• Technical Conference:  23 – 26 September 2024
  • Science + Industry Showcase:   24 – 25 September 2024
  • Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA


The Technical Conference

FiO LS unites Optica and American Physical Society (APS) communities for quality, cutting-edge presentations, fascinating invited speakers and a variety of special events. 

The conference will be held as an in-person event featuring live contributed and invited talks with additional on-demand content available for online viewing. Archived recordings of in-person talks or prerecorded videos from remote presenters will be available on demand either during the event or soon after it concludes. 

The Program

The conference chairs and subcommittees carefully curate a technical program that addresses the breadth and depth of the optics and photonics 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. In addition, each year the APS Division of Laser Science selects key topics to address.  The conference topics and themes are meant to be inclusive to ensure that all scientists will find a place for their work at the meeting. 

The conference will present more than 50 technical sessions featuring contributed oral talks and invited speakers; poster sessions and a postdeadline paper session.

Conference Themes — Connecting Research & Applications

The technical program is enhanced by three applications-based themes that represent leading-edge technologies in optics and photonics. Each theme is anchored by at least one Visionary Speaker and presented via industry-focused sessions featuring an all-invited roster of panelists and speakers.

Machine Learning

Provides an interdisciplinary platform to learn about and discuss a wide range of optics and photonics topics that machine learning has recently impacted. Invited speakers will provide both historical retrospectives and state-of-the-art views on emerging machine learning techniques being applied to optics and photonics applications. 

Quantum Technologies

Presents the latest theoretical developments and experimental implementations in areas such as quantum computing, quantum sensing for industry and fundamental physics and quantum communications.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision

Provides a gateway to learning about unique and long-standing optical and computational challenges for displays. As today’s devices are only at the beginning of a long journey, numerous future optical innovations could help us reach perceptually realistic images with devices that ultimately appear to be ordinary eyeglasses. 

Laser Science Topics

Each year, the Laser Science Chairs select key topics to address. The 2024 topics are: