Optical Sensors (SENSORS)


Optical Sensors (SENSORS)

14 - 17 July 2013
Rio Mar Beach Resort, Rio Grande, PuertoRico

Sensors addresses all aspects of optical sensors from source and detection technologies, sensor configurations, and processing approaches to applications.

Optical sensors have many applications in R&D, national defense, and commercial markets such as medical diagnostics and process control.  Because of the breadth of applications for optical sensors the challenges to the design and functioning of an optical sensor for a particular use requires knowledge of optical, material, and environmental properties that affect sensor performance.  The wavelength range of the optical signal, the interaction between the optical signal and the target, the effect of the environment on propagation of the optical signal, methods to enhance the optical signal, and materials used to generate focus and collect the optical signal are all important aspects of optical sensors.   For example, standoff and proximal passive detection systems, both spectroscopic and imaging, require high transmission of light through the operational medium over a given wavelength range in order to detect and discriminate targets as diverse as trace explosives and tanks.  The use of active sources for standoff and proximal detection is another dimension of optical detection where optical sources are being developed to enhance the detection capability of these systems by generating a stable background for the optical sensor.  Because of the wide range of applications of optical sensors this topic area includes optical fiber sensors, laser based sensing, optical chemical and biological sensors, biomedical optical sensors, proximal and standoff spectroscopic and imaging sensors in the visible to the THz, quantum effects in optical sensing, and the scientific basis of optical sensing.

Topic Categories

  • THz sensing
  • Optical Fiber Sensors
  • Laser Based Sensors
  • Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors
  • Biomedical optical sensors
  • Micro and Nano-Engineered Sensors 
  • Planar waveguide sensors
  • Mid- and long-wavelength IR sensors
  • Quantum effects in optical sensing
  • Plasmonics in sensing
  • Scientific basis of optical sensing

Ashok Krishnamoorthy, Oracle Corporation, United States, Brutally-efficient Photonics for Future Intra-system Communications, Plenary

Guifang Li, University of Central Florida, United States, Coherent Optical Communications and Beyond, Plenary

Ronen Adato, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Mid-infrared plasmonics for ultra-sensitive chemical fingerprinting and real-time, in-situ spectroscopy, Invited

Ishwar Aggarwal, Univ of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States, Infrared Chemical Sensors, Invited

Warwick Bowen, University of Queensland, Australia, Cavity Optomechanical Magnetometry, Invited

David Erickson, Cornell University, United States, Smartphone based Molecular Diagnostics, Invited

James Gates, Optoelectronics Research Centre, United Kingdom, UV Written Planar Bragg Grating Sensors - An Overview of Fabrication, Geometries and Applications, Invited

Rafael Gattass, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States, Title to be Announced, Invited

John Harvey, New Zealand, Title to be Announced, Invited

Samuel Hernandez-Rivera, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, United States, Title to be Announced, Invited

Hans Peter Herzig, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Challenges in Optical Microsystems for Sensing, Invited

Christopher Howle, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, United Kingdom, Proximal Detection of Liquid Chemical Warfare Agents, Invited

Toshiaki Iwai, Tokyo Univ of Agriculture and Technology, Spectral-domain Low-coherence Dynamic Light Scattering: to Analyze Spatio-nonstationary Brownian Dynamics, Invited

Mona Jarrahi, University of Michigan, United States, Title to be Announced, Invited

Malcolm Kadodwala, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, Biosensing with a Twist: Detection and Characterization of Biomaterials with Sculpted EM Fields, Invited

Young-Jin Kim, Korea Advanced Inst of Science & Tech, South Korea, Ultra-precision LIDAR System Using Femtosecond Light Pulses, Invited

Martin Koch, Philipps Universitat Marburg, Germany, Title to be Announced, Invited

Laura Lechuga, CIN2 (CSIC), Spain, Pushing the Limits of Plasmonic Biosensingin Molecular Biology, Invited

Robert Levis, Temple University, United States, Title to be Announced, Invited

Alvydas Lisauskas, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat, Germany, Foundry-processed Detector Arrays for Terahertz Spectroscopy and Real-time Imaging Applications, Invited

Alexis Mendez, MCH Engineering, LLC, United States, Optical Fiber Sensors for Bio-Medical Applications, Invited

Oleg Mitrofanov, University College London, United Kingdom, Title to be Announced, Invited

Stephen Morgan, United Kingdom, Ultrasound Modulated Optical Tomography, Invited

Nathan Newbury, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States, Frequency Comb-based Laser Sensors for Precision Ranging, Spectroscopy and Frequency Transfer, Invited

Sang-Hyun Oh, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, United States, High-throughput Fabrication of Nanoplasmonic Devices for SPR and SERS Biosensing, Invited

Chandra Kumar Patel, Pranalytica Inc, United States, Title to be Announced, Invited

Mark Phillips, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States, Infrared Laser Spectroscopy of Explosives Particles and Residues, Invited

Pablo Ruiz, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, Tomographic Sensing of Displacement Fields, Invited

David Sampson, University of Western Australia, Australia, Sensing and Imaging in Tissue Using Fiber Optics: 3D Micro-imaging Optics and Medical Applications, Invited

