SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing was such a success for attendees and exhibiting companies when it debuted in Baltimore, MD (USA), in 2012 that it is now scheduled each year in Baltimore through 2016.
In 2013, the East Coast's largest symposium on photonics technologies related to defense, national security, and sensing for industry, environment, and health will be held 29 April to 3 May.
It offers a location within driving distance to Washington, D.C., and Virginia labs and good synergy between defense/security and imaging/sensing communities. The multidisciplinary nature of this non-classified symposium also illustrates the spin-off benefits of technology originally developed for military applications such as those for monitoring of ocean health and disaster response.
In addition to presentations and courses on IR sensing, signal processing, 3D displays, robotic systems, and related technologies, SPIE has added new technical conferences on flexible electronics, optical space communications, and information processing for the new generation of intelligence analysts.
The "Next-Generation Analyst" conference is aimed at researchers and practitioners of "hive mind" collaboration and those who use cloud computing for advanced modeling and data storage and social networks and other "participatory sensing." The conference will also provide a technical forum to discuss tools for processing big data and emerging frameworks for information, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
The mix of topics demonstrates both the multidisciplinary nature of optics and photonics and the spin-off benefits of technology originally developed for security and defense applications, organizers noted. Examples of spin-off topics are sensing for agriculture, food quality and safety; biosensors; sensing for health and disaster response; thermal imaging and fiber optic sensing in aerospace and energy industries; ocean sensing and monitoring; and border safety.
Abstracts on paper submissions for 62 technical conferences at the 2013 event will be accepted through 22 October, 2012.
SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing also includes an exhibition for precision optics, lasers, sensors, optical materials, thermal imaging, optoelectronics, instrumentation, and data analysis.
Symposium chair for 2013 is Maj. Gen. Kenneth Israel (USAF, retired). David Whelan of Boeing Defense, Space and Security is co-chair.
Future dates for SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing in Baltimore are: 5-9 May 2014; 20-24 April 2015; and 18-22 April 2016.
For more information on SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing: spie.org/dss.
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