The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
2 - 7 February 2019
Industry Events
AR, VR, MR Conference 2019: Optical Design Challenge
Date: Sunday 3 February 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
2019 Optical Design Challenge.
Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Huawei, and SPIE are inviting you to attend the 2019 Optical Design Challenge.

Watch students from a variety of institutions show off their cutting-edge research aimed at improving any aspects of the optics in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). It's an exciting day of poster session, pitches, award ceremony and reception.

Schedule
8:00 am to 12:000 pm - Poster Presentations
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm - Pitch Session (contestants each give 10-minute pitches)
3:30 pm to 4:45 pm - Judge Review
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Awards and Reception

Learn more: 2019 Optical Design Challenge
AR, VR, MR Conference: Sunday Invited Talks
Date: Sunday 3 February 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)
The Sunday sessions consists of 15 invited talks 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

8:30 am to 10:30 am - Course
Introduction to VR, AR, MR and Smart Eyewear (separate paid registration required). Learn more

10:40 am to 5:00 pm - Presentations


Part of Photonics West 2019. Access is included with your Photonics West badge. If you wish to only attend the AR VR MR Conference, it is free to attend but you must register. Preregister at spie.org/VR or register onsite in Moscone Center North Lobby.

Learn more: 2019 AR VR MR Conference
AR, VR, MR Headset Demo Sessions
Date: Sunday 3 February 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Room 9 (South Exhibit Level)
Test drive the hottest new virtual reality hardware in San Francisco, Sunday and Monday 3 - 4 February 2019. Check in at the Demo Desk, Moscone Center Room 9, to pick up your three tokens for three different headset trials (per visit).

Part of Photonics West 2019. Access is included with your Photonics West badge. If you wish to only attend the AR VR MR Conference, it is free to attend but you must register. Preregister at spie.org/VR or register onsite in Moscone Center North Lobby. Questions, email help@spie.org.
AR, VR, MR Mini-Expo Sunday
Date: Sunday 3 February 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Room 9 (South Exhibit Level)
Come to the Expo to meet with the biggest names in consumer electronics and up-and-coming AR VR MR (XR) companies.

Whether you are looking for a job, want to talk about the next research developments, or want to connect with companies who are making a difference in AR, VR, MR, this is the place you want to be.


The SPIE AR | VR | MR Conference is part of Photonics West 2019. Access is included with your Photonics West badge. If you wish to only attend the AR VR MR Conference, it is free to attend but you must register. Preregister at spie.org/VR or register onsite in Moscone Center North Lobby.
AR, VR, MR Conference: Monday Invited Talks and Panel
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)
This important industry conference consists of 20 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 5:00 pm - Presentations
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Panel Session
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Reception

Part of Photonics West 2019. Access is included with your Photonics West badge. If you wish to only attend the AR VR MR Conference, it is free to attend but you must register. Preregister at spie.org/VR or register onsite in Moscone Center North Lobby. Questions, email help@spie.org.

Learn more: 2019 AR VR MR Conference
AR, VR, MR Headset Demo Sessions
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Room 9 (South Exhibit Level)
Test drive the hottest new virtual reality hardware in San Francisco, Sunday and Monday 3 - 4 February 2019. Check in at the Demo Desk, Moscone Center Room 9, to pick up your three tokens for three different headset trials (per visit).

Part of Photonics West 2019. Access is included with your Photonics West badge. If you wish to only attend the AR VR MR Conference, it is free to attend but you must register. Preregister at spie.org/VR or register onsite in Moscone Center North Lobby. Questions, email help@spie.org.
AR, VR, MR Mini-Expo Monday
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Room 23 (South Exhibit Level)
Come to the Expo to meet with the biggest names in consumer electronics and up-and-coming AR VR MR (XR) companies.

Whether you are looking for a job, want to talk about the next research developments, or want to connect with companies who are making a difference in AR, VR, MR, this is the place you want to be.


The SPIE AR | VR | MR Conference is part of Photonics West 2019. Access is included with your Photonics West badge. If you wish to only attend the AR VR MR Conference, it is free to attend but you must register. Preregister at spie.org/VR or register onsite in Moscone Center North Lobby.
Startup Challenge Pitch Clinic
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
Semi-Finalists for the Startup Challenge are invited to a morning of training on entrepreneurship and pitches.
The pitch clinic will conclude with a panel discussion featuring founders, VCs, and a member of the US Patent and Trademark Office to answer your technology entrepreneurship questions. This panel discussion will begin at 11:30am and is open to all attendees.

Panelists:
Frank Levinson, Founder and Managing Director of Small World Group Incubator
Cather Simpson, Founder and Chief Science Officer for Orbis Diagnostics
John Cabeca, Director of Silicon Valley US Patent and Trademark Office
Darius Sankey, CEO of OceanTomo and Innovation Acceleration Capital

Instructor: Farzin Samadani has a diverse background in business and technology. As co-founder of Curious Me, LLC, he provides business modeling and advisory services for early stage startups. Farzin is also a member of the national teaching faculty of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) program and part of the teaching team of Innovation Node-Los Angeles, serving as instructor for various entrepreneurship programs such as Hacking 4 Defense. Farzin’s education is in Business Management and Accounting from the University of Maryland.

Startup Challenge Networking Lunch
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
Startup Challenge Pitch Clinic attendees network with judges and mentors. This event is open to Startup Challenge participants only.
Photonics Cluster Reception
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Room 11 (South Exhibit Level)
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 Industry Analysis project.
Executive Women's Meetup
Date: Monday 4 February 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Invitation Only
This is an invitation-only event for women executives in the optics, photonics, and photonics-enabled community to meet up, talk shop, network, and enjoy a glass of wine.

This event follows the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation and Reception.

Female executives interested in attending may email mega@spie.org.
Commercializing Technologies Day 1: Customer Discovery Overview and Interviewing Workshop
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Room 11 (South Exhibit Level)
This three-session workshop, called Innovation and Management in Photonics: Accelerating Commercialization of Technologies (IMPACT), is designed to help US-based start-ups and early stage companies leverage the networking opportunities available at SPIE Photonics West 2019 to significantly drive their business ideas forward.

IMPACT will add business insights to your technical expertise and teach you what it takes to bring your solution to the marketplace.

Based on the highly successful National Science Foundation I-Corps Program, IMPACT shares the Customer Discovery techniques critical to accelerating new technology commercialization. Participants completing the first two sessions will have the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their findings from photonics industry experts and investors.

