In 2019, Robert Alfano received SPIE (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers) Gold Medal Award, the highest honor bestowed by the society.
Robert Alfano is an Italian-American experimental physicist. He is a Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at the City College and Graduate School of New York of the City University of New York, where he is also the founding Director of the Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers (1982). He is a pioneer in the fields of Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy, Ultrafast lasers and optics, tunable lasers, semiconductor materials and devices, optical materials, biophysics, nonlinear optics and photonics; he has also worked extensively in nanotechnology and coherent backscattering. His discovery of the white-light supercontinuum laser is at the root of optical coherence tomography, which is breaking barriers in ophthalmology, cardiology, and oral cancer detection (see "Better resolution with multibeam OCT," page 28) among other applications. He initiated the field known now as Optical Biopsy
He recently calculated he has brought in $62 million worth of funding to CUNY during his career, averaging $1.7 million per year. He states that he has accomplished this feat by "hitting the pavement"; he developed a habit of aggressively reaching out to funding partners and getting them interested in his work. Alfano has made discoveries that have furthered biomedical optics, in addition to fields such as optical communications, solid-state physics, and metrology. Alfano has an outstanding track record for achievements regarding the development of biomedical instruments. His contributions to photonics are documented in more than 700 research articles, 102 patents, several edited volumes and conference proceedings, and well over 10,000 citations. He holds 45 patents and published over 230 articles in the biomedical optics area alone. His discovery of the white-light supercontinuum laser is at the root of optical coherence tomography, which is breaking barriers in ophthalmology, cardiology, and oral cancer detection (see "Better resolution with multibeam OCT," page 28) among other applications. Alfano has trained and mentored over 52 PhD candidates and 50 post-doctoral students. For the past ten years, he has trained innumerable high school students in hands on photonics.
Areas of Expertise/Research
Bonding of Tissues with Light Biomedical Optics and Detection of Cancer with Light Spectroscopy Expertise in Properties of Light and Photonics Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers Physics and Electrical Engineering Science and Engineering Find more information at : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Alfano#
Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award
Charles Hard Townes Medal
Jacques, Steven L.
SPIE Membership: 14.2 years
SPIE Awards: Fellow status | 2019 SPIE Community Champion
SPIE Involvement: Conference Program Committee | Track Chair | Author | Instructor
Area of Expertise: Tissue optics, Laser-tissue interactions
Steven L. Jacques, Ph.D., received a B.S. degree in Biology at M.I.T., and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Ph.D. degree in Biophysics and Medical Physics from the University of California-Berkeley (1984), where he used dielectric microwave measurements to explore the in vivo distribution of water in the stratum corneum of human skin. His postdoctoral work was at the Wellman Center for Photo Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, rising to the position of Lecturer in Dermatology/BioEngineering, Harvard Medical School. His team developed the use of Monte Carlo computer simulations to study optical transport in biological tissues, which is now widely used in the field of BioPhotonics. In 1988, he joined the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer as an Assistant Professor of Urology/Biophysics and established a laboratory developing novel laser and optical methods for medicine, later achieving a tenured position as Associate Professor. He developed a hand-held spectrometer and the analysis software to noninvasively measure hyperbilirubinemia in newborns. This device was patented, licensed, and FDA approved to replace heel stick tests, and is now in practice in neonatal care. As of 2018, over 280 million newborns have been tested with the device. In 1996, he joined the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland where he served 21 years as Professor of Dermatology and Biomedical Engineering. He is currently an Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Federico Capasso received the doctor of Physics degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Rome, Italy, in 1973 and after doing research in fiber optics at Fondazione Bordoni in Rome, joined Bell Labs in 1976. In 1984, he was made a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and in 1997 a Bell Labs Fellow. In addition to his research activity Capasso has held several management positions at Bell Labs including Head of the Quantum Phenomena and Device Research Department and the Semiconductor Physics Research Department (1987–2000) and Vice President of Physical Research (2000–2002). He joined Harvard on January 1, 2003.
