Optical Sensors (Sensors)

27 June 2015 – 01 July 2015 OSA Virtual Event

Confronting challenges in optical sensor design and functionality for diverse applications.

Optical sensors have many applications in R&D, national defense and commercial markets such as medical diagnostics and process control. But because of the breadth of applications for optical sensors, the challenges to the design and functioning of an optical sensor for a particular application requires knowledge of optical, material, and environmental properties that affect sensor performance. SENSORS addresses all aspects of optical sensors from source and detection technologies, sensor configurations, and processing approaches to applications. These optical sensors range from micro-probes to large devices used for standoff monitoring of industrial and environmental species.

  • THz sensing
  • Optical Fiber Sensors
  • Laser Based Sensors
  • Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors
  • Biomedical Optical Sensors
  • Micro and Nano-Engineered Sensors
  • Planar Waveguide Sensors
  • Mid- and Long-wavelength IR Sensors
  • Quantum Effects in Optical Sensing
  • Nanophotonic and Plasmonic Biosensors
  • Frequency Comb-based Sensors
  • Non-Chemical Sensors for Defense
  • Aerospace Sensors
  • Sensing to Food Quality Control
Jacques Albert, Carleton UniversityCanadaBiochemical Limits of Detection with Near Infrared Surface Waves on Optical Fibers, Invited

Cedric Blanchard, Institut d'Optique Graduate SchoolFranceDirectional and Selective Mid-Infrared Thermal Emitters for Sensing Applications, Invited

Brian Cunningham, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited StatesBiosensing Lasers using External Cavities Coupled with Photonic and Plasmonic Crystals, Invited

Guy-Maël De Naurois, Harvard UniversityUnited StatesMid-IR Fiberoptic Sensing and Mode Control in Distributed Feedback Quantum Cascade Laser, Invited

K. Grattan, City UniversityUnited KingdomOptical Fibre Sensors Designed to Meet Safety and Security Applications in Industry, Invited

Xin Guo, Zhejiang UniversityChinaMetal Nanowire for Plasmonic Sensing, Invited

Qing Hu, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesTerahertz Laser Frequency Combs, Invited

Chongjun Jin, Sun Yat-Sen UniversityChinaDouble-layered Gold Gratings as Refractive Index Sensors with Ultrahigh Figure of Merits, Invited

Kwang Jo Lee, Kyung Hee UniversitySouth KoreaIn-Fiber Acousto-Optic Tunable Gratings for Sensing Applications, Invited

Jose-Miguel Lopez-Higuera, Universidad de CantabriaSpainOptical Sensors: A Comprehensive Approach, Invited

Cicero Martelli, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do PRBrazilOptical Fiber Sensors: The Last Step Towards Mainstream, Invited

Jean-François Masson, Universite de MontrealCanada2D Plasmonic Nanostructures for Biosensing, Invited

Daniel Mittleman, Brown UniversityUnited StatesTHz Parallel-Plate Waveguides with Resonant Cavities, Invited

Keith Nelson, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States, Invited

Kumar Patel, Pranalytica IncUnited States, Invited

Gang-Ding Peng, University of New South WalesAustraliaPolymer Fibre Bragg Gratings and Sensing, Invited

Qimin Quan, Harvard UniversityUnited StatesBiosensing with Photonic and Plasmonic Nanocavities, Invited

Misha Sumetsky, Aston UniversityUnited KingdomSurface Nanoscale Axial Photonics Sensors, Invited

Masahiko Tani, University of FukuiJapanNon-collinear Electro-optic Sampling Techniques for Efficient Detection of THz Radiation, Invited

Miriam Vitiello, ItalyRoom Temperature Terahertz Photodetectors Based on Two-dimensional Nanomaterials, Invited

Frank Vollmer, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des LichtsGermanyAdvances in Single Molecule Biosensing, Invited

Pengfei Wang, Dublin Institute of TechnologyIrelandA Packaged Optical Microfibre Coupler based Label-free Immunosensor, Invited

Charles Wynn, Massachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln LabUnited StatesDynamic Photoacoustic Spectroscopy for Trace Gas Detection, Invited

Dzmitry Yarotski, Los Alamos National LaboratoryUnited StatesBroadband Frequency Combs and Terahertz Spectroscopy of Complex Materials, Invited

Luigi Zeni, Seconda Universita degli Studi di NapoliItalySensing Platforms Exploiting Surface Plasmon Resonance in Polymeric Optical Fibers for Chemical and Biochemical Applications, Invited

Lawrence Ziegler, Boston UniversityUnited StatesBiosensing Applications of SERS: Bacterial Diagnostics, Blood Aging and Forensics, Invited


