ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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, including local Rochester companies G-S Plastic Optics; Glass Fab, Inc.; Mildex, Inc.; Sydor Optics, Inc.; and several others, will complement the in-depth educational programming and offer attendees a glimpse of the latest optics and photonics technologies and products.
Rochester is known as the birthplace of optics and it is where the Optical Society was founded nearly 100 years ago. Local researchers and business leaders feature prominently throughout the diverse technical and business programming at the meeting. Local highlights include a keynote presentation by David R. Williams of the University of Rochester, a special symposium honoring Emil Wolf—one of the university’s most distinguished optics professors, a special address by 2012 Rochester Business Journal’s Tech Woman of the Year, and an intimate conversation with the new president of IDEX Optics and Photonics, Michael Cumbo, an alumnus of the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology with deep roots in the area.
The Optical Society’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2012
Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, N.Y.
Sunday, Oct. 14 – Thursday, Oct. 18
FEATURED PROGAMMING WITH LOCAL TIES:
Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony
Oct. 15, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Lilac Ballroom, Rochester Riverside Convention Center
During the Awards Ceremony, two well-known University of Rochester professors are being honored by OSA: Joseph Eberly will receive the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service to the optics community and Xi-Cheng Zhang will receive the William Meggers Award for his outstanding work in spectroscopy.
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. Nearly 20 percent of participating companies are based in New York. 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 below).
More than 120 papers from New York-based researchers will be presented during FiO, covering a wide range of topics across the entire spectrum of optics and photonics. Paper presentations are divided into nine topical areas in optics, from biology and medicine to information science. Presentations from researchers at New York institutions include:
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. The OSA Public Policy Committee will host a town hall discussion with representatives from the Harnessing Light committee, NAS, and the National Science Foundation, to discuss the need for the report, the findings, as well as current and future global innovations and technological opportunities enabled by optical science. Speakers include:
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 email@example.com.
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 www.FrontiersinOptics.org.
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 www.osa.org.
Source: The Optical Society