Duddell Medal and Prize (2002)
Edison Medal (2004)
SPIE Gold Medal (2013)
Balzan Prize (2016)
Matteucci Medal (2019)
Professor Hielscher leads the recently established Department of Biomedical Engineering and directs research in his Clinical Biophotonics Laboratory (CBL). The mission of the CBL is to establish optical tomography as a viable biomedical imaging modality and transfer this technology into clinical practice. The goal is to develop a patient-centered approach that addresses all aspect of modern precision medicine in state-of-the art healthcare. To this end Prof. Hielscher's team is developing cutting- edge imaging hardware and software that provide 3-dimensional distributions of physiologically relevant parameters such as oxygen saturation or total hemoglobin concentrations and more. This includes the design of wearable devices that allow continuous patient monitoring. The CBL is currently applying this emerging technology in various clinical and preclinical studies that focus on the diagnosis and monitoring breast cancer, arthritis, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and diabetic foot syndrome (DFS). Furthermore, techniques are being developed for real-time monitoring of brain activities.
Dr. Robert A. Fisher is President and Senior Laser Physicist with R A Fisher Associates. Dr. Fisher received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.S. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Starting in 1971, he worked in the Laser Fusion Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and he taught graduate courses in nonlinear optics and solid state physics at the University of California, Davis. Joining Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1974, he was affiliated with the laser fusion and laser isotope separation programs. He was a member of seven Red-Blue government panels, and he teaches numerous professional advancement courses. His expertise includes: nonlinear optics, laser technology, carbon dioxide lasers, molecular spectroscopy, x-ray lasers, optical phase conjugation, and modern optics. He has authored over 60 publications. He is the Editor of the book "Optical Phase Conjugation," and he chaired six SPIE Conferences on Nonlinear Optics. He was Associate Editor for the journal "Applied Optics," and and for the journal "Optics Letters." He served on the committees of four international Conferences. For the Journal of the Optical Society of America he was guest Editor of a special issue on Optical Phase Conjugation, and he was a member of the Special Advisory Committee to the Provost, University of New Mexico. He served for three years as a member of the Board of Directors of SPIE, and for three years as Topical Editor of Optics Letters. He serves the legal community as an Expert Witness. He served on the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Nonlinear Optics Subcommittee for the CLEO Conference, and presently serves as the Chairman of that Subcommittee. He served on the OSA's Excellence in engineering award Committee for 2002 and 2003, and as Chair of that Committee in 2004. He served 2002-2004 on SPIE's Scholarship Committee, and now serves on SPIE's Education Committee. Dr. Fisher is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a fellow of SPIE. For those needing further information, his biography appears in Who's Who in America.
Igor Meglinski is Professor in Biophotonics and Biomedical Engineering at Aston University (UK) and University of Oulu (Finland). His research interests lie at the interface between physics, biomedical engineering, medicine and life sciences, focusing on the development of new non-invasive imaging/diagnostic techniques. His recent main contributions include a number of pioneering studies/results on propagation and localization of light in biological tissues, use circularly polarized light and since recently vortices and twisted light for optical biopsy/histopathology, and the study of light scattering in non-ergodic tissue-like scattering medium. He published over 350 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals (185), proceedings of conferences (161), book chapters (17) and 4 books, and delivered over 750 presentations at the major international conferences, symposia and workshops, including 30 keynotes and 187 invited lectures, and 88 invited lectures/seminars at the world leading research centres and the universities for students and young researchers. He is the Node Leader in Biophotonics4Life Worldwide Consortium (BP4L), Senior Member of IEEE, Chartered Physicist (CPhys), Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of Institute of Physics and Fellow of SPIE.
Heinz Wilhelm Siesler is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, with expertise in vibrational spectroscopy in combination with chemometric data evaluation for chemical research, analysis and process control. He has 240+ publications (4 monographs) and presented more than 300 lectures worldwide. Since 2012 he is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and received several awards (1994 EAS NIR Award, 2000 Tomas Hirschfeld PITTCON NIR Award, and 2003 Buechi NIR Award). Prior to his academic position he gained industrial experience as section head in molecular spectroscopy and thermal analysis in the R&D Department of Bayer AG, Germany. He also worked as lecturer (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa) and Post-Doc (University of Cologne, Germany), after receiving his PhD in Chemistry (University of Vienna, Austria). The test and application of miniaturized handheld vibrational spectrometers is a special research focus over the last ten years.
