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
Plenary Speaker, Chief Planning Committee member, LOPSTM # SPIE Gold Medal (2019)
# Founding Director of the Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers (1982)
# Pioneer, Biomedical Imaging, Spectroscopy, Ultrafast lasers, Optics, Tunable Lasers semiconductor materials devices, optical materials, biophysics, nonlinear optics and photonics
# Discoverer, white-light Supercontinuum laser | # 700 research articles, 102 patents # 10,000 citations
# 45 patents and 230 articles: Biomedical optics area | # SPIE Gold Medal 2019
# American Physical Society Arthur Schawlow Award 2013
# OSA Charles Townes Award 2008
# Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award 2012
# Coherent Lifetime Achievement Award in Biomedical Optics 2002
# Fellow, the American Physical Society (APS) | # Fellow, Optical Society (OSA)
# Fellow, New York Academy of Sciences
# Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
# Fellow, the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
# Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association (ENYIPLA) Inventor of Year award (2018) |
# OSA Michael S. Field Biophotonics Award (2016)
# APS Arthur L Schawlow Prize in Laser Science (2013)
# CCNY President's Inaugural Award for Excellence (2013)
# Association of Italian American Educators “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2012)
# SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award (2012
# Optical Society of America Charles Hard Townes Award (2008)
# Coherent Award for Lifetime Achievement in Biophotonics (2002)
# Fellow of IEEE – January 1, 2001 to present. Fellow of New York Academy of Sciences (1999-present)
# Leonardo Da Vinci Award (1991) | # Fellow of Optical Society of America (1989 to date)
# Outstanding Italian-American Award for Science (1983)
# Research Corporation Award Fellow of American Physical Society (1976 to date) A. P. Sloan Fellow 1975-80
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) Citations (Google Scholar): Over 100 000 H-index (Google Scholar): Over 150 Publications: Over 500 peer-reviewed journals Patents: Over 70 US patents Key achievements: Bandstructure Engineering.and Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) Metasurfaces and Flat optics Casimir forces
2021 Frederic Ives Medal and Jarus W. Quinn Prize, Optical Society of America
2020 Honorary Award, IEEE Italy Section
2019 Matteucci Medal, Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze, detta dei XL
2019 Guglelmo Marconi Science Award, UNICO
2018 Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society
2017 Kenneth Button Prize, International Society of Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves and Institute of Physics (UK)
2016 Balzan Prize for Applied Photonics, Balzan Foundation
2015 Rumford Prize, American Academy of Arts and Science
2013 Gold Medal of SPIE | 2013 European Physical Society Quantum Electronics and Optics Award 2013 Humboldt Research Award
2011 Jan Czochralski Award of the European Materials Research Society
2011 Galileo Galilei Medal of the Italian Society for Optics and Photonics
2010 Julius Springer Prize in Applied Physics
2010 Berthold Leibinger Zukunft Prize (Future prize)
2005 King Faisal International Prize for Science
2005 Gold Medal of the President of Italy for meritorious achievement in science
2004 Edison Medal, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
2004 Arhur Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, American Physical Society
2004 Tommasoni & Chisesi Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Physics
2003 Goff Smith Prize and Lecture, University of Michigan
2002 Duddell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics (London, UK)
2001 Robert Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America
2000 Willis E. Lamb Medal for Laser Physics and Quantum Optics
2000 NASA Group Achievement Award
1998 IEEE/Laser & Electrooptics Society W. Streifer Award for Scientific Achievement
1998 Rank Prize in Optoelectronics (UK)
1998 Capitolium Prize of the Mayor of Rome, Italy
1997 Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute
1997 Bell Laboratories Fellow Award
1995 Materials Research Society Medal
1995 Moet Hennessy•Louis Vuitton “Leonardo da Vinci” Award of Excellence (France)
1995 Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Assosciation for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for best paper published in Science
1995 Electronics Letters Prize of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (London, UK)
1994 Heinrich Welker Memorial Medal (Germany) and International CompoundSemiconductors Symposium Award
1993 The New York Academy of Sciences Award
1991 IEEE David Sarnoff Award in Electronics
1984 Bell Laboratories Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Award
2019 Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
2015 Member, Academia Europaea
2012 Foreign Member, Accademia dei Lincei
1995 Member, National Academy of Sciences
1996 Member, National Academy of Engineering
1998 Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1999 Fellow, The Institute of Physics (UK)
1997 Honorary Member, of the Franklin Institute
1992 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1991 Fellow, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
1989 Fellow, Optical Society of America
1987 Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
1986 Fellow, American Physical Society
Honorary Doctorates and Other Honors
2019 Honorary issue of Nanophotonics (Volume 7, Issue 6, Jun 2018) for Federico Capasso on “Metamaterials & Metasurfaces”
2011 Honorary Doctorate University Paris Diderot, France
2011 Honorary Doctorate of Technology, Lund University, Sweden
2011 Honorary Doctorate in Materials Science, University of Roma III, Italy
2003 Honorary Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy
2004 Commendatore of the Italian Republic For information on Awards and Achievements follow:https://capasso.seas.harvard.edu/federico-capasso
Prof. Alan Willner received the Ph.D. (1988) in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, as well as a B.A. (1982) in Physics and an Honorary Degree (Honoris Causa, 2012) from Yeshiva University. Prof. Willner was a Postdoctoral Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and a Member of Technical Staff at Bellcore. He is currently the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chaired Professor in Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering in the Ming Hsieh Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the Viterbi School of Engineering at the Univ. of Southern California; he also has a joint appointment with the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy in the USC Dornsife College. Prof. Willner has been: a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, the Univ. College London, and the Weizmann Institute of Science; and a Visiting Scholar at Yeshiva University. He is a Member of the U.S. Army Science Board, was a Member of the Defense Sciences Research Council (a 16-member body that provided reports to the DARPA Director and Office Directors), has served on many scientific advisory boards for small companies, and has advised several venture capital firms. Additionally, Prof. Willner was Founder and CTO of Phaethon Communications, a company whose technology was acquired by Teraxion, that created the ClearSpectrum® dispersion compensator product line which is presently deployed in many commercial 40-Gbit/s systems worldwide.
