SPIE Digital Optical Technologies

New conference joins others in Munich, 25-29 June.

01 April 2017

Hands-on demonstrations of the world’s most advanced augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets will be a highlight of SPIE Digital Optical Technologies, a new conference dedicated to emerging digital trends and perspectives in optics, 25-29 June in Munich.

LOGO for Digital Optical Technologies Hardware from Microsoft, Oculus, HTC, Sony, Google, and Samsung will be available in what conference organizer Bernard Kress of Microsoft says is the first such demonstration session available to the public.

“Being able to compare advanced AR and VR headsets in a single location is remarkable. These systems will soon revolutionize the way people communicate, teach, learn, explore, shop, and play,” Kress said, and lead to more productive personal and professional lives.

Kress and Wolfgang Osten of Universität Stuttgart (Germany), both SPIE Fellows and members of the SPIE Board of Directors, will chair the conference at the Internationales Congress Center along with SPIE member Paul Urbach of Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands).

AR and VR headsets being demonstrated at new SPIE conference.

Registered attendees of SPIE Digital Optical Technologies and the collocated SPIE Optical Metrology who register in advance will be able to participate in hands-on demonstrations 26-28 June. Among the devices that will be available:

  • Microsoft HoloLens, mixed reality untethered headset
  • Oculus Rift CV1, VR headset and hand controllers
  • HTC Vive, VR headset and hand controllers
  • Sony PlayStation VR, headset and hand controllers

SPIE Digital Optical Technologies will have 11 topical sessions covering digital holography for sensing and imaging, 3D displays, systems design, components, and more. A poster session will be held Wednesday 28 June, and there will be shared plenary sessions with SPIE Optical Metrology and other conferences that are part of the World of Photonics Congress and the Laser World of Photonics trade fair.

Jörg Wrachtrup of Universität Stuttgart (Germany) will give a talk at the Congress-wide plenary Monday on the quest for the ultimate quantum machine while SPIE Fellow Federico Capasso of Harvard University (USA) will discuss metasurface diffractive optics at the SPIE plenary session on Wednesday.


LOGO for SPIE Optical Metrology Presentations at SPIE Optical Metrology will include the latest research on optical measurement systems, modeling, videometrics, machine vision, and optical methods for inspection, characterization, and imaging of biomaterials.

Optical Metrology will also include an SPIE Student Chapter Leadership Workshop on Saturday 24 June, open to all SPIE Student Chapter members, and three free professional development courses on Sunday and Monday, open to students attending any of the Munich meetings.

Jean-luc Doumont of Principiae (Belgium) will facilitate the student workshop, which requires advance registration, and teach the courses.

Osten is symposium chair of SPIE Optical Metrology.


Presentations at OSA/SPIE European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) will cover advanced microscopy, clinical and biomedical spectroscopy, molecular imaging, diffuse optical imaging, optical coherence tomography, therapeutic laser applications, laser-tissue interactions, optoacoustic methods, and other novel biophotonics techniques.

LOGO for European Conferences on Biomedical OpticsPlenary speakers are optogenetics pioneer Ed Boyden of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) who will discuss tools for seeing and controlling biological systems, and SPIE Fellow Aydogan Ozcan of University of California, Los Angeles (USA). Ozcan is a biophotonics innovator with numerous inventions in lensless imaging and mobile health applications. His plenary talk will cover computational microscopy, sensing, and diagnostics.

SPIE Fellow Rainer Leitgeb of Medical University Vienna (Austria) is symposium chair for ECBO. SPIE member Paola Taroni of Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Brett Bouma of Massachusetts General Hospital (USA) are program chairs.

Advance registration is open through 30 May.

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