The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
27 January - 1 February 2018
Industry Events
Startup Challenge Pitch Clinic
Date: Monday 29 January 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Semi-Finalists for the Startup Challenge are invited to a morning of training on entrepreneurship and pitches.
VR, AR, MR One-Day Industry Conference and Headset Demonstrations
Date: Monday 29 January 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This daylong industry conference consists of 18 invited talks and a panel on the current optical technological challenges and successes for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR). Hear from the biggest names in consumer electronics to up-and-coming companies in AR, VR, and MR.

Schedule
9:00 am to 4:00 pm - Presentations from 18 invited speakers
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Panel Session and Reception
9:00 and to 5:30 pm - Hands-on demonstrations of various VR, AR, and MR headsets.

Secure your place at the conference today. It's free but you must register
RSVP for hands-on demos innovation@spie.org

“This one-day conference will be the largest single day event in AR/VR hardware planned for 2018.”
- Bernard Kress, Microsoft HoloLens

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Morning session: The coming of age for VR headsets: hardware challenges
"VR / AR is dead, long live MR!" Well, maybe not yet, but soon. Virtual Reality (VR), born as a tool for gaming, enables people to immerse into a synthetically created environment. Augmented Reality (AR), augments the natural world with virtual objects. Mixed Reality (MR) can be described as a seamless experience ranging from VR to AR. Addressing key hardware challenges (especially optical), visual & wearable comfort, and immersion are key to consumer mass adoption of any of these technologies.


09:00
Opening: Introduction to hardware challenges in VR / AR
Bernard Kress
Conference Chair and Partner Optical Architect at Microsoft HoloLens


09:20
Historical introduction to VR
Ronald Azuma, Advanced Development, Research, and Project/Team Leadership in New Media at Intel


09:40
VR at HTC
Vinay Narayan, Executive Director, VR @HTC VIVE, Tech Strategist and Advisor


10:00
VR at Google
Jerry Carollo, Optical Architect at Google


10:20
VR at Oculus
Doug Lanman, Director of Computational Imaging at Oculus Research


10:40
VR at Huawei
Tish Shute, Director AR/VR/MR, Corporate Technology Strategy, Huawei USA


11:00
Infrared mirrors for eye-tracking application
Timothy L. Wong, Electronics Materials Solutions Division, 3M


11:20
Optical sensors for AR and VR
Chang Hee Kim, Sr. Director, Head of Business Development of uSens


11:40
Designing and specifying digital cameras
Leo Baldwin, Amazon, Functional Photonics


12:00 to 1:00 Lunch Break

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Afternoon sessions: Visual comfort for immersive, see-through displays (AR and MR)

1:00
Smart glasses and AR headsets
John Haddick, CTO at Osterhout Group (ODG)


1:20
Mixed reality headsets and gesture sensing
Kari Pulli, CTO at Meta Vision


1:40
Monocular waveguide combiners for AR
Jonathan Waldern, Founder, Chairman & CTO at DigiLens


2:00
Optimizing Head-mounted light field displays for quality and comfort
Hong Hua, Professor at University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences


2:20
3D vision cues challenges for AR and VR
Marty Banks, Professor of Vision Science at UC Berkeley


2:40
Light field displays for head-mounted displays (HMDs)
Gordon Wetzstein, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University


3:00
Light field displays for flat panels
David Fattal, Founder & CEO at LEIA


3:20
Light field AR headset
Ed Tang, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Avegant


3:40
AR hardware for power grid management
Micah Tinklepaugh, Engineer, AR and AI at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)


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4:00 to 5:30 Panel Session
Listen and interact with some of the biggest names in VR, AR, and MR. Panelists include pioneers in VR, smart glasses, cryptography and more. Grab a beverage, prepare questions, and be part of this interactive panel discussion.


Moderators

Bernard Kress, Microsoft HoloLens and Leo Baldwin, Amazon



Panelists

Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality, as well as a computer philosophy writer, computer scientist, visual artist, and composer of classical music.

Ronald Azuma, a pioneer and innovator in augmented reality—HRL Labs, Nokia, Intel, and more.

Thad Starner, Early smart glasses pioneer. Founder and director of the Contextual Computing Group at Georgia Tech's College of Computing.

Mark Bolas, a VR pioneer that helped jumpstart the technology. Now at Microsoft working on the "vision strategy" for Microsoft's Mixed Reality platform.

Marty Banks, Vision specialist for head-mounted displays, studying the effects emerging technology, screens, and virtual reality headsets have on our eyes.

David Chaum, AR hardware developer, recognized as the inventor of digital cash and other fundamental innovations in cryptography, including privacy technology and secure election systems.


Networking to follow
Startup Challenge Networking Lunch
Date: Monday 29 January 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Startup Challenge Pitch Clinic attendees network with judges and mentors. This event is open to Startup Challenge participants only.
Photonics Cluster Reception
Date: Monday 29 January 2018
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

All leaders from regional optics and photonics clusters are invited to join this SPIE-hosted reception. Connect with your peers while enjoying drinks and appetizers, compare notes, and hear an update from your peers abroad on efforts to raise awareness of photonics in their homeland, as well as a brief report on the SPIE Photonics Market Analysis project.

Dress is business attire. RSVP required. If you would like to attend, please email innovation@spie.org
Women Executives Meet-Up
Date: Monday 29 January 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Please join this inaugural event for women executives (industry or academia) to meet up, talk shop, network, and enjoy a glass of wine. This is an invitation / RSVP event for women in the optics, photonics, and photonics enabled community.

This event follows the Women in Optics and Diversity & Inclusion Program and Reception

RSVP required. If you would like to attend, please email innovation@spie.org
How Global Investment Is Bringing Quantum Technologies to the Marketplace
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Quantum technology promises significant advances in secure communication, sensing, and computation. It has gained momentum in the last few years thanks to significant investment from a number of governments and from industry. Photonics is a key enabler of quantum technology and is itself likely to advance because of new demands arising from commercializing quantum technology.

This session will provide a snapshot of the investments made by various countries and how the funding is focused. Some of our speakers have been closely involved in their national programs and will address the differences in both emphasis and approach. The session will also highlight examples of significant commercial development undertaken by industry. It will close with a panel discussion centered on how to move quantum technology development forward and a look at some of the key development needs … with a focus on photonics to make this all work.


