SPIE is a major sponsor and participant in RIAO-OPTILAS, the conference of Latin American optics researchers held every three years.
“RIAO-OPTILAS is a vital link for enhancing collaboration among optics researchers in the region, and the discussions are very valuable for future research projects,” said Maria Yzuel, SPIE’s 2008 president-elect who attended the October 2007 conference in Campinas, Brazil, with others from SPIE.
Pictured, left to right, are: Glenn Boreman, Univ. of Central Florida (USA); Luiz Gonçalves-Neto, Univ. Federal de São Carlos (Brazil); Krisinda Plenkovich, SPIE; Maria Yzuel, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) and SPIE 2008 president-elect; Flavio Horowitz, Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Sol, (Brazil); Marcos Tadeu Pacheco, Univ. do Vale do Paraíba (Brazil); Aldo Brugnera, Univ. do Vale do Paraíba (Brazil); Eugene Arthurs, SPIE; Hypolito Kalinowski, Ctr. Federal de Educação Tecnológica do Paraná (Brazil); Dan Sporea, Natl. Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (Romania): SPIE 2007 President Brian Culshaw, University of Strathclyde (UK).
RIAO-OPTILAS merges two formerly independent events: RIAO (Reunion Iberoamericana de Optica) which began in 1992 in Barcelona, and OPTILAS (Encuentro Latino Americano de Optica y Laseres), first held in 1984. Professor Jaime Frejlich of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP, Sao Paulo, Brazil) chaired the 2007 conference organizing committee.
In addition to SPIE and the International Commission for Optics, the Optical Society of America, the European Optical Society, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, and various regional organizations participate as sponsors. Together, SPIE, OSA, and ICTP provided financial support for travel expenses for 49 students.
Professor Brian Culshaw, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) and 2007 SPIE president, announced the winners of 11 Best Student Poster awards sponsored by SPIE and Wiley & Sons. The top prize went to T. Sorrentino, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (Joao Pessoa, Brazil), for a paper on “Bistability in a semiconductor laser subject to orthogonal frequency-dependent optical feedback.”
Invited speakers typically are from universities or laboratories outside the region whose work is related to research being done where the conference is held. The 2007 conference included invited speakers from seven countries, including Glenn Boreman of the University of Central Florida, who was sponsored through SPIE’s visiting lecturer program.
For more information: RIAO-OPTILAS 2007