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International Optical Design Conference (IODC)

04 June 2023 – 08 June 2023 Québec City Convention Centre, Québec City, Quebec Canada




International Optical Design Conference

IODC invites submissions related to but not restricted to:

  1. Design Theory and Geometrical Optics
  2. History of Optical Design
  3. Design with Freeform Optics     
  4. Design for Manufacture​
    • Tolerancing concepts
    • International standards
    • Stray light analysis and control
    • Metrology design
  5. Imaging Systems Design Methods
    • Synthesis: Systematics, AI, deep learning
    • Performance analysis and measurement
    • Optimization
  6. Imaging System Design Examples​
    • Visual systems
    • AR, VR and MR
    • Medical and biological
    • Space and astronomy
    • Microscopy and lithography
    • Mobile devices
  7. Illumination Systems Design Methods​
    • Simulation and modeling of illumination systems
    • Tolerancing in illumination
    • Novel light sources and LED optics
  8. Illumination System Design Examples
    • Applications of freeform illumination optics
    • Illumination systems for displays and projection
    • Non-Imaging optics and concentrated photovoltaics
    • Illumination for microscopy, lithography, endoscopy
  9. Emerging Optics Technologies
    • Meta-surfaces
    • GRIN materials
    • 3D printing

Design problems for lens design and illumination design have been presented in advance of the meeting so that contributed solutions can be compiled and presented at IODC. Details of the design problems can be found on



  • Iain Neil, ScotoptixSwitzerland
    Impact of Technology Evolution on Optical Systems Design and Performance Plenary
  • Ulrike Fuchs, asphericon GmbHGermany
    Latest Developments in Freeform Optics for Various Applications Keynote
  • Jean-François Lalonde, Université LavalCanada
    Differentiable Models for End-to-end Optics Design Keynote
  • Mary Turner, Edmund Optics IncUnited States
    Looking to the Past to Plan for the Future: A Look at the Evolution of the Optical Design Process, Where We Have Been, Where We Are, and Where we May be Heading Keynote
  • Jenny Atwood, NRC Canada Inst for Sci & Tech InfoCanada
    Spectrometers, Imagers, and Adaptive Optics, oh my! Astronomical Instrumentation at Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Julie Bentley, University of RochesterUnited States
    Looking Back on 25 Years of Teaching Optical Design: What Have I Learned?
  • William Cassarly, Synopsys, IncUnited States
    Recent Advances in Tolerancing Illumination Optics
  • Alois Herkommer, Universität StuttgartGermany
    3d-Printed Micro-Optical Systems
  • Theresa Kunz, Jabil Optics Germany GmbHGermany
    Optics in Automotive - Synergy of Industry Needs and Optical Design
  • Christoph Menke, Carl Zeiss AGGermany
    How Progresses in Optimization Techniques Speed Up the Optical Design Process
  • Jonathan Papa, NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterUnited States
    Leveraging Confocality and Cartesian Reflectors in Freeform Optical Designs (Joint talk with Nick Takaki)
  • Andrew Rakich, Mersenne Optical Consulting Ltd.New Zealand
    The Optical Design of Laser Guide Star Relays for Extremely Large Telescopes
  • Henning Rehn, FISBASwitzerland
    Phase Space Diagrams in Illumination Optics
  • Daniel Reiley, California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Large Lens Design Libraries: The Benefits of Collaboration
  • Jannick Rolland, University of RochesterUnited States
    Freeform and Metaform Optics Design for Manufacture
  • Henrike Schlutow, asphericon GmbHGermany
    Design of Beam Shaping Optics for Quantum Gravity Sensors in Harsh Environments
  • David Shafer, David Shafer Optical DesignUnited States
    What Have we Learned so Far
  • Scott Sparrold, Synopsys, IncUnited States
    Optical Design for Femtosecond Applications
  • Nick Takaki, Synopsys, IncUnited States
    Leveraging Confocality and Cartesian Reflectors in Freeform Optical Designs (Joint talk with Jonathan Papa)
  • Simon Thibault, Université LavalCanada
    Metasurfaces for Lens Designers
  • Kristina Uhlendorf, Magic Leap IncGermany
    Optical Design and Polarisation Management of Compact Large FOV LCos Based AR Systems (TBC)
  • Lars-Christian Wittig, Carl Zeiss Jena GmbHGermany
    Utilizing Adaptive Optics to Build an Inverted Lattice Lightsheet Microscope



