ICALEO breaks record in Orlando

Laser Institute of America's 26th International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO) proved to be successful again this year with record-breaking attandance from laser professionals throughout the world. The event took place October 29-November 1, 2007, at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.

ICALEO 2007 set an all-time record for attendance with 566 total participants, the most in its 25-year history. Laser professionals from 37 states and more than 27 foreign countries cam to see 234 presentations, including scientific papers, short courses, and panel discussions. The Laser Industry Vendor Reception at ICALEO included 66 exhibitors and 19 sponsors.

This year, for ICALEO 2007, Congress General Chair Yongfeng Lu, of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln opened the event with a plenary session titled New Fronties of Lasers & Photonics. The event continued with a celebration at Downtown Disney's Pleasure Island, where the President's Reception was held at the MOTiON Nightclub.

Returning to ICALEO were conferences on Laser Microprocessing and Materials Processing, the Laser Solutions Short Courses, the Student Paper Award, the Poster Presentation Gallery, and the Schawlow Award Luncheon. A new conference for 2007 was the Nanomanufacturing Conference, which featured presentations discussing the future of optical and laser-related nanotechnologies in mass production. The technical sessions contained approximately 228 papers and 32 poster presentations.

In addition to the technical conferences, ICALEO 2007 also organized Laser Business Insight, a panel discussion that was included to help moe the latest technology out of the lab and into the market. This proved to be one of the most informative and well-received discussions within the conference agenda.

ICALEO 2008 will be held October 20-23, 2008, at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. Call for papers will be in early January.

For more information, visit www.laserinstitute.org.

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