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Applied Industrial Optics

08 July 2019 – 10 July 2019 OSA Headquarters, Washington, District of Columbia United States

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) is a meeting where researchers and professionals from diverse backgrounds gather and discuss photonics research, technology development, and commercialization. Here, industry leaders can stay informed of the latest advances in photonics technology. AIO creates an engaging multi-disciplinary program that encourages the sharing of ideas and generates cross-pollination across fields. Through workshops, tutorials, and panel discussions, AIO grants unprecedented access to industry experts and insight into today’s commercial climate. It offers a unique atmosphere that is both informative and interactive, providing a forum for tomorrow’s photonics leaders to meet, collaborate, and innovate.



  • Laser and laser applications
  • Autonomous vehicles and robotics
  • Optics and energy
  • Remote sensing
  • Optical sensors and sensor systems
  • Biophotonics



  • Turan Erdogan, Plymouth Grating Laboratory, Inc.United States 
    A Tale of Two Companies Keynote
  • Sujatha Ramanujan, LuminateUnited States 
    From Lab to Launch, Growing your Start-up Tutorial
  • Claude Aguergaray, University of AucklandNew Zealand 
    Tailored Delivery of Ultra-short High-energy Lasers for Improved Material Processing
  • Mohiudeen Azhar, Siemens HealthineersIndia 
    Filter-less Optical Detection of Multiple Fluorophores
  • Bruno Berge, Laclarée VisionFrance 
    A Novel Opto-fluidic Engine for Adaptive Eyeglasses: Technology Approach and Experimental Results
  • Alexander Bergmann, Technische Universität Graz 
    Optical Aerosol Sensing - from Air Quality to Global Warming
  • Simone Bonanomi, CoeLux Srl 
    A Smart Sky, Imitating the Atmosphere for a Different Approach to the Light Tunability
  • Caroline Boudoux, Ecole Polytechnique de MontrealCanada 
    Multimode and Double-Clad Fiber Couplers for Biomedical Optics
  • Steve Buckley, Flash Photonics, Inc.United States 
    Implementation of LIBS in Industrial Environments: Sorting out Good Applications
  • Lisa Franceschini, Realvision SRLItaly 
    Realvision 3D Technology: Experiencing the Real Way of Seeing
  • Juliet Gopinath, University of Colorado at BoulderUnited States 
    Electrowetting Adaptive Optical Devices for LIDAR
  • Daniel Hammer, Food and Drug AdministrationUnited States 
    Phantom-based Model Eyes for Adaptive Optics Performance Assessment
  • Juejun Hu, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States 
    Chip-scale Digital Fourier Transform Spectroscopy
  • Vijaysekhar Jayaraman, Praevium Research, Inc.United States 
    Sensor Systems using Tunable Micro-electro-mechanical Systems Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (MEMS-VCSELs) from the Visible to the Mid-infrared
  • Leslie Kimerling, Double Helix LLCUnited States 
    Universal Modular Subsystem for Multi-modal Multi-color Extended Depth 3D Imaging & Tracking use Engineered Point Spread Functions
  • Sarah Lukes, Agile Focus DesignsUnited States 
    From Research Lab to Industry: Commercializing MEMS Focusing and Zoom Imaging Technology
  • Rainer Minixhofer, Technische Universität GrazAustria 
    Architecture and Building Blocks for Optical Wafer Level Integrated Chip Scale Sensors
  • Thomas Nugent, Powerlight TechnologiesUnited States 
    Remote Electric Power Delivery via High Power Laser
  • Martin Priwisch, Fraunhofer IPTGermany 
    Polygon Scanner based Ultra-short Pulse Laser Processing for Continuous Structuring of Photomask Resists
  • Freddie Santiago, US Naval Research Laboratory 
    Adaptive Polymer Lenses at NRL
  • Nicholas Sawruk, Fibertek Inc.United States 
    Engineering Laser Systems for Aerospace and Defense Applications
  • Sven Schönfelder, INSION GmbHGermany 
    Monolithic Micro Spectrometer to Determine Best Time to Harvest Fruits
  • John Tower, SRI InternationalUnited States 
    Space Flight CCD and CMOS Imagers: Recent and Next Generation Developments
  • Mark Wade, Ayar LabsUnited States 
    Breaking the Electrical Communications Bottleneck with Optical I/O
  • Stephen Warren-Smith, University of AdelaideAustralia 
    Microstructured Optical Fiber High-temperature Sensors
  • Mark Witinski, Pendar TechnologiesUnited States 
    Title to be Announced



