ZEISS Symposium: Scientists and experts from different industries during the panel discussion. David Bohn, Microsoft, Professor Laura Waller, UC Berkeley, Dr. Stefan Kampmann, Osram, Professor Michael Kaschke, ZEISS, Professor Ingmar Posner, Oxford University, Dr. Jochen Peter, ZEISS (left to right)

ZEISS Symposium "Optics in the Digital World"

Including ZEISS Research Award Ceremony

On June 23 the ZEISS Symposium 'Optics in the Digital World' Networked International Scientists

Around 200 international experts discussed trends in optics and photonics at the ZEISS Symposium 'Optics in the Digital World.' The keynote speakers were Laura Waller from the University of California, Berkeley, Ingmar Posner from Oxford University and David Bohn from Microsoft. All three outlined the requirements to be met in the future by research. These are being shaped by increasing digitization and Big Data applications and are determining trends in optical technologies. These include computer-aided image processing, processing large datasets in optics, obtaining information from data, visualization for augmented and virtual reality scenarios (AR/VR) as well as computer vision and machine learning.

The Symposium in Oberkochen networked international scientists and leading representatives from industry. Meeting in the ZEISS Forum, the Symposium participants not only presented the current state of technology, but also identified and worked out where there is need for action in strategic research fields in the coming years. As future-oriented technologies, optics and photonics shape our society, science and culture. Other new important areas include communications, sensors, illumination and medical technology. Digitization enables the manufacture of microchips with ever-smaller structures and therefore more computing power with increasingly small dimensions. Another exciting field of innovation is immersive microscopy with the newly available VR/AR scenarios for digitized Big Data visualizations using VR headsets, data gloves and other devices. The Symposium served as a blueprint for the digital world of tomorrow, actively advancing light technologies.

The comprehensive results which were developed in three workshops at the Symposium 'Optics in the Digital World' are each published in a Whitepaper.

  • ZEISS Symposium Optics in the Digital World

    Optics in the digital world is going to change how we gather, process and visualize information. The transformation has just begun, driven by a strong interaction of digital and optical technologies. While optical imaging is a key technology for data generation subject to digital evaluation, it is simultaneously affected and changed by powerful image processing techniques in the field of computational optics. Cloud technology enables information extraction, visualization, pre-processing and transmission of large and many data sets from instruments and provides platforms for sharing and processing of data from space-time distributed inputs. Visualization systems for augmented (AR) and virtual (VR) reality are currently undergoing fierce development, with applications just emerging.

    The focus of this topical meeting will be on the interrelation of the emerging applications and technologies. The meeting will be organized to allow intensive discussions and a fruitful exchange of ideas with keynote sessions and subsequent workshop-style presentations and discussions, during which whitepapers on the research needs of the respective topics will be addressed. The results will form the basis for a panel discussion among high-ranking representatives from industry and academia, where the focus fields with need for action will be elaborated.

    Specialized in scope and restricted in its number of participants, the topical meeting organized in the hub of Germany’s optics industry will give you the opportunity to network and initiate new business relations and research collaborations.

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    Keynote Speakers

    Laura Waller, UC Berkeley, Computational Image Generation

    Laura Waller, UC Berkeley

    Computational Imaging

    Ingmar Posner, Oxford University, Machine Learning

    Ingmar Posner, Oxford University

    Computer Vision and Machine Learning

    David Bohn, Microsoft, Virtual / Augmented Reality

    David Bohn, Microsoft

    Virtual / Augmented Reality

    Topical Workshops

    Computational Imaging

    - Ptychography and Lightfield Methods
    - Digital Microscopy

    Computer Vision and Machine Learning

    - Image Registration and Segmentation
    - Object and Anomaly Detection
    - Deep Learning

    Large Data in Optics and Virtual / Augmented Reality

    - Data Transfer and Storage
    - Large-scale Data Analysis and Visualization
    - AR / VR Glasses
    - Light Field Displays

    Chair of Program Committee

    Jürgen Mlynek
    Humboldt University, Berlin

    Program Committee

    Aydogan Ozcan
    UCLA, USA

    Gerd Leuchs
    MPI for the Science of Light, Germany

    Michael Unser
    EPFL, Switzerland

    Walter Mundt-Blum
    Nvidia, Germany

    Michael Totzeck
    ZEISS, Germany

    Panel Discussion

    A panel discussion will round off the ZEISS Symposium. After the presentation of the findings of the technical sessions the identified trends, technology gaps, challenges and needed actions will be addressed during this panel discussion with CEOs and keynote speakers.

