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    3-city Rotation
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida, United States
15 - 19 April 2018
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3-city rotation: Anaheim, Orlando, Baltimore

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Expo

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Expo is on a 3-city rotation between Anaheim, Orlando, and Baltimore. By alternating locations, SPIE plans to build on the unique strengths of the audience potential in each region and make it easy for different groups to attend on a more regular basis.

Grow your business in these prime areas for sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies.


Locations 2018-2020

 • Orlando in 2018
 • Baltimore in 2019
 • Anaheim in 2020


Orlando, Florida

 Orlando 2018

17-19 April 2018
Conferences & Courses: 15 - 19 April 2018
Gaylord Palms Hotel
Orlando, Florida, USA

The Southeast is another hub of defense technology and is a fast-growing area with a high number of large contractors nearby. Florida is a premier aerospace and space location, and has an evolving focus in Central Florida in the world of smart sensors. The 470+ industry companies excel in areas from aircraft parts and assembly, to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, to missiles.

Florida proudly hosts 20 major military installations and 3 unified combatant commands, and nearly all of the nation's leading contractors. Florida's strengths in homeland security's diverse components - including infotech, photonics, simulation and training, and biotech - makes it a supportive location for companies working with the latest technologies to secure our ports, detect threats, and enhance cybersecurity. The warm, sunny weather makes this another popular destination for attendees to bring their families. (Enterprise Florida)

Area Highlights Include:

 • Orlando is home to BRIDG the world’s first industry-led smart sensor consortium. BRIDG has partnered with Harris Corporation to accelerate breakthroughs necessary to achieve the “International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors” (ITRS) targets with 3D over the next four years- targets critical for advanced commercial and defense systems.
 • Orlando is also home to Luminar Technologies, which recently announced its novel approach to LiDAR design that will make autonomous vehicles both safe and scalable.
 • Imec, the world leading nanoelectronics research center is establishing imec Florida in Osceola County. This new entity will focus on highly innovative III-V-on-silicon solutions for a broad range of applications including sensors, high-speed electronics and photonics.
 • Innovative sensor companies such as Photon-X, Talawah Technologies, Open Photonics, NanoZyme, and more
 • World-renowned, college-level optics and lasers program (CREOLUC7)

Learn more about Orlando attractions and activities at Visit Orlando


Baltimore, Maryland

 Baltimore 2019

16-18 April 2019
Conferences & Courses: 14 - 18 April 2019
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Centrally located on the East Coast with close proximity to Washington, D.C., national labs, Johns Hopkins, NASA, NIST, and more. Maryland is a thriving location for space exploration, satellite technology and research, design and manufacturing of UAVs and robotics.

The state's diversified economy is rooted in high technology, biosciences, as well as advanced manufacturing. The industry includes Department of Defense related activities such as biodefense, cybersecurity, avionics, informatics and ordnance and weapons testing. Maryland's 8,580 aerospace and defense businesses annually generate $32.82 billion in economic activity and secure $8.42 billion in federal contracts. The area is also rich in history and provides easy access to national attractions. (Maryland.gov, Dept. of Commerce)

Area Highlights Include:

 • More than 50 federal agencies, including Defense Information Systems Agency, National Security Agency, and NIST
 • U.S. Cyber Command and National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
 • Top research institutions such as Johns Hopkins and NASA
 • Key decision makers in research and development funding
 • Important aerospace firms, including Lockheed Martin and Raytheon
 • 12 Major military installations.

Learn more about Baltimore attractions and activities at Visit Baltimore


Anaheim, California

 Anaheim 2017

28-30 April 2020
Conferences & Courses: 26 - 30 April 2020
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California, USA

Sunny, Southern California is not only a long-time hub of aerospace and technology, but also the birthplace of SPIE. Close proximity to family attractions and warm, sunny weather make it a great destination. The Anaheim Convention Center will complete a major renovation in 2017 and is one of the most technically advanced convention centers in the USA.

Today in Southern California, aerospace remains an extremely vital component of the regional economy and these firms are an important incubator for technological innovation. Southern California is also a beneficiary of the growing importance of information in modern warfare systems (i.e. the rapid transfer of information between military units in the air, on the ground and at sea). The region's strong information technology base (big data) is attracting new opportunities for this growing segment of the industry. (Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; The Kyser Center for Economic Research)

Area Highlights Include:

 • Center of high tech industry
 • Top defense contractors
 • 20 military bases
 • Premier educational institutions
 • Strong aerospace and defense industry presence
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New U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL West) at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies

 • Nearby Defense Innovation Unit (DIUx).


Learn more about Anaheim
attractions and activities at Visit Anaheim


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America, Asia and the majority of the World
Al Ragan
Tel: +1 360 685 5539
Fax: +1 360 647 1445
alr@spie.org

In Europe (except UK, Ireland, France)
Hermann Doster
Tel: +49 (0)7025/841 806
Fax: +49 (0)7025/842 983
hermann@spieeurope.org

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