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Optica Incubator Meetings

The Optica Incubator Program was created to provide unique and focused experiences, providing researchers, engineers and business leaders in niche fields with a valuable opportunity to meet and discuss advances, challenges and opportunities regarding their research. Optica Incubators:

  • Target emerging topics and fields that do not have the critical mass needed to support an Optica topical meeting structure.
  • Function to further the interest and support of promising topic areas, assessing the broader implications of the topic for future research and application.
  • Explore possibilities for greater inclusion and propagation of the topic into peer-reviewed topical meeting and/or congresses or conferences.
  • Encourage extensive formal and informal discussion while establishing a sense of community among participants.
  • Offer a valuable means of disseminating information and ideas in a way that cannot be achieved through the usual channels of communication—publications and presentations at large scientific meetings..

Propose a New Incubator

Optica continuously strives to expand the incubator program to examine new and burgeoning topics. Please use this form to propose an incubator you would be interested in hosting or a topic area you would recommend we explore.

2023 Incubators

Learning from Light: An Optica Incubator on Machine Learning
13 - 15 September 2023
Optica Global Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA

Paul Campagnola, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
Rama Chellappa, Johns Hopkins University, United States
Antonio Napoli, Infinera Corp., Germany

Optical Waveguides: A Key to Socially Acceptable AR Glasses?
11 - 13 October 2023
The Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington, USA

Kai-Han Chang, General Motors, United States
Ali Özgür Yöntem, University of Cambridge/Jaguar Land Rover, United Kingdom
Kaan Akşit, University College London, United Kingdom

Optica Incubator on Imaging Through 100 Scattering Lengths
08 - 10 November 2023
Optica Global Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA

Daniele Faccio, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Andreas Velten, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
Florian Willomitzer, University of Arizona, United States

Lab-on-a-Fiber Incubator: Technologies, Applications, and Opportunities
10 - 12 November 2023
Optica Global Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA

Conor L. Evans, Wellman Center for Photomedicine/Massachusetts General Hospital, United States
Walter Margulis, Centro de Telecomunicações PUC-Rio, Brazil

2024 Incubators

Incubator on Wearable Dosimeters and Light Loggers: Performance, Miniaturization and Health Metrics
04 - 06 February 2024
Optica Global Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA

Manuel Spitschan, Technical University of Munich
Rigmor Baraas, University of South-Eastern Norway
Francisco Imai, Chair, Optica Color Technical Group

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