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July 2005 Number 64


See you in Changchun, China, next August 21, 2005, at the ICO-20 Congress!!

A general view of the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP) where the ICO-20 will be held next August (22-26 2005)

The twentieth Congress of ICO will meet in Changchun, China, August 21-26, 2005. This traditional congress in optics started fifty seven years ago. Indeed, the first official meeting of ICO took place in Delft, Netherlands, 12-17 July 1948, at the Physics Laboratory of the Delft Technische Hogeschool. Actually, forty-four delegates from eleven countries attended the meeting. The ICO Congress consists of a scientific meeting and of the business part, known as the ICO General Assembly. The scientific meeting is expected to be the largest ICO event ever with more than 1,000 participants from all over the world and will, as usual, cover all areas of optics and photonics and related interdisciplinary topics and industrial applications, providing an outstanding opportunity to review progress and challenges of our discipline. The congress is sponsored by the Chinese Optical Society and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP). CIOPM is a multidisciplinary base institute mainly engaged in fundamental research, applied fundamental research and engineering technology research and high-technologies. Nowadays it develops rapidly toward acknowledgement and high-technology innovation.

ICO-20 is co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Science, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Association of Science and Technology, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, IEEE/LEOS Asian office, EOS, OSA, Optical Society of Korea, Optical Society of Japan, Optical Society of Russia (the Siberian Branch), OWLS and SPIE. A major exhibition on local, national, Asian and international optical industries is expected to give a unique opportunity for the quite exciting atmosphere and knowledge of the current optical industries market in this region.

A spectacular view of the Changbaishan Mountain ("Ever White" from the Chinese language) located at the Jinlin province, China.

The city of Changchun, located Northern-East Beijing (somehow 1,000 Km away), in the Chinese province of Jinlin (part of the old Manchuria) is a dynamic, modern and industrial Chinese city. As an example, it has the largest automotive industry in China.

Over 120 world class invited speakers will present an overview of their field, and the recipients of the recent ICO Prizes and ICO Galileo Galilei awards will present their award lectures at the special plenary session August 22. Early registration deadline is July 1 and it is advisable to book accommodation by the same time and in any case not later August 1. Practical information, together with the advance programme, are found on:

Delegates from all ICO Territorial Committees will meet twice during ICO-20 and review ICO activities and policies, admit new members and elect the new Bureau that will hold office for the next triennium 2006-2008. At every ICO General Meeting, the General Assembly elects the President, Secretary, Associate Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Presidents for a three-year term. The chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Professor Arthur Guenther, ICO Past-President, has written to the Territorial Committees and requested nominations and endorsements for all positions. Of course, representation on the ICO Bureau is open to all Members and it is hoped that a fair geographical distribution, as well as a good balance with regard to professional activity will be reached. The election procedure is detailed in the ICO Statutes and in the ICO Rules and Codes of Practice, both of which can be found on the web site, or can be obtained from the ICO Secretariat.


ICO/ICTP 2005 award winner: Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn, an example of how the progress in science leads to a social impact

After the ICO/ICTP Award ceremony, from left to right: Maria J. Yzuel, Gallieno Denardo, Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn, recipient of the 2005 award and Nabeel Riza

Every year, at the occasion of the Winter College, held in February, at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste (Italy), the ceremony of the ICO/ICTP Prize takes place. For the year 2005 the ICO/ICTP Prize has been awarded to Dr. Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn a researcher from the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Pathumthani, Thailand's Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Sumriddetchkajorn was born in 1973. In 2000 he presented his PhD dissertation at College of Optics and Photonics, CREOL (Florida, USA) under the supervision of Nabeel Riza. His main subject of research was multiwavelength fiber-optic switch array retro reflective structures, under both theoretical and experimental studies to analyze optical crosstalk level. Back to Pathumthani (Thailand) he pursued his work and organizes activities, both scientific and professional, to promote optics and photonics in his country. He is currently a full-time scientist at the Thai National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) in which he develops both academic and research activities. In 2004 Dr. Sumriddetchkajorn was the recipient of Thailand's 2004 Young Scientist Award. The ceremony of this award, held in August 2004, had the presence of some members of the Thailand's Royal Family.