Gary Miller; US Naval Research Laboratory, USA, Chair 
Ivan Capraro; Adaptica Srl, Italy, Program Chair
Denis Donlagic; Univ. of Maribor, Slovenia, Program Chair
Arlene Smith; Avo Photonics Inc, USA, Program Chair
Stefano Bonora; INFM - CNR, Italy
Garrett Cole; Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC, USA
Jess Ford; Weatherford International Ltd, USA
Martin Garbos; Buerkert Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Anton Garcia-Diaz; ABRAIA Software, Spain
Thomas Haslett; Avo Photonics Inc, Canada
Mark Itzler; Argo AI, LLC, USA
Jaeyoun Kim; Iowa State Univ., USA
Hans-Peter Loock; Queen's Univ., Canada
Cushla McGoverin; Univ. of Auckland, New Zealand
Dominik Rabus; RABUS.TECH, Germany
Brandon Redding; US Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Michael Schmidberger; Osram, Germany
M. Cather Simpson; Photon Factory, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Simon Toft Sørensen; Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
Patrick Uebel; Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany
Adam Wax; Duke University, USA


Keynote and Tutorial Speakers

Turan Erdogan

Plymouth Grating Laboratory, Inc., USA

A Tale of Two Companies

Every company has a story.  Many technology companies are run by or at least supported by technically smart people with little formal business training.  Stories from other companies which have flourished, weathered tough times, or even failed miserably are vital learning tools for these technologists.  This talk will compare the stories from two companies as they evolved from start-up to mid-life: Semrock and Plymouth Grating Laboratory.  We will investigate how they handled similar challenges in different ways, and some critical decisions which they would or wouldn’t make differently in hindsight.

About the Speaker

Turan Erdogan has been studying, teaching, and practicing optics for over 30 years.  He is currently President of Plymouth Grating Laboratory, Inc.  Prior to this, Erdogan was the Site Leader of Melles Griot in Rochester, New York, a leading provider of high-performance lens assemblies and optical modules for biological imaging and semiconductor metrology.  He also served simultaneously as the CTO and VP of Business Development for the IDEX Optics & Photonics platform.  In 2000, Erdogan co-founded Semrock, Inc., which was then acquired by IDEX in 2008.  Semrock revolutionized the manufacturing of high-performance thin-film optical filters for fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy applications.  Prior to Semrock, he was a tenured professor at the The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, where he joined in 1994.  There he conducted research primarily on fiber and waveguide devices and holographic optical materials.  Erdogan was also a post-doctoral researcher at Bell Laboratories, then part of AT&T.  He has a Ph.D. from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, and B.S. Degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Sujatha Ramanujan

Luminate, USA

From Lab to Launch, Growing your Start-up

There are unique challenges when bringing innovative optical and photonics products to market. This tutorial provides specialized instruction on how optics companies can navigate different stages of growth and development for start-ups and growth stage companies. We will begin by focusing on the use of accelerators such as Luminate and business incubation with success and improvement stories. We will then cover topics covered include methods for finding financial resources, advice on when to outsource, and best practices for developing and protecting intellectual property. Expect this to be a highly interactive workshop!

About the Speaker

Sujatha Ramanujan is serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in Clinical Devices and in Consumer Electronics. Sujatha has started, built and grown three startup businesses in cardiac surgical equipment, optical communications and nano materials. In addition, as CTO and Product Line Manager of Mammography CAD and Pediatric Businesses within Kodak and Carestream, her team developed and launched clinical equipment and Clinical IT on every continent. Sujatha has held scientific, technical leadership, and laboratory head positions in Chrysler Corporation, GE, Kodak, Carestream, and Intrinsiq Materials. She holds 28 issued US patents. As a corporate investor for Kodak, then later working with regional investment councils she provides guidance to start-ups, M&A strategies for growing businesses and vetting of technologies to investors. She has served on investment advisories in US, Canada, and Israel. Dr. Ramanujan holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is an Executive Board Member of the National Women's Hall of Fame.


Special Events


Small Business, Big Optics
Monday, 8 July; 16:30 - 18:30

The aim of this panel is to promote individual programs or offerings and provide background on topics such as calls for proposals, acceptance criteria, funding levels, aims of the programs, and technical focus.

Ben Schrag, National Science Foundation, USA
Brittany Sickler, Small Business Administration, USA
Ron Shiri, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA
Holly Ricks-Laskowski, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA

Optics on the Hill
Tuesday, 9 July; 16:30 - 18:30

This panel session will discuss (and likely educate the audience on) public policy, advocacy, and the vital promotional role the optics community plays in the broader political landscape.

Gerald T. Fraser, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, USA
David Lang, The Optical Society, USA
Tanya Das, US House of Representatives, USA

Closing Reception

Wednesday, 10 July; 17:30 - 19:00

Join fellow attendees on the 6th floor of OSA for networking, food, and drinks. The event is open to all conference attendees; attendees may purchase extra tickets for guests for $75.


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