San Francisco: what to know before going to AIO 2017

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 23 June 2017

10 Interesting facts about San Francisco

1. San Francisco hasn’t always been San Francisco...

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AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Michael Schmidberger, OSRAM GmbH, Germany

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 19 June 2017

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker, Dr. Michael Schmidberger about his experiences in development of the world’s first broadband Infrared (IR) light emitting diode (LED) at OSRAM. Dr. Schmidberger will present at AIO on Tuesday, June 27 at 9:30am.

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Just in AIO 2017: Two panel sessions, “The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics” and “Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!”

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 13 June 2017

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker and Panelist, Dr. Anna Rissanen about her experiences in development and commercialization of novel sensing applications. 
This year we will host two panel sessions. Greg Quarles (OSA Chief Scientist) will introduce the first session (“The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics” ) regarding the future of photonics.Another panel (“Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!”), taps into the investor’s mindset to offer guidance for successfully pitching photonics technology. This panel will begin with an introduction by Dr. Laura Smoliar, co-founder of the Berkeley Catalyst Fund.

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AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Arsen Hajian, Hindsight Imaging Inc, USA

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 31 May 2017

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker Dr. Arsen Hajian about his experiences at optical spectroscopy as the founder and CEO of Hindsight Imaging. Dr. Hajian will present at AIO on Monday, June 26 at 11am.

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​Just in AIO 2017: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tish Shute, Futurewei (Huawei), USA

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 24 May 2017

AIO 2017 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tish Shute, the Director, AR/VR, Corporate Technology Strategy, Futurewei (Huawei USA) will talk about XR and the future of communications: from silicon to human photonics. Dr. Shute will present at AIO on Tuesday, June 27.

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AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Brian Pogue, DoseOptics, LLC, USA

By Cushla McGoverin | Posted: 9 May 2017

Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker Dr. Brian Pogue, the president of DoseOptics, about his experience at radiation therapy imaging and Cherenkov radiotherapy dosimetry. Dr. Pogue will present at AIO on Wednesday, June 28.

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AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Hod Finkelstein, TruTag Technologies, USA

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 19 April 2017

Dr. Finkelstein has over twenty years of technology development, manufacturing and operations experience.  Prior to joining TruTag Technologies, he was Director of Technology Development for Illumina, Inc., a leading genomic analysis and DNA sequencing company, where he led the development and productization of advanced sequencing products and technologies.

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Applied Industrial Optics 2017 (AIO) - Chair Dr. Arlene Smith shares her thoughts on the meeting.

By Sogol Borjian, Ph.D | Posted: 28 March 2017

What do you think makes AIO meeting a remarkable meeting? 
The program is mostly invited talks, which enables the Committee to focus on enabling leaders in the field to share their knowledge. The Committee members display great dedication in working to make the meeting the best...

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Applied Industrial Optics Day 4

By Sogol Borjian Borojeni | Posted: 29 July 2016

The final day of AIO 2016 kicked off with...

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Applied Industrial Optics Day 3

By Sogol Borjian Borojeni | Posted: 28 July 2016

Day 3 started with...

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Applied Industrial Optics Day 2

By Sogol Borjian Borojeni | Posted: 27 July 2016

The first session of AIO on Day 2, “ID Photonically”, was opened by...

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Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 25 July 2016

OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with the...

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AIO Co-Founder and 2016 Program Chair, Dr Jess V. Ford, shares his thoughts on the AIO meeting.

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 14 July 2016

AIO will stretch your mind about photonics applications and help you develop a network of friends that will help you overcome any hurdle in taking your technology from the lab bench to the marketplace.  We also have the best after conference parties and discussions.

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AIO 2016: Focus on Dr. Garrett Cole, Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC, US

By Dr. Garrett Cole | Posted: 29 June 2016

What do you think people will learn from your talk as a take-home lesson?
I aim to give an overview of...

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AIO 2016: Focus on Dr. Torsten Frosch, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany

By Sogol Borjian | Posted: 10 June 2016

Dr. Torsten Frosch, who was recently awarded the Bunsen-Kirchhoff award for Analytical Spectroscopy, will talk about Raman Spectroscopic Gas Sensing at AIO 2016. In the following interview, AIO Young Professional, Sogol Borjian, asks Dr Frosch about his work and his upcoming talk at AIO 2016. 

