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The All-Virtual 2021 OSA Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) Meeting in Review

The 2021 Applied Industrial Optics meeting provided a view into current and future industrial optics and continued to be a source for professional growth and a platform for personal network expansion. This Discover OSA blog article summarizes the week long all-virtual meeting. 

Added:09 Aug 2021


Connecting the Optics and Photonics Community – OSA’s Approach to Digital Conferences

This article looks at how OSA connected the optics and photonics community when the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic disrupted conferences globally. Our meetings bring together the best minds at every stage of their careers.

Added:22 Apr 2021


All-Virtual OSA Biophotonics Congress Introduces Solutions to Challenges in Biomedical Research

The OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences held 12 – 16 April 2021, featured presentations on technologies transforming biomedical imaging, clinical investigations and more. Over 460 registrants from 37 countries participated in talks highlighting the role of optics in making instrumentation and relevant tools available to biological researchers, clinicians, surgeons...

Added:21 Apr 2021


OSA High-brightness Sources and Light-driven Interactions Congress: Innovations in Ultrafast Science

Comprised of three topical meetings, the all-virtual 2020 OSA High-brightness Sources and Light-driven Interactions Congress showcased applications in environmental measurements, consumer technologies and ultrafast science.

Added:24 Nov 2020


2020 OSA Laser Congress Highlights Future Technologies and Applications

The all-virtual 2020 OSA Laser Congress, held 13 – 16 October, featured presentations on innovations in solid-state lasers and applications including the use of optics technologies in space. Speakers described how spaceborne LIDAR is measuring greenhouse gases, agricultural output, deforestation in the Amazon, carbon content in biosphere, and phytoplankton in the oceans.

Added:20 Oct 2020


OPTICS IS ILLUMINATING THE PATH FORWARD

The global optics and photonics community is doing its part to fight the covid-19 pandemic. State-of-the-art optics technologies are detecting and tracking the virus, sterilizing surfaces and healthcare equipment, and sequencing the virus genome for developing effective vaccines.

Added:20 Oct 2020


The All-Virtual OSA Advanced Photonics Congress is a Wrap!

The first all-virtual OSA Advanced Photonics Congress has come to a successful conclusion. More than 3,700 registrants from 84 countries joined us for the congress held 13 – 16 July 2020 to engage with distinguished plenary speakers, presenters and volunteers.

Added:20 Jul 2020


Volunteer Cultivation Activities at the OSA Imaging & Sensing Congresses

The Optical Society (OSA) is a society fueled by its members and volunteers in the optics and photonics community. During OSA’s recent joint Imaging & Applied Optics Congress and Optical Sensors & Sensing Congress, three networking events explored several OSA volunteer opportunities. Taking advantage of the meeting breaks, these networking events were designed to help connect the...

Added:08 Jul 2020


IONS OPUMA 2020: First online IONS conference retrospective

The IONS OPUMA 2020 conference, held 8 – 12 June 2020, was the first online student run conference sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA). Being the first online IONS was not a decision taken out of curiosity, but an initiative taken in response to the crisis of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Added:01 Jul 2020


CLEO Concludes: A Global Conference Extends its Reach by Going Virtual

Last week, the 2020 CLEO Conference on Lasers and Electro-optics was held in a first-ever, all-virtual format. Co-sponsored by the American Physical Society, IEEE Photonics Society, and The Optical Society (OSA), and managed by OSA, the conference reached almost 20,000 registrants.

Added:17 May 2020


Applied Industrial Optics Meeting: An Informative 3rd Day

To start the last day of Applied Industrial Optics, Rainer Minixhofer presented the impressive wafer level work being done at ams AG in Switzerland developing ambient light sensor architectures that can further miniaturize devices like cell phones. Lisa Franceschini then treated the audience with a demo of 3D technology she is developing at Realvision SRL in Italy. With both hardware and...

Added:18 Jul 2019


Applied Industrial Optics Meeting: An Enlightening Day 2 in Review

Day 2 of Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) jumped right into a highly interactive tutorial offered by Sujatha Ramanujan, managing director of Luminate, an optics and photonics accelerator. Her insight into key components required to start a successful business were put directly into practice by the audience with multiple team activities.

