Optical Sensors

22 June 2020 – 26 June 2020 OSA Virtual Event

But because of the breadth of applications for optical sensors, the challenges to the design and functioning of an optical sensor for a particular application requires knowledge of optical, material, and environmental properties that affect sensor performance. SENSORS addresses all aspects of optical sensors from source and detection technologies, sensor configurations, and processing approaches to applications. These optical sensors range from micro-probes to large devices used for standoff monitoring of industrial and environmental species.


  • Optical fiber sensors
  • Laser based sensors
  • Wearable (chemical & biological ) sensors
  • Nanophotonic biosensors
  • Terahertz sensors



  • Francis Berghmans, Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium
    Fiber Bragg Grating-based Sensors for Harsh Environments: From Measuring Nuclear Fuel Assembly Characteristics to Detecting Impact Damage in Aircraft Structures
  • David Burghoff, University of Notre DameUnited States
    Unraveling Phase and Amplitude Computationally Using Frequency Combs
  • Michel Digonnet, Stanford UniversityUnited States
    Diaphragm-based Acoustic Sensors and Accelerometers Using Near-zero-order Interferometry
  • Hyungrok Do, Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
    Selection and Modulation of Laser Pulse Characteristics for Property Measurements in Fluids
  • Gianluca Gagliardi, Istituto Nazionale di OtticaItaly
    Optical Sensing and Optomechanics in Liquid Droplets
  • Randall Goldsmith, University of Wisconsin-MadisonUnited States
    Single-molecule Spectroscopy with Catalysts, Conductive Polymers, and Optical Microresonators
  • Rainer Hainberger, Austrian Institute of TechnologyAustria
    PECVD Silicon Nitride Photonic Integrated Circuits and Key Building Blocks for Sensing Applications
  • Cornelia Hoehr, University of VictoriaCanada
    Optical Fibers for Dosimetry in Proton Therapy
  • Juejun Hu, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Flexible, Stretchable, and 3-D Integrated Photonic Sensors
  • Heinz-Wilhelm Hübers, German Aerospace CenterGermany
    Terahertz Sensing with Quantum-cascade Lasers
  • Myung-Jae Lee, Korea Institute of Science & TechnologySouth Korea
    Single-photon Avalanche Diodes in CMOS Technology: Towards Low-cost and Compact Solid-state LiDAR Sensors
  • Hiroaki Minamide, RIKENJapan
    Novel THz-wave Gas-sensing System Based on Frequency-tunable Source
  • Ivana Murković Steinberg, University of ZagrebCroatia
    Bridging the Connectivity Gap between Optical (bio)Chemical Sensors and the Digital World: An NFC Wearable Wireless Sensor Platform
  • Derryck Reid, Heriot-Watt UniversityUnited Kingdom
    Multi-species Environmental Gas Sensing Using Drone-based Fourier-transform Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Daryoosh Saeedkia, TeTechS Inc.Canada
    Advanced Metrology Solutions Powered by Terahertz Waves
  • Kaushik Sengupta, Princeton UniversityUnited States
    Nano-optical CMOS Systems for Bio-molecular Sensing: In-vitro and In-vivo
  • M. Selim Ünlü, Boston UniversityUnited States
    Ultrasensitive Digital Microarrays: Single-molecule Readout with Interferometric Detection of Plasmonic Nanorod Labels
  • Carmen Vazquez, Universidad Carlos III de MadridSpain
    High Spatial Resolution Optical Fiber Thermometers for Applications in Harsh Environments
  • Xiaoming Yu, University of Central FloridaUnited States
    Optical Sensing in Laser Material Processing Applications
  • Yang Zhao, Univ of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States
    Sensing the Conformations of Single Molecules with Scanning Optical Force Nanoscopy



Paul Pellegrino, Army Research Laboratory, USA, General Chair
Gilberto Brambilla, Univ. of Southampton, UK, Program Chair
Frank Vollmer, Univ. of Exeter, UK, Program Chair

THz Sensing

Henry O Everitt, US Army CCDC Aviation & Missile Center, USASubcommittee Chair
Elliott Brown, Wright State Univ., USA
Enrique Castro-Camus, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Mexico
Qing Hu, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, USA
Tadao Nagatsuma, Osaka Univ., Japan
Hartmut Georg Roskos, Univ. Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Optical Fiber Sensors

Gilberto Brambilla, Univ. of Southampton, UKSubcommittee Chair
Christophe Caucheteur, Univ. of Mons, Belgium
Jose-Miguel Lopez-Higuera, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
Janet W Lou , US Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Sinead O'Keeffe, Univ. of Limerick, Ireland

Laser Based Sensors

Yoonchan Jeong, Seoul National Univ., South KoreaSubcommittee Chair
Peter D. Dragic, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Peter Horak, Univ. of Southampton, UK
Christian Grillet, CNRS, France
Kwang Jo Lee, Kyung Hee University, South Korea
Peter Vasil'ev, Univ. of Cambridge, UK

Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors

Ellen L. Holthoff, HQDA ODASA (R&T), USASubcommittee Chair
Kevin  J. Major, US Naval Research Laboratory, USASubcommittee Chair
Elena Benito-Peña, Complutense University, Spain
Matthew Coppock, Army Research Laboratory, USA
Brian Cullum, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
Claudio J. Otón, Scuola Superiore Sant Anna di Pisa, Italy
J. Gonzalo Wangüemert Pérez, University of Málaga, Spain

