SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing application tracks

Presentations on two focused topics: AI/ML and Net Zero

What is an application track?

A search by key words pertaining to the application tracks lists presentations on related topics so participants can identify presentations in their area of interest. Find links to the applicable presentations for each application track below.

Optics and photonics defense technology

Authors: Add an application track to your submission and help your research get noticed

Application tracks aggregate presentations across Defense + Commercial Sensing, focusing on emerging technical and societal needs that require a multidisciplinary approach. Authors can select one relevant application track when submitting their abstract to give visibility to work being done that addresses these high-level challenges.

Two application tracks to explore

Net Zero

As international governments set aggressive targets for achieving net zero energy consumption, waste, and carbon emissions, optics and photonics will be key to the success of those goals.

Light reflects off solar panels


These papers showcase the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning to create and implement intelligent systems across multiple sectors, technologies, and applications.

In support of cross conference visibility and interest, the AI/ML application track will highlight AI problems and competitions within the respective conferences as community organized Challenge Problems.

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Problem One: Airlift Challenge

This competition challenges participants to design agents that can plan and execute an airlift operation.

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Additional projects are in the works.

Machine learning for defense


These projects and challenge problems are not organized or coordinated by SPIE, but by members of the Defense + Commercial Sensing community, some of whom serve as chairs or program committee members for SPIE conferences. Niether SPIE nor the project and challenge problem organizers directly endorse each other. This section is for informational purposes only.