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Optical Fiber Sensors (OFS)

For over 20 years, The Optical Fiber Sensors (OFS) Conference has provided an exciting forum for reporting the latest technological advances and milestones in fiber optic and guided-wave sensing technology and related devices, as well as fostered the exchange of knowledge and ideas within the research and industrial communities. This conference series is held every 18 months, in rotating venues, throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

The eighteenth edition of OFS will be held October 23-27, 2006 in Cancún, México. We have chosen México to be the host country for OFS-18 as a way to reinforce the international character of the event, while offering a new and exciting setting to meet and socialize. This is the first time OFS has been held in Latin America, opening up a new geographical door to the fiber sensing community.

The conference will offer invited and contributed paper presentations--both in oral and poster sessions--special workshops, a commercial product exhibit, as well as social and cultural events.

Join us in Cancun!


OFS-18 will be held in Cancún, México at the Gran Meliá Cancún Convention Center, Beach & Spa Resort. This spectacular 5-star resort sits on the beautiful white sands overlooking the Caribbean ocean. It is part of the "Leading Hotels of the World" collection. The property boasts with 700 luxurious rooms, 31,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities, a 9-hole golf course, a Spa and gourmet restaurants.

Conference Chairs

Dr. Alexis Mendez

MCH Engineering LLC (USA)

General Chair

Dr. Fernando Mendoza

Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (Mexico)

General Chair

Dr. Ramon Rodriguez Vera

Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (Mexico)


Dr. Glen Sanders

(Honeywell, USA)

Technical Chair

Dr. Anthony Dandridge

(Naval Research Labs, USA)

OFS International Steering Committee Organizer

Conference Chairs

  • Dr. Oracio Barbosa Garcia (AMO)
  • Dr. Ismael Torres (CIO)
  • Dr. Javier Sanchez Mondragon (INAOE)
  • Dr. Sergei Stepanov (CICESE)
  • Dr. Serguei Khotiaintsev (UNAM)
  • Dr. Eduardo Sandoval Romero (UNAM)
  • Dr. Mario Pacheco (Intel)
  • Dr. Hector Cerecedo (U. Veracruzana)
  • Dr. Yuri Barmenkov (CIO)
  • Dr. Miguel Torres (FIMEE)
  • Dr. Anthony D. Dandridge (NRL, USA)
  • Prof. Richard O. Claus (Virginia Tech., USA)
  • Prof. Masamitsu Haruna (Osaka Univ., Japan)
  • Prof. Julian D.C. Jones (Heriot-Watt Univ., UK)
  • Dr. Alan Kersey (CyVera Corp., USA)
  • Prof. Young J. Chung (K-JIST, Korea)
  • Prof. Jose M. Lopez-Higuera (Univ. de Cantabria, Spain)
  • Prof. David D. Sampson (Univ. of Western Australia)
  • Dr. Eric Udd (Blue Road Research Inc., USA)
  • Mr. Marc R.-H. Voet (I.D.FOS + FOS&S, Belgium)
  • Prof. Reinhardt Willsch (IPHT Jena, Germany)
  • Dr. Ryozo Yamauchi (Fujikura, Ltd., Japan)
  • Prof. Xiaoyi Bao (Univ. of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Prof. Wojtek J. Bock (Univ. du Quebec a Hull, Canada)
  • Dr. Thomas Bosselmann (Siemens AG, Germany)
  • Mr. James H. Cole (NRL, USA)
  • Dr. Stephen Collins (Victoria University, Australia)
  • Prof. Dr. Brian Culshaw (Univ. of Strathclyde, UK)
  • Prof. John P. Dakin (Univ. of Southampton, UK)
  • Dr. Michael A. Davis (CiDRA Corp., USA)
  • Dr. Wolfgang Ecke (IPHT Jena, Germany)
  • Dr. Pierre Ferdinand (CEA LIST, France)
  • Dr. Joseph Friebele (NRL, USA)
  • Dr. John H. Haywood (Optical Fibre Technology Centre, Australia)
  • Dr. Juan Hernández Cordero (UNAM, México)
  • Dr. Daniele Inaudi (Smartec SA, Switzerland)
  • Dr. Hisashi Izumita (NTT, Japan)
  • Prof. Wei Jin (The Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ., China)
  • Prof. Hypolito J. Kalinowski (UTFPR, Brazil)
  • Prof. Byoungho Lee (Seoul National University, Korea)
  • Dr. Robert Lieberman (IOS, USA)
  • Prof. Manuel López-Amo (Univ. Pública de Navarra, Spain)
  • Mr. Trevor W. MacDougall (Weatherford Inc., USA)
  • Dr. Anna G. Mignani (CNR, Italy)
  • Mr. Koichiro Miyagi (Anritsu Corp., Japan)
  • Dr. Kentaro Nakamura (Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Japan)
  • Dr. Kyunghwan Oh (GIST, Korea)
  • Mr. Aritaka Ohno (Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Japan)
  • Dr. Glen A. Sanders (Honeywell Inc., USA)
  • Prof. Jose L. Santos (Univ. de Porto, Portugal)
  • Prof. William B. Spillman (Virginia Tech., USA)
  • Prof. Luc Thevenaz (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Prof. Moishe Tur (Univ. Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • Mr. Akira Wada (Fujikura Ltd., Japan)
  • Prof. Shinji Yamashita (Univ. of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Sponsors