Successful participants may be invited to move forward in the IN-LA process for sponsorship to NSF I-Corps along with its $25,000 grant. Availability is limited to the first 12 teams.

Apply online now

Questions? email losangelesnode@gmail.com


Presented by


Innovation Node – Los Angeles and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Key Legal Issues Facing the Optics Industry
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Room 9 (South Exhibit Level)
Please join BakerHostetler for a two hour panel presentation regarding key legal trends in the photonics industry. BakerHostetler Partners Kerry Scarlott and Barron Avery will address key trends regarding international trade and government contracting, including recent updates in the law in these important areas of the photonics industry. This session is aimed at both experienced contractors and those companies that are new to the federal government contracting industry. The session will cover information that any government contractor must know while operating in this space. Bring your questions. To sign up, email innovation@spie.org.

Topics to be covered include:

International Trade Considerations for the Optics and Photonics Industry
  • Export Controls and Sanctions - Recent and Anticipated Developments & Best Practices
  • Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States: A Sea Change Has Arrived
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – Keys to Compliance & Best Practices
Teaming Agreements and Subcontracting in the Federal Marketplace
  • The Fundamentals of Teaming Agreements (including key updates coming out of state and federal courts regarding the enforceability of such agreements and how companies must shift their approaches to account for these updates)
  • Subcontracting Do’s and Don’ts (with a focus on how companies should approach their subcontracting and vendor relationships to promote efficient performance)
  • Dispute Avoidance in the Rapidly Changing Area of Teaming Agreements and Subcontracting in the Federal Marketplace
Speakers

Rick Barnett, BakerHostetler (United States)

Rick Barnett is Of Counsel at BakerHostetler LLP. Rick provides day-to-day legal and business advice in the commercial, transactional, and employment arenas, focusing a substantial portion of his practice on drafting and negotiating commercial agreements. As a former long-time in-house attorney, Rick’s roles as general counsel, corporate officer, and executive management team member provided him with a wealth of experience counseling manufacturing, distribution, and retail businesses, both domestic and international.


Kerry Scarlott, BakerHostetler (United States)

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.
Marketing & Sales Models for Sustainable Growth
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Room 10 (South Exhibit Level)
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.


Instructor

Michele Nichols, Launch Team Inc. (United States)
Quantum Technologies: Current and Potential Applications and Markets
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)
Speaker:

Thierry Robin, Partner, TEMATYS (France)

Abstract: Developments in the emerging field of quantum technology will drive major advances in sensing, imaging, communications and computing, creating new opportunities in photonics. As a result, governments and industry worldwide are currently aligning their funding programs to catch up in the race for quantum technologies leadership and many quantum technology start-ups are also emerging. This presentation will summarize a new report on the potential future economic impact of these quantum technologies. Applications segments and opportunities are covered with analysis of the potential markets and main challenges to be addressed in the next few years. Specific areas discussed include quantum sensing and imaging technologies, which achieve improved sensitivity, accuracy and/or resolution compared to products based on classical physics; and quantum communication and cryptography technologies, which generate and distribute encryption keys to safeguard the transmission of data over optical networks.

Biography: Dr. Thierry Robin has more than 20 years’ experience in both technical innovation and marketing in the photonics industry, running more than 50 projects in optics and photonics with prominent players in defense and security, biomedical optics, and industry. Robin is a founder and partner of TEMATYS, a company providing a range of services in the fields of optics, photonics, and sensors, including market studies, technology transfer, scouting and assessment, as well as strategy and business development. TEMATYS has more than 150 customers in 18 countries. Robin graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris (France). He holds a master’s degree from Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and a PhD from the Physics Center of Ecole Polytechnique.
Open Session of the Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
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.

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.


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 and nonproliferation 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.

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.


Moderator

Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE

Free Professional Headshots
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Hall F, Aisle 5600
Come to the exhibition hall, Tuesday through Thursday to get your free professional portrait taken during Photonics West 2019. Whether you are looking to update your SPIE profile, social media pics, or a framed picture, take advantage of this free service offered by SPIE. You can even come back each day to get multiple styles of pictures.

Open to technical attendees, exhibitors, instructors, students, and exhibition visitors.
SPIE Job Fair
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Hall C, Aisle 1800
Top employers are coming together to interview and hire candidates at Photonics West 2019.

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 OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, IPG Photonics, Quartus Engineering, Intel, SCHOTT North America, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Rockley Photonics, Luminar Technologies, Daylight Solutions, Newport, KLA Tencor, BAE Systems, The Aerospace Corp, Zygo Corporation, Thorlabs, Applied Materials, nmlaser, Oculus, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co, Lasertel, Coherent, Hardin Optical, Volk Optical, Inc., Magic Leap, and more.
Executive Panel: Embracing Uncertainty
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)
Photonics is a global business. With Brexit looming and “trade wars” apparently escalating, today’s business climate presents a unique set of challenges to all the key players, not least of which is planning and managing through the political uncertainty. Join us to hear industry leaders provide their unique perspectives on these challenges as well as commentary on the general technology and market trends in this fast-paced industry.

Listen to informed observations on the photonics business and ask questions of these industry executives to help you better understand the current global environment for photonics and set priorities for your business.

Moderator:

Stephen G. Anderson, Director, Industry Development, SPIE

Panelists:

Debbie Gustafson, CEO, Energetiq Technology, Inc. (United States)

Debbie Gustafson is the CEO of Energetiq Technology, Inc. and a member of its board of directors. Ms. Gustafson joined the company in 2005 as the VP of Sales, when the high-technology start-up introduced the first product. As CEO, Ms. Gustafson led the company into a successful acquisition by Hamamatsu Corporation in 2017. She has continued in her role as CEO as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hamamatsu Corporation and is driving the integration and growth strategy. Previously Ms. Gustafson held Sales and Marketing roles at Mykrolis (Entegris), ASTeX (MKS), Teradyne and Helix (Brooks Automation). She has vast international experience and has opened up offices and joint ventures in Japan and Korea. Ms. Gustafson holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University (UMass Dartmouth) and an MBA in Management from Bentley University. She also serves on the North America Board of SEMI, a global association providing industry stewardship and promoting the interests of the global electronics supply chain.


