Sensor, Imaging Technologies Advanced at SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing

The latest in drone technology was among applications on display in the 2017 SPIE Defense and Commerical Expo.

It was amazing to see such a wide range of transformative innovations that will improve the security and welfare of our daily lives.

The impressively wide range of photonics technologies for sensing, imaging, and related applications were the focus of researchers, engineers, product developers, and industry suppliers gathered last week for SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing 2017 in Anaheim.

Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the event drew nearly 4,600 participants from 53 countries and ran 9-13 April. The technical program included approximately 1,800 presentations, and 370 companies participated in a three-day exhibition. Industry-focused sessions and an extensive course program rounded out the week’s activities.

Conferences in Defense and Security covered topics such as infrared technologies, ISR, advanced optics, and multisensory integration and networking. Applications included explosives detection, target recognition, ocean monitoring, and cybersecurity.

Commercial and Scientific conferences presented imaging and sensing technologies for data visualization, fiber optics, and next-generation spectroscopic technologies, with applications in agriculture and food safety assessment, healthcare, and more.

Plenary speakers early in the week shared strategies and applications with a capacity crowd.

Tom Burns of DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office outlined the U.S. approach to “mastering and imposing the complexity of systems of systems.”

Parker Abercrombie of the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab took the audience on a virtual tour of Mars, with a…

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