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SPIE Defense+Security Event
February 26, 2008

Displays and demonstrations of robotic and unmanned vehicle systems are among featured events planned for the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Defense+Security conference in Orlando, FL, next month. The event is the largest international unclassified defense-related symposium and draws top engineers and researchers from industry, academia, government, and military labs throughout the world. It will be held in the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center, with professional development courses running 16-20 March, technical conferences 17-20 March, and the exhibition 18-20 March.

Nearly 1,700 technical papers will be presented in 45 conferences, and approximately 5,300 people are expected to attend. Topics range from core defense-related technologies to dual-use applications in IR sensing.

More than 435 exhibitors will present state-of-the art hardware, systems, and services across a wide range of IR, imaging, optics, and sensors and sensor systems technology. Exhibiting companies include FLIR Systems, L-3 Communications, Santa Barbara Infrared, Axsys Technologies, SOFRADIR, Cedip Infrared Systems, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems, and others.

The Robotics and Unmanned Systems Pavilion will feature vehicles from the DARPA Challenge autonomous vehicle competition, robotics systems used by the Army and Navy, and unmanned aerial vehicles currently used in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pavilion exhibitors will showcase the latest technology in IR imagers, sensors and optics used by military robots and unmanned systems.

An education program will offer courses and workshops ranging from fundamental to advanced levels, in topics such as IR sensors and systems engineering, technologies for homeland security and law enforcement, tactical sensors and imagers, laser sensors and systems, battlespace technologies, displays, intelligent and unmanned systems, and communications.

More information is available online at SPIE Defense+Security.

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