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Executive Forum 2018 Recap

The 2018 edition of the OIDA Executive Forum in advance of OFC has wrapped up, and it is hard to determine any one major theme of the program this year. Once again, this was a worthwhile event with perspectives given from a wide variety of industry movers and shakers. However, it seems that we are at an interesting point in the optical industry where requirements are somewhat fragmented and...

Added: 21 Mar 2018

International Women’s Day: So Much Already Achieved And Still So Much To Be Done

These are outlandish times in our society. On the one hand, women have never experienced the current level of independence, empowerment, and social equity that we know today. On the other hand, this wave of change comes accompanied by a wave of social conscience stirring, which obliges women and men to confront their unconsciously acquired behaviour and biases. The result of this self-analysis...

Added: 08 Mar 2018

Luminar Technologies’ Co-Founder & CTO Jason Eichenholz, Welcomes Questions in this Ask Me Anything

Creating LiDAR your life can depend on, Luminar uses advanced LiDAR sensors to measure millions of points per second, and put that resolution where it matters most. This allows Luminar sensors to see not just where objects are, but what they are — even at distance. Co-Founder and CTO, Jason Eichenholz is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in laser, optics and photonics product...

Added: 16 Feb 2018

Driving Diversity, Closing the Gap: Celebrating International Day for Women and Girls in Science

The fourth industrial revolution dawns upon us and with that evokes a quintessential question, how do we, as women and girls in science, seek opportunities and be influential during this shift of science, technology and innovation? We are currently in an era where science and physical systems are fusing to develop emerging technology that is based on artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet...

Added: 11 Feb 2018

Inventor, Professor & Business Leader – UCSB’s Daniel Blumenthal is Solving Complex Problems in Opti

Hi! I'm Daniel Blumenthal, a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering specializing in optical communications and photonic integration at the University of California – Santa Barbara, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), The Optical Society (OSA) and of the IEEE.

Added: 20 Dec 2017

Education & Next Steps for Illumination Optics Day 2

While the first day of the OSA Illumination Optics Incubator focused on the state of illumination optics science and technology, today’s session focused on the community, education and next steps.   We also had, special guest OSA Science Advisor Tom Hausken from CA. Can you find him in this group shot?

Added: 17 Nov 2017

Day 1 Illumination Optics Incubator

The Illumination Optics Incubator was designed to focus on ways to create a thriving community between researchers and industry in the field of illumination optics. Experienced professionals covering the whole value creation chain: optical design theory and optimization, optical design and software, manufacturers of injection molded optical parts and metallized reflectors, LED manufacturers and...

Added: 17 Nov 2017

The Importance of Science Communication

Science communication plays an increasingly important role in our society, but today’s PhD students have few formal training opportunities. The Communicating Science workshop for graduate students, formally known as ComSciCon, was created to help fill this gap by teaching science communication skills to graduate students from across a wide variety of scientific disciplines in an intensive...

Added: 11 Oct 2017

Day 2: Small Eyes & Smart Minds Incubator

Yesterday during the Small Eyes & Smart Minds “Sensors & Systems” session experts discussed novel imaging techniques and hardware.  The remainder of the Incubator showcased some human-centric imaging applications and discussed processing solutions. 

Added: 06 Oct 2017

Day 1: OSA Small Eyes & Smart Minds Incubator

The Small Eyes & Smart Minds Incubator is all about new imaging techniques, the computational work that makes them possible and the exciting applications this work can engender.  The hosts of this Incubator, Rama Chellappa, University of Maryland; Francisco Imai, Apple, Inc.; and Ashok Veeraraghavan, Rice University are seeking fundamental advances and new solutions to problems that...

Added: 05 Oct 2017