    Technical Co-Sponsors

    Topics And Scope

    The conference scope covers all aspects related to fiber optic and guided-wave sensing devices, systems, theories and techniques for research and applications in industrial, life sciences, medical, oil & gas, civil engineering, materials and defense industries, among others. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to the following:

    Important Dates


    Poster y Presenter Instruccions

    To ensure that the program runs smoothly, all speakers are asked to visit the Sorolla Room at the Gran Meliá at least 30 minutes prior to the start of their session.

    Speakers will have two options to present their presentations:

    1) Carry their presentation to the meeting on CD-ROM or memory stick and load their presentation onto the PC laptop that will be supplied in each technical session room.

    2) Plug their own laptop into one of the switchers at the podium.

    Session Rooms

    Each technical session room will be equipped with an LCD projector, screen, PC compatible laptop with MS Office 2003 and switcher (for connecting your personal laptop). Authors with presentations that are not PC compatible must bring their own laptop and use the switcher for their presentation.

    Speakers Should Also:

  • Prepare your presentations so they are clearly visible to an audience of 200 to 350 people.
  • Report to the registration desk to pick up your badge and meeting materials.
  • Check in with the session presider when you reach the session room.
  • Ensure that your required audiovisual equipment is in place in the room. Report any problems to the presider.

  • Presider Information

    Presider Check-in

    Each technical session room will be equipped with an LCD projector, screen, PC compatible laptop with MS Office 2003 and switcher (for connecting your personal laptop). Authors with presentations that are not PC compatible must bring their own laptop and use the switcher for their presentation.

    We ask all presiders to check in at the Bosco Room at the Gran Meliá Hotel 30 minutes before your session begins to ensure each session has a designated presider. We will have speaker check-in sheets to determine the talks within your session, the order in which they will be given, and the name of the person giving the presentation. These lists are to assist you in running an effective session.

    Presiders are requested to identify themselves at least 20 minutes before the session begins to the audiovisual personnel for a quick review of equipment and procedures.


    Remember to introduce yourself as the presider and announce the session. The total amount of time allotted for each paper will be listed in the Program. During the last 2-3 minutes of each presentation, there will be a break for questions. A 60-minute mechanical timer will be available for your use. We recommend that the timer is set two minutes prior to the end of the presentation time in order to provide a warning to wrap up the talk and start the discussion period. Notify the authors of this warning system. It is also important to remind the speaker to repeat the questions asked from the audience.

    Maintaining the scheduled timing of papers is very important. In cases where the paper is withdrawn or the speaker does not show, use the time for an extended question period for authors of previously presented papers or call a break. PLEASE DO NOT START TALKS EARLIER THAN THEY ARE SCHEDULED. All requests to modify the program schedule should be directed to the program chair.

