Optical Coherence Tomography

20 April 2020 – 23 April 2020 OSA Virtual Event - Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC - 05:00)

Topics central to this meeting are novel OCT light sources, imaging probes, and systems, computational modeling and imaging processing algorithms, multimodal technologies, basic and translational applications.


  1. Novel Technology, Devices, Methods and Models (Adaptive optics, High speed imaging, High resolution imaging, Enabling catheters and probes)
  2. Multi-Modality (Ultrasound, fluorescence, spectroscopy integrated systems)
  3. Functional OCT (Polarization, Elastography, Phase sensitive, Spectroscopic, Contrast agents)
  4. Image Processing, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning Algorithms  (Real time volumetric imaging, Automated tissue classification)
  5. Low Cost and Chip based Optical Coherence Tomography Systems (OCT applications in the developing world and low resource areas, Chip based OCT system components)
  6. Small Animal Imaging (Optical clearing, Developmental biology)
  7. Preclinical Imaging
  8. Clinical Applications (Surgical guidance, Diagnostic imaging, Challenges for in vivo translation)



  • James Fujimoto, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Optical Coherence Tomography: From Research to Clinical Practice  Keynote
  • Egidijus Auksorius, Polska Akademia NaukPoland
    Crosstalk-free in vivo Imaging of a Human Retina with Fourier-domain Full-field Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Hrvoje Bogunovic, Medical University of ViennaAustria
    Retinal OCT Analysis and Forecasting with Deep Learning
  • Elisabeth Brunner, Medical University of ViennaAustria
    Cellular Resolution AO-OCT Imaging of the Retina with an Extended Field of View
  • Brendan Kennedy, University of Western AustraliaAustralia
    Imaging Breast Tumour Margins Using Quantitative Micro-elastography
  • Irina Larina, Univ of Texas Medical Branch GalvestonUnited States
    In Vivo Imaging of Mouse Reproduction with OCT: Dynamics of Eggs, Sperm, and Oviduct Cilia
  • Laura Marcu, University of California DavisUnited States
    FLIm and OCT Synergetic Relationship
  • David Miller, Northwestern University
    The Visible-light Optical Coherence Tomography Fibergram
  • Mircea Mujat, Physical Sciences Inc.United States
    Isotropic Imaging of Retinal Structures with Multi-channel AOSLO
  • Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Mayo ClinicUnited States
    Title to be announced.
  • Marinko Sarunic, Simon Fraser UniversityCanada
    Multimodal Adaptive Optics: OCT and Multiphoton Retinal Imaging
  • Leopold Schmetterer, Singapore Eye Research InstituteAustria
    Quantitative Perfusion Measurements based on Doppler OCT and OCT Angiography
  • Melissa Suter, Harvard Medical SchoolUnited States
    Endoscopic Optical Coherence Tomography for the Detection, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of Pulmonary Disease
  • Guillermo Tearney, Wellman Center for PhotomedicineUnited States
    Title to be announced.
  • Kenneth Wang, Mayo ClinicUnited States
    Clinical Use of OCT in the Gastrointestinal Tract: Applications and Challenges
  • Adam Wax, Duke UniversityUnited States
    Applications of Low Cost Optical Coherence Tomography
  • David Wilson, Case Western Reserve UniversityUnited States
    Computational Imaging as Applied to Coronary Artery OCT
  • Kevin Zhou, Duke UniversityUnited States
    Resolution Enhancement and Speckle Reduction in Coherence Imaging: A k-space Model of Optical Coherence Refraction Tomography (OCRT)