Added:10 Jul 2019


The Applied Industrial Optics Meeting: Day 1 in Summary

Turan Erdogan’s keynote session opened this year’s Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) Topical Meeting with over a decade of insight from two companies he took part in founding – Semrock and Plymoth Grating Laboratories. Erdogan shared lessons learned from the two company’s contrasting challenges and how to find balance in market opportunities and competition by focusing...

Added:09 Jul 2019


AIO 2019: The Invited Speakers

The invited speakers of this year’s Applied Industrial Optics meeting cover a wide array of interesting topics.

Added:05 Jul 2019


AIO 2019: The Panels

One of the highlights of the Applied Industrial Optics meeting each year are the panels and this year will be no different. AIO will have two panels this year: ‘Small Business, Big Optics’ and ‘Optics on the Hill’.

Added:04 Jul 2019


AIO 2019: The Keynote and Tutorial

Applied Industrial Optics starts in less than a week. This year’s keynote presentation “A Tale of Two Optics Companies’ will compare the path from start-up to mid-life of Semrock and Plymouth Grating Laboratory.

Added:03 Jul 2019


The Future of Additive Manufacturing Technologies for Optical Applications

On June 12 2019, The Optical Society hosted more than two hundred scientists for the additive manufacturing session of the Design and Fabrication congress. The future of additive manufacturing technologies for optical applications was discussed through a series of questions asked to a panel of optical manufacturers.

Added:19 Jun 2019


AIO 2019: What is Applied Industrial Optics?

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) is a multidisciplinary meeting that focuses on innovative photonics research and its commercial impact.  The meeting is largely comprised of high quality invited speakers from diverse backgrounds speaking on a variety of topics.While the program committee strives to... 

Added:26 Feb 2019


100 Scientists On An Island

What do you get when you gather about 100 laser scientists on a small island? You get a lot of geeky light jokes (pun intended), learning, discussions ranging from lasers, solitons, POTUS, gender issues to new anime. All in all you get one of the best laser schools ever conducted!I was lucky to be a part of the fifth Siegman International School on Lasers in the Island of Hven, Backafallsbyn in...

Added:10 Sep 2018


2018 Siegman School; Enjoying Science in a Positive Atmosphere!

Italian guy, working in Poland, comes to Sweden for a summer school organized by OSA, a society founded in the USA. Really?! Is it actually true? Of course it is! Could it be more international than that? Probably, but at least this is my little story across Europe…I’m Mattia and in January I moved to Poland, to work as a Ph.D. student at Institute of Electronic Materials...

Added:31 Aug 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 4

The final day of AIO began with...

Added:29 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 3

Day 3 was topic diverse. The first AIO session was...

Added:28 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 2

Out of the box would be the way to describe day 2 of the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress. The day began with...

Added:27 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

Lights, camera, action. The 2018 Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with...

Added:25 Jun 2018


AIO 2018: Interesting Facts about Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida: 10 Interesting facts and 5 things to do   

Added:20 Jun 2018


AIO 2018: Another New Exciting and Interactive Dimension to Applied industrial Optics 2018

Applied Industrial Optics 2018 continues its tradition of having a program presented by individuals from widely varying sectors. New to AIO 2018 will be demonstrations of the technologies presented as part of the program. Attendees will have the chance to see a cryogenic system, a VECSEL laser, adaptive lenses, an optical coherence tomography system, fiber optic sensing systems, sensor probes...

Added:11 Jun 2018


Sharing My True Excitement for the Inaugural International Day of Light

The International Day of Light (IDL) is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. IDL is a worldwide event to help achieve the goals of United Nations Educational, Scientific and...

Added:31 May 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Chris Hessenius, TPhotonics Inc, USA

Dr. Hessenius believes OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress is a unique meeting due to the emphasis placed on transferring research into real world applications. Often times researchers are focused on lab work and forget the needs that are driving their work. Interacting with others that could use your expertise or perhaps provide additional insight is very exciting.  

Added:30 May 2018


Integrated Photonics in the Mid-IR Incubator

The Integrated Photonics in the Mid-IR Incubator, 20-22 May 2018, hosted by Garo Khanarian, Consultant; Robert Norwood, University of Arizona; and Brandon Shaw, US Naval Research Laboratory was created to explore the optical, electrical and mechanical processes and components that must be integrated onto a photonic chip to create a chip-based architecture that will enable new...

