Schedule subject to change.

Monday, January 30, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 8:10 AM
Peter Fretty
8:10 AM - 9:00 AM

A truly dynamic speaker, Dr. Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group will provide valuable insight on the future of the industry's economic conditions as manufacturers face unparalleled uncertainty. Among the areas of his focus are labor markets, financial markets, real estate, construction, consumer spending, business investment, international trade, and government finances.

Anirban Basu, PhD
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

The Accenture High Tech Group will present about the many parallels existing between photonics/optics and the semiconductor industry. How can photonics avoid the same pains those within the semiconductor endured? What strategies can photonics companies embrace today to better thrive is a systems rather than components based future?

Deborah Garand Arjun Krishnan

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9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:15 PM

Together, Russell and Peter will breakdown the results of Laser Focus World's first annual State of the Industry report. This will be an interactive session with Russell's analysis of what the results mean including key takeaways.

Russell Richey Peter Fretty

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11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

The success of Silicon Photonics is based on the promise that it is a semiconductor technology, and hence it can be manufactured in volume by semiconductor fabs. In this panel discussion, we plan to address the manufacturing plans of Photonic ICs by semiconductor fabs and how the photonic industry can transfer their processes to the semiconductor industry.

Jose Pozo David Piehler Robert Blum

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
During this session, SPIE's Government Affairs Director Jennifer Douris O'Bryan will provide insights into the CHIPS and Science Act including a current overview on the attached funding. She will also discuss recent developments around export control changes, especially as it relates to China and semiconductor production.
Jennifer Douris O'Bryan
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Digging deeper into a growing market for laser and photonics manufacturers, this panel will field an array of interesting questions about the opportunities, challenges, and trends within this sector. How do quantum developments impact opportunities? How is this industry sector driving innovation?

Robert Walker Jay W. Dawson
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Jennifer Cable, president of Thorlabs will sit down with Laser Focus World Editor in Chief Peter Fretty to discuss how Thorlabs continues to successfully navigate an evolving marketplace. They will discuss the challenges facing laser and photonics organizations, potential solutions, as well as preparing for future success.

Jennifer Cable
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

DEI has become a hot topic for manufacturers for a good reason -- diversity enables businesses to improve innovation by leveraging unique skillsets and perspectives. No discipline benefits more than engineering. In this session, leaders within optics will discuss their initiatives, while addressing the challenges and expanding on the next steps to building productive and diverse engineering teams.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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