Yves LeMaitre, Chief Strategy Officer, Lumentum (United States)

Yves LeMaitre is Lumentum’s Chief Strategy Officer. In 2018, he joined the company through Lumentum’s acquisition of Oclaro where he was previously Oclaro’s Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to that, he served as Oclaro’s President of Optical Connectivity Business. Before joining Oclaro in 2008, LeMaitre was with Avanex, most recently serving as Chief Marketing Officer. LeMaitre earned a Master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Nantes University in France. He also holds an engineering degree from École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris.


Eric Mottay, President and CEO, Amplitude Systemes (France)

Eric Mottay is the president and CEO of Amplitude Laser, France, a company he founded in 2001 and which is now a global leader in ultrafast lasers. Eric graduated from the Ecole Superieure d'Optique, Orsay, in 1985, and has since specialized in laser development and manufacturing. During his career, he developed and brought to the market numerous solid-state lasers, is the author of many scientific papers and holds several patents in the field.


Andreas Nitze, CEO, Berliner Glas Group (Germany)

Dr. Andreas Nitze is the Managing Partner and CEO of the Berliner Glas Group and President of the Board of Directors of Swissoptic AG. He has managed these companies for more than 24 years, transforming them into leading-edge optical technology companies with a worldwide portfolio serving a global OEM customer base. Dr. Nitze received his Ph.D. in Business Management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland in 1991. In October 2018, Dr Nitze was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Germany, in the Industry category.
Basics of Laser Material Processing
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
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 (United States)
Startup Challenge Semi-Finals: Biophotonics & Point of Care
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Room 9 (South Exhibit Level)
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: Imaging, Displays, Lasers, & Semiconductors
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Room 11 (South Exhibit Level)
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: Sensors, Wearables, IoT
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Room 10 (South Exhibit Level)
Startup Challenge semi-finalists pitch their business to a panel of expert judges and compete to move on to the Startup Challenge finals.
The Solid-State Lighting Revolution: Innovations That Are Driving the Evolution of the LED Lighting Market
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)
LED technology embodied in lamps (bulbs) and luminaires (fixtures) has captured more than 50% of the $80 billion worldwide lighting market. The near-complete penetration of this market by 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 become 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, Solid-State Lighting Consultant (United States)

Dr. 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

Benno Spinger, Lumileds Germany GmbH (Germany)

Dr. Benno Spinger is Lead Application Engineer Optics at Lumileds Germany GmbH (Aachen) where he is responsible for innovation and design of lighting in automotive applications. Previously he was responsible for integration of LED products into automotive systems and for characterizing the first full LED headlamp at Philips Lumileds in San Jose, CA. Benno hold s a PhD in solid-state physics and a Batchelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany.


Thor Scordelis, Leotek LLC (United States)

Thor Scordelis is General Manager-Americas at Leotek LLC, responsible for North America sales. Scordelis has more than 20 years’ experience in lighting application and design including at PG&E where, as Emerging Technologies-Lighting Portfolio Manager, he managed a multi-million dollar research budget focused on assessing the market viability and readiness of emerging lighting technologies. Scordelis speaks regularly at various forums on lighting industry trends, lighting application and the nexus between the lighting ‘consumer’ and the lighting technology. He holds a batcherlors degree in Industrial Design from the California State University at Long Beach and an MBA in Marketing, from Saint Mary’s College, Moraga CA. Scordelis also holds a Lighting Certification from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions.


Jay Shuler, Xicato (United States)

Jay Shuler is Director of Product Marketing at Xicato, where he guides the development of LEDs light sources and Bluetooth based lighting controls. Jay’s 11-year LED lighting experience also includes work at Philips Lumileds and Sensity Systems. Prior to Lighting, Jay spent 17 years in Networking at Nortel, AFC, Luminous Networks and Terawave Communications, where he managed and marketed products in voice and video services, and data and optical networking (SONET/SDH, Ethernet, RPR and PON). Jay holds bachelor and master degrees in Music and an MBA from the University of Michigan, and is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
How to Speak “High Power Diode Laser”
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
Every sector of the laser industry has their own language and lingo. If you’re new to the photonics industry or interacting with vendors and customers in another sector, 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 colleagues in the High Power Diode Laser industry.

In this session, we’ll cover the basics of diode lasers while staying light on the physics. We’ll go through the basic structure of diode lasers and why it's so important. We'll review the critical variables for laser diodes and the effects they'll have on operation. This talk is intended to explain how to think about and conceptualize laser diodes from 30,000ft while learning a few buzzwords. Vendors in the industry, product offerings, and pricing are not discussed.


Speaker

Joseph Braker, Quantel Laser (United States)
Silicon Photonics and Photonic Integrated Circuits: 2019 Industry Perspective
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)
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 and indium phosphide-based photonic integrated circuits. Come hear the latest updates in this important field driving data centers, communications, and computing.

Moderator:

Peter Hallett, Director, Marketing and Industry Relations, SPIE

Panelists:

Philippe Absil, IMEC, 3D and Optical Technologies Department Director (Belgium)


Drew Guckenberger, P.D., Luxtera, Director of Product Marketing (United States)


Douglas Gill, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Research Staff (United States)


Gloria Hoefler, Infinera, Director, Advanced Development, Optical Integrated Components Group (United States)


Ashok Krishnamoorthy, Axalume, Founder and CEO (United States)


Karen Nummy, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (United States)
Commercializing Technologies Day 2: One-on-One Coaching Sessions
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Room 10 (South Exhibit Level)
These sessions will provide coaching from facilitators to review the teams' Customer Discovery process.

Successful participants may be invited to move forward in the IN-LA process for sponsorship to NSF I-Corps along with its $25,000 grant. Availability is limited to the first 12 teams.

Apply online now


Questions? email losangelesnode@gmail.com


Presented by


Innovation Node – Los Angeles and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Export Control Working Group: Lasers
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
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 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, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE

If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris at jennifero@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
3D Printing and Industry 4.0: An Industry Perspective
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)
The ongoing adoption of 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing and the connected factory (Industry 4.0) is increasingly disrupting the entire process of manufacturing. From the basic design rules to parts customization and associated costs, 3D/Additive is demanding new approaches to all aspects of production. To remain profitable and stay competitive, manufacturing companies at a minimum must embrace advances in computing, robotics, automation, and materials development. Attend this panel discussion and find out how industry leaders are addressing the challenges of this exciting marketplace and finding new opportunities to grow their business.

