“Fiber Optic Biomedical Sensors: Principles, Trends & Applications”
Dr. Alexis Mendez
MCH Engineering LLC
Given their EM immunity, intrinsic safety, small size & weight, autoclave compatibility and capability to perform multi-point and multi-parameter sensing remotely, optical fibers and fiberoptic-based sensors are seeing increased acceptance and new uses for a variety of bio-medical applications—from laser delivery systems, to disposable blood gas sensors, to intra-aortic probes. This article will illustrate—through several application and product examples—some of the benefits and uses of bio-medical fiber sensors, and what makes them such an attractive, flexible, reliable and unique sensing solution. Key technical and industry trends will be identified along with relevant commercial opportunities and challenges.
Alexis Mendez received a PhD. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, USA in 1992. He is president of MCH Engineering LLC—a consulting firm specializing in optical fiber sensing technology. Dr. Mendez was the former Group Leader of the Fiber Optic Sensors Lab within ABB Corporate Research (USA) where he led R&D activities for the development of fiber sensors for use in industrial plant, oil & gas, and high voltage electric power applications. He has written 60 technical publications, taught several short courses on fiber sensors, holds 5 US patents and is recipient of an R&D100 award.
Dr. Mendez is a member of the OFS International Steering Committee, a Fellow of SPIE and was past Chairman of the 2006 International Optical Fiber Sensors Conference (OFS-18), and past Technical Chair of the 2nd Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and their Applications (WSOF-2). He is co-editor of the “Specialty Optical Fibers Handbook”, and co-author of the upcoming SPIE “Fiber Optical Sensors”book.
“What They Don’t Teach You at University “
IP for Engineering Students
Dr. Bruce A. Horwitz
You just had a major breakthrough in your thesis work that could lead to a valuable commercial product and you want to present your work as a poster at AOP2014. Should you? Might your breakthrough be a patentable invention? Do you have to get permission from the university? What happens to your invention after you graduate? Does it make a difference if you stay in academia or go to work for a start-up?
Many engineering students are left in the dark about what makes an invention patentable, what the process is for evaluating your invention, how you file for a patent, or what you really have once you get a patent. Most people know it’s expensive but have no idea about what their alternatives are or what they should be doing to maximize their (or their employer’s) return on this investment.
In this presentation I shed some light on these types of intellectual property issues from the perspective of the engineering student. Understanding the basics of intellectual property will make you a better employee if you leave the university after graduation or help you benefit from your research if you stay in academia.
Come prepared to ask questions – this is a seminar to help you deal with what has become an important asset to companies world-wide but is typically neglected by university curricula.
Dr. Horwitz received his doctorate in Optics from the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics in 1976 and spent over twenty-five years in R&D and new product development activities, functioning at various times as an individual contributor, program manager, department manager at Itek Optical Systems and Vice President of Research and Development for MicroE Systems. After leaving MicroE Dr. Horwitz was Director of Optical Technology for AXSUN Technologies before founding TechRoadmap Incorporated, a company providing Director of Intellectual Property services on an outsource basis.
“From technology to product? Fundamental steps”
Eng. Gonçalo Amorim
Gonçalo Amorim combines 15 years of actual deployment of venture capital projects, including company turn-arounds. He has a deep understanding of the complexity and operational intricacies facing knowledge-based companies. His mission at the MIT-Portugal – Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiative is to facilitate and encourage a model for knowledge-based startups and value creation in a global marketplace. He started off in 1997 designing scientific equipments at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire, and later on joined HP Fibre Optics Divison (Ipswich, UK), successfully filing several international patents (US, Europe & Japan). In Portugal, Gonçalo held several managerial roles in some of the most dynamic Portuguese multinationals (Sonae & Semapa). Holds an MSc in Engineering Management from the University of Bristol and is a Chartered Engineer by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK).
“Dihedral Fourier analysis” (inveted)
Dr. Marlos Viana
University of Illinois at Chicago
The objective of this tutorial is offering an introduction to the analytic methods and applications of Fourier analysis over the dihedral groups. The topics to be discussed include: Classical commutative harmonic analysis and its role in optics and vision studies; Experimental results indexed by dihedral symmetries (rotations and reversals); Dihedral orbits, arbitrariness, and orbit invariants; Resolution of orbit arbitrariness; Dihedral representations and irreducible characters (overview); Classical Fourier analysis and Fourier analysis over a finite group; Determination and interpretation of the orbit invariants as Fourier transforms; Statistical and probabilistic interpretations; Decompositions of total intensities; Canonical projections. The applications to be discussed include: The analysis of curvature and power surfaces for vision models; Polarimetric-enhanced retinal imaging methods; Dihedral polynomial methods for wave-front aberration analysis; Visual field decompositions; Symmetry perception studies. The theory and methods of dihedral analysis can be applied in studies of symbolic sequences in structural biology, vibrational spectroscopy, experimental designs in statistical inference, and several other fields, so that the tutorial is of potential interest to students and professional in physics in general, applied mathematics (algebra in particular), and statistics. Therefore, the broader objective of the tutorial is developing a reciprocal understanding of these disciplines (optics, algebra and statistics) leading to an effective collaboration among scientists in these fields.
Marlos Viana (PhD Stanford University, 1978) directs the Symmetry Studies laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago Eye Center USA where he is a faculty member since 1989. His primary research and teaching interests are concentrated in the applications of group-theoretic methods to facilitate the design and statistical analysis of experiments that can me formulated by symmetry considerations (Symmetry Studies, Cambridge, 2008) including the techniques of Fourier analysis over discrete groups (Dihedral Fourier Analysis, Springer, 2013).