24 June 2019 – 27 June 2019 Messe München, Munich, Germany


The 2018 OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress concluded in Orlando, Florida where imaging technologies are embraced throughout the area from its theme parks to the local industry. With 625 attendees and 160 presentations, attendees converged from around the world to share knowledge and research across the diverse industry of optical imaging.

“From autonomous machines, medicine, robotics and imaging of the night sky, this year’s OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress highlighted the vast scope of imaging technologies today and for the future,” said Gisele Bennett, Congress General Chair. “On behalf of OSA, I would like to thank our many volunteers who helped to plan and execute on this outstanding Congress and our sponsors.  I look forward to seeing many of you for our next Congress in Munich, Germany.”
Congress Keynotes
Highlighting the ever-increasing role of optics in both virtual reality and astronomy, the Congress plenaries were not to be missed. The plenary sessions featured two speakers:
Paul Debevec, Google VR, USA
"Welcome to Light Fields", the first downloadable virtual reality experience, based on light field capture techniques. These techniques allow the visual appearance of an explorable volume of space to be recorded and reprojected photorealistically in VR, enabling full 6DOF head movement. The ‘Light Stage’ computational illumination and facial scanning systems are geodesic spheres of inward-pointing LED lights used to create digital actor effects in movies such as Avatar, Benjamin Button, and Gravity. It recently has been used to create photo-real digital actors, based on real people in movies such as Furious 7, Blade Runner: 2049, and Ready Player One.

Laurent Pueyo, Space Telescope Science Institute, USA
Entitled “Exoplanet Imaging: From Precision Optics to Precision Measurements,” Pueyo presented recent observational results in exoplanet imaging and discussed prospects for similar experiments on NASA missions, such as the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope and the currently studied on The Large UV/Optical/IR (LUVIOR) Surveyor.

The numerous invited and contributed presentations, tutorials, and panel discussions provided a forum for the community to learn and share advances in the science of optical imaging. Research highlights presented at the meeting included novel imaging optical imaging industry, innovative and collaborative applications and the future of imaging, as well as topical symposia.