• Technical Conference:  16 – 20 September 2018
  • Science & Industry Showcase:  18 – 19 September 2018

September 2017

Practical Photonic Technologies in Communication, Biomedical and Energy Applications

By Rebecca Andersen | Posted: 29 September 2017

Vladimir M. Shalaev, Purdue University and Birck Nanotechnology Center, USA

Visionary Presentation:
Vladimir M. Shalaev, Purdue University and Birck Nanotechnology Center, USA

 

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Digital Lighting Trends in Automotive Applications: Bits, Bytes and Photons

By Rebecca Andersen | Posted: 29 September 2017

Michael Godwin, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, USA

Visionary Presentation:
Michael Godwin, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, USA

 

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A Global Mix of Researchers Featured at the Postdeadline Paper Session

By Joshua Miller | Posted: 25 September 2017



Research presented in the sessions has been published in OSA Journals and is available for download by FIO + LS Technical Attendees.

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Optical Interconnects in Data Centers: What’s Next?

By Stewart Wills | Posted: 25 September 2017


 

As technology advances at an ever-increasing pace, the potential applications for optics continue to grow and fuel new discoveries. To highlight the breakthrough work being done in optics, the committee invited nine "Visionary Speakers" to share their knowledge. One of them, Marc Taubenblatt (above) of IBM Corp. sketched out some of those frameworks, particularly for data centers.

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The Daily Wrap - Friday, 22 September 2017

By FiO Staff | Posted: 22 September 2017

How Many Attended? Will the Plenary Videos be Available? How to Download the Tech Digest.  

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The Daily Wrap - Thursday, 21 September 2017

By FiO Staff | Posted: 21 September 2017

When Quantum Technology Drives Toward Real Applications. 

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Quantum Technology: The Business Side

By Stewart Wills | Posted: 20 September 2017

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One of the meeting’s three “Visionary Speakers” keynote talks on Wednesday included plenty of interesting science, but also focused on the business and political issues emerging as quantum technology drives toward real applications. The speaker was OSA Fellow Wilhelm Kaenders, the cofounder of TOPTICA Photonics AG, Germany, and he stressed that he intended to provide a “small-company perspective” on what’s happening worldwide in the quantum business arena.

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Broadband Polarization in Five Minutes. Go!

By Joshua Miller | Posted: 20 September 2017

As part of the FIO + LS poster session, 18 students participated in Rapid-fire Oral Presentations in the Science Showcase Theater--one of the sessions featuring technical content in the Science & Industry Showcase (exhibition). Presentations covered research areas ranging from nonlinear optics to spectroscopy to broadband polarization. 

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Increasing the Precision of Current Time and Frequency Measurements

By Mike Duncan | Posted: 20 September 2017

James Thompson from JILA, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, gave a visionary talk on the future of using the quantum nature of ensembles of atoms to move to the next stage of precision metrology.  

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A Different Kind of Civics Education

By Joshua Miller | Posted: 20 September 2017

 Jennifer Brookes, past Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow, participated in a question and answer session with early career professionals curious about the congressional fellowship program.

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Active Fabrics of Light

By Alison Taylor | Posted: 20 September 2017

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Making a comparison with modern day electronics where individual functions, or “threads,” are so small that we see an overall “fabric” rather than individual devices, Visionary Speaker Evelyn Hu, Harvard University, described profound advances in photonic materials and components that allow us to produce photonic networks and systems that can be regarded as seamless “fabrics” of light. 

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The Dilemmas of a “Post-fact” World

By Stewart Wills | Posted: 20 September 2017

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Given what seems an ever more polarized and uncertain political environment, scientists increasingly grapple with the need to persuade policymakers and the public about the importance of the work that science does. In a morning session at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics meeting, Rush Holt, the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), suggested that scientists trying to make that case often end up “communicating the wrong thing.”

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The Daily Wrap - Wednesday, 20 September 2017

By FiO Staff | Posted: 20 September 2017

What Does a Scientist Owe Policymakers?  

