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Hyperspectral/Multispectral Imaging and Sounding of the Environment (HISE)

30 July 2023 – 03 August 2023 Munich, Germany


Seeking presentations of innovations in hyperspectral and multispectral instrumentation, data analysis, algorithm development and technology demonstrations for imaging and sounding of the environment.

Recent years have witnessed a proliferation of hyperspectral and multispectral measurement and detection systems with enhanced imaging and sensing capabilities and innovative measurement platforms, such as unmanned aerial systems, autonomous surface and underwater vehicles, CubeSats, polar orbiting satellite constellations and industrial robots.

The wealth of data from these systems is complemented by a parallel proliferation of open-source software tools and innovative algorithms based on artificial intelligence, machine learning and physical models to process content-rich data and retrieve biophysical parameters of interest. These systems and algorithms provide unprecedented opportunities to understand, monitor and quantitatively characterize physical and biogeochemical processes and phenomena in the Earth’s environment.

This meeting specifically targets studies involving hyperspectral or multispectral sensors with a fine resolution in the spectral, spatial or temporal domains, which provide enhanced feature identification and discrimination capabilities for atmospheric, oceanographic and terrestrial applications as well as industrial applications such as process control, quality assurance and material identification.

With a focus on systems with a high spectral, spatial or temporal resolution, we solicit abstracts dealing with basic research, technology development, data analysis, algorithm development and technology demonstration in atmospheric, oceanographic, terrestrial and industrial applications.

Applications may include routine monitoring as well as rapid response to natural and anthropogenic phenomena such as crashed aircraft, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, pandemics, oil spills, treaty violations, biomass burning, tropical storms, trace gas emissions and heavy aerosol events.

Studies involving innovative use of physics-based models and statistical approaches such as artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to exploit content-rich data and extract biophysical information are of particular interest.




Hyperspectral/Multispectral Imaging and Sounding of the Environment (HISE)
  1. Atmospheric Sensing and Sounding
    • ​​Atmospheric measurements and their applications
    • Modeling and compensation for atmospheric effects
    • Air pollution and air quality monitoring
    • Weather prediction and climate modeling
  2. Aquatic Remote Sensing
    • Water quality monitoring in inland and coastal waters
    • Phytoplankton functional group and species discrimination
    • Harmful algal bloom monitoring
    • Determination of concentrations of physical and biological constituents in water
    • Bottom type and bottom depth determination in shallow water environments
  3. Terrestrial Remote Sensing
    • Precision agriculture
    • Species discrimination and mapping of vegetation in forests and wetlands
    • Soil studies, including soil classification, soil moisture content and trafficability
    • High-resolution imaging for urban planning and development
  4. Radiative Transfer Modeling
    • New approaches for computationally efficient and fast radiative transfer modeling
    • Vector radiative transfer modeling using hyperspectral and polarimetic data
    • Fast radiative transfer through dimensionality reduction and machine learning approaches
  5. Image Processing, Algorithm Development and Machine Learning
    • Innovative signal and digital image processing techniques including image segmentation, pattern recognition and neural networks
    • High-resolution data analysis using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques
    • Dimension reduction and information content analysis
    • Fusion with active or passive sensors and visualization algorithms
    • Spectral inversion techniques such as unmixing, deconvolution, derivatives, optimal estimation and spectral fingerprinting
  6. Industrial Imaging
    • Imaging and sensing applications in the mining, oil and gas industries
    • High-resolution imaging for quality analysis and process control
    • Imaging and sensing technologies for food adulteration monitoring
  7. Incident Response & Monitoring Applications
    • Environmental changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other natural disasters
    • Thermal sensing of wildfires and volcanoes
    • Deployment of imaging technologies for rapid response to natural disasters/events
  8. Sensor Development
    • New spectrometer design, development and sensor characterization
    • Planned and recently launched operational systems
    • Observing system simulation experiments



  • Ka Lok Chan, German Aerospace Center (DLR), GermanyChair
  • Wesley Moses, Naval Research Laboratory, United StatesChair
  • Shen-En Qian, Canadian Space AgencyChair
  • Elhadi Adam, University of Witwatersrand
  • Helen Brindley, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Miran Bürmen, Univerza v Ljubljani, Slovenia
  • Daniele Cerra, German Aerospace Center, Germany
  • Alex Fong, TruTag Technologies Inc, United States
  • Genevieve Gariepy, Canadian Space Agency, Canada
  • Emmett Ientilucci, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States
  • Sanna Kaasalainen, FinnishGeospatial Research Institute, Finland
  • Stefan Livens, VITO, Belgium
  • Nicole Pinnel, German Aerospace Center, Germany
  • Denis Pöhler, Heidelberg University
  • Saurabh Prasad, University of Houston, United States
  • Mariana Soppa, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
  • Caroline Turcotte, Defence Research and Development Canada
  • Kevin Turpie, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center



Tobias Kippenberg
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Hybrid Low Loss Photonic Integrated Circuits: From Chipscale Frequency Combs, Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifiers to Cryogenic Interconnects

Recent advances in attaining ultra low loss highly confining silicon nitride waveguides with loss in the dB-meter range and their heterogeneous integration with MEMS and Lithium Niobate have opened up novel applications that benefit not only from scalable manufacturing, compact form factor and low power, but crucially have now reached a point where the performance is on par and even exceeding that of legacy optical systems. I will describe a range of novel advances, including photonic integrated circuit based frequency agile lasers with fiber laser phase noise, parametric traveling wave amplifiers, Erbium amplifiers on chip, as well as soliton frequency combs, with applications from coherent communications and LiDAR to cryogenic quantum interconnects.

