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Insights from a turnaround and startup guy

In today’s world, there are hundreds of things to think about when creating a new product or technology. Martin Seifert, CEO of Nufern, provided participants of OSA’s Innovation School tips on how to be successful in a new startup. He explained that success is measured differently based on the stated goals of the organization. If you are in the venture capital world, success shows...

Added: 28 Jul 2017


Day 4: Applied Industrial Optics

The final day of AIO 2017 kicked off with the “Multispecial Imaging” session. Achyut Dutta (Banpil Photonics, Inc, USA) presented “Evolution of Multispectral Image Sensors from Concept/Lab to Application”. Achyut described the multispectral imaging concept and the development process of Banpil Photonics new image sensor- VIS-IR as well as all the challenges...

Added: 30 Jun 2017


Day 3: Applied Industrial Optics

Today started with the AIO/IS joint session, “Imaging Close to Heart”, opened by Brain Pogue (Dartmouth College, USA; DoseOptics LLC, USA) with his talk on “Imaging Radiation Dose and Molecules in Human Radiation Therapy for Cancer”. He talked about Cherenkov light and some of the technical applications such as Time-gated amplified imaging and single photon imaging in...

Added: 29 Jun 2017


Day 2: Applied Industrial Optics

The first session of AIO on Day 2, “Fabulous-Perot Sensing and Sources”, was opened by Anna Rissanen (VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Finland) with a talk on “MEMS Fabry-Perot Interferometer Based Spectral Sensors for Industrial Applications”. Anna talked about VTT Fabry-Perot Interferometer technology background and their industrial applications both in...

Added: 28 Jun 2017


Day 2: Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

OSA’s Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator brought together researchers from with varying backgrounds to discuss the applications and challenges behind implementing optomechanical actuators. On day two the speakers and hosts pulled together the different perspectives presented on day to and focused on some of the high-level problems facing the optomechanical community.  ...

Added: 27 Jun 2017


Day 1: ​Applied Industrial Optics

OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with the Joint Opening Plenary Session. Mohan Trivedi (University of California San Diego, USA) opened the conference with “Humanity, Intelligent vehicles LISA Research Agenda”, an insight into the intelligent vehicles future and the long term goal of human cohabitation with intelligent robots. Next, John Schwartzman...

Added: 27 Jun 2017


Day 1: OSA Materials for Optomechanical Actuation Incubator

This OSA Incubator has the intriguing title of Materials for Optomechanical Actuation. Optomechanical actuation is the act of turning light (electro-magnetic energy) into mechanical work. This most commonly calls to mind photovoltaics and solar cells. Solar cells take the energy of the sun and converts it into electricity, which then in turn can be used to do mechanical work. The use of...

Added: 26 Jun 2017


San Francisco: what to know before going to AIO 2017

1. San Francisco hasn’t always been San Francisco. This city by the bay was founded in 1776 and named Yerba Buena, which means ‘good herb’ in Spanish. The city was renamed San Francisco in 1847.2. The United Nations Charter was signed in the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Centre on June 26, 1945.3. Philio Farnsworth invented the first electric television in...

Added: 23 Jun 2017


Medical Imaging Speakeasy: Revolution through Optical Technologies

Medical imaging technologies is a powerful growing market with ample room for growth and development. Recently, OSA hosted a panel on The Medical Imaging Revolution through the Speakeasy Science Program. The program, funded by a grant from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and in partnership with the American Physical Society (APS), strives to increase communication between scientists and...

Added: 22 Jun 2017


Day 2: Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices Incubator

Day 2 of the OSA Incubator on Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices kicked off with a session on Materials and Device Integration.  This session focused on the challenges associated with creating entanglements between atoms and in materials on a larger scale. Many of the talks were about ways to increase the scale of the systems they were working with. Speakers emphasized the...

Added: 20 Jun 2017