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Optical Sensors

11 July 2022 – 15 July 2022 Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, British Columbia Canada

Optical sensors have numerous applications in research and development, national defense and commercial markets such as medical diagnostics and process control. Because of the breadth of applications for optical sensors, the challenges to the design and functioning of an optical sensor for a particular purpose requires intimate knowledge of optical, material, and environmental properties that affect sensor performance. These optical sensors range from micro-probes to large devices used for such diverse functions from human health status to standoff monitoring of industrial and environmental conditions. SENSORS addresses all aspects of optical sensors from source and detection technologies, sensor configurations, and processing approaches to applications. The conference is arranged in broad topic categories (e.g. Optical Fibers) and themes for simple access for a researcher in any stage of learning or development. Beyond the topics listed below, SENSORS will be exploring the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) as focus for this year’s conference contributed talks are welcomed for this area of research.


Optical Fiber Sensors
Optical fiber sensors, in particular those related to safety, security and defense. These will include both point (interferometric, polarimetric, refractometric, and grating based) and distributed sensor. Examples include, but are not restricted to, gyro, current, magnetic field, radiation, bio and chemical, strain, temperature, pressure, vibrations, DAS, OTDR and OFDR.

Laser based Sensors
Laser Based Sensors are based upon direct and indirect detection of laser light interacting with a target object, which inherently allow for non-invasive measurements with high precision and high accuracy as well as fast response. Thus, demands and challenges for laser-based sensors continue to grow in both science and technology. The topics of Laser Based Sensors subcommittee include laser ellipsometry, laser speckle imaging, laser spectroscopy, laser Doppler vibrometry, laser interferometry, laser light detection and ranging, and laser-based quantum-enhanced sensing.

Optical Biological and Chemical Sensors
This meeting brings together early career and established researchers from academia, industry, and government in the rapidly advancing field of optical biochemical and chemical sensors. Technologies such as fluorescence, Raman and infrared spectroscopy, fiber optics, silicon photonics, nanophotonics and plasmonics have all found recent application in chemical and biological sensing. These sensors utilize similar scientific principles to tackle a wide variety of detection challenges from multiple disciplines. Applications for these sensors addressing the critical needs in health, environment, food, forensics, safety, and security are all a focus of this meeting. A special topical session on optical sensors for disease and pathogen detection is also planned, and abstract submissions for sensors that address these topics are encouraged.

Terahertz Sensors
Innovations in source and detector technologies, tailored electromagnetic materials, and computational intelligence are making the terahertz spectral region (0.1 - 30 THz) much more accessible for innovative sensing concepts.  This session will feature contributions in all these areas, with an emphasis on exploring how the terahertz region provides unique capabilities to detect and recognize unique signatures.

Quantum Sensors
Quantum sensors utilize the quantum properties of matter (such as quantized transitions in neutral atoms, ions, and spin qubits) or quantum phenomena (including entanglement between different qubits or degrees of freedom) to measure physical quantities with unparalleled sensitivity, precision, and accuracy. This meeting aims to cover quantum sensing technologies with real world applications as well as the development of devices and techniques that will advance sensing performance. Topics include:

  • quantum sensors for timekeeping, inertial navigation, magnetometry, thermometry, and other measurements
  • single-photon detection and quantum imaging systems
  • metasurfaces and integrated photonics for quantum sensors
  • enabling optical technologies to improve the preparation, control, and measurement of quantum sensing systems
  • advanced approaches that will push the sensitivity beyond the standard quantum limit



