Global Conference On

Optics, Photonics and Lasers


Venue: Crowne Plaza: Berlin - Potsdamer Platz, Hallesche str 10, Berlin, 10963. August 22, 2024
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Paul F. McManamon
Dr. Paul F. McManamon

Dr. Paul F. McManamon is chief Science officer at Nuview, a novel start-up that will map the world in 3D from Low earth orbit. He is also Technical Director of the Lidar and Optical Communications Institute, LOCI, at the University of Dayton, and is also president of Exciting Technology LLC. He was chief scientist of LyteLoop, another innovative start-up company, for about 6 years, until July of 2021. He retired from being Chief Scientist for the Air Force Research Lab, AFRL, Sensors Directorate in 2008. He chaired the US National Academy of Sciences Study “Laser Radar: Progress and Opportunities in Active Electro-Optical Sensing” (2014). He was the main LiDAR expert witness for Uber in the lawsuit vs Google/Waymo. He was co-chair of the US NAS study “Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation” (2012) study, which recommended a National Photonics Initiative, NPI. Dr McManamon was also vice chair of the 2010 NAS study called “Seeing Photons: Progress and Limits of Visible and Infrared Sensor Arrays”. He has written two books on Lidar. Dr McManamon is a Fellow of SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics), IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), Optica, formerly OSA (the Optical Society of America), AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory), DEPs (the Directed Energy Professional society), MSS (the Military Sensing Symposia), and AIAA (the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). Dr McManamon received the WRG Baker award from the IEEE in 1998 for the best paper in ANY refereed IEEE journal or publication (> 20,000 papers). He recently won the coveted Goodman book award given jointly by Optica and SPIE. He was president of SPIE in 2006. He was on the SPIE board of directors for 7 years and on the SPIE Executive Committee from 2003 through 2007. Dr McManamon worked with Dr. Fenner Milton and Dr. Gerry Trunk to found the Military Sensing Symposia, combining IRIS and tri-service radar. He worked as a civilian employee of the Air Force at WPAFB from May, 1968- May, 2008. His last job for the Air Force was chief scientist for the AFRL Sensors Directorate, where he was responsible for the technical aspects of all AFRL sensing technologies, including RF and EO sensing, automatic object recognition, IRCM, electronic warfare, and device technologies. Prior to that, he also was senior scientist for EO/IR Sensors, and acting chief scientist for the Avionics directorate for > 2.5 years. In 2006 he received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. He was the co-recipient of the SPIE Presidents’ Award in 2013.

Title of Talk : 3D Mapping the World from Low Earth Orbit.