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Applied Industrial Optics

26 July 2021 – 30 July 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)


  • Instrumentation
  • Sensors
  • Metrology
  • Imaging Systems
  • Applied Spectroscopy
  • Electro-optics
  • Medical and Biological Diagnostics
  • Harsh Environment Systems
  • Emerging Laser, Fiber and Photonic Technologies


  • Arlene Smith, Avo Photonics Inc, United States, Chair
  • Gary Miller, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States, Chair
  • Julia Majors, Avo Photonics Inc, United States, Program Chair
  • Ivan Capraro, Adaptica Srl, Italy, Program Chair
  • Brandon Redding, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
  • Turan Erdogan, Plymouth Grating Laboratory, Inc., United States
  • Jess Ford, Weatherford International Ltd, United States
  • Stefano Bonora, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, IFN, Italy
  • Cushla McGoverin, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Simone Bonanomi, CoeLux Srl, Italy
  • Joseph Dallas, Avo Photonics Inc, United States
  • Simon Toft Sørensen, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
  • Jaeyoun Kim, Iowa State University, United States
  • Mark Itzler, Argo AI, LLC, United States
  • Bruno Berge, Laclarée Vision, France
  • Sarah Lukes, Agile Focus Designs, United States
  • Thomas Haslett, Avo Photonics Inc, Canada
  • Martin Garbos, Eura AG, Germany
  • Garrett Cole, Thorlabs Inc, United States
  • Hans-Peter Loock, University of Victoria - Chemistry, Canada


  • Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Optimax Systems Inc, United States
    Addressing Total Error for Freeform Optics Ranging from Alignment to Mid-spatial Frequency (MSF) Errors
  • Dario Polli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    Innovative Spectroscopy and Hyperspectral Imaging Systems Based on a Common-path Birefringent Interferometer
  • Fatima Toor, University of Iowa, United States
    High Performance Mid-infrared SLEDs and VCSELs – Design Challenges and Innovations
  • Niklas Andermahr, Institut für Angewandte Physik, Germany
    Quality Inspection Challenges for Lidar Optics and Optical Properties of Lidar Systems
  • Piotr Kondratko, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, United States
    Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiode (GmAPD) Single Photon Receiver Technology
  • Nanfang Yu, Columbia University, United States
    Broadband Achromatic Lenses and Multicolor Phase-amplitude Holograms Based on Metasurfaces
  • Jelena Notaros, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
    Integrated Optical Phased Arrays: LiDAR, Communications, Augmented Reality, and Beyond
  • David Lancaster, University of South Australia, Australia
    Emerging Sensing and Metrology Applications for a New Class of Chip Lasers
  • Grzegorz Gruca, Optics11 Industrial Sensing, Netherlands
    High Sensitivity Fiber Optic Acoustic Sensing
  • Filiz Yesilkoy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
    Nanophotonic Biosensors and Key Success Factors in Their Technology Transfer
  • Michele Lacerenza, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    Compact Time-Domain NIRS Oximeter for Non-invasive Brain and Muscle Monitoring
  • Steven Anderson, Arete Associates, United States
    The Pushbroom Imaging Lidar for Littoral Surveillance (PILLS): Concept to Operations
  • Frieder Mugele, Universiteit Twente, Netherlands
    Tunable Lenses for Wavefront Correction
  • Maria Chernysheva, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany
    Highlights on Ultrafast Fibre Laser Development for Applications in Biomedical Field and Sensing
  • Raphael Horvath, IRsweep, Switzerland
    Development of Fast Frequency Comb Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy for Stopped Flow Applications
  • Sven Schönfelder, INSION GmbH, Germany
    Monolithic Micro Spectrometer to Determine Best Time to Harvest Fruits
  • Ciaran Phelan, WaveOptics Ltd, United Kingdom
    Practical Benefits of Cross Grating Output Couplers for Augmented Reality Waveguides
  • Douglas Bopp, Vapor Cell Technologies, United States
    Trade-off Free Techniques for Manufacturing Alkali Vapor Cells
  • Xue Huang, Acacia Communications, Inc, United States
    Tunable Dual-wavelength Silicon-photonic Lasers
  • Kevin Lascola, Thorlabs Quantum Electronics Inc, United States
    Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Comb based Sensing Platform for Chemical Threat Detection
  • Alvaro Alarcon, Linköping University, Sweden
    Creating Spatial States of Light for Quantum Information with Photonic Lanterns

Special Events

Professional Development Event: Resilience- Career Growth and Insights

Tuesday, 27 July 12:30 – 13:30

Description: You were uniquely made for such a time as this. Sometimes we get lost in the throws of life- work, family, school, children, deadlines, deliverables, milestones, pregnancies, death, life. And while “life” is happening, we somehow believe we are “in-control”. In an instant, this sense of control can be shaken to its core by a death, tragedy, job loss or other life “shift”. March 2020 marked a shift in the way we lived and did business. While countries gave it various names- Shelter-inplace, Lockdown, Quarantine - the world saw a change in the way we lived our daily lives. People went from going to work every day to work-at-home, or in many cases, job shifts, furloughs or job loss. There are many items that are important in times like these – health and wellness (in all aspects of your being), safety, security, shelter, clothing, nourishment (to name a few). It can certainly feel like the carpet has been ripped from under you when circumstances change. Whether you are feeling the impact of COVID-19, a change at work or home, or you are getting ready to make a change, this workshop is designed to help you understand that you were made for such a time as this.

