OSC Colloquium: Paul McManamon


3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 27, 2022


“LiDAR, Revolutionary Optical Beam Steering, and Free Space Optical Communications”

Dr. Paul F. McManamon
President, Exciting Technology, LLC
Chief Science Officer, Nuview
Technical Director, LiDAR and Optical Communications Institute


Dr. McManamon will talk mostly about LiDAR, but also include optical beam steering and free space laser communications. The LiDAR talk will include significant discussion of auto LiDAR, the form of LiDAR that is getting the most funding at this time.  Revolutionary optical beam steering techniques will also be discussed, that will change how many optical systems are made.  Free space optical communication, using some of these beam steering techniques will also be discussed.


Dr. Paul F. McManamon is president of Exciting Technology LLC, chief science officer at Nuview, and Technical Director of the LiDAR and Optical Communications Institute, LOCI, at the University of Dayton.    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, IEEE Optica, AFRL, DEPs, MSS, and AIAA.  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 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.  Prior to being chief scientist for AFRL Sensors directorate he 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.


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