• Technical Conference:  15 – 19 September 2019
  • Science & Industry Showcase:  17 – 18 September 2019

Science & Industry Showcase


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The Science & Industry Showcase:
Exhibitors, Posters, Presentations and Demonstrations

The FiO exhibition transforms into the Science & Industry Showcase in which exhibiting companies are partnered with technology demonstrations, networking events, poster presentations, e-Posters and Rapid-fire Oral Presentations. Information on the 2019 Science & Industry Showcase will be coming in early spring.

Event nameTuesday, 17 SeptemberWednesday, 18 September
Posters, e-Posters and Rapid-fire Oral Presentations 10:00 - 15:30
Wiki Needs the Women on Optics -- Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 10:00 - 12:00
Reaching for the Brightest Light: High Intensity Ultrafast Lasers 11:15 - 12:00
Plenary - Donna Strickland 12:00 - 12:40
Nonlinear Optics Technical Group Panel Discussion- Transitioning into a Career in Optics 12:40 - 13:45
Frontiers in Funding 14:00 - 14:45
Meet the Physical Review Journal Editors Reception 14:00 - 15:30
Congressional Fellowship Q&A: How scientists and engineers can contribute to public policy 14:50 - 15:20
Fiber Optic Explosions  
10:00 - 11:00
The U.S.’ Quantum Leap: The National Quantum Initiative  
11:15 - 11:55
Plenary - Ronald Hanson  
12:00 - 12:40
OIDA / OSAF Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn  
12:45 - 14:15
Social Impact of AR/VR  
14:00 - 14:40
Autonomous Platforms: Safety Challenges and Opportunities  
16:45 - 15:30

Exhibit Hall Activities

Posters, e-Posters and Rapid-fire Oral Presentations

Tuesday, 17 September 10:00 - 15:30
Science & Industry Showcase

More than 500 posters are scheduled for presentation across four sessions, including a select number of e-Posters. In addition, some poster presenters have been selected to offer a rapid-fire oral presentation. This format enables presenters to preview key results from their research in brief, three-minute segments offered in the Science & Industry Showcase Theater. At the conclusion of the Rapid-fire Oral Presentations, presenters return to their posters to facilitate more in-depth discussions.

Wiki Needs the Women on Optics -- Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Tuesday, 17 September 10:00 - 12:00
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

What’s an Edit-a-thon? It’s a community organized event focused on editing, updating, and adding articles on Wikipedia. At FiO we will focus on ensuring the Women of Optics get the pages they deserve.

Fast Facts: Only 18% of the 1.6 million biographies in the English Wikipedia are about women. The figure is lower for people tagged as scientists – 16% of almost 150,000 articles.

You will learn how to create and edit pages and will then have an opportunity to work together to research and write the biographies. Bring your laptop, enthusiasm and passion for honor the women of our field. Instructions, potential honorees and on-site guidance will be provided. No previous experience is needed!

Reaching for the Brightest Light: High Intensity Ultrafast Lasers

Tuesday, 17 September 11:15 - 12:00
Science & Industry Showcase Theater

Since the release of a December 2017 U.S. National Academy of Sciences report on high intensity ultrafast lasers the U.S. community has been organizing to identify science and technology opportunities for new potential capabilities. In March 2019 over a hundred experts from around the world gathered at OSA for a workshop to begin articulating a U.S. strategy in the global context. Learn from workshop Technology Co-Chair Jon Zuegel from the Laboratory for Laser Energetics in Rochester, New York, USA about the meeting’s conclusions and the path forward for the community.

Plenary - Donna Strickland

Tuesday, 17 September 12:00 - 12:40
Science & Industry Showcase Theater

Generating High-intensity, Ultrashort Optical Pulses

With the invention of lasers, the intensity of a light wave was increased by orders of magnitude over what had been achieved with a light bulb or sunlight. This much higher intensity led to new phenomena being observed, such as violet light coming out when red light went into the material.  After Gérard Mourou and I developed chirped pulse amplification, also known as CPA,  the intensity again increased by more than a factor of 1,000 and it once again made new types of interactions possible between light and matter. We developed a laser that could deliver short pulses of light that knocked the electrons off their atoms. This new understanding of laser-matter interactions led to the development of new machining techniques that are used used in laser eye surgery or micromachining of glass used in cell phones.