Moderator:

Stephen G. Anderson, Director, Industry Development, SPIE

Panelists:

Michael Darwin, President and Chairman of the Board, Allagi Inc. (United States)

Dr. Michael Darwin is President and Chairman of the Board at Allagi Incorporated, a start-up focused on bringing advanced metrology and inspection capability to the additive manufacturing market. Dr. Darwin has held executive level, P&L responsible, positions at ESI, Nanometrics, and Zygo, bringing both technical savvy and business acumen to Allagi Inc. He has extensive experience developing new capital equipment, from concept to customer deployment, with collaborative customer engagements in international markets. Dr. Darwin is an innovative thinker with an entrepreneurial drive and is a capable engineering and operations executive with a practical understanding of finance and accounting principles. Dr. Darwin is a co-inventor on 12 patents and co-author on 14 publications, with over 2 decades of experience in metrology and inspection development. He holds advanced degrees in Physics from Purdue University.


Stephanie DePalma, GE Additive AddWorksTM (United States)

Stephanie DePalma is an engineering design manager at GE Additive where she is responsible for driving customer and industry additive adoption through disruptive design. As part of the AddWorksTM team Ms. DePalma works with customers to help them understand additive manufacturing, develop cost models and business cases, evolve product roadmaps for additive adoption, and identify design solutions to ensure increased product performance. Ms. DePalma began her career with GE in 2014 with the Aviation business working as a materials and process engineer focused on industrializing indirect additive techniques for the investment casting process. Prior to joining GE, she worked for Deceuninck North America as a materials and process engineer for PVC extrusion in the fenestration industry. She then worked for Cornerstone Research Group as a research engineer for aerospace and defense contracts. Ms. DePalma holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University.


Ralf Kimmel, General Manger, TRUMPF (United States)

Ralf Kimmel is general manager of the TRUMPF laser division in North America. The TRUMPF laser technology center is one of the largest TRUMPF sales subsidiaries within the laser division and provides laser technology to USA, Mexico and Canada. Strong business drivers are automotive industry, additive manufacturing with laser technologies, applications in e-mobility, consumer electronics and medical industries. Kimmel has more than 18 years of experience in laser applications. Previous positions include designing engineering at Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany and as project manager at the national German aeronautics and space research center. Kimmel holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering, with a focus on cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart.


Melissa Orme, CTO, Morf3D (United States)

Melissa Orme, Ph.D. is the Chief Technology Officer of Morf3D, Inc., a tier-one metals AM part supplier to Aerospace and Defense Industry. Her career has been divided between academia and small business. Beginning as a Professor at UCI she was an early pioneer in the field of 3D printing of metallic parts resulting in 15 US patents and 3 pending on additive manufacturing and powder production technologies. Later she transitioned to industry where she is using and examining new technologies for AM applications. She earned her PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California.
Introduction to Photodetectors, Spectroscopy + Spectrometers, PMT, SiPM + SPAD
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:10 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Go to Course Materials, South Lobby
Hamamatsu is holding a free one-day workshop that covers these topics:

Part 1
8:10 AM – 10:00 AM: Introduction to Photodetectors

Speaker

Slawomir Piatek, Hamamatsu (United States)

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.

10:00 AM to 10:15 AM: Break

Part 2
10:15 AM to 11:45 AM: Evolution of Geiger Mode APD technology: MPPC (family of SiPM) and SPAD (Single-Photon Avalanche Diode)

Speaker

Koei Yamamoto, Hamamatsu (Japan)

Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode (GmAPD) have being touted as a possible alternative to photomultiplier tube (PMT) for various markets and applications such as medical imaging, point-of-care, spectroscopy and now automotive LiDAR. They have many advantages like single photon response, high detection efficiency from UV-NIR, high gain at low operating voltage, and very good timing properties. There are two main solid state GMPAD photodetector technologies today, one is called silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) or multi-pixel photon Counter (MPPC) and the other single-photon avalanche photodiode (SPAD). This presentation discusses and compares both photodetectors and covers topics such as: 1) principles of operation and characteristics, 2) history and current state of technological developments, 3) current applications and their different usage, 4) future technology roadmap and new applications.

11:45 AM to 1:00 PM: Lunch Break

Part 3A
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Spectroscopy and Spectrometer Concepts

Speaker

Slawomir Piatek, Hamamatsu (United States)

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, and 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.

Part 3B
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM: Spectroscopy and Spectrometer: What’s Next?

Speaker

John Gilmore, Hamamatsu (United States)

There are many spectrometers on the market for various spectroscopy applications, learn what’s unique about Hamamatsu spectrometers –we are not just a run of the mill supplier. We are uniquely positioned to provide every aspect of spectrometer technology. Hamamatsu is well known as a quality sensor (CCD, CMOS) provider, and now MEMS / MOEMS solutions including transmission gratings, nano-imprinting surfaced enhanced substrates (SERS) and micro spectrometers. We combine these unique technologies to manufacturer portable Raman modules, and other optical modules. To cover the NIR, many are turning towards MEMS-FPI tunable filters, or compact InGaAs based thin flat spectrometers, forming low cost handheld spectroscopy solutions. We will introduce specialized products including the award winning, grating based, micro spectrometer (C12880MA) and the smallest grating based spectrometer in the world, our new surface mount spectrometer (SMD). We cover a broad spectral range from UV-NIR. Miniaturization and low cost modules are part of recent development themes at Hamamatsu. We will continue to work closely with customers, new and existing. Together we will create the spectroscopy solutions for the next generation.

3:00 PM to 3:15 PM: Break

Part 4A
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Automotive LiDAR: Design Concepts and Challenges

Speaker

Jake Li, Hamamatsu (United States)

The presentation will briefly introduce different LiDAR concepts, discusses the techniques of measuring distance with light for the automotive industry based on principles of the direct time of flight (TOF) and indirect TOF – frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW). The discussion contains the following topics: benefits and challenges of different TOF or FMCW LiDAR concepts in the market today; overview of optical design challenges that’s key driver for development of each LiDAR concepts, as well as introducing key optical components (photodetector, light sources and beam steering) for different LiDAR designs.