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Imaging and Applied Optics in Heidelberg?

By Sogol Borjian Borojeni | Posted: 25 May 2016

The Imaging and Applied Optics Congress is 25 - 28 July 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany. We hope you’ll join us there. Here are some Interesting Facts about this wonderful place: 

(1)The first evidence of human life in Europe was found in Heidelberg. A jaw-bone which is the earliest evidence found of human life in Europe, known today as the “Heidelberg Man”, was discovered in a gravel pit in Heidelberg in 1907.
(2)Heidelberg University is the oldest in Germany, founded in 1386.
(3)The first bicycle was invented by...

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Cool Materials: Day 4 of AIO 2015

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 17 June 2015

Chauncey Graetzel presents


The final day of AIO 2015 kicked off with the 'Cool Materials' session. Chauncey Graetzel (Optotune Switzerland AG, USA) presented the technology behind 'Tunable Lenses, Miniature Laser Speckle Reducers and their Applications to Innovative Optical Systems'. The Optotune approach provides compact zoom and focus at high speeds and low dispersion compared to electrowetting tunable technologies. Chauncey described applications of this technology, such as the use of tunable lens for laser engraving, 3D marking, for axial focusing in microscopy and in opthalmology.

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Optics in detecting threats, patents and more: AIO Day 3

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 11 June 2015

Derryck Reid presents


Derryck Reid (Heriot-Watt University, UK) opened Day 3 at the Joint Session with LS&C and AIO with a presentation on his work in the area of 'Chemical Sensing Using Broadband Mid-IR Femtosecond OPOs'. Femtosecond OPOs offer high spatial and spectral brightness, good spatial coherence, and are efficient and robust. Derryck described the application of these sources in Fourier Transform IR (FTIR) Spectroscopy for single-point stand-off chemical sensing.

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What you can do with spectroscopy and more - AIO Day 2

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 10 June 2015

Thomas Tague presents


Thomas Tague (Brucker Optics Inc, USA) opened the first Applied Industrial Optics session on Day 2 - Dr Photon to the Rescue - with a talk on 'Novel Applications of Molecular Spectroscopy to Heritage and Biomedical Fields of Study'. Thomas described the in-situ analyses of graffiti pigments in rock paintings at Hueco Tanks State Park using Raman and X-Ray Fluorescence techniques, and the application of Surface Enhanced Resonance Raman Spectroscopy (SERRS) for single molecule detection, a technique which is ~1000 times more sensitive than standard fluorescence techniques.

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Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 9 June 2015

Dominic Murphy opening remarks

The first session of AIO 2015 - 'Flutonics Palooza' - was opened by Dominic Murphy (Pie Photonics Ltd, Ireland) with a talk titled 'Optical Wavefront Interferometry - Evolution, Challenges and Opportunities'. Dominic spoke on the challenges facing detection systems regarding information (throughput, sensitivity) and form (simplicity, size), and the advantages, such as robustness, stability and verstility, offered by Pie's optical wavefront interferometry solution.

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11 Reasons to Love the Applied Industrial Optics Meeting

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 4 June 2015

The countdown to the meeting begins!

 Countdown to applied industrial optics

Eleven – Actually there are twelve sessions scheduled during AIO 2015, featuring 22 invited and 9 contributed talks. Short videos from AIO 2015 industrial sponsors will be shown in the meeting room before and after each session. The Congress Joint Poster Session with over 40 posters is on Tuesday, 19:00 - 20:30.

Ten – Stops from the nearest subway station (Crystal City) to the Smithsonian on the Blue Line. If you have a few hours to spare, immerse yourself in Washington DC’s wealth of museums. Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex. Best of all: Smithsonian Museums are free.

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Emerging Applied Imaging Technologies at AIO

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 14 May 2015

The sessions at this year's AIO meeting feature emerging technologies.

New this year, AIO is hosting Joint Sessions with two topical meetings: Adaptive Optics (AO) and Application of Lasers for Sensing and Free Space Communication (LS&C).

