Rolling Out IEEE RAPID at IPC 2017

At the 2017 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC), over 60 people enthusiastically attended the “RAPID Rollout Workshop” intended to introduce a new IEEE Photonics Society conference and excite interest in the globally pertinent topic of defense.

The Research and Applications of Photonics in Defense Conference (RAPID) is set to take place on 22–24 August 2018 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa at Miramar Beach, FL, USA. The conference is co-chaired by Monica Allen, Ph.D. and Jeffery Allen, Ph.D., both of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Prof. Chennupati Jagadish, IEEE Photonics Society President-elect, introduced the session at IPC, suggesting the need to “bring the academic and industry communities together to address defense and national security topics within photonics that can be applied globally.”

The IEEE RAPID Conference will offer technical presentations, invited talks, and tutorials by world-leading scientists and engineers in photonics and related technologies for commercial and/or defense applications in the following areas:

  • RAPID logo UPDATED webOptical emitter/detector devices and integrated photonics
  • Enabling technologies in photonics
  • Materials and Manufacturing for Advanced Photonics
  • Optical metamaterials, plasmonics, and subwavelength photonics
  • Photonics for defense systems
  • Human state measurement and biosensing
  • Optical Imaging and Sensing Technology
  • Bioinspired and bioprincipic technologies
  • Novel phenomena and new materials for advanced photonics
  • Advanced nanophotonics platforms

RAPID will also feature plenary talks by leaders in the field on the current state of technology and challenges, which will be aimed at students, the academic community, and professionals. There will also be a wide variety commercial exhibitions. 

Additionally, RAPID STEM Chair Brian Mitchell noted at IPC that high school students will have the opportunity to participate in a mock paper presentation and to receive feedback. The environment of this conference will encourage students to ask, "what do you do?" and seek advice from professionals and discuss their experiences in their careers. This valuable interaction and mentoring opportunity is “the thing that could change their lives,” particularly by developing unique career interests directly from people in the field. 

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