Part 4B
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Photonic Technology Improvements That Drives Future of LiDAR Designs

Speaker

Koei Yamamoto, Hamamatsu (Japan)

Previous presentation touched on different LiDAR concepts and listed some of the major optical design challenges. This presentation will continue the discussion and cover topics such as introduces critical photonics components including photodetector(Silicon or InGaAs APD, MPPC and SPAD), light source (PLDs) and beam steering component (MEMs Mirror) for the various LiDAR concepts; discusses the component level requirements and how to overcome the challenges such as lower cross talk, high sensitivity at NIR, improve capacitance and noise, and customization; and correlating the technology improvements at optical component level will help improve some LiDAR systems parameters – longer detection range, simplified circuit design, lower power consumption, and more; finally the presentation will introduce the next generation of detector, mirror, and light source technologies that should help improve future generation of LiDAR system designs.

Free to attend but you must register. Learn more and register


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High-power Laser Optics, Distance Measurement in LiDAR, and Infrared Detectors
Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Go to Course Materials, South Lobby
Laser Components is holding a free one-day workshop that covers three topics:

Part 1
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM: How to Specify Polarizers, Laser Optics, and Spatial Light Modulators

Part 2
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Important Factors to Consider When Selecting the Optimum Infrared Detector

Part 3
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: From Distance Measurement in LiDAR to Next-Gen White Light, Each Using Different Technologies: How to set the Optimal Device Performance


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Part 1

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM: How to specify Polarizers, Laser Optics, and Spatial Light Modulators
Specifying the correct optical component may determine the success of an application. This course focuses on polarizers, laser damage thresholds in laser optics, custom laser optics coatings, and spatial light modulators utilized as adaptive optical elements, their functional principles, essential properties, and corresponding effects depending on the application. The course is broken up in four parts and you are free to attend one or all presentations.

The morning session is broken up in four parts and you are free to attend one or all presentations.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Polarizers
  • 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


  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: LIDT and High-Power Laser Optics
  • Specify Laser-Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT)
  • Identify what influences LIDT
  • Explain LIDT values


  • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Custom Laser Optics Coatings
  • Determine the positive effects of low UV absorption in UV coated optics to increase lifetime and avoid damage of high-power short-pulse lasers
  • Describe the golden rules for multi-wavelength coatings
  • Evaluate the trade-off between reflectivity and transmission, and high laser damage threshold for complex coatings


  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Digital Optics with Spatial Light Modulators
  • Analyze the fundamentals of liquid crystal based Spatial Light Modulators (SLMs)
  • Point out the typical parameters of LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) SLM devices
  • Explain the differences in beam shaping and beam splitting applications
  • Identify potential application areas
  • Compare the performance of Diffractive Optical Elements (DOE) and adaptive optical devices, like SLMs


  • Instructors

    Christian Gerlach, CODIXX (Germany)

    Christian Gerlach has been working for a polarizer manufacturer for nearly 15 years, focusing on development, manufacturing and customizing of polarizers. He currently works for CODIXX AG, a German manufacturer of nano particle-based polarizers.


    Barbara Herdt, Laser Components (Germany)

    Barbara Herdt is responsible for the business development of Laser Optics at LASER COMPONENTS GmbH, a world leader in manufacturing, sales, and distribution of cutting-edge photonic components. Previously, she designed optics for medical instruments and developed telescopes for the aerospace industry. She holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.

    Philip Engel, Holoeye (Germany)

    Stefan Osten, Holoeye (Germany)

    Stefan Osten is head of the Spatial Light Modulators (SLM) sales team at Holoeye. He has more than 10 years of experience in LCOS SLMs and is the author of several publications on optical properties of reflective LCOS phase modulators.

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    Part 2
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Important Factors to Consider When Selecting and Operating the Optimum Infrared Detector

    Infrared detectors are used in a wide variety of applications including spectroscopy, gas analysis, flame detection, moisture sensing, range finding, remote temperature measurement, and even gravitational wave measurements. Whatever your instrument design or research requirements, there are a few key parameters to understand when selecting and operating the optimum IR detector. The course is broken up in two parts and you are free to attend one or both presentations.

    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Infrared Detector Selection: The Pros and Cons of Different Material Performance
  • Describe the importance of specifications such as wavelength range, detectivity, noise equivalent power, incident power levels, and desired operating frequency
  • Distinguish and compare different types of IR detectors: photomultiplier tubes, InGaAs photodiodes, PbS and PbSe photoconductors, MCT detectors, bolometers, thermocouples, and pyroelectric detectors
  • Specify the best optimized IR detector for your application


  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Linearity versus Nonlinearity of Infrared Detectors
  • Compare linear and nonlinear behavior of IR detectors in complex applications
  • Compose a procedure to measure detector linearity over a wide dynamic range
  • Explain nonlinear behavior of an IR detector type


  • Instructors

    Davorin Babic, Laser Components Detector Group (United States)

    Davorin Babic is Director of Research and Development at LASER COMPONENTS Detector Group, a technology company that designs and manufactures high performance photovoltaic and photoconductive detectors. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, he is actively involved in improving existing and developing novel photodetectors with special focus on infrared.


    Johannes Kunsch, Laser Components GmbH (Germany)
    Johannes Kunsch works as Head of Business Unit Infrared Components at LASER COMPONENTS GmbH, Germany. He finished his studies as a physicist at the University of Jena in 1985 and worked then as a researcher on laser induced ultrafast phenomena until he joined LASER COMPONENTS in 1991. He also plays an active role in the infrared community as author, speaker, and organizer.


    Susan Wells, Laser Components (United States)

    Susan Wells is the Technical Sales Engineer at LASER COMPONENTS UNITED STATES, a trusted sales organization providing cutting-edge photonic components in North America. With an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree from Drexel University, she enjoys using her technical background to connect instrumentation designers with the best possible photonic solutions. She will continue to be the Scientific Coordinator for the U.S. based WORKshop on Infrared Technologies taking place at Princeton University, with the support of MIRTHE+, in October 2019.

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    Part 3
    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: From Distance Measurement in LiDAR to Next-Gen White Light, Each Using Different Technologies: How to Set the Optimal Device Performance

    The workshop explains the different working principles of (Flash) LiDAR-optimized Pulsed Laser Diodes, Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes, and Transimpedance Amplifiers for LiDAR receivers. The primary goal is to understand the advantages and challenges of these technologies, as well as the trade-off between laser power and eye-safety.

    To close this session, we will illustrate various applications of laser-generated white light sources as well as optical design considerations when building high intensity, long throw spot lighting or fiber optic illumination.


