SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2016

In Baltimore, MD, 17-21 April.

01 April 2016

Presentations on miniature robots, sensors, and satellites will complement a large variety of conferences and courses on technologies for monitoring vast expanses of ocean and space, providing disaster relief, and processing big data at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) in Baltimore, MD, 17-21 April 2016.

The annual event for the defense and commercial sensing communities, previously called SPIE DSS, will include 56 technical conferences, 35 courses, a three-day exhibition, Career Center job fair 19-20 April, and industry seminars, workshops, and panel discussions.

The new name for the 2016 event reflects the growing commercial application of sensing, imaging, laser, infrared, and other optical technologies initially developed for defense applications. New applications using these technologies have led to the creation of commercial products, enhanced scientific research capabilities, and enabled faster and more accurate industrial inspections, such as in machine vision and quality control.

A symposium-wide plenary session 18 April will feature two speakers: Bradford Tousley, director of the Tactical Technology Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Patrick Carrick, director of the US Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency (HSARPA).

graphic for SPIE DCSSpecial events include a panel discussion on the growing use of CubeSats, small 10x10x10 cm cubic satellites (nano satellites) that are revolutionizing Earth observations from space; demonstrations of the capabilities of drones and a presentation on the rules of flying them; and a keynote talk on sensor-information extraction by William Chappell, deputy director of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office.

In addition, SPIE will provide updates on the size of the photonics market in the defense sector and on newly proposed US rules on exporting products that could be considered munitions.

SPIE DCS includes two symposia in the Baltimore Convention Center.

graphic for SPIE Defense + Security symposiumThe SPIE Defense + Security symposium includes conferences on imaging and image processing, sensors, robotics, energy harvesting, big-data analytics, biometrics, pattern and target recognition, display technologies, lasers, ocean sensing, and other optics and photonics topics. SPIE member David Logan of BAE Systems is chair. Donald Reago Jr. of the US Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate is cochair.

graphic for SPIE DCSSPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging, featuring conferences on sensor technologies driving new commercial applications in health care, pharmaceuticals, industrial processing, manufacturing, communications, agriculture, and transportation, is chaired by Ming Wu of University of California, Berkeley (USA). Cochair is SPIE Fellow Majid Rabbani of Eastman Kodak (USA) who is the featured speaker at the SPIE Fellows luncheon.


Starting in 2017, SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing will begin a three-year rotation for the location of the symposium and exhibition.

After this year’s meeting in Baltimore, SPIE DCS will move to Anaheim, CA, in April 2017, and to Orlando, FL, in April 2018. The conferences for the defense and commercial sensing communities will return to Baltimore in April 2019.

By alternating locations, SPIE hopes to make it easy for different groups to attend regularly and to provide exhibitors the chance to meet new customers in three key regions in the USA.

Read more details about SPIE DCS 2016.

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