Dr. William B. Spillman
Retired at
SPIE Involvement:
Nominating Committee | Symposia Committee | Fellow status | Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Symposium Chair | Author | Editor | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
fiber optic sensing , smart structures , complex adaptive systems , biomedical image analysis
Profile Summary

Dr. Spillman received his Ph.D. from Northeastern University in 1977 in experimental solid state physics. The title of his thesis was "Low-Temperature High-Pressure Dielectric Measurements of the Paraelectric-Ferroelectric Phase Transition in the Hydrogen-Bonded Arsenates and their Deuterated Isomorphs." Since that time he worked in industry at the Sperry Corporate Research Center, Geo-Centers, Inc., Hercules Inc. and the Goodrich Corporation prior to joining Virginia Tech as an Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Virginia Tech Applied Biosciences Center in 1999. He has now retired from Virginia Tech but remains active as a technical consultant to a number of firms and as an expert witness. He has been awarded 44 US and 50 non-US patents and is the author or co-author of more than 170 technical publications, 16 book chapters and edited proceedings, and 2 video short courses. He is a co-editor of the CRC Press Sensors Series of Monographs and has served on the editorial boards of the Journals: Measurement Science & Technology, Optical Engineering, Smart Materials and Structures, Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics and the International Journal of Optomechatronics. He is a fellow of both the SPIE and the Institute of Physics in the U.K.
Publications (66)

SPIE Press Author | December 3, 2014

SPIE Journal Paper | January 1, 2008
JBO Vol. 13 Issue 01
KEYWORDS: Tumors, Shape analysis, Factor analysis, Tissues, Algorithm development, Image analysis, Cancer, Data conversion, Brain, Biomedical optics

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | July 2, 2007
Proc. SPIE. 6619, Third European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors
KEYWORDS: Photodetectors, Fiber optics, Fiber Bragg gratings, Sensors, Biosensors, Fiber optics sensors, Climate change, Biological research, Sensor technology, Standards development

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | May 23, 2005
Proc. SPIE. 5855, 17th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors
KEYWORDS: Optical fibers, Medicine, Modulation, Sensors, Heart, Fiber optics sensors, Data processing, Signal processing, Data centers, Scanning tunneling microscopy

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | May 16, 2005
Proc. SPIE. 5761, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics
KEYWORDS: Electrodes, Polymers, Glasses, Dielectrics, Coating, Capacitance, Humidity, Aluminum, Polymer thin films, Temperature metrology

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | March 23, 2005
Proc. SPIE. 5691, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Applications V
KEYWORDS: Optical fibers, Resonators, Particles, Lamps, Laser resonators, Optical tweezers, Objectives, Spherical lenses, Atmospheric particles, Resonance enhancement

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Conference Committee Involvement (12)
BioMEMS and Nanotechnology III
5 December 2007 | Canberra, ACT, Australia
BioMEMS and Smart Nanostructures
17 December 2001 | Adelaide, Australia
Complex Adaptive Structures
4 June 2001 | Hutchinson Island, FL, United States
Complex Adaptive Structures
3 June 2001 | Hutchinson Island, United States
Symposium on Applied Photonics
21 May 2000 | Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Course Instructor
SC288: Fiber Optic Polarization and Bulk Grating Sensors
This video course presents the fundamental principles and practical examples of fiber optic sensors based on polarization and gratings. The mathematical background necessary for understanding polarization and grating effects is developed to the point where it can be utilized for sensor design.
SC293: Fiber Optic Sensors Based on the Faraday Effect
This course covers the theory and operation of the fiber optic sensors based on the Faraday effect in thin films that have been used on gas turbine engines to sense engine speed. These sensors have been in limited production since the late 1980s and represent one of the more successful fiber optic sensors to date.
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