The ICO/ICTP Prize Committee has considered the outstanding merits of Dr. Sumriddetchkajorn, as a young researcher from a developing country and achieving mainly his scientific contributions in his country of origin. The citation reads: "For his achievements in applying Photonics and Micromechanics to Biomedical Devices and Telecommunications. His commitment in diffusing the interest for Optics and Photonics in Thailand deserves a special mention".

After the award ceremony, Dr. Sumriddetchkajorn delivered an invited lecture and explained his most remarkable achievements, including the recent development of an optical digital sensor, based on the confinement of light in a planar waveguide, to be used as reference signal reception-emission. The device is an optical touch switch based on total internal reflection (TIR) in a Dove prism. The key features include ease of implementation, prevention of the light beam from becoming incident directly on the user's eyes, and ability to accept both strong and weak mechanical forces from users. The device presents an interesting characteristic as it is the exhibited low optical loss of 0.4 dB. In addition, two methods for removing the finger from the touching surface are implemented. The applications are having a social impact as are addressed to disable persons. This award ceremony is a relevant part of the activities carried out at the Winter College. The 2005 (7-18 February) one was dedicated to "Optics and Photonics in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology". It was cosponsored by the International Commission for Optics (ICO), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS) and Central European Initiative (CEI). The Directors of the College:

Vittorio Degiorgio (Dip. di Elettronica, Università di Pavia, Italy), Richard De La Rue (Dept. of Electronics, University of Glasgow, U.K.), Kailash C. Rustagi (Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India) and Local Organizer Gallieno Denardo, performed a remarkable work to obtain a quite sounded college with more than 80 participants from all over the world and, in particular, from developing regions. The seventeen lecturers were dictating lectures on the most relevant fundamental and applied aspects of the field relating optics and nanoscience and nanotechnology. As in precedent colleges, LAMP seminars gave the opportunities to all attendees to present their current research subjects and creating a highly interactive atmosphere. The traditional party offered by ICO contributed to the social activities of this school along with a magnificent concert, organized by Gallieno Denardo, and offered by the Trieste Camerata with an amazing program from medieval songs up to XX century gospel. Web:


Green Book "Towards ICO-20": This new edition is now ready for distribution


Every three years at the end of the triennial period, ICO Secretariat is editing the traditional Green Book with subtitle: "Toward ICO-". The Green Book is our publication of reference where one can check the activities developed by ICO during a determined period. It contains as well a state-of-the art of supported meetings, ICO Bureau representatives, minutes of ICO Bureau meetings, news from the ICO Territorial Committees as well as any other subject that could have a general interest for our community, including the preparation of the forthcoming General Assembly and the interim report of the Nominating Committee. This year we have the great new of having a new publisher of "Toward ICO-20" (period 2002-2005). This publisher is the Institute of Physics Publications (IoPP), located in Bristol, United Kingdom. This will redound in better edition with improved quality. At this time ICO Secretariat would like to thank Geraldine Pounsford, Publisher of Opto&Laser Europe and her team, for all the facilities accorded to achieve a nice edition. We cannot forget in these acknowledgements all the colleagues from ICO Bureau and Territorial Committees who have expend their precious time in helping for achieving an interesting book contents. All ICO Territorial Committees representatives will receive in July a number of exemplars to be distributed among the members of the local committees. The number mailed is a limited one for mailing cost reasons; however, ICO Secretariat will be ready to supply additional exemplars by request to:


News on ICO Territorial Committees

During the period 2004-2005 various important and interesting activities and news concerning the ICO members have taken place. We present here a resume of the same:

New associate members have been welcome:

  • Moldova, associate in 2004, is now represented by Prof. Andrei Andries. He is the Director of the Center of Optoelectronics at the Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, at the capital city Chisinau.
  • Ecuador, associate in 2005, is now represented by Nikolai Espinosa. He is a PhD research scientist and teacher at the Scientific Research Center of the Army Polytechnic School, located at the capital city Quito. These two new associate members are having a great meaning in what it has to be the covering of activities in optics and photonics all over the world and to strength mutual cooperation. It is greatly expected that they will be admitted as full members at the occasion of the forthcoming ICO General Assembly to be held in Changchun, China, next August (22-25, 2005). Once again, our most sincere welcome to these two communities.

The Territorial Committees:

India was the location of the International Topical Conference in Applied Photonics "Superresolution and Photonics".

