SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security and Defence

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Europe’s premier sensing and defence events, SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security + Defence, will both take place from 24-27 September in Edinburg, United Kingdom.

A single location for Europe’s premier sensing and defence events, SPIE Remote Sensing and SPIE Security + Defence, is sure to foster collaborative efforts from experts in their fields. The symposia this year will both take place from 24-27 September in Edinburg, United Kingdom.

Remote Sensing will be chaired by Karin Stein of the Fraunhofer Institut of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation and Charles Bostater of the Marine Environmental Optics Lab and Remote Sensing Center at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Two plenary presentations will start the event on Monday, 24 September. First is Thomas Usländer, head of the Information Management and Production Control Department at Fraunhofer IOSB. His presentation, “Maximizing the use of EO products: how to leverage the potential of open geospatial service under architectures,” will overview the uses and architectural solutions that aim at an open and flexible Earth-Observing (EO) mission, incorporating international initiatives such as GEOSS and HMA and their approaches.

Mitchell Roffer will conclude the plenary presentations with, “The use of polar orbiting and geostationary satellite data for geospatial analyses in fisheries, environmental monitoring, ship routing and management decision making. The presentation will provide an overview of applications and satellite visualization products for fisheries, operational forecasting for fishing and ship routing, and mapping the oil-dispersant water mixtures released into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

SPIE Remote Sensing features 11 technical conferences that promise to shed light on recent trends, developments, and common issues facing today’s remote sensing instruments. Among topics that will be addressed at the conferences are image and signal processing, remote sensing of natural disasters, next-generation satellites, applications to agriculture and ecosystems, and Lidar technologies for remote sensing.

The SPIE Security + Defence event also will start off with two symposium-wide plenary presentations. Mark W. Niece, Director of The High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (USA) will start off the plenary talks by talking about the JTO’s collaborative efforts with other companies to accelerate development of High Energy Lasers (HEL) and how they can add to the success of next-generation weapons. Second, Bill Bardo of University College London will give an overview of the seven years of work that has gone into the Systems Engineering for Autonomous Systems Defence Technology Centre, including decision making, data interpretation, communication, and management.

SPIE Security + Defence is co-chaired this year by David Titterton of the Defence Science and Technology Lab (United Kingdom) and Reinhardt Ebert of the Fraunhofer-IOSB Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (Germany).

The event also features a sold-out exhibition with 45 exhibiting companies, although a waiting list is available for companies still looking to exhibit. The exhibition will be held on 25 and 26 September during exhibition hours.

SPIE Security + Defence includes 11 technical conferences that will contain popular topics today in security and defence, including military applications in hyperspectral imaging, quantum-physics-based information security, emerging technologies, millimeter wave and terahertz sensors and technology, and electro-optical remote sensing.

Both events are sponsored by Selex Galileo and Thales UK, and supported by Scottish Enterprise. As part of Scottish Enterprise’s support, Meet The Buyer events are being offered during the week which present a number of local Scottish companies.

Join colleagues and experts in the field of remote sensing, defence, and security for a unified week of collaborative inspiration in Edinburg at SPIE Security + Defence and SPIE Remote Sensing.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

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