Moderator


Anke Lohmann
Anchored In Ltd,
Consultant in Photonics and Quantum Technologies

Anke Lohmann is an independent consultant in photonics and quantum technologies. She developed the UK’s Quantum Technologies Special Interest Group, a national initiative funded by the UK government as part its Quantum Technologies programme. She was previously responsible for the UK’s national photonics platform until 2017. Anke is highly engaged with the UK photonics community, industry, and end-users to evaluate opportunities for this emerging sector. Anke has a MEng, Electrical Engineering from Technische Universität Dresden and PhD, MEMS, from the Imperial College London.


Panelists


Mark Farries
Gooch & Housego (UK), Technology Advisor

Dr Mark Farries received a BSc degree in Electronic Engineering and Physics from Loughborough University in 1980 and a PhD in fibre optics from London University in 1986. He is an expert in photonics and has published over 90 papers or conference publications and been awarded 24 patents. His career encompasses over 30 years in opto-electronics with Standard Telecommunications Laboratories, Schlumberger, GEC Marconi, JDS Uniphase as Director of New Products and Evanesco as Technical Director. Currently he is Technology Development Advisor for Gooch & Housego Ltd, which is a World leading manufacturer of photonic components. He is also a visiting professor at Nottingham University.



Rishiraj Pravahan
AT&T Foundry, Principal Data Scientist

Rishiraj Pravahan is Principal Data Scientist at AT&T Foundry as well as Co-founder of INQNET Co-founder of INQNET (Intelligent Quantum Networks and Technologies) a collaboration between AT&T and Caltech within the AT&T Foundry. INQNET is aimed at research and development towards accelerating progress in the fields of quantum networks, quantum technologies, quantum machine learning and artificial intelligence. The goal of the INQNET program is to engage industry, academia and government to build the next generation quantum internet.



Robert Rölver
Bosch, Scouting Quantum- and Nanotechnologies

Dr. Robert Rölver received his Masters degree in electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2003 and finished his PhD in 2007 in Aachen on Silicon based quantum well solar cells. After one year of Postdoc he joined Bosch Corporate research in 2009 to work on photovoltaics. Since 2012 he works as a technology scout for nano- and quantum technologies with special focus on quantum sensors.



Lars Unnebrink
VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH, Quantentechnologien

Lars Unnebrink, senior consultant at VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH in Germany, is responsible for the initiation, evaluation and controlling of funding measures – among others in the field of Quantum technologies, work that VDI has been contracted to deliver by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. He received his Diploma degree in Physics from the RWTH Aachen University in 1996. Afterwards he worked as a researcher for the Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen. Since 2000 he is working for the VDI in the department of Laser and Optics research.



Qiang Zhang
University of Science and Technology of China

Qiang Zhang received a BSc degree and a PhD in physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He implemented postdoctoral research in Ginzton Lab, Stanford University from 2006-2011. He has been a professor of USTC from 2011. He is an expert in quantum information and quantum cryptography, and has published over 65 papers including Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Physics and Physical Review Letters. He implemented a series of experiments and projects on fiber based quantum key distribution (QKD), including the 404 km measurement device independent QKD, the world record for point to point QKD, and the Beijing-Shanghai 2000 km backbone quantum network.
Recent Developments Affecting IP Protection and Trade Compliance with China: Key Things to Know
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Infringements of intellectual property rights are a widespread and ever-increasing phenomenon worldwide. International trade in counterfeit products represents up to 2.5 % of world trade, or as much as €338 billion.*

This session will look at how U.S. export regulations are effecting trade with China and how it is applicable to the photonics and sensors industry.

Topics include:

• IP agreements and challenges: establishing IP safeguards in the PRC business environment
• Trade logistics in China: leveraging enterprise zones, joint ventures and other business entity structures
• Managing export controlled technology in China: protective agreements and Technology Control Plans
• New PRC export regulations: impact of exporting products, technology and software from the PRC
• Recent CFIUS developments affecting trade with China
* EUIPO study, a-tv, 9.21.2017


Speakers

Kerry Scarlott
BakerHostetler

Kerry Scarlott counsels organizations of all sizes engaging in activities domestically and abroad regarding international trade matters. He has particularly deep experience counseling technology-based clients on effectively and efficiently navigating the Export Administration Regulations (EAR); the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); special sanction programs administered by various U.S. government agencies, including the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM); and national security regulations.



Don Fischer
Fischer Associates

Mr. Fischer’s corporate export control practice focuses on inventory and process risk assessments, development of comprehensive compliance procedures, and targeted compliance within Consent Decrees and Directed Audits and framework. Technical solutions address classification, licensing, exemptions, deemed exports, commodity jurisdictions, managing control documentation, technology control programs, leveraging IT solutions for data identification and segregation under ITAR, sourcing models, shipping and receiving, acquisition due diligence, end use verification, re-export, and off-shore compliance with U.S. regulations.
Open Session of the Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
The Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC) advises the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration within the Department of Commerce on technical questions that affect the level of export controls applicable to sensors and instrumentation equipment and technology.

Moderator

Chris Costanzo
Deputy Director of the Sensors and Aviation Division, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce

If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris at jenniferd@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.


Background
Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) advise the Department of Commerce on the technical parameters for export controls applicable to dual-use commodities and technology and on the administration of those controls. The TACs are composed of representatives from industry and Government representing diverse points of view on the concerns of the exporting community. Industry representatives are selected from firms producing a broad range of goods, technologies, and software presently controlled for national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation, and short supply reasons or that are proposed for such controls, balanced to the extent possible among large and small firms.

TAC members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and serve terms of not more than four consecutive years. Members of the public who are not members of the TAC are welcome to attend the open session of this committee meeting. A closed session will immediately follow the open session.
Free Headshots
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Get your FREE Professional Headshot taken during Photonics West
Get your FREE Professional Headshot taken during Photonics West. Whether you are looking to update your SPIE profile, social media pics, or a framed picture on your desk, take advantage of this FREE service offered by SPIE. Dress professionally and even come back each day to get multiple styles of pictures.

These are free for every attendee, exhibitor, instructor, student or exhibition visitor.

