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Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications

22 June 2020 – 26 June 2020 OSA Virtual Event

This meeting concentrates on analysis, methods and systems and will focus on AO technology across multiple applications including astronomy, ophthalmology, vision science, microscopy, high energy beam control, and beam propagation.


  • AO systems/component technologies
  • wavefront correction optics
  • control algorithms
  • imaging through scattering and turbid media
  • signal processing used in AO implementations
  • limitations and novel applications



  • Steven Adie, Cornell UniversityUnited States
    Computational and Hardware Adaptive Optics for Volumetric Live Cell Imaging Applications with Optical Coherence Microscopy.
  • Alexandre Aubry, Institut LangevinFrance
    Distortion Matrix Concept for Deep Imaging in Optical Microscopy
  • Seung-Whan Bahk, University of RochesterUnited States
    Application of Near-field and Far-field Beam Shaping Techniques for High-power Lasers
  • Paul Bierden, Boston Micromachines CorporationUnited States
    MEMS Deformable Mirrors for Challenging Imaging Applications
  • Arjo Bos, TNONetherlands
    Large Adaptive Secondary Mirrors for Ground-based Astronomy
  • Wonshik Choi, Korea UniversitySouth Korea
    Label-free Adaptive Optics Imaging Using a Time-gated Reflection Matrix
  • Adam Dubis, University College LondonUnited Kingdom
    The Use of Adaptive Optics Imaging for Clinical Trials
  • Fang Huang, Purdue University
    Three Dimensional Super-resolution Imaging in Whole-cell and Tissue Specimens
  • Alexis Kudryashov, Active Optics Ltd.Russia
    The Improvement of the Focus of Laser Beam Passed through the Scattering Atmosphere by Means of Adaptive Optics
  • Aurelie Montmerle Bonnefois, Office Natl d'Etudes Rech AerospatialesFrance
    An Overview of Turbulence Mitigation Techniques for Optical GEO FEEDER Links at ONERA
  • Jessica Morgan, University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
    Optical Assessment of Cone Function through Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy – the Cone Optoretinogram
  • Alba Paniagua-Diaz, VopticaSpain
    Adaptive Optics Visual Simulators: New Tools for a Complete and Customized Vision Evaluation
  • Lewis Roberts, Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUnited States
    Adaptive Optics for Satellite to Ground Laser Communication
  • Ramkumar Sabesan, University of WashingtonUnited States
    Title to be announced.
  • Jean-Christophe Sinquin, Compagnie Industrielle des LasersFrance
    Adaptive Optics Challenges for CILAS
  • Laura Young, University of NewcastleUnited Kingdom
    Eye Tracking Performance with an AOSLO



  • Julian Christou, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, United StatesChair
  • Caroline Kulcsar, Institut d'Optique Graduate School, FranceChair
  • John Girkin, University of Durham, United KingdomProgram Chair
  • Pablo Artal, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
  • Martin Booth, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Szymon Gladysz, Fraunhofer IOSB, Germany
  • Kate Grieve, CHNO des 15-20, France
  • Peter Kner, University of Georgia, United States
  • Andrew Lambert, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Jie Qiao, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States
  • Alan Willner, University of Southern California, United States


Plenary Session

Katie Bouman

California Institute of Technology, USA

Capturing the First Picture of a Black Hole and Beyond

This talk will present the methods and procedures used to produce the first image of a black hole from the Event Horizon Telescope, as well as discuss future developments. It had been theorized for decades that a black hole would leave a "shadow" on a background of hot gas. Taking a picture of this black hole shadow would help to address a number of important scientific questions, both on the nature of black holes and the validity of general relativity. Unfortunately, due to its small size, traditional imaging approaches require an Earth-sized radio telescope. In this talk, I discuss techniques the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration has developed to photograph a black hole using the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of telescopes scattered across the globe. Imaging a black hole’s structure with this computational telescope required us to reconstruct images from sparse measurements, heavily corrupted by atmospheric error. This talk will summarize how the data from the 2017 observations were calibrated and imaged, and explain some of the challenges that arise with a heterogeneous telescope array like the EHT. The talk will also discuss future developments, including how we are developing machine learning methods to help design future telescope arrays.

