A special session on business and funding opportunities and new conferences on persistent surveillance and energy harvesting have been added to this year's SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing, the largest unclassified international symposium on sensors, security systems, and defense-related technologies.
The new conferences at the 5-9 April event in Orlando, FL (USA), are aimed at capturing cutting-edge technology advances in emerging areas, and the presentation on future areas of government funding can help attendees from companies, universities, and labs learn about technical problems that U.S. defense labs are trying to solve.
More than 6,000 attendees are expected for 55 technical conferences and a 500-company exhibition.
Presentations and keynote talks on sensing challenges of asymmetric warfare, advances in high-energy lasers, and solutions for interoperability of coalition materiel, cyber sensing, biomimetics, displays, and advanced energy storage technologies are among the 2300 technical presentations to be made. Other topics to be covered are:
Chemical biological radiological nuclear and explosives (CBRNE)
Image and data processing
Information systems and networks
IR, radar, passive millimeter-wave, and terahertz imaging
Laser sensors and systems
Sensing and systems
Underwater optics and imaging
Unmanned, robotic, and layered systems
Visual analytics situation management
Zachary J. Lemnios, director of Defense Research and Engineering and CTO of the U.S. Department of Defense, will give the symposium plenary talk Tuesday morning. Formerly of DARPA and MIT Lincoln Labs, Lemnios will speak on "Transforming U.S. Defense R&D to Meet 21st Century Challenges."
Angelique Irvin, president and CEO of Clear Align, is the featured speaker at a Women in Optics event later on Tuesday. She will discuss technical innovation, based on her experiences at Bell Laboratories where she led a team that built out optical assembly facilities and developed new markets for a $500 million product line.
Directors of three U.S. government research agencies will share information on opportunities for doing business with the government. The Wednesday session is chaired by former SPIE President Paul McManamon, Air Force Research Lab. (Ret.) and the University of Dayton in Ohio.
Presenters include Lisa Porter, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Porter received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2005 and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2008 for her service as the associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.
David Honey, director at the Research Directorate, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L), Office of the Director Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) will give an overview of the research programs underway at DDR&E. Honey is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who began his military career as a pilot and later transitioned into managing a wide variety of technical programs involving intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
The third speaker for this session will be Don Seeley, deputy director to the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office where he has responsibilities for high priority programs such as the Joint High Power Solid State Laser Program. Seeley will discuss progress and opportunities with high-energy laser programs.
SPIE Fellow Michael Eismann of the Air Force Research Lab is symposium chair, and SPIE member William Jeffrey of HRL Labs is cochair.
Courses and Events
An education program at the symposium offers more than 50 courses on technology topics and on professional development, including courses on IR sensors and systems, imaging, displays, security, laser systems, ITAR, and optoelectronics.
The exhibition floor will be open from Tuesday through Thursday, 6-8 April, but a special vendor presentation and reception will be held in the exhibition area Monday evening for exhibitors and attendees of the Thermosense conference to learn from each other about new product lines.
Exhibitors will show IR imagers, sensors, and optics technology in use or development for defense, industrial, and commercial applications. A return feature in the exhibition is a display of robotics and unmanned systems currently deployed by the U.S. armed forces, including a scale model of the General Atomics Air Force MQ-9 Reaper, ISP Optics Penguin, and live demonstrations of unmanned ground vehicles.
An SPIE job fair will also be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6-7 April.
Among the SPIE-sponsored special events at the symposium are panel discussions on the challenges in the integration of fusion functions and the Weatherization Assistance Program as well as an industry presentation by Raytheon's John Zolper on recent progress in optoelectronics in the context of emerging threats.
Other events for students and early career professionals are:
Student Lunch with the Experts, 12:30 pm, Monday 5, April
Panel Discussion on Getting Hired in 2010, 3:30 pm Monday, 5 April
Early career networking social at 5 pm Tuesday, 6 April
More information and updates.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Milton
A. Fenner Milton, director of the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate of the U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command, will be the keynote speaker and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing.
His talk on Sensing Challenges of Asymmetric Warfare will review sensor requirements, especially in terms of the difficulties associated with distinguishing combatants from civilians. He will also discuss broad area surveillance issues associated with road and border security.
Milton is responsible for a lab that develops all aspects of electro-optical technology for the Army, such as image intensifiers, IR sensors, and tactical lasers. He is also responsible for the development of countermine and humanitarian de-mining technology.
Join SPIE in celebrating 50 years of laser innovations at the all-symposium welcome reception, Monday, 5 April, at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing.