JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Technical Conference: 19-23 October 2014
Exhibition: 21-22 October 2014

Special Events

Special Events


Information on FiO/LS 2014 events will start to be announced in Spring 2014.

The following is a list of 2013 events—please check back for an updated list of 2014 events.

OSA Division and Technical Group Meetings

Network with peers, meet group leaders, and get involved in planning future group activities by attending technical group and/or division meetings during FiO. The division meetings will encompass the technical groups affiliated with the division. Should you have any suggestions for any of the technical group activities, contact the respective technical group chair with your input. Please check back regularly for more information. If you are interested in organizing an activity at FiO for your respective technical group, please contact your group chair or contact OSA at tgactivities@osa.org.

  • Optical Fabrication and Testing Networking Event

    Sunday,  6 October, 19:00-20:30
    Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salon VI

    Come mix & mingle with members of this Technical Group and enjoy discussions on topics relevant to Optical Fabrication and Testing. To RSVP for this event, please email jpridgen@osa.org.  Host: Rajesh Menon

  • Holography and Diffractive Optics Meetings

    Monday,  7 October- 19:00-20:30
    Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salon VII

    Come mix & mingle with members of this Technical Group and enjoy discussions on topics relevant to Holography and Diffractive Optics. To RSVP for this event, please email jpridgen@osa.org.  Host: Andrew Forbes

  • Bio-Medical Optics 

    Monday, 7 October, 19:00 -20:30               
    BB King’s Club at Pointe Orlando

    Bus transportation will be provided for attendees. Bus will depart at 6:30 p.m. from Hilton Bonnet Creek (Porte Cochere, Main Valet and Convention Entrance). Come enjoy a welcome drink and appetizers on OSA as you mix and mingle with members and leaders from the Bio-Medical Optics Division. We encourage you to keep the conversations going and stay longer for dinner at your own expense.  For more information and to RSVP to this event, please email jpridgen@osa.org by Monday, September 30, 2013.  Host: Adam Wax & Adela Ben-Yaker

  • Information Acquisition, Processing and Display

    Monday, 7 October, 19:00 -20:30
    Copper Canyon at Pointe Orlando

    Bus transportation will be provided for attendees. Bus will depart at 6:30 p.m. from Hilton Bonnet Creek (Porte Cochere, Main Valet and Convention Entrance). Come enjoy a welcome drink and appetizers on OSA as you mix and mingle with members and leaders from the Information Acquisition, Processing and Display Division. We encourage you to keep the conversations going and stay longer for dinner at your own expense. For more information and to RSVP to this event, please email jpridgen@osa.org by Monday, September 30, 2013.  Host: Abhijit Mahalanobis

  • Fundamental Laser Sciences

    Tuesday,  8 October, 18:00 -19:00
    Pool-Side Beech Restaurant on Hotel Property

    Come mix & mingle with members of this Technical Group and enjoy discussions on topics relevant to Fundamental Laser Sciences. To RSVP for this event, please email jpridgen@osa.org.  Host: Reinhard Kienberger

  • Applications of Visual Science Technical Group Meeting and Social Gathering

    Wednesday, 9 October, 17:45-18:45
    Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salon IX

    Members of the Applications of Visual Science Technical Group and those interested in becoming members are invited to come enjoy light refreshments & mingle with other members and leaders of this group. Not only will there be a discussion on this year's Technical Group activities and ideas for the future, but also topics of high current relevant to all of you working in visual optics will be discussed.  Host: Brian Vohnsen


Symposium on the 100th Anniversary of the Bohr Atom: Niels Bohr's Nutcracker

Sunday, 6 October, 16:00 - 18:00
 Bonnet Creek Ballroom, 
Salons I - III

This symposium reviews the discovery of Niels Bohr which transformed the understanding of light and matter.  Though his simple idea seems obvious to us today, it was unprecedented at the time: take the quantization rule that Planck and Einstein had used to describe the energy of light, and apply it to the mechanical motion of particles in atoms.


FIO/LS Welcome Reception

Sunday, 6 October, 18:00 - 19:30
Bonnet Creek Ballroom Foyer West

Complimentary to all Technical Conference Attendees: Get the FiO 2013/LS XXIX meeting off to a great start by attending the welcome reception! Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres.


Plenary Session and Awards Presentation

Monday, 7 October, 08:00 - 12:00
Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salons I - III

The 2013 Joint FiO/LS Awards Ceremony and Plenary Session will feature two world-renowned speakers.


Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research

Monday, 7 October, 12:00 - 18:00
Technical Session: Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salon XII 
Poster Session: Bonnet Creek Ballroom Foyer Center

This special DLS annual symposium is rapidly becoming one of the most successful DLS traditions (this year's is the 13th of a series that began at the Long Beach meeting in 2001). During the past several years the number of undergraduates presenting papers has grown from only 10 to more than 40, and the talks have been of outstanding quality, some absolutely stellar. Last year's posters were outstanding as well, and generated a great deal of lively interest and on-the-spot discussion. This year's symposium will consist of afternoon poster and oral sessions. The event provides an opportunity for some of the student members of our community, who are already among the finest young scientists to be found anywhere, to present their work before an audience of their peers as well as the larger optics community. All are invited and encouraged to attend the sessions.

Organizer: Harold Metcalf, Stony Brook Univ., USA


Optics and the BRAIN Initiative: Challenges and Opportunities

Monday, 7 October, 13:30-15:30
Hilton Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salon II 
All Attendees including Exhibit Only Passes are welcomed to attend.

Co-Chairs: Chris Xu, Cornell University and Rafael Yuste, Columbia University

Keynote Speaker
The BRAIN Initiative, Rafael Yuste, Columbia University
Probe development for brain imaging, Doug Kim, Janelia Farm, HHMI
The BRAIN Initiative: a DARPA Perspective, Prem Kumar, DARPA
Optical Needs for Neuroscience, Mike Szulczewski, Prairie Technologies
Optical imaging technology for the BRAIN initiative, Chris Xu, Cornell University
Deep Focusing of Light in Tissues by Optoelectronic Time-reversal, Changhuei Yang; California Institute of Technology

Optical technologies will play a major role in the BRAIN initiative, providing non-invasive and microscopic imaging capability to investigate brain function. This special session will bring in eminent scientists from multiple disciplines to present the current status of optical imaging for neuroscience. Challenges and opportunities for optics in the BRAIN initiative will be highlighted. Government funding agency and industry perspectives will also be presented.

 For more information on the BRAIN initiative, visit the official White House site.



Museum Tour & Scenic Boat Cruise for OSA Members & Families

Tuesday, 8 October, 9:00 - 13:00

OSA members attending FiO: 2013 and their families are invited to enjoy an art museum tour and canal cruise in beautiful Winter Park, Florida, on Tuesday, 8 October from 9:00-12:30.  OSA guests will travel by bus to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as late 19th- and early 20th-century American painting, graphics and decorative art.  Join the OSA guided tour or explore the museum’s collections at your own pace.  After leaving the museum, the group will embark on a one-hour narrated cruise through twelve miles of Winter Park’s tranquil lakes and canals.  Float by swaying palms, lush ferns, and sub-tropical flowers as you view the Kraft Azalea Gardens, Isle of Sicily, and opulent private homes and estates. 

Winter Park, approximately 15 minutes north of Orlando, was once considered a winter resort.  Today, the arts- and culture-filled city is home to upscale shopping, dining, history, museums and galleries.  It is also a nature lover’s paradise, with more than 70 parks.

The event is free to OSA members and their families. Children are welcome.  To reserve a spot, contact edreaz@osa.org by 30 September 2013.



National Photonics Initiative Event

Tuesday, 8 October, 14:30 -15:30
Floridian Ballroom, Salons D - L, Corporate Theater

All Attendees including Exhibit Only Passes are welcomed to attend. - See more at: http://www.frontiersinoptics.com/home/special-events/#NPI
All Attendees including Exhibit Only Passes are welcomed to attend.

The future of technology hinges on how great ideas find their way to market.  Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of OSA, Tom Hausken, Senior Adviser to OSA and OIDA,  and Jason Eichenholz, Founder of Open Photonics Inc talk about the National Photonics Initiative and how the open innovation model illustrates what the success of the NPI could look like – a viable bridge over the valley of death for emerging technologies.


Meet OSA’s Journal Editors

Monday, October 7, 15:30  – 17:00, 
Hilton Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salon III 

OSA’s journal Editors invite you to join them for conversation and refreshments.  The Editors welcome your questions, concerns and ideas for the journals, such as:

  •  What are best practices when submitting your manuscript?  

  • What constitutes a useful manuscript review?

  •  What criteria do journal editors look for in submitted manuscripts?  

  • How do you propose a Feature Issue topic for publication in an OSA Journal?

  • Other topics of interest to you

 Refreshments will be provided.  All are welcome. 


Poster Sessions

Tuesday, 8 October, 12:00 - 13:30
Joint FIO/LS Posters Session, Wednesday, 9 October, 12:00 - 13:30

Floridian Ballroom, Salons D - L 

Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide an opportunity for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Plan on attending these interactive and exciting sessions.



OSA Fellow Members & OSA Foundation Major Donor Appreciation Luncheon

Tuesday, 8 October, 12:00 - 14:00
Citrus, Collier, Columbia Rooms, Ground Level

All OSA Fellow, Fellow Emeritus, Honorary Members & OSA Foundation Major Donors will receive a special invitation to this annual event.  During the program distinguished members and Foundation supporters are recognized for their outstanding leadership within the community. 

