SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing application tracks

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

What is an application track?

An application track is a grouping of presentations on a topic of widespread interest across different conferences. During abstract submission, the submitting author should select an application track if it is relevant to their research. When the program is published online, presentations within each application track can be filtered so they display together in a single view. Find links to the applicable presentations for each application track below.

Optics and photonics defense technology

What are the benefits of application tracks?

Application tracks enable attendees to group and explore presentations in the conference programs to more easily plan their event schedule around the topic of interest. Application track filters span across all conferences at an SPIE event. The ability to group presentations together across the entire event in this way helps participants more easily locate a presentation in their area of interest and has the reciprocal benefit of helping authors' presentations be more easily found.

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

During submission of the abstract, select an application track if the topic aligns with your research. Adding an application track to your presentation during abstract submission will bring extra visibility to your work and help connect you with colleagues in the community.

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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SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Challenge Problems

Directly applying AI/ML within our community

Check out community organized Challenge Problems relating to AI/ML applications. We are highlighting these as part of the new Application Tracks for SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2023.

Airlift in progress

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.