Conference will generate over $15.5 million in visitor spending through 2014


SAN JOSE, CA (May 3, 2012) --The City of San Jose is declaring May 7-13 “CLEO: 2012 Week” in recognition of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) show. The convention brings a welcomed annual $5.2 million shot in the arm for the local economy. CLEO will return to San Jose in 2013 and 2014 attracting approximately 5,000 attendees annually, which Team San Jose estimates will generate 20,417 room nights, 15,000 visitors to San Jose and $15.5M visitor spending over three years.

‘This is great news for San Jose. Filling up our meeting venues is great for the city and its local economy. It really helps out local businesses,” said Councilmember Pete Constant, who represents west San Jose and serves as council liaison to Team San Jose. “We’re pleased that together with Team San Jose, we were able to bring this conference to San Jose. CLEO is the perfect fit for San Jose, the Capital of Silicon Valley, and the home of many technology firms, including leading photonics companies, researchers and universities.”

CLEO: 2012 is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics—from fundamental laser science to photonic applications and products. The six-day conference builds on the long-established CLEO/QELS conference and its world-renowned peer reviewed program and offers high-quality content in five core event elements. The show features breakthrough research and applied innovations in ultrafast lasers, energy efficient optics, quantum electronics, and biophotonics.

“We’re delighted that the community values our industry and is rolling out the welcome mat,” said Dave Coray, Director of Exhibit Operations for CLEO and a San Jose Client Advisory Board Member. “Silicon Valley is home to a large number of photonics industry companies, academic institutions and individuals working in our field, so we’re excited to be in San Jose for CLEO: 2012.”

CLEO: 2012 will take place May 6 – 11, featuring more than 1,800 technical presentations ranging from basic research to industry applications.  This year’s expo showcases 300 participating companies from around the world, including 46 companies based in California. The conference highlights include a new Japan Pavilion and new Technology Playground – a roundup of hands-on production demonstrations from select exhibitors designed to foster one-on-one interaction between companies and attendees.  CLEO’s Market Focus program provides market trends and outlook in areas like biophotonics, energy, and manufacturing, and the popular Tech Transfer program returns featuring entrepreneurs and researchers from start-ups, major universities, businesses and national laboratories presenting new technologies that are ready and available for commercialization.

“CLEO’s return to San Jose is a true testament to the power of our “one team” service model and our partnership with the City, which enables us to make major shows like this feel like they are booking the whole city, from meeting venues to performing arts venues,” said Bill Sherry, CEO of Team San Jose. “This, coupled with our walk-able downtown and high tech infrastructure, was very attractive to the organizers. This will mean big business for local restaurants, shops, museums and nightlife as well.”

CLEO: 2012 will deliver exclusive programming for attendees, including 146 presentations from

California researchers, presenters and companies including:

  • Steven DenBaars of the University of California, Santa Barbara is a featured keynote speaker at the Plenary Session Tuesday, May 8.

  • Eli Yablonovitch and Owen Miller of the University of California, Berkeley, will present their work on a new record for solar cell efficiency Friday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m. See: “The Solar Cell that Also Shines: Luminescent ‘LED-type’ Design Breaks Efficiency Record, Illuminates 50-Year Mystery.”

  • Yuji Zhao of the Solid State Lighting and Energy Center at the University of California Santa Barbara will present on “Conquering LED Efficiency Droops: Overcoming Mysterious Phenomenon Could Lead to Affordable LED Lighting,” Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m.

  • Shareef Mahdavi of SM2 Strategic in Pleasanton, Calif. will speak at the Market Focus program on Tuesday, May 8 on the history and commercialization of femtosecond lasers for ophthalmology applications.

  • Mark Kasevich of Stanford University will be a keynote speaker at the Technology Transfer Program on Thursday, May 10, where he will address the evolution of atom de Broglie wave interferometers, which are used in geodesy, security, and navigation. Aydogan Ozcan of UCLA will also speak at the Technology Transfer Program on telemedicine applications.

  • Stanford University’s Robert Byer, Joseph Goodman, Steven Harris, James Harris, Thomas M. Baer, and Caltech’s Amnon Yariv will be presenting on Sunday, May 6 at the Anthony E. Siegman Memorial Symposium and Reception.

  • CLEO will feature other speakers from California universities and companies, including the Stanford PULSE Institute, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, Caltech, Alcatel-Lucent, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

  • Participating California exhibitors in the CLEO: Expo Technology Playground include BNC Scientific, Calmar Laser, Coherent, CVI Melles Griot, Newport Corp., and more.



Team San Jose

Meghan Horrigan


CLEO: 2012

Nadine Tosk


About CLEO
With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) is where laser technology was first introduced. CLEO unites the field of lasers and electro-optics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, with content stemming from basic research to industry application. CLEO: Expo showcases the latest products and applications from more than 300 participating companies from around the world, providing hands-on demonstrations of the latest market innovations and applications. The Expo also offers valuable on-floor programming, including Market Focus and the Technology Transfer program.

Sponsored by the American Physical Society's (APS) Laser Science Division, the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), CLEO provides the full range of critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace. With an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, CLEO connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the conference's website at

Team San Jose (TSJ)

Team San Jose, Inc. is an innovative partnership unifying the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labor and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience and serve as the gateway to San Jose as a destination. Our company manages the San Jose Convention Center and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater, Parkside Hall, San Jose Civic and South Hall. For more information about San Jose and Team San Jose, please visit the new