  • Dave Aikens, Savvy Optics Corp, United States
  • Henning Rehn, FISBA, Switzerland
  • Simon Thibault, Université Laval, Canada
  • Kristina Uhlendorf, Magic Leap Inc, Germany


Committee Members

  • Dave Aikens, Savvy Optics Corp, United StatesChair
  • Henning Rehn, FISBA, SwitzerlandChair
  • Simon Thibault, Université Laval, CanadaChair
  • Kristina Uhlendorf, Magic Leap Inc, GermanyChair
  • Miguel Alonso, Fresnel Institut, France
  • Aaron Bauer, University of Rochester, United States
  • Julie Bentley, University of Rochester, United States
  • Nathalie Blanchard, INO, Canada
  • Peter Brick, AMS OSRAM International GmbH, Germany
  • Russell Chipman, Retired, United States
  • Peter Clark, Retired, United States
  • Christopher Dainty, FotoNation, Ireland
  • Kai Engelhardt, OPTI-KEN/ams, Germany
  • Alexander Epple, Carl Zeiss AG, Germany
  • Stephen Fantone, Optikos Corporation, United States
  • Florian Fournier, Synopsys, Inc, United States
  • Edward Freniere, Lambda Research Corporation, United States
  • Kyle Fuerschbach, Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque, United States
  • Weichuan Gao, Meta Tech - Reality Labs Research, United States
  • Rafael Gonzalez Acuña, Huawei Technologies, Mexico
  • Groot Gregory, Synopsys, Inc, United States
  • Herbert Gross, University of Jena, Germany
  • Michael Hayford, MJH Optics, United States
  • Lakshminarayan Hazra, University of Calcutta, India
  • Alois Herkommer, TTI GmbH University Stuttgart, Germany
  • Eric Herman, Synopsys, Inc, United States
  • Joseph Howard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
  • Richard Juergens, Cimarron Optical Consulting, Inc, United States
  • Norbert Kerwien, Carl Zeiss AG, Germany
  • John Koshel, Univ of Arizona, Coll of Opt Sciences, United States
  • Jay Kumler, JENOPTIK Optical Systems, LLC, United States
  • Scott Lerner, Meta Platforms Inc, United States
  • Paul Manhart, Mission Support and Test Services LLC, United States
  • James McGuire, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, United States
  • Romeo Mercado, RM Optical Design Consulting, United States
  • Paul Michaloski, Corning Advanced Optics, United States
  • Michael Missig, Kollsman Inc, United States
  • Koji Muramatsu, Nikon Corporation, Japan
  • Julius Muschaweck, JMO Illumination Optics GmbH, Germany
  • Thomas Nobis, Carl Zeiss AG, Germany
  • Richard Pfisterer, Photon Engineering LLC, United States
  • Andrew Rakich, GMTO, New Zealand
  • Jannick Rolland, University of Rochester, United States
  • Vesselin Shaoulov, University of Central Florida, United States
  • Harvey Spencer, DRS Technologies, Inc, United States
  • Andreas Timinger, Lumileds Germany GmbH, Germany
  • Sergio Vazquez-Montiel, Universidad Interserrana del Estado de P, Mexico
  • Anthony Visconti, Optikos Corporation, United States
  • Akira Yabe, Akira Yabe Lens Design, Japan
  • Takanori Yamanashi, Theta Optical LLC, United States
  • Zhenfeng Zhuang, Immervision, Canada




Impact of Technology Evolution on Optical Systems Design and Performance

Iain Neil, ScotOptix

Technology has evolved with optical systems design becoming more intertwined between optics, mechanics and electronics. Also, aberrated imaging is sometimes preferred over conventional imaging for some applications. Examples will describe these topics with future predictions.

