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Optics and Photonics Technology Leaders, Researchers and Companies to Convene at OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2012

Special programming in Rochester, N.Y. includes Executive Speaker Series, featuring interactive discussion, networking reception and optics market overview

Innovations from nearly 900 scientific, technical and educational presentations will be highlighted during the Optical Society’s (OSA) 96th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2012, being held Oct. 14 - 18 in Rochester, N.Y. Co-located with Laser Science XXVIII, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS), the meeting will cover the breadth of optical science and engineering in five days of cutting-edge content, as well as provide opportunities for networking and scientific exchange. Exhibits featuring leading optics companies will complement the in-depth educational programming and offer attendees a glimpse of the latest optics and photonics technologies and products.

      The Optical Society’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2012
Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, N.Y.
Sunday, Oct. 14 – Thursday, Oct. 18




FiO conference programming will cover a wide range of topics across the entire spectrum of optics and photonics. In addition to market and industry trend topics, FiO will feature hundreds of technical paper presentations from researchers on topics ranging from nanophotonics to high-power lasers. Programming highlights include:

Complimentary Business Programming

Beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, FiO attendees are invited to join colleagues for free informative business programming and networking. This special session will feature two presentations:

The U.S. Harnessing Light Committee and Optics Business Opportunities
Oct. 16, 4:20 – 5 p.m.
Empire Hall, Rochester Convention Center

In August, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences released its much-awaited draft report advocating for optics and photonics as an enabling technology, including extensive discussion on the economic impact of optics. This Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) presentation discusses the report with respect to the current global optics marketplace, and the key opportunities highlighted in the study.

Executive Speaker Series and Reception: Interview with Michael J. Cumbo, Ph.D., President, IDEX Optics & Photonics
Oct. 16, 5 – 6 p.m.
Empire Hall, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

New this year, FiO will host OSA’s Executive Speaker Series, an ongoing, interactive forum offering informal conversation with industry luminaries. This series features top leaders in the optics and photonics field sharing their personal viewpoints in a wide spectrum of topics including career paths, corporate observations and personal perspectives. This session will feature Michael J. Cumbo, president of IDEX Optics & Photonics .

Exhibit Hall

FiO 2012 Exhibition
Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Empire Hall, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

FiO’s exhibit show floor features complimentary access to the latest products and innovations from more than 80 participating companies, spanning the optics and laser field. Industry leaders such as Fianium, IDEX Optics & Photonics, the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, Swamp Optics, and Thorlabs will be on hand. In addition to hearing the latest industry trends from company representatives in their booths, the exhibit includes educational programming from OSA’s Student Chapters, technical presentations during the FiO Poster Session, and special business programming (noted above).

Plenary Session

The FiO Plenary Session focuses on timely global issues, highlighting the broad range of optics uses and solutions. Along with award presentations, featured presentations this year include three leading researchers in attosecond photonics, particle physics, and biomedical optics.

FiO Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony
Oct. 15, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Lilac Ballroom, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Plenary Speakers:

  • Attosecond Photonics: What We Learn By Transforming Many Photons Into One
    Paul Corkum, Joint Attosecond Science Laboratory, National Research Council and University of Ottawa, Canada
  • History of the Higgs Boson and Recent Discoveries at the CERN Large Hadron Collider
    Alfred T. Goshaw, Duke University, United States
  • Imaging Single Cells in the Living Retina
    David R. Williams, University of Rochester, United States

Award Speakers:

  • Ultrafast 2-D IR Vibrational Echo Spectroscopy
    Michael D. Fayer, Stanford University, United States
    APS Arthur L. Schawlow Prize Recipient
  • Quantum Photocell: Increasing Efficiency via Quantum Coherence
    Marlan O. Scully, Texas A&M, Princeton, and Baylor Universities, United States
    OSA’s Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize Recipient

Technical Programming

Paper presentations from leading researchers around the world are divided into nine topical areas in optics, from biology and medicine to information science. A sample of highlighted presentations includes:

Special symposia organized by hot topic areas in the field include:

The Future of Optics: A Perspective at Emil Wolf’s 90th Birthday
Oct. 14, 4 – 6 p.m.
Lilac Ballroom, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

University of Rochester Professor Emil Wolf has had a tremendous impact across all of optics. In honor of his 90th birthday, FiO will feature speakers from academia and government labs on the future of four areas where Wolf has made special impact: inverse problems, coherence and quantum optics, physical optics, and optics at the University of Rochester.

Understanding the Developing and Aging Visual Systems
October 17, 8 – 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Highland C, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

As life expectancy continues to rise, there is an increasing desire to better understand age-related changes in the visual system. Speakers from leading colleges of optometry from around the world will first explore developmental changes in the eye’s optics and in the visual system that occur early in life. In the second half of the symposium, speakers will shed light on current understandings of alterations in the eye’s optical quality, retinal characteristics and visual performance during the course of normal aging.

Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification
Oct. 16, all day (times vary)
Highland B, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification is an alternative light amplification technique to lasers. It provides various advantages such as broader bandwidth, higher gain, wavelength tunability, and higher intensity contrast, which motivate its utilization in small-scale high-repetition-rate as well as large-scale high-energy laser systems. Speakers at leading research institutions from seven countries will provide an overview of the state-of-art of this unique technology, its various application areas, and its future development directions.

Post-Deadline Papers
Oct. 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Rooms vary, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

The FiO 2012 Technical Program Committee accepts a limited number of post-deadline papers for presentation. The purpose of post-deadline sessions is to give attendees the opportunity to hear the newest breakthroughs in rapidly advancing areas. Only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness were accepted.

Special Events

OSA Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) Session
Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom C, Hyatt Regency Rochester

OSA Network of Entrepreneurs events provides students and young professionals from around the globe with a forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities of start-up enterprises and to hear first-hand from successful optics entrepreneurs. This meeting will feature high-powered speakers, a panel session and lots of time for attendee participation.


  • Milton Chang, managing director, Incubic Management, LLC
  • Laura Ann Weller-Brophy, CEO, FloroLogic, Inc.
  • Michael G. Morris, CEO, Apollo Optical Systems, Inc.

Town Hall Discussion of U.S. National Academy of Sciences Report: Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation
Oct. 16, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Empire Hall, Rochester Riverside Convention Center

In August, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Harnessing Light released a landmark report, Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation, discussing the current state of optical sciences and goals for the future. Please join the OSA Public Policy Committee for a town hall discussion with representatives from the Harnessing Light committee, NAS, and the National Science Foundation to hear first-hand the need for the report, the findings, as well as current and future global innovations and technological opportunities enabled by optical science.

PRESS REGISTRATION: A press room for credentialed press and analysts will be located in the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Sunday through Thursday, Oct. 14-18. Those interested in obtaining a press badge for FiO should contact OSA's Angela Stark at 202.416.1443 or

About the Meeting

Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2012 is the Optical Society’s (OSA) 96th Annual Meeting and is being held together with Laser Science XXVIII, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS). The two meetings unite the OSA and APS communities for five days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, fascinating 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. FiO 2012 will also offer a number of Short Courses designed to increase participants’ knowledge of a specific subject in the optical sciences while offering the experience of insightful teachers. An exhibit floor featuring leading optics companies will further enhance the meeting. More information at

About OSA

Uniting more than 180,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit

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Source: The Optical Society