• Technical Conference & Virtual Exhibits:  31 October – 04 November 2021


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An All-Virtual Format

The Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science Conference (FiO LS), originally to be held as a hybrid event, will be presented as an all-virtual meeting, 31 October – 04 November 2021. The online format allows for a more inclusive and safe experience for all participants.

It was genuinely our hope to present a hybrid event with in-person and online programming this year. However, travel restrictions remain in place for many countries including to the United States. Recently, indoor mask mandates were reintroduced in Washington, DC—the conference host city—due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the area. 

Given the recent trends in COVID cases and with the health and safety of participants our primary concern, FiO LS co-sponsors believe it is best to present the conference online only.

This format change modifies how participants engage, not what is presented. We guarantee the programs you have come to expect from FiO LS will be delivered: Plenary Sessions; Visionary, invited and contributed talks; special events and an exhibition.

Important Notes

  1. The meeting schedule is based on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT, UTC-04:00).
  2. The program schedule is currently being revised. We expect that Technical Sessions will be presented across multiple time zones to encourage real-time participation from an international audience.
  3. Speakers have three presentation options: live during their Technical Session; pre-recorded video with participation in Q&A during the session; or pre-recorded video only.
  4. Participants can choose to attend live, online or view archived recordings on-demand later.

Technical Conference Highlights

Plenary Talks

In his talk titled, “Fourier Transforms and Fourier Optics with Mathematica™,” Joseph Goodman, William Ayer Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, USA, will describe the purpose and use of the Mathematica program. Goodman will cover his approach and lessons learned in utilizing Mathematica as a tool to teach both Fourier transforms and Mathematica simultaneously.

Anne L’Huillier, Professor, Lund University, Sweden, will explore the use of attosecond pulses in investigating fast electron dynamics in atomic photoionization. In her talk titled, “From Extreme Nonlinear Optics to Ultrafast Atomic Physics,” L’Huillier is set to demonstrate the physics and performance of high-order harmonics or trains of attosecond pulses deriving from the interaction of atoms with intense laser radiation.

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

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 four conference themes.

Visionary speakers include Paul Debevec, Director of Research, Creative Algorithms and Technology, Netflix, 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; and Jiangying Zhou, Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, USA.