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Applied Industrial Spectroscopy

22 June 2020 – 26 June 2020 OSA Virtual Event

Developed spectroscopic technologies with applications across industries as well as new, cutting-edge technologies in transition from development to industrial settings are encouraged.

Specific areas of interest include quality control, incoming materials inspection, uses in food processing and agribusiness, and uses during product manufacture, to name a few. The conference has a focus on applications with broad reach in major markets, demonstrating the utility of a variety of spectroscopic techniques, from absorbance / reflectance / transmission, to established methods such as Raman, LIBS, FTIR, Terahertz spectroscopy, and Mass spectroscopy. Examples and best practices for technology adoption are encouraged. 

Areas of interest include:
  *   Food and Agriculture
  *   Consumer goods manufacturing
  *   Biopharmaceuticals
  *   Biomedical
  *   Mining
  *   Chemicals and chemical processing
  *   Petrochemicals
  *   Electronics manufacturing
  *   Energy exploration


  • Sensing in the extraction industries (mining, oil & gas)
  • Novel sensing solutions for industrial digitalization
  • Portable, low-power and mobile spectroscopy (could include consumer-focused, Lidar, automobiles) 
  • Spectral sensing in manufacturing processes 
  • Environmental sensing (air, water, combustion sources) 
  • Sensor solution development for harsh environments 
  • Spectral Sensing in electronics and semiconductor manufacturing
  • Agriphotonics topics: Spectroscopy for the Farm, Quality Sensing in factories, Sensing on the Table



  • Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft CorpUnited States
    FarmBeats: Empowering Farmers with Affordable Digital Agriculture Solutions
  • Ashton Christy, University of British ColumbiaCanada
    Raman Spectroscopy as an Online Gauge for Process Analysis in the Pulp Industry
  • Yonathan Dattner, Luxmux Technology CorporationCanada
    Broadband Sources for Measurements during Oil Extraction
  • John Federici, New Jersey Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Industrial Applications of THz Imaging: Plastics, Food Industry, Moisture Detection, and Additive Manufacturing
  • Michael Frish, Physical Sciences Inc.United States
    Visualizing and Quantifying Methane and Natural Gas Emissions Using Lasers and Small Semi-autonomous Drones
  • Jay James, PicoyuneUnited States
    Plasmonic Mercury Analysis for Hazardous Areas
  • Ravikanth Lankapalli, McCain FoodsCanada
    Potential of Spectroscopy for Fruits and Vegetables Processing and Quality Assessment
  • Arnan Mitchell, Royal Melbourne Institute of TechnologyAustralia
    Interrogating Photonic Biosensors Using Optical Frequency Combs
  • Milo Overbay, Hewlett Packard CorvallisUnited States
    Using HP Nanofinger SERS Sensors to Identify and Monitor the Health of Bacteria through Metabolite Detection
  • Benjamin Saute, Telops IncUnited States
    Thermal Hyperspectral Imaging for Gas Detection and Mining Applications
  • Theophile Sebgo, Novartis AG Pharmaceuticals CorpSwitzerland
    Title to be announced.
  • Torbjorn Skauli, Norwegian Defense Research EstablishmentNorway
    How Good Is Your Spectral Sensor? - Figures of Merit for Coregistration and Radiometric Quality for Spectral Imagers and Spectrometers
  • Michael Taschuk, G2V OpticsCanada
    Engineering the Sun: From Solar Simulators to Intelligent Agricultural Lighting
  • Ronny Timmreck, Senorics GmbHGermany
    Mobile Low-cost NIR Spectroscopy Systems: Enabling Material Sensing Labs for the Masses
  • Jens Wold, Nofima AS
    Novel In-line NIR Solutions for Monitoring and Control of Complex Food Processes
  • Betsy Yakes, Food and Drug AdministrationUnited States
    Investigating Miniaturized Spectroscopic Devices for Use in Food Authentication
  • Robert Zimmerleiter, RECENDT GmbHAustria
    Industrial Application Examples of Miniature and Robust MEMS-based Spectrometers



  • Katherine Bakeev, B&W Tek LLC, United StatesChair
  • Steve Buckley, Ocean Optics, Inc., United StatesChair
  • Gombojav Ariunbold, Mississippi State University, United States
  • François Doucet, National Research Council Canada
  • Troy Francisco, The Chemours Company, United States
  • Tanya Myers, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States
  • Marion O'Farrell, SINTEF, Norway
  • Krishnan Parameswaran, Analog Devices Inc., United States
  • Mark Phillips, University of Arizona, United States
  • Dominik Rabus, RABUS.TECH, Germany
  • Joachim Sacher, Sacher Lasertechnik GmbH, Germany
  • Amartya Sengupta, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
  • Mark Witinski, Draper, 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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