Added:22 May 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Cheng Zhang, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

Cheng Zhang is a CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher in the Nanofabrication Research Group. He received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Shandong University, China in 2010, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2016.   

Added:14 May 2018


An Insightful Experience at OSA Leadership

​Dr. Ivan P. Kaminow was a pioneer in the area of telecommunications and was passionate about mentoring early career professionals and the OSA Ivan P. Kaminow Early Career Professional Prize has been constituted in his memory. I remember waking up in the first week of January and seeing the email from OSA that announced the award, a truly fantastic start to the year for me! It is an incredible...

Added:02 May 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Stefano Bonora, INFM-CNR, Padova, Italy

Dr Bonora has developed a research line in the design, realization and application of deformable mirrors. During this activity he collaborated with many foreign and Italian institutes supplying them adaptive optics systems for ultrafast laser compression and shaping, for high power laser focusing and medical imaging.

Added:30 Apr 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. Thomas Laurent, Eagleyard Photonics GmbH, Germany

Dr. Thomas Laurent graduated with a Diploma in Physical Chemistry. His first contact with laser diodes (literally) was when opening up a 5W Coherent Verdi Laser. Exactly that device ensured his PhD thesis researching ultrafast femtosecond processes – to which he was attracted ever since. He will be in Orlando talking about Qualifying Active Components for Space and LIDAR Applications.

Added:17 Apr 2018


AIO 2018: Focus on Dr. John W. Berthold, Davidson Instruments, Inc, USA

John W. Berthold received the B.A. degree in physics from Gettysburg College and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in optical sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson. He has fifty years experience in optics research, thin film coatings, and sensors, and is internationally recognized for many contributions in the development of fiber optic sensors.  

Added:09 Apr 2018


2018 Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) Chair, Dr. Martin Garbos shares his thoughts on the meeting.

AIO is a great platform to meet people facing the same challenges or who might even have helpful answers for your problems since they have mastered them. Additionally, you can find great job opportunities here. We have had attendees who met their new employer at AIO in the past and they even seem to be very happy in their new jobs.  

Added:26 Mar 2018


Day 4: Applied Industrial Optics

The final day of AIO 2017 kicked off with...

Added:30 Jun 2017


Day 3: Applied Industrial Optics

So much happened today at AIO, just some titles were “Imaging Radiation Dose and Molecules in Human Radiation Therapy for Cancer”, “A Low Cost Optical Imaging Device based on a single Moving Detector for Breast Cancer Detection”, “Spectral Imaging for Quantitative Phase Contrast”, “Adventures in Underwater Microscopy”, “Planar Beam-steering...

Added:29 Jun 2017


Day 2: Applied Industrial Optics

The first session of AIO on Day 2, “Fabulous-Perot Sensing and Sources”, was opened by ...

Added:28 Jun 2017


Day 1: ​Applied Industrial Optics

OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with the Joint Opening Plenary Session. Mohan Trivedi (University of California San Diego, USA) opened the conference with “Humanity, Intelligent vehicles LISA Research Agenda”, an insight into the intelligent vehicles future and the long term goal of human cohabitation with intelligent robots. Next, John Schwartzman...

Added:27 Jun 2017


San Francisco: what to know before going to AIO 2017

10 Interesting facts about San Francisco 1. San Francisco hasn’t always been San Francisco...

Added:23 Jun 2017


Just in AIO 2017: Two panel sessions, “The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics” and “Start-ups, Incubators, Accelerators, Oh My!”

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker and Panelist, Dr. Anna Rissanen about her experiences in development and commercialization of novel sensing applications.  This year we will host two panel sessions. Greg Quarles (OSA Chief Scientist) will introduce the first session (“The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics&rdquo...

Added:13 Jun 2017


AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Arsen Hajian, Hindsight Imaging Inc, USA

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker Dr. Arsen Hajian about his experiences at optical spectroscopy as the founder and CEO of Hindsight Imaging. Dr. Hajian will present at AIO on Monday, June 26 at 11am.  

Added:31 May 2017


​Just in AIO 2017: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tish Shute, Futurewei (Huawei), USA

AIO 2017 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tish Shute, the Director, AR/VR, Corporate Technology Strategy, Futurewei (Huawei USA) will talk about XR and the future of communications: from silicon to human photonics. Dr. Shute will present at AIO on Tuesday, June 27.