About the Speaker

Tobias J. Kippenberg is Full Professor in the Institute of Physics and Electrical Engineering at EPFL in Switzerland since 2013 and joined EPFL in 2008 as Tenure Track Assistant Professor. Prior to EPFL he was Independent Max Planck Junior Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany. While at the MPQ he demonstrated radiation pressure cooling of optical micro-resonators and developed techniques with which mechanical oscillators can be cooled, measured and manipulated in the quantum regime — now part of the research field of Cavity Quantum Optomechanics. Moreover, his group discovered the generation of optical frequency combs using high Q micro-resonators, a principle known now as micro-combs or Kerr combs. This discovery unlocked record data transmission rate, which led to the development of new concepts in telecommunications in collaborations with industry. For his early contributions in these two research fields, he was recipient of the EFTF Award for Young Scientists (2011), The Hemholtz Prize in Metrology (2009), the EPS Fresnel Prize (2009), ICO Award (2014), Swiss Latsis Prize (2015), the Wilhelmy Klung Research Prize in Physics (2015), the 2018 ZEISS Research Award and the R. Wood Award (2021). Moreover, he is first-prize recipient of the "8th European Union Contest for Young Scientists" in 1996 and is listed in the Highly Cited Researchers List of 1% most cited physicists, 2014 – 2021. He is co-founder of the startup LIGENTEC SA, an integrated photonics foundry; DEEPLIGHT SA, a supplier of advanced laser sources; and LUXTELLIGENCE SA, a thin-film lithium niobate foundry.


Greg Rieker
University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Practical Dual Comb Spectroscopy to Improve Energy Systems: Navigating the Interfaces Between Science, Engineering and Industry

A decade of collaboration on dual comb spectroscopy between scientists, engineers, business-people and industrial end-users is reducing methane leakage across vast areas of oil and gas production and optimizing performance of energy producing chemical reactions.

About the Speaker
Greg Rieker is an Associate Professor and Vogel Family Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He leads the Precision Laser Diagnostics Laboratory, which aims to understand and improve energy and atmospheric systems through laser-based sensing. Greg earned a BS from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He has affiliations with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Greg received the NSF CAREER award, the Peter Werle and Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Scientist Awards and the Colorado Governor’s Award for High-impact Research. He is a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors and co-founder and CTO of LongPath Technologies, Inc.


Special Events

2023 Special Events

IONS+ Munich

Sunday, 30 July 07:00 – 19:00
Hilton Munich Park
Fee: USD 50

IONS+ Munich 2023 is a full-day event for students attending the Optica Sensing Congress. IONS, which started in 2008, affords students the opportunity to build an environment where they can exchange research, hear from luminaries and professionals in the field and enjoy the local culture of the host city. The event is open to all students.


Panel Discussion: Eyes on the Planet – Advances, Limitations and Challenges in Spaceborne Spectrometer Development and Cross-Mission Synergies

Tuesday, 01 August 14:00 – 15:30

Presider: Kevin Turpie, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

Emiliano Carmona, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Tobias Storch ,German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Claudia Giardino, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
Jens Nieke, European Space Agency, France
David Thompson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
Joe Salisbury, University of New Hampshire, USA
Heidi Dierssen, University of Connecticut, USA
Daniel Spengler, ConstellR GmbH, Germany
Sivert Bakken, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Keely Roth, Planet Labs PBC, USA
Arnold Dekker, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia


Congress Reception

Wednesday, 02 August 18:00 – 19:30
Foyer Mezzanine

This welcome reception is an excellent opportunity to meet or reconnect with friends, colleagues and fellow attendees. 


Panel Discussion - Application of Remote Sensing to Real-World Problems – Strategies, Successes and Challenges

Thursday, 03 August 12:00 – 13:00

Wesley Moses, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Sanna Kaasalainen, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Finland

Heike Bach, Vista GmbH, Germany
Jean-Philippe MacLean, GHGSat, Inc.,Canada
Chris Rampersad, EarthDaily Analytics, Canada
Andrea Vander Woude, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, USA
Eyal Ben-Dor, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Arnold Dekker, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia


Congress Farewell

Thursday, 03 August 16:30 – 17:00
Foyer Mezzanine

Please join your fellow congress attendees for a farewell toast. 


CANCELLED: Tour of Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH

Friday, 04 August 10:30 – 14:30
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH

***This event has been cancelled***

Enjoy a tour of Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH with your fellow congress attendees. Discover the art of brewing and immerse yourself in the exciting history of the Spaten, Franziskaner and Löwenbräu breweries. Transportation from the Hilton Munich Park Hotel, beer and snacks are included.

A EUR 65 fee is required to reserve your spot on the tour. 


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