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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

SPIE Defense & Security Symposium With Free Exhibition Runs April 17-21 in Orlando

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* DARPA/MTO Photonics Overview

* The Future of Terahertz Imaging

* The Future of Fiber Lasers

* The Future of Infrared Imaging

* The Future of Hyperspectral Imaging

"Technology leaders from government, academia and industry come to DSS in Orlando to see the latest research and new products that use optics and photonics for defense, security and spin-off applications. Everyone here is working to accelerate discovery, development and distribution of solutions," said Janice Walker, Director of Events at SPIE. "These are the people who push the frontiers of possibility in response to the imaging, sensor and analysis requirements of military and civilian agencies. The presentations, product information and personal networking provide immediate payback for attendees."

DSS technical conferences offer groundbreaking presentations, organized into program tracks such as:

* Technologies for Homeland Security and Law Enforcement

* Infrared (IR) Sensors and Systems Engineering

* Tactical Sensors and Imagers

* Laser Sensors and Systems

* Battlespace Technologies

* Space Technologies and Operations

* Displays including flexible displays, rugged PDAs and head-mounted systems

* Modeling and Simulation

* Intelligent and Unmanned Systems

* Sensor Data Exploitation and Target Recognition

* Information Fusion, Data Mining

* Information Networks Security

* Signal, Image and Neural Net Processing

* Communications and Networking Technologies and Systems

With thousands of presentations at DSS spanning discovery, development and distribution of defense and security technology, this meeting has become recognized as a "must-attend" event for both researchers and industry. "By providing a forum to review requirements and results, we help university, government and industry brainpower push the outer edge of technology and take it to the next level," added Walker.

Specific applications of technology being discussed include imaging systems that can "see through" walls, futuristic robotic vehicles and sensors for border security, new ways to inspect cargo and identify underwater threats in harbors, nonlethal weapons, recognition of chemical plumes, self-lubricating films using nanotechnology, wireless sensor networks, biometric technology for human identification, nanoscale sensors, space applications, helmet-mounted displays and night vision goggles. Many sessions are devoted to information retrieval, data mining, face recognition, new displays and integrated intelligent microsystems that push the limits.

Well over 100 presentations are related to unmanned systems, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and robots on the ground for border security, search and rescue, and military operations. Capping presentations on these new R&D achievements is a special evening session Wednesday 19 April called the DARPA Grand Challenge. Larry Stotts, Deputy Director of the DARPA Advanced Technology Office, will review a unique program to accelerate autonomous ground vehicle technology that could be used to someday save lives on the battlefield. DARPA awarded a $2 million prize to a team from Stanford University, who fielded a remote-controlled vehicle that completed a 140-mile course in the Mojave Desert. Possible commercial spin-offs from this type of work include collision avoidance, automated road sign recognition and durable remote control systems. Stotts will provide an insider's view of the Grand Challenge program including goals, results and stories of the innovators who took part in the great race.


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