    1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Flash LiDAR Detectors and Technology
  • Describe the basic working principle of Flash LiDAR systems
  • Identify the different system components
  • Summarize the main advantages and challenges of Flash LiDAR
  • Explain the role of the detector and the associated requirements
  • Understand the critical role of sun and other environmental conditions in outside applications
  • Be familiar with LiDAR for automotive and safety applications


  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Transimpedance Amplifiers for LiDAR Receivers
  • Learn what a TransImpedance Amplifier (TIA) does
  • Identify the basic types of LIDAR (Flash, Pulse, FMCW)
  • Differentiate optical sensor types (PD, APD, SIPM)
  • Grasp the challenges of long-range Pulsed LiDAR
  • Observe how eye safety limits constrain the design
  • Design a LiDAR system at maximum detection range
  • Deal with Ambient light and APD leakage
  • Determine the interplay of the detector and the amplifier


  • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Driving FET-based Pulsed Laser Hybrid Circuits
    Understanding of the various elements of field-effect transistors (FET) driver design for optimized device performance

    2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: High Performance Lighting Applications with LaserLight
  • Identify to which applications laser white light sources, called LaserLight, bring unique value when compared to other solid-state lighting sources like LEDs
  • Estimate the performance achieved with a LaserLight system using models
  • Demonstrate systems expediently and generate new designs by using optics and complementary components


  • Instructors

    Jennifer Ruskowski, Fraunhofer Institute (IMS) (Germany)

    Jennifer Ruskowski is head of 3D Sensors at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (IMS) in Duisburg, Germany. Currently, she is dedicated to high-sensitive photodetectors in CMOS for LiDAR applications. The physicist earned a Ph.D. in the field of Advanced Packaging at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She is with Fraunhofer since 2009.


    Greg Fung, Analog Devices (United States)

    Greg Fung is a Design Manager at Analog Devices in Milpitas, CA. He has designed several high-speed ADC drivers and RF amplifiers. Greg has a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis and an MS Electrical Engineering from Stanford.


    Joseph Adut, Analog Devices (United States)

    Joseph Adut is a Design Engineer at Analog Devices where he has specialized in high speed mixed signal design. Joseph has successfully designed a number of multi-gigahertz scope front ends. He is actively designing multi-channel TIA’s primarily targeted towards the Autonomous Vehicle market. Joseph received his MSEE from Texas A&M.


    Ran Zhu, Laser Components (Canada)

    Ran Zhu is a design engineer of pulsed laser diodes at LASER COMPONENTS Canada. He received his M.Sc. degree in Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Technologies from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in China. Later on, he earned a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Concordia University in Canada where he was a postdoc fellow in iPhotonics Laboratories. His past research interests include radio-over-fiber systems, broadband analog linearization and digital linearization technologies for radio-over-fiber transmitters. Previously, he was a hardware engineer in Ciena Quebec team, where he worked on the research and development of coherent optical receiver.


    Julian Carey, SLD Laser (United States)

    Julian Carey is the Product and Technical Marketing Manager at SLD Laser, a leader in the commercialization of laser light sources for automotive and specialty lighting applications. 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.

    Free to attend but you must register. Learn more and register

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    A Session for Engineering Managers: Where Do You Start?
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location: Room 10 (South Exhibit Level)
    Attendees will have a look at how software is rapidly changing the way optical design teams are organizing themselves and the significant benefits.

    The workshop will enable you to:
    • Understand the effect of software on optical design team organization and how this can significantly lower total cost, accelerate time to market and change the competitive landscape
    • Assess current capabilities
    • Initiate the changes needed to modernize workflows.
    Intended Audience:
    Optical and Mechanical Engineering Managers, Directors and VP’s


    Instructor

    Mark Nicholson, Zemax, CEO (United States)

    Mark oversees corporate strategic planning for Zemax. 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.


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    Export Control Working Group: Lenses and Optics
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
    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, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE

    If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris O'Bryan at jennifero@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
    Free Professional Headshots
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Hall F, Aisle 5600
    Come to the exhibition hall, Tuesday through Thursday to get your free professional portrait taken during Photonics West 2019. Whether you are looking to update your SPIE profile, social media pics, or a framed picture, take advantage of this free service offered by SPIE. You can even come back each day to get multiple styles of pictures.

    Open to technical attendees, exhibitors, instructors, students, and exhibition visitors.
    SPIE Job Fair
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Hall C, Aisle 1800
    Top employers are coming together to interview and hire candidates at Photonics West 2019.

    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 OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, IPG Photonics, Quartus Engineering, Intel, SCHOTT North America, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Rockley Photonics, Luminar Technologies, Daylight Solutions, Newport, KLA Tencor, BAE Systems, The Aerospace Corp, Zygo Corporation, Thorlabs, Applied Materials, nmlaser, Oculus, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co, Lasertel, Coherent, Hardin Optical, Volk Optical, Inc., Magic Leap, and more.
    Export Control Working Group: Cameras
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
    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, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE

    If you are interested in joining for one or more of these meetings, contact SPIE Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris at jennifero@spie.org to be added to the distribution list for meetings and activities.
    The QED-C Consortium and Enabling Photonics Technologies for the Emerging Quantum Industry
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)
    The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) is a public/private partnership supported by NIST to inform the US Government's National Quantum Initiative with respect to private sector needs, and to facilitate a robust commercial quantum ecosystem, including the supply chain, across the computing, network/communications, and sensing domains. The QED-C’s mandate is to coordinate industry, academia, and the US Government in enabling the future quantum economy. Specific issues that the QED-C will address include: future workforce needs in the quantum economy, unique infrastructure requirements, enabling technology developments, performance standards, and stimulating new quantum applications and use cases. The session will include an overview of the QED-C, followed by a panel discussion on photonic technologies that are enabling to the emerging quantum industry. Examples of important gaps in certain enabling photonics technologies will be presented and discussed by the panelists.

    Moderator

    Joseph S. Broz, VP Strategy and Applied Sciences Department Head, SRI International, and Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (United States)

    Dr. Joseph Broz leads SRI’s Advanced Technology and Systems Division (ATSD) in Applied Science, government business development, technical and business strategy. He brings 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to this role. Before joining SRI in 2013, Broz served as the Laboratory Director for Tenneco—a Fortune 100 company, and as Vice President of Laboratories and Business Development for TIMET, the world's largest titanium company, and as founder of Defense Capital Advisors. Broz is an Associate Editor of the journal Science Advances, has published numerous technical papers and has been awarded several U.S. patents. Broz hold a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute (ETH) in Zurich.