Sponsored by SPIE Career Center
SPIE Job Fair
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Top employers are coming together to interview and hire candidates at Photonics West 2018.
Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best.

Meet over 30 recruiters on the exhibit floor including Intel, IPG Photonics, SCHOTT, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Quartus Engineering, and more.

Learn more
Job Fair at Photonics West 2018
Marketing Tips for Small Companies: How to Bring Customers to You
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor

Michele Nichols
Launch Team Inc.

Looking to improve the ROI on your marketing and sales? Compare notes with your peers in this open discussion. Speaker Michele Nichols will share successes and lessons learned across many of the optics and photonics companies she works with, and will facilitate this roundtable session.

This session will include a marketing roundtable discussion, 'how to bring customers to you' ideas, practical tips for companies from start-up to second stage growth, etc.
Photonics Fast Pitch Lunch
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Photonics Fast Pitch event brings entrepreneurs together with people interested in technology business investment. With 2 minutes to pitch, entrepreneurs will introduce their company, business plan, and current market traction in a rapid fire format. The goal is to build a basis for introductions and network-building in the area of photonics technology entrepreneurship. Join angel investors, VCs, analysts, M&A specialists, and big company scouts at this industry event.

Teams interested in pitching should apply at: http://bit.ly/PFastPitch by 11 December, 2017. Teams will be invited based on readiness for accelerated growth. The session concludes with time for 1:1 questions and networking with potential investors and mentors. Space at the lunch is limited. To attend as a non-pitch presenter, please RSVP by completing the following form: https://goo.gl/j2PgSo.

The Photonics Fast Pitch lunch is co-sponsored by the
Next Generation Fiber Technology: Perspective and Roadmap
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
We will bring world-leading experts together to discuss the challenges in different applications and markets with the goal to derive a roadmap for the next developments required in fiber technology. The results will be published in a white paper summarizing our efforts and containing a derived fiber technology roadmap for the next 10 years.

Speakers


Andreas Tünnermann
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF,
Director



Jens Limpert
Friedrich Schiller University Jena,
Head of Fiber & Waveguide Lasers



Thomas Schreiber
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF,
Head of Department Fiber Technology



Kevin Füchsel
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF,
Head of Department Strategy & Marketing
The Solid-State Lighting Revolution: The Next Stage of Market Development
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
The lighting market is undergoing a transformation of a magnitude not seen since the invention of the incandescent lamp. LED technology embodied in lamps (bulbs) and luminaires (fixtures) has now captured over 50% of the $80 billion worldwide lighting market and the near-complete penetration of this market with LED sources is in sight. Energy efficiency has been the main driver for this transformation, but other factors, such as light quality and controllability, have now becoming equally, if not more, important in moving the market forward.

This panel of lighting experts will provide examples of the innovative applications that go well beyond the simple replacement of conventional sources with more efficient LEDs. Attendees will gain insights into the technology innovations that are providing new benefits and capabilities that were never achievable with conventional light sources.

Moderator

Robert V. Steele
Consultant in Solid-State Lighting

Robert V. Steele is an independent consultant in solid-state lighting. He retired in March 2010 as the Director of the LED Practice at Strategies Unlimited, where he had been responsible for all of the company’s activities in the area of LED market research and consulting since 1994. Dr. Steele was a founder of the Strategies in Light conference in 2000 and chaired it from 2000 to 2011. He also chaired Strategies in Light conferences in Japan and China. From 2012 to 2015 he was the chair of Strategies in Light Europe. Currently he is a co-chair of Strategies in Light in the US. Since 2010 he has consulted with LED lighting startup QuarkStar. He has written regularly for industry publications on LED markets and applications, and has given invited presentations at major conferences around the world. Dr. Steele has a B.S. in chemistry from MIT and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.


Panelists


Aaron M. Smith
Finelite, Director of Technology

Aaron Smith is the Director of Technology at Finelite Inc. and in this role supports the development of energy efficient, high quality, and sustainable lighting products. This includes managing new technology integration, new product development, and R&D efforts. He completed his Master of Science in Lighting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC), in Troy NY, and continued on at the LRC as a Senior Lighting Researcher until 2012. He is co-author of several lighting papers with topics that include daylighting metrics, light and health, energy efficiency, and transportation lighting.He has also received several honors including the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Award of Merit, IES Future Leader in Lighting, National Association of Home Builders Best Integration of Technology Silver Achievement Award, and the distinguished Leon Gaster Award (Best Paper of the Year) from the Society of Light and Lighting for the paper, "Conceptual design metrics for daylighting," published in Lighting Research & Technology. He is most proud of being part of the Finelite team, sharing awards with teammates that include utility patents and industry recognition for lighting product design, and supporting initiatives to bring better lighting to market through efforts like DOE research.



Dima Simonian
Telelumen, Color Scientist

Dima joined Philips Lumileds in 2006 to work on LED device development. Since 2012 he has been a full-time consulting engineer for many companies in the Valley. Most recently he held a position of a principal consulting engineer at BioRad Laboratories, developing image and signal analysis for droplet polymerase chain reaction instruments; and at a micro-LED startup, developing optical metrology. At Telelumen Dima is responsible for design of color science models and algorithms for novel light players. Dima has a Ph.D. from CCNY in New York. His thesis was on 2D conductive layers in semiconductor devices at miliKelvin temperatures.



Clifton Stanley Lemon
IESNA, Founder and CEO

Clifton is the founder and CEO of Clifton Lemon Associates, which provides education, strategy, product development, and marketing consulting and advisory services to manufacturing, technology, design, and funding organizations. He was formerly Marketing Communications Manager for Soraa and Director of Business Development at Integral Group. He is the President of the Illuminating Engineering Society, San Francisco Section, and is on the Advisory Boards of Strategies in Light/The LED Show, Lightspace CA, and LightShow West.Clifton has extensive experience with education, brand management, marketing communications, customer research, and sales support and training, and project management for tech startups, multinationals, non-profits, and government agencies in the architecture, engineering, manufacturing, media, education, and publishing sectors. He has deep knowledge of sustainability, MEP, lighting, and LED technology, is well connected to the Bay Area, national, and international AEC and lighting and AEC communities, and is passionate about lighting, sustainable building, and behavioral issues in the built environment. He is an active writer and speaker, with extensive experience in event production and curriculum for professional development.


