The SPIE Photonics West 2015 technical conference and exhibition, taking place February 7-12 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, offers attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest technological developments in lasers, photonics, optics, optoelectronics, biophotonics, biomedical optics, 3D printing and more. Incorporating BiOS, the world’s largest biomedical optics conference, the event will offer its anticipated 20,000 attendees the opportunity to access roughly 4700 technical papers and view the products and services of more than 1250 exhibitors over the course of a week (

Technical Conference

Moscone Center in San Francisco (Photo: Bruce A. Bennett)
This year’s technical program consists of six separate symposiums designed to help attendees more quickly and accurately target their areas of interest.

BiOS: The world's largest biomedical optics conference, BiOS gives attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in the areas of biomedical optics, diagnostics and therapeutics, biophotonics, new imaging modalities, optical coherence tomography, neurophotonics, optogenetics, and tissue optics. The conference is divided into five tracks:

  • Photonic Therapeutics/Diagnostics
  • Clinical Technologies and Systems
  • Tissue Optics, Laser-Tissue Interaction, and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomedical Spectroscopy, Microscopy, and Imaging
  • Nano/Biophotonics

Translational Research: SPIE Translational Research 2015, will highlight papers from BiOS that showcase the latest photonics technologies, tools, and techniques with high potential to impact healthcare. It is divided into the same five tracks as its BiOS counterpart.

LASE: LASE is the Laser Technology and Industrial Laser Conference where attendees can learn about the latest laser manufacturing, laser materials processing, micro-nano packaging, fiber, diode, solid state lasers, laser resonators, ultra-fast semiconductor lasers and LEDs, and 3D fabrication technologies. The five conference tracks offered by LASE are:

  • Laser Source Engineering
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs
  • Laser Micro-/Nanoengineering
  • Laser Applications

The busy show floor at SPIE Photonics West (Photo: SPIE Photonics West)
OPTO: OPTO is the Optoelectronics and Photonics Conference part of SPIE Photonics West devoted to addressing the latest developments in a broad range of optoelectronic technologies and their integration for a variety of commercial applications. Attendees will hear the latest on silicon photonics, photonic crystals, optoelectronics, semiconductor lasers, quantum dots, nanophotonics research. OPTO is organized into eight conference program tracks:

  • Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
  • Photonic Integration
  • Nanotechnologies in Photonics
  • MOEMS-MEMS in Photonics
  • Advanced Quantum and Optoelectronic Applications
  • Semiconductor Lasers and LEDs
  • Displays and Holography
  • Optical Communications: Devices to Systems

Green Photonics: SPIE Green Photonics 2015 highlights papers from OPTO and LASE that showcase the latest photonics and optoelectronic tools and materials that will reduce power consumption, enable cleaner manufacturing, and create new energy generation for a broad range of applications. Topic areas to be addressed during the Green Photonics symposium include:

  • Laser-assisted Manufacturing and Micro/Nano Fabrication
  • Renewable Energy Generation: Fusion and Photovoltaics
  • Solid State Lighting and Displays
  • Communications

3D Printing: SPIE Applications of 3D Printing 2015 highlights papers from BiOS, LASE, and OPTO that showcase innovative ways to apply this new multidimensional/ multidisciplinary technology. Topics to be addressed during this portion of the conference include:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Selective laser melting, laser sintering, laser photopolymerization
  • Novel materials, protean materials, and laser interactions
  • Software that increases efficiencies and speed
  • In-situ sensors or probes to verify and quantify additive manufacturing processes in real time
  • Conformal photonics/electronics