CLRC 2018 - 19th Coherent Laser Radar Conference

19th Coherent Laser Radar Conference

DATE:18th-21st June, 2018

VENUE:Okinawa, Japan


Keynote Speaker

Robert L. Byer

(Stanford University, USA)


Professor Robert L. Byer is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He has conducted research and taught classes in lasers and nonlinear optics at Stanford University since 1969. He has made numerous contributions to laser science and technology including the demonstration of the first tunable visible parametric oscillator, the development of the Q-switched unstable resonator Nd:YAG laser, remote sensing using tunable infrared sources and precision spectroscopy using Coherent Anti Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS). Current research solid state laser sources with applications to gravitational wave detection and to laser particle acceleration.

Professor Byer is a Fellow of The Optical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Laser Institute of America. In 1985 Professor Byer served as president of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-optics Society. He was elected President of the Optical Society of America in 1994. He served as President of the American Physical Society in 2012.

Special Speaker

Kazuhiro Asai

(Tohoku Institute of Technology, Japan)


Professor. Kazuhiro Asai was born in Aichi in 1946. He graduated from Tokyo Denki University in 1968 and served as a research associate at Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University (Sendai, Miyagi) during 4 years from 1969 to 1973. He received a Doctor of Engineering degree in research on “Spectroscopic studies of Tropospheric Ozone and it’s Remote Detection using Infrared Laser Differential Absorption” from Tohoku University in 1978. He worked at the former Radio Research Laboratory (the current National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)) for 12 years, and then moved to Tohoku Institute of Technology (Sendai, Miyagi) as a professor in 1989. He became a professor emeritus in 2012. In 1984 and 1985, he also served as a postdoc at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. His major research fields are DPSS cw/Q-switched lasers, and it’s applications for remote sensing. He has served a member of Advisory Board of CLRC since 2003 and was a conference chair at 13th CLRC held in 2005 in Kamakura, Japan. He has served as a visiting researcher at the former National Space Development Agency (the present Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) during eleven years from 1990 to 2000 for conducting the first space-based lidar (ELISE : Experimental Lidar In Space Environment) program.

He is now involved two lidar programs in JAXA, “MOLI” and “SafeAvio”. The former is a vegetation lidar program named “Multi footprint Observation Lidar and Imager (MOLI)” for measuring global forest canopy height from the International Space Station (ISS)-Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). It is planned to be launched in 2021. The latter is an airborne coherent Doppler lidar (CDL) program called “SafeAvio” for establishing warning system for wake vortex, mountain wave or clear air turbulence.

Invited Speakers

1. Novel Sensing

Paul J. M. Suni (Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies, USA)
Philip Gatt (Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies, USA)
Kaoru Minoshima (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan)

2. Laser & Devices

Jirong Yu (NASA, USA)
Steven A. Serati (Boulder Nonlinear Systems, USA)
Takayuki Yanagisawa (Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan)

3. Lidar System

Mikael Sjöholm (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Benjamin Witschas (DLR, Germany)
Alain M. Dabas (Météo-France, France)

4. Wind Energy

Yelena L. Pichugina (NOAA, USA)
Michael Harris (ZephIR Lidar, UK)

5. Measurement, Simulation, Modeling, and Signal Processing

Jean-Pierre Cariou (Leosphere, France)
Songhua Wu (Ocean University of China, China)

※The detailed program will be ready around the middle of April.