Q&A and networking to follow.
Startup Challenge Semi-Finals Track 2: Imaging, Displays, Lasers, & Semiconductors
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Startup Challenge semi-finalists pitch their business to a panel of expert judges and compete to move on to the Startup Challenge finals.
Startup Challenge Semi-Finals Track 3: Sensors, Wearables, IoT
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Startup Challenge semi-finalists pitch their business to a panel of expert judges and compete to move on to the Startup Challenge finals.
Startup Challenge Semi-Finals Track 1: Biophotonics & Point of Care
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Startup Challenge semi-finalists pitch their business to a panel of expert judges and compete to move on to the Startup Challenge finals.
Graphene-CMOS Integration for Broadband Imaging and Integrated Photonics
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Graphene-CMOS integration for broadband imaging and integrated photonics--A graphene flagship perspective on taking graphene from the Lab to the Market

Integrated circuits based on CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductors) are at the heart of the technological revolution of the past 40 years, as these have enabled compact and low cost micro-electronic circuits and imaging systems. However, the diversification of this platform into applications other than microcircuits and visible light cameras has been impeded by the difficulty to combine other semiconductors than silicon with CMOS.

We show several applications of graphene-CMOS integration. This includes the first monolithic integration of an electronic CMOS integrated circuit with graphene, operating as a broadband photodetector. We demonstrate a high-resolution image sensor and operate it as a digital camera. The graphene was sensitized with colloidal quantum dots that make it sensitive to UV, visible and infrared light (300 – 2000 nm). Moreover, we discuss the progress on integrated photonics and wafer-scale integration within the EU graphene flagship program.

Speaker


Frank Koppens
The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)
Silicon Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits: 2018 Industry Perspective
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Demand for smaller and cheaper optical interconnections inside networks and computers will create a new market of miniaturized, low-cost photonic components that can leverage the scale of CMOS manufacturing. Learn what industry leaders have developed at the frontier of the silicon photonics market.

Moderator

Peter Hallett
SPIE, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations

Panelists

Philippe Absil
IMEC, 3D and Optical Technologies Department Director


Peter De Dobbelaere
Luxtera, VP of Engineering


Douglas Gill
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Research Staff


Ashok Krishnamoorthy
Axalume, Founder and CEO
Concurrent Opto-Mechanical Engineering: Where Do You Start? A Session for Engineering Managers
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Attendees will learn how software is rapidly changing the way optical design teams are organizing themselves, significantly lowering total cost, accelerating time to market, and changing the competitive landscape.

Attendees will learn what they can do to assess their current capabilities, as well as how to initiate the changes needed to modernize their work flows.

Intended Audience
Optical and mechanical engineering managers, Directors and VP’s


Instructor

Mark Nicholson
Zemax, CEO

Mark oversees corporate strategic planning for the company. Ever focused on leading-edge applications of optical technology, Mark holds a PhD in plasma physics and spectroscopy and a bachelor's degree in physics from Imperial College in London. For the past 20 years, Mark has helped Zemax navigate through key inflection points. Prior to that, he worked with Oxford Group and Crosfield Electronics. He has written or contributed to many of the company's white papers and Knowledge Base articles.


sponsored by
Export Control Working Group: Cameras
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
SPIE, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC), has established working groups comprised of industry and university representatives to assist in identifying and developing proposals related to improving the export control system in the areas of Detector & Cameras, Lasers and Lenses & Optics.

Discussion Topic: Detectors and Cameras
* Uncooled
* Cooled
* SWIR
* Cryocoolers
* ROICs
* Image Intensifiers


Moderator

Jennifer Douris O'Bryan
SPIE Government Affairs Director

If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris at jenniferd@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
From Startup Creation to Acquisition: How to be Successful at Each Stage
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Come hear experts discuss how best to develop your ideas, company, and strategies.


Moderator

Laura Smoliar
Berkeley Catalyst Fund, Founding Partner and Managing Director

Laura has spent nearly two decades in Silicon Valley’s technology sector. She co-founded Global Innovation Foundry, LLC in 2014 to connect innovation, market opportunity, and investors between the U.S. and Asia. Her own startup experience building strategic partnerships and raising funds from Asia inform her approach to solving complex problems across different cultures and economies, harnessing the best assets of large corporations and small companies. She has extended this into the development of a hybrid investment model (containing non-profit and for-profit components), working closely with the University of California, Berkeley, to create the Berkeley Catalyst Fund. Laura is a Columbia College graduate and a member of the Columbia Technology Ventures Executive Advisor Network. She also holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Panelists

From science to startup launch: how to get your idea developed into a company

Patrick Scaglia
Blue Bear Ventures, Managing General Partner

Patrick Scaglia, co-founder of the CITRIS Foundry and Managing Director of Blue Bear Ventures serves on the CITRIS Advisory Board and is a consultant and technology advisor to startup ventures. Patrick was a Hewlett Packard Executive for 12 years, seven of those as CTO, and most recently as VP and CTO of HP Cloud Services and Applications. Patrick serves on several Advisory Boards including the UC Berkeley College of Engineering and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). He has also served on the Georgia Tech College of Computing and the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer Information Science and Engineering. Patrick graduated from the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, where he received bachelor’s, master’s degrees and Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in Physics. He also graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique in Strasbourg with a master’s degree in engineering.


How to find the money and utilize accelerators and incubators

Sujatha Ramanujan
Luminate
Managing Director

Sujatha Ramanujan is serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in Clinical Devices and in Consumer Electronics. Sujatha has started, built and grown three startup businesses. Sujatha has held scientific, technical leadership, and laboratory head positions in Chrysler Corporation, GE, Kodak, Carestream, and Intrinsiq Materials. She holds 28 issued US patents. As a corporate investor for Kodak, then later working with regional investment councils she provides guidance to start-ups, and M&A strategies. Dr. Ramanujan holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a Board Member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.


Plans for your business, planning growth, planning an exit strategy

Magnus Bengtsson
Coherent, Vice President Strategic Marketing


Q & A to follow.
3D printing and Industry 4.0: An industry perspective
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The 3D printing/additive manufacturing landscape has changed drastically since the first 3D printer was created in 1984. Originally used mostly for modelling and prototyping, 3D printing is now making its way into mainstream manufacturing. Widespread adoption however, has been slowed or limited by such factors as material options, slow print speeds, equipment cost, and lack of standardization.

