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OSA Light the Future Program to feature keynote by Michio Kaku.

Press Release Summary:

Sep 29, 2016 - Optical Society (OSA), along with theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku, will host latest Light the Future series, which is scheduled to take place at Frontiers in Optics Conference and Exhibit (FiO) on October 20, 2016. Dr. Kaku will look towards next 100 years in optics and provide his vision of self-driving cars, 3D printing, and a billion-pixel camera. Sir Peter L. Knight, OSA fellow and emeritus professor at Imperial College, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The Optical Society (OSA) - Washington, DC

Original Press Release

Michio Kaku Keynotes The Optical Society's Light the Future Program at Frontiers in Optics Conference & Exhibition

Press release date: Sep 01, 2016

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku, City College of New York (CUNY), NY, USA,  will host the latest in The Optical Society’s (OSA) Light the Future series. The program will take place at the Frontiers in Optics Conference and Exhibit (FiO),  the 100th OSA annual meeting, promoting topics in optical science and engineering for both academics and industry members will be held on Thursday, 20 October 2016 from 11:00 – 13:30 (EST) at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, New York.

As The Optical Society (OSA) celebrates 100 years in optics and photonics, Dr. Michio Kaku will look towards the next 100 years in optics, providing his vision of self-driving cars, 3D printing and a billion pixel camera. Joining Dr. Kaku will be Sir Peter L. Knight, OSA fellow and emeritus professor at Imperial College, London, England, who will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the program.

As an author, Dr. Michio Kaku bestsellers “Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps and the Tenth Dimension,” and “Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos,” have helped popularize science, making time travel a topic for the dinner table. Dr. Michio Kaku has appeared on programs and networks, including Good Morning America, 20/20, Nightline, Naked Science, CNN, CBS News, ABC News, NBC News, Fox News, , BBC World News, and talk shows like the Late Show with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, The Discovery Channel, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

The Light the Future speaker series will tour eight international cities as part of The Optical Society’s Centennial program, featuring visionaries, futurists and Nobel Laureates discussing how science affects our lives every day.

The series kicked off in  February of this year in Washington, D.C. with Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday, and has featured Mary Lou Jepsen at OFC 2016; Ray Kurzweil and fomer U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu at CLEO 2016. Upcoming Light the Future events include:

2-5 November:
Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and OSA Fellow
Asia Communications and Photonics Conference
Wuhan, China

4-8 December:
Professor Sir David Payne, University of Southampton, Highfield and OSA Fellow
Photonics India
Kanpur, India

The schedule will be updated at www.osa.org/lightthefuture.  All sessions are free and open to the public and media. RSVP at randersen@osa.org. Additional information can be found by following #OSA100LTF @OpticalSociety on Twitter.

Most Light the Future presentations will be recorded and available at: osa.org/100  or on The Optical Society’s YouTube channel.

About FiO/LS
The Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2016 is The Optical Society’s (OSA) 100th Annual Meeting and is being with Laser Science, the 32nd Annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS). The two meetings unite the OSA and APS communities for four days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, in-demand invited speakers and a variety of special events spanning a broad range of topics in optics and photonics—the science of light—across the disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry. The exhibit floor will feature leading optics companies, technology products and programs. More information at: www.FrontiersinOptics.org.

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. For more information, visit osa.org/100.

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