Photonics West Best Paper Awards

Honoring outstanding achievement by our researchers

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All-symposia best paper award winners


SPIE Applications of 3D Printing Award Winners

The SPIE Applications of 3D Printing Best Paper Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the merging of tools and techniques used in 3D printing, fabrication, and manufacturing. One winner is selected from each symposium.

  • For LASE, the 2022 award winner is Enrico Casamenti, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
    SPIE Paper 11991-15: Low fluence femtosecond laser exposure for fast 3D glass micromachining
    This paper is recognized for the identification and demonstration of a low laser fluence regime for 3D laser fabrication in glass that is an order of magnitude smaller than currently used. The identification not only unravels key mechanisms in laser material interaction but offers environmentally friendly pathways using less dangerous etchants while yielding the highest etching contrast ratios.
  • For OPTO, the 2022 award winner is Qinglan Huang, Stanford University (United States)
    SPIE Paper 12011-4: Grayscale volumetric electromagnetic metamaterials via additive manufacturing
    This paper is recognized for the development of a new class of electromagnetic metamaterials in the RF wavelengths by utilizing a grayscale dielectric constant distribution with subwavelength scale spatial variation. Additive manufacturing with ceramic embedded materials is leveraged to realize conformal form factor with grayscale material properties. This development has made possible multifunctional operations such as broadband dispersion engineering, wide-angle conformal cloaking, and airfoil beam steering.

SPIE Translational Research Award Winners

The SPIE Translational Research Award recognizes outcomes-based studies that can change the lives of patients. 

2022 Winners:

  • Lorenzo Cortese, Institute of Photonics Sciences (Spain)

SPIE Paper: 11956-12 Non-invasive bedside assessment of microvascular and endothelial health in severe Covid-19 patients

The HEMOCOVID-19 clinical trial, carried out in 10 hospitals from 5 countries, aims to non-invasively assess, through continuous-wave near-infrared spectroscopy (CW-NIRS), the microvascular and endothelial health in COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care. We achieve this by performing a vascular occlusion test on the forearm muscle while continuously measuring local tissue oxygen saturation and hemoglobin concentration. We found significant alterations in systemic microcirculation of COVID-19 patients with respect to healthy subjects (i.e. slower deoxygenation during the ischemia and reoxygenation after releasing the cuff, and lower hyperemic response). In addition, we found that, within the group of COVID-19 patients, the systemic microcirculation alterations correlate with severity of pulmonary disease. 

  • Samuel Streeter, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (USA)

SPIE Paper: 11952-21  Assessment of breast lumpectomy margins using radiomic and optomic signatures

Breast conserving surgery re-excision rates are high due to the lack of intraoperative tools available. Post-operative studies have demonstrated that micro-CT and optical structured light have potential to determine margin status, but typical systems for these modalities are not specifically designed for use in surgical guidance. This study reports on the design and analysis of such a multimodal imaging system and is the first of its kind built specifically for use during breast conserving surgery. The multimodal system represents a significant advancement toward clinical translation for improving margin detection during breast conserving surgery.

BiOS best paper award winners


Best Student Paper Award – Multiscale Imaging and Spectroscopy

Presentations and manuscripts are judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. Candidates for the award need to be the presenting author, a full-time student, must have conducted the majority of the research presented in the paper, and must submit their manuscript by the deadline.

2022 Winners include:

Leanne E. Iannucci, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)
SPIE Paper 11963-4: Extracellular matrix properties' effect on polarized light-based analysis of collagen fiber alignment in soft tissues

Tananant Boonya-anantaa, Florida International Univ. (USA)
SPIE Paper 11963-14 A speculum free Portable Preterm Imaging System (PPRIM)

Lu Si -Tsinghua Univ., Shenzhen (China)
SPIE Paper 11963-10: Deep Learning-based Polarization Feature Retrieval from a Single Stokes Vector

Award sponsor:

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Pascal Rol Award 2022 – Ophthalmic Technologies

Outstanding extended abstracts submitted to the Ophthalmic Technologies conference will be nominated for the Pascal Rol Award for Best Paper in Ophthalmic Technologies. The award and prize will be presented after the last scientific session of the conference to recognize the best paper and presentation. The 2021 recipient of the Pascal Rol Award was Pedro Mecê and his colleagues from Langevin Institute (France) (see www.pascalrolfoundation.org).

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Best Student Paper Award – Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems

We are pleased to announce that a cash prize will be awarded to the best student paper in this conference. Qualifying papers and presentations will be evaluated by the awards committee and the winner will be notified at the end of or after the meeting.

