International Optical Design Conference

09 July 2017 – 13 July 2017 Denver Marriott City Center, Denver, Colorado United States

Optical design remains a rapidly developing field due to the increased performance demands, improved software and computing platforms for modeling, better algorithms, and new fabrication technologies for better performance. The International Optical Design Conference (IODC), which occurs every four years, provides the most important meeting in optical design for engineers, scientists and designers to stay abreast of the changes in this field. Attendees from around the world in a breadth of optical design disciplines will be able to interact in both informal and formal settings.

Topics of special interest for IODC are illumination system fabrication, surface representation in lens design, desensitizing designs and reduction in cost, beam shaping, micro-optics, polarization, and computational imaging.

  • Aberration theory        
  • Beam shaping and propagation
  • Computational imaging
  • Design for fabrication/tolerancing
  • Diffractive optics         
  • Freeform/exotic optics
  • Gradient index optics  
  • Illumination design/displays     
  • LED optics/solar
  • Metrology/manufacturing
  • Microscopy/lithography
  • Nonimaging optical design techniques
  • Optics for medical and biological applications
  • Optimization   
  • Photography   
  • Polarization in optical design
  • Telescopes and space optics
Stefan Baumer, TNONetherlandsBeyond tolerancing: integrated structural, thermal and optical performance analysis to simulate real-world performance , Invited

Pablo Benitez, Universidad Politecnica de MadridSpainFreeform Optics for Virtual Reality Applications , Invited

Julie Bentley, University of RochesterUnited StatesPupil Matching Challenges in the Design of a Modular High Resolution Zoom Inspection System, Invited

Andrea Berner, Carl Zeiss AGGermanyAn Overview on Induced Color Aberrations, Invited

Florian Bociort, Technische Universiteit DelftNetherlandsOrder and Reducibility in the Lens Design Landscape, Invited

William Cassarly, Synopsys, IncUnited StatesUsing Pinhole Images to Understand Nonimaging Optics’, Invited

John Greivenkamp, The University of ArizonaUnited StatesOptics Goes to the Movies, Invited

Alan Greynolds, United StatesRay-pathing: A Generalized Extension and Possible Alternative to Conventional Ray Aiming, Invited

Herbert Gross, University of JenaGermanySystematic Design of Microscopic Lenses , Invited

Alois Herkommer, Universität StuttgartGermanySurface Resolved Aberration Contributions in Freeform Optical Systems, Invited

Juan Carlos Miñano, Universidad Politécnica de MadridSpainFreeform Aplanatism , Invited

Iain Neil, ScotoptixSwitzerlandHigh Performance Front Anamorphic Zoom Lenses Employing Crossed Cylinder Surfaces, Invited

Andrew Rakich, GMTOUnited StatesReflecting Anastigmatic Optical Systems: A Retrospective, Invited

Johannes Ruoff, Carl Zeiss SMTGermanyRapid Evaluation of High-Performance Systems, Invited

Jose Sasian, The University of ArizonaUnited StatesJoseph Petzval Lens Design Approach, Invited

Rainer Schuhmann, Berliner Glas KGaA Herbert Kubatz GmbH &GermanyProgress in Revising and Supplementing of Fundamental Optical ISO Standards, Invited

David Shafer, David Schafer Optical DesignUnited StatesDennis Gabor's Catadioptric Design and Some New Variations, Invited

Wolfgang Singer, Carl Zeiss AGTackling the Challenges of Fully Immersive Augmented Reality Head Worn Devices, Invited

Kristina Uhlendorf, Jabil Optics GermanyGermanyChallenges Using Optical Plastic Materials for the Development of Consumer Products, Invited

Akira Yabe, Akira Yabe Lens DesignJapanMy Thanks to IODC Lens Design Problems, Invited


Peter ClarkOptikos Corporation, United States
Julius MuschaweckArnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co., Germany
Richard PfistererPhoton Engineering LLC, United States
John RogersSynopsys, Inc, United States