This session will provide you with frameworks to use as you continue in your current role, and/or transition to your next opportunity and/or move to the next phase in your life. Each person’s transition is different, and we will provide you with tools to assist you in this moment in time, as well as reference material to assist you during your transition. Ultimately, you will walk away understanding that there is a purpose behind your path, and guidelines as to how to maximize it.

Speaker Information: Karen I. Matthews, Purpose-Driven Consulting (PDC), USA

Karen Matthews, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University and a MEng and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from Cornell University. Karen is the Founder & CEO of Purpose-Driven Consulting (PDC). Prior to PDC, she held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division in opto-electronic packaging as a research and then senior research scientist, most recently working in early innovation stage markets and technologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities in both wired (fiber, cable and connectivity) and wireless. Her focus on moving concepts through to commercialization remains, with a current emphasis on Agile Technology Transfer, Digital Transformation, 5G, the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 Innovation. Dr. Matthews has authored numerous publications and patents and is a member of several technical and professional organizations. She has served as an Executive Board member of Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) – sitting on the Research Work Group and leading the Thought Leadership Work Group therein. Most recently, she has been invited as keynote speaker, moderator, panelist and open forum discussion leader at various 5G, Internet of Things and smart manufacturing conferences. She has Chaired the OFC 2020 N5 Market Watch, developing the programming for Market Watch, Network Operators Summit and Data Center Summit, and continues as an active subcommittee member for 2021, as well as co-chair of the 2021 IEEE World Forum track on Communications and Networking. She is an Executive Board member of The Upskill Foundation, a non-profit focusing on upskilling underrepresented groups in data science and an Executive Advisory Board member of the Transform Insights User Group, an engaged and informed community, focused on connecting business leaders who have experience in spearheading digital transformation strategies, innovation through technology and enterprise change management.


Volunteer Engagement – OSA Meetings

Tuesday, 27 July 13:30 – 14:00

Description: Grab your coffee, soda or beverage of your choice and join other attendees from AIO for this informal networking discussion about OSA meeting committees. Learn more about the roles, responsibilities and time commitment needed to serve on a meeting committee. Meeting Chairs Gary Miller, NRL and Arlene Smith, Avo Photonics  and OSA Sr. Director, Technical Program Development and Strategy, Meetings & Exhibits, Naomi Chavez will be on hand to discuss serving on a committee and answer your questions. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A so come with your questions. You will be able to turn your camera and mic on or off to participate as you choose.


Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Within AIO

Wednesday, 28 July 13:00 – 14:00

Description: Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) is a multidisciplinary meeting that focuses on innovative photonics research and its commercial impact. As a diverse scientific workforce draws from the broadest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, thereby maximizing innovation, this session will explore how our meeting and the wider optics community can support inclusion and increase diversity among our ranks.

Meeting Chairs Gary Miller, NRL and Arlene Smith, Avo Photonics are excited to offer this session. The program will share examples of what companies and institutions are doing in this area, including tips on getting started and lessons learned, and have an open discussion for questions or for all attendees to share their ideas. 

In this session:

  • Jamie LaCouture from Thorlabs will be on hand to share their efforts to change policies and practices to increase their diversity and be more inclusive
  • Gary will discuss the US Naval Research Laboratory’s Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity and his work on their DEI committee
  • Arlene will join Marcia Lesky from OSA to discuss the societies efforts, including the OSA DEI Rapid Action Committee

The session will be in a meeting format, and everyone will be able to turn their camera and microphone on to participate as they so choose. We hope you can join in to learn about existing diversity and inclusion efforts and share your ideas on helping ensure our community, and this meeting, is as welcoming and inclusive as possible.



Town Hall with Tom: Post-pandemic Update—The Applied Industrial Optics Market and Opportunities

Thursday, 29 July 12:15 – 13:15

Description: This session will review how the market for applied industrial optics at this point in the pandemic, looking at where we’ve come, where we’re at, and what to expect going forward. It will also examine some upcoming hot topics and opportunities in industrial optics and photonics. The emphasis of this session will be on the update and a discussion with attendees about what excites them (and what may concern them) about the market opportunities in this field.

Speaker: Tom Hausken, The Optical Society, USA

With over 40 years in optoelectronics, Tom Hausken focuses on industry content at OSA—The Optical Society—as Senior Industry Advisor. This includes OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates, a trade association within OSA), where he also held a position earlier in his career. For 13 years until 2012, Dr. Hausken led market research and strategy consulting for lasers, image sensors, and a range of other photonic products at Strategies Unlimited. He was also a telecom policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and held R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments in photonics and electronics. He has a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in optoelectronics.


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