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The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
27 January - 1 February 2018
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Photonics West Onsite News and Photos

SPIE Photonics West 2018 onsite news

Over 23,000 attended Photonics West 2018

Take a look back at the programs, exhibit guide and more.

Exhibition Guide 2 MB PDF
Industry Program 2 MB PDF
Plenary Presentation Recordings
Technical Program 2 MB PDF
Press Release

2019 Call for Papers
Abstracts due 25 July

Thursday, 1 February


Jason Eichenholz presents at SPIE Photonics West

Lighting the path towards autonomous mobility
Jason Eichenholz, CTO of Luminar Technologies, presents on LiDAR technologies

Stephen G. Anderson presents at SPIE Photonics West

Photonics Market Data Update

Stephen G. Anderson presents on the strength of the photonics market

Startup Alley at SPIE Photonics West 2018

Startup Alley Gives Entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their technology

Participants in the Startup Challenge demonstrate their innovations

Awards at SPIE Photonics West 2018

Society Honors and Best Paper Awards

Wrap up of all the weeks awards

Exhibit Floor of SPIE Photonics West 2018

Week of presentations, exhibitions, and networking show the impact of photonics on our lives and the vitality of the industry
5000+ presentations later and Photonics West 2018 is a wrap

Wednesday, 31 January

3D printing panel, LASE Plenaries, $10,000 awarded for OCT innovation, PRISM Awards unveiled, and buzzing exhibit halls made for a busy and fun Wednesday at Photonics West

Startup to Acquistion panel at Photonics West 2018

From Startup Creation to Acquisition: How to be Successful at Each Stage

Panel discussion features industry veterans giving advice

Executive panel at Photonics West 2018

How High-Growth Industries are Embracing the Innovation Ecosystem
Leaders from varied photonics markets discuss innovation

DWave 128chip

Quantum Computing the focus of research and applications

Photonics West features many presentations on the progress in quantum computing

2018 Startup Challenge Winner Ryan Shelton

Startup Challenge Finalists compete for $15,000 first prize
OCT innovation lands PhotoniCare CEO Ryan Shelton a giant check

10th annual PRISM Award winners

PRISM Awards for Photonics Innovation
Ten innovative companies honored in the annual gala event

Tuesday 30 January

Photonics West Exhibition opens for business, quantum discussion, startup pitches, plenary presentations, posters, exhibitor reception, and SPIE Member reception make for a full day.


Photonics West 2018 Exhibition Opens to a crowd

Photonics West Exhibition opens with over 1200 companies represented

Photonics West is open for business. See photos from the soldout exhibtion halls

Quantum Industry panel at Photonics West 2018

Global Investment Is Bringing Quantum Technologies to the Marketplace
Panel discussion on the commercialization of quantum technologies

Kishan Dholakia presents at Photonics West

Nano/Biophotonic Plenary - Shaped Light for BioNanophotonics: a new chapter in imaging

Kishan Dholakia presents on microscpy techniques developed in his lab

Orion_artist_concept_courtesy NASA

Laser Communication featured at Photonics West
Space based optical communication technologies presented

Monday, January 29

Virtual reality, plenary presentations, SPIE Fellows, focus on diversity, and fun at the photonics arcade are just a small sample of what happened on Monday


Virtual Reality Conference

Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality Conference

AR/VR/MR take center stage at day-long conference in the Industry Session at Photonics West

W.E. Moerner presents

Fellows Awards Luncheon welcomes 28 new Fellows to the Society

Nobel Laureate W.E. Moerner presents to the SPIE Fellows and new Fellows accept their award

Women in Optics presentation

Women in Optics and Diversity & Inclusion Program and Reception

Alexis Vogt presented to a full and engaged audience before a networking reception. A workshop on increasing diversity in the optics industry followed.

Photonics West Welcome Reception

Photonics West Welcome Reception

An evening at the Photonics Arcade welcomes attendees to Photonics West 2018

Fazim Samadani of NSF presents at SPIE pitch clinic

SPIE Startup Pitch Clinic

Aspiring entrepreneurs learn tools for pitching technology to investors

Laura Waller accepts award

2018 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in Academia

Laura Waller accepts the annual award for her contributions to biomedical and industrial science through development of computational imaging hardware and software for phase retrieval, 3D imaging, and partially coherent systems.

Paul Daniel Dapkus accepts SPIE Technology Award

2018 SPIE Technology Achievement Award

Paul Daniel Dapkus accepts the annual award at the OPTO Plenary Sessionfor his pioneering and sustained contributions to the development of metal organic chemical vapor deposition and high performance optoelectronic device technology

Sunday 28 January

Conferences continue, Nobel Laureate presents, imaging the brain highlighted, and a packed Expo hall fill the day, while an evening poster session and plenaries ends the night.


Edmund Talley of NIH

Neurotechnology Plenary Session

Sunday's neurotechnology plenary session was all about brains, particularly new opportunities to monitor - and, in some cases, even manipulate - brain activity.

Stefan Hell and Maryellen Giger

BiOS Plenary Session

Featuring Nobel Laureate Stefan Hell and neuroscience pioneer Karl Deisseroth

Translational research award

Translational Research Lunch Forum + Awards
At a lunchtime session Boston University's Pu-Ting Dong was awarded the Translational Research Best Paper Award

Conference Attendee

Applications of Ultrafast Lasers Presented at Photonics West

Biomedical applications are just one of the many ways ultrafast laser technology is being used in research presented at Photonics West

Charting a course panelists

Charting a Course in the Photonics Industry

Andrea Armani moderates a panel on career options for photonic professionals

Happy Exhibitor

BiOS Expo
"This is the best BiOS activity we've ever seen."

SPIE Photonics West Poster Session

BiOS Poster Session
Networking and discussions were had at a packed poster session

Saturday 27 January

Saturday welcomes the first wave of attendees as conferences kick-off and the BiOS Expo opens

BiOS Expo 2018 opens to busy halls

BiOS Expo opens with over 200 companies exhibiting

See photos from the opening day

Presentations begin at Photonics West

Presentations show the diversity applications for biophotonics

Breast cancer imaging is just one of the translational applications being presented

Elizabeth Hillman accepts the SPIE Biotech Achievement Award

Dr. Elizabeth Hillman accepts 2018 Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award

The award, recognition of her notable scientific contributions in optical imaging techniques for biological applications, was presented during BiOS Hot Topics.

Tabayya Hasan accepts the Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award

Dr. Tayyaba Hasan accepts the 2018 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award

The award was presented in recognition of her trailblazing contributions to the field of Photodynamic Therapy and its clinical translation, her leadership and service to the photonics community.

Rox Anderson and Maryellen Giger award Dr. Haley Marks the SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Fellowship

SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Fellowship Awarded

Dr. Haley Marks was awarded the inaugural $75,000 fellowship for post-doctoral translational research

SPIE Student Leadership Workshop

Student Chapter Leadership Workshop

SPIE Student Chapter representatives from across the globe come together at Photonics West

BiOS Hot Topics

BiOS Hot Topics Presentations
Evening session features presentations from ten of the most innovative researchers in biophotonics


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Awards and Honors given at Photonics West 2018