Andrei Afanasev currently leads the physics effort for the GWU energy initiative. He has made significant research contributions in the field of nuclear and particle physics probed with high-power electron accelerators and free-electron lasers.
Presently Prof. Afanasev contributes to energy research in three areas: (a) High-power particle accelerators that may serve as drivers for accelerator-driven subcritical nuclear reactors (ADSR), as well as probes of new materials for energy applications; (b) Development of novel techniques in photovoltaics, including nanostructures, quantum dots, and surface acoustic waves; (c) New technologies for non-proliferation of nuclear materials.
Prof. Afanasev is the Director of the Photoemission Research Laboratory where new solutions for particle accelerator sources and photovoltaics are being developed and tested.
Research Interests: Nuclear & Particle Physics, Physics of Particle Accelerators; Quantum Electrodynamics; Condensed Matter Physics
Dr. Haishan Zeng is a distinguished scientist with the Integrative Oncology Department (Imaging Unit) of the BC Cancer Research Centre and a professor of Dermatology, Pathology, and Physics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. For over 30 years, Dr. Zeng’s research has been focused on the optical properties of biological tissues, light-tissue interaction, and nanomaterials enhanced light-tissue interaction as well as their applications in medical diagnosis and therapy. His group has pioneered the multiphoton absorption based laser therapy and is at the leading position in endoscopy imaging and Raman spectroscopy for in vivo early cancer detection, and silver/gold nanoparticles based surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy analysis of body fluids for cancer screening. He has published over 170 refereed journal papers, 17 book chapters, and 1 book (“Diagnostic Endoscopy”, CRC Press Series in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering). Dr. Zeng serves as Editorial Board members for the Journal of Biomedical Optics and the recently launched Translational Biophotonics. He is an Executive Organizing Committee member of the annual SPIE International Symposium on Biomedical Optics. Dr. Zeng’s research has generated 28 granted patents related to optical diagnosis and therapy. Several medical devices derived from these patents including fluorescence endoscopy (ONCO-LIFE™) and rapid Raman spectroscopy (Vita Imaging Aura™) have passed regulatory approvals and are currently in clinical uses around the world. The Aura™ device using Raman spectroscopy for non-invasive skin cancer detection was awarded the Prism Award in the Life Sciences and Biophotonics category in 2013 by SPIE - the International Society for Optics and Photonics.
Bahram Jalali is the Fang Lu Endowed Chair in Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCLA with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering, and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Columbia University in 1989 and was with the Physics Research Division of Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey from 1988 to 1992 before joining UCLA. He is a member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), Fellow of IEEE, OSA, APS, AIMBE, and SPIE. He is the recipient of the R.W. Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America for creating the first silicon laser, the Aaron Kressel Award from IEEE, and the Achievement Medal from IET (U.K), and the Pioneer in Technology Award from the Society of Brain Mapping & Therapeutics. He is the inventor of the time stretch and the radiofrequency imaging and sensing modalities that have been commercialized for applications to blood screening. He is a member of the UCLA Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI). He has been elected into the Scientific American Top 50 and MIT Technology Review Magazine Top 10 and has served on the board of directors of the California Science Center, the Brentwood School, and was a member of the Institute of Defense Analysis' Microsystem Exploratory Council. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of Columbia University School of Engineering.
Wolfgang Osten's research work is focused on new concepts for industrial inspection and metrology by combining modern principles of optical metrology, sensor technology and image processing. Special attention is directed to the development of resolution enhanced technologies for the investigation of micro and nano structures. Ongoing activities are directed to the profound investigation of the institute’s strategic research topics such as multi-scale sensor fusion, computational microscopy, resolution enhancement, model-based reconstruction of measurement data, asphere and freeform metrology, optical systems design, hybrid optics, digital holography, and inverse scattering.
Boris Gramatikov obtained his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Biomedical Engineering in Germany, and his Ph.D. in Bulgaria. He has completed a number of postdoctoral studies in Germany, Italy and the United States. He joined the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department of The Johns Hopkins University in 1996, and has been working in the Laboratory of Ophthalmic Instrumentation Development at The Wilmer Eye Institute since 2000. His areas of expertise include electronics, optoelectronics, computers, computer modeling, signal/image processing, data analysis, instrumentation design, biophotonics, ophthalmic and biomedical optics, polarization optics, all applied to the development of diagnostic methods and devices for ophthalmology and vision research. His team has developed a series of pediatric vision screeners. He has over 120 publications, 41 of which in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. He serves as a reviewer and editorial board member with a number of technical and medical journals.
