• Technical Conference: 

    9 - 14 May 2021

  • Exhibition: 

    11 – 13 May 2021

2020 Special Events


What's Next in Integrated Photonics - Hot Topics at CLEO: 2020

Monday, 11 May, 12:30 - 13:30

Join the OSA Integrated Photonics Technical Group for a panel discussion on Monday. Our featured presenters will give their perspective on the exciting research that will be presented at CLEO: 2020. These presentations will be followed by a moderated question and answer session, discussing the highlights in integrated photonics at the Conference. This event is an excellent opportunity to hear from experts in the field on exciting new areas in integrated photonics. Panelists include John Bowers, UC Santa Barbara; Peter Rakich, Yale University; and Paulina Kuo, NIST.


Meet the OSA Journal Editors

Tuesday, 12 May, 07:00 - 08:00

Q&A Session with Prem Kumar (Optica), James Leger (Optics Express), and Alexandra Boltasseva (Optical Materials Express)

Hear from three OSA Publishing Editors who welcome your questions, ideas, and concerns. Join the online event to learn more about journal acceptance criteria, responding to review requests, addressing reviewer feedback, and other topics of interest. All are welcome!


Alison Taylor, The Optical Society, USA

Kelly Cohen, The Optical Society, USA

Editor-in-Chief, Optica
Prem Kumar, Northwestern University, USA

Editor-in-Chief, Optics Express
James Leger, University of Minnesota, USA

Editor-in-Chief, Optical Materials Express
Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, USA


Lidar Design Trade-offs and Selection Criteria for Autonomous Applications

Tuesday, 12 May, 10:15 - 11:00

This is an overview of how lidar systems are designed, including performance trade-offs, and how this information should be used to guide the selection of the most suitable lidar product for a mobility application.

Michael Mielke, Iradion Laser Inc., USA

Umar Piracha, Staff Lidar Systems Engineer, AEye Inc.  




The Brightest Light Initiative: The Future of Intense Ultrafast Lasers in the United States

Tuesday, 12 May, 10:15 - 11:30

The U.S. intense ultrafast laser community has put forward a strategy to prioritize research and build new facilities. Come hear about the Brightest Light Initiative, developed by over 100 leading scientists, that plots the U.S. path for this exciting field.

The panelists encourage the audience to send questions they would like answered in advance so that the panelists can prepare answers. Questions can be sent to dlang@osa.org.

Jonathan D. Zuegel, Professor of Optics; Director, Laser Development and Engineering Division, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, USA

Roger Falcone, Professor, University of California at Berkeley

Félicie Albert, Staff Scientist and Deputy Director, High Energy Density Science Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA



M&A and Financing Activity in Sensors for ADAS and Autonomous Mobility

Tuesday, 12 May, 11:15 - 11:45

This talk will review the corporate finance trends and key transactions in the market for sensors for ADAS and Autonomous mobility. The talk will examine M&A and finance trends for companies in LiDAR, Radar, Vision, and Thermal Imaging.

Michael Mielke, Iradion Laser Inc., USA

Rudy Burger, Managing Partner, Woodside Capital​




What's Next in Ultrafast Optics – Hot Topics at CLEO: 2020

Tuesday, 12 May, 11:45 - 12:45

This panel discussion, organized by the OSA Ultrafast Optical Phenomena Technical Group, will present the exciting and hot topics in ultrafast optics featured at CLEO: 2020. Short presentations from our panelists highlighting important themes from the conference will be followed by a moderated question and answer session.

Ultrafast Optical Phenomena Technical Group

This OSA Technical Group is interested in the rapidly expanding field of ultrashort pulse lasers and other broadband coherent sources and their application to problems in science and technology. Current themes involve methods for using short pulses for studying the dynamics and structural changes of systems on very short timescales, including novel methods for probing physical and chemical processes with extreme temporal resolution, and applications of ultrashort pulses in photonics, communications, microscopy, biomedicine and other emerging areas.


MONSTR Sense Product Showcase

Tuesday, 12 May, 15:05 - 15:25

Talk Title: Ultrafast Coherent Spectrometer for Microscopy; and Lock-in Spectrometer


Toptica Photonics Product Showcase: DLC CTL: Mode-hop-free tunable laser test system for high-resolution spectroscopy

Tuesday, 12 May, 16:35 - 16:55




Cycle GmbH Product Showcase

Wednesday, 13 May, 10:05 - 10:25




OIDA Roadmap on Quantum Photonics

Wednesday, 13 May, 10:15 - 11:15

This session will briefly present highlights from the new OIDA quantum photonics roadmap, released this spring.  The panelists will discuss their perspectives on some of the key findings, and their own views on what is needed for optics and photonics to commercialize quantum technology.  The OIDA roadmap will be available to the public on 1 June 2020 on the OSA website.

Tom Hausken, Senior Science Advisor, The Optical Society, USA

Celia Merzbacher, Quantum Economic Development Consortium Associate Director, SRI International

Mark Tolbert, President, Toptica Photonics, Inc.

John Spencer, President and CEO, Photodigm, Inc.



Manipulating Quantum Systems: An Assessment of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics in the U.S by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, 13 May, 15:30 - 16:30

There have been considerable advances in atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) science in the decade since the last NAS survey of the field. These advances have fundamentally changed not only AMO science but have also strengthened its impact and relationship to other subfields of physics and other areas of science. In this session NAS study co-chair Nergis Mavalvala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss the survey’s findings on the status and future directions of for the next decade.

Nergis Mavalvala, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, USA




Nanophotonics Boost for Industry in the 2020s

Thursday, 14 May, 18:30 - 20:00

Join the OSA Nanophotonics Technical Group for a panel discussion exploring how nanophotonics will boost industry in the 2020s. Our featured presenters will provide their insights on the most exciting nanophotonics applications covering AR/VR, LiDAR, and optical computing. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn:

  • What are the coolest nanophotonics technologies that industry is working on?
  • AR/VR, LiDAR, optical computing, how far are they from us, how will they revolutionize our daily lives?
  • What can industry offer new students entering the field?

Our panelists include:

  • Dr. Nick Harris, Lightmatter
  • Dr. Ehsan Hosseini, Analog Photonics
  • Dr. Shuren Hu, SiLC Technologies
  • Dr. Reza Khorasaninejad, BRELYON
  • Dr. Lu Lu, Facebook


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