• Technical Conference:  16 – 20 October 2022
  • Science + Industry Showcase:   18 – 19 October 2022
  • Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York, USA


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Presenting Focused, Deep-dives into the Promising Technologies of Tomorrow

The 2021 Frontiers in Optics+Laser Science (FiO LS) conference and exhibition concluded 04 November with more than 1,500 registrants from 75 countries, almost 80 technical sessions with over 650 technical presentations.

This year’s technical program and exhibition leveraged the intersection between science and applications within three conference themes: Autonomous Systems, Machine Learning and Virtual Reality, and Augmented Vision. In addition to these cutting-edge presentations, FiO LS features invited speakers, special events, dynamic poster presentations and two engaging plenary speakers. FiO LS provides attendees from around the world with the opportunity to network, present, learn and connect.

“This four-day conference presented a remarkably insightful view of the recent advancements made in the optical sciences,” said 2021 FiO Co-chair Claudio Mazzali, Corning Inc., USA. “The FiO LS Program Committee, along with the staff from Optica, executed an amazing event. Aside from being a great production overall, there was a strong sense of community around this event. With insightful speakers, opportunities to network with the speakers and virtual booths — it was the next best thing to being in person."

Forefront Technical Presentations

The Technical Conference is supplemented by three themes that leverage the intersection between science and applications — the result is intended to illustrate the research within the technology. The conference chairs and subcommittee carefully curate a technical program that addresses the breadth and depth of the community. The meeting's structure is influenced by Optica technical divisions such as fabrication, design and instrumentation; optics in biology, medicine, vision and color; and information acquisition, processing and display. A special focus at the 2021 conference was on nanophotonics, plasmonics and metamaterials; quantum science, ultrafast dynamics in complex systems; and XFEL and high-field laser science.

"The high level of talks at FiO LS from global leaders in optical science research and innovation and a large number of PhD students and young professionals make it 'the' place to learn and network with collaborators," said 2021 FiO Co-chair T.-C. Poon, Virginia Tech, USA. "With new programming, special sessions and dynamic visionary speakers, FiO LS, the annual meeting of Optica, is the place where scientific ideas meet industrial interests."

Conference Themes

The Technical Conference is supplemented by three themes that leverage the intersection between science and applications— the end result is intended to illustrate the research within the technology. The themes provide opportunities for focused, deep-dives into the most compelling and promising technologies of tomorrow. Each theme includes an all-invited program of panel discussions and is anchored by a 45-minute talk offered by a visionary speaker.

2021 Themes: Connecting Research and Applications

  • Autonomous Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision

Plenary Speakers

The first plenary presentation of FiO LS, entitled “Fourier Transforms and Fourier Optics with Mathematica™,” was given by Joseph W. Goodman is the author of the books Introduction to Fourier Optics (now in its fourth edition), Statistical Optics (now in its second edition), and Speckle Phenomena in Optics (now in its second edition) and Fourier Transforms Using Mathematica. Goodman has received numerous awards from Optica, IEEE, ASEE and SPIE. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Member of Optica.

Anne L'Huillier, Professor, Lund University, Sweden, provided a glimpse of ultrafast dynamics of electrons in matter in the conference's second plenary talk titled “From Extreme Nonlinear Optics to Ultrafast Atomic Physics.” The interaction of atoms with intense laser radiation leads to the generation of high-order harmonics or, equivalently, trains of attosecond pulses. This presentation will describe the physics and performances of these sources and show how attosecond pulses can be used to investigate fast electron dynamics in atomic photoionization.

Visionary Speakers

These speakers are individuals who come from within and beyond the optics and photonics community — each equipped to provide insight into cutting-edge advances related to the conference themes.

  • Paul Debevec, Director of Research, Creative Algorithms and Technology, Netflix, USA
  • Ryan McMichael, Senior Manager, Sensor Engineering, Zoox Inc, USA
  • Keith Nelson, Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Ana Maria Rey, NIST and JILA Fellow, Associate Research Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  • Eli Yablonovitch; Professor, University of California Berkeley, USA
  • Jiangying Zhou, Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, USA

“FiO LS is one of the most anticipated events in optical sciences and technology. The virtual format has certainly lived up to its reputation of providing unparalleled content and value,” said LS Co-chair Richard Averitt, University of California, San Diego, USA. “The Program Committee tapped into fantastic presenters from so many parts of the world, with diverse research backgrounds. We were thrilled to present the program to the community.”

“Optics and laser science create an unmatched synergy that pushes technological development,” said LS Co-chair Robert Kaindl, Arizona State University, USA. “The attendees at FiO LS were able to take advantage of an international cross-section of thought leaders, optical science experts, and innovative companies who are pushing the boundaries of the industry.” 


Future Dates

16 - 20 October 2022 - Rochester, New York, USA