Prof. Rajpal Singh Sirohi did his Masters in Physics in 1964 from Agra University, and Post M.Sc. in Applied Optics and Ph. D. in Physics both from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in 1965 and 1970 respectively. Prof. Sirohi was Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at Indian Institute of Technology Madras during 1971-1979. He became Professor in the Physics Department of the same Institute in 1979. He joined IIT Delhi as Director in 2000 and superannuated in April 2005 from IIT Delhi. During 2000 - 2011, he had been deeply engaged in academic administration and research as Director IIT Delhi (December 2000 - April 2005); Vice-Chancellor, Barkatullah University, Bhopal; (April 2005 - September 2007); Vice-Chancellor, Shobhit University, Meerut (October 2007 - March 2008); Vice-Chancellor of Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur (March 2008 - October 2009) and Vice-Chancellor, Invertis University, Bareilly (January 2011 – October 2011). He was also the Visitor to the Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad (June 2012- June 2013). He is currently serving in the Physics Department, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama USA. Prior to this (2013 - 2016), he was the Chair Professor, Physics Department, Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam, India. He was Distinguished Scholar in the Department of Physics and Optical Engineering, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indian USA during 2011 - 2013. Prof. Sirohi worked in Germany as a Humboldt Fellow at PTB, Braunschweig, and as a Humboldt Awardee at Oldenburg University. He was a Senior Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and Associate Professor, and Distinguished Scholar at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana. He was ICTP (International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste Italy) Consultant to Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia and ICTP Visiting Scientist to the University of Namibia. He was Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, and EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. Prof. Sirohi is Fellow of several important academies/ societies in India and abroad including the Indian National Academy of Engineering; National Academy of Sciences, Optical Society of America; Optical Society of India; SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering), Instrument Society of India and honorary fellow of ISTE and Metrology Society of India. Recently, the Optical Society of India conferred on him the distinction of Distinguished Fellow. He is member of several other scientific societies and founding member of India Laser Association. Prof. Sirohi was also the Chair for SPIE-INDIA Chapter, which he established with co-operation from SPIE in 1995 at IIT Madras. He was invited as JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Fellow and JITA Fellow to Japan. He was a member of the Education Committee of SPIE. Prof. Rajpal Singh Sirohi did his Masters in Physics in 1964 from Agra University, and Post M.Sc. in Applied Optics and Ph. D. in Physics both from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in 1965 and 1970 respectively. Prof. Sirohi was Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at Indian Institute of Technology Madras during 1971-1979. He became Professor in the Physics Department of the same Institute in 1979. He joined IIT Delhi as Director in 2000 and superannuated in April 2005 from IIT Delhi. 2 Prof. Sirohi has received the following awards from various organizations: Humboldt Research Award (1995) by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany; Galileo Galilei Award of International Commission for Optics (1995); Amita De Memorial Award of the Optical Society of India (1998); 13th Khwarizmi International Award, IROST (Iranian Research Organisation for Science and Technology (2000); Albert Einstein Silver Medal, UNESCO (2000); Dr. YT Thathachari Prestigious Award for Science by Thathachari Foundation, Mysore (2001); Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Award in Engineering & Technology for 2000, (awarded in 2002) by MP Council of Science and Technology; NRDC Technology Invention Award on May 11, 2003; Sir CV Raman Award: Physical Sciences for 2002 by UGC (University Grants Commission); Padma Shri, a national Civilian Award (2004); Sir CV Raman Birth Centenary Award (2005) by Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata; Holo-Knight (2005), inducted into Order of Holo- Knights during the International Conference-Fringe 05-held at Stuttgart, Germany; Centenarian Seva Ratna Award (2004) by The Centenarian Trust, Chennai; Instrument Society of India Award (2007); Gabor Award (2009) by SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering) USA; UGC National Hari OM Ashram Trust Award - Homi J. Bhabha Award for Applied Sciences (2005) by UGC; Title ‘Freedom of the Institute’ conferred