CLEO/QELS Expands Applications Programming and Industry Focus


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

CLEO/QELS Expands Applications Programming and Industry Focus

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 – The co-sponsors of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) / Quantum Electronics Laser Science Conference (QELS) today announced that CLEO/QELS 2010 will expand its applications focus with programming that further examines close-to-market developments and business insights. The 2010 event will launch CLEO: Applications and mark the debut of the exhibit called CLEO: Expo.

In 2009, CLEO/IQEC (the International Quantum Electronics Conference) was collocated with the Photonic Applications Systems and Technologies Conference (PhAST) and PhotonXpo—the Exhibit at CLEO. The 2010 conference folds both PhAST and PhotonXpo into CLEO/QELS 2010, making it one comprehensive event for the community.

CLEO/QELS 2010 will consist of the traditional CLEO and QELS conferences, but it also will introduce CLEO: Applications and CLEO: Expo. CLEO: Applications expands upon what was done with the PhAST conference, delving deeper into today’s existing and evolving commercial and business applications. CLEO: Expo broadens the reach of PhotonXpo, engaging new and emerging markets.

The most significant content change will be in CLEO: Applications. Under the leadership of Chair Tim Carrig of Lockheed Martin, CLEO: Applications will expand upon previous years’ programming to feature the most cutting-edge market developments, as well as the latest technologies and emerging research applications.

“It’s my goal to address topics that have never before been incorporated into any CLEO/QELS conference,” said Carrig. “We are inviting a number of exciting speakers and will be soliciting papers for unique applied technology developments through the regular call-for-papers process. We’re looking forward to offering a fantastic new program.”

To further the industry emphasis and business perspective, “Market Focus,” chaired by Gail Overton of Laser Focus World and Nick Traggis of Precision Photonics Corporation, will emphasize business developments in the field, as well as the topics that are most pertinent to the applied community. “Market Focus” provides programming on the show floor that complements CLEO: Expo for exhibit-only and conference attendees.

For more information on the call for papers and the latest updates on CLEO/QELS 2010, visit the Website regularly at

With a distinguished history as the industry’s leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) / Quantum Electronics Laser Science Conference (QELS) is where laser technology was first introduced. In 2010, CLEO/QELS will unite the field of lasers and electro-optics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, with content stemming from basic research to industry application. Sponsored by the American Physical Society’s (APS) Laser Science Division, the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), CLEO/QELS provides a holistic reflection of the critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace. With an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, CLEO/QELS connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the conference’s Web site at