  • Christine Hendon, Columbia University, United StatesChair
  • Xingde Li, Johns Hopkins University, United StatesChair
  • Kostadinka Bizheva, University of Waterloo, CanadaProgram Chair
  • Christoph Hitzenberger, Medizinische Universität Wien, AustriaProgram Chair
  • Steven Adie, Cornell University, United States
  • Stephen Boppart, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
  • Brett Bouma, Massachusetts General Hospital, United States
  • Audrey Bowden, Vanderbilt University, United States
  • Adam de la Zerda, Stanford University, United States
  • Michalina Gora, CNRS, ICube Laboratory, France
  • Yali Jia, Oregon Health and Science University, United States
  • Kirill Larin, University of Houston, United States
  • Linbo Liu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Xuan Liu, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Nishant Mohan, Boston University, United States
  • Wang-Yuhl Oh, Korea Advanced Inst of Science & Tech, South Korea
  • Amy Oldenburg, Univ of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
  • Michael Pircher, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  • A. G. Podoleanu, University of Kent
  • Yuankai Tao, Vanderbilt University, United States
  • Gijs van Soest, Thoraxcenter Erasmus MC, Netherlands
  • Maciej Wojtkowski, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Poland
  • Yoshiaki Yasuno, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Hao Zhang, Northwestern University, United States
  • Chao Zhou, Lehigh University, United States


Plenary Session

Steven LeBoeuf

Valencell, Inc, USA

Cuff-like Accuracy in Blood Pressure Monitoring via Wearable Photoplethysmography and Machine Learning

In this study, a machine learning model was developed to predict blood pressure(BP) based on optical and inertial sensor data collected from a commercially available photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor module embedded within a wearable device.

About the Speaker

Inventor of more than 80 granted patents and more than 100 patents pending in the field of wearable biomedical sensing, Steven LeBoeuf is one of the foundational innovators in wearable PPG sensors that are now embedded in millions of wearables on the market today. Before founding Valencell in 2006, Dr. LeBoeuf pioneered innovations in solid state materials, multiwavelength optoelectronic devices, high-power electronics, nanostructured materials and devices, and biochemical sensor systems while serving as a Senior Scientist and Biosensor Project Lead for General Electric. LeBoeuf has developed dozens of strategic partnerships with industry leading consumer technology brands, medical professionals, research institutions, medical device manufacturers, health and fitness companies, and start-ups. One of the most broadly quoted scientists and entrepreneurs in the field of wearable PPG sensing, LeBoeuf has served as a speaker in 50+ events around the world and is routinely interviewed by journalists, industry analysts, venture capitalists, and academic researchers. As a founding pioneer in modern wearables, LeBoeuf has managed Valencell’s foundational patent portfolio, which has been licensed to dozens of companies around the world and implemented in 40+ wearable devices, ranging from earbuds, hearing aids, wristbands, legbands, smartwatches, virtual reality systems, headbands and more. LeBoeuf holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at Louisiana Tech University.

Catharine Young

SHEPHERD Foundation, USA

The Optics of a Changing Scientific Landscape

Based on the current pandemic, society will be forced to rethink how we operate on many levels and academia is no different. From graduate education, to policy reform to mentoring we now face an inflection point.

About the Speaker

Originally from South Africa, Dr. Catharine Young holds a doctorate degree in Biomedical Sciences and previously served as the Senior Director of Science Policy for the Biden Cancer Initiative. Here she fostered discussion and collaboration within the biotech, technology, science, and academic fields to drive innovation solutions and breakthroughs against cancer. Prior to this position, Catharine served as the Senior Science and Innovation Policy Advisor and Head of the DC team for the Foreign Ministry of the UK. Based at the British Embassy, Catharine influenced science and innovation policies of both the UK and US governments, industry, and academia. Following her Postdoctoral training at Cornell University in Biomedical Engineering, Catharine was selected as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs. Here she led international engagements on eliminating biological weapons, improving biosafety and biosecurity, and assisting in the DoD's response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa. Catharine also co-founded Blueprint International, a non-profit dedicated to providing novel technological solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social issues. Catharine is the Executive Director of the SHEPHERD Foundation. Recent awards include being selected as a TED Fellow, Alexandria 40 Under 40 and Social Enablers top 100 most inspiring social entrepreneurs. Catharine is an advocate for women in STEM and has been a contributor to major social and media networks including TED-Ed, the Guardian and the UK Science and Innovation Network.