About the Speaker

Katie Bouman is an assistant professor in the Computing and Mathematical Sciences Department at the California Institute of Technology. Before joining Caltech, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She received her Ph.D. in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT in EECS. Before coming to MIT, she received her bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. The focus of her research is on using emerging computational methods to push the boundaries of interdisciplinary imaging.

David J. Brady

Duke University, USA

Defining the Digital Camera

Conventionally “the camera” is well defined, it consists of a lens to form an image and a sensor to measure the image. In the modern camera, however, the image is formed computationally rather than by the lens. The camera consists of a variety of sensor resources, potentially including lens and sensor arrays with various forms of active illumination and 3D sensing. Camera designers must select these resources within size, weight, cost and power budgets to maximize the quality of computed media. While this approach creates design challenges, it also enables 100x increases pixel count per unit volume, 100x decreases in operational power per pixel and dramatic improvements spatial, spectral, temporal and range resolution. This talk reviews design strategies for heterogeneous sensor array cameras and analyzes system performance for various recent designs.

About the Speaker

David J. Brady is the Fitzpatrick Professor of Photonics at Duke University. In 2012, Professor Brady led the team that built the world’s first terrestrial gigapixel camera. He subsequently founded Aqueti, Inc., which manufactures array cameras. Brady has also worked on numerous applications of compressive measurement and computational imaging, in 2013 he was awarded the SPIE Denis Gabor Award for the development of compressive holography. His recent work focuses on the use of compressive measurement and artificial intelligence to improve data quality and quantity in parallel cameras; focusing on the ultimate goal of handheld gigapixel cameras. Brady is a fellow of OSA, SPIE and IEEE.


Special Events

Women of Imaging and Sensing Meet and Greet

Grab your coffee, soda or beverage of your choice and join other women of Sensing & Imaging for an informal virtual get together. Members of each committee will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or simply log in and learn a bit about OSA’s diversity and inclusion efforts and share your ideas on helping ensure our community and this meeting is as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

Volunteer Engagement I – OSA Technical Groups

Join OSA Board of Meetings Technical Group Development Chair Daniel Smalley to learn more about the governing structure and activities of OSA Technical Groups. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Introductory Remarks and Plenary Session I (Sensing Congress)

OSA Career Lab: Developing Profitable Technology Products

Developing products that make money is the primary goal of most technology companies, but it’s not an easy task to accomplish. Many factors impact whether a product is ultimately successful or not. Learn an overview of the important fundamentals for developing products that will make money for your company.

Volunteer Engagement II – OSA Meetings

Join members of the Sensing and Imaging committee to discuss the roles, responsibilities and time commitment needed to serve on a meeting committee. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Technical Groups: Illumicon

You are invited to join the OSA Display Technology Technical Group for Illumicon, an exclusive members-only event. Building on the declarations established at past Illumicon gatherings, attendees will converge online to discuss and debate emerging trends, technologies and opportunities in advanced 3D displays. Entrance to the online event will be granted to those able to enter the secret password.

Volunteer Engagement III – OSA Publishing

Join Kara Peters, NC State University, USA, Applied Optics Topical Editor and Samuel Thurman, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies, USA, JOSA A Topical Editor to learn how to become a reviewer, what editors are looking for in a reviewer, and what makes a good review. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Introductory Remarks and Plenary Session II (Imaging Congress)

Student and Early Career Professionals Happy Hour

Join fellow students and early career professionals for an informal virtual get together. Grab your coffee, soda or beverage of choice for a chance to meet other students and early career professionals from across the world and swap stories of life in graduate school and beyond.  Share the joys, trials, challenges, and camaraderie of the hard work


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