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Optics Experts and Nobel Laureate, Hiroshi Amano, Shares Insights at Upcoming CLEO/Pacific Rim 2015 Meeting

July 7, 2015
By Business Wire News


Serving as the preeminent forum in Asia for lasers and electro-optics disciplines ranging from laser physics to system engineering and applications, the 2015 Conference of Lasers and Electro-Optic (CLEO)/ Pacific Rim will be held from 24-28 August 2015, in Busan, South Korea.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a host of recognized leaders and experts in the field of optics during plenary sessions, short courses, technical sessions and a special International Year of Light (IYL) program. The CLEO/ Pacific Rim 2015 exhibition provides companies the opportunity to promote products and services directly to attendees.

International Year of Light Special Program

CLEO/Pacific Rim will feature a special International Year of Light (IYL) program, including highly-lauded experts in the field of lasers and electro-optics, and a reception sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA) and the CLEO/Pacific Rim Organizing Committee. The program is part of the larger global IYL initiative highlighting the importance of light and optical technologies to people around the world.

“It’s a great honor to speak at the International Year of Light program during CLEO/Pacific Rim,” said Dr. Hiroshi Amano, 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, for his work in LED and solid state lighting. “Electro-optics is becoming an increasingly important part of the overall world economy, both in giving underserved areas access to reliable electricity and to continue making current power usage more environmentally friendly. I’m looking forward to speaking with conference attendees, and with the other speakers at the program.”

Monday, 24 August, 12:45 – 18:30, Summit Hall, BEXCO

  • IYL Special Lectures, featuring
    • Hiroshi Amano, Nagoya University, Japan, 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics
      Presentation: Present and future prospects of nitride-based light emitting devices
    • Sir David Payne, University of South Hampton, UK
      Presentation: Enlightening the World
    • Eric Mazur, Harvard University, USA, vice president, The Optical Society
      Presentation: Stopping Time
  • IYL Industrial Lectures, featuring
    • Yeong Mun Yu, Pukyong University, South Korea
      Presentation: LED Present and Future in Korea
    • Kyu Dong Sung, EO TECHNICS Company, South Korea
      Presentation: Challenges to Innovation in Laser Industry

Plenary Sessions

The 2015 Plenary sessions will happen over two days and feature talks on lasers, quantum optics, nanophotonics and communications.

Tuesday, 25 August, 9:00 – 10:30 Summit Hall, BEXCO

  • Eli Yablonovitch, University of California, Berkley, USA
    Presentation: Optical Antennas; Spontaneous Emission Faster Than Stimulated Emission
  • Yun C. Chung, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea
    Presentation: Optical Communications FTTH – Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, 27 August, 9:00 – 10:30, Summit Hall, BEXCO

  • Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Stanford University, USA
    Presentation: Coherent Ising machine based on optical parametric oscillator network
  • Ruxin Li, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China
    Presentation:5PW High Gain Large Aperture Ti: sapphire CPA Amplifier

Short Courses

The technical program also includes short courses, covering a wide range of topics in lasers and electro-optics. These courses are free for CLEO/Pacific Rim attendees.

Monday, 24 August, 16:30 – 18:30

  • Namkyoo Park, Seoul National University, South Korea
    Course: Metamaterial: Fundamentals and Applications
  • Kaoru Minoshima, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
    Course: Optical Frequency Combs and its Applications to Metrology
  • Ite Yu, National Tsinghua University, Taiwan
    Course: Slow, Stored and Stationary Light in Cold Atoms

Visit CLEO Pac Rim 2015 to see the courses offered, find registration information, view the invited speakers list and program or to learn more about the conference.

Future CLEO/Pacific Rim Meetings

In 2015, the CLEO/Pacific Rim Steering Committee voted to move the conference to even years beginning in 2018. The Steering Committee is excited to bring the conference to new locations for 2017 and 2018. The 2017 conference will be held 31 July – 4 August at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in the Republic of Singapore and will be hosted by Nanyang Technological University. Optoelectronics & Communication Conference (OECC) and Photonics Global Conference (PGC) will be co-located with CLEO/Pacific Rim 2017.

In 2018, the conference will be held in Hong Kong and hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Visit for information on future conferences.

About CLEO/Pacific Rim

The Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO/Pacific Rim) series is sponsored by the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP); the Electronics Society of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineering (IEICE/ES); the Communication Society of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineering (IEICE/CS); IEEE Photonics Society (IPS); The Optical Society (OSA); the Optics and Quantum Electronic Division of the Korean Physical Society (KPS/OQE); and the Optical Society of Korea (OSK). The Optical Society (OSA) serves as the conference secretariat. For more information, visit

About The Optical Society

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. OSA is a founding partner of the National Photonics Initiative and the 2015 International Year of Light. For more information, visit

The Optical Society
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