by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2011; Distinguished Alumni Award (2013) by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; Vikram Award 2014 by SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering) USA. According to Stanford University ranking report, he is listed with in 2% of the global scientists in Optoelectronics and Photonics. Prof. Sirohi was the President of the Optical Society of India during 1994-1996. He was also the President of Instrument Society of India for three terms (2003-06, 2007-09, 2010-12). He was on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Modern Optics, UK and on the editorial Boards of the Journal of Optics (India), Optik, Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Physics. He was Guest Editor to the Journals “Optics and Lasers in Engineering” and “Optical Engineering”. He was Associate Editor of the International Journal “Optical Engineering”, USA during (1999-Aug.2013), and currently is its Senior Editor (since August 2013). He is the Series Editor of the Series on ‘Advances in Optics, Photonics and Optoelectronics’ published by Institute of Physics (IoP) Publishing, UK. Prof. Sirohi has 496 papers to his credit with 250 published in national and international journals, 78 papers in Proceedings of the conferences and 168 presented in conferences. He has authored/co-authored/edited thirteen books including five milestones for SPIE. He was Principal Coordinator for 26 projects sponsored by Government Funding Agencies and Industries, has supervised 25 Ph.D. theses, 7 M.S. theses and numerous B.Tech., M.Sc. and M.Tech. theses. Prof. Sirohi’s research areas are Optical Metrology, Optical Instrumentation, Laser Instrumentation, Holography and Speckle Phenomenon.
Dr. Arrasmith is currently a professor in the Department of Engineering Systems at FIT. He has 20 years experience with government research and development programs and has had extensive exposure to electro-optical, infrared, and laser detection systems.
Prior to his position at Florida Tech, Dr. Arrasmith served as Program Manager of Physics and Electronics at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) in Washington DC. In 1997 he moved to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland to teach courses in Engineering and Linear Adaptive Optics. Dr. Arrasmith was then reassigned to the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) at Patrick Air Force Base where he became Chief of the Systems and Technology Division. He was later appointed Division Chief for the Advanced Science and Technology Division of the AFTAC and remained in the position until joining Florida Tech in 2003.
Cellular neural networks
Advanced sensor, Imaging
Sergio Fantini received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1992. His dissertation was based on a Raman scattering study of ceramic superconductors. From 1993 to 1999, Fantini held postdoctoral and faculty appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the Department of Physics. In 1999, he joined Tufts University as an assistant professor and has been one of the inaugural faculty members of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which was created at Tufts in 2002.
Nicolas Javahiraly is an associate professor in physics at the University of Strasbourg, France. He did his PhD in Photonics at the same university on fiber optic sensors. After a post-doc at Harvard University on the interaction between ultra-short laser pulses and matter, he worked as a project manager and expert in the Sagem Defense group in Paris. He joined the University of Strasbourg in 2007 and is currently working on nano-optical sensors and plasmonics for various applications such as gas detection, pollutants detection and photoconversion systems for example.
Dr. Zhongping Chen is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the OCT Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Co-founder and Chairman of OCT Medical Imaging Inc. Dr. Chen received his B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1982, his M. S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1987, and his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Cornell University in 1993. Dr. Chen and his research group have pioneered the development of Doppler optical coherence tomography, which simultaneously provides high resolution 3-D images of tissue structure and vascular flow dynamics. These functional extensions of OCT offer contrast enhancements and provide mapping of many clinically important parameters. In addition, his group has developed a number of endoscopic and intravascular rotational and linear miniature probes for OCT and MPM imaging and translated this technology to clinical applications. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and review articles and holds a number of patents in the fields of biomaterials, biosensors, and biomedical imaging. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow of SPIE, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.