    Panelists

    Chad Hoyt, Research Scientist, Honeywell (United States)

    Chad Hoyt is a research scientist in the Advanced Sensing Technology group at Honeywell in Plymouth, MN. After his Ph.D. work in solid-state laser cooling at the University of New Mexico, Hoyt helped build a neutral-atom optical clock as a post-doctoral researcher at NIST, Boulder. Currently, he helps develop new atomic timing and navigation technologies at Honeywell such as microwave and optical clocks.


    Mohammad Soltani, Technical Lead, Raytheon BBN Technologies (United States)

    Dr. Mohammad Soltani is a technical lead in integrated nanophotonics research at Raytheon BBN Technologies with more than 20 years of experience in theory, experiment, and fabrication of integrated photonic devices and nanoscale light-matter interaction for a broad range of classical and quantum applications in sensing, signal processing, communications, and metrology. He has conducted research on different areas of integrated photonics including physics and applications of ultra-high Q resonators, III-Nitride photonics, silicon photonics, nonlinear optics, cryogenic photonics, quantum photonic measurement, computational electrodynamics, and nanofabrication. He obtained his PhD from Georgia Tech in Optics & Photonics followed by postdoctral training in Laboratory Atomic and Solid State Physics at Cornell University.


    John E. Spencer, Co-Founder, President, and CEO, Photodigm, Inc. (United States)

    Dr. John E. Spencer is Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Photodigm, Inc., a supplier of precision single frequency laser diodes, enabling products for spectroscopy, low noise optical pumping, LIDAR, atom optics, and quantum information sources. Previously, he founded PlasmaQuest, Inc., a supplier of plasma processing equipment to the semiconductor, data storage, and optoelectronics industry, and served as its president until its acquisition by Applied Science and Technology (subsequently acquired by MKS Instruments). Spencer also was Director of Technology at Machine Technology, Inc., Member of the Technical Staff at Texas Instruments, and Research Chemist at General Electric. He is the author of more than 50 papers and patents and holds a B.S. from Millsaps College, and a Ph.D. from Rice University.


    Mark A. Tolbert, CEO, Toptica (United States)

    Mark A. Tolbert is the President and CEO of TOPTICA Photonics. Tolbert joined the TOPTICA group in 2006. He has a strong ability to create and grow high-tech companies and strives to build organizations which can self-perpetuate and create an exciting, challenging and rewarding environment for those who take the challenge with him. Tolbert started his career in plastic optics as Director of Sales and Marketing with GS Optics. His management interests and skills brought him then to a leading position first within Burleigh and then EXFO, where he held the position of Director of Business Development, with particular emphasis on the new product development and international business. At EXFO Burleigh Instruments Tolbert developed various OEM and R&D markets for the automation, nanotechnology and biophotonics markets. With a strong engineering and management background from the University of Rochester & RIT, Mark has a degree in Physics and received his MBA from the Simon School of Business.


    Siavash Yazdanfar, Director of Applied Optical Physics Research, Corning (United States)

    Dr. Siavash Yazdanfar is the Director of Applied Optical Physics Research at Corning Research & Development Corporation. His organization leads research in optical physics and light-matter interactions, including advanced laser processing of materials and micro- and nano-photonics for light management. He previously managed optics research at GE Global Research, covering applications in healthcare, aviation, lighting, and machine vision. He holds a PhD from Case Western Reserve University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT.
    Marketing Tips: Designing for Growth. Have Your Questions Answered, Sign-up for a Free Session
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
    Interested participants can sign up for a 20 minute session This exclusive offering is available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are strongly recommended.


    Instructor

    Michele Nichols, Launch Team Inc. (United States)
    How to Reduce Errors Found Downstream of the Optical Design with Zemax Virtual Prototyping
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Go to Course Materials, South Lobby
    Zemax virtual prototyping enables optical and mechanical engineers to design, communicate, and collaborate on building optical products right the first time. Optical engineers can continue to rely on OpticStudio for the reliable and accurate calculations. With LensMechanix, mechanical engineers can validate their mechanical designs by flagging potential problems early in the product development process without having to step out of the CAD platform. By maintaining the fidelity of the optical design throughout the design process, optical and mechanical engineers can create a complete, reliable, model of a product.

    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 tools Zemax provides to 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

    Isis Peguero, Zemax, LensMechanix (United States)

    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.


    Thomas Pickering, Zemax, OpticStudio (United States)

    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.

    Free to attend but you must register. Learn more and register


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    Modeling and Design of Diffractive and Meta-lenses with VirtualLab Fusion
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location: Room 12 (South Exhibit Level)
    The growing importance of diffractive and meta-lenses in modern optical systems makes it vital to investigate and understand their capabilities. Both defined as thin structured layers etched or deposited on a surface, the difference between them lies in the scale of the structures: sub-wavelength range in the case of meta-lenses, wavelength range for diffractive. The underlying surface can be either plane or curved, with the latter case presenting particular challenges in fabrication, when it is at all feasible to manufacture. The effect sought with the inclusion of such components in an optical system is to produce a change in the incident wavefront; additional electromagnetic phenomena, often detrimental to the overall performance of the element, can and do occur, and must, therefore, be considered.

    That is precisely one of the highlights of this workshop: we will show you how to include diffractive and meta-lenses in optical lens systems and how to perform a full fast physical optics simulation of the overall system, which accounts for all resulting effects, including higher diffraction orders (e.g. for multiple foci in intra-ocular lenses). The preliminary design of the diffractive and meta-lens elements may be based on an optimization of the wavefront transformation (binary surface) in Zemax®, with the resulting system subsequently imported into VirtualLab. We will then demonstrate how to design the lens structure of the corresponding diffractive (surface or volume) or meta-lens (nano-fin type). Another route we will illustrate is via the so-called functional design approach, which directly provides the lens structure for a given requested lens functionality. Once the diffractive or meta-lens has been designed (following one of the paths outlined above) the whole system can be analyzed with Fast Physical Optics to gauge its overall performance. The lens structure can eventually be exported as fabrication data for lithography or other manufacturing processes.