About the Speaker

Iain A. Neil has worked for over 40 years in the optics arena providing innovative optical solutions for many applications and in particular the motion picture industry. His Swiss based company ScotOptix contracts globally providing technical, business, I.P. and new optical technology expertise. He has held CEO, CTO, EVP and other positions at various companies including Panavision, ELCAN (Raytheon) and Barr & Stroud (Thales) and is currently Chief Optics Advisor to Cooke Optics. He has also received numerous patents, authored many publications and has garnered 12 Academy Awards, 2 Emmy’s and the Fuji Gold Medal for optical contributions to the world of entertainment. In addition he is Strathclyde University Alumnus of the year 2003, a Visiting Professor to their Department of Physics and was awarded an honorary DSc degree by them in 2015. Currently he holds associate or fellow memberships in the following societies: OSA, SPIE, SMPTE, SPS, SMAAS, ASC and ©A.M.P.A.S.®.

Imagining the Space Observatories of the Future

Dr. Jonathan Arenberg

This talk will trace innovation that drives discovery in the Queen of the sciences.  We will examine some of the trends of design and manufacture of space observatories fueling development and promising discoveries through this century.

About the Speaker

Jonathan Arenberg is Chief Mission Architect for Science and Robotic Missions at Northrop Grumman. Dr. Arenberg has contributed to the Chandra X-ray Observatory, Starshade and James Webb Space Telescope. He held many positions over his tenure on the James Webb Space Telescope including, ultimately, Chief Engineer. Subsequently, he led Northrop Grumman’s participation of future missions for the Astrophysics 2020 decadal study and technologies for future observatories. He has authored over 200 conference presentations, papers and a recent book. He has been awarded 15 European and U.S. Patents. Dr. Arenberg is a Fellow of SPIE.


Special Events

Welcome Breakfast

Monday, 05 June 09:00 – 10:30

Start your congress experience well-nourished and caffeinated for a busy week to come. Join your friends and colleagues at the Welcome Breakfast with friends and colleagues.

Conference Reception

Monday, 05 June 18:30 – 20:00

Enjoy food and drinks with your friends and colleagues.

Optica Technical Group Special Talk

Tuesday, 06 June 12:45 – 13:45
Room 2000A

Join the Optica Technical Groups on Imaging Optical Design and NonImaging Optical Design for a special talk featuring Prof. Alois M. Herkommer, University of Stuttgart, Germany. The session will start with Prof. Herkommer’s talk “Freeforms in Imaging and Illumination: Do We Have the Tools?” After the talk, the remainder of the session will be open for discussion and networking.

Lens and Illumination Design Problems Presentation

Wednesday, 07 June 19:00 – 20:30
Room 2000A

Rick Juergens, II-VI, USA
Bill Cassarly, Synopsys, USA

This IODC presentation focuses on a discussion of both Lens and Illumination design problems, usually between high end optics without any purpose and a lot of fun. The best participants will be honored.

COPL at Université Laval Tour

Thursday, 08 June 13:00 – 16:00

A unique opportunity to tour the Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL) and the Advanced Optical Fabrication Infrastructure (AOFI) of Université Laval.

Université Laval is a major Canadian research university and a pacesetter in international and inter-Francophonie mobility — recognized interdisciplinary research center bringing together 22 research teams and more than 150 graduate students. Recognized as a leader in optics and photonics research in Canada, COPL also hosts a strategic cluster of eight Quebec university institutions, comprising more than 50 researchers and 450 students. 

Fee: USD 35.00
You must RSVP with payment to reserve your place on the tour. 


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