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IEEE RAPID Conference
22-24 August 2018
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
4000 Sandestin Blvd S
Miramar Beach, FL, USA 32550


Welcome to the first IEEE Research and Applications of Photonics In Defense Conference (RAPID) to be held in 2018 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa located in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast on the Gulf of Mexico!

The IEEE RAPID conference aims to bring together government, academia and industry in a global forum to present new fundamental basic research, innovative technologies and build collaborations to solve critical security and defense challenges. This international conference will be broad in scope covering such areas as electromagnetics, device physics, optics and photonics, algorithms, and test and evaluation to name a few. With the breadth of topics covered, this conference seeks to attract diverse participation and collaboration from academia, industry, defense and government agencies that will promote security interests with opportunities to increase technical depth and breadth as well as networking with peers. In a world where technology is rapidly changing, collaborations and multidisciplinary work is the only way to solve research challenges and foster the next generation of scientific discovery.

This year’s program will include a wide range of technical sessions, workshops, and short courses, as well as an industry exposition. It will also have specific STEM activities for students and young professionals. This meeting is intended to be a premier international forum for the exchange of ideas on the state-of-the-art in research focused on Photonics. Through a range of technical and social activities, it will provide the opportunity to interact with the world's leading experts in Photonics from academia, industry, and government.

We look forward to seeing you in Florida for an exciting program at RAPID 2018!

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General Co-Chairs:

Jeffery Allen, Ph.D.

Monica Allen, Ph.D.



  • Enabling/emerging sciences in photonics
  • Materials for advanced photonics
  • Optical emitter and detector devices and integrated photonics
  • Optical metamaterials, plasmonics and subwavelength photonics
  • Photonics for defense systems
  • Human state measurement and biosensing
  • Imaging and optical technologies
  • Bioinspired and biomimetic technologies