Ken Ewing, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Mario F.S. Ferreira, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal


THz Sensing

Enrique Castro-Camus, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Mexico, Subcommittee Chair
Hou-Tong Chen, Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States
Oleg Mitrofanov, University College London, United Kingdom

Optical Fiber Sensors

Gilberto Brambilla, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, Subcommittee Chair
Geoffrey Cranch, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Tong Sun, City University, United Kingdom
John Canning, University of Sydney, Australia
Jose-Miguel Lopez-Higuera, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
Fei Xu, Nanjing University, China 

Micro- and Non-Engineered Sensors

Limin Tong, Zhejiang University, China, Subcommittee Chair
Sile Nic Chormaic, OIST Graduate University, Japan
Frank Vollmer,  Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany
Yiping Wang, Shenzhen University, China
Yun-Feng Xiao,  Peking University, China              
Libo Yuan, Harbin Engineering University, China
Limin Tong, Zhejiang University, China

Laser Based Sensors

Yoonchan Jeong, Seoul National University, South Korea, Subcommittee Chair
Miguel Gonzalez Herraez, universidad de alcala, Spain
Norihiko Nishizawa, Nagoya University, Japan
Peter Dragic, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
Zuyuan He, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Christian Grillet, CNRS, France

Nanophotonic and Plasmonic Biosensors

Björn Reinhard, Boston University, United States, Subcommittee Chair
Svetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Stephen Kuebler, University of Central Florida, United States
Gregory Sun, University of Massachusetts, United States
Katherine Willets, University of Texas at Austin, United States

Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors

Paul Pellegrino, US Army Research Laboratory, United States, Subcommittee Chair
Kiki Ikossi Anastasiou, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, United States
Brian Cullum, University of Maryland Baltimore County, United States
Anish Goyal, Massachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln Lab, United States
Ellen Holthoff, US Army Research Laboratory, United States
Alan Samuels, Army ECBC, United States
Srikanth Singamaneni, Washington University in St. Louis, United States
Charles Wynn, Massachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln Lab, United States

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 28 June, 18:00 – 19:30
Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

IPR Symposium: Integrated Quantum Photonics I and II

Sunday, 28 June, 13:30–15:30 and 16:00–18:00
Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon and Nano Photonics (IPR) will feature a special symposium on integrated quantum photonics, including generation, detection, transport and utilization of photons on the quantum levels.

Space-Division Multiplexing Workshop

Sunday, 28 June, 8:30–18:00
Join the Photonic Networks and Devices (Networks) topical meeting for a workshop discussing the latest developments and the future of space-division multiplexing. Workshop ses­sions will include:

  • High-Capacity Space-Division Multiplexing Transmission
  • Novel Applications using Multimode Photonics
  • Amplifiers and Spatial-Channel Equalization
  • Spatial Mode Control and Sensing

Welcome Remarks and Joint Plenary Session

Monday, 29 June, 08:15 – 10:00
Roel Baets, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
Kazuro Kikuchi, University of Tokyo, Japan

Joint Poster Session

Monday, 29 June, 13:30 – 15:30
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

International Year of Light Networking Social: A Discussion for Luminaries, Students and Young Professionals

Monday, 29 June, 18:00 – 19:00
This International Year of Light sponsored event gives young professionals and students the opportunity to hear from a panel of luminaries who will share their career experiences and offer professional development advice in the optics and photonics field. Enjoy light refreshments while networking.

Networking Reception with Benjamin Anderson and the Optical Material Studies Technical Group

Tuesday, 30 June, 16:00–18:00
Join Benjamin Anderson of Washington State University, an invited speaker at the Novel Optical Materials and Applications Topical Meeting, and members of the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a chance to connect with your fellow attendees, exchange ideas, and network. Refreshments will be served during the reception.

Postdeadline Paper Session

Tuesday, 30 June, 18:00–18:30

Roel Baets

Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Brillouin and Raman Scattering in Silicon and Siliconnitride Photonic Integrated Circuits

Roel Baets is full professor at Ghent University (UGent). He is also associated with IMEC. He has management responsibilities within the Photonics Research Group of UGent, the Center for Nano- and Biophotonics (NB Photonics) of UGent, the international Erasmus Mundus MSc program in Photonics and the joint UGent-IMEC research program on silicon photonics.

Kazuro Kikuchi

University of Tokyo, Japan

Past, Present and Future of Coherent Optical Communication

Kazuro Kikuchi was born in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on March 6, 1952. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1974, 1976, and 1979, respectively. In 1979, he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 1997, he moved to the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), and since April 2007, he has been a professor at the Department of Frontier Informatics.

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