Applied Industrial Optics (AIO)

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO)

25 - 28 July 2016
Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Advances in optical technologies and their use in commercial applications

Recent advances in applied optics have resulted in technological breakthroughs with significant commercial implications. The environmental, defense, oil & gas, food & beverage, medical, and pharmaceutical industries are just a few of the sectors that are consistently pushing the boundaries in applied industrial optics (AIO). At AIO, researchers with experience in overcoming the challenges of deploying and commercializing new technology meet research groups striving to get their technology out of the lab. In addition to traditional presentations, AIO hosts panel sessions aimed at fostering dialog and new collaborations amongst attendees. Topic categories include:  instrumentation, metrology, imaging systems, applied spectroscopy, wearable devices, clinical diagnostics, harsh environment systems and emerging laser, fiber, and photonic technologies.

Joint AIO and COSI Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, 26 July, 11:30
Miniaturized 3D Imaging and Sensing Modules; Markus Rossi, Chief Innovation Officer, Heptagon Advanced MicroOptics Pte Ltd, Switzerland

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AIO Panel
Wednesday, 27 July, 18:00

The Light at the Beginning of the Tunnel: Photonics Start-up Companies
Nicole Reader, The Modern Mirror, Canada
Garrett Cole, Crystalline Mirror Solutions, USA
Dominik Rabus, Lupyled GMBH, Germany


Gary Miller
US Naval Research Laboratory
United States

Arlene Smith
Avo Photonics Inc
United States


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Egidijus Auksorius, Institut Langevin, France, Internal Fingerprint Imaging with Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography , Invited

Adrian Beasley, Keeler, Ltd, United Kingdom, Look Into my Eyes , Invited

Kort Bremer, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, Optical Waveguide Based Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensor System for Smartphones , Invited

Ivan Capraro, Adaptica Srl, Italy, Mobile Integrated Optical Devices for Clinical Eye-care Practice , Invited

Garrett Cole, Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC, United States, Crystalline Coatings: A New Paradigm in Optical Coating Technology , Invited

Denis Donlagic, Univerza v Mariboru, Slovenia, Micro-photonics Sensors Created Through Micromachining of Optical Fibers , Invited

Norbert Engelberts, Optimal Thermal Solutions BV, Netherlands, Thermal Simulation: a Must for Optimal Product Design , Invited

Daniel Föger, Bartenbach GmbH, Austria, Complex Surface Optics Applied in Modern Illumination Concepts, Invited

Torsten Frosch, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany, Raman Spectroscopic Gas Sensing , Invited

Andrea Giudice, Micro Photon Devices SRL, Italy, Miniaturized Optical Systems for Small Area Single Photon Avalanche Diodes, Invited

Jan Grahmann, Fraunhofer Inst. for Photonic Microsyste, Germany, MOEMS Based Scanning Grating Facilitates Miniaturization and Tuning Speed Enhancement of an EC-QCL Towards a µEC-QCL for Real Time Spectroscopic Sensing , Invited

Abdelmalek Hanafi, BMW Group, Germany, New High-brightness Laser-based White Light Source for Vehicular Lighting Systems (And Other Applications) , Invited

Josh Hogan, Compact Imaging , United States, MRO: Tomographic Imaging for Consumer Applications , Invited

Karl Klett, US Army Research Laboratory, United States, 3-D Digital Holography for Biometric Applications , Invited

Marion Matters-Krammerer, Eindhoven University of Technology, Germany, Optics and Electronics: Co-design and Technology Merging , Invited

Norbert Neumann, Germany, MEMS Tunable Fabry-Pérot Filters for Infrared Microspectrometer Applications , Invited

Stojan Radic, University of California, San Diego, United States, Highly Coherent Tunable Frequency Combs, Invited

Nicole Reader, The Modern Mirror Inc., Canada, Uncovering the Possibilities at the Intersection of Fashion and Optics: Taking an Idea to Market , Invited

