Sensing and imaging technologies in focus at SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing 2016

April 6, 2016
With a new name and scope to reflect its expanded focus on optics and photonics technologies, the SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing (DCS) show it set to debut from April 17-21 in the Baltimore (Maryland, USA) Convention Center.

With a new name and scope to reflect its expanded focus on optics and photonics technologies, the SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing (DCS) show it set to debut from April 17-21 in the Baltimore (Maryland, USA) Convention Center.

The show, which is expected to have more than 5,000 attendees, will have three focused, topical tracks:

Additionally, SPIE DCS will consist of two technical symposia that include a total of 56 conferences:

  • Defense + Security: This technical program will focus on sensors, imaging, and optical technologies for security, law enforcement, avionics/aerospace, homeland defense, and military applications. Technologies covered include, but are not limited to, infrared sensors and imaging systems, lasers, biometrics, UAVs, next-generation sensors and systems, sensor data and information exploitation, long-range imaging, and imagery and pattern analysis
  • Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging: This technical program offers conferences on sensors, imaging and image processing, and photonics technology innovations for agriculture, manufacturing, health care, pharmaceutical, transportation, information systems, and environmental applications. Technologies covered include hyperspectral imaging, fiber optic sensors, spectroscopy, terahertz device and systems, comprehensive sensing, 3D imaging, autonomous air and ground sensing, sensors for robotics, sensors for agriculture and food safety, computational image processing, and more.

At the show’s exhibition, more than 380 leading industry suppliers and developers will present the latest in optics and photonics. Featured exhibition technologies will include infrared technology, chemical and biological sensing, high-precision optics manufacturing, cameras and CCD components, displays, imaging components/equipment/systems, fiber optic components/equipment/systems, laser and other light sources, optical components, high-speed imaging and sensing, LIDAR, robotics, law enforcement technology, photonic sensors for spectroscopy/multispectral/hyperspectral imaging, and fiber sensors. Check out our coverage of some of the products that will be on display here.

In addition, the show will host 35 half and full-day courses which will provide attendees the opportunity to learn current approaches in lasers and applications, sensors, imaging, IR systems, optical and optomechanical engineering, and more.

Two speakers will also present plenary talks at DCS:

  • Bradford Tousley, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office
  • Patrick Carrick, director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA).

SPIE Senior Director Andrew Brown commented on the upcoming show. "Over its 40-year lifetime, SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing has become the community's leading event on optics and photonics technology, with core topics including infrared cameras, lasers, spectroscopy, 3D imaging, terahertz, and multi- and hyperspectral imaging," he said. "Development of these technologies for defense and security applications stimulates a vital flow of new capabilities for scientific research and new commercial applications -- oil and gas exploration, healthcare, wearable sensors, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, drones employed as mobile sensing platforms, to name a few."

View more information on SPIE DCS 2016.

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