Award sponsor:

Microfluidic Chip Shop Logo


Seno Medical Best Paper Awards – Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing

Seno Medical Instruments of San Antonio, Texas, will sponsor the "Best Paper Award" at this conference (certificate of recognition to all coauthors and $3,000). To qualify for the award, authors must submit an extended technical summary (1-3 pages) of their best results at the time of abstract submission, present their papers at the conference (oral or poster) and publish a full manuscript in the SPIE Proceedings. A special session will be organized at the conference dedicated to the best paper award. A certificate of the best paper will be presented at the award ceremony to be held as the last session of the conference. Cash award will be delivered after the publication of the conference proceedings volume.

2022 Winners:

Rui Cao - California Institute of Technology (USA)
Label-free ultraviolet photoacoustic histology via deep learning for rapid intraoperative diagnosis of bone cancer

Richard Su, Tomowave (USA)
Three-dimensional quantitative optoacoustic tomography for in vivo functional imaging of a live mouse

Award sponsor:

Seno Medical Logo


Photoacoustics Journal Best Poster Award – Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing

Photoacoustics Journal, Elsevier, will sponsor the “Best Poster Award” at this conference (certificate of recognition to all coauthors and $1,500 cash award). To qualify for the award, authors must submit a 2-page extended abstract at the time of abstract submission, present their papers at the conference (oral or poster) and publish a full manuscript in the SPIE Proceedings. A special session will be organized at the conference dedicated to the best paper and the best poster awards. A certificate of the best paper or the best poster will be presented at the award ceremony to be held as the last session of the conference. Cash award will be delivered after the publication of the conference proceedings volume.

2022 Winners:

Shuai Na, California Institute of Technology (USA)
Cross-ray ultrasound photoacoustic computed tomography of brain function

Joongho Ahn, Pohang Univ. of Science and Technology (Korea)
High-resolution, high-speed photoacoustic microscopy and photoplethysmography for clinical applications in human fingers

Award sponsor:

Photoacoustics Journal, Elsevier Logo


Polarized Light and Optical Angular Momentum for Biomedical Diagnostics Best Student Paper Awards

2022 Winners:

Leanne E. Iannucci, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)
SPIE Paper 11963-4: Extracellular matrix properties' effect on polarized light-based analysis of collagen fiber alignment in soft tissues

Tananant Boonya-anantaa, Florida International Univ. (USA)
SPIE Paper 11963-14 A speculum free Portable Preterm Imaging System (PPRIM)

Lu Si -Tsinghua Univ., Shenzhen (China)
SPIE Paper 11963-10: Deep Learning-based Polarization Feature Retrieval from a Single Stokes Vector

Award sponsor:Strobe Logo


JenLab Young Investigator Award – Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences

We encourage graduate students, postdocs, and scientists or junior faculty who are not more than 32 years old to apply for the JenLab Young Investigator Award. To be eligible for this $2000 cash award, participants must:

  • Be both the primary author and presenter of an accepted abstract for poster presentation
  • Submit the proceedings paper by the due date, prior to the meeting, for review by the selection committee
  • Self-nominate by entering "Jen Lab Young Investigator Award" as a keyword in the abstract
  • Qualified abstracts will be chosen for a 5-minute oral presentation
  • Selection of final two (winner and runner-up) is based on abstract, proceedings manuscript, and 5-minute oral presentation
  • The winner will receive $1500 and the runner-up $500

Submitted proceedings manuscripts may be resubmitted to the Journal of Biomedical Optics (please visit http://spie.org/jbo for details). Prize donated by JenLab GmbH, Germany.

Award sponsor:

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Student Poster Session Competition – Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to participate in the poster session competition of the Conference on Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences. There is a cash award ($500/award) for the winner(s). The winner(s) will be informed in person or by email and must receive the award in person in the conference hall. Participants should follow the rules and regulations of SPIE for submission of their abstract and manuscript. Participants should also register their names for the competition with the conference chairs or session chairs during the first day of the conference. Submitted proceeding manuscripts are allowed for resubmission to the Journal of Biomedical Optics (please visit http://spie.org/jbo for details). Prize donated by the conference sponsors.


PicoQuant Young Investigator Award – Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Superresolution Imaging

Young scientists (age 30 or below and not yet full faculty members) are encouraged to participate in this best paper competition, which offers a $750 USD cash award. Participants must be both the primary author and presenter of an accepted abstract to be eligible. Please select "PicoQuant Young Investigator Award" as the last topic in the abstract submission wizard in order to be considered. This award is sponsored by PicoQuant GmbH Berlin and presented Sunday afternoon.

