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Adaptive optics, human-guided robot learning highlight OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress

Plenary talks by Domenico Bonaccini Calia, Dongheui Lee give overviews of some of the latest advances in the field

The Optical Society

MUNICH, Germany--Plenary talks on the ongoing adaptive optics revolution and robot learning from human guidance will be among the highlights of the 2019 OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress to be held 24-27 June in Munich, Germany. The meeting is collocated with the World of Photonics Congress.

Plenary speaker Domenico Bonaccini Calia, a physicist at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), Germany, will describe how adaptive optics enhance the performance of imaging systems down to the diffraction limit and, in general, flatten wave fronts in optical systems in real time. This technology, still rapidly evolving, has found increasing use in astrophysics, ophthalmology, microscopy, beam shaping of high-power industrial lasers and more. Calia will show some of adaptive optics' most spectacular achievements. These include high-resolution images of the universe obtained with laser guide-star adaptive optics at ESO's Very Large Telescope facility, part of the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Plenary speaker Dongheui Lee, associate professor of human-centered assistive robotics at Technical University of Munich, Germany, will review how the robot research community has addressed autonomous motor skill learning and control in complex task scenarios by intelligent robotic assistants. She will describe how imitation learning provides an efficient way for robots to learn new skills through human guidance, which can reduce time and cost for programming. Her work shows how robot learning architectures can provide a framework for learning recognition and reproduction of whole body motions.

What: OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress Plenary Session
When: 25 June 2019, 8:30 - 10:00 am (CET)
Where: Munich Trade Fair Center, Germany

The OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress 24-27 June 2019, with more than 70 invited speakers, will highlight the latest developments in imaging and applied optical sciences from fundamental research to applications. In addition to the plenary session, the Congress is comprised of four technical sessions, focusing on: Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging, Imaging Systems and Applications, Mathematics in Imaging and Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena.

Cumulatively, this Congress covers the forefront of advances in imaging and applied optics as well as the application of these technologies to important industrial, military and medical challenges. The scope of the research to be presented ranges from fundamental to applied research.


Conference registration is open. Register before 31 May 2019 and save on a full technical conference pass.

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Post deadline Papers

Post deadline papers will be accepted until 5 June 2019. Submission details are available on the OSA Imaging and Applied Optics website: Paper submission.

About The Optical Society

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