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SPIE Professional July 2012

Scotland to Host Sensing and Security Symposia

Two SPIE events will cover optical technology topics in remote sensing and security

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, will host SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security + Defence 24-27 September. The city and surrounding areas are home to a large number of photonics-related industries as well as educational institutions furthering optics and photonics research.

Both events are recognized visibility platforms for local industry, with Thales, SELEX Galileo, and Scottish Enterprise confirming their support.

Holding the two events in one place provides attendees the opportunity to network with other researchers, manufacturers, and managers from two fast-growing disciplines. Registrants of either symposium have access to the oral and poster presentations and plenary talks from both as well as the two-day exhibition at SPIE Security + Defence.

Sensing for almost everythingLogo for SPIE Remote Sensing

Over the past 18 years, SPIE Remote Sensing has become Europe’s largest international forum on remote sensing. Offering comprehensive coverage of scientific topics, applications, sensors, systems, and satellite platforms, this symposium brings together scientists, program managers, policy makers, and engineers from more than 25 countries.

The 2012 symposium will have 11 conferences focusing on recent breakthroughs in atmospheric and earth-surface sensing, next-generation satellites, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image analysis and techniques, image and signal processing, and more. Two special joint sessions will cover remote sensing of natural disasters and airborne remote sensing.

Speakers at the SPIE Remote Sensing plenary sessions will include Thomas Usländer of Fraunhofer IOSB (Germany) and SPIE member Mitch Roffer, president of Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (USA).

The symposium chair is Karin Stein of Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies, and Image Exploitation (Germany). The co-chair is SPIE Senior Member Charles R. Bostater of Marine-Environmental Optics Lab and Remote Sensing Center, Florida Institute of Technology (USA).

Security symposium evolvesLogo for SPIE Security + Defence

New challenges continue to emerge as network-enabled capabilities and network-centric warfare evolve. The problems posed by asymmetric warfare, by military operations in the urban theater, and in peacekeeping are changing the way that the fundamental and emerging technology base is likely to be exploited in the future.

The SPIE Security + Defence symposium will cross the divide between fundamental optical science and the application of the underpinning technologies in advanced defense and security systems. This event offers engineers and researchers from government, military, academia, and the commercial sector the opportunity to discuss the current status and future directions of a wide variety of R&D projects.

Covering advances in existing as well as emerging technologies, 11 conferences have been organized around such topics as unmanned/unattended sensors, millimeter wave and terahertz sensors, and optics and photonics for counterterrorism. A new conference on high-power laser technology and effects provides a technical forum for the exchange of information related to high-power laser R&D and discussion of the latest demonstrations of laser systems in militarily relevant scenarios.

The symposium chair is SPIE Fellow David H. Titterton of Defence Science and Technology Lab (UK). The co-chair is Reinhard R. Ebert of Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics and Pattern Recognition (Germany).


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DOI: 10.1117/2.4201207.24

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