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Applied Industrial Optics

25 July 2022 – 27 July 2022 Ashling Hotel Dublin, Dublin, Ireland



AIO provides an engaging multi-disciplinary program that encourages the sharing of ideas and generates cross-pollination across fields. The topical meeting is organized around nine topic categories.

  1. Laser and laser applications

  2. 2-D Optics

  3. Space Optics

  4. Optics for Communication

  5. Optics and energy

  6. Remote sensing

  7. Optical sensors and sensor systems

  8. Biophotonics and medical optics



  • Frank Smyth, Pilot PhotonicsIreland
    Integrated Optical Frequency Combs and their Applications Keynote
  • Marco Avesani, Universita degli Studi di PadovaItaly
    Quantum Secure Communication and Quantum Randomness Generation
  • Christopher Brooks, Dispelix OyFinland
    The Challenges and Successes of Augmented Reality
  • Stephen Daniels, NuWave Sensor Technology, Ltd.Ireland
    Development of Cyberphysical Systems Incorporating Optical Detection Methods for the Surveillance of Airborne Microbiological Contaminants
  • Natalie Gibson, Meta Reality LabsUnited States
    Performance Requirements and Technology Challenges of Augmented Reality Optical Combiners
  • Kamil Gradkowski, Tyndall National InstituteIreland
    Next Generation Optical Interconnects for Biomedical Manufacturing
  • Raphael Horvath, IRsweepSwitzerland
    Application of Dual Comb Spectroscopy to Remote Sensing Applications: Recycling and Security
  • Jessica Jarosz, Laclarée VisionFrance
    Addition Control for Presbyopia-correcting Adaptive Eyeglasses
  • Grace Kuo, Meta Reality LabsUnited States
    Holographic Displays for Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • William Loh, Massachusetts Inst of Tech Lincoln LabUnited States
    Fantastic Lasers and Where to Find Them
  • Carlos Mastrangelo, University of UtahUnited States
    Micropower Smart Contact Lenses for Adaptive Vision Correction
  • Juniyali Nauriyal, University of RochesterUnited States
    Packaging integrated photonic devices to increase scalability
  • Liam O'Faolain, Cork Institute of TechnologyIreland
    Integrated Photonics for Environmental Sensing and Process Monitoring
  • Stavros Pissadakis, FORTH-IESLGreece
    Transducers and Designs for Optical Fiber Gas Sensors
  • Adam Polak, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics
    From Process Control to Homeland Security - How Fraunhofer UK is Transforming Substance Detection Challenges
  • Joshua Silver, University of OxfordFrance
    Two New Optical Technologies for the Good of Mankind
  • Yasaman Soudagar, Neurescence Inc.Canada
    Title to be Announced
  • Chi Kwong Tang, TOMRA Systems ASANorway
    From LED to Reverse Vending Machine; Optical Systems, Component Scarcity, Tuneable LED and Production
  • Mark Ventura, OptotuneSwitzerland
    High-speed Large Aperture Tunable Lenses and Their Applications
  • Brian Vohnsen, University College DublinIreland
    From Visual Optics to Wavefront Sensors: Understanding the Role of Phase in Vision and Sensing of Aberrations
  • Lihui Wang, University of TokyoChina
    Dynamic Projection Mapping with High Speed Vision and a Variable Focus Lens



  • Arlene Smith, Molex, Inc, United StatesChair
  • Gary Miller, US Naval Research Laboratory, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Bruno Berge, Laclarée Vision, France
  • Stefano Bonora, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, IFN, Italy
  • Ivan Capraro, Adaptica Srl, Italy
  • Garrett Cole, Thorlabs Inc, United States
  • Joseph Dallas, Avo Photonics Inc, United States
  • Jess Ford, Weatherford International Ltd, United States
  • Martin Garbos, Eura AG, Germany
  • Anders Hansen, Sintef AS, Norway
  • Thomas Haslett, Avo Photonics Inc, Canada
  • Jaeyoun Kim, Iowa State University, United States
  • Hans-Peter Loock, University of Victoria - Chemistry, Canada
  • Sarah Lukes, Agile Focus Designs, United States
  • Julia Majors, Meta Reality Labs, United States
  • Cushla McGoverin, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Brandon Redding, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
  • Simon Toft Sørensen, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland


Plenary Session

Frank Smyth

Pilot Photonics, Ireland

Integrated Optical Frequency Combs and their Applications

The importance of optical frequency combs has been long recognised, but their potential for use in high volume industrial applications has been limited due to their cost, size, weight and power. Advances in photonic integration have enabled the development of miniature optical comb sources, and these have been demonstrated in many industrial applications including communications, sensing, and precision timing. This talk will give an overview of the state of the art in relation to integrated optical combs, and describe ongoing work toward proving their benefits, and industrialising them for deployment in high volume industry applications.

About the Speaker

Frank Smyth is co-founder and CTO of Pilot Photonics Ltd, an Irish company developing unique optical comb lasers based on photonic integration. His previous position was as co-founder and Executive Director of the CONNECT Centre for Future Networks for which he helped secure more than €40m in research funding from Science Foundation Ireland and from Industry. He graduated with a PhD from Dublin City University in 2009 having carried out pioneering research on novel tunable laser sources and optical switching systems. He held a scholarship position at Bell Laboratories, Crawford Hill, New Jersey, and a research fellowship at Dublin City University before founding Pilot Photonics in 2011. He has since raised over €8M in investment and research funding to develop its unique technology including the prestigious European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator award. Frank has co-authored more than 95 research publications, contributed to six patent applications, and served as an expert reviewer in photonics and optical communication for the Journal of Lightwave Technology, and the European Commission. He currently serves as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the CONNECT Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin.


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