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Press Releases

Press releases featuring the latest activity about SPIE events, pro bono, policy and partnership activities are listed chronologically and archived by year.

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17 November 2017
Innovative photonics products named as Prism Awards finalists

Thirty innovative new products using photonics technologies for healthcare, environmental sensing, and other applications have been named finalists for the prestigious 2018 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. Sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media, the program brings high-level recognition, with awards presented by industry leaders at a gala banquet during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco in January.

14 November 2017
SPIE events highlight plans for International Day of Light

The UNESCO General Conference today proclaimed 16 May as an annual International Day of Light, and organizations including SPIE are rolling out plans to mark the day. SPIE has announced winners in its first International Day of Light photo contest and is accepting applications from members of the society for micro-grants to fund IDL-related projects in their communities.

07 November 2017
SPIE Optical Systems Design to collocate with Optatec in 2018

SPIE Optical Systems Design, the premier European event for optical instrumentation, will include a new conference in 2018 and will run alongside Optatec, a leading European optical manufacturing exhibition, in Frankfurt 14–17 May. Abstract submissions are being accepted through the middle of November.

30 October 2017
Latest in optics manufacturing at high-energy SPIE Optifab

The biennial SPIE Optifab drew nearly 2,000 world experts to Rochester, New York, for a conference and an exhibition presenting the latest technologies and applications in advanced manufacturing. The event was sponsored by SPIE and cosponsored by APOMA.

27 October 2017
SPIE celebrates 40 years in Bellingham, Washington; dedicates headquarters to first Executive Director

On Friday 27 October,SPIE will celebrate 40 years based in Bellingham, Washington, with a visit by the Society’s Board of Directors, and a ceremony dedicating its headquarters building to its first Executive Director, Joe Yaver, and his wife, Agnete.

26 October 2017
Aspiring photonics entrepreneurs invited to apply for SPIE Startup Challenge

Qualifying new entrepreneurs may apply through 16 November for a chance to win cash prizes, training, and other support in the SPIE Startup Challenge 2018, organized by SPIE. Funding and prizes are provided by Founding Partner Jenoptik, Lead Sponsor Edmund Optics, and Supporting Sponsors Luminar and Trumpf.

21 October 2017
Innovation-driving research and applications to take center stage at SPIE Photonics West 2018

SPIE Photonics West 2018 is expected to draw more than 20,000 international engineers, scientists, and technology suppliers to San Francisco, California, in January for major exhibitions and technical talks on advances in medical diagnosis and therapies, lasers in manufacturing, next-generation communications, and much more.

20 October 2017
SPIE joins in centenary celebration of top-ranked Institut d’Optique

Leaders of SPIE joined with other partners in a centenary celebration of the 100 years of Institut d’Optique. The institute has played a major role in advancing photonics and stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship based on applications of the technologies.

16 October 2017
Stanford bioengineering professor to head medical imaging journal in 2018

Stanford University professor and imaging scientist Norbert Pelc will serve as editor-in-chief throughout 2018 of the SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging. Pelc, who is the immediate past chair of the Bioengineering department at Stanford and has been an advisory editor for the journal since its launch in 2014, is stepping in for editor-in-chief Maryellen Giger, who will serve as president of the society in 2018.

16 October 2017
New topics, innovation prizes as SPIE Photonics Europe returns to Strasbourg

Abstract submissions for SPIE Photonics Europe 2018 are being accepted through 23 October for conference presentations in digital optics, quantum technologies, optical imaging and sensing, laser-based manufacturing, metamaterials, biophotonics, nanosciences, and other photonics technologies. Sponsored by SPIE, the event is returning to Strasbourg, and will run 22–26 April.

27 September 2017
Presentation proposals welcome for SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing

Proposals for presentations on the latest research results in sensors, infrared technology, laser systems, spectral imaging, radar, LiDAR and related technologies for defense, commercial, and scientific applications are being accepted through 9 October for SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2018. The event will run 15 through 19 April in Orlando, Florida.

