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SPIE Announces Name Change
Jun 2007
SPIE announced today it has retired "The International Society for Optical Engineering" adopted as its business name in 1981 and will be known as "SPIE," to better represent its growing community of scientists, researchers and engineers in industry, academia and government. The society, which was founded in 1955, said in a statement, "As a pioneer in the development of technical conferences and exhibitions designed to bring together a broad spectrum of technical disciplines, SPIE is now the leading society for light-based technologies powering important achievements in communications, biomedicine, security, space exploration, entertainment, semiconductor manufacturing, robotics, medical imaging, next-generation displays, battlefield technologies, biometric security, image processing, astronomy and computing." SPIE has more than 188,000 active constituents representing 138 different countries. As the organizer and sponsor of approximately 26 major conferences and education programs annually in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, it provides publishing, speaking and learning opportunities on emerging technologies. The SPIE Digital Library contains the world's largest collection of optics, photonics, imaging, sensor and scientific and technical research -- 240,000 papers, with 18,000 added each year. It publishes six scholarly journals and a variety of print media publications and contributes more than $1 million annually in scholarships, grants and financial support and has 98 student chapters around the world.

The scientific observation of celestial radiation that has reached the vicinity of Earth, and the interpretation of these observations to determine the characteristics of the extraterrestrial bodies and phenomena that have emitted the radiation.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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