The SPIE Photonics West 2017 technical conference and exhibition returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, January 28 through February 2, offering attendees the opportunity to explore the latest innovations in lasers, photonics, optics, optoelectronics, biophotonics, biomedical optics, 3D printing, and more. As in the past, the event will once again kick off with BiOS, the world’s largest biomedical optics conference, before transitioning into the Photonics West conference and exhibition. Last year’s event hosted more than 20,000 attendees and put the products and services of over 1,300 exhibitors on display. More than 4,800 technical papers will be available to conference participants throughout the week (http://spie.org/photonicswest.xml ).

Technical Conference

This year’s technical program consists of three separate conferences — BiOS, LASE and OPTO — designed to help attendees quickly and accurately access their areas of interest.

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

  • Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics
  • Clinical Technologies and Systems
  • Neurophotonics, Neurosurgery, and Optogenetics
  • Tissue Optics, Laser-Tissue Interaction, and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomedical Spectroscopy, Microscopy, and Imaging
  • Nano/Biophotonics
Attendees check out new products at SPIE Photonics West. (Bruce A. Bennett)

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, ultrafast, 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
Over 1300 companies will be exhibiting at this year’s SPIE Photonics West. (Bruce A. Bennett)

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. Attendees can expect to hear the latest on silicon photonics, photonic crystals, optoelectronics, semiconductor lasers, quantum dots, and 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
Hamamatsu’s booth featured a driving simulator in 2016. (Bruce A. Bennett)

Brain 2017: A new addition to the SPIE Photonics West lineup is Brain 2017, which will highlight papers from BiOS, LASE, and OPTO that describe the development of innovative technologies to increase our understanding of brain function. Available presentations will be broken up into four categories:

  • Clinical and Translational Neurophotonics
  • Neural Imaging, Sensing, Optogenetics, and Optical Manipulation
  • Clinical Technologies, Laser Tissues Interaction, and Tissue Engineering
  • Nanobiophotonics
Laser Components brought NOX the Robot to SPIE Photonics West 2016. (Bruce A. Bennett)

In addition, there will be a special neurotechnology plenary session on Sunday, January 29 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm that will highlight the many advances occurring in the neurophotonics field and provide a networking and communication forum.

Translational Research: SPIE Translational Research 2017 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:

  • Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics
  • Neurophotonics, Neurosurgery, and Optogenetics
  • Tissue Optics, Laser-Tissue Interaction, and Tissue Engineering
  • Clinical Technologies and Systems
  • Biomedical Spectroscopy, Microscopy, and Imaging
  • Nano/Biophotonics
One of San Francisco’s legendary cable cars makes its way down to Fisherman’s Wharf. (Bruce A. Bennett)

3D Printing: SPIE Applications of 3D Printing 2017 will again 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

This year’s SPIE Photonics West will offer 72 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 this year include: