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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.

Disclaimer: Responsibility for the content of a webinar and any related materials rests upon the presenters, not The Optical Society. It should not be assumed their views are endorsed by or represent the position of the society.​

Upcoming Events

Past Industry Programs


OIDA Forum on Optics in Autonomy and Sensing

24 June 2020, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

This event aims to match leaders of mobility and autonomy applications with photonic/optical technologies executives. Technologies include advanced camera systems, LIDAR and other imaging subsystems, sensor fusion, and the mobile optical data transmission and networking systems that link the mobile subsystems together. The workshop will focus on segments within the field that have particular promise today, and manufacturing issues related to these products.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Taming a Mid-IR OPO – Realizing the Widest Tuning Range for High Resolution Spectroscopy

On Demand

23 June 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The 1.45 - 4um spectral region contains important spectroscopic signatures of many molecules. Semiconductors laser sources operate within this region, but they have very limited tuning ranges. Many such devices are required in order to have similar coverage. Optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) offer much wider tuning ranges than semiconductor lasers, and they have been commercially available for some time. However, wide wavelength coverage has been available only from pulsed OPOs, which necessarily have large linewidths that limit their utility for tunable laser molecular spectroscopy. CW OPOs have narrow linewidth that allows for high resolution spectroscopy. However, CW OPOs to date have suffered from mechanical stability and alignment issues, so that their tuning ranges are limited to approximately 700nm. Recently, TOPTICA Photonics engineered a CW OPO that solves these issues, and for the first time offers a CW OPO that can cover 1.45 – 4um without realignment. Motorized control of all tuning elements enables computer controlled, hands free tuning over this entire range. In this webinar, TOPTICA will discuss the design and capabilities of their OPO, and conduct a live spectroscopy demonstration.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Transform the Way You Bring Products to Market

On Demand

17 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Companies are under the gun to shorten development cycles, eliminate material waste, reduce costs and above all, bring high-performing products to market faster and at a lower cost. However, inefficient workflows can paralyze even the most talented engineers on your team. The limiting factor is not the talent of the team but the shortcomings of process, tools and mind-set. To gain a competitive edge, companies are transforming the way their engineering teams use technology to improve collaboration and bring about better business outcomes. In this webinar, speaker Bob Householder, optics veteran and Key Account Manager at Zemax, will share how innovative companies today are using technology to transform manufacturability from optical design, to mechanical design and build, to manufacturer, in one seamless workflow.

OIDA Market Update

On Demand

16 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global economy, but the effects on the optical communications sector are complicated. There is more residential demand for videoconferencing and movie streaming, and cloud services, but providers may lose significant revenue from small businesses. Spending on capital equipment tends to fare worse in recessions, yet the communications industry will likely do better than many. Lisa Huff will discuss how the current pandemic is likely to affect the revenue forecast for the optical communications industry, and address your questions. Lisa Huff is Senior Principal Analyst in optical components for the market research firm Omdia.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: How to Benefit from Continuously Variable Filters in Fluorescence Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy and Spectroscopy?

On Demand

10 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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 tunable and flexible.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Testing MTP/MPO Assemblies: Setups, Troubleshooting, and What to Expect

On Demand

9 June 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

MTP®/MPO cable assemblies are prevalent in fiber networks and their quantities are growing as parallel communication increases.  These assemblies introduce unique testing challenges, whether it is a standard 12f MPO to 12f MPO assembly or one of the various different fanouts and fiber count configurations.  In this presentation, learn more about equipment identification and setup, as well as proper testing during production. We also explore common pitfalls and ways to identify errors and inaccuracies during the testing process. US Conec will review terminated MPO connector standards required for test leads including polarity methodologies and how configurable connector types can be used to make the test setups more versatile.

OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Migrating a PIC Simulation to a System Design: Silicon-Photonic Modulator in a PAM-4 Link

On Demand

2 June 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Modeling and simulation at both the circuit- and system-levels are critical in the design process for optical communication, quantum key distribution and sensing applications. Seamless migration between these two levels of abstraction will be demonstrated in VPIphotonics Design Suite. This webinar will focus on an optical communication application example by modeling a silicon-photonic modulator at the circuit-level and implementing it for simulation at the system-level in a PAM-4 link.

