19-20 April 2023
EPIC Meeting on Fiber Sensors at HBK FiberSensing
Porto, Portugal

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290.00 Excl. VAT
Invited companies
290.00 Excl. VAT
490.00 Excl. VAT

Due to the continuing rapid growth in demand for EM immune, electrically passive, and very accurate sensors with very small dimensions, higher and higher demands are placed on the evolving field of the application of sensors based on quartz and polymer fibers in several fields. Emerging trends includes but are not limited to predictive maintenance, measurement of electrical and magnetic quantities, temperature and vibration sensors, automobile and rail transport, product pipelines leakages, smart waste management, structural health, fire detection, magnetic resonance sensors, smart home care, wearable sensors, in vitro and in vivo sensors.
To meet the demands of this fast-expanding applications-driven market, this meeting discusses both the latest advances and recent application opportunities,  with the main emphasis on applying optical knowledge for solving real-life engineering problems. The technical program will contain presentations on advancements in instrumentation, applications, and technology integration. A special focus will also be placed on current challenges, business impacts and evolving best practices.

Tuesday 18 April 2023

19:00 Meet at @ NH Collection Porto Batalha hotel lobby to walk to the dinner place
19:30 – 22:30 Pre-event dinner @ O COMERCIAL restaurant (address: Rua Ferreira Borges, Palácio da Bolsa, 4050-253 Porto)

Wednesday 19 April 2023

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Light lunch @ hotel NH COLLECTION Porto Batalha

13:00 – 13:05 EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium – Antonio Castelo, Photonics Technology Manager – Welcoming Words (Europe/Spain)
13:05 – 13:15 HBK FiberSensing – Luis Ferreira, Director – Welcoming Words (Portugal)
13:15 – 13:45 KEYNOTE: MCH Engineering – Alexis Mendez, President – Optical Fiber Sensors Commercialization: Present Status and Future Opportunities and Trends (USA)

SESSION 1: Fiber Optic Sensors Status and New Developments – Single and Multipoint

13:45 – 14:00 FBGS Combining the Best of Both Worlds: Ultra-precise Fiber Optic Sensing over Several Kilometers of Continuous Fiber Lengths Based on Discrete Fiber Bragg Gratings and Code Division Multiplexing – Bram Van Hoe, Director Sales & Marketing (Germany)
14:00 – 14:15 Luna Innovations – Ian Shannan, VP of Sales EMEA (United Kingdom)
14:15 – 14:30 Redondo Optics – Edgar Mendoza, CEO (USA)
14:30 – 14:45 University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU Coupled-core Optical Fiber Sensors Joel Villatoro, Ikerbasque Research Professor (Spain)
14:45 – 15:00 engionic – Margarethe Kampling, Managing Director (Germany)
15:00 – 15:15 art photonicsBenefits of In-line Fiber Spectroscopy for Industrial Process-control & Medical Diagnostics – Tatiana Sakharova, Chief Technology Officer (Germany)
15:15 – 15:30 Northlab Photonics – Per Karlsson, CEO & Co-Founder – Trends in FBG Manufacturing Technology (Sweden)
15:30 – 15:45 SENTEA Fiber Optic Sensing – Thibaut Detroux, Technical Product Manager (Belgium)

15:45 – 16:30 Networking coffee break

SESSION 2: Fiber Optic Sensors Status and New Developments – Distributed

16:30 – 17:00 KEYNOTE: EPFL – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology New Avenues in Distributed Fibre Sensing – Luc Thévenaz, Professor  (Switzerland)
17:00 – 17:15 FiberSightHumidity Monitoring: Overcoming Challenges and Uncovering New Applications with Distributed Fibre Sensing – Tiago Neves, Founder (Portugal)
17:15 – 17:30 Aragon Photonics & The University of Zaragoza High Fidelity Sensing based on CP-OTDR, Unlocking New Emerging Applications Pascual Sevillano, Technology Advisor & Professor (Spain)
17:30 – 17:45 Exail – Nicephore Nicolas, Business Developer (France)
17:45 – 18:00 Insigma EngineeringDistributed Fiber Optic (Acoustic) Sensing for Safety and Security – İbrahim Ölçer, Founder (Turkey)
18:00 – 18:15 VIAVI SolutionsRaman & Brillouin Distributed Sensing: Design Paths to Easy Deployment –  Daniele Costantini, Global Product Marketing Manager (Switzerland)
18:15 – 18:30 Amplitude Laser – Miguel Melo, Managing Director (Portugal)

18:40 Departure by the bus transfer from meeting venue to the dinner place
19:00 – 22:00 Networking Dinner @ 1828 restaurant (address: Rua do Choupelo, 39, 4400-088 V. N.)
22:00 Departure by the bus transfer from 1828 to hotel NH COLLECTION Porto Batalha

