IEEE Research and Applications of Photonics in Defense
– 2-4 AUGUST 2021 • Miramar Beach, FL, USA –


The IEEE RAPID conference aims to bring together government, academia and industry in a global forum to present new fundamental basic research, innovative technologies and build collaborations to solve critical security and defense challenges. This international conference will be broad in scope covering such areas as electromagnetics, device physics, optics and photonics, algorithms, and test and evaluation to name a few. With the breadth of topics covered, this conference seeks to attract diverse participation and collaboration from academia, industry, defense and government agencies that will promote security interests with opportunities to increase technical depth and breadth as well as networking with peers. In a world where technology is rapidly changing, collaborations and multidisciplinary work is the only way to solve research challenges and foster the next generation of scientific discovery.

The IEEE Photonics Society is mindful of the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The health and safety of the Photonics Society community is our first priority.

Our staff and volunteer leaders/organizers are in the process of exploring all possible options for our conference format.  You will be notified about the next steps as soon as decisions are made.

We are committed to providing a platform to deliver the conference, and we encourage the community to participate in RAPID by submitting papers with the latest breakthroughs. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate these uncertain times for all in our global community. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bindu R. Nair
Director of Basic Research, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), USA


Monica Allen, Ph.D.


Jeffery Allen, Ph.D.