    Contact

    Carl Zeiss AG
    Matthias Karl
    Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 22
    73447 Oberkochen
    Germany

    Phone: +49 (0) 7364 20 6099

    www.zeiss.com/zeiss-symposium

    The Venue

    ZEISS Forum Oberkochen, Germany
  • ZEISS Research Award Ceremony

    ZEISS Research Award Winners 2016

    Fedor Jelezko and Jörg Wrachtrup

    Jörg Wrachtrup

    © Photo: David Ausserhofer

    Fedor Jelezko

    © Photo: Elvira Eberhardt

    The winners of the ZEISS Research Award in 2016 are Fedor Jelezko and Jörg Wrachtrup. They have been honored for their outstanding work on quantum technology with optically addressable spins in diamond.

    Diamonds are the focus of the research conducted by Wrachtrup and Jelezko. The researchers deliberately integrate foreign atoms into the diamond lattice. The resulting artificial defects in diamond are very effectively shielded against influences from the surrounding area. This makes it possible to observe their quantum states, for which extremely complex equipment is normally required, even under room conditions. In this way the prepared diamonds can be used to process information at exceptional speed and transmit it with physical encoding (quantum cryptography).

    Researchers have recently discovered that these diamonds can be used for totally different purposes. The scientists have succeeded in proving that diamonds can be used to build sensors which promise to open up new, pioneering applications, e.g. in medical technology for tumor diagnostics or for the navigation of self-driving cars.

    ZEISS Research Award Ceremony

    The ZEISS Research Award was conferred for the first time in 2016. It carries on the idea of the Carl Zeiss Research Award that used to be presented by the Ernst Abbe Fund within the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany.

    From 1990 until 2013, the Carl Zeiss Research Award, which was worth EUR 25,000, was conferred upon many renowned research scientists in the field of optics. It has identified groundbreaking research findings by scientists, some of whom went on to win the Nobel Prize.

    The ZEISS Research Award is now managed, presented and fully sponsored by ZEISS. The award will honor outstanding achievements in international research.

    A prize money of EUR 40,000 has been allocated to the award.

    From 2016 onwards, the Ernst Abbe Fund will present the Carl Zeiss Award for Young Researchers which will honor the work of excellent, emerging young scientists in the fields of optics and photonics.

    After the topical workshops of the ZEISS Symposium, the winners will receive the awards in an official ceremony. The symposium participants are invited to attend this event and the subsequent networking dinner.

    Previous award-winners

    • Norbert Streibl
      Norbert Streibl
    • James R. Taylor
      James R. Taylor
    • Philippe Grangier
      Philippe Grangier
    • Yoshihisa Yamamoto
      Yoshihisa Yamamoto
    • Ahmed H. Zewail
      Ahmed H. Zewail
    • Bernd Aschenbach
      Bernd Aschenbach
    • Heinrich Bräuninger
      Heinrich Bräuninger
    • Dieter Pohl
      Dieter Pohl
    • Eric A. Cornell
      Eric A. Cornell
    • Ferenc Krausz
      Ferenc Krausz
    • Ursula Keller
      Ursula Keller
    • Shuji Nakamura
      Shuji Nakamura
    • Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth
      Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth
    • Stefan Hell
      Stefan Hell
    • Mark Kasevich
      Mark Kasevich
    • Martin Wegener
      Martin Wegener
    • Kurt Busch
      Kurt Busch
    • Jun Ye
      Jun Ye
    • Ignazio Cirac
      Ignazio Cirac
    • Rainer Blatt
      Rainer Blatt
    • James G. Fujimoto
      James G. Fujimoto
    • Anne L’Huillier
      Anne L’Huillier
  • Agenda