Added:24 May 2017


AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Brian Pogue, DoseOptics, LLC, USA

Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker Dr. Brian Pogue, the president of DoseOptics, about his experience at radiation therapy imaging and Cherenkov radiotherapy dosimetry. Dr. Pogue will present at AIO on Wednesday, June 28.

Added:09 May 2017


AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Hod Finkelstein, TruTag Technologies, USA

Dr. Finkelstein has over twenty years of technology development, manufacturing and operations experience.  Prior to joining TruTag Technologies, he was Director of Technology Development for Illumina, Inc., a leading genomic analysis and DNA sequencing company, where he led the development and productization of advanced sequencing products and technologies.

Added:19 Apr 2017


Applied Industrial Optics 2017 (AIO) - Chair Dr. Arlene Smith shares her thoughts on the meeting.

What do you think makes AIO meeting a remarkable meeting?  The program is mostly invited talks, which enables the Committee to focus on enabling leaders in the field to share their knowledge. The Committee members display great dedication in working to make the meeting the best...

Added:28 Mar 2017


Coming Back to the Down Under

​Hey there! This is the third in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. You can find earlier posts on visits to Barcelona and Quebec.   In this post I will discuss a recent trip Down Under to attend the OSA Photonics and Fiber Technology conference in Sydney. I worked at the University of Sydney for four years...

Added:26 Oct 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 4

The final day of AIO 2016 kicked off with...

Added:29 Jul 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 3

Day 3 started with...

Added:28 Jul 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 2

The first session of AIO on Day 2, “ID Photonically”, was opened by...

Added:27 Jul 2016


Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with the...

Added:25 Jul 2016


AIO Co-Founder and 2016 Program Chair, Dr Jess V. Ford, shares his thoughts on the AIO meeting.

AIO will stretch your mind about photonics applications and help you develop a network of friends that will help you overcome any hurdle in taking your technology from the lab bench to the marketplace.  We also have the best after conference parties and discussions.

Added:14 Jul 2016


AIO 2016: Focus on Dr. Garrett Cole, Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC, US

What do you think people will learn from your talk as a take-home lesson? I aim to give an overview of...

Added:29 Jun 2016


AIO 2016: Focus on Dr. Torsten Frosch, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany

Dr. Torsten Frosch, who was recently awarded the Bunsen-Kirchhoff award for Analytical Spectroscopy, will talk about Raman Spectroscopic Gas Sensing at AIO 2016. In the following interview, AIO Young Professional, Sogol Borjian, asks Dr Frosch about his work and his upcoming talk at AIO 2016. 

Added:10 Jun 2016


Imaging and Applied Optics in Heidelberg?

The Imaging and Applied Optics Congress is 25 - 28 July 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany. We hope you’ll join us there. Here are some Interesting Facts about this wonderful place: (1)The first evidence of human life in Europe was found in Heidelberg. A jaw-bone which is the earliest evidence found of human life in Europe, known today as the “Heidelberg Man”...

Added:25 May 2016


What is Applied Industrial Optics?

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) is a unique conference where industrial professionals are asked to speak about their work, which typically is never published, unless as a patent. While many industrial societies have conferences that approach this format, the Optics and Photonics industry typically only has trade shows, such as CLEO and Photonics West. For industrial participants, these events...

Added:05 May 2016


Cool Materials: Day 4 of AIO 2015

 The final day of AIO 2015 kicked off with the 'Cool Materials' session. Chauncey Graetzel (Optotune Switzerland AG, USA) presented the technology behind 'Tunable Lenses, Miniature Laser Speckle Reducers and their Applications to Innovative Optical Systems'. The Optotune approach provides compact zoom and focus at high speeds and low dispersion compared to...

Added:17 Jun 2015


Optics in detecting threats, patents and more: AIO Day 3

 Derryck Reid (Heriot-Watt University, UK) opened Day 3 at the Joint Session with LS&C and AIO with a presentation on his work in the area of 'Chemical Sensing Using Broadband Mid-IR Femtosecond OPOs'. Femtosecond OPOs offer high spatial and spectral brightness, good spatial coherence, and are efficient and robust. Derryck described the application of these sources in...