At the same time advances in computing, robotics, automation, and the advent of the internet of things have aligned to further disrupt the manufacturing sector. To remain profitable and stay competitive, companies will have to embrace the digitization of manufacturing – Industry 4.0 – which, in addition to these disruptive technologies, will potentially upend traditional supply chain management and production planning as well as require engineers and designers to change their mindset from subtractive to additive.

Attend this panel discussion and find out how industry leaders are addressing the challenges of this exciting marketplace.


Moderator

Stephen G. Anderson
Director, Industry Development, SPIE


Panelists include




Karsten Heuser
Siemens AG, Digital Factory Division, Additive Manufacturing

Dr. Karsten Heuser is vice president of additive manufacturing (AM) at the Competence Center in Siemens digital factory division in Erlangen, Germany. He oversees industrialization of additive manufacturing with Siemens automation and software offerings along the complete value chain of AM for machine builders and end users. Dr. Heuser joined Siemens in 1999 as a research scientist. His career includes a period as general manager for OLED lighting at OSRAM in Regensburg, and business management within Siemens Energy. He holds a PhD in solid-state physics from the University of Augsburg.



Jason Jones
Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, Co-founder and CEO

Dr. Jason B. Jones is a pioneer in the combined use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and CNC machining. He is the co-founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, a 3D printing start-up which equips CNC machines with AM and laser processing capabilities. Dr. Jones has a PhD in 3D printing from the University of Warwick and has led millions of dollars of AM research and authored numerous publications and patents during the last decade. He has investigated 3D printing/ digital fabrication techniques for multi-material functional parts and hybrid processing of metals. Dr. Jones serves as a Task Group Chair for ASTM where he has led the development of several AM standards (including SO/ASTM 52921). He also serves as the chair of SME’s community advisors for Additive Manufacturing (the largest professional 3D printing community world-wide). For five years prior to his research appointments, he worked as technical manager in the CNC and 3D printing industry in London.



Peter Leibinger
TRUMPF GmbH, CTO, Vice Chairman of the Managing Board

Dr. Peter Leibinger is Vice Chairman of the Managing Board of TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG and Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for research and development, sales and service, as well as the development and expansion of new business units such as additive manufacturing. Among other roles, he has also served as Head of the Laser Technology and Electronics Division, where he was responsible for group-wide research and development and for new business fields. He studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH University in Aachen, Germany, and has worked as a development engineer at Ingersoll Milling Machine Company, before becoming Chairman and CEO of TRUMPF, Inc. in Farmington, CT.



Andy Martin
GE Additive, Technology Development Leader

Andy Martin is the Technology Development Leader in Additive Manufacturing for General Electric. He leads external collaborations and technology initiatives to expand the disruption and advance the state-of-the-art in 3D Printing. His career at GE Aviation began in 1989, where he worked in gas turbine Aero-Thermal Engineering and Preliminary Design roles before joining Additive Manufacturing in 2014.
Laser Optics & Polarizers, from Pulsed Lasers to White Laser Light, and IR Detectors: One-Day Workshop
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
The team from Laser Components is holding a free one-day workshop that covers three topics. Come for each session or come for the entire day.


Part I - 8:30 to 10:00 am
How to Specify High-Power Laser Optics and Polarizers
Specifying the correct optical component may determine the success of an application. This session focuses on high-power laser optics and polarizers, their functional principles, essential properties, and corresponding effects depending on the application.

8:30 to 09:00 am
High-Power Laser Optics
• Advantages and disadvantages of different coating technologies
• Tradeoffs of laser optics specifications
• Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) / Absorption for UV wavelengths
• Surface flatness of laser optics after coating

9:00 to 10:00 am
Theory of polarization, polarizer types, and utilization
• Explain the matter of polarization and list different types of polarizers
• Characterize polarizers by their specifications
• Describe the polarizers mode of operation in various applications
• Define key parameters for a polarizer in an intended application

Instructors

Barbara Herdt
Laser Components



André Volke
CODIXX


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Part II - 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
From Distance Measurement in LiDAR to Next-Gen White Light, Each Using Different Technologies: How to Set the Optimal Device Performance.

In laser scanning applications like LiDAR, many electro-optical systems using a time-of-flight concept require temporally fast optical pulses to achieve the distance resolution and detectors that can amplify very weak signals coming from the targets. The first workshop will focus on the Pulsed Laser Diodes (PLDs) part and provide an overview of challenges faced when switching high peak current fast switch hybrid laser diode circuits. The workshop on the detector part will zoom in on Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) in terms of structure, internal gain mechanism, and noise and speed of operation.

To close this session, we will provide an overview of a next generation white laser light module, which features safe high efficiency fiber delivery of light from a blue laser diode to a remote phosphor module that produces high luminance, incoherent, broad spectrum white light.

11:00 to 11:30 am
Driving FET-based Pulsed Laser Hybrid Circuits
Understanding of the various elements of field-effect transistors (FET) driver design for optimized device performance.

11:30 to 12:00 am
Silicon APD Array Structure and Operation
APD arrays requirements for special photosensitive area sizes, contours, gain variations and gaps between elements and their effects on performance.

1:00 to 1:30 pm
Features of the world’s first, high luminance, white laser module
Thanks to its high luminance output, the white laser module enables novel lighting effects, including miniature luminaires with long range highly collimated beam output, compact ultra-short throw high angle illumination, and glare-free pattern generation with sharp light gradients.


Instructors

Dragan Grubišić
Laser Components Detector Group

Dragan Grubišić is General Manager of LASER COMPONENTS Detector Group, Inc. located in Tempe, Arizona. He holds an M. Sc. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his carrier he has been working in the field of light detection, developing and manufacturing different infrared photo detectors with a special emphasis on high performance Avalanche Photodiodes (APD).