    Agenda

    22 June 2016

    Time Item Room
    6:00 PM Pre-registration
    Foyer ZEISS Forum
    6:30 PM Dinner for Participants Coffeebar ZEISS Forum
    8:00 PM End  

    23 June 2016

    Time Item Room
    8:00 AM Registration Foyer ZEISS Forum
    9:00 AM Official Welcome Michael Kaschke (CEO ZEISS)
    ZEISS Forum Hall
    9:20 AM Keynote
    Computational Imaging
    Laura Waller (UC Berkeley)
     
    9:40 AM Keynote
    Computer Vision and Machine Learning
    Ingmar Posner (Oxford University)
     
    10:00 AM Keynote
    Virtual / Augmented Reality
    David Bohn (Microsoft)
     
    10:20 AM Coffee Break Foyer ZEISS Forum
    11:00 AM Topical Workshops  
    Time Topical Workshops
      Computational Imaging Computer Vision and Machine Learning Large Data in Optics and Virtual / Augmented Reality
      Room: Abbe Auditorium Room: PRISMO & CONTURA Room: SCHOTT
    11:00 AM Invited
    Rainer Heintzmann
    (Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Technologien)

    "Computational aspects of super-resolution microscopy"
    Invited
    Jean-Christophe Olivo-Marin (Institut Pasteur)

    "Cellular morphodynamics"
    Invited 
    Peter Török (Imperial College London)

    "Methods of Imaging through Scattering Media"
      Michael Unser (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

    "A Practical Inverse Problem Approach to Transport-of-Intensity Equation for Phase Imaging"
    Invited
    Demetri Psaltis (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

    "Learning from examples in optics"
    Post-deadline
    Uwe Vogel (Frauenhofer FEP, Dresden)

    "Advanced OLED microdisplays for near-to-eye applications"
     

    Laurène Donati (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

    "Higher-order Total Variation Reconstruction for Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM)"

    Anna Medyukhina (Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Hans-Knöll-Institute (HKI), Jena)

    "Morphological restoration: A fast alternative to deconvolution of 3D images of cells"
    Timo Bernthaler (Materials Research Institute, Aalen University)

    "Automated Quantitative Microscopy in Materials Research and Quality Assurance"
      Karsten Buse (Frauenhofer IPM, Freiburg)

    "The benefits of coherence for quality control: Trends and breakthroughs in fast digital holography"
    Invited
    Rahul Nair (Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing)

    "Stereo Ground Truth with Error Bars"
    Invited
    Werner Schreiber (Volkswagen AG)

    "Industrial Perspective on AR Data Glasses"
    1:00 - 1:45 PM Lunch
      Rainer A. Leitgeb (Medical University of Vienna)

    "Digital Wavefront Sensing with High Speed Optical Coherence Tomography"
    Invited
    Michael Hirsch (Max-Planck-Institut Tübingen)

    "Learning to Deblur"
    Harald Giessen (University of Stuttgart)

    "Complex microoptics by 3D printing for massively parallel imaging"
      Frank C. Wippermann (Frauenhofer IOF, Jena)

    "Multi-aperture Imaging systems with segmented field of view"
    Invited
    Dan Claudiu Ciresan (Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence)

    "Deep Neural Networks for Biomedical Image Analysis "
    Invited
    Ersun Kartal (ZEISS)

    "ZEISS Smart Optics - Innovating at Startup Speed"
      Matthias B. Hullin (University of Bonn)

    "A Computer Graphics Perspective on Inverse Light Transport"
    Invited
    Peter Gehler (MPI Tübingen)

    "Learning Bilateral Filters"
    Martin Fuchs
    (University of Stuttgart)

    "Data-driven Visual Computing: The Strength of Weak Models"
    until 3:30 PM Compilation of Whitepaper
    3:30 PM Break  
    4:00 PM Presentation of Workshop Findings and Recommendations ZEISS Forum Hall
    4:30 PM Panel Discussion  
    5:00 PM Break  
    5:30 PM Start of ZEISS Research Award Ceremony ZEISS Forum Hall
      Speech 
    Robert L. Byer
    (Stanford University, USA)
     