Award sponsor:

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Best Presentation Awards – High-Speed Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy 

We are pleased to announce that PiPhotonics, Hitachi High-Tech, nac Image Technology, and Teledyne SP Devices will sponsor seven best presentation awards for this conference, with a total cash prize of $3,500: one PiPhotonics Best Presentation Award ($500), two Hitachi High-Tech Best Presentation Awards ($500 each), and two nac Image Technology Best Presentation Awards ($500 each). Participants must be both the primary author and presenter of an accepted abstract to be eligible. Qualifying presentations will be evaluated by the awards committee. The winners will be notified at the end of, or after, the meeting.


Award sponsors:

Pi Photonics Hololight logo

Hitachi High-Tech logo

NAC Image Technology logo

Teledyne SP Devices logo


Prizmatix Young Investigator Awards – Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications 

Three $500 USD "Young Investigator Awards" sponsored by Prizmatix Ltd. will be awarded for notable contributions by young scientists presenting their work in this conference. In order to be nominated for the award an extended abstract must be submitted.

Award sponsor:

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Ocean Insight Young Investigator Award – Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications

The Ocean Insight Young Investigator Awards will be given for the best contributed papers presented by a leading author who is either a graduate student or has graduated within less than five years of the paper submission date. Two prizes will be awarded. The first prize will consist of a $1,000 cash prize for the young investigator and $2,000 Ocean Insight equipment credit for the laboratory where the work was performed. The second prize will consist of a $500 cash prize for the young investigator and $1,000 Ocean Insight equipment credit for the laboratory where the work was performed. To be eligible, manuscripts of self-nominating authors must be received by the due date. Nominations should be sent to osinski@chtm.unm.edu and should include a brief CV of the leading author.

Award sponsor:

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Optical Biopsy Best Paper and Best Poster Award

The Optical Biopsy Best Paper and Best Poster Awards will be given for the best work by a leading/presenting author. Two prizes will be awarded. The first prize will consist of a $300 cash prize for best paper. The second prize will consist of a $300 cash prize for best poster.

LASE best paper award winners


Fiber Lasers Best Student Oral Paper Competition – Fiber Lasers: Technology and Systems

The committee is pleased to announce that cash prizes for 1st Place ($1000), 2nd Place ($500), and 3rd Place ($300), donated by NKT Photonics A/S and Active Fiber Systems GmbH, will be awarded for the best student presentation, judged by the committee on the basis of scientific content, impact, and clarity.

Award Sponsors:
NKT Photonics Logo

Active Fiber Systems logo


VECSELs Best Student Presentation Award – Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs)

The committee is pleased to announce that a cash prize of $500, donated by Coherent Inc., will be awarded for the best student presentation, judged by the committee on the basis of scientific content, impact, and clarity.

Award sponsor:

Coherent


LAMOM Best Student Paper Competition (Oral and Poster) – Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing (LAMOM)

The committee is pleased to announce that cash prizes of $500 each, donated by Okamoto Optics Works and Plymouth Grating Laboratory, will be awarded for the best student oral presentation and best student poster presentation, judged by the committee on the basis of scientific content, impact, and clarity.

Award sponsors:
Okamoto Optics logo

Plymouth Grating Laboratory logo


Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics Best Student Paper Competition – Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications

The committee is pleased to announce that cash prizes for 1st Place ($1000), 2nd Place ($500), 3rd Place ($200), and Runner-Ups ($100), donated by Amplitude and TRUMPF Inc., will be awarded for the best student presentation, judged by the committee on the basis of scientific content, impact, and clarity.

  • The 2022 award winners will be announced soon.

Award sponsors:

Amplitude logo

Trumpf logo

OPTO best paper award winners


 Best Paper Awards - Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics

We are pleased to announce that cash prizes, sponsored by Opti-Cal GmbH and e-skin Displays Inc., will be awarded to the best paper ($500) and best student paper ($500) in this conference. Qualifying papers were evaluated by the awards committee and judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity.

Award sponsors:

Opti-Cal logo

e-skin Displays logo


Best Paper Awards - MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems

We are pleased to announce that cash prizes, sponsored by Mirrorcle Technologies, Inc., will be awarded to the best paper ($400) and best student paper ($200) in this conference. Qualifying papers were evaluated by the awards committee and judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity.

Award sponsor:

Mirrorcle Technologies logo


Best Paper Awards - Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications

We are pleased to announce that cash prizes, sponsored by Texas Instruments DLP Products and ViALUX, will be awarded to the best paper ($250) and best student paper ($250) in this conference. Qualifying papers were evaluated by the awards committee and judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity.

Award sponsors:

Texas Instruments DLP Products

ViALUX logo


Optical Communications Best Paper Awards

We are pleased to announce Best Paper Awards in Optical Communications. These awards recognize the outstanding work of students and professionals who present the most notable recent results with broad impact in the area of optical communications. Qualifying papers are evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts and presentations are judged based on technical merit, impact, and clarity.

Award sponsors:

Corning logo

NTT Electronics logo