Nonlinear Optics Technical Group Panel Discussion- Transitioning into a Career in Optics

Tuesday, 17 September 12:40 - 13:45
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

Members are invited to OSA’s Nonlinear Optics Technical Group event for a special panel discussion Tuesday morning. Our feature presenters from academia, industry, and the government will give their perspectives on how their skills are useful in the workplace. Please contact TGactivites@osa.org to let us know you will be joining us for this event.


Frontiers in Funding

Tuesday, 17 September 14:00 - 14:45
Science & Industry Showcase Theater

This program, featuring representatives from funding agencies, will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear about the latest in science funding with a focus on the conference themes. Throughout the exhibit attendees will be able to further explore and discuss funding opportunities at agency alley on the show floor.

Meet the Physical Review Journal Editors Reception

Tuesday, 17 September 14:00 - 15:30
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

The editors of the Physical Review journals invite you to join them for conversation and light refreshments. The editors will be available to answer questions, hear your ideas and discuss any comments about the journals.

Congressional Fellowship Q&A: How scientists and engineers can contribute to public policy

Tuesday, 17 September 14:50 - 15:20
Science & Industry Showcase Theater

Hear from PhD scientists and engineers who spent one year working for a member of the U.S. Congress through the Congressional Fellowship program. They will discuss their Congressional Fellowship experience, what they learned about the influence that scientists and engineers can have on public policy, and why it is important for the technical community to be involved. 

Fiber Optic Explosions

Wednesday, 18 September 10:00 - 11:00
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

The Stanford Optical Society developed fiber optic explosions as a craftable outreach demo to teach students about total internal reflection. It combines plastic optical fibers with a color changing LED into a colorful bouquet that can be worn and shared with friends. An OSA Special Programs Grant funded the first batch of explosions, which were assembled with students at large science expos and smaller elementary school science nights throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Join us for a discussion about the design and impact of this engaging demo and take one home to share with your community.

The U.S.’ Quantum Leap: The National Quantum Initiative

Wednesday, 18 September 11:15 - 11:55
Science & Industry Showcase Theater

In December 2018 the U.S. embarked on a formal Naitonal Quantum Initiative. What has changed since then? Find out from University of Maryland quantum physicist and IonQ founder Christopher Monroe at this session.

Plenary - Ronald Hanson

Wednesday, 18 September 12:00 - 12:40
Science & Industry Showcase Theater

The Dawn of a Quantum Internet

Entanglement is arguably the most counterintuitive yet potentially most powerful element in quantum theory. Future quantum networks may harness the unique features of entanglement in exciting applications by connecting multi-qubit nodes through photonic channels. Today we are at the brink of realizing the first multi-node quantum networks. This talk discusses the concepts, current status and prospects of quantum internet research.

OIDA / OSAF Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, 18 September 12:45 - 14:15
Science & Industry Showcase Networking Area

This program will provide a unique opportunity for students and early career professionals, who are close to finishing or who have recently finished their doctorate degree, to interact with key industry and academic leaders in the community. Students interested in all career paths – from those seeking an academic position, to those wishing to start a technology business, to those interested government/public service, to those looking to translate their bench work skills to product development – are encouraged to attend. Students will have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with the attending leaders, while they will share their professional journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

Attendees are requested to upload their resume to be shared with the attending leaders. RSVP Here


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Social Impact of AR/VR

Wednesday, 18 September 14:00 - 14:40
Science & Industry Showcase Theater


Autonomous Platforms: Safety Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, 18 September 16:45 - 15:30
Science & Industry Showcase Theater

As autonomous platforms start to move to higher levels of autonomy, there are multiple barriers to full acceptance, and many of them involve the optics and photonics community. Our panel today will explore several of these challenges and how our community can contribute to a safe and more rapid acceptance. Some of the issues involve laser eye-safety and obstacle recognition, both of which are due to multiple sensors on vehicles, and are being explored by many LiDAR-based companies developing these technologies. Other opportunities to be discussed will include the roles of industry in setting standards for sensors on autonomous platforms. Many of these standards for local and global implementation of electronics on autonomous platforms are set by the Society for Automotive Engineers International (SAE) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards, and these will be highlighted by this esteemed panel.  

Moderator: Anthony Cooke, Luminar, USA


S. William Gouse, Society for Automotive Engineers International, USA

Erwin K. Lau, Exponent, USA

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