    Learning Outcomes:
    • Import of lens system with binary surface from Zemax® into VirtualLab Fusion.
    • Transfer from binary surface (wavefront function) into a real diffractive lens or meta lens structure.
    • Design of meta and diffractive lenses by functional design approach in VirtualLab and its application to the example of a holographic projection system for AR/MR.
    • Fast physical optics modeling of system with diffractive and meta lenses including all electromagnetic effects.
    • Export of fabrication data for lenses.


    Intended Audience:
    Optical engineers, designers, researchers and students interested in diffractive/meta-lenses and holographic optical elements (HOEs).


    Instructors:

    Frank Wyrowski, Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany)


    Site Zhang, LightTrans International UG (Germany)

    Speaker (in cooperation with Zemax):

    Akil Bhagat, Assistant Product Manager, OpticStudio (United States)


    Sponsored by:

    SPIE Startup Challenge
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)


    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. Go to the Startup Challenge website for details on presenters, logistics, prizes, and sponsors spie.org/startup: spie.org/startup

    Judges:
    Andrea Koertvélyessy, JENOPTIK AG
    Homan Yuen, NewGen Capital
    Sam Rubin, Thorlabs, Inc.
    Sujatha Ramanujan, NextCorps & Luminate Accelerator
    N. Darius Sankey, Innovation Acceleration Capital
    Samuel Sadoulet, Edmund Optics Inc.
    Sean Wang, B&W Tek
    PRISM Awards Ceremony and Banquet
    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019
    Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location: Marriott Marquis Hotel, Yerba Buena Ballroom (Lower Level)
    The Prism Awards is celebrating 11 years—and this year we expect to recognize new products that influence and improve our lives on a daily basis.

    Winners announced on 6 February, the Wednesday evening of SPIE Photonics West 2019. This gala has become the largest gathering of CEOs and VIPs in the photonics industry.

    Ticket information or other questions, email innovation@spie.org


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    Key Legal Issues: Have Your Questions Answered, Sign up for a Free Session
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Room 11 (South Exhibit Level)
    Join BakerHostetler attorneys for your own 20 minute, one-on-one session during which you ask and get answers to your most pressing questions regarding international trade, foreign investment, and government contracting legal trends in the optics and photonics industry. This is an opportunity not to be missed for any company that is involved in the international and/or federal marketplaces. Interested participants can sign up for a 20 minute session with either of BakerHostetler’s experts in these areas, Partners Kerry Scarlott and Barron Avery. This exclusive offering is available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are strongly recommended.

    * Trade with China: The Evolving Landscape
    * Government Contract Disputes
    * Prime-Subcontractor Agreements: Teaming Agreements and Flowdowns
    * Domestic Preferences / Buy American Act
    * Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States: A Sea of Change is Coming
    * Export Controls and Sanctions: Recent Developments and Best Practices
    * Cybersecurity: Gov’t Requirements and Practical Approaches


    Speakers

    Kerry Scarlott, BakerHostetler (United States)

    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.


    Barron Avery, BakerHostetler (United States)

    Barron Avery is a partner and chair of the Government Contracts practice at BakerHostetler LLP. Barron counsels and represents government contractors and subcontractors in a wide range of matters involving all aspects of federal government contracting. With substantial knowledge of the rules and regulations that drive the government contracts industry, Barron provides knowledgeable day-to-day advice and counseling to government contractors. In addition to his counseling practice, Barron regularly represents government contractors in bid protests, contract claims and disputes, and in suspension and debarment matters.
    Photonics Industry and Public Policy Update
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
    Location: Room 21 (North Exhibit Level)
    Hear the latest industry and public policy updates from SPIE on Thursday morning after the Photonics West Exhibitor Breakfast.

    Stephen Anderson, Industry Development Director will present an update of the SPIE core optics and photonics components industry profile including current trends and the outlook for 2019.

    This industry profile has become an invaluable resource to business leaders, government representatives and researchers who need a clear picture of the size and impact of the global photonics industry. The profile has found use in supporting business strategies, driving investment decisions, and in the development of national policies to drive economic growth.

    In addition, Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, SPIE Government Affairs Director based in Washington, DC, will provide an update on current public policy issues affecting the optics and photonics community, including regulatory changes that could affect growth in emerging fields of technology both in the U.S. and globally, the status of the trade war between the U.S. and China and new CFIUS requirements for foreign investment.

    Speakers

    Stephen G. Anderson, Director, Industry Development, SPIE


    Jennifer Douris O'Bryan, Director, Government Affairs, SPIE
    Update from Air Force Research Laboratory, Starfire Optical Range
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Room 9 (North Exhibit Level)
    Join Starfire Optical Range (SOR) on Thursday 7 February to discuss the solicitation and plans for future development.

    In May 2018, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) issued a request for information to explore breakthrough research and development solutions for a higher power (< 50 W) sodium beacon laser at 589 nm for Starfire Optical Range. Since then, SOR has increased power requirements to < 75 W and plans to issue a solicitation in FedBizOpps.gov during January 2019. Come to this session to learn more, ask questions, and engage with SOR.

    Questions, email to Keith Wyman at AFRL.RDSS.OrgMailbox@us.af.mil


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    Free Professional Headshots
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location: Hall F, Aisle 5600
    Come to the exhibition hall, Tuesday through Thursday to get your free professional portrait taken during Photonics West 2019. Whether you are looking to update your SPIE profile, social media pics, or a framed picture, take advantage of this free service offered by SPIE. You can even come back each day to get multiple styles of pictures.

    Open to technical attendees, exhibitors, instructors, students, and exhibition visitors.
    Startup Alley: Commercialization and Prototype Showcase
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Hall E, Demo Area
    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.
    Commercializing Technologies Day 3: Pitch Pit
    Date: Thursday 7 February 2019
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: Room 9 (South Exhibit Level)
    This session will entail rapid-fire presentations and feedback from a panel of photonics insiders and investors.

    Successful participants may be invited to move forward in the IN-LA process for sponsorship to NSF I-Corps along with its $25,000 grant. Availability is limited to the first 12 teams.

    Judging team includes: Christopher Rowan, NewCap Partners; Gloria Hofler, Infinera; Marc Himel, MKS Instruments; Mark Tolbert, Toptica; Nishant Mohan, Wasatch Photonics, Simi George, AXA-XL; Walter Burgess, Power Technology.

    Apply online now


    Questions? email losangelesnode@gmail.com


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    Innovation Node – Los Angeles and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
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