I lead the Mid-Infrared Photonics Group at the University of Nottingham, UK. My vision is to bring about a new paradigm in mid-infrared (MIR) biophotonics for portable, real-time, sensing and imaging in medicine based on new MIR fibreoptics, including for real-time, in vivo cancer diagnosis. I run a world-class suite of labs. dedicated to the synthesis and characterisation of long-wavelength mid-infrared optical fibres and devices. My seminal 1995 paper cited 591x rekindled interest in MIR chalcogenide-glass photonics. The Royal Academy of Engineering / Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (2007 / 08) & Medical Research Council, Discipline Hopping Fellowship (2008 / 09) were awarded to initiate my MIR biophotonics’ research. My Optics Express review re-set some ground rules for achieving MIR fibre lasingcited 274x. With DTU, Denmark, we set a world record (held for 6 months) in 2014 in broadband MIR sources demonstrating a MIR-supercontinuum spanning 1.4 mm to 13.3 mm spectral range in fibrecited 745x.This was the first experimental demonstration truly to reveal the potential of MIR fibres to emit across the MIR molecular ”fingerprint spectral region” and a key first step towards bright, portable, broadband MIR sources for biomolecular sensing, including for cancer detection. I am elected Fellow of SPIE for special contribution to glass photonics, Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 269 publications, 238 talks at conferences and institutions, including 100 invited.
Niloy Dutta is a professor of physics at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. He was Director of Optoelectronic Device Research at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineers (SPIE), and, a Member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He received the Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award in 1995 and Bell Laboratories President’s Award in 1997
Dr. Lingyan Shi’s pioneering work in developing and applying novel optical techniques has led to a number of significant breakthroughs in biophotonics with major implications for the fields of neuroscience and cancer research and is allowing us to visualize the mechanisms underlying everyday processes and disease. One of Dr. Shi’s most significant discoveries has been the development of a new experimental technique that combines heavy water labeling and a relatively new imaging method, stimulated Raman scattering microscopy, to probe the metabolic activities of living tissues at subcellular resolution in situ. This discovery facilitates the visualization of tumor boundaries, embryonic development, and even aging in biological tissue. Another significant scientific contribution is her discovery of the “Golden Optical Window” – a unique band of infrared wavelengths that can penetrate deeper into biological tissues than other wavelengths of light during imaging, thereby dramatically increasing the imaging depth possible in brain tissue by as much as 50%. In addition, Dr. Shi has developed an early-detection spectral technique that could provide doctors with a tool for the early-stage detection of Alzheimer’s disease.
Davorin Babić received M Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA USA where he investigated and achieved deposition of amorphous GeSe2 from an organic solution of GeSe2 crystalline powder and developed new insight into models of the structure of amorphous As2S3 and As2Se3 by calculating their electronic structure. In 1991 he became Research Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying optoelectronic properties of silicon quantum dots caused by electrostatic screening and modifications of dielectric function in the nanoscale and he co-developed a novel technique for measurement of barrier height distribution at Si/SiO2 interface. He joined the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994 where he conducted research on Si surface passivation in Si doped TMAH solution, observed Si surface passivation in Si doped KOH solution and proposed a model for the passivation mechanism. In 2002 he joined Johnson Research and Development where he developed novel devices and systems for energy storage and conversion. He invented a highly conductive amorphous lithium ion conducting solid electrolyte prepared by sol gel technique. He also developed electrochemical cells that utilize thin film proton conducting ceramic electrolyte. He joined Laser Components DG, Inc. in 2014 where he currently directs research and development of novel photodetectors and improvements of already existing photodetectors with special focus on the infrared. He is a member of SPIE and has 50 publications including 14 patents and 6 pending patent applications.
Dr. Binlin Wu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at Southern Connecticut State University. Dr. Wu earned his PhD degree from City College of New York. After that, he did two-year postdoc at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Wu’s research is focused on biomedical optical imaging and spectroscopy mainly for cancer imaging and diagnosis. Dr. Wu has expertise in diffuse optical imaging, fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, multiphoton imaging, and machine learning.
Dr. Knabe has extensive experience with laser stabilization and precision optical measurements. He has worked on a variety of spectroscopy experiments ranging from saturated absorption spectroscopy in hollow-core photonic crystal fibers under his graduate school advisor, Dr. Kristan Corwin, to comb-assisted spectroscopy using a quantum cascade laser in the mid-IR for rapid broadband spectroscopy at NIST under the guidance of Dr. Nathan Newbury. He also has a long history of laser stabilization with a wide range of sources (fiber and diode lasers across the visible and near-IR) to high finesse optical cavities to produce lasers that have sub-Hertz linewidths. Dr. Knabe has recently taken the position of Director of Research and Development at Vescent Photonics and oversees projects related to both micro-optic laser development and optical frequency comb development.