Dave AikensSavvy Optics Corp, United States
Miguel AlonsoUniversity of Rochester, United States
Leo BaldwinLab126, United States
Rob BatesFiveFocal LLC, United States
Pablo BenitezUniversidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Julie BentleyUniversity of Rochester, United States
Peter BrickOSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Germany
Thomas BrownUniversity of Rochester, United States
Scott CahallEastman Kodak Company, United States
William CassarlySynopsys, Inc, United States
Chier-Weei ChangIndustrial Technology Research Institute
Russell ChipmanUniversity of Arizona, United States
Michael ChrispMassachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln Lab, United States
Josh CobbCorning Tropel Corporation, United States
Jim ContrerasBall Aerospace & Technologies, United States
Jasmin CoteSide by Side Optical Engineering, Canada
Marc DaigleOptikos Corporation, United States
Marta De La FuenteINDRA, Spain
J. Rufino Diaz-UribeUniversidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
Oliver DrossPhilips Research, Netherlands
Kai EngelhardtOPTI-KEN/Heptagon, Germany
Alexander EppleCarl Zeiss AG, Germany
Stephen FantoneOptikos Corporation
Gregory ForbesScisense Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia
Edward FreniereLambda Research Corporation, United States
Kyle FuerschbachSandia National Laboratories, United States
Leo GardnerBAE Systems North America, United States
Groot GregorySynopsys, Inc, United States
John GreivenkampUniversity of Arizona, United States
Herbert GrossUniversity of Jena
Anurag GuptaGoogle, United States
David HasenauerSynopsys, Inc, United States
Michael HayfordSynopsys, Inc, United States
Lakshminarayan HazraUniversity of Calcutta, India
Joseph HowardNASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
John IsenbergSynopsys, Inc, United States
Richard JuergensRaytheon Missile Systems, United States
Norbert KerwienCarl Zeiss AG, Germany
John KoshelUniv of Arizona, Coll of Opt Sciences, United States
Kenneth KubalaFiveFocal, LLC, United States
Jay KumlerJENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC, United States
Paul LeishernLight Corporation, United States
Scott LernerCarl Zeiss AG, United States
Rongguang LiangUniversity of Arizona, United States
Irina LivshitsNRU ITMO, Russia
Daniel Malacara HernandezCentro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Mexico
Paul ManhartImage-N, United States
James McGuireJet Propulsion Laboratory, United States
Romeo MercadoRM Optical Design Consulting, United States
Paul MichaloskiCorning Advance Optics, United States
Juan Carlos MiñanoUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Michael MissigG-O, United States
Ruben MohedanoLPI Europe, SL, Spain
Kenneth MooreZemax, LLC, United States
Pantazis MouroulisJet Propulsion Laboratory, United States
Iain NeilScotoptix, Switzerland
Thomas NobisCarl Zeiss AG, Germany
Yasuhiro OhmuraNikon Corporation, Japan
Vladimir OlikerEmory University, United States
Craig OlsonL-3 Technologies Sonoma EO, United States
Donald O'SheaGeorgia Institute of Technology, United States
Andrew RakichEuropean Southern Observatory, Germany
Henning RehnOsram GmbH, Germany
Jannick RollandUniversity of Rochester, United States
Martha Rosete-AguilarUniversidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
Mark SansonCorning Tropel Corporation, United States
Jose SasianUniversity of Arizona, United States
David ShaferDavid Schafer Optical Design, United States
Vesselin ShaoulovUniversity of Central Florida, United States
Daniel SmithNikon Research Corporation of America, United States
Harvey SpencerDRS Technologies, Inc, United States
Bryan StoneSynopsys, Inc, United States
Simon ThibaultUniversite Laval, Canada
Andreas TimingerLumileds Germany GmbH, Germany
Kristina UhlendorfJabil Optics Germany
Wilhelm UlrichCarl Zeiss AG, Germany
Sergio Vazquez-MontielUniversidad Politécnica de Tulancingo, Mexico
Yongtian WangBeijing Institute of Technology, China
Rolf WartmannCarl Zeiss Microimaging
David WilliamsonNikon Research Corporation of America, United States
Andrew WoodQioptiq Ltd, United Kingdom
Akira YabeAkira Yabe Lens Design, Japan
Takanori YamanashiTheta Optical LLC, United States
Garam YoungApple Inc.
Richard YoungworthRiyo LLC, United States

Congress Special Events

Short Course - Meaningful Scratch and Dig Specifications
9 July, 14:00-18:00

Dave Aikens, the Presider and found of Savvy Optics Corp. will present this course. There is an adidtional cost for attending the course and includes a copy of the notes.  

Opening Plenary Session
10 July, 8:00-10:00
  • Patrick McCarthy Giant Magellan Telescope, USA
  • Joshua Smith California State University Fullerton, USA
  • Jannick Rolland University of Rochester, USA

Closing the Wage Gap - AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation
10 July, 12:30 – 14:00

Join us for an interactive workshop focused on closing the wage gap and providing attendees resources designed to help negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion. Attendees will gain confidence in negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play.
  • How to identify and articulate your personal value
  • How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, including how to get a raise or promotion
  • How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
  • About the wage gap, including its long-term consequences
Why is negotiation so important? AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than their male counterparts. Women who work full time take home 80 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. And over a lifetime, those lost potential earnings add up.

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Congress Barb-B-Q
10 July, 18:00-20:00

Join your fellow attendees for a Western Style Barb-B-Q. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The BBQ is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest. 

