29 June 2018

OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress 2018 Closes with Strong Attendance, Focus on Applied  Imaging Innovations and an Evolving Industry

ORLANDO — The 2018 OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress (AIO/IS) concluded in Orlando, Florida where imaging technologies are embraced throughout the area from its theme parks to the local industry. With 625 attendees and 160 presentations, attendees converged from around the world to share knowledge and research across the diverse industry of optical imaging.

“From autonomous machines, medicine, robotics and imaging of the night sky, this year’s OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress highlighted the vast scope of imaging technologies today and for the future,” said Gisele Bennett, Congress General Chair and Senior VP Research, Florida Tech, FL. “On behalf of OSA, I would like to thank our many volunteers who helped to plan and execute on this outstanding Congress and our sponsors.  I look forward to seeing many of you for our next Congress in Munich, Germany.”
Congress Keynotes
Highlighting the ever-increasing role of optics in both virtual reality and astronomy, the Congress plenaries were not to be missed. The numerous invited and contributed presentations, tutorials, and panel discussions provided a forum for the community to learn and share advances in the science of optical imaging. The Congress Plenary Sessions featured two speakers:
  • Paul Debevec, Google VR, USA
    "Welcome to Light Fields", the first downloadable virtual reality experience, based on light field capture techniques. These techniques allow the visual appearance of an explorable volume of space to be recorded and reprojected photorealistically in VR, enabling full 6DOF head movement. The ‘Light Stage’ computational illumination and facial scanning systems are geodesic spheres of inward-pointing LED lights used to create digital actor effects in movies such as Avatar, Benjamin Button, and Gravity. It recently has been used to create photo-real digital actors, based on real people in movies such as Furious 7, Blade Runner: 2049, and Ready Player One.
  • Laurent Pueyo, Space Telescope Science Institute, USA
    Entitled “Exoplanet Imaging: From Precision Optics to Precision Measurements,” Pueyo presented recent observational results in exoplanet imaging and discussed prospects for similar experiments on NASA missions, such as the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope and the currently studied on The Large UV/Optical/IR (LUVIOR) Surveyor.
Research highlights presented at the meeting included novel imaging optical imaging industry, innovative and collaborative applications and the future of imaging, as well as topical symposia highlighting advancements in: 3D Image Acquisition and Display: Technology, Perception and Applications, Applied Industrial Optics,  Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging, Imaging Systems and Applications, Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena, Mathematics in Imaging, Digital Holography & 3D Imaging, Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications, Application of Lasers for Sensing & Free Space Communication and Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis.
Congress Special Events
50th Anniversary of Introduction to Fourier Optics
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publishing of Introduction to Fourier Optics by Joseph Goodman, Stanford University. The book has had a fundamental influence in the field of optical imaging. To commemorate this anniversary, a special series of talks were given covering Fourier optics in the classroom to the evolvement of the field.

OSA Light The Future
The Light the Future speaker series was created during The Optical Society’s Centennial in 2016 to highlight the optical sciences in our everyday lives. Speakers have included visionaries, futurists and Nobel Laureates. Co-founder and CTO of Luminar Technologies and a Fellow of The Optical Society, Jason Eichenholz detailed the critical role that optics will play in shaping the future of navigation, passenger experience and the ultimate safety of the autonomous trip. 
Student Grand Challenge: The Optical Systems of the Future
OSA student members and their advisors were invited to submit ideas for either a novel passive or active optical system. Four finalists were chosen to attend the OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress. Supported by Lockheed Martin, the award was given to Shay Elmalem from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

Student and Early Career Professional Lunch and Learn
Bringing together attendees at many levels of their career, the ‘lunch and learn’ program provided a unique opportunity for students and early career professionals. Key industry and academic leaders in the community were matched with each student based on the student's preference or similarity of research interests. Students had an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with their mentor, while mentors will shared their professional journey and provide practical career advice.

Thank you to our Congress sponsors and exhibitors: ALPAO, AVO Photonics, Boston Electronics Corporation, MWTECHNOLOGIES, Nikon Corporation, Ram Photonics, Sacher Lasertechnik GmbH and Toptica Photonics, Inc.
About the OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress
Imaging and Applied Optics Congress provides a comprehensive view of the latest developments in imaging and applied optical sciences, covering the forefront advances in imaging and applied optics as well as the application of these technologies to important industrial, military and medical challenges. Watch the video interviews from the 2018 meeting and plan ahead for next year. New for 2019, portions of the OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress will be co-located with Laser World of Photonics from 24-27 June, Munich, Germany.

About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.

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