    Presiders are requested to identify themselves at least 20 minutes before the session begins to the audiovisual personnel for a quick review of equipment and procedures.

    Poster Presenter Information

    Either one 2m high x 2m wide or two connecting boards (each 2.5m high x 1m wide) board, a sign indicating your paper number, and double-sided tape will be provided. Presenters should display the paper title and authors and affiliations on their posters. Authors must remain in the vicinity of the bulletin board for the duration of the session to answer questions. Please note that poster papers are not supplied with electricity or audiovisual equipment.


    Tuesday, October 24 Set-up: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. @Take-down: 8:00 p.m.-9:00
    Thursday, October 26 Set-up: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m Take-down: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

    Suggestions for Poster Presentations

    Posters should be readable by viewers two meters away. The message should be clear and understandable without oral explanation. The following guidelines have been prepared to help improve the effectiveness of poster communications.

    Try various styles of data presentation to achieve clarity and simplicity.
    Enlarge your best initial sketch, keeping the dimensions in proportion to the final poster. The rough layout should be full size. Print the title and headlines. Indicate text by horizontal lines. Draw rough graphs and tables. This will give you a good idea of proportions and balance. If you are working with an artist, show the poster layout to your colleagues and ask for comments. This is still an experimental stage.
    The figures and tables should cover slightly more than 50% of the poster area. If you have only a few illustrations, make them large. Do not omit the text, but keep it brief. The poster should be understandable without oral explanation.
    Resist the temptation to overload the poster. More material may mean less communication. Prepare a 10 cm high headline strip that runs the full width of the poster. Include the title, authors and affiliations on the strip in letters no less than 2.5 cm high. Post a large, typed copy of your abstract.
    The meeting room will contain the following:
  • LCD projector
  • Podium microphone
  • Lavaliere microphone
  • Projection pointer
  • Laptop Computer with Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2003

  • Please note that the meeting room equipment will not include a 35mm slide projector. Additional equipment will be made available only by special arrangement. The attendee will be responsible for the cost of any video equipment. Contact the OFS-18 Secretariat with your request for other equipment by Wednesday, October 18, 2006.

    OFS-18 Secretariat
    Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO)
    Loma del Bosque 11
    Leon, Gto. Mexico 37150
    Tel: +52 477 441 42 00
    Fax: +52 477 441 42 09



    To commemorate the 30 th anniversary of the Optical Fiber Gyro (FOG) a special session entitled:

    "FOG Technology: A 30 Year Retrospective"

    will be held during the conference. This session will consists of invited talks, short presentations and a panel discussion.


    As is customary with OFS events, a half-day workshop will be held on Monday, October 23 rd prior to the start of the main technical program. The title of the workshop is:


    Manuscript Guidelines

    Original papers reporting on new research and development results, practical implementations and novel applications in any of the technical areas described in the Conference Scope are solicited.

    4-page Summary

    4-page paper that includes all text, including the 35-word abstract, title, authors, drawings, table, photographs, drawings, figures and references.

    35-word Abstract

    Each author is also requested to submit electronically, a 35-word abstract including information on authors, title, affiliation, topic number (see scope section) and preference for oral or poster presentation.


    The 4-page summary, 35-word abstract and Author Copyright agreement must be submitted electronically in PDF format to the OFS-18 submission site no later than May 9, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. EDT (16.00 GMT). Adherence to the instructions for preparation of the abstract and summary is imperative. Emailed or faxed submissions will not be accommodated. For questions regarding the paper preparation process, please contact OSA Technical Papers at: cstech@osa.org .

    Post-deadline Papers

    Post-deadline Papers

    A limited number of postdeadline papers, judged to be of truly excellent quality or reporting novel results, will be accepted for oral presentation in a separate, special postdeadline session. The deadline for submitting postdeadline papers is September 29, 2006. All authors of postdeadline papers must submit the following:

  • 35-word paper abstract
  • 4-page summary of the paper
  • Copyright transfer form
  • After review by the Technical Program Committee, authors will be informed about paper acceptance and sessioning as soon as it becomes available.


