Visionary speakers announced for 2019 FiO + LS Meeting

Experts to discuss innovations in autonomous systems, nanophotonics and plasmonics, quantum technologies, and virtual reality and augmented vision

Jeremy J. Baumberg, University of Cambridge, U.K

WASHINGTON – A select group of industry and research experts in the fields of optics and photonics has been designated Visionary Speakers for the OSA Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FiO + LS) Conference and Exhibition, 15-19 September 2019 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Their presentations will address emerging and high-impact topics related to the FiO + LS conference’s four core themes: Autonomous Systems, Nanophotonics and Plasmonics, Quantum Technologies and Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision. The themes provide opportunities for focused, deep-dives into the most compelling and promising technologies of tomorrow. Each theme includes an all-invited program of panel discussions and is anchored by a 45-minute talk offered by a Visionary Speaker.

2019 FiO + LS Visionary Speakers:

Jeremy J. Baumberg, University of Cambridge, U.K., Title: “Extreme NanoPhotonics: Light on the Atom Scale,” 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. EDT, Monday, 16 September, Room Washington 4.

Ultra-low-volume plasmonic cavities can trap light on the atomic scale, enabling researchers to watch individual molecules and bonds vibrate. Prospective applications from this work range from biomolecular sensing to fundamental science. Baumberg’s particular focus is nanomachinery actuation by light.

Steven Cundiff, University of Michigan, U.S.A., Title: “Multidimensional Coherent Spectroscopy of Semiconductor Nanostructures,” 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, 18 September, Room Washington 5.

Multidimensional coherent spectroscopy has become an important tool to study condensed phase systems and nanocrystals in a way that combines the best features of time and frequency domain techniques. It provides deep insight by removing the effects of inhomogeneous broadening and revealing coupling between states, including many-body effects. Recent advances have demonstrated high spatial resolution, providing a path toward coherent microspectroscopy.

Bernard Kress, Microsoft Corp., U.S.A., Title: “There is no Moore’s Law in Optics: So How Come AR/VR/MR HMD Optics Still Succeed at Shrinking over Time?” 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. EDT, Thursday, 19 September, Room Washington 4.

Optical technological building blocks continue to be improved and reinvented, restocking constantly the optical designer’s toolbox and allowing weight and size to be improved without impacting visual comfort. Kress comments that improving wearable and visual comfort are key to delivering next generation MR experiences while at the same time improving sensory immersion through improved display, audio, touch, gestures and more.

John Martinis, University of California at Santa Barbara, U.S.A., Title: “Quantum Supremacy: Checking a Quantum Computer with a Classical Supercomputer,” 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, 19 September, Room Washington 4.

Martinis’ talk explores how new computing paradigms, such as quantum computing, will address the end of the exponential growth of microelectronics technology, known as Moore’s law. A key step in the roadmap to build a scientifically or commercially useful quantum computer will be to demonstrate its exponentially growing computing power.

Toshiki Tajima, University of California Irvine, U.S.A., Title: “Laser Wakefields in Plasma, Nanostructures and Black Hole Vicinities,” 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. EDT, Thursday, 19 September, Room Washington 5.

This talk will explore how laser wakefield acceleration has been enabled by the CPA (chirped pulse amplification) laser and has been considered for high energy accelerators, cancer therapy and other applications. Meanwhile, researchers have discovered wakefields emitted from black-hole jets.

Mohan M. Trivedi, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A, Title: “Autonomous Vehicles: Vision, Illusion and Realization,” 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, 17 September, Room Washington 4.

Trivedi explores how autonomous vehicles are no longer restricted to science fiction or to specialized research laboratories. They are rapidly becoming available on public roads for a range of mobility modes, including taxis, freight trucks, delivery robots and personal vehicles. He will discuss how we have arrived at this exciting point in time and what issues require deeper, critical examinations and careful resolution to assure safe, reliable and robust operation of these highly complex systems.

Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University, U.S.A., Title: “Optimized (Quantum) Photonics,” 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, 17 September, Room Washington 5.

Combining state-of-the-art optimization and machine-learning techniques with high speed electromagnetic solvers offers a new approach to inverse design and implement classical and quantum photonic circuits with superior properties, including robustness to errors in fabrication and temperature, compact footprints, novel functionalities, and high efficiencies.

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Frontiers in Optics

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.

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