirmed as supporting sponsors as of early September.

BiOS to celebrate anniversary of supercontinuum 

Also new at BiOS for 2014 is a series of special sessions commemorating the 45th anniversary of the discovery of supercontinuum generation and applications.

Part of the Optical Biopsy conference, the anniversary event on Wednesday, 5 February, will feature innovative works in non-invasive spectroscopic methods to detect the onset and progression of disease.

Topics covered include optical techniques and novel approaches to diagnose tissues changes such as in vivo and ex vivo fluorescence spectroscopy, Stokes shift spectroscopy, spectral imaging, and Raman spectroscopy. Compact smart spectral explorers, multi-spectral imagers, coherence effects, and hyperspectral imaging will be also be highlighted.

Chairs for the Supercontinuum Anniversary are Robert Alfano of City College of New York (USA), co-discoverer of the supercontinuum white light source, and Stavros G. Demos of Lawrence Livermore National Lab (USA).

BiOS technical program

image for BiOSThe BiOS technical program will include 2000 presentations on photonic therapeutics and diagnostics; clinical technologies and systems; optogenetics, tissue optics, laser-tissue interaction, and tissue biomechanics; biomedical spectroscopy, microscopy, and imaging; and nano/biophotonics. Technical topics include enabling technologies for treatments of cancer, stroke, epilepsy, and vision loss. Three conferences will focus on the understanding and diagnosing of maladies of the brain.

A new BiOS conference on “Optical Elastography and Tissue Biomechanics” will cover subjects such as biomedical optics, biophotonics, and biomechanical methods and technologies.

Chairs for BiOS are SPIE Fellows James Fujimoto of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and R. Rox Anderson, director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

New conference at OPTO

At OPTO, a new conference, “Next-Generation Optical Networks for Data Centers and Short-Reach Links,” will focus on the next-generation optical data-center networks and short-reach links for high data-rate communication. Recent technological advances in optical short-reach transmission systems, network equipment, and modules and components for data-center application will also be featured.

Plenary speaker and SPIE member Michal Lipson of Cornell University (USA) will give a talk on silicon and nanophotonics. Lipson’s research focuses on novel on-chip nanophotonics devices. She has pioneered several of the critical building blocks for silicon photonics, including GHz silicon modulators.

Symposium chairs for OPTO are SPIE Fellows David L. Andrews of University of East Anglia Norwich (UK) and Alexei L. Glebov of OptiGrate Corp. (USA). Co-chairs are SPIE Fellow Shibin Jiang of AdValue Photonics (USA) and Jean Emmanuel Broquin of IMEP-LAHC (France).

Miniaturization the focus of MOEMS-MEMS

The MOEMS-MEMS symposium focuses on optical MEMS, nano-fabrication, microfluidics, commercialization, device and system reliability, adaptive optics, and digital micro-mirror device (DMD) technology. This symposium also provides a forum for presentations on bioMEMS, device miniaturization that supports biomedical and life sciences programs to revolutionize medical sciences and improve human life.

Plenary speakers for MOEMS-MEMS are:

  • SPIE member John Rogers of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
  • Roger Howe of Stanford University (USA)
  • Cornelia Denz of Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany)

Symposium chair for MOEMS-MEMS is David Dickensheets of Montana State University (USA). Holger Becker, cofounder of microfluidic ChipShop (Germany), is co-chair; SPIE Fellow M. Edward Motamedi of Revoltech Microsystems (USA) is the founding chair; and Steering Committee chair is SPIE Fellow Rajeshuni Ramesham of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (USA).

LASE: Lasers for semiconductors and LEDs

Conferences at LASE 2014 will showcase the latest fundamental and applied research on new laser sources and applications. Topics include basic laser device and materials research, semiconductor lasers and LEDs, device and system engineering for emerging nanotechnologies, microelectronic, photonic, and industrial laser manufacturing, 3D printing, and free-space communications.

Highlights include laser conferences on fiber, solid-state, disk, and ultrafast lasers plus the world’s largest concentration of semiconductor laser/LED content. Applications include lasers for 3D printing, free-space communications, and industrial and biomedical use.

At the LASE plenary session, SPIE Fellow Koji Sugioka of RIKEN (Japan) will discuss femtosecond laser 3D micromachining and its applications to biochip fabrication; Photonics 21 president Michael Mertin of JENOPTIK (Germany) will talk about Photonics 21 and give perspectives from the European photonics industry; and Michel Meunier of Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada) will speak on ultrafast laser processing of nanomaterials.

Symposium chairs for LASE are SPIE Fellows Andreas Tünnermann of Fraunhofer-IOF (Germany) and Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena (Germany), and Bo Gu of Bos Photonics (USA). LASE symposium co-chairs are SPIE Fellow Yongfeng Lu of University of Nebraska Lincoln (USA) and Guido Hennig of Daetwyler Graphics (Switzerland).

Laser-assisted manufacturing at Green Photonics

The Green Photonics virtual symposium highlights the latest photonics and optoelectronic tools and materials that will reduce power consumption, enable cleaner manufacturing, and create new energy generation for a broad range of applications.

Papers from all areas of SPIE Photonics West featuring technologies that impact energy sources, energy efficiencies, sustainability, conservation, and other “green” focused components will be eligible for the Green Photonics Best Paper Awards.

Program tracks for this interdisciplinary symposium include solid-state lighting and displays, laser-assisted manufacturing, micro/nano-fabrication, renewable energy generation, fusion, and photovoltaics.

Symposium chair is SPIE Fellow Stephen Eglash of Stanford University.

Innovators compete for Prism Awards

Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation Introduced in 2008, the Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation recognize the most innovative technologies in the optics and photonics industry. This international competition recognizes cutting-edge products in 11 categories that break conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life through photonics.

Awards will be made 5 February during SPIE Photonics West for innovative products, processes, devices, systems, instruments, and technologies that are newly available on the open market in the following categories:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Defense and security
  • Detectors, sensing, imaging, and cameras
  • Energy
  • Industrial lasers
  • Scientific lasers
  • Other light sources
  • Life sciences and biophotonics
  • Optics and optical components
  • Test, measurement, metrology
  • Information and communication
Two exhibitions in Moscone Center

The BiOS Expo at SPIE Photonics West will be held 1-2 February 2014.

The kickoff exhibition will feature the latest technologies from 235 suppliers in the biomedical optics and photonics industries.

More than 1200 companies and photonics organizations will be on hand for the opening of the Photonics West exhibition on Tuesday, 4 February, in the Moscone Center.

The free SPIE job fair will be held in the South Hall 4-5 February.

Conferences and the exhibition end on Thursday, 6 February.



DOI: 10.1117/2.4201310.27

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