  • Victor Acosta, University of New MexicoUnited States
    Title to be Announced
  • Ileana-Cristina Benea-Chelmus, Harvard UniversityUnited States
    Integrated Terahertz Photonic Devices
  • Christophe Caucheteur, Universite de MonsBelgium
    Metrological Performance of Tilted Fiber Bragg Grating Biosensors
  • Edoardo Charbon, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerland
    On Cryo-CMOS Qubit Control: from a Wild Idea to Working Silicon
  • Priyanka Dey, Teesside University National Horizons CeUnited Kingdom
    The Need of Nanoplasmonic Assemblies for Disease Diagnosis with Raman Spectroscopy
  • Andrea Fiore, Technische Universiteit EindhovenNetherlands
    Integrated Near-Infrared Spectral Sensing
  • Kai-Mei Fu, University of WashingtonUnited States
    Probing DNA via Magnetic Nanoparticle Orientation Measurements
  • Daniel Higginbottom, Simon Fraser UniversityCanada
    Silicon Colour Centres For Integrated Spin-Photon Devices
  • Cornelia Hoehr, University of VictoriaCanada
    Optical Fibres for FLASH Radiotherapy Dosimetry
  • Rand Ismaeel, University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
    Selective All-Fibre In Situ Dissolved Methane Sensor
  • Mona Jarrahi, University of California Los AngelesUnited States
    Broadband Terahertz Imaging Through Plasmonic Photoconductive Focal-Plane Arrays
  • Chang-Seok Kim, Pusan National UniversityRepublic Of Korea
    Real-Time Resonating Interrogation of Identical Weak FBG Array Sensors
  • Svenja Knappe, University of Colorado at BoulderUnited States
    Magnetic Sensing with Microfabricated Optically-Pumped Magnetometers
  • Katsuo Kurabayashi, University of MichiganUnited States
    Integrated Plasmonic Optoelectronic Biosensors for Blood Biomarker Monitoring
  • Kali Prasanna Nayak, University of Electro-CommunicationsJapan
    A Single Atom Quantum Interface on a Tapered Optical Fiber
  • Kun Peng, University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
    Polarization-Resolved Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy Enabled by Nanowire Sensor Technology
  • Valerio Pruneri, ICFO -Institut de Ciencies FotoniquesSpain
    Small Form Factor Flow Virometer for SARS-CoV-2
  • Brandon Redding, US Naval Research LaboratoryUnited States
    Distributed Fiber Strain Sensing Using Brillouin Lasing
  • Judson Ryckman, Clemson UniversityUnited States
    Nanophotonic Structural Color-Based and Waveguide-Based Biosensors with Extreme Sensitivities
  • Giacomo Scalari, ETH ZurichSwitzerland
    Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Combs with Planarized Waveguides
  • Holger Schmidt, University of California Santa CruzUnited States
    Optofluidic Sensors for Single SARS-CoV-2 Biomarker Analysis
  • Huilin Shao, National University of SingaporeSingapore
    Nanosensor Technologies for Molecular Analyses of Circulating Biomarkers
  • Qingshan Wei, North Carolina State UniversityUnited States
    Point-of-Care and AgBio Diagnostics by Connected Smartphone Sensors



Paul Pellegrino, US Army Research Laboratory, USAChair  
Gilberto Brambilla, University of Southampton, UK, Program Chair
Frank Vollmer, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, GermanyProgram Chair     

Optical Fiber Sensors
Sinead O'Keeffe, University of Limerick, IrelandSubcommittee Chair           

Laser Based Sensors
Yoonchan Jeong, Seoul National University, South Korea, Subcommittee Chair

Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors
Kevin Major, US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), USA, Subcommittee Co-Chair
Filiz Yesilkoy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, Subcommittee Co-Chair      

THz Sensing
Henry Everitt, CCDC-Aviation & Missile Center, USA, Subcommittee Chair

Quantum Sensing
Jennifer Choy, University of Wisconsin, USA, Subcommittee Chair


Plenary Session

Juliet Gopinath

University of Colorado Boulder

From water filtration to autonomous navigation: Using photonics to enable new sensing modalities

Light can be used for exquisite sensors that can measure rotation, materials, range, chemical composition, and even the workings of the brain.   Recent advances have enabled new modalities of ranging and detection of membrane fouling.

About the Speaker

Juliet Gopinath is the Alfred T. and Betty E. Look Professor of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at MIT. She was a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 2005 to 2009. Since then, she has led a research group at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her current research interests include ultrafast lasers, nonlinear optics, mid-infrared materials, spectroscopy, orbital angular momentum and adaptive optical devices. She has published 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 90 conference presentations. She is the recipient of an R&D 100 Award (2012) and is an Optica Fellow. She served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Photonics Society Journal (2011-2017), the Associate Director for Cubit (2019), and currently is an Associate Editor for Optica.