Nanophotonic and Plasmonic Biosensors

Frank Vollmer, Univ. of Exeter, UKSubcommittee Chair
Hatice Altug, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Laura Na Liu, Heidelberg Univ., Germany
Wei-Chuan (William) Shih, Univ. of Houston, USA
Misha Sumetsky, Aston University, UK
Filiz Yesilkoy, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Peter Zijlstra, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology, Netherland


Plenary Session

Radislav Potyrailo

GE Research, USA

Journey from natural to fabricated gas sensing photonic nanostructures: unexpected discoveries and societal impact

Existing spectroscopic and material-based gas sensors often degrade their performance in complex backgrounds. Thus, new sensing approaches are required with improved sensor selectivity and accuracy.  In this talk we analyze capabilities of natural and fabricated photonic three-dimensional nanostructures as sensors for detection of different gases. Our performance advances in detection of multiple gases with specific nanostructure designs were achieved by coupling spectral responses of these nanostructures with machine learning (a.k.a. multivariate analysis, chemometrics) tools.  Our new acquired knowledge from studies of natural and fabricated nanostructures allowed us to advance our design rules of sensing nanostructures toward needed gas selectivity for numerous gas monitoring scenarios at room and high temperatures for industrial, environmental, and other applications.

About the Speaker

Dr. Radislav Potyrailo is a Principal Scientist at GE Research, leading the growth of wireless, wearable, and industrial/consumer chemical and biological sensors. He has been leading programs on inventing sensing systems and bringing them from lab feasibility studies, to field validation, and to commercialization. Radislav has been Principal Investigator on programs funded by AFRL, DARPA, DHS, NETL, NIH, NIOSH, and TSWG. Some of these results Radislav summarized in 120 granted US Patents and 150+ publications on transducer technologies, sensing materials, and data analytics describing sensing concepts and their implementations. He has delivered 80+ invited lectures and ten keynote/plenary lectures at national and international conferences. He is the initiator and a co-organizer of the First Gordon Research Conference on Combinatorial and High Throughput Materials Science and other conferences and symposia (ACS, MRS, Pittcon) on sensors and functional materials. His recent recognitions include SPIE Fellow and Prism Award by Photonics Media/SPIE.

Sune Svanberg

South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics, South China Normal University, China, and Department of Physics, Lund University, Sweden

Laser Spectroscopic Sensing in Environmental, Ecological, and Biomedical Research

Spectroscopic sensing by laser techniques provides powerful approaches to many areas strongly influencing human daily life. Non-intrusive monitoring can be pursued locally and by remote sensing. Examples from the environmental, ecological, and biomedical fields will be given.

About the Speaker

Sune Svanberg obtained his doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in 1972, and since 1980 has been a professor of physics at Lund University, Lund, Sweden. During 30 years, he was the head of the Atomic Physics Division, and during 15 years he has been the director of the Lund Laser Centre. Since 2011 he has been a distinguished professor at South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China. He holds nine honorary doctor/professor appointments, and is a member of six scientific academies. Dr. Svanberg is a fellow of five learned societies, and received numerous national and international awards. He served on many boards and committees, including a 10-year membership of the Nobel Committee for Physics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Based on a long career in basic atomic spectroscopy and high-power laser/matter interactions, his current research interests focus on laser spectroscopic applications to the environmental, ecological and biomedical fields.


Special Events

Women of Imaging and Sensing Meet and Greet

Grab your coffee, soda or beverage of your choice and join other women of Sensing & Imaging for an informal virtual get together. Members of each committee will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or simply log in and learn a bit about OSA’s diversity and inclusion efforts and share your ideas on helping ensure our community and this meeting is as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

Volunteer Engagement I – OSA Technical Groups

Join OSA Board of Meetings Technical Group Development Chair Daniel Smalley to learn more about the governing structure and activities of OSA Technical Groups. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Introductory Remarks and Plenary Session I (Sensing Congress)

OSA Career Lab: Developing Profitable Technology Products

Developing products that make money is the primary goal of most technology companies, but it’s not an easy task to accomplish. Many factors impact whether a product is ultimately successful or not. Learn an overview of the important fundamentals for developing products that will make money for your company.

Volunteer Engagement II – OSA Meetings

Join members of the Sensing and Imaging committee to discuss the roles, responsibilities and time commitment needed to serve on a meeting committee. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Technical Groups: Illumicon

You are invited to join the OSA Display Technology Technical Group for Illumicon, an exclusive members-only event. Building on the declarations established at past Illumicon gatherings, attendees will converge online to discuss and debate emerging trends, technologies and opportunities in advanced 3D displays. Entrance to the online event will be granted to those able to enter the secret password.

Volunteer Engagement III – OSA Publishing

Join Kara Peters, NC State University, USA, Applied Optics Topical Editor and Samuel Thurman, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies, USA, JOSA A Topical Editor to learn how to become a reviewer, what editors are looking for in a reviewer, and what makes a good review. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Introductory Remarks and Plenary Session II (Imaging Congress)

Student and Early Career Professionals Happy Hour

Join fellow students and early career professionals for an informal virtual get together. Grab your coffee, soda or beverage of choice for a chance to meet other students and early career professionals from across the world and swap stories of life in graduate school and beyond.  Share the joys, trials, challenges, and camaraderie of the hard work