Passive Optical Network for 5G Fronthaul

On Demand

2 June 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar will first introduce the passive optical network (PON) technologies and the latest standards effort. It will focus on the PON applications as 5G fronthaul transport network. Bandwidth and latency are analyzed as the two key requirements of 5G fronthaul. Various mappings between 5G network CU/DU/RU to PON are discussed to meet the requirements. Recent industry test and trial results will be reported.

OIDA Webinar Series: Opportunities to Enhance Liquidity

On Demand

28 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Short-term challenges in accessing liquidity are a result of some businesses having their supply chains fundamentally disrupted, being unable to operate and, in many cases, having little to no visibility on their outlook. Lenders have correspondingly shifted from being willing to lend subject to higher pricing and somewhat tighter covenants, to being much more focused on what the corporate earnings picture is over the short-term, medium-term and long-term. This webinar will discuss some strategies on how to maximize debt capacity and operational flexibility under current financing arrangements and provide critical market intelligence as to the best practices possible in strategically dealing with COVID-19 effects and what liquidity-enhancing solutions are available in the market.

Free OIDA Webinar Series: Customer and Supplier Contracts in Crisis Managing Contracts and Risks - a Legal Perspective of Best Practices and Case Studies

21 May 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

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OIDA Sponsored Webinar: 3D and Snapshot Hyperspectral Cameras Based on Continuously Variable Filters

On Demand

20 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the availability of new spectral filtering technologies, Hyperspectral Imaging is on its way to becoming broadly available for industrial and commercial volume applications after only being affordable for space and defence industries. Continuously Variable Bandpass Filters are an innovative alternative with unique benefits to prisms, gratings and wafer-level coated filters. You will learn how to make use of Continuously Variable Bandpass Filters to design powerful 3D and snapshot Hyperspectral Imaging cameras.

U.S. Federal Government COVID-19 Assistance Programs for Companies, Not for Profits available from the U.S. Small Business Administration & Federal Reserve Bank

On Demand

19 May 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

U.S. Federal Government COVID-19 Assistance Programs for Companies, Not for Profits available from the U.S. Small Business Administration & Federal Reserve Bank

FREE OIDA Webinar Series: Insights from the Investment Community: Post Covid-19 Outlooks

On Demand

7 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

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OIDA Webinar Series: Navigating Rough Employment Waters: Advice from an Employment Attorney

On Demand

30 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

As companies are battling to keep operations running, protecting and retaining their workforce is on the forefront of their minds. Faced with declining sales, disruptive supply-chains, and forced closure of businesses, employers are being forced to consider pay-cuts, lay-offs, reduction in hours, or furlough of their employees. While a time of stress for employers and employees alike, it is also an opportunity for re-invention and innovation. OIDA Council Member, Anjul Loiacono, will moderate a discussion with Tracy Armstrong, an employment attorney at Wilentz Law Firm. Tracy will provide her expert advice to employers and employees as they navigate these times. This Webinar will primarily cover employment law in the United States, however we encourage all our OIDA Members to attend to collect ideas and perspectives on how to manage your workforce during a crisis.

OIDA Webinar Series: Maneuvering through the Supply Chain Minefield: Targeting a V-Profile Recovery from COVID-19

On Demand

23 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Debbie Wilson from Lumentum will moderate a fireside chat with Gray Williams. Gray will share advice from lessons learned managing and fighting fires in global supply chains for over 30 years with numerous systems and component firms including Oclaro, Logitech, 3Com, AMD and NEC . He has also served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and currently consults to a variety firms, bringing senior leadership and processes in communications, logistics, planning and execution toward improving customer satisfaction, profitability and cash flow.

OIDA Webinar Series Kickoff: Navigating Your Businesses Out of the COVID-19 Storm

On Demand

16 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

OIDA Response to Covid-19 Webinar Series will share timely content with our industry community.

Neurophotonics: reading and writing neuronal activity at the relevant spatiotemporal scales

On Demand

9 April 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Dr. Valentina Emiliani will review the most significant breakthroughs of the past years, which enable reading and writing neuronal activity at the relevant spatiotemporal scale for brain circuits manipulation, with particular emphasis on the most recent advances in circuit optogenetics.