Erik Schartner, University of Adelaide, Australia, New Tools for Measurement: Opportunities for Sensing Chemicals or Biomolecules with Optical Fibers, Invited

Todd Stievater, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States, Waveguide Evanescent Field Spectroscopy of Trace Gases, Invited

Frank Vollmer, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany, Plasmon-Enhanced Microcavity Biosensing, Invited

Yun-Feng Xiao, Peking University, China, Label-free Detection of Single Nanoparticles and Lentiviruses Using an Optical Microcavity, Invited

Minghong Yang, Wuhan University of Technology, China, Novel Optical Sensors Based on Integration of Fiber Micro-machining with Sensitive Thin Films, Invited

Lei Zhang, Zhejiang University, China, Microfluidic Chip Based Microfiber Sensors, Invited

Peter Zijlstra, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, A Plasmonic Biosensor with Single-molecule Sensitivity, Invited

General Chairs

Ken Ewing, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Mario F.S. Ferreira, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Subcommittee Chairs

Hatice Altug, Boston University , United States
Gilberto Brambilla, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Enrique Castro-Camus, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Mexico
Ken Ewing, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Yoshio Hayasaki, Utsunomiya University, Japan
Byoungho Lee, Seoul National University, South Korea
Brandon Shaw, NRL, United States

Committee Members

James Chon, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Geoffrey Cranch, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Christiano De Matos, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Brazil
Bernd Fischer, University of Adelaide, Australia
Juliet Gopinath, University of Colorado at Boulder, United States
Donghyun Kim, Yonsei University, South Korea
Christoph Lienau, Carl V. Ossietzky Univ Oldenburg, Germany
James Lloyd-Hughes, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Jose-Miguel Lopez-Higuera, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
Christian Rembe, Polytec, Germany
Steve Rothberg, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Karsten Rottwitt, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
Misha Sumetsky, OFS Laboratories, United States
Limin Tong, Zhejiang University, China
Miriam Vitiello, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
Dong Ning Wang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Welcome Social Networking Reception
Monday, 15 July, 18:00-19:30
Join your fellow attendees for the 1st night of the Meeting. Enjoy appetizers and drinks while networking. This is a perfect opportunity for student and young professionals to meet leaders both in scientific community and industry.

Recent Developments in Silicon Photonics Symposium
Monday, 15 July, 13:30 – 15:30 and 16:00 – 18:00
This symposium, organized by IPR Program Committee members, focuses on new and upcoming developments in silicon photonics for tele- and data communications and features speakers from both academia and industry.  This symposium will be held in two parts on Monday (13:30 – 15:30 and 16:00 – 18:00) with a coffee break between the sessions.  Invited Speakers include the following individuals:

  • Photonics-Electronics Convergent System Technology, Yasuhiko Arakawa; University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Towards Large-scale Silicon Photonics Integration, Michael Watts; Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, USA
  • High Speed GeSi Electro-absorption Modulator: Technology and Applications, Dazeng Feng; Kotura, Inc., USA
  • Ge/SiGe Quantum Well Optical Modulators, Delphine Marris-Morini; Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale, France
  • III-V on Silicon Hybrid Tunable Lasers, Alban Leliepvre; Alcatel-Thales III-V Laboratory, France
  • Towards High-Performance Monolithic Ge-on Si Lasers for Integrated Photonics, Jifeng Liu;  Dartmouth College,  USA
  • Photonic Wire Bonding: An Enabling Technology for Heterogeneous Multi-chip Integration, Christian Koos; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Silicon Integrated Quantum Photonics, Mark Thompason, University of Bristol, Australia

General Session with Plenary Speakers
Tuesday, 16 July, 8.30 – 10:00
The Plenary session will feature two speakers - both experts in their respective fields. Ashok V. Krishnamoorthy (Oracle Labs, USA) will present on Brutally-efficient Photonics for Future Intra-system Communications.  Following this presentation, Guifang Li (Univ. of Central Florida, USA) will discuss Coherent Optical Communications and Beyond. 

  • Ashok V. Krishnamoorthy, Oracle Labs, Brutally-efficient Photonics for Future Intra-system Communications
  • Guifang Li, University of Central Florida, USA, Coherent Optical Communications and Beyond

Joint Poster Sessions
Tuesday, 16 July, 13:30-15:00
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a 4 ft. × 8 ft. (1.22 m × 2.44 m) board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

Congress Reception
Tuesday, 16 July, 18:30 – 20.00
Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Workshop on Integrated Isolators
Wednesday, 17 July, 09:15 – 10:00 and 10:30 – 12:00
This workshop, organized by the IPR Program Committee will be held in two parts on Monday (09:15 – 10:00 and 10:30 - 12:00) with a coffee break between the sessions.  Invited speakers include the following individuals:

  • Tutorial: Integrated Optical Isolators: An Introduction, Roel G. Baets; Universiteit Gent, Belgium
  • Nonreciprocal Phase Shift Isolator, Fan Shanhui; Stanford University, USA
  • Magnetooptical Materials for Integrated Nonreciprocal Devices, Caroline Ross; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • On-chip Isolator for Telecom, Christopher Doerr; Acacia Communications, USA

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