Added:11 Jun 2015


What you can do with spectroscopy and more - AIO Day 2

 Thomas Tague (Brucker Optics Inc, USA) opened the first Applied Industrial Optics session on Day 2 - Dr Photon to the Rescue - with a talk on 'Novel Applications of Molecular Spectroscopy to Heritage and Biomedical Fields of Study'. Thomas described the in-situ analyses of graffiti pigments in rock paintings at Hueco Tanks State Park using Raman and X-Ray...

Added:10 Jun 2015


Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

The first session of AIO 2015 - 'Flutonics Palooza' - was opened by Dominic Murphy (Pie Photonics Ltd, Ireland) with a talk titled 'Optical Wavefront Interferometry - Evolution, Challenges and Opportunities'. Dominic spoke on the challenges facing detection systems regarding information (throughput, sensitivity) and form (simplicity, size), and the advantages, such as...

Added:09 Jun 2015


11 Reasons to Love the Applied Industrial Optics Meeting

The countdown to the meeting begins!  Eleven – Actually there are twelve sessions scheduled during AIO 2015, featuring 22 invited and 9 contributed talks. Short videos from AIO 2015 industrial sponsors will be shown in the meeting room before and after each session. The Congress Joint Poster Session with over 40 posters is on Tuesday, 19:00 - 20:30.Ten – Stops from the...

Added:04 Jun 2015


Emerging Applied Imaging Technologies at AIO

The sessions at this year's AIO meeting feature emerging technologies.New this year, AIO is hosting Joint Sessions with two topical meetings: Adaptive Optics (AO) and Application of Lasers for Sensing and Free Space Communication (LS&C).At the time of writing, two invited speakers are confirmed for the AIO-AO Joint Session. Jaeyoun Kim (Iowa State University) will present on "The...

Added:14 May 2015


A Conversation with Dr. Michele Ostraat, AIO 2015 Keynote

 Dr. Michele Ostraat is the Downstream Research Center Leader for Aramco Research Center-Boston and the Applied Industrial Optics 2015 Keynote Speaker. She will present on "Optical Materials and Systems for Nondestructive Testing in the Oil and Gas Industry." Dr Ostraat, thank you for participating in this interview. To start, can you give me a brief history of your...

Added:04 May 2015


Final Thoughts on AIO 2014....and the Best Talk Winner!

Some time has passed since another successful AIO, with 2014 seeing the meeting’s highest attendance to date.  Looking back over three and half days of sessioning, I have tried to select my favorite talks. I have narrowed the longlist down to two – the committee-voted Best Talk at AIO 2014, and a personal favorite.

Added:17 Sep 2014


Awesome Optics at AIO

The morning session of Day 4 - Awesome Optical Materials - was opened by Dr. Tigran Galstian (Universite Laval & LensVector). Tigran presented a liquid crystal-based motion-less adaptive optical system. This cost-effective approach has been successfully applied to mobile phone camera technology to enable autofocus, with future applications in LED lighting and ophthalmic products (contact...

Added:24 Jul 2014


Day 3 at Applied Industrial Optics 2014

Day 3 of AIO 2014 was action-packed with two panel sessions and a joint session with the Imaging Systems and Applications meeting, in addition to three 'regular' AIO sessions.Dr Steven Dodge (Simon Fraser University) opened the first session of the day - 'Meaurement Makes Success' - with a presentation on Time-Domain Terahertz spectroscopy. Steven has used this...

Added:17 Jul 2014


Applied Industrial Optics 2014: Summary of Day 1

Day 1 of AIO 2014 kicked off at 8:30am with the first session - 'Far and Away We See You'.  We heard from Dr Stewart Hager (Hager Environmental and Atmospheric Techno) about his work in replacing manned, single-line, Non-Dispersive IR systems, which are currently used for measurement of vehicle emission fumes, with EDAR (Emission Detecting and Reporting) technology. Similar to...

Added:15 Jul 2014


Applied Industrial Optics 2014: Highlights from Day 2

Day 2 of AIO 2014 opened with the Joint Plenary Session, featuring speakers from Applied Industrial Optics (AIO), Imaging Systems and Applications (IS), and Laser Applications to Chemical, Security and Environmental Analysis (LACSEA). Dr Bernard Kress (Optics Lead at Google Glass, Google [X] Labs and AIO Plenary speaker), addressed a packed room about see-through optics for Head Mounted...