Ran Zhu
Laser Components Canada

Ran Zhu was born in 1984 in Beijing, China. He received the M.Sc. degree in Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Technologies from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China, in 2009 and the Ph. D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, in 2015. He was a postdoc fellow in iPhotonics Laboratories in Concordia University from 2015 to 2016. His past research interests included radio-over-fiber systems, broadband analog linearization and digital linearization technologies for radio-over-fiber transmitters. From 2016 to 2017, he was a hardware engineer in Ciena Quebec team, where he worked on the research and development of coherent optical receiver. He joined Laser Components Canada in 2017 and has been working on the design of pulsed laser diodes.



Julian Carey
SoraaLaser

Julian Carey is the Product and Technical Marketing Manager at SoraaLaser, a leader in the commercialization of laser light sources for automotive and specialty lighting applications. At SoraaLaser, Julian oversees product strategy and marketing for new laser based light sources. In his prior role, Julian acted as head of marketing at Intematix, a leading innovator of phosphors and remote phosphor components for high-quality LED lighting. His previous roles were marketing and developing scanning laser based display systems at Prysm and LED based lighting components and systems at Philips, Lumileds and Agilent. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT Sloan.


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Part III - 1:30 to 5:00 pm
IR Detectors: What Are the Best New IR Technologies for Your Company

Choosing the right infrared detector can often be quite daunting as there are many to choose from; each with their own modes of operation, ideal performance conditions, variations, and limitations. This session will provide an overview of the different types of IR detectors available on the market today & cover their usage in industrial gas sensing applications, spectroscopy, radiation thermography and non-destructive inspection processes. This will include the following technologies:

• InGaAs, Extended InGaAs, and InAs Photodiodes
• PbS & PbSe (Lead Salt) Photoconductors
• Pyroelectric Detectors

1:00 to 2:00 pm
Selecting an IR detector for Gas Sensing Applications
• An understanding of the main advantages and disadvantages of common IR detector technologies covering operation, ideal conditions, available versions, and limitations of each technology
• How to specify a detector for your project
• Typical gas sensing setups for each technology
• How to get the best out of your detector
• Upcoming sensor technologies & “exotic” materials

2:00 to 2:30
High speed InGaAs Arrays for SD-OCT and Machine Vision
Understanding the specifications of 512, 1024 and 2048-pixel InGaAs Line-arrays with up to 400 KHz line rates, surpassing the speed requirements of medical (3D SD-OCT) and machine vision applications, consuming limited power while exhibiting stellar noise performance

2:30 to 3:00 pm
Use of Extended InGaAs Linear Arrays
To develop an understanding of the capability of 1.7 um, 2.2µm, and 2.6µm cut-off wavelength linear InGaAs arrays; and the factors that influence sensitivity

4:00 to 4:30 pm
Recent improvements in PbS/PbSe detector technology
• How PbS/PbSe detectors are constructed
• The internal structure of PbS/PbSe
• What material mechanisms affect device performance
• Old vs. new, how modern manufacturing techniques affected overall detector performance

4:30 to 5:00 pm
Differential Pyroelectric Detectors Understanding the operation of pyroelectric detectors in the true differential mode, which provides doubling of signal and an increase in D* by a factor of around √2.

Instructors

Elliott Martyn Chick
Laser Components GmbH



Lowell Snyder
Laser Components Detector Group



Patrick Merken
Xenics

Patrick received the Engineer degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Military Academy, Belgium in 1988 and the Master of Engineering in Material Science from the University of Leuven in 1996. He obtained his PhD degree at the same university in 2003. His main achievements were in the field of sensor design, low power sensor interfaces and deep cryogenic circuitry. He has authored and co-authored over 100 publications, and holds several patents. He is currently responsible for Research and Development in Xenics.


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Photodetectors, Raman Spectroscopy, and SiPMs versus PMTs: One-day Workshop
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Hamamatsu is holding a free one-day workshop that covers three topics:

Part I - 8:30 – 10:00 am
Photodetectors: Theory, Practice, Applications, and Selection

Part II - 1:00 - 2:45 pm
Raman Spectroscopy: Theory and Practice

Part III - 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Single-photon detection: SiPMs versus PMTs

Come for each session or come for the entire day.

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Daily Schedule


Part I - 8:30 – 10:00 am
Photodetectors: Theory, Practice, Applications, and Selection
Photodetectors are essential components in a vast array of modern scientific and commercial instruments and devices; technological progress will make them even more ubiquitous. Understanding their opto-electronic properties, regimes of operation, circuit requirements, and noise characteristics is essential to a practitioner to make a proper photodetector selection for a given application.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide guidance in this process by discussing the above considerations for the four most common point photodetectors: photomultiplier tube, photodiode, avalanche photodiode, and silicon photomultiplier.


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Part II - 1:00 - 2:45 pm
Raman Spectroscopy: Theory and Practice
Information about the system under investigation may be contained in the spectrum of light received from it. Spectroscopy is an umbrella term referring to a multitude of measurement techniques that can be employed to access the information.

This presentation mentions several major dispersive and non-dispersive spectroscopic techniques such as, for example, fluorescence, Fourier transform, laser-induced breakdown, time-resolved, and discusses in greater detail three forms of Raman spectroscopy: normal, resonant, and surface enhanced. The discussion of Raman spectroscopy includes the theory behind the technique, the hardware components of a working setup, and the most common applications.


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Part III - 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Single-photon detection: SiPMs versus PMTs

Since early 1990’s, a silicon photomultiplier has become a viable alternative to a photomultiplier tube in selecting a photodetector for applications where the light signal may consist of few hundred photons per second.

This presentation reviews the physics of operation of both devices, describes their key opto-electric characteristics, compares their performance, and reports the latest advancements in the design of silicon photomultipliers. It ends with a discussion of several applications for which the choice between using either silicon photomultipliers or photomultiplier tubes may be very subtle.


Instructor

Slawomir Piatek
Hamamatsu


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Export Control Working Group: Lasers
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SPIE, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC), is forming working groups comprised of industry and university representatives that will assist in identifying and developing proposals related to improving the export control system in the areas of Detector & Cameras, Lasers and Lenses & Optics.

Discussion Topic: Lasers
* Fiber
* Diode
* High Powered


Moderator

Jennifer Douris O'Bryan
SPIE Government Affairs Director

If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris at jenniferd@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
Free Headshots
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Get your FREE Professional Headshot taken during Photonics West
Get your Professional Headshot taken during Photonics West. Whether you are looking to update your SPIE profile, social media pics, or a framed picture on your desk, take advantage of this free service offered by SPIE. Dress professionally and even come back each day to get multiple styles of pictures.

