Seattle - "Photonics 2001: Wavelengths of the Future," the Washington Technology Center's fifth annual technology initiative workshop is set for Tuesday, October 30, 2001 in Bellevue.
Photonics is the set of technologies used to generate and harness light. Photonics and related technologies have strong potential for future growth. These technologies will be impacting a wide range of applications, including medical and health care diagnosis and treatment, entertainment, information storage and computing, and the ever-expanding demand for higher speed and more bandwidth for telecommunications and computer services.
The state of Washington has a growing number of companies pioneering these technologies, industries involved with image acquisition and display to optical storage and networks. Existing companies such as Boeing and Aculight will benefit from these technologies, as well as newer companies like Microvision, Lumera, and New Light Industries. Many of the technical challenges facing industry are forming the basis for research topics at the state's universities -- providing an excellent opportunity for Washington state resources to have a pivotal impact on the continued growth of this industry.
This year's inaugural photonics workshop will bring some of the field's most recognized experts to the Seattle area, setting the stage for informative and stimulating presentations and productive interactions among industry and university professionals, all sharing a common interest in advancing the technical foundation in photonics and stimulating business growth in these areas.
This year's workshop will feature:
-- Phil Anthony, president of the Amplification Products Group for JDS Uniphase and president of IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society, will be the keynote speaker. His presentation is entitled, "Photonics for the Long Haul -- Innovation and Realism."
-- Rod C. Alferness, senior vice president of Lucent Bell Laboratories Optical Networking Research, is presenting a session on All Optical Networks.
-- Nasser Peyghambarian, chair of Photonics & Lasers at University of Arizona's Optical Sciences Center, will speak on "Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers."
-- Presentations of current research funded by WTC's Photonics Systems Initiative.
-- An interactive session for attendees to describe current work in photonics and technical challenges. Participants are invited to bring a set of viewgraphs for a 5-minute presentation.
The workshop will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, 300 112th Avenue S.E., Bellevue, Wash.; the registration fee is $125.
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