The 28th ISOM (ISOM’18) will be held in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan from Oct. 21 to 24, 2018.

On behalf of the ISOM organizing committee, I am delighted to welcome all of you to the ISOM’18 in Japan.

The last ISOM meeting held in Matsue, Japan was very successful to share new developments of holographic memories, digital holography, computational imaging, bio-sensing, display, nanophotonics and plasmonics, etc.

Last year, ISOM extended the conference scope to broader optical fields and applications, and changed the conference name as “International Symposium on Imaging, Sensing, and Optical Memory.” The new ISOM includes the fields of image sensing, medical and bio-optics, nano photonics, information system, holographic technologies, as well as optical memory. We believe that the change of ISOM produces technological innovations in imaging and sensing technologies, and many applications of optical memory technologies in the fields of medical and bio-technologies, image sensing, nanotechnologies, etc.

We are very proud of the ISOM activities, because many of technologies leading new developments and new applications have been first presented and discussed in ISOM meeting. Since the first ISOM meeting in 1987, ISOM has led innovation of optical memory and economic growth in optical industry.

I sincerely ask all of ISOM’18 participants to discuss on new technologies of the next generation optical memory and new applications of optical memory technologies in coming ISOM’18.

Yoshimasa Kawata
ISOM’18 Organizing Committee, Chairperson


The 28th ISOM (ISOM’18) will be held from October 21 to October 24, 2018 at Kitakyushu International Conference Center, Kitakyushu, Japan.

The origin of ISOM is SOM (Symposium on Optical Memory), which was held firstly in 1985 in Tokyo as a Japanese domestic symposium. The first ISOM (International Symposium on Optical Memory) was held in 1987 also in Tokyo. Until 1994, ISOM and SOM were held alternately every other year, and since 1995, ISOM has been held every year. The total number of papers of the past symposiums has reached 3,363, and the total number of participants has reached 10,300.

The purpose of the symposium was to provide a forum for information exchange on a broad range of topics covering science and technology in optical memory and its related fields. However, information explosion in the internet and cloud service has been enforcing optical memory to change from that for consumer storage to that for enterprise storage. Many colleagues of us have been seeking for new frontiers of optical memory technologies. Considering this situation, the scopes of ISOM are being continuously updated and have been reorganized in 2016. To further highlight them, the official name of ISOM was changed from “International Symposium on Optical Memory” to “International Symposium on Imaging, Sensing, and Optical Memory” in 2017. Presentations related to the new scopes as well as the conventional ones would be strongly encouraged.

In ISOM’18, along this direction, it will be very much expected to discuss the current status of optical memory, imaging, sensing, and other related technologies. In addition, we are planning to have a demonstration session at the symposium as in the last three years, in which authors will be able to show their vivid and attractive research results.

We are looking forward to your participation and seeing you in Kitakyushu, Japan.


ISOM’18 will discuss the current status of Optical Memory, Imaging, Sensing, and Other Related Technologies.

The scope of ISOM was drastically changed in 2017. ISOM will provide the attractive fields to exchange the latest advances or ideas in the above research fields and also provide scientific interaction and collaboration.

Topics to be covered in this symposium include, but are not restricted to:

  1. Optical Memory
    • Professional Archive System
    • Holographic Memory
    • High-density Recording
    • Media and Material Science
    • Drive Technologies and Signal Processing
    • Components and Devices
    • Testing Methods
    • Others
  2. Imaging
    • Computational Imaging
    • Wavefront Coding
    • Image Processing
    • Optical System Design
    • Devices
    • Others
  3. Sensing
    • Medical and Bio-systems
    • Three-dimensional Sensing
    • Digital Holography
    • Spectroscopy
    • Bio-lab on a Disc
    • Others
  4. Other Related Technologies
    • Optical Interconnection and Switching
    • Optical Information Processing
    • Nanophotonics and Plasmonics
    • Components
    • Material
    • Display
    • Photolithography
    • Nonvolatile Memory
    • Emerging Technologies and New World
    • Others