Early this year, OSA announced an exciting new initiative—a strategic partnership with the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA, www.oida.org) that establishes permanent ties between the two organizations. The transition phase of the agreement began in January 2011 to ensure that OIDA activities, services and member benefits continued without interruption as preparations for a busy year of programming and the celebration of its 20th anniversary were made.
Founded in 1991 as a not-for-profit organization serving the optoelectronics industry, OIDA activities include member services and technology-focused events. The organization also specializes in conducting market studies or "roadmaps," and has a successful history of managing grant-funded programs and advocacy efforts.
OIDA members include leading providers of optoelectronic components and systems enabled by optoelectronics, as well as universities and research institutions. OIDA represents the industry to government and academia, acts as liaison with other industry associations worldwide, and provides a network for the exchange of ideas and information within the optoelectronics community. These core strengths—workshops, reports, member services and outreach to government agencies—will assist OSA in diversifying our portfolio of services and the communities we serve.
OIDA will remain a separate entity under the OSA umbrella and will independently deliver programming and member services with guidance from its voting members. The first OIDA Workshop and Roadmap Report of the year took place on 7 March in tandem with OFC/NFOEC 2011 in Los Angeles. Titled "Silicon Photonics: Developing a Roadmap for High-Performance Optical Interconnects," the program focused on the anticipated progress in computer technology (and the continuation of Moore's Law) and the increasing dependence on ultrafast data transfer between and within microchips. Speakers discussed the promise of high-speed optical interconnects and the benefits to be gained from silicon photonics' ability to integrate electronic and optical components on the same silicon chip. A joint reception with the attendees of this 2011 OSA Executive Forum was held at the conclusion of this "standing-room only" successful workshop. This was a terrific opportunity to celebrate OIDA's 20th anniversary and new collaboration with the Optical Society.
A summary report of the workshop will be published as the first step toward a larger roadmap report that will be produced at the conclusion of a second workshop, "OIDA Roadmapping Workshop: Short-Distance High-Density Optical Interconnects," to be held 12-13 April 2011 at Stanford University in partnership with the Stanford Photonics Research Center (SPRC). The roadmap report will be freely distributed to all OIDA members and may be purchased by nonmembers.
Now more than ever, peer societies that share values and priorities are forming alliances to enable their organizations to securely build upon past accomplishments and develop valuable new services and products. The OSA/OIDA partnership is a great example of this trend. I am very enthusiastic about the opportunities that lie ahead for both organizations. As OSA members, I encourage you to welcome ourOIDA colleagues and to become involved in OIDA activities.
In this issue of OPN, be sure to check out the features on defense applications of infrared imaging, the work being done toward integrated-chip biosensors, and how insect eyes are being used to develop solar cells.