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

Optics and Photonics for Sensing the Environment


Optics and Photonics for Sensing the Environment (ES) focuses on using optical sensing to monitor all aspects of the environment, from global and regional scales to point sensors and industrial processes.


1. Optics and photonics in environment and pollution monitoring

  • Novel laboratory spectroscopic techniques and methodologies for disruptive sensing technology (e.g. frequency combs, other novel light sources and detectors, photonic integrated circuit sensors, and sensing networks)
  • Optics and photonics for transformative low-cost optical sensors
  • Optical sensors for air quality and greenhouse gas monitoring in urban environment
  • Stand-off and remote sensing techniques to measure trace gases (e.g. LIDAR, DOAS and FTIR)
  • Optical detection of aerosols and aerosol cloud interactions
  • Satellite and aircraft-based monitoring
  • Photonic sensors for aqueous and marine environment

2. Optics and photonics in industrial environments

  • Laser and lidar sensing of the surrounding environment (e.g. plumes, leaks)
  • Optical detection of fugitive emissions in the oil and gas supply chain
  • Optical sensors for safety applications, industrial emission monitoring and process control
  • Photonics for increased efficiency and sustainability in agriculture
  • Optical and photonic sensors for renewable and petrogenic energy production

Committee Members

  • Jana Jágerská, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, NorwayChair
  • Robert Menzies, , United StatesChair
  • Lukas Emmenegger, EMPA, SwitzerlandProgram Chair
  • Jonas Westberg, NEO Monitors, NorwayProgram Chair
  • Peter Geiser, NEO Monitors, Norway
  • R. Michael Hardesty, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin, United States
  • Jane Hodgkinson, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
  • Nazanin Hoghooghi, University of Colorado Boulder, United States
  • Shoken Ishii, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
  • Dennis Killinger, University of South Florida, United States
  • Caroline Kistner, Nanoplus, Germany
  • Bernhard Lendl, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • Boris Mizaikoff, Universitat Ulm, Germany
  • Javis Nwaboh, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany
  • Genevieve Plant, University of Michigan, United States
  • Yasunori Saito, Shinshu University, Japan
  • Benedikt Schwarz, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • Vasanthi Sivaprakasam, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
  • Juha Toivonen, Tampereen Yliopisto, Finland
  • Eric Zhang, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, United States


Jana Jágerská

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway

Robert Menzies

United States

Lukas Emmenegger

EMPA, Switzerland
Program Chair

Jonas Westberg

NEO Monitors, Norway
Program Chair


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