First virtual LANE Conference

Review on the 11th CIRP Conference on Photonic Technologies

This year things are totally different. Due to Covid-19, there are several problems and questions to be asked in all industries. We also have been challenged by this situation and had to decide if and how LANE could take place this year. Despite all difficulties we accepted the challenge and did our best to convert the conference to a virtual format - with great success: 420 participants from 28 countries joined our first virtual LANE from September 06 to 10, 2020. Furthermore, the positive feedback we got from the conference attendees made us happy.


More than just a video call


For the realization of virtual LANE, we created a conference platform with which presentations could be streamed live, but also the exchange among each other was possible. Virtual LANE was more than just attending a video call or viewing a live stream. Participants had the chance to listen to 213 live talks, to stream pre-recorded video presentations, to inform about newest system technology at the sponsor booths, to have an intense exchange by live discussions, chat function and different matchmaking tools, and not at least to have some fun at our conference warming.


The comprehensive and diversified conference program covered the following topics:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • E-Mobility/Batteries
  • Fast beam manipulation & beam shaping
  • Laser assisted processes
  • Laser beam welding metals/polymers, brazing & soldering
  • Laser beam cutting & drilling
  • Laser safety
  • Precision processing with ultrashort laser pulses
  • Simulation & modelling
  • Sensing & control
  • Surface treatment & forming

As in previous LANE conferences, our “Country Special” got a lot of attention. This year six experts from science and industry introduced the laser technology community of Lithuania.


For the detailed program, please see the LANE 2020 Conference program & guide.


Top-class keynote speakers


Even this year the exciting keynote talks could not be missed. Three top-class scientists gave an insight into their research work: 

  • M.Sc. Antoni Artinov, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Division 9.3 Welding Technology, Germany:
    On the relationship between the bulge effect and the hot cracking formation during deep penetration laser beam welding
  • Prof. Alexander Jesacher, Medical University of Innsbruck, Assoc. Prof. Division of Biomedical Physics, Austria:
    Dynamic Beam Shaping: Basics and possibilities
  • Prof. Leonid Zhigilei, University of Virginia, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, USA:
    Atomistic and multiscale modeling of laser-induced surface modification and generation of nanoparticles

Awards and winners


Not only the presentations highlighted the conference, also the different awards caused excitement.


The ceremony for the Award of the German Scientific Laser Society (WLT) took place during the plenary session. Prof. Frank Vollertsen announced Christian Hagenlocher from the University of Stuttgart as the winner of the “WLT Award” for his work on: The Influence of Residual Stress on Laser Beam Welding Processes of Aluminum Alloys.


Once again a prize for the best presentation was awarded. All participants were allowed to vote for their favorite live or video presentation. The winner of this year’s “Best Presentation Award” is Troy Allen from Queen`s University, Kingston, Canada, for his talk on "Simultaneous in operando monitoring of keyhole depth and absorptance in laser processing of AISI 316 stainless steel at 200 kHz". For more information follow this link.


Furthermore, at this year's LANE the headwear was also important. We announced the "Best Hat Award" for the funniest hat worn during the virtual Conference Warming. We saw many funny but also pretty hats. But in the end, there could only be one winner: Jan Kuklik from Laser Zentrum Hannover with his St. Patrick’s hat was the lucky winner of a “Lichtgestalten” Shirt 😊.

The organizers would like to congratulate all winners of LANE 2020!


Virtual Conference Warming


As no classical evening event was possible this year, we organized a virtual "Conference Warming" on the first evening of the conference, which was sponsored by Sill Optics. Already in the run-up, all participants had received a ceramic mug, tonic water and other presents. So, all attendees could join the virtual lounges, mix their own drinks and raise their mugs during the Conference Warming. Fun and also a little piece of adventure was provided by virtual Exit Games, where the players had to solve missions in teams, a photonic quiz, a picture puzzle and in the final game stage a Rock-Paper-Scissors battle. The winner of the games course received a self-assembly drone kit.