16 August 2022

Unlocking a new vision of future smart cities, smart materials and our universe

Plenary speakers lead discussion on fiber-optic and photonic sensing at 27th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors

WASHINGTON – The 27th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors will be held 29 August - 02 September 2022 in Alexandria, VA, at the Westin Alexandria Old Town. The conference will feature three plenary talks on the latest advances in research and development on fiber-optic and photonic sensing. The joint plenaries are scheduled for Tuesday, 30 August, Wednesday, 31 August, and Thursday, 01 September at 8:30 -10:00 Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC – 04:00).

"We're excited to be back in person for OFS. This year's conference will offer attendees a wealth of plenary and invited talks on new sensor technology, industrial applications, and integrated photonics sensing technologies," said Geoffrey Cranch and Anbo Wang, OFS General Chairs. "This will be an enjoyable and informative event for attendees to report and exchange ideas on the latest advances in research and development on fiber-optic and photonic sensing.”

Matt Greenhouse, Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
Presentation: The James Webb Space Telescope Mission
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the largest space telescope ever constructed and will extend humanity's high-definition view of the universe into the infrared spectrum. In this presentation, Greenhouse will explore how the JWST observes early epochs of the universe and searches for exoplanet atmospheres of life.

Kenichi Soga, University of California, Berkeley, United States
Presentation: Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing to Realize Smart Infrastructure
Recent advances in sensor systems offer intriguing possibilities to alter our infrastructure system's condition assessment methods radically. In this presentation, Soga will introduce recent advances in Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (DFOS) technologies for infrastructure sensing, identify several barriers to adoption, and propose a methodology that systematically explores how DFOS can contribute to systems resilience.

Yoel Fink, MIT, United States
Presentation: Computing Fabrics
Fabrics cover precious real estate – the surface of our bodies. Essential health insights are revealed when fabrics compute, analyze, alert, and act while retaining their aesthetics. In this presentation, Fink will describe how a fabric-centric blueprint can transform materials from "goods" to a "services and experiences" industry.

In addition, a talk by the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) Smart Cities Committee Chairman Dr. Giovanni Milione will be given on “Commercial Applications of Fiber Optic Sensing: A Paradigm Shift for Smart Cities & Communities” during the Industry Session on Wednesday evening.

About the 2022 The International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors

The International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors (OFS), established in 1983, is acknowledged as the world's leading conference on all topics related to photonic sensing technologies. OFS provides a forum for reporting and exchanging ideas on the latest advances in research and development on fiber-optic and photonic sensing. It has also contributed significantly to the industrialization and standardization of the related devices and systems for field deployment.

About Optica

Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, is the society dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica’s renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement. Discover more at: Optica.org

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