CPF: ThermoSense XL Thermal Infrared Applications Conference

Abstracts due 9 October 2017

ThermoSense ConferenceCall for Papers ThermoSense XL:  The Thermosense conference promotes worldwide exchange of information about research, uses and applications of infrared (IR) imaging technology.
This includes infrared thermography and thermal infrared sensing (MWIR/LWIR), as well as NIR, SWIR imaging and measuring instruments.
Thermosense encompasses technical papers, workshops and short-courses. Over the past 39 years, these activities have included topics from the fundamentals of infrared imaging and calibration to virtually all infrared research and applications.

Special emphasis has been on problem solving and turning new developments into standard practices.

This year, we would like to have special sessions on (1) monitoring of additive manufacturing (AM) processes; and (2) signal processing and nondestructive testing.

Thermal/infrared related papers are solicited in the areas listed below, and are also welcome in other areas.

Aerospace Applications

  • aircraft NDT
  • process monitoring
  • corrosion/FOD/fatigue
  • aging aircraft
  • spacecraft and satellites

Automotive Industry

  • predictive maintenance – electrical
  • predictive maintenance – mechanical
  • automotive NDT
  • process monitoring – automation
  • testing, measurement QA, R&R and validation
  • driver vision enhancement

Building Applications

  • energy conservation and energy efficiency
  • construction quality control
  • roof moisture surveying
  • weatherization


  • standards
  • sources
  • instruments traceability

Detection of Gas and Other Leaks

  • pipelines, oil fields, offshore platforms, refineries
  • gas pumping stations, gasoline stations
  • UXO: unexploded ordinance

Environmental and Agricultural Monitoring

  • agriculture and water conservation
  • fish and wildlife migration
  • geology
  • pollution and storm water monitoring
  • seawater sensing

Fiber Optics for Infrared

  • detection of hazardous chemicals
  • remote sensing in high temperature and corrosive environments
  • medical applications

Fire Analysis and Detection

  • wildfire
  • home and building fire
  • pool fires
  • fire research
  • flame emission

Food Processing and Handling

  • quality control monitoring
  • temperatures of animals at slaughter
  • foreign object detection and characterization


  • transportation – roads, bridges, airports, harbors, reservoirs, and dams
  • energy – nuclear, wind, solar, fossil fuels power plants

IR Image Fusion Applications

  • biological and medical
  • field security
  • process monitoring
  • hyperspectral
  • structural analysis

Manufacturing and Processing Industries

  • composite fabrication and uses
  • additive manufacturing
  • glass and ceramics
  • metals processing
  • petrochemical
  • plastics
  • pulp and paper
  • semiconductors and microelectronics
  • quality control and predictive maintenance applications

Infrared Nondestructive Testing (IR NDT) and Materials Evaluation

  • Composite structures (aerospace, marine, wind turbine blades, etc.)
  • metallic structures (aerospace, turbine blades, and other)
  • subsurface defects
  • fatigue analysis
  • Sonic IR
  • Thermal stress analysis (TSA)
  • IR NDT combined with other techniques (ultrasound, x-ray, terahertz, etc.).
  • Thermal properties of materials
  • Underground anomalies
  • Electronic components


  • health screening and diagnostics
  • veterinary applications
  • Disease screening

Power Generation and Distribution

  • nuclear, wind, and solar power plants
  • field measurement issues
  • power plant heat-rate efficiency
  • electrical and mechanical P/PM

Research and Development

  • terahertz imaging (THz)
  • multi-spectral/high-spectral imaging
  • enhanced spatial resolution
  • enhanced time resolution
  • image interpretation
  • microscopy
  • thermal modeling, CFD and FEA

Remote Sensing and Security

  • Search and rescue (fire, snow, etc.)
  • law enforcement
  • UAV Drones
  • maritime guidance

Standards, Certifications and Guidelines

  • NDT
  • buildings
  • condition monitoring
  • related areas (e.g. medical, public safety)

In case of multiple submissions, the Program Committee reserves the right to allow only one oral presentation per author group while transferring the others to the poster session. During the Symposium, authors are expected to attend their respective sessions to enable interaction with the audience.

Selected papers will be recommended for publication in related SPIE Journals such as Optical Engineering and Journal of Electronic Imaging.

Limited funds are available to support student attendance at the conference.

Vendors Presentations and Reception XIV

What’s New in Infrared Sensing & Imaging, Hardware, and Software?

This session is now in its 14th year and has become very popular. This venue provides an early opportunity for exhibitors to highlight their latest technology and products to the Thermosense and IR community, prior to the opening of the Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) 2018 Expo.

This also enables the technical conference attendees to better prioritize their activities when visiting the Expo. It is a casual meeting with ample time for questions and answers. Looking for state-of-the-art in future generation of IR imagers radiometric and non-radiometric and IR image processing systems and all other hardware and software involve in infrared applications.
Your company must be an exhibitor at Defense + Commercial Sensing Expo 2018 to be part of this event.
Any DCS-2018 exhibitor offering products or services related to infrared sensing or imaging, photonics can participate.

There are no restrictions to the content or topics of submissions: Technical or Commercial within Infrared Imaging Hardware, Optics, Accessories, and Software.

Vendors Session Rules, Guidelines, Topics, and Application Information

Slots are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis. The list of participating vendors and the content of their presentations will appear in the final program of the SPIE DCS-2018 symposium.

Moderators: Andres E. Rozlosnik, SI Termografía Infrarroja (Argentina); Sheng-Jen (Tony) Hsieh, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
If you are interested in participating, or have more questions, please contact:
Andres Rozlosnik, aer@termografia.com; Sheng-Jen (Tony) Hsieh hsieh@tamu.edu


1. Please review the abstract submission guidelines: spie.org/DCSSubGuidelines
2. The Full ‘Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XL‘ Call for Papers is available here: http://spie.org/SI109
3. To submit an abstract, select the “Submit an abstract” button at the top or bottom of the Call for Papers page
4. The system will request that you sign in to your spie.org account (or create an account) and the submission wizard will then walk you through the process step-by-step.

Please be prepared to submit a manuscript by 19 March 2018, and to secure funds for registration, travel, hotel, etc.

Stephanie Kaiser
Program Coordinator, Conference Programs and Proceedings
PO Box 10
Bellingham, WA 98227-0010 USA

Tel +1 360 676 3290
Fax: +1 360 647 1445

Important Dates

Abstract Due: 9 October 2017
Author Notification: 11 December 2017
Manuscript Due Date: 19 March 2018

Conference Committee

Conference Chair

Conference Co-Chair

Program Committee

Additional Conference Information

Steering Committee Emeritus Members: K. Elliott Cramer, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (USA), Robert Madding, RPM Energy Associates (USA), Piotr Pregowski, Pregowski Infrared Services (Poland), John R. Snell, Snell Infrared (USA).

Thermosense In Memoriam Honorary Committee Members: Lee R. Allen, Allen Applied Infrared Technology (USA); Ermanno G. Grinzato, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy); Sven-Åke Ljingberg, Univ. of Gäyle (Sweden), Adronicus G. Kantsios, NASA (USA)

BEST PAPER AWARDS: The Conference Chair, Co-Chair and Program Committee would like to recognize young researchers in the field with a Best Student Paper Award. This award is open to all Student authors who present in this conference. Awards will be announced later.

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