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Industry Events & Programs

Join your business colleagues at OIDA events and access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business. We offer a variety of events, both stand-alone, and at major conferences and exhibitions. These include dedicated workshops and forums on key optics and photonics topics, special funding events, and intimate networking dinners. Participate in OIDA events to advance your career and your company’s bottom line.

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Check back frequently as new events are continually being posted. Past events—both live and virtual/on-demand—can be viewed by clicking the “Past Events” tab below.

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Past Industry Programs


From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Michael Förtsch

On Demand

16 April 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this one to hear about Michael Förtsch's story about Q.ant,

Introduction to Mid-Spatial Frequency (MSF) Errors for Optical Surfaces

14 April 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Mid-spatial frequency (MSF) errors can be a source of small angle scatter or blur in an optical system. This webinar will provide an introduction to MSF errors. It will cover many questions optical designers often ask of optical fabricators, for example: What causes MSF errors on the surface of optics? How can I specify MSF errors so that my surfaces are smooth? How are you going to measure MSF errors?

Replacing Mechanical Metrology Tools, One Photon at a Time

13 April 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Metrology is a founding pillar and a driving force of scientific discovery and understanding. The ability to accurately measure quantities of interest has always been one of the ultimate tests in verifying or subverting scientific hypotheses, ultimately advancing the scientific understanding and engineering applications. Although much progress has been made in all fields of science and engineering over the last century, the state of the art in the metrology of gas and plasma flows has largely remained unchanged, being perturbative and not accurate to the level modern science and engineering requires. In this talk I will discuss the laser diagnostic efforts developed to tackle the matter, by concentrating on the research efforts of our group in this field by utilizing Coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering (CRBS). CRBS is a four-wave mixing diagnostic technique that relies on the creation of an optical lattice in a medium due to the interaction between polarizable particles and intense laser fields. Single shot CRBS1 has been demonstrated to be the coherent analog of spontaneous Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering in measuring the temperature, pressure, bulk and shear viscosity, speed of sound and polarizability of a gas or gas mixture2. Additionally, CRBS3 has facilitated the in situ measurements of ~5 nm nanoparticles produced in an arc discharge. In this talk, an overview on the theory and experimental aspects of single shot CRBS will be presented. Furthermore, I will demonstrate our recent work in utilizing CRBS for neutral gas flow velocimetry with measurable velocities down to 5-10 ms-1, applicable to atomic and molecular gases and gas mixtures4. Finally, I will discuss the feasibility and working progress towards the use of single shot (CRBS) as a plasma flow and temperature measuring technique for partially ionized gases.

High-performance ultra-compact metasurface optics

On Demand

12 April 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Optical metasurfaces, planar subwavelength nanoantenna arrays engineered for on-demand wavefront manipulation, have emerged rapidly as a powerful tool enabling compact flat optics with dramatically enhanced capabilities. When integrated with active elements, the pixelated, thin device architecture further facilitates dynamic tuning of local and global optical responses. In this talk, I will discuss opportunities and challenges of employing metasurfaces in a variety of optical systems that are traditionally bulky and complicated. Leveraging advanced materials, designs and architectures, I will further describe our efforts to develop ultra-compact all-dielectric metasurface optics with unprecedented performance, such as ultra-wide field-of-view metalenses, solid-state active meta-optics, new imaging and sensing architectures, etc. The recent progress shows that the judiciously engineered optical metasurfaces can significantly boost the performance, allow novel functionalities and effectively reduce the size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) of future optical systems.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Key Attributes of Modern Cleaning and Inspection Solutions

On Demand

7 April 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Dirt and damage on fiber optic connections account for most problems in fiber networks. Cleaning and inspection are necessary protocols, and many solutions are available. Key differences among inspection solutions are under appreciated by many which could leave problems remaining undetected. This webinar explores these issues to enable attendees to make informed decisions about the solutions they implement for their needs.

The Innovation School

5 April 2021, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

During this 5-day bootcamp, you will discover how to identify high potential ideas, validate them using key tactics of customer discovery and evidence, vet them through innovation experimentation and develop pitches on new solutions, products or ventures.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Imec 200 mm (8-inch) Low Loss SiN Platform and Its Applications in 3D Sensing, Communication, Life Science and Quantum

On Demand

1 April 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In this webinar, we will present imec’s wafer-scale CMOS compatible low loss and high power handling SiN photonic platforms and its capabilities to address multiple application domains. This platform has been developed over more than ten years using imec’s 8-inch pilot-line for industrial use-cases such as communication, sensing, life science, quantum, lidar, etc. imec has been offering SiN technology platforms as a product for more than four years in volume. Additionally, the platform is fully flexible in terms of design and technology, allowing for tweak-and-tune with respect to individual customer requirements.

