Optics leaders announced as visionary speakers for 2017 FIO + LS meeting


WASHINGTON – The Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FIO + LS) conference and exhibition provides a venue for leaders in the optics and photonics community to discuss the latest advances in the field. In 2017, the FIO + LS meeting has been thoughtfully redesigned and revised, offering attendees the best of past meetings while adding innovative elements to this year's meeting. A new speaker category of visionary speakers have been added and will deliver presentations around the four conference themes: Automotive, Nanophotonics and Plasmonics, Optics in Computing and Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision.

WHAT: 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS Conference

WHERE: Washington Hilton, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

WHEN: Technical Conference: 17-21 September 2017, Exhibition: 19-20 September 2017

Visionary Speakers

As technology advances at an ever increasing pace, the potential applications for optics continue to grow and bring us closer to the edge of amazing reinvention. FIO + LS is delighted to welcome optical science visionaries to discuss the future of innovation. These visionary speakers come from within and beyond the optics and photonics community and will provide insight into cutting-edge advances related to the four conference themes. The visionary speaker lineup includes:

  • Majed Chergui, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Michael Godwin, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, USA
  • Evelyn Hu, Harvard University, USA
  • Scott McEldowney, Oculus Research, USA
  • Vladimir M. Shalaev, Purdue University and Birck Nanotechnology Center, USA
  • James K. Thompson, University of Colorado at Boulder JILA, USA
  • Marc A Taubenblatt, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA


Media Registration

A media room for credentialed press and analysts will be located on-site. Media interested in attending the event should register on the FiO + LS website media center: Media Center.

About FiO + LS

Frontiers in Optics is The Optical Society's (OSA) Annual Meeting and held together with Laser Science, a meeting sponsored by the American Physical Society's Division of Laser Science (DLS). The two meetings unite the OSA and APS communities for five days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, in-demand invited speakers and a variety of special events spanning a broad range of topics in optics and photonics–the science of light–across the disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry. The exhibit floor will feature leading optics companies, technology products and programs. More information at: FrontiersinOptics.org.

About The Optical Society

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.

Media Contacts:

Rebecca B. Andersen
The Optical Society
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Joshua Miller
The Optical Society
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Media Contact

Joshua Miller
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