Sukhdev Roy received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Physics from Delhi University, India, in1986, the M.Sc. degree in Physics with specialization in Electronic Science, from Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India, in 1988, and Ph.D. degree in Physics, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, in 1993. He was a Senior Research Assistant at the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, from 1988 to 1989. Since 1993, he has been with the Department of Physics and Computer Science, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, where he is at present a Professor. He has been a Visiting Scientist at Harvard, Queen Mary, University of London, City University, London, University of Waterloo, Osaka University, Hokkaido University, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Dr. Roy has won a number of awards and fellowships that include the 1st IETE-B.B. Sen Memorial Award in 2007 and the IETE-CEOT (94) Biennial award in 2012, by the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), India, the Hari Ohm Ashram Prerit Shri H.C. Shah Research Endowment Prize by Sardar Patel University, India in 2008, Research Associateship of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (2011-16), the Japan Society for Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship to Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, in 2004, the Career Award for Young Teachers by the All-India Council for Technical Education, India, in 2001 and Best Paper Presentation Awards at the IEEE Workshop on Advances in Photonics, IIT Delhi, Dec. 2013, by the Indian Science Congress Association in 2000 and 2001 and by the Systems Society of India in 1995 and 2008. He has published more than 100 papers in journal and conference proceedings and has contributed three book chapters. He is on the Editorial Board of Recent Patents on Signal Processing, International Journal of Computer and Electrical Engineering, and Journal of Electronic Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, IETE, India and the Optical Society of India, Life Member of the National Academy of Sciences, India, Senior Member, IEEE and the International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology, and Member of the Optical Society of America. Professor Sukhdev Roy has made significant contributions in Nano-Photonics that encompass nano-bio-photonics, organic and silicon photonics and molecular electronics. He has experimentally and theoretically demonstrated all-optical switching and computing with a wide range of molecules that include archael rhodopsin proteins (similar to visual rhodopsins in the retina), plant phototropins, chlorophylls, fullerenes, graphene, phthalocyanines, porphyrins, organic dyes and organometallics. He has not only demonstrated that naturally occurring extremely photosensitive protein molecules can be used for low-power all-optical and opto-electronic computing, but also integrated them with nanostructures to enhance the functionality. His novel designs of all-optical computing circuits with bacteriorhodopsin (BR) protein-coated ultrahigh-Q silica microresonators coupled to optical fibers, define a new paradigm in convergence of technologies, by using nano and biotechnologies to achieve ultrafast and ultrahigh bandwidth information processing. He has analyzed ultrafast all-optical switching with organic molecules (Graphene, Cu-Pc, BR, Cyt c) and silicon ring resonators and designed a variety of all-optical and opto-electronic Boolean, conservative, reversible and reconfigurable computing devices and circuits that include SLMs, logic gates (Fredkin, Toffoli, Feynman, Peres etc.), adders-subtractors, delays, MUX-DEMUXs, comparators, decoders, flip-flops, counters, RAMs, ALUs and PLAs. His contributions open up the fascinating prospect of harnessing the photochromic, photoelectric and charge transport properties of natural photoreceptors, optimized over centuries of evolution, that exhibit exceptional thermal and photostability, for energy-efficient, ultrafast, environmental friendly, compact and low-cost systems for information processing, sensing and energy conversion. His research interests are in the study of nonlinear optical response of organic molecular configurations, Si micro/nanostructures and photonic crystalsfor optical information processing, sensing, energy conversion and quantum photonics.
Laura received her B.S. in chemical engineering (2013) and Ph.D. in materials science (2019) from Caltech as a NSF Graduate Fellow under the supervision of Professor Harry Atwater. Her doctoral research focused on understanding light-matter interactions in two-dimensional materials ranging from mid-infrared nanophotonics to ultrafast phenomena in graphene. She is currently an IC Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT with Professor Dirk Englund.
