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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


Life after ICFO: A PhD is Not Enough

On June 2nd 2016, the ICONS student chapter hosted Prof.Giovanni Volpe (Assistant Professor, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey) a former ICFOnian as a part of OSA´s Ambassador and Traveling Lecturer Programs. The visit of Professor Volpe was beneficial in multiple ways. Being a former ICFOnian, Professor Volpe was able to gives us first-hand experience about life after a PhD in photonics...

Added: 05 Jul 2016


Traveling Around India

I had the opportunity to travel to India as a travelling lecturer in April. In visiting 3 cities and several chapters (holding joint events) I had some amazing experiences. 

Added: 05 Jul 2016


Going Back Where It All Began

On June 2-3 2016, I have visited the OSA Student Chapter at ICFO - the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain. I was hosted by the Vice-President of the Student, Kavitha Kalavoor, and I had the opportunity to meet several of the other Officers of the Student Chapter.

Added: 05 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


Light Beyond the Lab: Putting Your Research Skills to Work

This is the second in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. In case you missed my last post, you can find it here.   In this blog post I will discuss a recent trip across the border to Canada to attend the IONS-Quebec conference and to visit INRS-Montreal.   I’ll also give you a glimpse into some...

Added: 29 Jun 2016


A New Force of Awakening

At May 30th, Doctor Yue Yang from Jupiter Networks, United States arrived at Harbin Institute of Technology and presented to the HIT OSA Student Chapter and the national key laboratory of tunable laser a great report about his research direction: High-speed optical systems and networking functions using orbital-angular-momentum multiplexing. Dr. Yue got his bachelor degree and master degree...

Added: 29 Jun 2016


Putting Your PhD to Work

The OSA Ambassador program I’m excited to volunteer in the inaugural year of the OSA Ambassador program. Our goal is to further the professional development skills of our student and Young Professional members.‘Putting your PhD to work’ To this end, I am focusing on the topic of ‘Putting your PhD to work.’   In brief, the skills learned during an optics...

Added: 21 Jun 2016


The Cities of Lights: A Century of Optics in LEDs, NEON and Light

Think about the world’s greatest travel destinations – London. Dubai. New York City. Tokyo. Now picture them dark. Would any of these places be the same without light? The Optical Society (OSA), a global association of scientists and engineers who make lasers, sensors, cameras, LED, virtual reality and many other technologies possible, is celebrating its 100th birthday. One of the...

Added: 20 Jun 2016


Machines Can Learn Ethics and Other Predictions for AI

Futurist Ray Kurzweil and Nobel laureate Steven Chu discuss artificial intelligence and accelerating technology at The Optical Society’s “Light the Future” program at CLEO.

Added: 17 Jun 2016