A reply will be needed by Friday, 20 September 2013 to reserve a place at the luncheon.  We hope that you will be able to join us!

Questions? Email foundation@osa.org


Meet the Editors of the APS Journals

Tuesday, 8 October, 15:30 - 17:00
Bonnet Creek Foyer Center

The Editors of the APS journals cordially invite you to join them for conversation and refreshments. Your questions, criticisms, compliments, and suggestions about the journals are welcome. We hope you will be able to join us.


OSA’s Enabled by Optics Inaugural Event

Celebrate Optical Technologies that Transform Our World
Tuesday, 8 October, 16:00 – 18:00
Floridian Ballroom, Salons D - L, Corporate Theater 

After the exhibit hall closes on Tuesday, join your colleagues for a complimentary networking reception and business program.

16:00 – 16:30 Networking Reception
16:30 – 16:50 Enabled by Optics Award Presentation
16:50 – 17:00 Market Update Presented by Tom Hausken, Sr. Engineering & Applications Advisor, OSA
17:00 – 17:55 Executive Interview with Marv DeVries, President, Trojan Technologies
17:55 – 18:00 Closing Comments

To learn more about Enabled by Optics, please visit our homepage.


APS Division of Laser Science Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 8 October, 18:00 - 19:00
Lake Room, Ground Level

All members and interested parties are invited to attend the annual business meeting of the Division of Laser Science (DLS). The DLS officers will report on the activities of the past year and on plans for the future. Questions will be taken from the floor. This is your opportunity to help define the operations of the DLS and the LS Conference.


OSA’s Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 8 October, 18:00 - 19:00
Columbia Room, Ground Level

Learn more about OSA and join the OSA Board of Directors for the Society’s annual business meeting. The 2012 activity reports will be presented and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced.


Laser Science Banquet

Tuesday, 8 October, 19:00 - 22:00
La Luce, Hilton Bonnet Creek

Join your colleagues for the annual LS Banquet. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased when you register for the meeting. Dinner is being held at the top-rated italian restaurant, La Luce. 

Speaker: Dr. M. J. Soileau, VP for Research and Commercialization, University of Central Florida
Title: History of CREOL - a personal prospective of opportunities and challenges of the early days.


OSA "Great Gatsby" Member Reception

Guys and Dolls, It's Time to Roar in the 20s!

Tuesday, 8 October, 19:00 - 21:00
Speakeasy Parlor - Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Salons I-III

Complimentary for all OSA Members

"Come as a flapper or come as you are,
Dress as a gangster or silent screen star.
It’s going to be fun – no matter the dress,
Join us at the OSA Member Reception and be ready to impress!"

The roaring twenties gang at OSA cordially invites all OSA Members to the SPEAKEASY PARLOR to attend the OSA “Great Gatsby” Member Reception.
Enjoy a special evening of beverages, music, appetizers and dancing the night away among your friends, colleagues, guys and dolls!

Members only, Password required. For entry into the Parlor, make sure you are not being followed by anyone as to tip off the whereabouts of the soiree. Not a member yet? Join today to attend this complimentary OSA member event.

Costumes and/or accessories are encouraged.
Please bring your conference registration badge or OSA Membership card; if you join OSA on-site, please bring your receipt.

Tour of CREOL - Complimentary

The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida
Wednesday, 9 October, 15:30 - 19:00

Limited capacity. Register now!

On Wednesday, 9 October, OSA Members, Families and Friends are invited to join other FiO/LS conference attendees in a special guided tour of the internationally renowned CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida. The provided bus transportation will depart from the front of Hilton Bonnet Creek at 15:30. Please for register here  and as an FIO/LS attendee (technical or exhibit only) and on the "Additional Items" that you can select CREOL Lab Tour. Bus transportation is limited, so register early.

Schedule of events:
15:30 *Bus departs from Hilton Bonnet Creek
16:15 Arrive at CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics
16:30 Overview of CREOL by Dean Bahaa Saleh
16:45 Lab Tours
18:00 Reception with light hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer & soft drinks
19:00 Tour Bus departs for Hilton Bonnet Creek

*Limited capacity on Buses.  If you wish driving on your own, contact Denise Whiteside at denise@creol.ucf.edu.


FIO Postdeadline Papers

Wednesday, 9 October, 18:30 - 20:00

The FiO 2013 Technical Program Committee will accept a limited number of postdeadline papers for presentation. The purpose of postdeadline sessions is to give participants the opportunity to hear new and significant material in rapidly advancing areas. Only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness were accepted. More information, including the schedule and locations, will be posted in the weeks preceding the conference.




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