Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida, United States
15 - 19 April 2018
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Provide the benefits and seek approval early

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2018 offers opportunities to share the latest technical advancements, find new business opportunities, collaborate with other experts, and learn about trends, vendor options, and exciting developments.

Use the information below to build your case—outline the benefits and ROI you will receive by participating.

On this page:

 • Start your approval process early
 • Provides mission-critical value
 • Event overview
 • Conference registration includes
 • Estimate the cost to attend
 • Links

Start your approval process early

It is important to make travel and education funding requests as early as possible. Some potentially key dates for those seeking approval.

 Time to event      Date
 6 months  15 October 2017
 120 days   16 December 2017
 90 days  15 January 2018
 45 days   1 March 2018





Provides mission-critical value

Advancing scientific understanding of fundamental aspects of sensors, optics, imaging, lasers, and related technologies for defense, security, industry, health, and the environment.

Fostering national and international communication among scientists, researchers, program managers, and company representatives.

Providing a forum for scientists to present their research and interact with other scientists and leaders in their field.

Hearing from important leaders who provide the latest overview of key governmental department missions relevant to this industry. Recent plenary presenters from past events:

Aligning with AFOSR Technology Directorates

Public policy impacts science and engineering

You can also arrange to conduct industry visits or associated business in connection with this program—contact SPIE if you need affiliated meeting space.

Event overview

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing is the leading global technical conferences, courses, and exhibition on sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies for defense, security, industry, health care, and the environment.

SPIE Defense + Security
Sensing and imaging research for a safer world

SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging 
Photonics innovations for a smarter world

Conference registration includes:

  • Access to all 53 conferences
  • All plenaries, panels and workshops, technical group meetings, and poster sessions
  • Admission to the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Expo and Industry Sessions
  • Welcome Reception and other networking events
  • Coffee breaks and dessert snacks Tuesday and Wednesday
  • A choice of proceedings

2018 General Schedule

 Sunday, April 15  Full Day of Conferences & Courses
 Monday, April 16  Full Day of Conferences & Courses 
 Plenary & Welcome Reception
 Tuesday, April 17  Full Day of Conferences & Courses
 Expo Open
 Wednesday, April 18   Full Day of Conferences & Courses
 Expo Open
 Thursday, April 19  Full Day of Conferences & Courses
 Expo Open





Estimate the cost to attend

All costs are estimates

Estimated 2018 Registration Fees

Registration Type

SPIE Member


Speakers & Authors $680 $740
Non-author Attendees $755 $815
Students $370 $390


Approx. round-trip cost

East Coast $300
Mid Country $400
West Coast $500
Other Potential Daily Costs

Expense type 

Cost per Day

Parking $20-$35
Meals $51
Hotel TBC

Estimate your driving @ $.535/mile


2017 Event Information

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Important Author Dates

Post-deadline submissions will be considered by the chairs

Author Notification
11 December 2017

Manuscripts Due
21 March 2018

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