At the time of writing, two invited speakers are confirmed for the AIO-AO Joint Session. Jaeyoun Kim (Iowa State University) will present on "The Promise of Highly Deformable Soft Optics". Soft, MEMS-based, deformable optical devices are catching up with more traditional rigid materials, in both precision and repeatability of manufacturing. Their dynamic reconfigurability has immense potential in previously challenging optical applications. Anthony Grbic (University of Michigan) will speak about "Wavefront and Polarization Control with Metasurfaces". Metasurfaces, aka two-dimensional, less-lossy metamaterials, have a wide range of potential applications in electromagnetics, including beam manipulation and polarization control.

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A Conversation with Dr. Michele Ostraat, AIO 2015 Keynote

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 4 May 2015

Dr. Michele Ostraat


Dr. Michele Ostraat is the Downstream Research Center Leader for Aramco Research Center-Boston and the Applied Industrial Optics 2015 Keynote Speaker. She will present on "Optical Materials and Systems for Nondestructive Testing in the Oil and Gas Industry."


Dr Ostraat, thank you for participating in this interview. To start, can you give me a brief history of your background, and how you arrived at Aramco? 

I earned my B.S. degree in Chemistry from Trinity University and then my Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Following graduate school, I was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and Agere Systems where I examined the synthesis of rare-earth doped aerosol nanoparticles and investigated the behavior of chalcogenide phase change materials. I then moved to DuPont’s Experimental Station where I worked in aerosol synthesis and characterization of sub-micron and nanoparticles for advanced electronic applications. More recently, I was Senior Director of the Center for Aerosol and Nanomaterials Engineering at RTI International where I led scientific teams developing products and applications for aerosols and nanomaterials for energy and health-related technologies.

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The lowdown on emerging technologies at Applied Industrial Optics 2015

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 2 April 2015

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) 2015 is set to take place June 7-11, 2015 in Arlington, VA. I’m excited to be back blogging my experience as an AIO attendee and also, for the first time, as a Program Chair.

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Final Thoughts on AIO 2014....and the Best Talk Winner!

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 17 September 2014

Some time has passed since another successful AIO, with 2014 seeing the meeting’s highest attendance to date.  Looking back over three and half days of sessioning, I have tried to select my favorite talks. I have narrowed the longlist down to two – the committee-voted Best Talk at AIO 2014, and a personal favorite.

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Awesome Optics at AIO

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 24 July 2014

The morning session of Day 4 - Awesome Optical Materials - was opened by Dr. Tigran Galstian (Universite Laval & LensVector). Tigran presented a liquid crystal-based motion-less adaptive optical system. This cost-effective approach has been successfully applied to mobile phone camera technology to enable autofocus, with future applications in LED lighting and ophthalmic products (contact lenses and intraocular lenses). Dr. Alexandre Brolo (University of Victoria) spoke about tailoring metallic nanostructures for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). Alexandre also discussed various potential applications for SERS probes, such as in designing customized cancer treatment by imaging the protein expression in dysplastic cells.

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Day 3 at Applied Industrial Optics 2014

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 17 July 2014

Day 3 of AIO 2014 was action-packed with two panel sessions and a joint session with the Imaging Systems and Applications meeting, in addition to three 'regular' AIO sessions.

Dr Steven Dodge (Simon Fraser University) opened the first session of the day - 'Meaurement Makes Success' - with a presentation on Time-Domain Terahertz spectroscopy. Steven has used this technique to determine the thickness, moisture and basis weight of paper, and, in theory, this can be applied to other composites. Continuing the theme, Dr Rene Beigang (University of Kaiserslautern) discussed his work on Terahertz Time Domain Spectroscopy to analyse multi-layer structures. By adjusting the imaging frequency, different features can be isolated. Dr Balaji Gopalan (West Virginia University Research Corp) presented his research in using HSPIV (High Speed Particle Image Velocimetry) to measure particle velocity at very high sample rates, and Dr Christoph Leithold (University of Technology, Dresden) described a low-cost, fluid-membrane, adaptive lens for measurements through a dynamic gas-liquid interface.

