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Thursday, October 28, 2021
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
Opening Keynote: How LiDAR Is Powering Automated Driving

In 2020, LiDAR in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) represented 1.5% of the automotive and industrial Lidar market. The ADAS proportion is expected to reach 41% in 2026 with a 111% CAGR in this period, reaching a market size of $2.3B. Since the invention of 3D real-time lidar, more than 80 lidar companies have been established. Many of them have bet on new technologies. This has resulted in high technological diversity in the lidar landscape. Despite this great diversity, the oldest technologies are still representing most design wins for the automotive industry. Considering the lidar wavelength, 1550 nm is less dangerous to the human eye than 905 nm and promises integration through the silicon platform. However, 905 nm represents 65% of design wins for the automotive industry. For the imaging method, traditional mechanical scanning represents 69% of design wins. MEMS micromirror and Flash Lidar are also making their way into automotive, but their proportion is smaller. Concerning the ranging method, direct Time-of-Flight (dToF) represent 100% of design wins. Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW), which allows better integration, sensitivity, and instant radial velocity, is not expected before 2025.

This presentation will give a complete analysis of LiDAR technologies used for ranging and imaging, automotive integration, software challenges, and components used for light emission and photodetection. It will give an overview of the Lidar ecosystem and a deeper view on automotive integration.

Pierrick Boulay

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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
How to Manage Mid-Spatial Frequency Errors on Optical Surfaces

Mid-spatial frequency (MSF) errors or periodic ripple that is left behind from sub-aperture manufacturing techniques can degrade image quality and cause blur.  This presentation will give an overview of MSF errors and offer suggestions about measuring, specifying and reducing MSF errors on optical surfaces.

Jessica Nelson
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM (EDT)
LiDAR Laser & Optics Discussion With Focuslight Technologies

Focuslight Technologies, with its Automotive Business Unit dedicated to automotive photonics market, continues to make contributions to the advancement of automotive LiDAR technology with its unique laser and optical components as well as integrated laser transmitter solutions. Leon Li, the Deputy GM of the Automotive Business Unit at Focuslight Technologies will discuss the things to consider when selecting laser sources and optical components for LiDAR system design and the various challenges LiDAR industry is facing now and the and trends that are coming for next few years.

Leon Li
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
Unparalleled Die Bonding Flexibility for Next Gen Photonics Packages

Much of the semiconductor packaging industry is engaged in an exciting and growing photonics ecosystem. Anticipating a seven percent CAGR over the next five years, this clearly outpaces most other manufacturing sectors. The associated challenges of photonics packaging, specifically relating to optical transceivers, include meeting anticipated performance gains while squeezing large package functionality into smaller, more thermally efficient footprints.

Kyle Schaefer, Palomar Product Marketing Manager reviews the challenges of photonics packaging and provides an overview of why die bonding flexibility is important and what features/options to look for.

Kyle Schaefer
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
OpticStudio STAR Module and Full System Modelling with the Zemax Suite

Join Zemax Product Manager, Esteban Carbajal, as he highlights the power of the new OpticStudio STAR module and how it integrates into the Zemax suite for end-to-end optical product development. This talk will cover how complex thermal and structural effects can be understood in high-power laser systems and how Zemax tools empower intelligent design decisions and streamlined workflows:

Easily build STOP analysis into your optical design workflows. Get fast, accurate STOP results with confidence. Analyze the impact of structural and thermal loads on your optical designs with the OpticStudio Structural, Thermal, Analysis and Results (STAR) module. Extend OpticStudio’s capabilities to include structural, thermal, and optical performance (STOP) analysis based on finite element analysis (FEA) datasets. Reduce human error and wasted time spent aligning coordinate systems with visualizations and analyses that bring STOP analysis and OpticStudio into an integrated workflow.

• Import FEA data from any FEA package
• Perform numeric fitting with one-click
• Assess performance impact

Esteban Carbajal
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
Integration Challenges with AI and Camera Systems

This presentation will cover the challenges with training neural networks and integrating them with digital camera systems.  It will also include information on the new class of vision processor units designed to run neural networks at the edge with high performance and low power demand.  

Arthur Stout
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM (EDT)
Measuring Laser Beams With High Accuracy: Trends and Challenges

Laser beam measurement is a valuable practice in a variety of applications across several industries such as medical, manufacturing, scientific research and defense. If you are not already measuring your laser systems, this interview with Félicien Legrand, US/Canada Sales Manager at Gentec-EO, will help you understand why doing so can add value to your products or research.

In this QuickChat, we’ll discuss the most important factors to consider when selecting your laser measurement equipment. You will also learn about the most significant technologies and application trends we see in the field of laser beam measurement.

Additionally, you will learn about some of the laser beam measurement solutions Gentec-EO offers to the photonics community.

Félicien Legrand
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
Revitalizing the U.S. Optics Industry

The American Center for Optics Manufacturing (AmeriCOM) — a partnership between private industry, academia, and the U.S. government — is driving the revitalization and development of the optics industry’s workforce, manufacturing technology, and sustainability. In this talk, learn how the organization’s five-year plan should help boost the domestic precision optics sector to solve technical challenges and ultimately secure the supply chain.

Tom Battley