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Translational Research: SPIE Translational Research 2016, which is being offered as part of SPIE Photonics West, will highlight papers from BiOS that showcase the latest photonics technologies, tools, and techniques with high potential to impact healthcare. Topic areas to be covered include:

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

3D Printing: SPIE Applications of 3D Printing 2016 will highlight papers from BiOS, LASE, and OPTO that showcase innovative ways to apply this new multidimensional/multidisciplinary technology. Topics to be addressed 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.

Professional Development

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This year’s SPIE Photonics West will offer 67 half- and full-day courses and workshops designed to help you stay competitive and advance your career. You will have an opportunity to learn current approaches in lasers and applications, sensors, imaging, IR systems, optical & optomechanical engineering and more, as well as earn CEUs toward fulfilling ongoing professional education requirements. Some of the new and featured courses being offered include:

  • Fluorescence Sensing and Imaging: Towards Portable Healthcare;
  • Lithium Niobate Devices and Applications;
  • Improving Laser Reliability – an Introduction;
  • Optics in the Hospital – Endoscope Specification and Design;
  • Computational Nanomedicine;
  • How to Construct Your Own Spectrometer;
  • Fundamentals of Molded Optics;
  • Optical Glass – Properties and Application-oriented Specification;
  • Passive and Active Fiber Optics;
  • Ultrafast Lasers and Amplifiers;
  • High Dynamic Range Imaging;
  • Biomedical Applications of Specialty Optical Fibers and Fiber Sensors;
  • Modeling and Simulation with Computational Fourier Optics;
  • Advanced Thermal Management Materials.

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In addition, career development workshops are being offered to help you learn such skills as creating compelling research proposals, crafting scientific and technical presentations, conducting a successful job search, and writing technical articles and white papers. SPIE Student Members who register in advance can attend these workshops for $10 or less.

Industry Events

A number of unique industry events are planned for this year’s SPIE Photonics West.

On Monday, February 15, there will be a Photonics Cluster Reception hosted by SPIE where leaders from regional optics and photonics clusters can connect with each other over drinks and appetizers and get an industry update from Stephen Anderson. There will also be two events to help you improve your marketing efforts, and two events devoted to helping you deal with ITAR regulations.

On Tuesday there will be panels and presentations on such topics as patent filing considerations, financing a photonics business, and an industry perspective on silicon photonics and integrated circuits.