  • India: It has developed various activities during the WYP2005. Among them we can mention the International Topical Conference in Applied Photonics "Superrresolution and Photonics", held 15-16 February 2005 at the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Salt Lake, Kolkata (West Bengal). The meeting was organized by the Department of Applied Physics, University of Calcutta and in collaboration with the Optical Society of India (OSI). This meeting had the support of ICO. The General Chair, Prof. L.N. Hazra, General Secretary of OSI, was organizing this topical conference with an important presence and contributions from Indian scientists and colleagues all over the world. Nine plenary talks, twelve invited talks and twenty nine communications performed quite an interesting forum on a sounded topic that is now having relevance at the Indian scientific community. The Technical Digest contains the scope of all the contributions. At its first page one can read the reproduction of a contribution written by C. V. Raman in 1930 on Science and Calcutta, one can quotes: "...Science derives her strongest impulses from the desire to serve human needs as well as from the purely philosophic desire to understand nature more deeply". This is the spirit that is maintained these days no doubt.
  • Ireland: The new President of the Irish Territorial Committee is John McInerney. He is professor and Head of the Department of Physics, University College Cork, at the National University of Ireland.
  • Japan: The new President of the Japanese Territorial Committee is Koichi Iwata. He is a professor at the College of Engineering of the Osaka Prefecture University.
  • Sweden: The new President of the Swedish Territorial Committee is Fredrik Laurell. He is a professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) where he develops his research activities at the Laser Physics Group, Dept. of Laser Physics and Quantum Optics, AlbaNova University Center. The new Secretary of the Swedish ICO Committee is Ulf Olin. He is PhD Chief Technical Officer at CernoluX AB. Enhanced contacts are provided as well by Klaus Biederman, as a liaison between the ICO Committee and the Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is a professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Biomedical and X-Ray Physics, Visual Optics Group, AlbaNova University Center and a former Vice-President of ICO Bureau (Terms: 1981-1984 and 1984-1987).
  • United States Advisory Committee for ICO: The USAC/ICO has elected a new Secretary: Bobbie Lively. She will serve at the USAC/ICO Secretariat for the period 2005-2006. Bobbie is SPIE manager of board & committees. Also, Prof. Jagdish P. Singh, from the Mississippi State University, was awarded by the USAC-ICO Traveling Lecturer Grant. Prof. Singh has visited several institutions throughout India, including the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, IIT Kanpur, the CochinUniversity of Science and Technology, Allahabad University, and Banaras Hindu University. More information can be found in: ICO Territorial Committees

Any corrections on the current information or news of ICO Territorial Committees have to be reported to ICO Secretariat:


Report of the AIC'05 General Meeting held in Granada, Spain, 8-13 May 2005: First Meeting on Color Science sponsored by ICO

The 10th congress of the International Color Association: AIC Colour 05, was held in Granada (Spain) last May 2005.

Opening Ceremony of AIC Colour 05, Granada (Spain). From left to right: J. Pujol: President of the Color Committee of the Spanish Optical Society, AIC President P.J. Alessi, M. Díaz: Vicerrector of the University of Granada, J. Romero: Chair of the congress, J. L. Nieves: Programme co-chair.

The 10th congress of the International Color Association: AIC Colour 05, was held in Granada (Spain) last May 2005. The congress belongs to a series of meetings organized by AIC every four years. The congress was also hosted by the Spanish Optical Society and included the 7th International Symposium on Multispectral Colour Science (MCS'05). AIC is an International organization formed currently by twenty four countries and twelve observers. ICO has sponsored this congress with the main aim to support and dedicate efforts toward areas in science, that are having common interests with optics and moreover that are relevant because its connections with industry and education. The ICO financial assistance was addressed to grants for young researchers of developing countries attending the conference.

The interdisciplinary nature of the conference was noticed by the subjects covered in a total of 36 parallel sessions (12 of them qualified as Symposia) dealing with wide-ranging, including such varied topics as color-appearance models, color management, color imaging, the multispectral processing of chromatic information, the colorimetry applied to industries dedicated , for example, to food processing and analysis, materials such as textiles and ceramics, color-representation systems and color-difference formulas, color in education, color vision, color physics, color in interior design, color within the urban environment, color in object design, color restoration, the use of color as an element of artist expression and color in different popular cultures. The variety of topics produced a high interest and interaction among the more than four hundred participants.