26 September 2017
Outstanding early-career work eligible for Rising Researcher awards

Early-career professionals conducting outstanding work in product development or research in defense, commercial, and scientific sensing, imaging, optics, or related fields have until mid-October to apply for Rising Researchers awards. The program is offered by SPIE, with recognition activities at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2018 in Orlando, Florida, in April.

20 September 2017
SPIE Optifab to draw optical manufacturing experts from around the globe

Optical manufacturing hub Rochester will host SPIE Optifab, the nation's largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition, in October. Sponsored by SPIE and cosponsored by the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association, the biennial event draws world experts on optical coatings, metrology, materials science, additive manufacturing, lithographic processes, and other aspects of optical fabrication.

15 September 2017
SPIE Digital Library moves to enhanced new website

The SPIE Digital Library — the world’s largest optics and photonics library — has been re-launched on a significantly updated and improved website, providing users with better tools for personalized research along with expanded content choices and other enhancements inspired by input from users about desired functionality.

30 August 2017
SPIE welcomes 150 new Senior Members

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, this year has promoted 150 members to the status of Senior Member. The society is recognizing the individuals for their professional experience, technical leadership, and involvement in the community.

24 August 2017
New officers announced at ICO24 in Tokyo

Leaders of SPIE were on hand to celebrate the election of Roberta Ramponi, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, as president and other new officers of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) in Tokyo at ICO24.

22 August 2017
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing honors three as best papers

Best Paper awards have been announced for three articles in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, published by SPIE. Papers report on technology for ice cloud measurement derived from CALIPSO mission data, a neural network architecture for high spatial resolution remote-sensing image scene classification, and a radar sensor designed to detect and image moving objects behind a wall.

22 August 2017
New science to optimize radiation dosage in pediatric imaging

A new framework giving imaging practitioners the ability to optimize pediatric patients’ care for tailoring radiation doses for accurate imaging tasks has been developed by researchers from Duke University Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic. The work is reported in an article published in the Journal of Medical Imaging.

18 August 2017
Brian Pogue named editor of Journal of Biomedical Optics

Brian Pogue of Dartmouth will become editor-in-chief in January of the Journal of Biomedical Optics, published by SPIE. Pogue, founder of the Center for Imaging Medicine and director of graduate programs at the Thayer School of Engineering, will succeed Lihong Wang of the California Institute of Technology.

10 August 2017
Kinokuniya Company Ltd. named exclusive sales representative of SPIE Journals in Japan

Kinokuniya Company Ltd. and SPIE have expanded a long-standing relationship with an agreement establishing Kinokuniya as exclusive sales representative for SPIE Journals in Japan.

09 August 2017
SPIE partners with four biomedical optics labs on new postdoc fellowship

The new SPIE–Franz Hillenkamp Postdoctoral Fellowship in Problem-Driven Biophotonics and Biomedical Optics will provide training opportunities for translating new technologies to clinical practice for improving human health. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has partnered with four international biomedical optics laboratories in establishing the program.

09 August 2017
John Greivenkamp of University of Arizona elected to SPIE presidential chain

SPIE Members have elected John Greivenkamp as Vice President of the not-for-profit optics and photonics society, along with re-electing Secretary/Treasurer Gary Spiegel and electing four new members of its Board of Directors. The results of the recent vote was announced today at the annual general meeting of the society in San Diego, California.

01 August 2017
Optics and photonics recognized by Senate Committee in context of export controls

A report in a U.S. Senate bill proposing funding levels for science, commerce, and justice agencies includes encouraging language backed by SPIE recognizing the importance of optics and photonics to the US economy and the need for well-written regulations on export of optics and photonics technologies and components.

31 July 2017
Photonics innovation wanted: Prism Awards now accepting applications

Applications are being accepted for the 10th annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media. Finalists and winners gain increased visibility, recognition, and brand equity, with awards presented by industry leaders at a gala banquet during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco in January.

