Optical Sensors and Sensing Congress

19 July 2021 – 23 July 2021
Optica Virtual Event - Pacific Daylight/Summer Time (UTC - 07:00)

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Optical Sensors (Sensors)

Optical sensors have many applications in R&D, national defense and commercial markets such as medical diagnostics and process control.

However, 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.

The meeting 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.

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Committee Members

Paul Pellegrino, US Army Research Laboratory, USAChair  
Gilberto Brambilla, University of Southampton, UK, Program Chair
Frank Vollmer, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany, Program Chair            

Optical Fiber Sensors

Sinead O'KeeffeUniversity of Limerick, IrelandSubcommittee Chair            
Kyriacos Kalli, Cyprus University of Technology, Greece
Jose-Miguel Lopez-Higuera, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain    
Janet Lou, US Naval Research Laboratory, USA 
Charusluk Viphavakit, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Laser Based Sensors

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

Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors

Ellen Holthoff, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, USA, Subcommittee Co-Chair
Kevin Majors, US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), USA, Subcommittee Co-Chair             
Elena Benito Peña, Complutense University, Spain
Matthew Coppock, US Army Research Laboratory, USA
Michael Daniele, NC State University, USA​     
Claudio Otón, Scuola Superiore Sant Anna di Pisa​, Italy 
Rosanna Robertson Anderson, U.S. Department of Homeland Security S&T, USA
J. Gonzalo Wangüemert Pérez, ETSI- Telecomunicación, Universidad Politécnica de Malaga, Spain

Nanophotonic and Plasmonic Biosensors

Filiz Yesilkoy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Marketa Bockova, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Czechia​
Huilin Shao, National University of Singapore, Singapore​
Wei-Chuan Shih, University of Houston, USA
Misha Sumetsky, Aston University, UK  
Yang Zhao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA​ 
Peter Zijlstra, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands​

THz Sensing

Henry Everitt, CCDC-Aviation & Missile Center, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Jessica Boland, University of Manchester, UK
Elliott Brown, Wright State University, USA​
Enrique Castro-Camus, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Mexico​
Qing Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA​
Tadao Nagatsuma, University of Osaka, Japan

Quantum Sensing

Jennifer Choy, University of Wisconsin, USA, Subcommittee Chair
Clarice Aiello, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
Kevin Cox, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), USA​
Connor Hart, University of Maryland, USA
Sara Mouradian, University of California - Berkeley, USA
Matthew Turner, University of Maryland, USA


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Paul Pellegrino

US Army Research Laboratory​, United States

Frank Vollmer

Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany
Program Chair


Gilberto Brambilla

University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Program Chair