Optics and Photonics are the science and application of light. Learn about advances in optics and photonics that are enabling the revolutions taking place in VR/AR, imaging, displays, and more.


Integrated Photonics Sensors

Building the Interface between the Digital and Real Worlds

Speaker is TBD

This session will focus on how advanced sensors, utilizing integrated photonics, are transforming the way chemical, biological and physical stimuli information is processed for data collection and analysis for use in consumer, healthcare, defense, and industrial markets.

9/13  11:30 – 12:30

Integrated Photonics

How can integrated photonics revolutionize the big data push?

Tom Koch, Ph.D. University of Arizona, Chairman of AIM Photonics Technical Review Board (TRB)

This session will communicate how, using integrated photonics, data centers (i.e. Facebook, Amazon, Google, etc.) will be able to handle far larger flows of traffic, at higher speeds, and with less energy, at a fraction of the cost of electrical data centers.

9/13 10:30 – 11:30


Freeform Optics

The application and use of freeform optics to improve VR/AR and other imaging and display applications

Jannick Rolland, Ph.D. – Professor of Optical Engineering at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester and Director of the NSFI/UCRC Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO).

This session will communicate how freeform optics have the capability to revolutionize the optics industry. Advancements in technology have led to the ability to create more complex optical shapes, enabling VR/AR and display products in new and exciting ways.

9/13 3:00 – 3:30

Printing Electronics

Evolution of Graphics Printing Processes; Microscale, Additive Manufacturing for Printed Electronics

Nancy S. Ferris, Ph.D. – Director, Kodak Research Labs and Vice President, Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Division, Eastman Kodak Company

This session will present new manufacturing processes being applied to a variety of novel structures including printed electronics where the features produced through these printing/manufacturing processes can be sized on the microscale.  In addition, this discussion will expose some of the future challenges to reach the full potential of printing process into 3-D microscale, additive manufacturing with applications to the printed electronics sector and the “internet of things”

9/12 11:30 – 12:30