27 July 2017
SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs to retire in January

Arthurs has announced his intention to retire as CEO of SPIE, effective 19 January 2018.

21 July 2017
Nearly 1,000 expected for SPIE conferences in Warsaw on quantum, remote sensing, security technologies, more

Highlights at SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security + Defence in Warsaw 11-14 September will include reports on the latest research remote sensing technologies for agriculture and industry and quantum technologies for secure communications and information processing, a two-day exhibition, and an all-day industry program.

18 July 2017
Photonics impacts and workforce training needs chosen as emphases of All-Party Parliamentary Group

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Photonics (APPGP) will emphasize the wide-ranging and innovation-driving role of light-based technologies and the need for workforce training in the field, the group determined in a recent meeting.

07 July 2017
More than 85 students receive education scholarship awards from SPIE

SPIE has announced 2017 education scholarship awards totaling in excess of $298,000 to more than 85 students studying in optics, photonics, or a related field.

27 June 2017
UK Photonics industry worth £12.9B

Light-based technologies provide tremendous potential for growth and innovation, as shown by a new photonics industry study released today.

22 June 2017
Medical imaging researcher, optical equipment industry leader selected for high honors by SPIE

Medical imaging research scientist Ken Hanson from Los Alamos National Lab and Brian Lula, president of precision motion systems manufacturer Physik Instrumente USA, have been selected to receive the SPIE 2017 Directors' and President's awards.

07 June 2017
New conference on Digital Optical Technologies joins SPIE Optical Metrology in Munich

A new SPIE Digital Optical Technologies conference highlighted by demonstrations and research reports on the most advanced augmented, virtual, and mixed reality applications joins the long-running SPIE Optical Metrology symposium in Munich later this month. Sponsored by SPIE, the conferences will run 25-29 June at the Internationales Congress Center as part of the World of Photonics Congress.

05 June 2017
Metamaterials researcher named by SPIE and The Optical Society as next Guenther Congressional Fellow

Metamaterials researcher Tanya Das, a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been named by SPIE and The Optical Society as the next Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. After interviews with Congressional offices and committees and selecting a position, she will begin her term in September.

01 June 2017
SPIE supports International Day of Light to promote awareness of life-saving, life-enhancing light

With the support of photonics companies and associations including SPIE, the Executive Board of UNESCO has endorsed the annual observance of an International Day of Light. The yearly event will provide a focal point for the appreciation of the role that light plays in science, culture, education, and sustainable development, in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.

30 May 2017
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems accepted into Science Citation Index Expanded

The Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is now included in the Science Citation Index Expanded. The publication is the preeminent journal for scientific research articles on the development of instrumentation and techniques for astronomy.

25 May 2017
Young scientists earn international recognition for independent research

Winners of Special Awards sponsored by SPIE during the recent 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair are recognized for independent research achievements in materials science, embedded systems, physics, astronomy, and engineering mechanics.

23 May 2017
Proposed U.S. budget cuts for science and technology funding spark comment

Leaders of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, joined others in the U.S. science and technology community in raising concern about proposed “historic cuts” in federal funding for research and development in the President’s budget proposal submitted to Congress today for Fiscal Year 2018. Congress has until October to work out the specifics to complete the budget process.

22 May 2017
Technology for virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, wearables, quantum communications, and more at SPIE Optics and Photonics

A new hot topics session and three new conferences covering technologies for wearables, virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, sustainable energy, quantum devices, and other topics will highlight SPIE Optics and Photonics 2017 in August in San Diego, California. The event includes 3,300 technical talks, a three-day exhibition, 34 educational courses, technical seminars, and valuable networking opportunities.

22 May 2017
Wearable vision systems reveal more than highway in the sky

Significant commercial investment in wearable vision systems for personal communications and entertainment is driving rapid advances in miniature optoelectronics components and consumer-driven applications. A special section in this month's issue of Optical Engineering aims to help boost progress across development in automotive, industrial, and military applications.

16 May 2017
SPIE leaders congratulate SESAME on 'light' for science collaboration

Leaders of SPIE joined UNESCO, ICTP, and others throughout the photonics community in celebrating the official opening of Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East — SESAME. The facility is engaging scientists from around the region in using electromagnetic radiation to study properties of matter.

04 May 2017
Optical spectroscopy improves predictive assessment of kidney function

A new optical spectroscopy technique developed by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab promises to improve accuracy and lower costs of real-time assessment of kidney function, reports an article published this week in the Journal of Biomedical Optics. The journal is published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

01 May 2017
Photoluminescent display absorbs, converts light into energy

A study recently published in the SPIE Journal of Photonics for Energy demonstrates how to convert a luminescent solar concentrator into an energy-harvesting laser phosphor display by projecting intensity modulated light.

27 April 2017
Volunteers urge Congressional support for funding science programs, higher education

Nearly 50 volunteers urging support for photonics programs and education visited Congressional offices on 26 April as part of a Congressional Visits Day supported by SPIE and other partners in the National Photonics Initiative. Volunteers asked for opposition to proposed funding cuts, and emphasized the vital role of optics and photonics in creating jobs, maintaining technology leadership, ensuring national security, and improving healthcare and communications.

26 April 2017
Novel designs for interference microscopy objectives earn Rudolf Kingslake Medal

A paper from researchers at Zygo Corporation outlining new designs for interference microscope objectives used for surface topography — a vital step in precision manufacturing — has been awarded the 2017 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize by SPIE.

19 April 2017
Sensor, imaging technologies advanced at SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing

Quantum cryptography, wearables, virtual reality, and LiDAR were among the wide-ranging sensing and imaging technologies advanced in technical talks, panel discussions, and an exhibition last week during SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing in Anaheim.

04 April 2017
Startup, job-type comparisons made for first time in annual photonics salary report

The latest survey of global salaries in optics and photonics includes first-time comparisons of engineering versus non-engineering jobs and startup versus non-startup companies, along with new data on gender and geographical trends around the world. The results are detailed in the 2017 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report recently published by SPIE.

03 April 2017
Food safety innovation wins prize as Photonics21 delegates look to the future

A report on research into optical techniques to improve food safety by detecting possible cancer precursors in foodstuffs was awarded this year’s Photonics21 Innovation Award, sponsored by SPIE and Hamamatsu. Photonics21 president Aldo Kamper of Osram Opto Semiconductors detailed recent successes in photonics industry growth and pointed the way to the future, at the annual meeting in Brussels 28 and 29 March.

22 March 2017
Rare opportunity to explore augmented, virtual, mixed reality systems to be offered at SPIE Digital Optical Technologies

The first hands-on demonstration of four different devices for augmented, mixed, and virtual reality will be a highlight of SPIE Digital Optical Technologies, sponsored by SPIE in Munich in June. Registration is required, and is free to those registered for the conference.

21 March 2017
EUV lithography progress emphasized at SPIE Advanced Lithography

New extreme-ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) equipment including the industry’s first comprehensive solution for EUVL-enabled high-volume manufacturing systems. Highlighted research and applications advances presented earlier this month at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2017 in San Jose, California.

20 March 2017
Optical tool monitors brain’s circulatory response to pain

A study reported today in the journal Neurophotonics demonstrates that an optical imaging tool used monitor regional blood flow and tissue oxygenation may be used to track the brain’s response to acute pain in infants, children, and adults.

13 March 2017
Bio-imaging for lab and industry is focus of Winter College on Optics

The 2017 Winter College on Optics focused on applied optical techniques for bio-imaging, and was held at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, co-sponsored by organizations including SPIE.

09 March 2017
SPIE Digital Library joins as Yewno passes 100M mark in analyzed assets

Knowledge discovery technology provider Yewno has announced that it has ingested its 100 millionth content asset. SPIE is among the latest organizations collaborating with Yewno, whose system enhances learning and understanding by extracting and connecting concepts from vast volumes of content and data.

