International Optical Design Conference (IODC)

Topic Categories

Optical design remains a rapidly developing field due to the increased performance demands, improved software and computing platforms for modeling, better algorithms, and new fabrication technologies for better performance. The International Optical Design Conference (IODC), which occurs every four years, provides the most important meeting in optical design for engineers, scientists and designers to stay abreast of the changes in this field. Attendees from around the world in a breadth of optical design disciplines will be able to interact in both informal and formal settings.

Topics of special interest for IODC are illumination system fabrication, surface representation in lens design, desensitizing designs and reduction in cost, beam shaping, micro-optics, polarization, and computational imaging.

Topic Catergories

  1. Lens Design (Freeform Optics)
    • Adaptive optics in optical systems
    • Astronomical optics
    • Conformal optics
    • Diffractive and holographic optics
    • Freeform and asymmetric optics
    • Gradient index optics
    • Lithographic optics
    • Liquid optics
    • Micro- and nano-optics
    • Optical design with freeform surfaces
    • Phase coded optics in digital imaging
    • Space-borne optics
    • Vision testing and enhancement optics
    • Zoom optics and multi-configuration optics
    • New lens designs
  2. Illumination Design
    • Theory for illumination/lighting design
    • Radiometry and photometry
    • Optical design with stray light as a consideration
    • Optical design with color in illumination systems: tracing, color mixing, displaying, etc.
    • Illumination optics (non-imaging concepts, freeform) design: mathematical representation, modeling, optimization, manufacture and metrology
    • Applications in illumination, display, solar, and nonimaging optics
    • Lighting: architectural, roadway, etc.
    • Displays: backlit, projection, etc.
    • Solar: concentrators, flat panel, etc.
    • Nonimaging: lightpipes, freeform, etc.
    • Light shaping components (energy diffusers)
    • Source modeling: LEDs, HID, fluorescent, incandescent, etc.
    • Solid-state lighting design
    • Optical design specifications and requirements for human visual systems
    • Optical design specifications and requirements for non-visual effects of light
    • Rendering and visualization: simulation of environments to determine effectiveness of light for visual and non-visual systems. Software for rendering
  3. System Design
    • Beam shaping optics
    • Beam splitting gratings
    • Computational imaging and digital processing
    • High-power laser system optics
    • Image performance criteria and aberration correction for digital photography
    • Instrument design
    • IR systems
    • Medical/bio-optics
    • Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
    • Ophthalmic optics and instruments
    • Optical data storage systems
    • Photonic and optical interconnect systems
    • Special beams: vortex beams, Bessel Gauss beams, Ince Gauss beams, etc.
    • Telecommunications optics
    • X-ray systems
  4. Fabrication & Testing Design
    • Desensitizing designs and reduction in cost
    • Fabrication and testing developments that expand the design horizon
    • Integration of design, manufacturing, and metrology
    • Materials (glass and other) and material characterization
    • Plastic and molded optics
    • Thin film coatings in optical designs
    • Testing and alignment of optical surfaces and systems
    • Tolerance generation and application
    • Zernike coefficients: advantages and deficiencies
  5. Software Design
    • Advances in optical design software
    • Beam propagation
    • Physical optics modeling and design methods
    • Optimization developments in local and global methods
    • Theory and mathematical methods applied to optical design including new optical surface descriptions
    • Tolerancing of optical surfaces manufactured by subaperture processes
    • Visualization and virtual-reality optical systems
  6. Polarization and Coherence in Optical Design
    • Algorithms for polarization ray tracing
    • Simultaneous optimization of coating and optical designs
    • Ultra-low polarization optical designs, polarization aberration balancing
    • Optical design with anisotropic materials
    • Polarization aberrations, vector Zernike and other polynomials
    • Coherence analysis, estimating speckle statistics
  7. Other
    • Education in optics, optical design and optical system modeling
    • History of optics and optical design
    • Mathematical theory and techniques
    • Standards
    • Other topics