From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Maria Aymerich

On Demand

30 March 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry after graduation but also in setting up your own business? In this series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. In this webinar, get to know Maria Aymerich from bFlow, Spain

OIDA Workshop on Developments in Co-Packaging Technologies for Data Centers

30 March 2021, 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM

2021 OIDA Workshop

50 Gbit/s Passive Optical Network (50G-PON): Standards Progress and Applications in 5G

On Demand

23 March 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This webinar will introduce the ITU standardization effort on 50 Gbit/s Passive Optical Network (50G-PON). The ITU project G.hsp will be reviewed and the standards development status will be updated. The webinar will focus on the 50G-PON system requirements and accepted solutions. Applications in 5G will be analyzed to highlight 50G-PON features. Recent industry test results will be reported, and challenges will be summarized to encourage joint research in this area.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: How to Make Your Fluorescence Measurement Instrument Fully Wavelength Tuneable

On Demand

23 March 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In the past ten years Continuously Variable Filters have become sufficiently performant for challenging applications in fluorescence detection and spectroscopy. CVF offer an excellent alternative to filter wheels or gratings when full wavelength tunability is a requirement in any instrument. You will learn what Continuously Variable Filters are, what their features and benefits are, and how you can use them to make your instrument fully tuneable and flexible.

From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Falko Schmidt

On Demand

10 March 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry after graduating, but actually setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories on moving from the lab into the executive office. In this webinar, get to know Falko Schmidt, Lucero Bio, Sweden

Commercializing active optics: My road from PhD student to entrepreneur

On Demand

2 March 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Dr. Lukes will share insights gained while transitioning from a PhD student to an entrepreneur. She started Agile Focus Designs in 2015 to provide accurate, agile, and user-friendly tools for microscopists in manufacturing, science, and healthcare. Since then Agile Focus has sought the development of a fast focus and zoom system to mitigate the need for switching or translating objective lenses to achieve magnification change during microscopy. Inspired by experiments in a cramped office space, Agile Focus has also created additional optomechanical components to reduce cost and improve space efficiency for entrepreneurs and those working remotely. This webinar will cover advancements made in active optics toward fast focus and zoom, and the lessons learned along the way.

Vision- & Sensor-based Activity Analysis for Healthcare & Related Domains

On Demand

28 February 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Human activity Recognition (HAR) are explored in video-based computer vision domain and sensor-based ubiquitous research areas. Vision-based human action or activity recognition approaches are based on RGB video sequences, or depth maps, or from skeleton data – taken from normal video cameras or depth cameras. On the other hand, sensor-based activity recognition methods are basically based on the data collected from wearable sensors having accelerometer, gyroscope, or so on. There are numerous applications on HAR, however, the healthcare, elderly support, and related applications become very important arenas with huge social and financial impact. Due to the advent of various IoT sensors, it becomes more competitive as well as easier to explore different applications.

From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Francisco Rodrigues

On Demand

26 February 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry after graduating, but actually setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories on moving from the lab into the executive office. In this webinar, get to know Francisco Rodrigues, PICadvanced, Portugal.

Balancing the photon budget for optical neurophysiology

On Demand

26 February 2021, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

As genetically-encoded fluorescence indicators of calcium and membrane potential evolve and improve, optical methods advance to exploit their full potential for neurophysiology research. With so many choices, the neurophysiologist needs a systematic framework for comparing and predicting the performance of indicator/imaging system combinations. Dr. Foust will present such a framework for which the key figure of merit is the signal-to-noise ratio of the time-varying fluorescence signal. In this context I will also describe our efforts to boost photon budgets for membrane potential and calcium imaging with multi-focal two-photon and light-field imaging systems.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Automated PIC Modelling: A Photonic Neural Network Use Case

On Demand

25 February 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

As the complexity of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) continues to grow, testing environments become more complicated. In this webinar, we will present several simulation testbenches prepared for visualizing typical measurement characteristics. The examples we will discuss include methods for group index verification, simulation of passive circuit transfer functions, characterization of SOAs, and evaluating the transfer characteristic of an Activation Unit for a Photonic Neural Network. These examples will all be demonstrated live using the photonic design automation (PDA) software VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits.

