October 07, 2006 15:07 ET

SPIE Optics East 2006 Conference and Exhibit Surpasses Expectations in Boston

Breakthroughs in Optical Sensor R&D Discussed and Demonstrated

BELLINGHAM, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 7, 2006 --The SPIE Optics East symposium, the largest optics and photonics event on the East Coast, concluded this week in Boston with conferences on chemical, biological and biomedical sensors, optoelectronics and instrumentation. Optics East attracted nearly 1700 attendees from industry, academia and government who came to the conference and exhibition.

A key SPIE Optics East emphasis is commercializing new technology by including a free exhibition, which increased in size by 25% in 2006. "We met many potential customers and suppliers at Optics East, as we do at other SPIE conferences," said Kevin Liddane, director of sales at Daylight Solutions. "The quality of the show is better than ever and Boston is a great city. We found strong interest in our new compact, tunable, mid-infrared lasers."

"We heard many positive comments on the quality of the presentations at Optics East and the connections people formed here," said Janice Walker, SPIE director of events. "Attendees like our decision to base this meeting in Boston, which people around the world recognize as a center of excellence for industry, research and entrepreneurship."

Steve Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Laser Focus World said, "It's great to come to these meetings. At Optics East I saw impressive and important products that I had never seen before, particularly in the field of sensors."

"I encourage people working in optical sensors to come to Optics East," added Bob Lieberman, President and CTO of Intelligent Optical Systems, co-chair of the Sensor and Industry Applications Symposium and a corporate exhibitor at Optics East. "The mix of R&D and business made Optics East 2006 a great place to come for new information and new products for industrial, communications, and environmental applications. Next year we will see even more focus on optical sensors, a hot area of research and new products. The terahertz imaging, near infrared and photon counting technology programs at Optics East are some of the best in the world, and there is no better place to become informed about the applications of nanotechnology to measurement science."

During the five-day Optics East conference and exhibit approximately 1000 technical presentations were presented by scientists, engineers and executives from around the globe. Nearly all of this information can be downloaded from the SPIE Digital Library, along with 230,000 papers presented at other SPIE conferences.

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