EPIC Round Table on Lidar Technology for Defence at OPTRO

8 February 2018
Paris, France

 In conjunction with OPTRO

Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems are enabling the examination, detection, and mapping of objects easier, faster and with equal or higher resolution than conventional methods. They are one of the main enablers of the upcoming autonomous car industry, and are already in used in defence, security and aviation/aerospace applications.

It is in those applications where the high resolution enabled by LIDAR system makes them particularly good for collecting enough detail to identify targets, such as tanks. LiDAR is proving to be increasingly useful in the autonomy of robots, allowing the computers that control them to produce digital maps of the surrounding area and obstacles. This kind of autonomy is useful in both UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and specific task autonomous robotics such as bomb disposal units.

The purpose of this round table is to discuss the still unmet needs for 3D sensing in the security, defense and aerospace sectors and well as the strategize for the further adoption of the next generation of miniaturized, lower cost or higher integration LIDAR systems.

Some moments of last year event: HERE.

More information about the master event: HERE.


EPIC Round Table is from 14:00 until 16:00 on 8 February.


Moderator: Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC

14:00 – 14:05 Welcoming words / Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC
14:05 – 14:25 KEYNOTE: Potential future applications of LIDAR and LADAR in Aerospace and Defence / Nikolaus Schmitt, Senior Expert Optronic Systems, Defence and Space Airbus Deutschland GmbH
14:25 – 14:35 Solid-state LIDAR camera for long range and high resolution 3D imaging at real-time / Jordi Riu, CEO, Beamagine
14:35 – 14:45 SensUp LiDAR solutions for Defence Autonomous Systems / Nicolas Picard, Director, SensUp
14:45 – 14:55 First Sensor capabilities for LIDAR and Defence / Boris Menz, Key Account Manager for A&D, First Sensor France
14:55 – 15:05 Sensors & Emitters (APD array/ SiPM/ Pulsed LDs) for direct TOF/ Laurent Demezet, Key Account Manager, Hamamatsu Photonics France
15:05 – 15:15 High Peak Power Lasers for Airborne and Submarine LIDAR applications/ Giuliano Piccinno, President & CEO, Bright Solutions S.r.l.
15:15 – 15:25 Laser diodes and sensors for LIDAR/Active Imaging applications / José Bretes, IR Key Account Sales Manager, Laser Components
15:25 – 15:35 Piezo actuators & mechanisms for LIDAR /  Frank Claeyssen, Managing Director, CEDRAT Technologies
15:35 – 15:45 Automated assembly and testing of miniaturised LiDARs: can we learn from PICs? / Ignazio Piacentini, Director of Business Development, ficonTEC Service GmbH
15:45 – 16:00 Discussion, closing remarks & networking break

Participating companies: 

  • Beamagine
  • Bright Solutions
  • Cailabs
  • CEDRAT Technologies
  • Defence and Space Airbus Deutschland GmbH
  • Elbit Systems
  • Excelitas Technologies
  • ficonTEC
  • First Sensor France
  • Hamamatsu Photonics France
  • HTDS
  • MBDA Deutschland GmbH
  • Ricor Systems
  • Quantel
  • SensUP
  • Thales Research and Technology


EPIC members and invited companies: 100 EUR (excluding VAT)
Non-members: 250 EUR (excluding VAT)

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Room 3, OECD Conference Center, 2, rue André Pascal – F-75016 Paris.


For more information or any questions before the event, please do not hesitate to contact EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite by neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com.

For any questions onsite, please contact EPIC CTO Dr Jose Pozo by jose.pozo@epic-assoc.com or +31 6 26 978312.