Karsten Rebner, Reutlingen University, Germany, Hyperspectral Imaging for Quality Analysis and Control , Invited

Jörg Reitterer, TriLite Technologies GmbH, Austria, Software Beam Combiner for Ultra-compact RGB Laser Light Modules with MEMS Mirrors, Invited

Thilo Sandner, Fraunhofer Inst Photonic Microsystems, Micro Scanning Mirrors an Enabling Technology for Applied Optics , Invited

Michael Schütz, Intego GmbH, Germany, Challenges and Solutions in Transferring Optical Technologies into High-Volume Inline Production Environments , Invited

Mitchell Underwood, Nufern, United States, 2 µm Fiber Laser and Amplifier Development, Invited

Hans Zappe, University of Freiburg, Printable Planar Polymer Optics , Invited

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Congress Special Events

Special Events

The Keys to a Successful Career in Optics; Student & Young Professional Career Panel
Date: Monday, 25th July, 2016
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Room: Ballsall

Are you passionate about science but uncertain about the opportunities after graduation? The OSA Foundation invites you to this OSA Members-only career panel for students and young professionals. Hosted by 2016 OSA Ambassadors Aline Dinkelaker and Bettina Heim, the panel will feature plenary speakers Chris Dainty, Keith Nugent and Michel Totzeck who will discuss career options, the current job market and new technologies to look out for that might be exciting to work with in the future with participants. Lunch is complimentary for RSVP’d attendees.
OSA Members can RSVP online. For questions, please contact

Welcome Reception Cruise
Date: Monday, 25th July, 2016
Boarding Time: 18:30

Join your colleagues on a cruise along the Neckar River and enjoy a very special view of Heidelberg and its sights, including the Old Bridge and Heidelberg Castle as the cruise makes it’s way up and down the River.  The main cruise is Heidelberg to Neckargemünd. 

Boarding: 18:30               Departure: 19:00             Return:  21:00 approx.

Fees: Full Technical - $20.00, Student Technical- $10.00 and Guest -$85.00
RSVP at time of registration is required for a ticket.  Ticket purchase is required.

OSA Holography and Diffractive Optics Technical Group Networking Event
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Time:14:00 – 15:00
Room: Robert-Schumann-Zimmer

Join members of the Holography and Diffractive Optics Technical Group for a chance to learn more about this group while connecting with your peers and colleagues in the community. Yunlong Sheng, who serves as the technical group’s chair, and Pascal Picart, who serves as vice chair, will share their vision for the technical group and will seek your input on future activities and events.

OSA 100th Celebration: Light the Future with Joseph Izatt and Bernard Kress
Date: Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Room: Groẞer Saal

Follow us on Twitter at @OpticalSociety, #OSA100LTF

You're invited to celebrate OSA’S 100th Anniversary! OSA will be 100 years old in 2016 and we are planning a big celebration to commemorate this historic event. Our focus is on the extraordinary people who have advanced the field. OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Light The Future speaker series will feature Joseph Izatt, professor of Biophotonics, Duke University, Lighting up the Future of Medical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy and OSA Fellow Bernard Kress, Microsoft, USA, The Light Years Ahead: How Today's Promising Augmented and Virtual Reality Markets Help Shape New Optics Frontiers.  

Light the Future Reception will follow immediately after the session.

Illumicon: Round Table Discussion for Advanced 3D Displays
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Time: 19:30 – 20:30
Room: Zum Guldenen Schaf (Hauptstraße 115, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany)
Join the OSA Display Technology Technical Group for Illumicon, an exclusive members-only event. Illumicon attendees will converge over drinks and appetizers on Wednesday, 27 July, to discuss emerging trends, technologies and opportunities in advanced 3D displays. Round table discussions will also seek input and ideas on how the Display

Technology Technical Group can engage the 3D community in the years ahead. Entrance will be granted to those able to provide the secret Illumicon event password; RSVP to to let us know you will be attending and to receive the event password.