Thursday 20 April 2023

08:00 – 08:20 Networking coffee
08:20 – 08:30 Recap and intro to day two – EPIC

SESSION 3: Structural Health Monitoring, Solutions and Applications

08:30 – 09:00 KEYNOTE: Graz University of Technology Bridge Monitoring with Fiber Optic and Remote Sensing Techniques – Werner Lienhart, Head of Institute, Engineering Geodesy and Measurement Systems – (Austria)
09:00 – 09:15 Epsimon & CSIC – University of Cambridge – Nicky de Battista, Director & Research Associate (United Kingdom)
09:15 – 09:30 Fibersail – Carlos Oliveira, CEO (Portugal)
09:30 – 09:45 SMARTEC Fiber Optic Sensors for Structural and Geotechnical MonitoringDaniele Inaudi, General Manager at (Switzerland)
09:45 – 10:00 AIRBUS – Carlos Miguel-Giraldo, NDT Production & Structural Health Monitoring Material, Processes & Tests (Spain)
10:00 – 10:15 SYLEX Real Life Applications of FBG Sensing Technology – Peter Lowy, Business Development (Slovakia)
10:15 – 10:30 CalSens 24/365 Monitoring Civil Infrastructures Using Fiber Sensors – Juan Jose Martinez, CTO Photonics (Spain)

10:30 – 11:15 Networking coffee break

SESSION 4: Fiber Sensors for Harsh Environments, Medical and Emerging Applications

11:15 – 11:45 KEYNOTE: Siemens Energy – Evangelos Diatzikis, Fellow Engineer & Advisory Expert – Sensors & Advanced Controls (USA)
11:45 – 12:00 CERNA Combined LPG-FBG Multi-sensing Platform for Simultaneous Measurement of Humidity and RadiationPaolo Petagna, Section Leader (Switzerland)
12:00 – 12:15 HBK FiberSensing – Rita Lima, Sales Engineer (Portugal)
12:15 – 12:30 Optics11 – John Odowd, Product Manager (Ireland)
12:30 – 12:45  INESCTEC & University of Porto – Paulo Marques, Professor (Portugal)
12:45 – 13:00 CEA Guillaume Laffont, Head of Laboratory (France)
13:00 – 13:15 Philips Engineering Solutions – Andrzej Sielecki, Process Architect Micro Devices (The Netherlands)
13:15 – 13:30 PhotonFirst – Gideon Langedijk, Application Sales Engineer (The Netherlands)

13:00 – 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 Departure by the bus transfer to HBK FiberSensing
14:30 – 16:00 Company visit @ HBK FiberSensing
16:15 Departure from HBK to Porto airport


We strongly recommend to book your room at the conference hotel NH Collection Porto Batalha using this link:  www.nh-hotels.com/event/hbm-fibersesing
Address: Praça da Batalha 60, 4000-171 Porto, Portugal.

When the rooms are full here, please book at the neighboring hotel NH Porto Jardin: www.nh-hotels.com/event/hbk-fibersensing-event-2023
Address: R. do Duque de Loulé 66, 4000-324 Porto, Portugal. 4 min. walking distance from the conference hotel.

Links are valid, if you are booking for the period 18-20 April. If you would like to stay longer, please contact Maria by mt.rio@nh-hotels.com.

You can cancel your reservation free of charge until 15 March, 2023. After that 100% of the fee will be applied for cancellations. You can also book your room in booking.com, if you have better terms & conditions there.


NH Collection Porto Batalha  Hotel  (address: Praça da Batalha 60, 4000-171 Porto, Portugal).


Alexis Mendez received a PhD. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, USA in 1992. He is president of MCH Engineering LLC—a consulting firm specializing in optical fiber sensing technology. Dr. Mendez was the former Group Leader of the Fiber Optic Sensors Lab within ABB Corporate Research (USA) where he led R&D activities for the development of fiber sensors for use in industrial plant, oil & gas, and high voltage electric power applications. He was also Director of Engineering Sensing Solutions at Micron Optics. He has written 70 technical publications, taught several short courses on fiber sensors, holds 5 US patents and is recipient of an R&D100 award.

Dr. Mendez is a Fellow of SPIE and was past Chairman of the 2006 International Optical Fiber Sensors Conference (OFS-18), past Technical Chair of the 2nd Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and their Applications (WSOF-2). He is also VP of the IEEE Fiber Sensors Standards Committee, and co-editor of the “Specialty Optical Fibers Handbook”, and co-author of SPIE’s “Fiber Optical Sensors Book”.

Director Sales & Marketing at FBGS
Carlos Miguel-Giraldo
NDT Production & Structural Health Monitoring Material, Processes & Tests at AIRBUS
General Manager at SMARTEC
Head of Laboratory at CEA
Product Manager at Optics11
Business Developer at Exail
CTO Photonics at CalSens
Business Development at SYLEX
CEO & Co-Founder at Northlab Photonics
Vice President of Sales EMEA at LUNA
Managing Director at Amplitude Laser
Sales Engineer at HBK FiberSensing
Werner Lienhart
Head of Institute, Engineering Geodesy and Measurement Systems at Graz University of Technology
Technical Product Manager at SENTEA Fiber Optic Sensing
Ikerbasque Research Professor at University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
Section Leader at CERN
Chief Technology Officer at art photonics

Over the last 20 years, Daniele developed and implemented fiber-optic structural monitoring solutions for several racing yachts programs (America’s Cup and Around the World) and contributed to the industrial adoption of fiber-optic sensing in Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure applications with roles in product marketing and business management.

Global Product Marketing Manager at VIAVI Solutions
Founder and CEO at FiberSight
Application Sales Engineer at PhotonFirst

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