1.) New technologies in laser sources for optical sensing applications:
          Continuous wave, pulsed, modulated lasers and their characterization;
          High-repetition-rate sources;
          Broadband lasers;
          Ultrafast lasers;
          Frequency combs
 
2.) Chemical sensing methods:
         Spectroscopic sensing of gases, aerosols, and particulates;
         Combustion and industrial process monitoring;
         Real-time control;
         Energy topics;
         Extension of techniques toward the VUV or THz spectral ranges;Novel spectroscopic science;
         Nonlinear optical techniques;
         Extension to multiple points or to volumetric measurements;
         High-repetition-rate imaging;
         Sensor miniaturization
 
3.) Security applications:
         Remote sensing;
         Miniaturization, optical lab-on-chip systems, and silicon photonics;
         Distributed sensor networks;
         Biochemical/biophysical applications of laser techniques;
         Use of new sources offering high power or pulse energy;
         Industrial security monitoring & Industrial Process Control
 
4.) Environmental analysis:
        Atmospheric sensing of gases, solids, and liquids;
        Atmospheric chemistry;
        Advancements in LIDAR;
        Extension and improvement of spectroscopic databases;
        Airborne sensor systems;
        Ruggedized sensor systems;
        Propagation of laser beams through scattering media;
        Urban, Rural and Volcanic Emission Measurements