Symposia organised by the Optoelectronics Fund

Latest symposia topics (2019)

  • Two-Dimensional Semiconductors for Optoelectronics
  • The Retinal Processing of Natural Signals
  • Adaptive Optics
  • Parallels between Acoustics and EM Radiation in Structured Materials

Past symposia topics



  • Diamond Photonics: Sources and Sensors
  • Challenges to Achieving Capacity in Nonlinear Optical Networks
  • Geometry and Uncertainty in Deep Learning for Computer Vision
  • Fibre Optic and Photonic Sensors for Industrial and Healthcare Applications – New Challenges and Opportunities
  • Electromagnetic Metasurfaces 
  • Learning to See: From Retinal to Brain Computations
  • Quantum Enhanced Gravimeters 
  • Solid State Nano-Photonics for Quantum Science and Technology


  • Frontiers in Polaritonics
  • Computer Vision and Video Effects Generation
  • New Terahertz Sources and Emerging Applications
  • Seeing the World from More than one Perspective


  • Visual Processes in Reading
  • The Perception of Iridescence
  • Exciton Physics in Molecular Materials
  • Electroluminescence from Nanoparticle Quantum Dots


  • Perception of Faces
  • New Horizons in Nonlinear Fibre Optics
  • 2D Materials for Optoelectronics, Plasmonics and Photonics
  • Structured Light and Orthogonality in Imaging


  • Medical Imaging Meets Computer Vision
  • The Computational Basis of Early Vision
  • Semiconductor Nano-Photonics for Quantum Information Science
  • Natural User Interfaces, Augmented Reality and Beyond: Challenges at the Intersection of HCI and Computer Vision


  • Visual Variation
  • Machine Learning and Computer Vision
  • Nanomaterials for Solar Energy Generation and Storage
  • Optogenetics



  • Chemical Process Meets Medicine Over MRI
  • Visual Optics and Photoreception
  • Solid State Light Sources
  • Optical Implementation of Quantum Information


  • Eye Movements: What Determines When and Where We Look
  • Diamond Photonics
  • Ultrafast Biophotonics
  • High Resolution X-Ray Imaging



  • Single Photon Detectors: Physics and Applications
  • Periodically-Modulated and Artificially Hetero-Structured Devices
  • Organic Lasers and Hybrid Optical Structures
  • Ultrashort Pulse Sources


  • Opto-Microfluidics for Large Scale Integration
  • Physics and Applications of InN and InGaN SemiconductorMaterials
  • Optical Aspects of Non Destructive Testing
  • The Push or Pull of Optical Momentum?


  • Self-Calibrating Sensory Systems
  • Quantum Information Processing Using Semiconductor Quantum Dots
  • Interacting with Still and Moving Images: From Signals to Semantics
  • Photonics and Optics in Sustainable Energy
  • Making Light Work
  • Representations of the Visual World in the Brain


  • Si Based Optoelectronics
  • Dilute Nitride Semiconductor Materials and Optoelectronic Devices
  • Metamaterials in Nature and Technology
  • Electro-Optic Nanostructured Arrays


  • Machine Understanding of People and Their Responses
  • High Intensity Laser-Plasma Interactions
  • Optoelectronics for Use in the Diagnosis of Cancer
  • Optical Data Networking
  • Active Vision


  • The Assessment of Foodstuffs by the Eye and by Instrumentation
  • Quantum Biological Optoelectronics
  • Laser Ablation
  • Chilarity and Nonlinearity in Liquid Crystals


  • The Probabilistic Brain
  • Terahertz Imaging and Sensing
  • Orbital Angular Momentum of Photons, Helical Beams and Optical Vortices
  • Passive Optical Components
  • Nanocrystal Q-Dots in Optoelectronics


  • Optical Orientation and Spintronics
  • Optical Metrology Techniques for Industrial Applications
  • Optics in Fluid Dynamics, Meteorology and the Atmosphere
  • Nonlinear Dynamics of Lasers



  • Terabit Optical Networks
  • Creating the Right Image: i-Lighters and i-Shadows
  • Broadband Optical Amplifiers
  • Applications of Free Electron Lasers


  • Model Selection and Learning in Computer Vision
  • Microwave Photonic Devices and Systems
  • Son et Lumière
  • Applications of Fast, Low-Level Light Detection


  • Colour Vision and Its Variation
  • Optical Parametric Processes and Their Applications
  • Soft X-Ray Detectors
  • Optical Gain and Recombination in Semiconductors
  • Ultrafast Photonic Processing and Networks
  • Surface Interactions in Ordered Systems for Electro-Optic Devices
  • Optical Techniques for Flow Diagnosis
  • Optoelectronic Materials for the New Millennium
  • Lasers in Manufacturing
  • Devices & Systems for Optical Interconnects and Data Links
  • Signal Processing in Infrared Imaging Systems
  • Wide Band Gap Semiconductors for Light Emitting Devices
  • Technical Aids for the Blind
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • The Generation of Coherent XUV and X-Ray Radiation
  • Optical Composites
  • Visual Motion Analysis
  • Novel Optical Effects in Glasses
  • Solid State Lasers
  • Semiconductor IR Sources and their Applications


  • All-Optical Networks
  • Coherent Image Amplification
  • Optical Tweezers
  • Optical Methods for Measuring Trace Atmospheric Species
  • Quantum Communication and Cryptography
  • Laser Techniques for Combustion Diagnostics
  • Optical Localization and Slow Waves
  • Medical Imaging


  • Fibre Amplifiers for Communications
  • Ophthalmological Image Processing
  • Strained Layer Optoelectronic and Electronic Devices
  • Tailoring Spontaneous Emission for Optical Devices
  • Polymeric Materials for Electro-Optic Applications


  • Micro-Relief Structures in Optoelectronics
  • Active Vision
  • Optical Modulation Using Semi-Conductor Plasmas


  • Nonclassical Light for Communication
  • Neural Representation of 3D Space
  • Nonlinear Optical Fibre Pulse Processing


  • Neural Networks
  • Phase Conjugation
  • Colour Vision


  • Sensors for Medical Laser Applications
  • Model-Based Image Coding


  • Two-Dimensional Plasmons
  • New Effects and Applications of Liquid Crystals
  • Singularities and Geometrical Problems in Computer Vision
  • Fundamental Limits of Coherent LIDAR


  • Digital Optics - The Logical Choice for the Future?
  • Statistical Efficiency of Natural and  Artificial Vision


  • Representation and Control in Visual Processing


  • Biological and Engineering Aspects of Visual Hyperacuity and Depth Perception
  • Photolytic Deposition of Metals, Semiconductors and Dielectrics


  • Optical and Optoelectronic Properties of Semiconductor Multi-Layer Structures


  • Langmuir-Blodget Films
  • Vertebrate Photoreceptors 


  • All Optical Processing Elements in Integrated Optics


International symposia

1974 Very High Resolution Spectroscopy   1976 Vertebrate Photo-Reception
1978 Electronic Imaging   1980 Scanned Image Microscopy
1982 Physical and Biological Processing of Images   1985 Rayleigh Wave Centenary Symposium

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