Shouvik Data obtained his PhD from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (University of Mumbai) in 2001. He was a postdoctoral fellow in University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA (2001-2004) and in University of Oregon, USA (2004-2008) before joining IISER-Pune in July 2008.
Dr. A.R. Ganesan obtained his Ph.D. degree from the IIT, Madras in 1989. His areas of research and specialization are Holography, Laser Speckle Metrology, Optical metrology, Adaptive Optics, Fiber Optics & Laser Instrumentation and related fields. He has been the principal investigator for a number of projects sponsored by various organizations in Indian and abroad. Dr. Ganesan has published more than 110 research papers in reputed international journals and Conferences. He has co-authored a book on “OPTICS” with Eugene Hecht. He is a member of many professional societies and a Fellow of the Optical Society of India. He is a reviewer for several international journals.
Dr. D. S. Mehta is currently a Professor at the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Previously, he worked as Associate Professor and Assistant Professor (June 2002 - Dec. 2012) at the Instrument Design Development Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Before Joining the Institute he was JSPS Post Doctoral Fellow (July 2000 - June 2002) at the University of Electro-communications, Tokyo, Japan, Post Doctoral Fellow National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan (Nov. 1999 -– May 2000) Research Associate, NPL, New Delhi, STA Post Doctoral Fellow (June 1997 – May 1998), NIRE, Tsukuba, Japan and UNESCO Research Fellow (Jan. 1996 – Sept.1996), Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo, Japan. He has been actively working in the areas of Bio-photonics (Optical Coherence Tomography and Optical Tweezers), Green Photonics (LEDs and OLEDs) and Optical Metrology. He has contributed more than 140 research papers in International Refereed Journals, and more than 160 in International and National Conferences. He has delivered more than 50 Invited Talks/Lectures in various International and National Conferences and Universities. He has supervised 15 Ph. D. students and currently supervising 10 Ph. D. students. He has also supervised more than 50 M. Tech./B. Tech. students major projects. He received Teaching Excellence Awards in 2017 and in 2013 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. Many of his Ph. D. students and master students has received Best Paper Awards, Best Poster Presentation Awards, and Alumni Association Award in International and National conferences. He has filed 9 patents and one technology transferred to Industry.
Dr. Naveen Nishchal is an associate professor in the department of physics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna. Dr. Nishchal received his Ph.D. degree in physics from IIT Delhi in 2005. He has served Instruments Research and Development Establishment (DRDO), Dehradun as a Scientist ‘C’ during 2004-2007. He also served IIT Guwahati as an assistant professor in the physics department during 2007-2008. He has been a Researcher to the Oulu Southern Institute, University of Oulu, Finland. His research interests include optical information processing and security, digital holography, correlation-based optical pattern recognition, fractional Fourier transform-based signal processing, interferometry, and orbital angular momentum of light. He is a senior member of OSA and SPIE since 2015. He is a life member of Optical Society of India, Indian Science Congress Association, and Lasers and Spectroscopy Society of India. He has authored a monograph Optical Cryptosystems published from IOP Publs., Bristol, UK in 2019. He has authored/co-authored 72 peer-reviewed international journal papers, three book chapters, and 170 papers in various conferences/seminars/symposia. He has supervised six PhD theses and currently two research scholars are pursuing their PhD program under his guidance. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of Optical Engineering (SPIE, USA) and Asian Journal of Physics (India) and Review Editor to the Editorial Board of Optical Information Processing and Holography, Specialty section of Frontiers in Photonics. He served as an Academic Editor to the scientific world journal: signal processing during 2013-2016. He is an active reviewer to the journals published from OSA, SPIE, Elsevier, Springer, IEEE, IEE, IOP, CSIR, Hindawi Publs, and MDPI-online. Dr. Nishchal was selected as outstanding reviewer for the year 2016 for the journal of optics from IOP, UK. Dr. Nishchal received the India Top Cited Author Award-2019 as an author of one of the top 1% most-cited papers in physics published over the period of 2016-2018 by IOP Publs., UK. Recently, his name appeared in world’s top 2% scientists list in optics published by Stanford University, USA (PLOS Biology, Oct. 2020). As per Google Scholar, Dr. Nishchal has more than 2665 citations to his credit. His h-index is 30 and i-10 index is 52.