Applied Industrial Optics (AIO)

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO)

Advances in optical technologies and their use in commercial applications.
Applied optical technologies enhance product offerings and help expand the market reach of organizations in very diverse segments of global commerce, such as applications in environmental, defense, oil and gas, food/beverage, medical, and pharmaceutical sectors. At AIO, researchers from public and private entities with experience in overcoming the challenges of deploying and commercializing new technology meet research groups striving to get their technology out of the lab. Topics include instrumentation, metrology, imaging systems, applied spectroscopy, clinical diagnostics, harsh environment systems and emerging laser, fiber, and photonic technologies.

  • Applied Spectroscopy
  • Emerging Laser, Fiber, and Photonics Technologies
  • Emerging optical technologies beyond the typical VIS/NIR spectral bands
  • Instrumentation
  • Imaging Systems
  • Microsystems, e.g. MOEMS, opto-microfluidics
  • Stand-off, long distance, and remote sensing
  • Optical Sensing
Anant Agrawal, FDA Ctr Devices & Radiological HealthUnited StatesPhantom-based Test Methods for Assessment of Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging Devices, Invited

Mauri Aikio, VTT Tech Res Center of Finland VTT ElecFinlandOmnidirectional lens captures 360 degree panoramic field of view, Invited

Jarkko Antila, Spectral Engines OyFinlandNew Miniaturized Infrared Sensor Platform for Industrial Applications, Invited

Stacey Carrier, tec5USAUnited StatesSpectroscopy for Online Process Control, Invited

David Creasey, Ocean Optics Inc.United StatesSolutions in Search of Problems: What Spectroscopy Can Do for You, Invited

David Cuccia, Modulated Imaging IncUnited StatesValidation of Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging (SFDI) for Biomedical Research Applications, Invited

Augustus Fountain, US ArmyUnited StatesApplied Spectroscopy of Explosive Threats, Invited

Martin Garbos, Buerkert Fluid ControlGermanyModular Optical Sensor System for Fluidic Online Analysis Applications, Invited

Chauncey Graetzel, Optotune Switzerland AGSwitzerlandTunable lenses, miniature laser speckle reducers and their applications to innovative optical systems, Invited

Anthony Grbic, University of MichiganWavefront and Polarization Control with Metasurfaces, Invited

Peter Horak, University of SouthamptonUnited KingdomFabrication and Actuation of Nanomechanical Suspended-core Optical Fibers, Invited

Jaeyoun Kim, Iowa State UniversityUnited StatesThe Promise of Highly Deformable Soft Optics, Invited

Jukka-Tapani Mäkinen, VTT Tech Res Center of Finland VTT ElecFinlandOmnidirectional Lens Captures 360 Degree Panoramic View, Invited

Dominic Murphy, Pie Photonics, LtdIrelandStatic Optical Interferometry: Evolution, Challenges and Opportunities, Invited

Christian Perwaß, Raytrix GmbHGermany, Invited

Sebastian Stark, Menlo Systems GmbHGermanyUltrafast Lasers and Frequency Combs for Industrial Applications, Invited

Michelle Stock, Norlase ApSUnited StatesCompact, Direct-doubled Diode Lasers for Visible Light Applications, Invited

Tom Tague, Bruker Optics IncUnited StatesNovel Applications of Molecular Spectroscopy to Heritage and Biomedical Fields of Study, Invited

Tomasz Tkaczyk, Rice UniversityUnited StatesMiniature, Integrated Optics for Biomedical Imaging Applications and Hyperspectral Snapshot Modalities, Invited

Patrick Uebel, MPI for the Science of LightGermanyScientific and Industrial Applications of Hollow-core Photonic Crystal Fibers, Invited

William Vogt, Food and Drug AdministrationStandardized Performance Evaluation for Clinical Biophotonic Imaging and Spectroscopy Devices, Invited

Michael Watts, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited StatesTowards an Integrated Photonic LIDAR Chip, Invited


Joseph DallasAvo Photonics Inc, United States
Dominik RabusBurkert Fluid Control Systems, Germany

Program Chair

Sean ChristianWeatherford International Ltd, United States
Jess FordWeatherford International Ltd, United States
Gary MillerUS Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Arlene SmithUniversity of Michigan, United States


