• Technical Conference:  10 – 15 May 2020
  • Exhibition: 12 – 14 May 2020

2019 Special Events

Make Valuable Connections. 

CLEO offers both formal and informal networking opportunties through more than 15 special events.

 

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OSA Presentation Feedback Program

Join us for an interactive session focused on providing an effective conference talk or poster. Conference presentations are an important aspect of communicating cutting-edge research. In this workshop we will discuss some key elements of giving an effective conference talk. This will be followed by an interactive session where individual feedback to your slides would be provided by the moderators and by your peers. So, please bring along your laptop with your conference presentation or any other technical talk.

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Emerging Trends in Nonlinear Optics – A Review of CLEO: 2019

OSA Members are invited to join the OSA Nonlinear Optics Technical Group for a special panel discussion presenting the exciting and hot topics in nonlinear optics that were presented during CLEO: 2019. Short presentations from our panelists: Prof. Katia Gallo, KTH Sweden and Prof. Crina Cojocaru, UPC Spain highlighting important themes from the conference will precede a moderated question and answer session. Following the conclusion of the panel discussion, members are invited to join the technical group for a small reception where they can network with colleagues.

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Workshop: Quantum Information Science and Technology Initiatives Panel

Nationally-driven research initiatives in quantum information science and technology have grown as quickly as the fields themselves in recent years. This panel will explore the state of the research, the initiatives, and the potential international competitiveness, and cooperation that comes with them.

Moderator:
Sergey Polyakov, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

Panelists:
Marissa Giustina, Google, USA
David Lang, The Optical Society (OSA), USA
Michael Raymer, University of Oregon, USA
Carl Williams, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Feihu Xu, University of Science and Technology of China, China

 

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Diversity & Inclusion in Optics and Photonics Reception

Join us for a reception to connect with the optics and photonics community to discuss diversity in the field. Come to learn, share and engage with colleagues around this important topic. Please RSVP here to let us know you are attending. 
 
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OIDA VIP Industry Leaders Speed Meetings Lunch: Connecting Corporate Executives, Early Career Professionals

This session brings together industry executives to share their business experience with early career professionals, recent graduates and students — how they started their careers, lessons learned and using their degree in an executive position Informal networking during lunch is followed by a transition to “speed meetings” — brief, small-group visits with each executive to discuss industry trends or career topics.

Executive Participants:

Lucian Hand, President, N. American Operations, Altos Photonics
Henry Kapteyn, Founder & CEO, KMLabs, Inc.
Anjul Loiacono, Business Development and Strategic Marketing Manager, THORLABS, Inc. 
Don McDaniel, VP of Research & Development, Energetiq 
Steffen Schneider, President, Asphericon
Zahide Sezerman, VP of Human Resources,OZ Optics

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Meet OSA Publishing Journal Editors Ice Cream Social

Join OSA Publishing’s Journal Editors for conversation and ice cream. The Editors welcome your questions, concerns, and ideas for any of OSA’s Journals. Topics for discussion can include best practices when submitting a manuscript; elements of a useful manuscript review; criteria editors look for in submitted manuscripts; or the process to propose a Feature Issue topic for publication in an OSA Journal. All are welcome.

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Life After School: A Discussion of Career Pathways

Early career professionals: join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a discussion on how to navigate the industry and academia in the materials and optics world. This panel discussion will bring together speakers working in different sectors of industry, including a start-up, a large hardware company, and a data sciences company. Topics will include what day-to-day work in these different jobs like, what technical skills translate well from school to industry, and skills the speakers would recommend developing while in school.


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OSA Technical Group Poster Session

Join the OSA Technical Groups for a series of focused poster sessions, bringing together students and colleagues for an opportunity to share their latest research findings and exchange ideas. After listening to the poster presentations and connecting with fellow attendees over refreshments, you’ll have a chance to cast your vote for the best poster from each of the four participating technical groups.