Mueller Polarimetry of Structured and Random Media: from Metrology to Biomedicine

On Demand

7 April 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The basics of optical polarization and Mueller polarimetry as well as the review of physical phenomena of interaction of polarized light with different complex media (layered, periodical, scattering, anisotropic and absorbing) will be introduced first. Then it will be demonstrated that theoretical and experimental studies of interaction of polarized light with matter provide a lot of valuable information about the macroscopic and microscopic properties of object under study, including its diattenuation, birefringence, depolarization, scattering and absorption properties, surface topography, etc. This information can be used in numerous applications, from optical metrology to cancer detection and staging. The basic advantages of optical polarimetric techniques consist in being relatively low-cost, fast, non-contact and non-destructive, thus allowing in-situ and real-time measurements in many applications.

The Rise of Freeform Surfaces in the Design of Optical Systems

6 April 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Freeform optics has set a new path for optical system design across a wide range of applications spanning from microscopy to space optics, including the billion $ consumer market of near-eye displays for augmented reality that set us on this technology path in the first place. Today, freeform optics have been demonstrated to yield compact, achromatic, and high-performance imaging systems that are poised to enable the science of tomorrow. In this webinar, we will briefly introduce freeform optics and highlight emerging design methods. We will then present success stories and highlight active research in digital viewfinder, imager, and spectrometer designs that we anticipate will stimulate cooperation towards accelerating gain in enabling knowledge in freeform optics.

OIDA Market Update Breakfast at OFC

12 March 2020, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

OIDA members are invited to network with industry leaders while enjoying a light breakfast. Registration is limited to senior level executives only.

OIDA/OSAF Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn at OFC

10 March 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Hosted by: OIDA & OSAF | Sponsored by: Go!Foton

2020 OIDA Executive Forum at OFC

9 March 2020, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The premier event for leaders in optical networking and communications, OIDA Executive Forum provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking. This annual event showcases prominent industry leaders in the optical networking and communications sector as they present the latest technological advances and business models. Attendees participate in cutting-edge discussions and unmatched peer-to-peer networking as they hear real world solutions to help better manage their businesses.

OIDA Workshop On Embedded Photonic Manufacturing for Data Centers

8 March 2020, 7:30 AM - 6:30 AM

Data centers increasingly rely on embedded photonics for enhanced connectivity between servers, memory, and computational systems. Furthermore, the integration of photonic functionality on to a single chip and co-packaged with electronics provides a route to further increase bandwidth and operational efficiencies, addressing many of the emerging challenges on data centre roadmaps. In addition new applications for photonics are emerging in AI and machine learning, which will likely require advanced packaging approaches supporting high bandwidth connectivity. However, even though embedded photonic technologies have been shown to achieve much lower link and switch budgets when compared to conventional electronic technologies, their wide-spread deployment is still impeded by significant technical, manufacturing and cost barriers.

Using non-linear optics to shine light on aerospace engineering challenges

On Demand

19 February 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sir Horace Lamb famously said that “I am an old man now, and when I die and go to heaven, there are two matters on which I hope for enlightenment. One is quantum electrodynamics and the other is the turbulent motion of fluids. About the former, I am really rather optimistic.” Although nowadays we can travel in less than a day’s time from Perth, Australia to London, UK, and from Newark, USA to Singapore, there are still many open scientific questions in the aerospace engineering realm, especially when it comes to supersonic and hypersonic flight. Mastering hypersonic wind tunnels is one key component of the research involved but advanced, accurate and non-perturbative diagnostics is another key part. In this talk I will discuss laser diagnostic efforts developed to tackle the latter, by concentrating on the research efforts of our group in this field by utilizing Coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering (CRBS).

How to control infrared light with phonon polaritons: a tutorial

On Demand

18 February 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Phonon polaritons (PhPs) emerge from the strong interaction between infrared (IR) photons within a spectral band and the atomic lattice vibrations (phonons) in ionic or ionic-like materials. In the vicinity of phonon polaritons extraordinary photonic responses are available; high-permittivity, near-zero permittivity (ENZ) as well as plasmonic-like properties are possible. This webinar tutorial will take the attendee from the basics of PhP photonic responses to current advanced PhP paradigms and metamaterials reporting on extreme IR light control. These platforms unleash new capabilities to harness IR light impacting a range of modern applications and gave rise to the emerging and growing field known as phonon polaritonics.

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