Kate BechtelTriple Ring Technologies, United States
Jason EichenholzOpen Photonics Inc., United States
Martin GarbosBuerkert Fluid Control, Germany
Thomas HaslettAvo Photonics Inc, United States
Hans-Peter LoockQueen's University - Chemistry, Canada
Georg MüllerABB Corporate Research, Switzerland
Marion O'FarrellSINTEF, Norway
Sri Rama Prasanna PavaniExnodes, United States
Michael PowersGeneral Dynamics, United States
Brandon ReddingUS Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Mark WitinskiEos Photonics, United States
Yan ZhaoAir Products and Chemicals, Inc., United States

Conference Plenary Sessions

Tuesday, 9 June, 08:00 - 09:30
John Mather,  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Shree Nayar, Columbia University, USA

Wednesday, 10 June, 09:00 – 10:00
W.E. Moerner, Stanford University, USA

Conference Reception

Monday, 8 June, 19:00 – 20:30
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.

Joint Poster Session

Tuesday, 9 June, 19:00 – 20:30
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 board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

International Year of Light Panel on Freeform Optics
Wednesday, 10 June, 19:30 – 21:30, Salon 4
Jannick Rolland, University of Rochester, USA
Julius Muschaweck, ARRI, Germany
Angela Davies, UNC at Charlotte, USA
Thomas Dresel, Ametek Zygo, USA
Christoph Menke, Carl Zeiss, Germany
Joseph Owen, UNC at Charlotte, USA
Kevin Thompson, Synopsys, USA

John Mather

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Nobel Prize in Physics 2006
The James Webb Space Telescope 

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned for launch in October 2018, utilizes high performance imaging optics to see beyond what the great Hubble Space Telescope can see, farther away and farther back in time.   It will be the workhorse telescope for a generation of space astronomers, opening the infrared (0.6-28 µm) window with a 6.6 m aperture cold telescope. To test it end-to-end, we have developed remarkable laser interferometer technologies, with computer-generated holograms to test the primary mirror, and it must all be done cold and in a vacuum tank.  I will outline the mission design, the scientific objectives, and the current status.

John Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist and is the Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) where his research centers on infrared astronomy and cosmology.  He led proposal efforts for the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), which ultimately enabled the COBE team to show that the cosmic microwave background radiation has a blackbody spectrum within 50 parts per million, confirming the expanding universe model (the Big Bang Theory) and initiating the study of cosmology as a precision science. The COBE team also first mapped the hot and cold spots in the background radiation (anisotropy), now attributed to quantum fluctuations in an inflationary period in the first 10-36 sec of the universe; Stephen Hawking called their discovery “the most important scientific discovery of the century, if not of all time.”

W.E. Moerner

Stanford University, USA
Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry 2014

W. E. Moerner, the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics at Stanford University, conducts research in physical chemistry and chemical physics of single molecules, single-molecule biophysics, super-resolution imaging and tracking in cells, and trapping of single molecules in solution. His interests span methods of precise quantitation of single-molecule properties, to strategies for three-dimensional imaging and tracking of single molecules, to applications of single-molecule measurements to understand biological processes in cells, to observations of the photodynamics of single photosynthetic proteins and enzymes. He has been elected Fellow/Member of the NAS, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, AAAS, ACS, APS, and The Optical Society. Major awards include the Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, and the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Shree Nayar

Columbia University, USA

Advances in Computational Imaging
Computational imaging uses new optics to capture a coded image, and an appropriate algorithm to decode the captured image. This approach of manipulating images before there are recorded and processing recorded images before they are presented has three key benefits. First, it enables us to implement imaging functionalities that would be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve using traditional imaging. Second, it can be used to significantly reduce the hardware complexity of an imaging system. Lastly, under appropriate imaging conditions, it allows us to break the limits of traditional imaging. In this talk, I'll show recent examples of cameras that demonstrate these benefits.

Shree K. Nayar is the T. C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. He heads the Columbia Vision Laboratory (CAVE), which develops advanced computer vision systems. His research is focused on three areas - the creation of novel cameras that provide new forms of visual information, the design of physics based models for vision and graphics, and the development of algorithms for understanding scenes from images. His work is motivated by applications in the fields of digital imaging, computer graphics, robotics and human-computer interfaces.

Nayar received his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. For his research and teaching he has received several honors including the David Marr Prize (1990 and 1995), the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship (1992), the National Young Investigator Award (1993), the NTT Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award (1994), the Keck Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (1995), the Columbia Great Teacher Award (2006), and the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Achievement Award (2009). For his contributions to computer vision and computational imaging, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, and the National Academy of Inventors in 2014.