    7:00 PM Dinner  
  • Blog "Optics Beyond"

    Blog "Optics Beyond"

    Optics beyond - The latest from the world of research at ZEISS

    In the new blog Optics Beyond, four colleagues from Central Research at ZEISS will provide regular updates on new developments in optics. They'll pay particular attention to topics where we're pushing existing technology and application boundaries and breaking new ground in optics. The ZEISS experts are taking on the challenge of making complex material interesting for the readers and ensuring that the underlying mechanisms are comprehensible. To do this, they'll have a look at what's currently needed and will explain the reasons for new developments, e.g. the ZEISS Smartzoom 5 in digital microscopy.

  • Abstracts

    Abstracts

  • Press Kit

    Press Kit

    ZEISS Symposium "Optics in the Digital World" including ZEISS Research Award Ceremony

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    Eva Reitze

    External Communications

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    Phone: +49 7364 20-3407

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    If you have questions about the ZEISS Symposium or ZEISS in general but are not a journalist, please contact our customer service department at in fo @zeiss .com.

    ZEISS Research Award Winners
    © Photo: David Ausserhofer

    © Photo: David Ausserhofer

    Jörg Wrachtrup

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    © Photo: Elvira Eberhardt

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    Fedor Jelezko

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    Keynote Speakers ZEISS Symposium
    Laura Waller

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    Ingmar Posner

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    ZEISS Research Award

    Special guest
    Robert L. Byer

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    Chairman of the Award Jury
    Jürgen Mlynek

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    Michael Kaschke

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    Press Releases

    The Digital Future of Optics: International Experts Devise Recommendations for Action: Plan to hold ZEISS Symposium every two years
    Oberkochen, 22.07.2016

    The first ZEISS Symposium 'Optics in the Digital World' was held in Oberkochen, Germany on 23 June 2016 and networked around 200 international scientists and leading industry representatives. The focus was on current questions related to optics and photonics. This scientific field makes digitization possible, but digitization is increasingly shaping optics and photonics.

    ZEISS Research Award Honors Renowned Researchers from Quantum Technology
    Oberkochen, 24.06.2016

    Within the framework of the ZEISS Symposium 'Optics in the Digital World,' Professor Fedor Jelezko (University of Ulm) and Professor Jörg Wrachtrup (University of Stuttgart) received the ZEISS Research Award 2016. This prestigious award is given to outstanding scientists who perform research in the field of optics and photonics and promote innovations. The two award winners have been honored for their high-caliber work on quantum technology with optically addressable spins in diamond.

    Professor Jürgen Mlynek, former President of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and Chairman of the Jury for the ZEISS Research Award, provided details on the research successes of the two award winner in his laudatory speech. The main focus was on diamonds in whose lattice Jelezko and Wrachtrup deliberately integrated foreign atoms. The diamond very effectively shields these from disturbing ambient influences. This makes it possible to observe their quantum states, for which extremely complex apparatus is normally required, even under normal conditions.

    Long version: ZEISS Symposium 'Optics in the Digital World' Networks International Scientists
    Oberkochen, 24.06.2016

    Around 200 international experts discussed trends in optics and photonics at the ZEISS Symposium 'Optics in the Digital World.' The keynote speakers were Professor Laura Waller from the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Ingmar Posner from Oxford University and David Bohn from Microsoft. All three outlined the requirements to be met in the future by research. These are being shaped by increasing digitization and Big Data applications and are determining trends in optical technologies. These include computer-aided image processing, processing large datasets in optics, obtaining information from data, visualization for augmented and virtual reality scenarios (AR/VR) as well as computer vision and machine learning.

    The Symposium in Oberkochen networked international scientists and leading representatives from industry. Meeting in the ZEISS Forum, the Symposium participants not only presented the current state of technology, but also identified and worked out where there is need for action in strategic research fields in the coming years. As future-oriented technologies, optics and photonics shape our society, science and culture. Other new important areas include communications, sensors, illumination and medical technology.