Joseph Shaw

Montana State University, USA

Optical Exploration of the Natural World

I will describe lidars and passive sensors I have developed to explore the natural world. Examples range from lidars for mapping insects in the air or fish in lakes to radiometric and polarimetric imaging for measuring atmospheric radiation.

About the Speaker

Joseph Shaw is the Director of the Optical Technology Center, Distinguished Professor of Optics and Photonics, and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, USA. Dr. Shaw develops optical remote sensing instruments for applications ranging from laser detection of fish from airplanes to measuring clouds for climate science. He also is a passionate photographer and loves to use his pictures to teach about optics in nature. He is the author of the 2017 book, Optics in the Air, which shows and explains numerous photographs of beautiful optical phenomena that can be seen in nature. Recognition for Dr. Shaw's contributions to optics research and education include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Vaisala Award from the World Meteorological Organization, and the Award for Excellence in Talent Development from the University Economic Development Association. He received the 2019 G. G. Stokes Award from SPIE for outstanding contributions to optical polarization. Dr. Shaw is a Fellow of both the Optica (formerly OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).


Special Events

Optical and Photonic Technologies Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic Needs (Joint AIS and Sensors)

Monday, 11 July 10:30 – 12:30

The photonics community has made a tremendous impact in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. These powerful optical and photonic technologies include everything from the development of rapid diagnostic tools to address the testing crisis to wide-spread population immunity screening sensors, from imaging and analytical tools used in fundamental virology research to vaccine and drug development, and from intensive-care patient monitoring sensors to decontamination and sterilization devices.  A joint session between Optical Biological and Chemical Sensors and Applied Industrial Spectroscopy will bring leading researchers from industry, government, and academia to highlight the most recent technological developments that not only address current challenges of COVID-19, but also better prepare our communities for the future healthcare crises.  This special session encourages abstracts that focus on current and evolving technologies that may result in sensitive, rapid, low-cost diagnostic tests, analytical platforms enabling new drug and vaccine discovery, sensors that monitor patients and guide therapies, and more. 

Derek Guenther, Ocean Insight, USA
Valerio Pruneri, ICFO, Spain
Small form factor flow virometer for SARS-CoV-2
Holger Schmidt, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Optofluidic sensors for single SARS-CoV-2 biomarker analysis

Agri-Photonics Panel Discussion

Monday, 11 July 16:30 – 18:30

Continuation of discussion from Agri-Photonics I and Agri-Photonics II sessions.

Aparajita Bandyopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology DelhiIndia
Alexsandar Rakic, University of QueenslandAustralia
Bassam Saadany, Si-Ware SystemsEgypt

Quantum Sensing Discussion

Tuesday, 12 July 11:00 – 12:30

This special session will provide an overview of the fundamentals of quantum sensors using atoms, ions, and solid-state defects and their state-of-the-art performances and applications. The overview will be followed by an audience Q&A and a panel discussion with quantum researchers on various topics, including optics-related challenges in quantum sensing and career paths in quantum.

Jennifer Choy, University of Wisconsin - MadisonUSA
Sara Mouradian, University of Washington, USA

From Student to Career: A Look Inside Different Career Paths

Tuesday, 12 July 14:00 – 16:00

Students can ask questions and hear from professionals in different fields about the steps they took in choosing their career paths, what it takes to be successful in their field, and what a typical work day is like and how it differs from graduate school.

Scott Davis, Vescent Photonics, USA
Mark Zondlo, Princeton University, USA
Jaakko Lehtinen, Gasera, Finland
Michelle Bailey, NIST, USA
Derek Guenther, Ocean Insight, USA

Recent Advances in Free-Space Optical Communications

Wednesday, 13 July 09:30 – 11:00

Join the Laser Systems Technical group for a special talk led by Szymon Gladysz followed by a networking reception. With several major companies like SpaceX, Facebook, Google, and hundreds of smaller companies pursuing several concepts involving laser communications technology, Gladysz will discuss the recent advances in free-space laser communications in atmospheric and underwater environments. Please use this link to RSVP:

Szymon Gladysz, Head of the Adaptive Optics Group, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation, Germany


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