SPIE Defense + Security Conference Preview



Volume 23
Issue 2

A preview of one of the premier events for the security and defense industries.

The SPIE Defense +Security conference, which integrates the discontinued Optics East conference, will take place on March 16– 20, 2008, at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together leading scientists and engineers from industry, military, and academia doing cutting-edge work in materials, technology, systems, and devices.

Exhibitors will be displaying:

  • Defense and security applications

  • Laser and sensor technologies

  • Displays, guidance, and navigation

  • Modeling and simulation

  • Signal and image processing

  • Sensor testing and calibration

  • Data mining technology

  • C3I, airborne reconnaissance, and systems operations

  • Navigation for tactical applications

  • Biometrics and aviation security

  • Forensic technologies

  • Unmanned vehicles

Defense Leaders

The event will feature leaders in the defense community, with representatives from the US Navy, Army, and Air Force, DARPA, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Raytheon, and other top organizations.

Highlights of the conference will include:

  • A panel of chief technology officers is being planned to discuss where the industry is headed.

  • Over 45 conferences covering the latest technologies and applications for the defense and security community.

  • A 400+ product exhibition where attendees can find the most current hardware, interact with exhibitors, and increase awareness of product developments across the broad spectrum of infrared, sensing, and image technology.

  • An education program featuring courses and workshops designed to bring attendees up to date on the hottest technologies or get attendees up to speed with the background basics they need.

Courses and Presentations

The SPIEDefense + Security conference will present 65 half- and full-day courses covering such topics as thermosense, laser sensing, unmanned systems, and target acquisition. The meeting will also feature plenary speakers, workshops, panel discussions, poster receptions, and more. Among the list of plenary presentations are:

  • Symposium-Wide Plenary Presentation — The Honorable Jay Cohen, Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

  • Display Track Plenary Presentation — Display Content in Advanced NVG and HMD Systems: A Pilot/Flight Surgeon's Concerns, Joseph (Chuck) Antonio, M.D., Naval Air Warfare Ctr.

  • Space Technologies and Operations Track Plenary Presentation – Deep Space Flight of Hayabusa Asteroid Explorer, Hitoshi Kuninaka, Junichiro Kawaguchi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

  • Space Technologies and Operations Track Plenary Presentation — Protecting the Moon's Environment, Jeffrey Maclure, International Academy of Astronautics and International Institute of Space Law

  • Tactical Sensors and Imagers Track Plenary Presentation — Radar Horizons, Joseph R. Guerci, Consultant


Visit the SPIEDefense + Security web page at www.spie.org/defense-security.xml for more information and to register online.


P.O. Box 10

Bellingham, WA 98227-0010

Phone: (888) 504-8171; Fax: (360) 647-1445

Email: Exhbitions@SPIE.org

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