Bob Lieberman

Professor Bob Lieberman
President-Elect, SPIE

Optical Fiber Sensors - Submicron to Suprakilometer
The advancement of optical waveguide technology has been driven by interplay between the development of techniques for sensing and for communications.  This interplay has resulted in sensors capable of measuring physical and chemical properties at length scales comparable to entire railroad tunnels, comparable to cellular organelles, and a panoply of point sensors, distributed sensors, and sensor arrays for every length scale in between.  As new waveguide-related technologies emerge, exciting new opportunities are arising to extend this range even further.

Robert A. Lieberman, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in solid-state physics and biophysics at the University of Michigan in 1981 and joined AT&T Bell Laboratories working first on semiconductor and magnetic device development, and then in the Research Area on fiber optic biological, chemical, and physical sensors. Dr. Lieberman joined Physical Optics Corporation (POC) in 1991, becoming Vice President of Research and Development in 1996. In 1998 he founded Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS) where he served as President until 2014. During that time, he participated in several spin off companies, including Optinetrics, Maven Technologies, LEDI LLC, and Optical Security Sensing.  He has been the principal investigator on projects for a broad spectrum of government agencies, holds 34 U.S. patents, and has chaired dozens of conferences on sensing and sensor technology. Dr. Lieberman currently serves as the 2015 President-Elect of SPIE, President of Lumoptix LLC, and CTO of Taff Optical.