    Exhibitions Dates and Hours

    Tuesday, October 24 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 25 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 26 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Promotional Oppotunities

    For interested exhibitors and third parties, OFS-18 makes available the following promotional opportunities. For more information and details please contact the OFS-18 Secretariat.

    Corporate Gifts/Donations

    The organizers welcome the opportunity to receive cash donations to help subsidize the Conference's expenses. Said contributions entitle the sponsor to receive an acknowledgement at the event and have their organization's logo in all the conference printed matter.

    Conference Collateral Materials

    Interested parties can have their name, logo or product name printed on the conference badges (except for exhibitor's badges) or on any other official conference collateral material (hand bags, T-shirts, head caps, proceedings, welcome banner, etc.). Companies can also insert their own promotional material in the congress bags.

    Coffee Breaks and Lunches

    If interested, coffee breaks and/or lunches can be partially or fully sponsored. A stand indicating the sponsoring organization's name will be clearly marked at each specific event.

    Advertisements & Mailings

    Conference advertisements and mailings (such as conference announcements, call-for-papers, final program, etc.) are also available for sponsoring by any interested party. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the material.

    Satellite Symposiums & Workshops

    Companies are welcome to organize during the event separate mini-tutorials, equipment demonstrations, workshops or satellite symposia. However, the nature and content of the activities are subject to approval by the Technical & Organizing Committees. These sessions will be announced in all conference printed matter and web page.

    Web Sponsoring

    We also offer interested parties the opportunity have their own web page linked to the OFS website--the website will have a broad diffusion and will play a significant role in the promotion of the event.


    Welcome Reception

    All conference participants are cordially invited to attend the welcome reception to be held at 7:30PM on Tuesday, October 24 th at the main swimming pool of the Gran Melia Cancun Hotel.

    Please join us for some hors d'ourves and drinks, and enjoy the beautiful Cancun sunset at the beat of a Mexican mariachi band!

    Conference Dinner and Tour

    A half-day tour and evening gala have been organized. All registered attendees are invited to travel by air-conditioned bus from the hotel to the nearby Mayan archeological site of Tulum. This impressive cliff-top site is one of the most famous landmarks in the Mayan world and offers spectacular views of the Yucatan coast. After sightseeing guests will visit the eco-archeological park of Xcaret where a banquet dinner will be enjoyed while watching the "Xcaret Spectacular Mexico Night Show"

    The 2-hour show takes place in a 6,000-seat stadium and starts with the deep call of pre-Hispanic drums resonate in the night air and the notes of ocarinas, bells and conch shells. The priests and Mayan warriors, wrapped in the smoke of incense, announce an unprecedented cultural and historic journey in to Mexico's history, recreating the amazing Mayan juego-de-pelota (ball game), the Papantla flyers, Mexican rodeo, as well as numerous Mexican traditional dances.

    Accompanying guests will be required to purchase tickets to attend the Tulum tour and banquet.


    Conference Location

    Cancun is a sun-drenched island on the Caribbean Sea off the Yucatan peninsula in the Southeastern part of Mexico

    The island of Cancun boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world with its beaches of powdery coral sand and turquoise color waters. There are about 540 miles of coastline along Cancun, with numerous coral islands and a reef barrier?the second largest in the world.

    A number of Mayan archeological sites such as Chichen-Itza, Tulum and Uxmal are within a few hours from Cancun. Ferries can easily reach the nearby islands of Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and Contoy.

    Cancun is a snorkel and scuba diving paradise the lagoon enclosed by the L-shaped island is ideal for sailing and water-skiing. Deep-sea fishing and diving are fantastic in the open sea.

    How to get to Cancun ?

    Cancun can be reached by airplane from any major city in the world.


    For more information please contact
    OFS-18 Secretariat

    Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO)

    Loma del Bosque 115

    Leon, Gto. Mexico 37150

    Phone: +52 477 441 42 00 Fax: +52 477 441 42 09