01 March 2017
New optical nanosensor improves brain mapping accuracy, opens way for broader range of applications

A paper published in the current edition of the journal Neurophotonics describes a new nanosensor design that enables more accurate mapping of the brain and shows the way forward for future sensors and a broader range of applications.

20 February 2017
Nikon research executive Donis Flagello to receive Frits Zernike Award at SPIE Advanced Lithography

Donis Flagello of Nikon Research Corporation of America will be recognized next week during SPIE Advanced Lithography in San Jose, California, for his influential work in optical lithography for semiconductor manufacturing.

08 February 2017
SPIE announces 71 new Fellows of 2017

SPIE has promoted 71 new Fellows of the Society this year, recognizing the significant scientific and technical contributions of each in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. The new Fellows will be recognized at SPIE events of their choosing throughout the year.

06 February 2017
Product launches, the latest research highlight bigger, busier SPIE Photonics West 2017

High-energy SPIE Photonics West launched the photonics industry year in San Francisco last week, with a greater number of people on hand for the latest research reports, new product launches, and numerous networking opportunities in biomedical optics, lasers, and optoelectronics.

03 February 2017
Cellino wins SPIE Startup Challenge with pitch for gene therapy enabled by lasers and nonfabricated materials

A Harvard University spin-off company was selected 1 February as the winning team in the SPIE Startup Challenge photonics product pitch contest held during SPIE Photonics West.

01 February 2017
Impressive new products recognized with prestigious Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

Nine outstanding new products from companies in six countries were named as winners in the 2017 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation at a gala banquet on 1 February in San Francisco. The competition recognizes new products and inventions that break with conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life through the generation and application of light-based technologies, optics and photonics and is sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media.

31 January 2017
SPIE leaders ask reconsideration of U.S. entry stance, offer assistance in developing policy

Leaders of SPIE are requesting reconsideration of an executive order banning entry to the United States. In a letter to President Donald Trump, the society offers to provide assistance in working with the administration to develop policies for providing necessary security checks without inhibiting scientific collaboration.

12 January 2017
Comment period opens tomorrow for Notice of Inquiry affecting optics and photonics export controls

Notice of Inquiry seeking public opinion about reinstating technical parameters where “specially designed” is used in export control regulations revised late last year was released today for public inspection via the Federal Register. Leaders of SPIE are advising the community that the level of public comment received will influence whether the wording is retained.

11 January 2017
Strong role for optics and photonics in American Innovation and Competitiveness Act hailed by SPIE

The photonics industry and STEM advocates associated with SPIE are commending the U.S. Congress and President Obama for their recognition of the importance of optics and photonics, following the signing Friday by the President of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA). 

10 January 2017
SPIE Startup Challenge semi-finalists' ideas span global, personal health to food safety, connected cars

Aspiring entrepreneurs will pitch their light-based technology business to an expert panel in a public competition on 31 January as semi-finalists in the 2017 SPIE Startup Challenge, held during SPIE Photonics West.

06 January 2017
SPIE launches ‘Photonics Fast Pitch Lunch’ this month at Photonics West for experienced entrepreneurs raising funds

SPIE is launching a new lunchtime forum for experienced entrepreneurs to efficiently present their business pitches and value propositions to savvy investors. The Photonics Fast Pitch Lunch will be held on 31 January during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.

03 January 2017
Wearables, cybersecurity, virtual reality among hot topics in expanded industry program at SPIE Photonics West

Insights on markets from healthcare to wearables relevant for startups to multinational corporations will be presented in industry-focused sessions at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco this month.

02 January 2017
SPIE 2017 awards honor biomedical, photonics achievements and dedication to education

Winners of the 2017 SPIE awards are being honored for achievements in cancer therapies, high-speed imaging for sensors, instruments for space exploration, and other fields, along with dedication to sharing knowledge through formal and information education in areas throughout the world.

02 January 2017
Katarina Svanberg honored with SPIE Gold Medal of the Society

Katarina Svanberg has been selected to receive the 2017 SPIE Gold Medal of the Society.