Industry Leaders to Share Insights on Photonics Opportunities in Sensing, Security

BELLINGHAM, WA and CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - June 13, 2016) - Industry leaders at an all-day event in Edinburgh will offer insight on opportunities for new end-use applications resulting from the rapid emergence of innovative dual-use technologies in the defence, security, and sensing markets.

Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the industry session will be held 28 September in the Edinburgh International Convention Centre, in conjunction with the co-located international technology forums SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security and Defence. Admission to the industry session is free of charge, and participants may register in advance.

Sir Brian Burridge, Leonardo-Finmeccanica Senior Vice President UK Corporate, will open the session, identifying barriers to moving new information technology from the laboratory into the hands of the warfighter, and offering proposals for change to help meet information requirements.

Session chair Paul Winstanley, Executive Director for Innovation of the UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC), will explain the UKDSC approach to identifying, acquiring, and integrating innovation, including a shift to adapting technology from adjacent market sectors, for complex capabilities from nuclear deterrence to wearable technology.

Graeme Malcom, OBE, CEO and co-founder of Glasgow-based M Squared Lasers, will outline laser applications in remote threat detection, and describe M Squared Lasers' experience in commercialising active hyperspectral imaging and heterodyne sensing methods.

Ian Reid, CEO of CENSIS, will give an overview of the role of Innovation Centres in the Scottish innovation and economic development landscape, with a look at the range of operating models and how innovations are engaging industry and academia along with expectations as to what is ahead.

Stephen Marshall, director of the Hyperspectral Imaging Centre at the University of Strathclyde, will cover technology trends in remote sensing, including miniaturized multi- and hyperspectral cameras and other devices incorporated into drones and other flying sensors that have helped open such new commercial applications as precision agriculture, surveying buildings for heat loss, and rapid assessment of natural disasters and oil spills.

Nigel Douglas, CEO of Global Surface Intelligence Ltd., will describe the "Earth observation gold rush" resulting from an exponential increase in the number of satellites in orbit in the near future and the amount of sensor data they will generate.

Jaime Reed, Head of Research and Development in the Earth Observation, Navigation, and Science Directorate of Airbus DS, will describe tools developed by the remote sensing community for analysing huge volumes of data from satellite systems, particularly for weather and climate.

Stephen Anderson, SPIE Director of Industry Development, will provide an update focused on the defence and security sectors from an ongoing SPIE analysis of the global photonics market.

Quantum optics, commercialisation of fibre lasers, and remote sensing for water resource management are among topics to covered in SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security and Defence technical sessions throughout the week (26-29 September).

Sir David Payne of the University of Southampton, Sir Peter Knight of Imperial College London, and Wim Bastiaansen from UNESCO's Institute for Water Education and Delft University of Technology will give plenary talks.

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