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What’s Next in Integrated Optics – Hot Topics at CLEO: 2019

Join the OSA Integrated Optics Technical Group for a panel discussion during lunch on Monday. Our featured presenters will give their perspective on the exciting research that will be presented at CLEO 2019. These presentations will be followed by a moderated question and answer session, discussing the highlights in integrated optics at the Conference. This event is an excellent opportunity to hear from experts in the field on exciting new areas in integrated optics. Panelists include Michal Lipson, Columbia University; Marko Loncar, Harvard University; and Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University

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Lasers for Attosecond 2.0

Join the OSA Short Wavelength Sources and Attosecond/High Field Physics Technical Group for a special session on the next generation of laser technology that will support the field of attosecond science in the coming decades. Our featured presenters will be discussing both current and upcoming technology for the next generation of femtosecond lasers. Following the conclusion of these presentations, attendees are invited to join the technical group for a small reception where they can network with colleagues over refreshments.

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Pride in Photonics: LGBTQ+ & Ally Workshop

The co-organizers, IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society, have organized an inaugural "Pride in Photonics: LGBTQI+ & Allies Workshop" at CLEO 2019.The co-organizers, IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society, have organized an inaugural "Pride in Photonics: LGBTQI+ & Allies Workshop" at CLEO.

The aim for this workshop is to:

• Provide a safe space for LGBTQI+ people, allies and diversity advocates;
• Create a welcoming atmosphere for collaboration and technical dissemination;
• Discuss best practices in LGBTQI+ equality, diversity and inclusion.

The program will consist of technical talks, personal journey stories, best practice take-aways, a panel and open networking time. Again, this is an inclusive event, so all members of the community are encouraged to attend, including LGBTQI+ and diversity allies.

Note that this workshop will be a safe space for collaboration and sharing. The organizers recognize and respect that some individuals may not be “out” in this space, therefore confidentiality is a priority and a code of conduct for the workshop will be made available in advance and addressed at the event.

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Navigate Your Leadership Trajectory for Senior Leaders

Mentoring relationships have the potential to lead to lasting and positive changes for both people involved, helping them build and strengthen personal brands, leadership and business ethics. If you’ve already had the opportunity to blaze a trail as a leader you have likely built solid relationships along the way—relationships that can be enhanced as a sponsor as well.

Join other OSA leaders at this interactive session to:
1) Identify the benefits of mentoring and sponsorship as a key driver of leadership and employee engagement to build a more inclusive workforce 

2)Reflection exercises to better understand the impact that mentors and sponsors have had in your life
3) Evaluate best practices in mentoring and internal strategies to elevate others
4) Nice to have or have to have? Build a business case for mentoring and sponsorship in your organization.
5) Connect and network with at least 5 other executives (many great relationships start here) through a Flash Mentoring experience. 

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Deliberate Mentoring to Advance Your Career: Special Flash Mentoring Session

This Flash Mentoring session is a unique and well-respected program that accelerates leaders of all generations to “Come Aboard and Get into the Fast Lane of Your Career Navigation and Leadership.” You will learn the value proposition of mentoring for corporations and organizations; use your storytelling skills and meet, network, mentor, and be mentored by 4 -5 other colleagues in this highly dynamic session led by Julie Silard Kantor. Kantor is the President & CEO of Twomentor, LLC and passionate about mentor training and strategy to elevate a more diverse, skilled multi-gen workforce.

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Professional Development for Busy Professionals: How to get to the C-Suite

Developing your professional skill set through continuing education and networking is a career must for the modern day professional. The life of a busy professional does not often allow for many immersive learning experiences but  staying up to date on all things work related is not just something that is good to do — it is now something that is essential for career longevity. Join other aspiring mid-level OSA members and learn how to plan, prioritize and advance your career to the next level.

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Social Media in 2019 Panel Discussion

Organizers:
Andrea Armani, Univ. of Southern California, USA
Benjamin Eggleton, Univ. of Sydney, Australia


Savvy scientists must increasingly engage with social media. It is how and where we share information — with friends, colleagues, acquaintances and any and everyone else. The co-sponsors of CLEO 2019 are hosting a Social Media Career Session to explore the benefits of leveraging social media for advancement. We will explain how anyone at any stage in their career use social media to influence and grow. You will learn best practices and gain practical takeaways enabling you to optimize your “social” footprint and personal brand.

