Incubator Meetings

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The Incubator Program was created to provide unique and focused experiences, providing researchers, engineers and business leaders in niche fields a valuable opportunity to meet and discuss advances, challenges and opportunities regarding their research. OSA Incubators:

  • Target emerging topics and fields that do not have the critical mass needed to support an OSA topical meeting structure.
  • Function to further the interest and support of promising topic areas, assessing the broader implications of the topic for future research and application.
  • Explore possibilities for greater inclusion and propagation of the topic into peer-reviewed topical meeting and/or congresses or conferences.
  • Encourage extensive formal and informal discussion while establishing a sense of community among participants.
  • Offer a valuable means of disseminating information and ideas in a way that cannot be achieved through the usual channels of communication—publications and presentations at large scientific meetings.

Propose a New Incubator

OSA continuously strives to expand the incubator program to examine new and burgeoning topics. Please use this form to propose an Incubator you would be interested in hosting or a topic area you would recommend OSA explore.

Read blog posts on past Incubators.

2017 Incubators

Integrated Semiconductor Quantum Photonic Devices
18-20 June 2017
Washington, DC
Hosted By:
Daniel Gammon, Navy Research Laboratory, United States
Pascale Senellart, C2N-CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, France
Glenn Solomon, Joint Quantum Institute/NIST, United States
Edo Waks, University of Maryland/Joint Quantum Institute, United States
Materials for Optomechanical Actuation  
25-27 June 2017
Washington, DC

Hosted By: 
Chris Bardeen, University of California Riverside, United States
Antti Makinen, Office of Naval Research, United States
Peter A. Morrison, Office of Naval Research, United States
Ravi Shankar, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Small Eyes & Smart Minds Incubator
4-6 October 2017
Washington, DC

Hosted By:
Rama Chellappa, University of Maryland, United States
Francisco Imai, Apple, Inc., United States 
Ashok Veeraraghavan, Rice University, United States

OSA Illumination Optics Incubator
15-17 November 2017
Washington, DC
Hosted By:
Chi Man Fok, Diffractive Optics Ltd., Hong Kong 
Groot Gregory, Synopsys, United States
Julius Muschaweck, ARRI, Germany 
Henning Rehn, OSRAM, Germany 

View past incubator meetings.