ICO was represented by the Secretary General, Maria L. Calvo who had a great occasion for exchanging ideas with colleagues and current AIC representatives. It is quite comprehensive that we congratulate from these pages to Javier Romero (General Chair) and all the colleagues from the Department of Optics of the Faculty of Sciences in Granada University for their great work. The publications of the two volumes proceedings will serve as well to the dissemination of the updated contents in this active area. The policy for supplying exceeding of proceedings to educational centers from developing countries has been also applied generously, as well, by the local organizers.

The unique atmosphere created by the Granada city was a punctual circumstance to be added to the great success of the congress.


Forthcoming events with ICO participation

21-26 August 2005
ICO-20, Triennial Congress of the International Commission for Optics "Challenging Optics in Science and Technology"
Changchun, China. Contact: Jianlin Cao,

6-9 September 2005
7th Int'l Conference on Correlation Optics
Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Contact: Oleg V. Angelsky,

5-7 October 2005
MUSCLE XIV (Multiple Scattering Lidar Experiment)
Quebec City, Canada. Contact: Dr. Gilles Roy,

17-20 October 2005
International Topical Meeting on Optoinformatics
St. Petersburg, Russia
Contact Dr. Ekaterina Yutanova,

24-26 October 2005
9th Int'l Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP)
Marseille, France Contact : Serge Ungar,

12-15 December 2005
International Conference on Optics and Optoelectronics (ICOL-2005)
Dehradun, India. Contact: J.A.R. Krishna Moorty,

6-17 February 2006
ICTP/ICO Winter College on Classical and Quantum Aspects of Information
Optics Miramare - Trieste, Italy Prof. G. Denardo, ICTP, I-34014
Trieste, Italy fax. +39 040 2240 443,

4-7 September 2006
ICO Topical Meeting on Optoinformatics
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Chairs: Prof. Alexander V. Pavlov (SOI, St. Petersburg) and Prof. Maria L. Calvo (Univ. Complutense de Madrid)
Contact: Dr. Ekaterina Yutanova, IFMO, 14 Sablinskaya str., St. Petersburg, 197101, Russia
fax. +7 812 3281467,

26-29 October 2006
7th Int'l Young Scientists Conference "Optics and High Technology Material Science SPO 2006"
Kiev, Ukraine
Chair: Prof. Leonid V. Poperenko, Kiev National University
Contact: Viktor O. Lysiuk, prosp. Glushkova 2, bld 1, Kiev 03127,
Ukraine fax. +380 44 5264507,

Responsibility for the correctness of the information on this page rests with ICO, the International Commission for Optics;
President: Prof. René Dändliker, Institute of Microtechnology, University of Neuchâtel, rue A.L. Bréguet 2, CH 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland, phone +41 32 718 3265, fax +41 32 718 3201,
Assoc. Secretary: Prof. A.T. Friberg, Royal Institute of Technology, Optics, Electrum 229, SE-164 40 Kista, Sweden;


International Commission for Optics

Bureau members (2002-2005):

President: R. Dändliker;

Past-President: A. H. Guenther; Treasurer: G. T. Sincerbox;

Secretary: M.L. Calvo, Departamento de Optica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Ciudad Universitaria, E 28040 Madrid, Spain, phone +34 91 394 4684, fax +34 91 394 4683, e-mail

Associate Secretary, in charge of Meetings: A.T. Friberg, Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Microelectronics and Information Technology, Optics Section, Electrum 229 (Isafjordsgatan 22) SE-164 40 Kista, Sweden, phone +46 8 790 4191, fax +46 8 789 6672 e-mail

Vice-Presidents, elected: A.A. Friesem, N. Gaggioli, G.F. Jin, B.Y. Kim, M. Kujawinska, G.C Righini, L.L. Wang, I. Yamaguchi

Vice-Presidents, appointed: H.H. Arsenault (SPIE), A.A. Sawchuck (OSA), T. Tschudi (EOS), G. Von Bally (OWLS), A. Wagué (LAM Network), A.M. Weiner (IEEE/LEOS)

Senior Adviser (ad personam): P. Chavel.

IUPAP Council Representative: Y. Petroff