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Optimizing Career Paths in Optics: the Guide for Young Professionals

Career planning is very important for young professionals in optics. Different career paths are available, each with its own requirements, challenges, and rewards. We invite young professionals to hear firsthand
from their more seasoned colleagues about their jobs. Practical questions on how to excel in an optics-related career will be answered. What does it take to get a foot in the door at your target workplace? How to network? Who makes hiring decisions, and how? What qualities are the most sought? What does it get not to get stuck in your career?  How could your typical workday look like? What are the most common
causes of work-life imbalance?

Panelists:
J. Stewart Aitchison, University of Toronto, Canada
Sterling Backus, KMLabs, USA
Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, USA
Tara Fortier, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Michael Mielke, Iradion Laser Inc., USA
Irina Novikova, College of William and Mary, USA
Sergey Polyakov, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Stephanie Tomasulo, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA

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Workshop: What Will Be the Largest Commercial Application for Optical Frequency Combs in 10 Years?

Over 15 years ago, a committee at CLEO was formed to capture research on precision optical measurement primarily enabled by the development of optical frequency combs. Since their first demonstration in 2000, optical frequency combs have seen rapid changes in laser technology, expansion of applications, and industry interest. This workshop seeks a discussion from experts in government, academia and industry on what the commercial future holds for this versatile technology.

Organizers:
Tara Fortier, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA
Fabrizio Giorgetta, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA
 
Moderator:
Fabrizio Giorgetta, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA
    
Panelists:
Ronald Holzwarth, Menlo Systems GmbH, Germany    
Ursula Keller, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Seung-Woo Kim, KAIST, South Korea
Markus Mangold, IRsweep, Switzerland
Nate Newbury, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA
Nathalie Picqué, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany    
Stojan Radic, University of California, San Diego, USA
Felix Rohde, TOPTICA Photonics AG, Germany

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Workshop: Will Quantum Computing Actually Work?!

The realization of a large-scale quantum computer represents the holy grail for quantum researchers and for those hoping to harness the power of quantum entanglement. Far beyond practical limits of classical computing, quantum computers potentially enable the simulation of all quantum processes in nature, and have profound and immediate practical applications, most famously in cryptography. After decades of painstaking research on small-scale laboratory devices, there has been a recent, dramatic ramping up of commercial interest, spanning boutique companies to tech giants.
 
This workshop aims to address the question currently on the minds of many — is large-scale, fault-tolerant, universal quantum computing a realistic possibility?

Organizers:
Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia
Tara Fortier, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA
Andrew Wilson, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA

Moderator:
Andrew Wilson, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA

Panelists:

Jerry Chow, IBM Corp., USA
 
Superconducting Circuits
Mikhail Lukin, Harvard University, USA
 
Silicon & Nitrogen Vacancy Centers, Nano-photonics, and Neutral Atoms
Christopher Monroe, University of Maryland, Joint Quantum Institute & IONQ Inc., USA
 
Trapped Ions
Robert Schoelkopf, Yale University, USA

Superconducting Circuits
Andrew Steane, University of Oxford, UK
 
Quantum Error Correction Codes and Trapped Ions
Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University, USA
 
Quantum Dots, Silicon Vacancy Centers, and Nano-photonics
Birgitta Whaley, UC Berkeley, USA

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Workshop: Beyond Awareness: What Actions Can Be Taken to Improve Diversity in STEM?

In the physical sciences, women and minorities have seen slower improvements in representation compared to fields such as medicine and law. Information on how to improve this representation in STEM is also difficult to find. This workshop brings together leaders of professional organizations and subject matter experts to discuss policies and actions that can improve gender, racial, LGBTQI and disability diversity within the physics, engineering and optics communities.

Organizers:
Arti Agrawal, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Ben Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia
Tara Fortier, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA
Christina Willis, Consultant, USA
 
Moderator:
Meg Urry, Yale University, USA

Panelists:
Kate Kirby, Chief Executive Officer, American Physical Society
Doug Razzano, Executive Director, IEEE Photonics Society
Kent Rochford, Chief Executive Officer, SPIE
Elizabeth A. Rogan, Chief Executive Officer, The Optical Society

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Color Technical Group Meet Up

Join the Color Technical Group at OSA booth 1933 located in the exhibit for a networking opportunity to gain knowledge of the upcoming events that the group are planning. Chair, Manuel Spitschan, University of Oxford will be there to discuss opportunities in joining the color technical group. Hosted by : Chair, Manuel Spitschan

 

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