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.


Innovation in Light and Sound in Rochester

This panel will discuss some of the exciting innovations in light and sound that are happening in Rochester, NY.

Julie Gerstenberger, Moondog Labs (Moderator)

Terry Taber, Ph.D, Eastman Kodak

Paul Travers, Vuzix

Prof. Mark Bocko, University of Rochester

Tuesday 10:30-11:30 – Hyatt Regency AB

Printed Electronics

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.

Nancy Ferris, Ph.D, Eastman Kodak

Tuesday 11:30-12:30 – Hyatt Regency AB

Optics and Photonics Meetup at the Rochester Museum and Science Center

Tuesday 3:00 – 5:00 – Rochester Museum and Science Center

Integrated Photonics & the Convergence of Electronics and Photonics Manufacturing

Will optics on a chip enable your future products to be competitive?  Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) are transitioning to a role as the only viable technology for an increasing number of sophisticated telecommunications solutions.  However, the potential PICs hold for reductions in size, weight, power, and cost presents compelling opportunities to leverage commercial investments in datacom  and telecommunications markets into novel applications in entertainment, health sciences, remote sensing, and defense.  This talk aims to discuss the market forces and technologies that have driven the evolution of PICs, and also contemplate the exciting advances that may become possible by leveraging not only the front-end tools for VLSI electronics manufacturing, but the back-end tools as well.  This talk will also illustrate how AIM Photonics is positioning itself to address these opportunities.

Tom Koch, Ph.D, University of Arizona

Wednesday 10:30-11:30 – Hyatt Regency AB

Integrated Photonics Sensors – Building the Interface between the Digital and Real Worlds

This talk will focus on a Rochester-led effort within AIM Photonics to develop integrated photonic sensors for use in consumer, healthcare, defense, and industrial markets.

Skip Warren, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 – Hyatt Regency AB

Free Form Optics

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.

Prof. Jannick Rolland, U of R

Wednesday 3-3:30 – Hyatt Regency AB


The Economic Light that Shines on Upstate NY

Rochester and Upstate NY are investing resources to leverage strategic core competencies in the advancement of optics, sensors and photonics. A special event will explore the economic initiatives underway to grow this region’s capabilities.

Ed White, AIM Photonics

James Senall, High Tech Rochester

Tim Palmer, Eastman Business Park

Everton Henriques, FuzeHub

Wednesday 3:30-6:00 – Hyatt Regency AB


Those F#&% Optics

This is an informal talk that highlights some of the evolution of HMD style optics, discussed the shift in cinematography for VR content creation, and explains a little about unrealistic expectations set by companies developing imaging based products.

Michael Thomas, Navitar

Thursday 10:30 – 11:00 – Highland CH


A Crash course in building a hardware start-up in Western NY

Upstate NY has a lot of resources to support hardware startups.  Hear Clark Dever, co-founder of Heads Up Displays, share some of the lessons he learned from building two hardware startups in Upstate NY over the past 5 years.

Clark Dever, Heads Up Display

Thursday 11:00 – 11:30 – Convention Center, Highland CH


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Novel VR/AR Technologies

A panel discussing details of novel component and system technologies relating to VR systems. Topics to be discussed include optics, display, image capture, and data processing.

Prof. Nitin Sampat, RIT (moderator)

Paul Travers, Vuzix

Prof. Jannick Rolland, University of Rochester

Pete Jameson, Osterhout Design Group

Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 – Convention Center, Highland AK


Reality Focus: Solutions for Visual Acuity and Aesthetic for Prescription Eyeglass Wearers When Using AR and VR Devices

We’ll take a look at the challenges and issues faced by people needing prescription eyewear correction when wearing smart devices and VR goggles.

William Fruit and Amy Ahl, Rochester Optical

Tuesday 4:00 – 5:00 – Convention Center, Highland AK


Remote Sensing

A session devoted to technologies and applications of imaging from airborne and space-based platforms. From satellites to drones, learn how remote sensing informs a wide range of challenges including map making, navigation, business analytics, and precision agriculture.

Bob Fiete, Harris

Carl Salvaggio, RIT

Julie Baker, Ursa Space Systems

Wednesday 11:30-12:30 – Convention Center, Highland DG