These are free for every attendee, exhibitor, instructor, student or exhibition visitor.

Sponsored by SPIE Career Center
SPIE Job Fair
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Top employers are coming together to interview and hire candidates at Photonics West 2018.
Whether you are looking for employees or looking for a job, this is your chance to connect with the best.

Meet over 30 recruiters on the exhibit floor including Intel, IPG Photonics, SCHOTT, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Quartus Engineering, and more.

Learn more
Job Fair at Photonics West 2018
Nikon Optical Materials and Optics: at the Heart of 100 Years of History
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Take a historical look back at 100 years of development in optical materials and optics for use in some of the world most demanding consumer and industrial products. From our first microscope introduced in 1925 to the Nikon 1 in 1948, moving forward through to the digital age with semiconductor, FPD lithography systems, digital imaging, microscopes and industrial metrology.

This technical talk will focus on how Nikon’s optical materials and optics have evolved to support and advance Nikon’s portfolio of high-end products.

Speaker

Naoyasu Uehara
Nikon

Naoyasu Uehara is the Sales and Marketing Support Specialist for Nikon Glass Business Unit US office based in Belmont, California. Since entering Nikon Corporation as a Researcher in April 2006, he has worked as a senior researcher, marketing and sales for material, optics and advanced modules. Educational background, Master’s degree in Applied Science for Electronics and Materials from Kyushu University in March 2006, to go with a previously acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Science at the University of the Ryukyus in March 2004.


Sponsored by
Export Control Working Group: Lenses and Optics
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
SPIE, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC), has established working groups comprised of industry and university representatives to assist in identifying and developing proposals related to improving the export control system in the areas of Detector & Cameras, Lasers and Lenses & Optics.

Discussion Topic: Lenses and Optics

Moderator

Jennifer Douris O'Bryan
SPIE Government Affairs Director

If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris at jenniferd@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
Concurrent Design for Optical and Mechanical Engineers with Zemax Virtual Prototyping
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual prototyping helps optical and mechanical engineers design, communicate, and collaborate on building their optical product right the first time by flagging potential problems early in the product development process. Virtual prototyping from Zemax links the preferred software design tools used by the optical engineer with the preferred design tools used by the mechanical engineer. By using the same virtual prototype for design and simulations, optical and mechanical engineers can create a complete model of a product and validate the effectiveness of the design.

Learn how virtual prototyping from Zemax is improving the engineering design process for both optical and mechanical engineers with OpticStudio and LensMechanix. This course will provide awareness and understanding of the software tools available from Zemax that streamline engineering design workflow.

In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to:
• optimize, analyze, and tolerance a sequential system in OpticStudio
• optimize a sequential design for conversion to non-sequential mode
• load a sequential design into SOLIDWORKS using LensMechanix
• package, analyze, and validate your complete optomechanical design
• open a completed LensMechanix design in OpticStudio
• optimize a complete optomechanical design


Instructors

Thomas Pickering
Zemax, OpticStudio Product Engineer

Dr. Pickering joined Zemax in early 2015 as a Senior Optical Engineer, and has since moved into Product Management with the goal to make OpticStudio the best optical design software it can possibly be. He has a PhD in Accelerator Physics from Royal Holloway, University of London. As a researcher with CERN, DESY, and Cornell University, he focused on the development of particle beam profile monitors using laser-wire systems as well as optical diffraction and transition radiation.



Isis Peguero
Zemax, LensMechanix Engineer

Dedicated to improving LensMechanix, Isis works with potential and existing customers to ensure that the product is meeting customer needs and improving the workflow for mechanical engineers. She listens to customer feedback to further improve LensMechanix. Isis studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. During her summers, she interned at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), where she designed the housing for small optical components for the largest solar telescope in the world, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. Currently, Isis enjoys seeing how LensMechanix improves the workflow that she went through during her time at NCAR.


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Executive Panel: How High-Growth Industries are Embracing the Innovation Ecosystem
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
To stay relevant and competitive in this rapidly changing world, corporations must find new ways to foster innovation in key enabling technologies and to enhance their product portfolios. How they maintain a pipeline of talent, technology and new products will be key to their survival.

Join industry leaders from high-tech industries and learn how they engage the innovation ecosystem in a variety of ways, from company-sponsored incubators and corporate venture investment activities to sponsorship of university-related incubators and accelerators. Hear expert discussion about the changing nature of technology transfer in a world where students want to become entrepreneurs. And find out how aspects of the innovation ecosystem touch optics and photonics. Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to and ask questions of high-tech executives who can help you better understand today’s changing innovation ecosystem.


Moderator

Laura Smoliar
Berkeley Catalyst Fund, Founding Partner and Managing Director

Laura has spent nearly two decades in Silicon Valley’s technology sector. She co-founded Global Innovation Foundry, LLC in 2014 to connect innovation, market opportunity, and investors between the U.S. and Asia. Her own startup experience building strategic partnerships and raising funds from Asia inform her approach to solving complex problems across different cultures and economies, harnessing the best assets of large corporations and small companies. She has extended this into the development of a hybrid investment model (containing non-profit and for-profit components), working closely with the University of California, Berkeley, to create the Berkeley Catalyst Fund. Laura is a Columbia College graduate and a member of the Columbia Technology Ventures Executive Advisor Network. She also holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Panelists

Yuriko Kaida
Asahi Glass Chemical (AGC), General Manager, Business Development Americas

Dr. Yuriko Kaida is the head of Asahi Glass Chemical’s U.S. office, where she leads a team focused on new technologies in photonics, optics, materials, and coatings. She began her career at AGC in Japan 24 years ago, where she developed several optical materials and elements, liquid crystal polymers for wave plates, wire grid films, and transparent glass screens. She moved into a management role in 2010, and she ran both the R&D Center and the Business Development Office in the years before moving to the U.S. Dr. Kaida holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Nagoya University.