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Applied Industrial Optics 2014: Summary of Day 1

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 15 July 2014

Day 1 of AIO 2014 kicked off at 8:30am with the first session - 'Far and Away We See You'.  We heard from Dr Stewart Hager (Hager Environmental and Atmospheric Techno) about his work in replacing manned, single-line, Non-Dispersive IR systems, which are currently used for measurement of vehicle emission fumes, with EDAR (Emission Detecting and Reporting) technology. Similar to satellite-based detection systems, EDAR scans the vehicle from above, and a 3-D image of the emission plume can be reconstructed. Next, Dr Pietro Ferraro (INO, Italy) presented new applications of digital holography to detect survivors in fire scenes. By moving to IR wavelengths, the numerical aperture, and hence the size of ths scene which can be captured, increases 20-fold. Dr Steve Buckley (TSI Inc) rounded out the first session with the challenges of taking LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) out of the lab and into the field. The performance and characteristics of LIBS give the method unique advantages for real-time industrial measurements.

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Applied Industrial Optics 2014: Highlights from Day 2

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 15 July 2014

Day 2 of AIO 2014 opened with the Joint Plenary Session, featuring speakers from Applied Industrial Optics (AIO), Imaging Systems and Applications (IS), and Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA). Dr Bernard Kress (Optics Lead at Google Glass, Google [X] Labs and AIO Plenary speaker), addressed a packed room about see-through optics for Head Mounted Displays (HMDs), current market offerings, and the requirements for the various HMD market segments. Dr Kress noted,"Today's fragmented HMD/smart glass markets require the development of a wide range of optical architectures to fit constantly evolving requirements. The perfect see-through optical technology for the consumer market has yet to be discovered." Dr Ramesh Raskar (MIT, IS Plenary Speaker) followed with a presentation on his work in cutting-edge computational imaging applied to inverse problems. Imaging with ultrafast sources - "Femto-Photography" - enables us to record what lies beyond the line of sight. In other words, we can look around corners! The third speaker of the session, Christof Schulz (University of Duisburg Essen, LACSEA Plenary Speaker), described his heroic efforts in flame control and the manufacture of nanoparticles.

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How To Make the Most of AIO 2014

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 10 July 2014

Before you leave for AIO, use OSA’s online itinerary planner to manage your schedule during the meeting. AIO 2014 is part of the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, which means sessions from all six topical meetings run concurrently during the week. Don’t miss out on the talks you want to attend!

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The Body Optic - Molecular Probes Save Lives

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 1 July 2014

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world; in fact, the American Cancer Society estimates 96,830 new cases of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2014 alone. Barratt’s Esophagus, which is strongly associated with esophageal adenocarcinoma, affects up to 10% of patients suffering from long-term acid reflux.


Diseased areas can be difficult to detect, even with a high-resolution imaging tool. I work in optical modelling of imaging systems for early cancer detection. I am a member of a multidisciplinary research group comprising electrical and mechanical engineers (and me, the physicist!) and molecular biologists. The biology team develop molecular probes, which, when excited with light of a certain wavelength, fluoresce, and act as a guide as to whether areas of tissue are normal (cancer-free) or pre-malignant mucosa (dysplasia). This fluorescence property is particularly useful when cancer is at an early stage when it is most likely to respond to treatment.  The molecular probe can highlight dysplastic regions during routine endoscopic procedures, increasing the likelihood of a correct diagnosis.

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Three Simple Steps to Networking Sucess at AIO 2014

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 16 June 2014

Behind-the-scenes preparations for AIO 2014 are well underway.  As I obsessively check the Seattle weather forecast and celebrate the end of sessioning (a committee member benefit!), I’m reminded what makes this meeting unique. In this blogpost, I want to raise a topic that is near-essential for career progression, but can strike fear into the hearts of the introverted. I want to talk about networking. I fear rejection just like you.

If the thought of speaking with your optics idol or asking a question makes you queasy, I hope the following approach opens up a world of conversations for you. Try it out at AIO.

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Focus on Google Glass at Applied Industrial Optics

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 28 May 2014

I love my smartphone.

When I started university, mobile phones were relatively new. I turned 18 and got my first phone – a Nokia with both calling and texting capabilities.  A few years later, I upgraded to a newer model. This one had a built-in FM radio and the keypad had a blue backlight. It was the high-tech wave! But I think we all know how technology has progressed since then.

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What’s New in Applied Optics Research? AIO 2014

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 5 May 2014

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO), now in its 5th year, focuses on research which utilizes optics and photonics technology to solve real-world problems. This year, speakers and attendees who are engaged in applied research will descend on Seattle in mid-July, to get a taste of what’s new in applied optics research. or the next three months, I will be blogging about the topics and speakers of this year’s meeting.

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