Defense + Commercial Sensing Courses

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Created and taught by experts, SPIE courses are designed to expand professional knowledge and skills. Topics include optomechanics, E-O imaging systems, LIDAR, deep learning, and more. Take what you learn and apply it directly to your work.

Featured courses:

In this intermediate course, instructor Gerald Holst will instruct on the quantitative and qualitative metrics that are used to characterize imaging system performance. The course is for those involved with all phases of imaging system characterization ranging from satisfying customer requirements to ensuring that specifications are unambiguous and testable.

In this introductory course, instructor Nasser Nasrabadi will introduce the well-known deep learning architectures and their applications in defense and security for object detection, identification, verification, action recognition, scene understanding and biometrics usDeing a single modality or multimodality sensor information.

In this introductory course, instructor John Miller will instruct on a basic top-level understanding of the field, and the state of the art including terminology, history, phenomenology, radiometry, markets, and applications, as well as up-to-date examples.  Anyone who wants to answer questions such as, "Is MWIR or LWIR better?”, “What’s the difference between a Camera Core and an IDCA?” and “What’s the difference between HgCdTe, SLS and QDOTS” will benefit from this course.

In this intermediate course, instructor Jim Hilkert provides a practical instruction of the design, analysis, integration, and evaluation processes associated with development of precision stabilization, pointing and tracking systems. Major topics include stabilized platform technology, electro-mechanical system configuration and analysis, and typical pointing and tracking system architectures.

Featured Instructional Preview Webinars

A Concise Introduction to Quantum Computing

Foundational ideas and popular quantum algorithms, current quantum computer technology (hardware and programming platforms), and the quantum technology business ecosystem.

Preview the full-day course scheduled at Defense + Commercial Sensing, with instructor Salvador Venegas-Andraca.

Introduction to Optomechanical Design

In this introductory course, instructor Daniel Vukobratovich will provide training for optical engineers to work with the mechanical features of optical systems.

Watch a recording of the instructional webinar to see a preview of what will be covered.

Putting the Practical in Optical System Design

In this webinar, Richard Youngworth, Riyo LLC, and Craig Olson, L3 Harris, provide an introduction to their full SPIE course.

Preview the content by watching the webinar below.

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