The first Zeiss symposium Optics in the Digital World was held in Oberkochen, Germany, on June 23, 2016 and networked around 200 international scientists and leading industry representatives. The focus was on current questions related to optics and photonics. This scientific field makes digitization possible, but digitization is increasingly shaping optics and photonics.

In the future, optical technologies will be shaped by increasing digitization and big data applications. These include computer-aided image processing, processing large datasets in optics, obtaining information from data, visualization for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) scenarios as well as computer vision and machine learning.

The Zeiss symposium will be held every two years following the same format. The symposium is intended to serve as a platform for optics experts to identify trends and research requirements in this field. The results will be published in a series of additional whitepapers.