Added:15 Jul 2014


How To Make the Most of AIO 2014

Before you leave for AIO, use OSA’s online itinerary planner to manage your schedule during the meeting. AIO 2014 is part of the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, which means sessions from all six topical meetings run concurrently during the week. Don’t miss out on the talks you want to attend!

Added:10 Jul 2014


The Body Optic - Molecular Probes Save Lives

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world; in fact, the American Cancer Society estimates 96,830 new cases of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2014 alone. Barratt’s Esophagus, which is strongly associated with esophageal adenocarcinoma, affects up to 10% of patients suffering from long-term acid reflux. Diseased areas can be...

Added:01 Jul 2014


Three Simple Steps to Networking Sucess at AIO 2014

Behind-the-scenes preparations for AIO 2014 are well underway.  As I obsessively check the Seattle weather forecast and celebrate the end of sessioning (a committee member benefit!), I’m reminded what makes this meeting unique. In this blogpost, I want to raise a topic that is near-essential for career progression, but can strike fear into the hearts of the introverted. I want to...

Added:16 Jun 2014


Focus on Google Glass at Applied Industrial Optics

I love my smartphone.When I started university, mobile phones were relatively new. I turned 18 and got my first phone – a Nokia with both calling and texting capabilities.  A few years later, I upgraded to a newer model. This one had a built-in FM radio and the keypad had a blue backlight. It was the high-tech wave! But I think we all know how technology has progressed since then.

Added:28 May 2014


Some counterintuitive lessons learned from the OSA BIOMED meeting

With the conclusion of another BIOMED meeting, I once again left Miami impressed by the many excellent talks, clever imaging solutions, and novel biological insights.  I’ve appreciated the opportunity to share my thoughts about the conference through this blog, and in conclusion, I thought I would highlight three things that I was rather surprised to learn.

Added:06 May 2014


What’s New in Applied Optics Research? AIO 2014

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO), now in its 5th year, focuses on research which utilizes optics and photonics technology to solve real-world problems. This year, speakers and attendees who are engaged in applied research will descend on Seattle in mid-July, to get a taste of what’s new in applied optics research. or the next three months, I will be blogging about the topics and speakers...

Added:05 May 2014


Seeing the blood flow that helps us see

The quality of the posters at the the OSA biomedical optics conference this year has been exceptionally high and over the last three days I came across a number of projects that warranted highlighting in the blog. Some of these include the work of Jessica Kishimoto and Prof. Keith St. Lawrence at Western University on the application of diffuse correlation spectroscopy and ultrasound imaging to...

Added:30 Apr 2014


Optical Tomographers Beware!

To all of you optical tomography researchers reading this: admit it, you’re a bit of a gadget geek. The last thing you want is to let your expensive, fancy equipment come into contact with your imaging subjects, especially animals. That’s the real reason why you keep building all of your systems in “non-contact” geometries. Well, according to Shelley Taylor from Prof...

Added:30 Apr 2014


The integration of optical technologies to manipulate and monitor biological samples

This morning at the BIOMED meeting, there were back-to-back talks in the Optical Molecular Biophysics / Neurophotonics session that highlighted the unique insights that can be obtained by integrating different optical technologies. Anna-Karin Gustavsson from Dr. Caroline Adiels group gave an interesting talk that integrated multifluidics, optical trapping, and NADH autofluorescence measurements...

Added:29 Apr 2014


Speeding up multi-photon microscopy

As someone with strong research interests in multiphoton microscopy (MPM), I was excited to hear Dr. Peter So’s plenary talk on Day 3 of the BIOMED meeting. Dr. So provided an overview of the development of his multiphoton tissue cytometry equipment over the years, and its applications in neurobiology. MPM has emerged as key tool in neuroscience to non-invasively image deeper within the...

Added:29 Apr 2014


The OSA BIOMED Meeting Day 1: Things are heating up in Miami

Greetings from Miami! BIOMED has gotten off to great start with a pair of plenary talks by Dr. Xingde Li and Dr. Adam Wax. As I mentioned in a previous post, Dr. Li has been developing and refining endomicroscopic probes to facilitate non-linear optical microscopy in hard to reach places such as the kidney, intestine, and cervix. Dr. Wax, on the other hand, has taken a different approach to...

