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Optica Special Events at Frontiers in Optics + Light Science


20 September 2022


Optica Special Events at Frontiers in Optics + Light Science

Rochester, New York – The Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FiO LS) will be presented in-person and online from 16-20 October in Rochester, New York. This approach will accommodate speakers and attendees from across the globe with in-person and on-demand content. FiO 2022 is managed by Optica and locally organized by a dedicated committee of volunteers: FiO 2022 Committee. At FiO 2022, Optica members can participate in networking events and visit the Optica booth (1407).

“Hosting our annual meeting in Rochester is a homecoming for Optica,” said Genaro Monantez, Chief Membership Engagement Officer, Optica. “We’ve curated special events for our members of all career levels to make their on-site experience at FIO memorable and career-impacting. We look forward to an enjoyable week with members joining from around the world.”


Optica Laser Systems Technical Group Campfire Session

Sunday, 16 October, 16:30 – 17:30

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Hyatt Regency Rochester

Optica Technical Group on Laser Systems will bring a campfire session featuring Dr. Gregory Quarles, CEO, President and Board member for Tucson-based Applied Energetics, Inc. In his talk, Dr. Quarles will present "From Laser Materials to Ultrashort Pulse Lasers and Applications - An Overview of 40 years as an Optica Member." After the talk, the remainder of the session will be open for discussion with Dr. Quarles.


Optica Publishing Group's Meet the Journal Editors

Monday, 17 October, 10:00 – 11:00

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Optica Member Lounge in the Galleria

Join Optica Publishing Group's journal editors for an informal discussion over donuts! Bring your questions about acceptance criteria, responding to reviewers, becoming a reviewer, and more. The editors welcome your queries, concerns, and ideas for any of our journals.

LS Undergraduate Symposium

Monday, 17 October, 12:00 – 18:00

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Lilac Ballroom

The Symposium on Undergraduate research has been a feature of the annual meeting of the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society (APS-DLS) for sixteen years. It showcases the research of more than 500 students during that time. Students' presentations often describe their work during the previous summer. The NSF has played a vital role by providing research opportunities for many students through its REU programs and directly supporting the event. The symposium has been generously supported by the DLS, Optica, NSF, SPS, and the University of Maryland, College Park (JQI), and corporate sponsors Thorlabs, Photonics Industries, East Coast Optical Technologies, and Bristol Instruments. 

Optica NonImaging Optical Design Technical Group Networking Lunch

Monday, 17 October, 12:30 – 13:30

Cascade Rooms

Optica Technical Group on NonImaging Optical Design members are invited to attend the networking lunch on Monday.  The event will provide an opportunity to connect with fellow attendees who share an interest in this field and to learn more about this technical group.

Optica Display Technology Technical Group Networking Event

Monday, 17 October, 18:00 – 19:30

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Cascade Room

Optica Technical Group on Display Technology members are invited to join us for a networking event on Monday evening. The event will provide an opportunity to connect with fellow attendees who share an interest in this field and to learn more about this technical group.

Plenary Plus - Q&A with Scott Acton

Tuesday, 18 October, 11:30 – 12:00

Science + Industry Showcase Theater

Immediately following the Plenary Session, join the conference chairs as they moderate a Q&A discussion with speaker Scott ActonBall Aerospace & Technologies, USA. The 30-minute program allows attendees to delve deeper into their curiosities about the James Webb Space Telescope.

Speed Networking for Spectroscopy Enthusiasts

Tuesday, 18 October, 12:00 – 13:00

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Cascade Room

The Optica Technical Group on Applied Spectroscopy invites spectroscopy enthusiasts to join them for a fun networking lunch. The event will start with a round of speed networking, allowing attendees from different branches of spectroscopy to connect one-on-one in short meetings. Attendees will break for lunch and have a chance to chat freely with colleagues.


Recent Advances in Laser Technology and Applications in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 18 October, 12:00 – 13:00

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Highland room - Hybrid

The Optica Technical Group on Lasers in Manufacturing will lead a panel discussion exploring recent advances in laser technology and applications in manufacturing. The panelists will discuss macro processing, micro processing, and additive manufacturing.

Meet the Editors of Physical Review

Tuesday, 18 October, 14:00 – 15:30

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Science & Industry Showcase

The editors of the Physical Review journals will be available to answer questions, hear ideas, and discuss any comments about the journals.

Technology Showcase: Deployable Optical Frequency Combs and Laser Modules for Next-Generation Quantum Sensors

Tuesday, 18 October, 14:30 – 14:50

Science + Industry Showcase Theater

Kevin Knabe, Ph.D. Director of R&D

Optical frequency combs have been instrumental in the fields of optical atomic clocks, low phase noise microwave generation, precision LIDAR, and dual-comb spectroscopy. Representatives of Vescent Photonics, LLC, will discuss new designs for fieldable, low-SWaP optical frequency combs and other useful laser modules aimed at deployable quantum sensors.

Optica Foundation 20th Anniversary NextGen Lounge

18-19 October, 10:00 – 15:30

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Science & Industry Showcase Booth 1001

During exhibit hall hours, visit the NextGen Lounge for student members. This professional development-focused space will feature topics ranging from entrepreneurship, inclusivity in physics, storytelling techniques for scientific talks, and advice for transitioning to academia and industry.

Plenary Plus – Q&A with Monika Ritsch-Marte

Wednesday, 19 October, 11:30 – 12:00

Science + Industry Showcase Theater

After Plenary Session II concludes, speaker Monika Ritsch-MarteMedical University of Innsbruck, Austria, will participate in an extended Q&A session moderated by the conference chairs. The 30-minute program allows attendees to explore her talk on wavefront shaping with liquid crystal spatial light modulators (SLMs) in greater detail.


Luminate Finals 2022

Wednesday, 19 October, 12:30 – 14:00

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Lilac Ballroom

Startups from around the world will introduce emerging technologies and pitch for up to $2 million in follow-on funding at Luminate Finals 2022. The event features a close look at innovations destined to transform aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, and other fields — plus the insight of keynote speaker, renowned physicist Michal Lipson. Cast your vote for your favorite startup during the event to help them take home the Audience Choice Award (and $10,000 cash).


End User Workshop

Wednesday, 19 October, 14:30 – 17:30

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Cascade Room

Optica's corporate membership program will lead a session featuring supply chain managers and business developers who will share their demands from the optics and laser industry. The panelists will address the optics and laser technologies they currently use, those they need now and technology challenges. The session will conclude with a networking reception.


A Day in the Life of an Industrial Scientist from Early to Late Career

Wednesday, 19 October, 19:30 – 20:30

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Highland room - Hybrid

The Optical Material Studies Technical Group invites will lead a panel discussion exploring careers as an industrial scientist or engineer. Our panelists will be a mix of early, mid, and late-career professionals to discuss a typical day in their role. Panelists will share the good and bad of life outside of academia to help students prepare for an industrial job. After the panel, attendees are welcome to learn more about their experiences in the industry.


Movie Night - Picture a Scientist

Wednesday, 19 October, 19:30 – 21:00

Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Empire Lobby

Join us for some popcorn and beer for movie night. PICTURE A SCIENTIST is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.


PIC Design and Optical System Simulation Workshop

Thursday, 20 October, 13:00 – 17:00

Sibley Square – Floor 6 – NextCorps Offices
260 E. Main St., Rochester, NY 14604
A short walk from the convention center

Attend this free workshop to gain knowledge and experience in the photonic design workflow from devices to systems. In this workshop, learn how to automate the design of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and simulate high-speed optical transmission systems.  Attendees will be guided through the various levels of abstraction by a team of experts using VPIphotonics Design Suite. This workshop includes software access and a 4-hour in-person session of lectures, guided labs, and independent work with 1-on-1 support.

About the 2022 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science

Frontiers in Optics is Optica’s Annual Meeting and is held together with Laser Science, a meeting sponsored by the American Physical Society’s Division of Laser Science (DLS). The two meetings unite Optica’s and APS communities for four days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, in-demand invited speakers, and a variety of special events spanning a broad range of topics in optics and photonics—the science of light—across the disciplines of physics, biology, and chemistry. Register to attend: Media Registration.


About Optica
Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, is the society dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica’s renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement. Discover more: Optica.