29 September 2019 – 03 October 2019 Austria Center Vienna , Vienna, Austria

Application of Lasers for Sensing & Free Space Communication

The latest developments in laser based sensing and free space laser communication.

This conference presents the latest developments in laser-based sensing and free space laser communication. Sophisticated laser systems are increasingly being used in a wide variety of applications including remote imaging and object characterization, sensing for autonomous vehicles, probing of the atmosphere, and high bandwidth free space optical (FSO) communications. These applications spread across a variety of basing platforms, including ground, air, water, and space platforms.  They also encompass a range of laser system implementations. Direct detection measurements can produce 3D point clouds and can incorporate sophisticated detector technologies such as Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes. Coherent detection systems can make time varying phase measurement and also provide estimates of the wave field that can be used in synthetic aperture imaging.  Both types of systems can find application in probing of the earth and atmosphere as well as in free space optical communications.  However, system requirements continue to demand increased performance from the system itself as well as the various components used to implement these systems. Advances in beam steering, waveform-agile laser and detector schemes, mitigation of atmospheric effects, and development of image and signal processing for information extraction are all significant challenges.  This meeting reports on the multiple applications of lasers in sensing and FSO communications, the sophisticated systems that operate in these applications and the enabling components and processing techniques.  

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Committee Members

  • Claudine Besson, Office Natl d'Etudes Rech AerospatialesChair
  • Edward Watson, University of Dayton, United StatesChair
  • Nicolas Riviere, Office Natl d'Etudes Rech Aerospatiales, FranceProgram Chair
  • Farzin Amzajerdian, NASA Langley Research Center, United States
  • Matthew Berg, Kansas State University, United States
  • Sammy Henderson, Beyond Photonics, United States
  • Thomas Karr, OUSD(R&E), United States
  • Robert Lamb, 1 Leonardo MW Ltd. Edinburgh
  • Olivier Pujol, Université de Lille
  • Laurent Risser, Centre National Recherche Scientifique, France
  • Jason Stafford, US AFRL, United States


Claudine Besson

Office Natl d'Etudes Rech Aerospatiales,

Edward Watson

University of Dayton, United States

Nicolas Riviere

Office Natl d'Etudes Rech Aerospatiales, France
Program Chair


OSA - The Optical Society

Premier Sponsor

IPG Photonics

Gold Sponsor

Lockheed Martin

Silver Sponsor

Menhir Photonics


Corporate Sponsor

American Elements

Local Organizer

Local Organizers

Technical Co-Sponsors

European Optical Society



2019 Exhibitors and Floorplan