CLEO 2011 Kicks Off May 1 in Baltimore Highlights include Business-Focused Programming, 1,700 Techni


Register and Attend CLEO: 2011 - the Premier International Laser and Electro-Optics Event

With Business-Focused Programming and 1,700 Technical Paper Presentations, CLEO: 2011 is the Industry’s Most Influential Technical and Business Forum

What: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO: 2011)

When/Where: May 1– 6, 2011 (Exhibits open May 3-5) at the Baltimore Convention Center

Details: CLEO: 2011, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics—from fundamental laser science to photonic applications and products. CLEO: 2011 builds on the long-established CLEO/QELS conference and its world-renowned peer-reviewed program. CLEO: 2011 offers high-quality content in five core event elements featuring breakthrough research and applied innovations in ultrafast lasers, energy-efficient optics, quantum electronics, biophotonics and more.


  • 300 participating companies in the laser and electro-optics industry (22 percent based outside the U.S.)
  • Comprehensive technical program featuring hundreds of sessions covering the most important technical developments--fundamental research in electro-optics, innovative developments in laser science, and commercial applications in photonics.

Highlights: Business and Technical Programming:

Plenary Sessions - CLEO: 2011 hosts two Plenary Sessions featuring keynote addresses from industry luminaries across the globe:

Monday, May 2, 6 p.m.:

  • Donald Keck, Retired Vice President, Corning, USA
    “Communications Revolution: Through a Glass Brightly: Making the First Low-Loss Optical Fibers”
  • James Fujimoto, MIT, USA
    “Medical Imaging Using Optical Coherence Tomography”

Wednesday, May 4, 8 a.m.:

  • Mordechai (Moti) Segev, Technion-Israel Inst. of Technology, Israel
    “Anderson Localization of Light”
  • Susumu Noda, Kyoto University, Japan
    “Manipulation of Photons by Photonic Crystals: Recent Progress and New Trends”

CLEO: Applications & Technology - The new CLEO: Applications & Technology program explores the intersection of academic research with product commercialization. Featured session talks include:

  • “Vibrational Photoacoustic Microscopy for Depth-resolved Bond-selective Imaging of Tissues and Organisms” – Research team from Purdue University,  Washington University in St. Louis and Indiana University School of Medicine, USA

  • “Present and Future of High Efficiency Multi-Junction Solar Cells” – Research team from Toyota Technological Institute, Japan

  • “Laser Microstructuring and Processing in Printing Industry” – Research team from Daetwyler Graphics AG and BFH Burgdorf in Switzerland and Schepers GmbH in Germany

  • “BEST” (Biometrics Exploitation Science and Technology) Program - Michael King from I-ARPA, USA

  • 2D+3D Face Imaging for Stand-off Biometric Identification” Research team from Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies, Tufts University, Sibelloptics and GE Global Research, USA

CLEO: Science & Innovations – The “classic” CLEO program that for more than 35 years has covered applied research and innovations in lasers, optical materials, and photonic devices. Hot topics to be covered this year include laser processing of materials, terahertz technologies, high-field and ultrafast optics, and biophotonics.

CLEO: QELS – Fundamental Science – The Quantum Electronics and Laser Science (QELS) program continues to be the premier venue for discussion of fundamental research in optical and laser physics-related areas. Topics will include optics, modern spectroscopy, quantum information science, molecular manipulation and control, nanophotonics, and metamaterials.

CLEO: Expo - In addition to the 300 participating companies from across the globe, CLEO: Expo features show floor programming that highlights business trends and market applications.

  • CLEO: Market Focus - Part of the CLEO: Applications & Technology program, Market Focus sessions cover business and commercialized applications in four topical areas:  energy, biophotonics, defense and industrial.

  • Technology Transfer Showcase - The CLEO Technology Transfer Program offers attendees from industry a “one-stop” opportunity to learn about the latest optics and photonics technologies coming out of universities and government labs.

  • Power Lunch - Participate in high-level discussions with industry leaders who will provide insight on how to navigate through a challenging market. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with experienced leaders representing different markets who will share their wisdom on surviving and growing a business during difficult economic times.

Private media event - An exclusive press and analyst-only lunch panel at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 will cover The Future of Biophotonics: Applications & Technology in Medical Imaging.  Hear presentations from four of the field’s leading researchers on the latest developments in optical coherence tomography, photoacoustic microscopy and pump-probe imaging, with applications ranging from MRI to tissue imaging to skin cancer detection.  Also on hand will be the 2011 CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award winner, Applied Research and Photonics (APR), describing APR’s winning device – a terahertz scanning reflectometer, with measurement applications in areas such as front-cell characterization of skin and other biological tissues and transdermal drug delivery.

Registration: Media/analyst registration for CLEO: 2011 can be accessed online at

Contact: Please contact us or visit the event website at for additional information, including travel arrangement details.

Keira Shein, 410.363.9494,
Lyndsay Meyer, 202.416.1435, 

About CLEO
With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) and the Quantum Electronics Laser Science Conference (QELS) is where laser technology was first introduced. CLEO: 2011 will unite the field of lasers and electro-optics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, with content stemming from basic research to industry application. Sponsored by the American Physical Society's (APS) Laser Science Division, the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), CLEO: 2011 provides the full range of critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace. With an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, CLEO: 2011 connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the conference's website at