Added:28 Apr 2014


The Binding Finding of a Fluorescence Lifetime

In this afternoon’s session on Luminescence and Absorption on Cellular and Tissue Levels, Prof. Victor Chernomordik gave an overview of the extensive work he and his colleagues have been undertaking to make fluorescence molecular imaging more quantitative. Much of their work has focused specifically on how to quantify human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) concentrations (a key...

Added:27 Apr 2014


The Early Photon Gets the Worm

One of the biggest problems with using light to analyze biological tissue is that photons in the visible and near-visible spectrum have a very high probability of scattering multiple times as they propagate through the tissue. This is a well-known problem that restricts high-resolution optical microscopy to tissue thicknesses of only a few microns. It has also led researchers to develop...

Added:25 Apr 2014


The Role of Chance in Biomedical Imaging

Much of my work as a postdoctoral trainee at Tufts University has focused on utilizing endogenous sources of optical contrast to assess tissue development and disease. To this end, our lab has utilized non-linear optical microscopy to non-destructively characterize tissue organization and metabolic function with an emphasis on understanding and detecting stem cell differentiation and...

Added:07 Apr 2014



Salt and Pepper (Noise): Key Ingredients for Imaging Blood Flow

We’ve all experienced that “salt-and-pepper”, or white noise when our favorite television show cuts out on us. Well it turns out that similar “speckle” patterns are also seen when projecting laser light onto biological tissue, owing to interference patterns of the monochromatic light source. Now you might say, “so what!” and that’s probably what...

Added:25 Mar 2014


Reducing Drug Trial Costs with Imaging Technology

95% of new cancer therapeutics fail to make it past Phase II clinical trials. This means that while it should only cost about $50 million per drug for FDA approval, incorporating the cost of failures leads to an estimated cost of $1 billion per drug (1), with a recent Forbes article suggesting that this number is considerably higher (2).So why are so many drugs failing in clinical trials?

Added:04 Mar 2014


How to fit a laser-scanning microscope into a 2mm diameter tube

Optical microscopy can provide high-resolution images of cellular morphology and matrix organization, which can be utilized to diagnose disease or trauma. However, achieving an adequate signal-to-noise ratio at imaging depths exceeding 1mm is very challenging.  As a result, the initial clinical applications for optical microscopy techniques have largely focused on skin pathology. ...

Added:28 Feb 2014


Pushing the limits of imaging resolution and penetration depth

The development of labeling techniques capable of providing customizable molecular specificity has made optical microscopy a fundamental technique in the biomedical research, and the standard compound microscope remains a fixture in just about any clinic or biomedical lab. The popularity of optical microscopy was also driven by the ability to provide resolution at the cellular level that...

Added:28 Feb 2014


It takes blood, sweat, and SERS to image single cells

Throw out those old dusty fluorescent molecules and welcome in the next generation of optical contrast agents. SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering/Spectroscopy) nanoparticles are sophisticated new contrast agents that offer some distinct advantages over conventional fluorescent molecules for investigating molecular biology.

Added:20 Feb 2014


Where would biomedicine be without optics?

Much of the emphasis in biomedical optics research has been placed on the clinical translation of our technologies -- and rightfully so!  As my fellow blogger Dr. Ken Tichauer indicates, the potential impact in the clinic is great and the future remains bright.  But as we gear up for OSA BIOMED 2014 in Miami, I will be excited to learn about some of the latest applications in basic...

Added:10 Feb 2014


Photoimmunotherapy (PIT) busts open the doors for drug delivery

Over the last decade alone, it is estimated that over $200 billion has been spent just by governments to fund cancer research [1]. Despite this enormous investment, the recently released 2014 World Heath Organization (WHO) Cancer Report suggests that cancer incidence rates and deaths from cancer are on the rise, both in more developed and less developed nations.

Added:06 Feb 2014


Beginning of a new era? Recent advances in biomedical optics light the way to long-awaited clinical translation

For decades biomedical optics has been touted as an ideal tool for diagnosing, monitoring and/or treating a vast array of health conditions owing to low-cost instrumentation, use of non-ionizing radiation, and incomparable sensitivity. All great characteristics; nonetheless, adoptions of optical devices in the clinic have been few and far-between. One could blame regulations, the high cost of...

Added:29 Jan 2014