11 Reasons to Love the Applied Industrial Optics Meeting

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D.

Nine - Get out and bike. Arlington is one of the nation's most bikeable cities, with trails close by. Capital Bikeshare makes it easy to rent for a few hours.

Eight – Coffee Breaks! Bring your business cards and network during the morning and afternoon coffee breaks, Monday through Thursday.

Seven – Concurrent meetings in the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress

Adaptive Optics: Analysis, Methods & Systems, Application of Lasers for Sensing & Free Space Communication, Applied Industrial Optics, Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging, Freeform Optics, Imaging Systems and Applications and Propagation through and Characterization of Distributed Volume Turbulence and Atmospheric Phenomena. Use the OSA Online Program to plan your intinerary.

Six – Chances to visit exhibitors! The exhibit will be abuzz during morning and afternoon coffee breaks from Monday thru Wednesday during the Congress. Speak with industry experts while you caffeinate.

Five - About a five or 10-minute walk from the King Street Metro station, down King Street itself, lie dozens of unique restaurants. Old Town Alexandria is charming, and well known for its culinary diversity.

Four –  Plenary and Kenote Speakers.

  • On Monday, June 8, at 10:30, in a change to the published schedule, Sarah Kobašlija (Aramco Research Center, USA) will deliver the AIO 2015 Keynote on ‘Optical Materials and Systems for Nondestructive Testing in the Oil and Gas Industry’.
  • The Joint Open Plenary session on Tuesday morning at 8:00 features John Mather (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, USA), who will speak about the ‘James Webb Space Telescope’, and Shree Nayar (Columbia University, USA), who will present on ‘Advances in Computational Imaging’.
  • On Wednesday at 9:00, W. E. Moerner (Stanford University, USA) will give a talk titled ‘Light Paves the Way to Single-Molecule Detection and Photocontrol, Foundations of Super-Resolution Microscopy’.

Three - Social media channels for up-to-the-minute conference info. Follow updates on Twitter (@opticalsociety), read daily summaries on the OSA Blog, and connect with attendees and committee members on the AIO LinkedIn Page.

Two – Interactive Panel Discussions. Focused discussion on topics relevant to entrepreneurs bringing new techologies to the marketplace. Expect engaging group discussion and informal networking opportunities with knowledgeable panelists!

Use and Standardization of Optical Phantoms for Medical Devices’ on Monday at 18:00.

The development of optical-based medical instrumentation often relies on tissue phantoms for calibration and verification. This panel discussion focuses on the complexities of verifying and validating the tissue phantoms for such purposes.

Panelists: Dr David Cuccia (Modulated Imaging, USA), Dr Anant Agrawal (FDA Ctr Devices & Radiological Health, USA), and Dr William Vogt (FDA Ctr Devices & Radiological Health, USA). Moderated by Dr Kate Bechtel (Triple Ring Technologies Inc, USA).

IP and Brand Protection in a Highly Competitive Technical Landscape’ on Wednesday at 18:00.

Patent applications and protection of brand are critical for entrepreneurs. This panel features US patent and IP attorneys with experience in copyright, patent examination, patent prosecution and trademarking in the areas of optics and laser technologies.

Panelists: Mark Gallagher (Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, USA), Richard E Kurtz II (Greenberg Traurig LLP, USA), and Kirk Damman (Lewis Rice, USA). Moderated by Dr Joseph Dallas (Avo Photonics Inc, USA).

One – Congress Welcome Reception, Monday evening at 19:00. There will be beer!  :)


Posted: 4 June 2015 by Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | with 0 comments

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