Information due to COVID-19 (event postponed)

We have decided to postpone WIO 2020 in Florence to a later date, yet to be decided. Given the widespread of COVID-19, it would be challenging to keep the excellent line-up of speakers confirmed for the event. We will get back to you as soon as the new date is achieved. We thank all Invited Speakers for willing to participate in the event, and we sincerely hope to count on your contribution for the potential next date.


The workshop will address the latest advances in information optics and photonics, imaging sciences and engineering, optics/photonics communication, display technologies and 3D displays, 3D image sensing, image-based information security, image recognition, biophotonics, and novel image sensors. It will be a forum for scientific interaction and collaboration between well-known scientists in the field and educational outreach to students.

The workshop has been running for 25 years, starting with the Euro-American Workshop on Optical Pattern Recognition in La Rochelle, 1994. It is a small workshop (typically limited by 50 talks, single session), with invited participants broadly from the area of information optics and photonics. Always there has been an emphasis on allowing time for interaction, collaboration, and networking in a friendly atmosphere. Participants stay together for lunch and social outings.
Well-known researchers in the fields of optical information processing and advanced imaging techniques regularly attend the conference from Europe, USA, Japan, and Korea, and find it a refreshing, relaxed, and very profitable meeting. Previous workshop locations include Colmar (1999), Valencia (2001), Toledo (2006), Reykjavik (2007), Annecy (2008), Paris (2009), Helsinki (2010), Benicasim (2011), Quebec (2012), Tenerife (2013), Neuchatel (2014), Kyoto (2015), Barcelona (2016), Interlaken (2017), Quebec (2018), and Stockholm (2019).

The workshop will consist of keynotes and invited talks (oral presentations are by invitation only). Regular submissions will be accepted as poster presentations on topics that include, but are not strictly limited to, those listed below.
The program will include a "poster pop" session during which each poster presenter will have the opportunity to introduce his/her poster for 5 minutes to the conference attendees. Each presenter (keynote, invited, poster) is invited to submit a short manuscript that will be published online.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Florence in June 2020!

Scientific topics:

  • 3D image sensing, processing, and display: digital holography, integral imaging
  • Biophotonics and biomedical imaging
  • Computational imaging
  • Image-based security and optical security systems
  • Polarimetric and multi spectral imaging
  • Materials and devices for information optics
  • Optical communication
  • Nano-technologies for imaging systems
  • Quantum optics for communication and imaging
  • Integrated sensing and imaging, compressive sensing
  • Diffractive optics
  • Inverse problems in optics
  • Spatial light modulators and applications in information optics
  • New radiation sources for information optics (UV - THz)

Invited speakers

  • Amr S. Helmy (University of Toronto, Toronto, USA)
  • Ari Friberg (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland)
  • Artur Carnicer (Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Arun Anand (University of Baroda, India)
  • Bahram Javidi (University of Connecticut, Connecticut, USA)
  • Christophe Moser (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Cristian Neipp Lopez (Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, Spain)
  • David Phillips (University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom)
  • Demetri Psaltis (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Diederik Wiersma (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy)
  • Enrique Tajahuerce (Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)
  • Federica Villa (Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy)
  • Francesco Pavone ()
  • Jacopo Bertolotti (University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom)
  • Juan Campos (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain)
  • Lucia Cavigli (Institute of Applied Physics CNR, Florence, Italy)
  • Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh (Institut de Ciències Fotòniques (ICFO), Castelldefels, Spain)
  • Man Xu (The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Netherlands)
  • Marco Leonetti ()
  • Masahiro Yamaguchi (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan)
  • Miguel Alonso (The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, Rochester, USA)
  • Monika Ritsch-Marte (Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Naoya Tate (Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan)
  • Osamu Matoba (Kobe University, Kobe, Japan)
  • Pierre Marquet (Université Laval, Québec, Canada)
  • Rachel Grange (Optical Nanomaterial Group, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Rainer Leitgeb (Medical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria)
  • Ryoichi Horisaki (Osaka University, Osaka, Japan)
  • Sebastien Popoff (PSL Research University, Paris, France)
  • Shaya Fainman (Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program, UCSD, La Jolla, USA)
  • Silvania Pereira (Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands)
  • Simon Thibault (Université Laval, Quebec, Canada)
  • Stefano Bonora (CNR-Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology, Padova, Italy)
  • Stephane Canu (Normandie Université, Saint Etienne du Rouvray, France)
  • Thomas Cizmar (Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany)
  • Toru Iwane (Nikon Corporation, Japan)
  • Ulugbek Kamilov (Washington University, St. Louis, USA)
  • Yasuhiro Awatsuji (Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan)


There will be three different registration fee options:

  • Registration-only (500€): for those who intend to find lodging outside the Villa Finaly.
  • Registration with lodging (1100€): for those who want to stay in single-bed rooms at the Villa Finaly. The number of rooms is limited and will be assigned on "first come, first served" basis.
  • Registration with lodging and student-price (800€): for students who want to stay in a shared room at the Villa Finaly. The number of rooms is limited and will be assigned on "first come, first served" basis.

Contributed talks

Beyond the invited talks, there is a limited number of slots for Contributed posters, preferentially for PhD and Postdoctoral researcher. Accomodation in shared room will be provided at the Villa and surrounding hotels for students and postdocs (on a first come first serve basis). Participation to the conference with lodging on your own is of course also possible.


The Villa Finaly is situated on the heights above Florence, in beautiful Tuscany, Italy. The villa belongs to the "chancellerie des universités de Paris" which devotes it to organize scientific conference and events. The conference as well as most meals will be taken as the villa, which also counts several rooms to host most of the participants to the conference. Additional participants can easily find accomodation in the numerous hotels of downtown florence, and easily reach the villa by bus.

Important dates

  • Conference dates: June 7th-12th, 2020
  • Abstract submission deadline: April 1st, 2020
  • Registration deadline: April 19th, 2020

Organizing committee

Program chairs and Local Organization Committee

Bahram Javidi - Professor University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA


Sylvain Gigan - Professor Sorbonne Université Paris  


Hilton B. de Aguiar - Ecole Normale Supérieur/Paris


Fernando Soldevila - Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel, Paris



Program committee

  • Osamu Matoba (Kobe University, Japan)
  • Frank Dubois (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
  • Simon Thibault (Université Laval, Canada)
  • Hooman Mohseni (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Pietro Ferraro (Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata, Napoli, Italy)
  • Thierry Fournel (Université de Saint-Etienne, France)
  • Demetri Psaltis (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Philippe Réfrégier (Fresnel Institute, Marseille, France)
  • Adrian Stern (Ben Gurion University, Israel)
  • Manuel Martínez-Corral (University of Valencia, Spain)
  • Zeev Zalevsky (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
  • Ari Friberg (Aalto University and University of Eastern Finland)
  • María S. Millán (Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Spain)
  • J. García (University of Valencia, Spain)
  • Enrique Tajahuerce (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
  • José Manuel Rodríguez-Ramos (Universidad de La Laguna, Spain)
  • Toralf Scharf (EPFL, Switzerland)
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