Alignment and metrology of the Roman Space Telescope Grism component

On Demand

24 February 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This presentation will go over the various techniques used to measure the optical performance of the grism component of the Wide Field Instrument on board the Roman Space Telescope.

Developing Requirements for Scientific Instrumentation

On Demand

23 February 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The benefits of systems engineering are widely promoted with varying degrees of understanding. This webinar is based on many years of experience designing and building complex systems incorporating all of the engineering disciplines (optics, mechanics, electronics, and software). For me, understanding and using systems engineering has been a natural approach driven by my instincts (even before it was a newfound contemporary “thing”). Systems engineering is about balance and perspective. The word “system” conveys the inherently multidisciplinary nature of the work. The engineering work is fundamentally to hold a perspective that makes sure nothing is overlooked that could affect the outcome and to make sure that the best balance is achieved between all of the competing needs and wants that drive the creation of the system in the first place. Systems engineering starts with requirements, and then systems engineering follows on to serve and protect the requirements by constantly evaluating error budgets and the compliance of the system with the requirements as the system is designed and built. In this webinar you will learn by example: - How to approach the development of requirements that satisfies your stakeholders - How to use one sentence definitions to clarify ideas and gain consensus - How to define and manage expectations - How to gain and confirm requirements “completeness”.

A Decade of Progress toward a Low-Cost, Fast, High-Performance Photonic Switch

On Demand

3 February 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

In this talk, Dr. Benjamin Lee will review the progress over the past ten years in developing a photonic switch solution that can potentially be manufactured and assembled with low cost, while offering fast reconfigurability and high performance. Beginning with initial work on device development and scaling to recent work on large-scale photonic integrated circuit implementations.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Frequency Comb Based Laser Systems for Optical Clock and Quantum Technology Applications

On Demand

2 February 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Menlo Systems’ ultra-low noise (ULN) frequency comb technology, combined with advanced CW laser sources, ensures transferring the spectral purity of a superior optical reference to all CW lasers locked to the comb. This feature is exploited in clock comparisons or quantum experiments, where a long coherence time of the laser sources is mandatory.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Why Would I Need an Optical Frequency Comb?

On Demand

26 January 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Within two decades, the optical frequency comb has revolutionized numerous fields in physics: Precision spectroscopy, time and length-metrology, molecular fingerprinting, and ultra-low phase noise microwaves mark just a few application examples. Being the only device with the ability to directly link the optical with the radio frequency domain, the frequency comb has become an irreplaceable tool, and not only for quantum optics laboratories.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Coherent Optical Test, Leveraging Switches to Reduce the Cost of Test

On Demand

20 January 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The next VIAVI webinar in our ongoing coherent optical module test series will focus on the transition into manufacturing. Today, end customer pricing expectations are more aggressive than ever. Long-term pricing is expected from day one. But finding a window during the product lifecycle to refine test processes is less and less practical after launch. This simple fact means test engineers must be thinking about manufacturing challenges from the very early stages of NPI.

OIDA Technology Showcase

On Demand

1 December 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:40 PM

A Unique Product Presentation, Discussion and Networking Event

Immersive Optical Engineering Systems

On Demand

18 November 2020, 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for two exciting courses in one live training from industry leaders! The first course will feature Robert Norwood: "From Optics & Photonics Innovation to the Marketplace." This course covers the process of technology development in the photonics industry from the perspectives of both formal processes and case studies. Key aspects of the commercialization process, including intellectual property, new product development processes, technical marketing and team building, are treated in an interactive program informed by the instructor’s 15 years of industry experience in both large corporate research and development organizations and entrepreneurial startups. This course will emphasize the optical engineer’s role in a product development environment. The course will run from 12:00 to 15:00. The second course will be "Optical Systems Engineering" taught by Keith Kasunic. Optical Systems Engineering emphasizes first-order, system-level estimates of optical performance. Building on the basic principles of optical design, this course uses various examples to illustrate the systems-engineering processes of requirements analysis, feasibility and trade studies, requirements flowdown and allocation, error budgets, and component specifications. Topics covered will include an introduction to systems engineering, geometrical optics, image quality, radiometry, detectors and FPAs, optomechanics, and the integration of these topics for developing a complete optical system. This course will run from 16:00 to 18:30.

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