SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2017

The 2017 DCS symposium will be held in California, 9-13 April.

01 October 2016

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) moves to Anaheim, CA (USA), for 2017 and will feature a preview from a NASA scientist of the augmented reality (AR) technologies that help scientists plan and control the Mars rovers’ activities.

A new DCS program to recognize early-career professionals who conduct outstanding work in product development or research in sensing, imaging, and optics for defense, commercial, and scientific fields will also debut during the event 9-13 April 2017.

Approximately 6000 attendees are expected at the collocated symposia, Defense + Security and Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging.

Four topical tracks (agricultural and pharmaceutical applications, fiber-optic sensors, and unmanned autonomous systems) will be spread over the two technical programs, and there also will be a three-day exhibition, job fair, onsite courses, and an extensive industry program.

Jeff Norris, founder and lead of the Mission Operations Innovation Office and the Operations Laboratory (Ops Lab) of the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) will be the speaker for the Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging plenary session 11 April.

Jeff Norris will be the speaker for the Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging plenary session.

Norris’ team at JPL has created AR and virtual reality (VR) tools that are revolutionizing the control, design, and assembly of space robots and spacecraft. They are also developing “mixed reality” applications in support of astronauts on the International Space Station and for the engineers responsible for the design and assembly of spacecraft.

Norris and his team recently developed a mixed reality guided tour of Mars for the visitor complex at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The interactive exhibit uses holography, VR, and other technologies to allow guests to “walk” on the Red Planet and explore the terrain, just as mission scientists do when analyzing data from the rovers.

Other plenary and keynote speakers have not yet been confirmed.


In addition to more than 2000 technical presentations, numerous courses, and industry sessions dealing with defense, security, imaging, vision, aerospace, and sensing technologies and markets, SPIE will debut a “Rising Researcher” program that will give recognition to early-career professionals. The program will provide professional development and networking opportunities to outstanding young researchers at DCS who have received their terminal degree within the last 10 years.

Applications for the Rising Researcher program were due 3 October and selections will be announced 1 November.

After the 2017 meeting in California, SPIE DCS will move to Orlando, FL (USA), in April 2018 and to Baltimore, MD (USA), 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 and develop new customers in three key regions in the USA.


Donald Reago Jr., director of the US Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, is chair for the Defense + Security symposium. Arthur A. Morrish, vice president of advanced concepts and technology at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (USA), is cochair.

The chair for Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging is SPIE Fellow Majid Rabbani of the Rochester Institute of Technology (USA). Cochair is SPIE Senior Member and SPIE Fellow Robert Fiete, chief technologist and Fellow at Harris Corp. Space and Intelligence Systems (USA)

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