Creating Effective Conference Posters Lunch & Learn
11 July, 12:30 – 14:00

Join us for an interactive lunch & learn program focused on creating effective conference posters. Jean-luc Dumont will provide relevant examples and real life experiences to enhance your communication and conference poster development. You will leave this workshop with an understand of the best practices in poster creation and presentation. Lunch will be provided.

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Joint Poster Session
11 July, 18:00-19:30

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. 

IODC Illumination and Lens Design Problems Presentation
12 July, 18:00-20:00

Join the IODC community for a guaranteed highlight of the conference: the illumination and lens design contest presentations. As usual, significant work has gone into developing and scoring the submissions, as well as all of the hard work put in by solution submitters. 


Patrick McCarthy
Giant Magellan Telescope, USA

Giant Magellan Telescope, Optics and Science

The world’s next great astronomical observatory – The Giant Magellan Telescope – will be used to explore the early Universe and to search for life on other planets. I will describe the scientific mission and the engineering challenges involved in its design and construction.

Bio: Patrick McCarthy is the Interim President of the Giant Magellan Telescope Project. He received his Ph. D., in Astronomy from U. C. Berkeley in 1988. He went to the Carnegie Observatories first as a Carnegie Fellow and then as a Hubble Fellow in 1991. In 1993 he joined the scientific staff at Carnegie. He is known for his work on galaxies in the distant universe and, in particular, for his study of distant low frequency cosmic radio sources: sign posts to massive galaxies undergoing rapid accretion on to super massive black holes. In the late 1990s, McCarthy and his colleagues identified a new population of galaxies with colors indicative of very early star formation. Study of these faint red galaxies is now one of the most active areas of research in astrophysics.

McCarthy has been active in scientific and management oversight of large science projects and organizations. He has chaired numerous panels for NASA and the NSF providing independent oversight of the Hubble Space, Spitzer Space Telescope, and large telescopes on the ground. McCarthy led the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) Science Working Group that wrote the scientific case for the telescope project and defined the scientific and technical requirements for the facility.

Today, he leads the team of scientists and engineers building the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), an enormous instrument comprised of seven primary mirror segments—the seven largest mirrors ever made—that will stretch to more than 80 feet across once complete. The GMT will explore the cosmos to observe the first stars in the universe, offering images 10 times sharper than those coming from the Hubble Space Telescope. Since 2008, he has served as the head of the non-profit corporation, GMTO, that is charged with carrying out the development, construction and operation of the telescope and related facilities. My day-to-day responsibilities include ensuring that the telescope and its instruments will be able to address the key questions at the forefront of astrophysics in 2020 and beyond.

Joshua Smith
California State University Fullerton, USA

Using Optics and Precision Metrology in to Measure Black Hole Mergers from Across the Universe with LIGO

On September 14, 2015 the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves from the merger of a binary system of black holes. This discovery could not have been made without a century of advances in optical technology and precision metrology. I will give an overview of gravitational waves detected by LIGO to date and describe the optics involved and current optical challenges. I will end with prospects for future gravitational-wave observations made with even more advanced optics.

Bio: Joshua Smith directs the Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center (GWPAC) and is an associate professor of physics at California State University, Fullerton. Currently he is active in gravitational research, astronomy education research, and teaching physics and astronomy. His research is focused on detecting gravitational waves from astronomical sources using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in collaboration with colleagues in GWPAC and in the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration. 

Jannick Rolland

University of Rochester, USA

Freeform Optics from Design to Manufacture and its Envisioned Impact on Technology to Enable the Science of Tomorrow

All-reflective optical solutions have long hold their place in optical system design from small scale optics as in microscopes to large scale optics as in telescopes. Yet reflective solutions have suffered from obscuration or the need to restrain surfaces to be off-axis conics or aspherics. The ability to recently fabricate freeform surfaces opens up new spaces for optical design, driven by applications spanning demands in mobility, larger fields of view, apertures, light weight and compactness.  I will present success stories designing and prototyping designs with freeform surfaces and highlight pathways and challenges associated with their emergence.

Bio: Jannick Rolland is the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering at the University of Rochester and she directs the NSF I/UCRC Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO).

Rolland joined the University of Rochester in 2009 after advancing her career from Assistant to Full Professor at CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida.  Together with colleagues at the University of Rochester and partners at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she launched in 2013 the Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO) as an international consortium aimed at advancing the science and engineering of freeform optics.  Rolland earned an optical engineering diploma from the Institut D'Optique Théorique et Appliquée, France, and a PhD in Optical Science from the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. She is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, and NYSTAR. She is the recipient of the 2014 OSA David Richardson Medal. She is known for her innovations since the 90s in head-worn displays, and more recently her innovations in 3D microscopy and telescope designs.

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