The Optical Society Announces Student Grand Challenge “The Optical Systems of the Future”

6 March 2018
 

The Optical Society Announces Student Grand Challenge:
“The Optical Systems of the Future”


OSA challenge invites students to submit ideas for novel optical systems
 
WASHINGTON – Today, The Optical Society (OSA) has announced its new Student Grand Challenge called The Optical Systems of the Future, which invites OSA student members and their advisors to submit ideas for either a novel passive or active optical system. Four finalists will be chosen to attend the OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, 25-28 June 2018 in Orlando, FL USA.
 
“The Student Grand Challenge focuses on concepts for enhanced machine visioning or systems that enhance the human vision system by augmenting or extending another human sense,” said Abhijit Mahalanobis, Lockheed Martin. “Across industry, academia and government, engineers are on the front lines tackling the toughest problems we face in society today and Lockheed Martin is pleased to bring this program to the optical imaging community.”
 
OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress General Chair, Gisele Bennett, and Georgia Institute of Technology professor added, “With a legacy of solving complex challenges, companies like Lockheed Martin are stepping up to the challenge, relying on principles of systems engineering to design and manage systems that will change the world today without compromising the future. I would like to thank Lockheed Martin and the OSA Foundation for this investment in our students and early career professionals interested in advancements in optical imaging.  The Imaging Congress is a great forum to engage our next generation engineers and scientist through this Student Grand Challenge.”
 
Individuals or teams must present their ideas in the form of a 35-word abstract and 2-page summary highlighting the novelty, originality and feasibility of the concept. The four finalists will have the opportunity to present a 3-minute synopsis of their concept as well as to host a poster during the conference poster session at OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress. The Congress brings together academics, industrial, and defense research perspectives to provide a comprehensive view of the latest developments in imaging and applied optical sciences.
 
Up to four finalists will be chosen to attend the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, 25-28 June 2018 in Orlando, FL USA to present a 3-minute synopsis of their concept as well as host a poster during the conference poster session.  Finalists will be receive a travel stipend (airfare and hotel) as well as full technical registration for the congress. Two winners will be announced on-site and will receive a recognition plaque and a $250 prize.
 
The challenge is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and The OSA Foundation. Submissions will be evaluated by a committee of Imaging and Applied Optics Congress leadership and Lockheed Martin executives.
 
The submission deadline is 27 April 2018. Any questions about the competition should be directed to cburrill@osa.org.
 
Registration Information
Conference registration is open for the OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress. Register before 5 March 2018 and save on a full technical conference pass.

Credentialed media and analysts who wish to cover OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress can submit a form to register for a full-access conference media badge. Registration, travel information and exhibitor news can be found in here.

Post Deadline Papers
Postdeadline papers will be accepted until 15 March 2018. Submission details are available on the OSA BioPhotonics Conference website: Paper submission.

About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit: osa.org.

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