Navigation Links
SPIE Photonics West is Still ‘the Place to Meet’ for Researchers, Developers, and Suppliers of Ubiquitous Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, California, USA (PRWEB) February 08, 2013

A record number of international participants attended SPIE Photonics West 2013 this week, launching new products, connecting with researchers, developers, and suppliers, and reporting on new and as-yet unpublished quality-of-life advances in the light-based technologies of optics and photonics.

Total registered attendance, at 20,737, was up more than 2% from last year. The exhibitions were larger (1,239 companies in the Photonics West Exhibition, and 225 in the BiOS Expo), and there were more papers (over 4,500) in the technical program.

Even more than numbers of booth visitors, exhibitors said they were happy with the quality. "This is the best Photonics West I’ve seen in 10 years ? and they all are great,” said Kerry Van Iseghem, co-founder of Imaging Solutions Group.

“Photonics West is the place to meet everybody we need to,” said Robert Miller, Business Manager, Optoelectronics and Photovoltaics, at EMD Chemicals. “Because we’re not just a photonics company, it’s very important to be able to expand our horizons, and with so many diverse companies here, it really fits our needs.”

“In past years, people stopping at the booth have asked, who are you, what do you do. This year, people know what we do. They’re saying, I have this application – how can you help me, or I have an idea – how can I work with you on this,” said Bonnie Van Wie, Marketing Communications Coordinator, OFS Specialty Photonics

Technical papers were presented in four major areas: biomedical optics, lasers, optoelectronics, and MOEMS-MEMS (micro-opto-electro-mechanical and micro-electro-mechanical systems). Attendance was strong, despite some concern around U.S. government travel funding restrictions.

BiOS symposium chair Jim Fujimoto (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) said the challenge for the community in the face of pressure on federal funds for research is relevance. “We’re at the point now where many of the technologies that are being developed here can be translated to clinical applications and have real-world clinical impacts,” he said.

LASE symposium chair Andreas Tünnermann (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering and Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena) said he found optimism among conference attendees from science and from industry, despite financial troubles in Europe and elsewhere. “People are looking at a bright future; they believe in what they are doing,” he said. “They are here to think about a lot of products, and to bring these products to the market."

An ongoing theme of the week was the potential for the technology and the commitment on the part of researchers to “help others,” as BiOS symposium chair Rox Anderson (Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School) noted. A session on new biomedical optics technologies with life-saving potential illustrated his point. Among the eight talks were:

  •     Ernst Baumberg (Max Planck Institute) on optogenetics, a relatively new field that uses light to map and control living brain or nerve tissues, and loss of sight, stroke, and other conditions.
  •     Ben Potsaid (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on optical coherence tomography (OCT), a powerful optical technique for imaging through living tissue and mapping blood flow for disease diagnostics.
  •     Jonathan Sorger (Intuitive Surgical) on the use of robotics in surgery and their influence in reducing bleeding, chance of infection and length of hospital stay.

“Green photonics” technologies to reduce energy consumption in manufacturing, lighting, and computing received special focus, in a panel discussion by industry executives on opportunities in emerging sustainable technologies and through awards recognizing top papers in the field.

Other panels featured executives of Intel, Oracle, and Philips Lumileds along with leading laser and optics suppliers and manufacturers and venture capitalists.

Innovation was spotlighted, in presentation of the annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation for new inventions, and the SPIE Startup Challenge pitch contest for aspiring photonics entrepreneurs.

Apple, Intel, and Microsoft were among 27 recruiting companies in the SPIE Job Fair, along with companies including Daylight Solutions, Halma Photonics, and Teledyne Scientific & Imaging.

"Our attendees were very happy in San Francisco this week, because Photonics West is the best place to connect with other researchers, engineers, executives, and suppliers, discover what's new, and develop insights and ideas that only happen when smart people come together for face-to-face conversations," said Peter Hallett, SPIE Marketing and Industry Relations Director. "SPIE creates a productive environment that amplifies serendipity by bringing together thousands of creative people from across technical disciplines, leading to new possibilities, relationships, and projects that would not occur if you missed Photonics West.”

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2012.

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Prism Awards Honor Innovations in ‘Ubiquitous’ Photonics Technology
2. Wasatch Photonics Named a Finalist in International Innovation Competition
3. SPIE Leaders Urge Photonics Community to Assert Need for Full Horizon 2020 Funding
4. EMCO High Voltage Corporation to Exhibit at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco
5. Photonics21 Group Announces Prize for Photonics with Industrial Impact
6. Cellphone Microscope Inventor Honored with Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award
7. SPIE Leaders Seek Support for a National Photonics Initiative
8. Aspiring Photonics Entrepreneurs to Vie for Prizes, Connections in SPIE Startup Challenge
9. SPIE Photonics West to Bring Largest Optics and Photonics Event to San Francisco in February
10. Global Biophotonics Industry
11. SPIE Announces 2012 Optics and Photonics Scholarship Recipients
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... ClinCapture, the only free ... and will showcase its product’s latest features from June 26 to June 30, ... poster on Disrupting Clinical Trials in The Cloud during the conference. DIA ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Velocity Products, ... tools designed, tuned and optimized exclusively for Okuma CNC machining centers at The ... of a collaboration among several companies with expertise in toolholding, cutting tools, machining ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 adds ... to its pharmaceuticals section with historic and forecast ... much more. Complete report on the ... profiling 15 companies and supported with 261 tables ... . The Global Cell Culture ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Biomarkers: ... The global biomarkers market has grown ... market is expected to grow at a five-year compound annual growth ... billion in 2015 to $96.6 billion in 2020. ... 2020) are discussed. As well, new products approved in 2013 and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:5/16/2016)... YORK , May 16, 2016   EyeLock ... solutions, today announced the opening of an IoT Center ... to strengthen and expand the development of embedded iris ... an unprecedented level of convenience and security with unmatched ... authenticate one,s identity aside from DNA. EyeLock,s platform uses ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... -- First quarter 2016:   , Revenues ... first quarter of 2015 The gross margin was 49% ... and the operating margin was 40% (-13) Earnings per ... from operations was SEK 249.9 M (21.2) , Outlook ... 7,000-8,500 M. The operating margin for 2016 is estimated ...
(Date:4/15/2016)... DUBLIN , April 15, 2016 ... of the,  "Global Gait Biometrics Market 2016-2020,"  report ... ) , ,The global gait ... CAGR of 13.98% during the period 2016-2020. ... movement angles, which can be used to compute ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):