Optics and photonics is a diverse field, spanning dynamic commercial successes to slowly-moving niche markets to speculative research and fundamental science. But most people only work in small spaces of the field at a given time, whether they are working in industry or academia. It can be difficult to visualize the entire field and understand it. How do you forecast where the technology is going? What is the Next Big Thing? How do you know what is a hot topic and what is a buzzword? This talk will provide ways of looking at current hot topics in photonics, in both the research funding and commercial markets. It will also give some perspectives on selected topics and where they are going. The talk will give "market perspectives," which is to say that it's about the overall environment and near- to mid-term future, rather than recent scientific results.
With over 35 years in photonics, Dr. Hausken focuses on industry content at OSA—The Optical Society. This includes OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates, a trade association within OSA). For 13 years until 2012, Dr. Hausken led market research and strategy consulting for lasers, image sensors, and a range of other photonic products at Strategies Unlimited. He was also a telecom policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and held R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments in photonics and electronics. He has a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in photonics.