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SPIE DSS in Baltimore Broadening Appeal

BALTIMORE, Dec. 6, 2013 — SPIE is expanding the scope of its 2014 Defense + Security Conference with the addition of several conferences and meetings that are expected to appeal to the broader sensing community, the international society for optics and photonics announced this week.

The Directed Energy Professional Society's (DEPS) Advanced High Power Laser Conference, its fifth annual gathering, will meet alongside two SPIE DSS symposia, Defense + Security and Sensing Technology + Applications, in the Baltimore Convention Center, and also at a 500-company exhibition.

Pennsylvania State University's Electro-Optics Alliance (EOA) will also hold its annual meeting during SPIE DSS. The MIRTHE (Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment) NSF Engineering Research Center, located at Princeton and partner universities, and the Maryland technology transfer organization TEDCO are also planning activities during SPIE DSS, which takes place May 5-9.

The 2200-paper SPIE DSS technical program is organized into symposia on Defense + Security, with 32 conferences; and on Sensing Technology + Applications, with 27 conferences. Topics include infrared, laser, spectroscopic and other technologies for displays, imaging, cyber sensing, food safety, energy harvesting, oil and gas exploration, and more.

The DEPS conference program is a strong complement to the SPIE DSS program, said SPIE Senior Director Andrew Brown, adding that the inclusion of other meetings and conferences “enhances an already cost-effective opportunity for government scientists, engineers and project managers in the region to access mission-critical information and to meet efficiently with suppliers to develop solutions to their problems. Likewise, we are creating a unique opportunity for industry to showcase their newest products and capabilities to a targeted audience. It's a win-win situation that is valued by government and industry participants.”

A statement by the US Office of Management and Budget earlier this year acknowledged the need for conference and other travel, noting that for some employees, conferences may be the most efficient and cost-effective means for meeting objectives and ensuring advancements.

"Given new budget realities, being in Baltimore helps leadership and attendees by greatly reducing travel costs," said Michael Eismann, senior scientist for Electro-Optical and Infrared Sensors at the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Lab and Defense + Security conference chair.

SPIE is very sensitive to the need for fiscal responsibility and providing value to attendees and exhibitors, Brown said.

"SPIE DSS was relocated to Baltimore a few years ago specifically in response to government concerns regarding efficiency, and to support the needs of the optics and photonics community in this region," Brown said, "and expanding the scope of this meeting to include the broader sensing community is yet another way we are adding to the value of the event."

For more information on DSS, visit: http://spie.org/x6765.xml. For more information on the laser conference, visit: http://deps.org 



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