    Short version: ZEISS Symposium 'Optics in the Digital World' Networks International Scientists
    Oberkochen, 24.06.2016

    Around 200 international experts discussed trends in optics and photonics at the ZEISS Symposium 'Optics in the Digital World.' The keynote speakers were Professor Laura Waller from the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Ingmar Posner from Oxford University and David Bohn from Microsoft. All three outlined the requirements to be met in the future by research. These are being shaped by increasing digitization and Big Data applications and are determining trends in optical technologies. These include computer-aided image processing, processing large datasets in optics, obtaining information from data, visualization for augmented and virtual reality scenarios (AR/VR) as well as computer vision and machine learning.

    The Symposium in Oberkochen networked international scientists and leading representatives from industry. Meeting in the ZEISS Forum, the Symposium participants not only presented the current state of technology, but also identified and worked out where there is need for action in strategic research fields in the coming years. As future-oriented technologies, optics and photonics shape our society, science and culture. Other new important areas include communications, sensors, illumination and medical technology.

    (The text is available in German only)
    Virtuelle Welten werden Kaufentscheidungen bestimmen
    Oberkochen, 21.06.2016
    Chairman of the Award Jury

    Optische Technologien werden als wichtig für die Zukunft wahrgenommen, insbesondere in den Bereichen Kommunikation (90 Prozent), Datentransfer/-austausch (90 Prozent) und Mobilität/Verkehr (88 Prozent). Das zeigt eine aktuelle Umfrage, die ZEISS anlässlich des Symposiums „Optics in the Digital World“ bei deutschen Unternehmensentscheidern durchgeführt hat. Die Umfrage belegt zudem, dass die Befragten Virtual-Reality (VR)- und Augmented-Reality (AR)-Anwendungen sehr offen gegenüberstehen. Neben Kaufentscheidungen sehen die Befragten besonders in der Biomedizin und der Mensch-Maschine-Kooperation Einsatzgebiete von VR.

    Auch im Bereich Produktion stufen 86 Prozent der Befragten optische Technologien als sehr wichtig oder eher wichtig ein, in den Bereichen Entertainment/Film/Fernsehen/Spiel und Erziehung/Bildung sind es immerhin noch 77 Prozent.

    (The text is available in German only)
    ZEISS Umfrage zeigt: Deutsche Unternehmen setzen auf Big Data, sehen aber Hürden für die Digitalisierung
    Oberkochen, 06.06.2016

    Anlässlich des Symposiums „Optics in the Digital World“ hat ZEISS eine Umfrage¹ bei deutschen Unternehmensentscheidern durchgeführt. Sie zeigt, dass Big Data von unserer Wirtschaft sehr positiv bewertet wird. Der absolute Großteil, 71 Prozent der befragten Entscheider, sieht die Datenströme als Chance für Unternehmen und Gesellschaft. Nur 19 Prozent beurteilen die Potenziale der Datenmengen nicht positiv.

    ZEISS Instrumente generieren große Datenmengen und eröffnen damit Potenzial für Big Data-Analysen. „Die intelligente Nutzung von Daten kann in der Medizintechnik ganz neue Möglichkeiten eröffnen. Sie bringt Arzt und Patient näher zusammen, Patienten müssen weniger häufig eine Praxis aufsuchen und erfahren dennoch ärztliche Überwachung. Das spart Kosten und verbessert die Patientenbetreuung“, erklärt Stefan Müller, Leiter Digitaltechnologie im Bereich Medizintechnik bei ZEISS.

    Fedor Jelezko and Jörg Wrachtrup Receive ZEISS Research Award
    Oberkochen, 18.12.2015

    Fedor Jelezko and Jörg Wrachtrup are the winners of the prestigious ZEISS Research Award in 2016. They have been honored for their outstanding work on quantum technology with optically addressable spins in diamond.

    The award will be presented within the framework of the ZEISS Symposium that will take place for the first time on 23 June 2016 in the ZEISS Forum in Oberkochen. During this event international experts will conduct discussions and identify trends and requirements in the fields of optics and photonics that are being strongly influenced and changed by the increasing level digitization in the modern world. These include, for example, computational imaging, computer vision and machine learning, large data in optics, and virtual and augmented reality.