The SPIE Photonics West 2020  technical conference and exhibition returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 1 through February 6, 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 22,000 attendees and put the products and services of over 1,400 exhibitors on display. More than 5,200 technical papers and 65 course and workshop options will be available to conference participants throughout the week.

Technical Conference

As in previous years, 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: BiOS, the world's largest biomedical optics conference, takes place on February 1 & 2 and gives attendees the 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, which features over 2,500 papers and presentations, is divided into six technical tracks and three application tracks:

Technical Tracks

  • Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics

  • Neurophotonics, Neurosurgery, and Optogenetics

  • Clinical Technologies and Systems

  • Tissue Optics, Laser-Tissue Interaction, and Tissue Engineering

  • Biomedical Spectroscopy, Microscopy, and Imaging

  • Nano/Biophotonics

The SPIE Photonics West entry foyer is a popular place to meet colleagues, compare notes, or just take a break from the show floor. (Photo: Bruce A. Bennett)

Applications Tracks

  • Brain

  • Translational Research

  • 3D Printing

LASE: LASE, also known as "the industrial laser, laser source, and laser application conference," offers attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest laser manufacturing; laser materials processing; micro-nano packaging; fiber, diode, and solid state lasers; laser resonators; ultrafast, semiconductor lasers and LEDs; and 3D fabrication technologies. The four conference tracks being offered by LASE are:

  • Laser Sources

  • Nonlinear Optics and Beam Guiding

  • Micro-/Nano Applications

  • Macro Applications

OPTO: OPTO is the Optoelectronics, Photonics Materials and Devices Conference, devoted to addressing the latest developments in a broad range of optoelectronic technologies. Attendees can expect to learn about the latest in silicon photonics, photonic crystals, optoelectronics, semiconductor lasers, and nanophotonics. OPTO is organized into nine 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

  • 3D Printing

Applications Tracks

SPIE Brain: SPIE Brain 2020 will highlight papers from BiOS, LASE and OPTO that describe the development of innovative technologies to increase our understanding of brain function. Topics to be covered will include:

  • Clinical and Translational Neurophotonics

  • Optogenetics and Optical Manipulation

  • Clinical Technologies, Laser Tissue Interaction, and Tissue Engineering

  • Spectroscopy, Microscopy, Imaging, Nanobiophotonics and LASE

  • Neurotechnology, Plenary Speakers and Details

Translational Research: SPIE Translational Research 2020 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

  • Clinical Technologies and Systems

  • Tissue Optics, Laser-Tissue Interaction, and Tissue Engineering

  • Biomedical Spectroscopy, Microscopy, and Imaging

  • Nano/Biophotonics

3D Printing: SPIE Applications of 3D Printing 2020 will highlight papers from BiOS, LASE and OPTO that showcase innovative ways to apply this multidimensional/ multidisciplinary technology. Topics to be covered 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

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