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Another major theme at DSS is use of spaceborne sensors for both military and civilian applications. According to Program Chair Peter Tchoryk, CEO of Michigan Aerospace Corp., "The idea behind Responsive Space is for the government to be able to launch satellites 'on demand' when the need arises, rather than using today's timelines measured in months or years. Our session is intended to foster an exchange of ideas related to accelerating that process -- from the payload, satellite, and launch perspectives. Topics may include component and systems technology developments, infrastructure, testing, and operational issues that must ultimately be addressed to create responsive space architecture and enhance joint warfighting capability."
Sensing and prediction of natural phenomena is of great general interest, particularly hurricanes. "The majority of media coverage associated with the Federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has focused on what went wrong. The 'Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery XII Conference' has a special session entitled 'The Use of Civil Remote Sensing in Improving Hurricane Forecasting and Assisting Emergency Responders,'" said Conference Chair Sylvia Shen, The Aerospace Corp. "Here we will show how civilian remote sensing has a leading role in improving our ability to cope with natural disasters such as these. We will tell the story of what went right, highlighting improved prediction of the paths of both hurricanes, as well as the ability to use currently available U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emergency response airborne remote sensing technology to perform rapid needs assessment and mitigate potentially dangerous situations on the ground for regional on-scene commanders and emergency responders."
SPIE conferences are filled with presentations that highlight the innovations and new techniques that will change the world. One example, a Plenary Presentation by Prof. James Franson, Johns Hopkins Univ., is titled "Quantum computing using linear optics and hybrid approaches." According to Eric Donkor, Univ. of Connecticut and Chair of the Quantum Information and Computation Conference, "Quantum computing is a fast emerging technology that is expected to revolutionize computer technology and information delivery across our information-driven society, in areas including health care, banking and commerce, bioinformatics, internet security, cryptosystems, and national security. Articles on quantum computing are increasingly appearing in the print media such as the New York Times, as well as in trade journals. Prof. Franson is one of the world's leading authorities in Quantum Computing and his presentation will shed light on the status and trends on the subject."
SPIE also offers a free SPIEWorks career fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 18 and 19 with recruiters from BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Goodrich, Lockeed Martin, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, PennState Electo-Optics Center and TEXTRON Systems.
For further information on this or other SPIE events, go to http://spie.org/conferences/programs/06/dss/ with onsite registration available at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.