Uwe Higgen
BMW i Ventures, Managing Partner

Uwe Higgen joined BMW i Ventures in September 2017 as Managing Partner. He leads a group making investments in autonomous driving, digital car, automotive cloud, artificial Intelligence, and on-demand mobility. Prior to this, Higgen was Head of the BMW Group Technology Office where he accelerated automotive innovation through the development and design of new technologies in autonomous driving, UX-design, interaction technologies, batteries and integration of digital products and services. Before to coming to the U.S, Higgen served in various roles within BMW’s R&D in Munich and began his career at BMW in 2001. He holds a master's degree in Computer Science from The University of Oldenburg.



Mostafa Ronaghi
Illumina, CTO and SVP

Mostafa Ronaghi, Ph.D., joined Illumina in August 2008. As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for leading internal research and technology development (RTD) and is co-founder of Illumina Accelerator, the world’s first business accelerator focused solely on creating an innovation ecosystem for the genomics industry. Ronaghi is an experienced entrepreneur and was involved in founding several start-ups in the life sciences companies. Most recently, he led the formation internally at Illumina of GRAIL Bio, a new company formed to enable cancer screening from a simple blood test. In 2007, Ronaghi co-founded Avantome, a privately held sequencing company (acquired by Illumina in 2008). Before this, he co-founded NextBio, a search engine for life science data (acquired by Illumina in 2013). Ronaghi earned his Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.



Katharine Schmidtke
Facebook, Strategic Sourcing Optical Technology

Dr. Katharine Schmidtke is responsible for Optical Technology Strategy at Facebook. She obtained a Ph.D. in non-linear optics from Southampton University in the UK and completed post-doctoral research at Stanford University. She has over 20 years’ experience in the Opto-Electronics industry including positions at Finisar, JDSU (now Lumentum), and New Focus.
Basics of Laser Material Processing
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Learn the basics of lasers and laser applications in this interesting and valuable workshop. This session is especially valuable to non-laser engineers and project managers who need to know what to expect from their laser systems.

• Discuss what happens when a laser beam hits a material
• Review process threshold and process window
• Discussions of how you can optimize a process. Including examples of marking and ablation / engraving or cutting
• Discussion around some common things that can go wrong
• Additional examples of successful laser applications


Instructor

Jean-Philippe Lavoie
Coherent
How to Speak “High Power Diode Laser”
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
When working in the laser industry, every sector and technology has their own language and lingo. Whether you’re new to an industry or interacting with vendors and customers in that space, you might feel like you could use a crash course. How to Speak “High Power Diode Laser” is exactly that, a crash course in what you need to know to be effective in your interactions and communication with vendors, customers, and your colleagues in the High Power Diode Laser industry.

In this session, we’ll cover basic operation of diode lasers, but staying light on the physics and heading straight to the application. We’ll go through the different structures of the semiconductor and why they are so important, before reviewing some different types of heat-sinks, the trade-offs, and a few examples of final packaging. Finally, we’ll talk about what to specify and what is critical to share so you get the best solution. Vendors in the industry, their product offerings, and pricing is not discussed.


Speaker

Joseph Braker
Coherent | DILAS
SPIE Startup Challenge
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM


The main event—the SPIE Startup Challenge Finals.
With over $85,000 in cash, prizes, and promotion at stake, this is an event not to be missed.

See and hear pitches for the "best of the best" new photonics businesses. This pitch competition is a lively, interactive event showcasing the power of entrepreneurs to move photonics technology to the global marketplace. The top two entrepreneurs from each semi-final track will have just five minutes each to pitch their businesses to a team of expert judges.

The top pitch presenter will go home with $10,000 in cash from JENOPTIK and $5,000 of equipment from Edmund Optics. Join fellow business development, investment, and product managers to scout new talent and see what the future of entrepreneurship in photonics looks like.

The event will conclude with a networking reception from 5-6:00pm where you can meet the presenters and fellow attendees involved in photonics entrepreneurship. See the Startup Challenge webpage for more details on presenters, logistics, prizes, and sponsors: http://spie.org/startup


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PRISM Awards Ceremony and Banquet
Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Prism Awards is celebrating 10 years—and this year we expect to recognize new products that influence and improve our lives on a daily basis.

Winners will be announced on 31 January, the Wednesday evening of SPIE Photonics West 2018. This gala has become the largest gathering of CEOs and VIPs in the photonics industry. The evening begins with a reception, followed by an elegant dinner and award ceremony. Dress is business and formal attire. Questions? email innovation@spie.org

Presenters include

Akira Hiruma
Hamamatsu, CEO, President and Representative Director



Debbie Gustafson
Energetiq Technology, CEO



Eric Mottay
Amplitude Systèmes, CEO



Kathleen Burke
MKS Instruments, VP and General Counsel



Peter Leibinger
TRUMPF GmbH, CTO, Vice Chairman of the Managing Board



Ray O. Johnson
Bessemer Venture Partners, Executive in Residence
and former Sr. VP and CTO of Lockheed Martin



Uwe Higgen
BMW i Ventures, Managing Partner


Questions? Please email innovation@spie.org


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SPIE

Media Sponsor
Photonics Media
Market Update: Size of the Optics and Photonics Market along with Enabled Markets
Date: Thursday 1 February 2018
Time: 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Keynote Speaker

Stephen G. Anderson
Director, Industry Development, SPIE

In a unique analysis of the global optics and photonics industry, Stephen G. Anderson presents an updated comparative profile of the industry that highlights the importance of photonics to the world economy. The profile is based on a continuing SPIE review of industry trends and also includes a first-look at key end-use market segments. Don't miss this valuable presentation after the Exhibitor Breakfast. Free and open to all attendees.
Lighting the Path Towards Autonomous Mobility
Date: Thursday 1 February 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Autonomous mobility is the disruptive technology of our era, and at its core are optical sensing challenges. Getting better data required to operate safely is the key to a driverless future, and this all hinges on new kind of LiDAR built for self-driving scenarios.

Join SPIE Fellow and Co-Founder of Luminar, Jason Eichenholz in a talk on the requirements for self-driving vehicles and a vision for a major breakthrough in LiDAR.


Speaker

Jason Eichenholz
Luminar, Co-Founder
Startup Alley: Commercialization and Prototype Showcase
Date: Thursday 1 February 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Meet with the entrepreneurs featured in the Startup Challenge as they deliver their pitches and take questions about their new photonics businesses. See the prototypes and talk with the entrepreneurs to explore potential partnerships, investment, or sales.
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