Training opportunities include a full suite of professional development short courses on topics including infrared sensors and systems, optical and optomechanical engineering, imaging and sensing and laser sensors and systems.
"Since the beginning of civilization, defense and security needs have been primarily responsible for spurring new technology development which has subsequently found non-military and commercial applications," said Tom George of Zyomed Corp., chair of the conference on Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems and Applications. "In our time, initially defense-funded advances in integrated circuit design and the internet have been singularly responsible for the highest quality of life compared to any preceding time in the human saga."
George said STA aims to capitalize on the natural evolution of technology into sectors including automotive and transportation, consumer products, healthcare, construction, energy, agriculture and the environment.
Steering committee member and Advanced Environmental, Chemical and Biological Sensing Technologies conference chair Robert Lieberman of Intelligent Optical Systems said STA will provide a forum for photonics scientists and engineers to discuss topics in optical sensing and monitoring as diverse as advanced focal plane arrays and nanoscale chemical detection.
"Most exciting will be the opportunity to see talks and exhibits covering the entire scope of the sensor product development cycle -- from academic research to industrial deployment," Lieberman said. "The field of optical sensing is burgeoning. Fiber-optic sensing is migra
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