The success attained by the 24th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors - OFS24, held in Curitiba from September 28th until October 2nd, 2015, surfaced the strong interest of Latin America’s and Brazilian scientific communities in the optical fiber sensors area. Following the trend, the Brazilian Society for Microwaves and Optoelectronics (SBMO) decided to organize the Latin American Workshop on Optical Fiber Sensors (LAWOFS).
LAWOFS is proposed to take place every three years, coinciding with the intervals of the OFS conference series. The first edition, LAWOFS 2016 was co-located with MOMAG 2016 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The Workshop will have a structure like the European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors (EWOFS), focusing on intense interaction among participants, enabling debate on new concepts, technologies and applications of photonic sensing, allowing interaction between research groups from Brazil and Latin America, and enhancing future collaborations in R&D projects.