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Fixing the Leaky Pipeline

By Stewart Wills | Posted: 20 September 2017

Dozens of industry leaders, researchers, students and other optics professionals came together at OSA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the second “Global Women of Light” symposium. The all-day event, co-sponsored by the OSA Foundation and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (WiSTEE Connect), focused on the best ways to boost the presence of women in leadership positions in science and engineering.

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OSA Headquarters Gets a New Nameplate

By Stewart Wills | Posted: 20 September 2017

OSA marked the first day of Frontiers in Optics 2017 in a particularly meaningful way: By formally dedicating its newly renovated headquarters building in Washington, D.C., in honor of Jarus W. Quinn, who served as the society’s first executive director from 1972 to 1994.

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Leading to a Practical Quantum Computer

By Rebecca Andersen | Posted: 20 September 2017

Quantum computers are capable of solving some computational problems that are believed to be intractable using conventional computers. Recent progress in the development of high quality quantum bits and their successful manipulation have led to significant confidence that a moderate scale quantum computers can be constructed on leading physical platforms such as trapped ions and superconducting circuits. On Monday, Jungsang Kim answered the question:  what will lead us to a practical quantum computer? 

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Grant Writing for Young Investigators

By Rebecca Andersen | Posted: 20 September 2017

Paul Compagnola and Kyle Quinn of the OSA Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy Technical Group developed Grant Writing 101, a workshop to provide guidance on the competitive grant proposal process. The workshop detailed how to properly construct a specific aims page for National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health grants.

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OSA Evening with the Agencies

By Stewart Wills | Posted: 20 September 2017

Program officers and senior officials with four major funding agencies in the United States and Europe gave FiO 2017 attendees an inside look at their programs, and at some of the keys to putting in a successful proposal for optics and photonics research.

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Prospecting the Coming Automotive Revolution

By Stewart Wills | Posted: 20 September 2017

In his plenary talk, Jason Eichenholz, the cofounder and CTO of Luminar Technologies, USA, took audience members on a tour of the advanced lidar technologies necessary to make the autonomous-vehicle dream a reality.

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Networking with the OSA Environmental Sensing Technical Group

By Joshua Miller | Posted: 20 September 2017

The OSA Environmental Sensing Technical Group hosted an afternoon networking event at FiO + LS, allowing colleagues interested in the field and the workings of the technical group to connect over coffee and snacks. 

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From VR and AR to "Mixed Reality"

By Stewart Wills | Posted: 19 September 2017

Right now, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) largely occupy different domains: VR seeks to immerse users in an entirely separate world, while AR overlays additional data, images and experiences onto the real one. But Scott McEldowney of Oculus Research, USA, sees a future in which those strands will come together. Devices almost as lightweight as an ordinary pair of eyeglasses will someday “offer AR, and VR, and everything in-between,” said McEldowney. “And we’re going to wear them all day long.”
 

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Self-Driving Cars: A Complex Photonic Supply Chain

By Stewart Wills | Posted: 19 September 2017

In addition to the formidable technical requirements for autonomous vehicles, the self-driving-car revolution will create new and highly complex supply chains and new educational and workforce needs. Ira Moskowitz, the director of advanced-manufacturing programs with the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, USA, believes these developments will present huge challenges.

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The Daily Wrap - Tuesday, 19 September 2017

By FiO Staff | Posted: 19 September 2017

 Plenary Session, Exhibit Hall Opens and the Conference Reception  

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The Daily Wrap - Monday, 18 September 2017

By FiO Staff | Posted: 18 September 2017

 A Sunday Recap, A Preview of Visionary Speakers and Monday Events 

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The Daily Wrap - Sunday, 17 September 2017

By FiO Staff | Posted: 17 September 2017

Each morning of the conference, we'll be sending The Daily Wrap — spotlighting things to note for the day ahead and highlights from the day before.

FiO + LS is not just about the science and business of technology, but the environment in which it exists. Join two special advocacy-themed presentations and several special events, and learn how politics and policy can impact and influence your work.

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