Prof. Willner has received the following honors/awards: Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, International Fellow of the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, David & Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science & Engineering, Thomas Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement from Columbia Eng. Alumni Association, U.S. Vannevar Bush Defense Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (formerly NSSEFF), Fellow of National Academy of Inventors, Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) J.J. Thomson Medal, National Science Foundation National Young Investigator Award, Fulbright Foundation Senior Scholar Research and Lecturing Fellowship, Honorary Professor of Huazhong Univ. of Science & Technology, the Optical Society (OSA) Paul Forman Engineering Excellence Award, IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award, SPIE President's Award, IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award, IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Service Award, USC Associates Award for University-Wide Creativity in Research (highest university research award), OSA Robert Hopkins Leadership Award, Civilian Service Commendation Medal from the U.S. Dept. of the Army, USC Associates Award for University-Wide Excellence in Teaching (highest university teaching award), USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award (for significant scholarly work), USC Senior Engineering Research Award, USC/TRW Best Engineering Teacher Award, USC/Northrop Outstanding Junior Engineering Faculty Research Award, 2001 Eddy Paper Award from Pennwell Publications for the Best Contributed Technical Article (across all 30 magazines in Pennwell's Advanced Technology Division), IEEE Globecom Best Paper Award, and Edwin Howard Armstrong Foundation Memorial Award for the highest-ranked EE Masters student at Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, APS, IEEE, IET, OSA and SPIE, and he was a Fellow of the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Prof. Willner was an invited foreign dignitary representing the sciences for the 2009 Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm.
Prof. Willner's professional activities:
Co-Chair, U.S. National Academies Committee on the Optics and Photonics Study
President, The Optical Society (OSA) | President, The IEEE Photonics Society (formerly LEOS)
Co-Chair, Science & Engineering Council of the OSA
Vice-President, Technical Affairs of the IEEE Photonics Society, Photonics Division
Chair, IEEE TAB Ethics and Member Conduct Committee, General & Program
Co-Chair, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Program Co-Chair of the OSA Annual Meeting
General Chair of the IEEE LEOS Annual Meeting, Program Chair of Telecommunications Engineering at SPIE's Photonics West
Chair of the Unclassified Technical Program for IEEE MILCOM, Elected Member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Photonics Society
General Co-Chair of the IEEE Photonics Society Topical Meeting on Broadband Networks, Steering Committee and Technical Committee Member of the Conference on Optical Fiber Communications (OFC),
Member, US Advisory Committee for Int'l Commission for Optics (activity of the National Academies, IEEE, OSA and SPIE).
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE/OSA Journal of Light wave Technology (JLT)
Editor-in-Chief, OSA Optics Letters
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Associate Editor, IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications Series on Optical Networks (now IEEE/OSA JOCN)
Guest Editor, JLT
JSAC for the Joint Special Issue on Multiple-Wavelength Technologies & Networks
Guest Editor, IEEE J. of Quantum Electronics Focus Issue on High-Capacity Optical Transmission Systems.
Prof. Willner has >1500 publications, including one book, 10 edited books, ~44 U.S. patents, ~47 keynotes/plenaries, ~24 book chapters, >400 refereed journal papers, and >300 invited papers/presentations. His research is in optical technologies, including: communications, signal processing, networks, and subsystems.
Juergen W Czarske (Fellow EOS, OPTICA, SPIE, IET, IOP, Senior Member IEEE) is director, full chair professor and senator of the Excellence University TU Dresden, Germany. He is director of Competence Center Biomedical Computational Laser Systems (BIOLAS) and advisor of SPIE-OPTICA-Student Chapter Dresden. Juergen is an international prize-winning inventor of laser-based technologies. His awards include the 2008 Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize of Trumpf Laser, 2019 OPTICA Joseph-Fraunhofer-Award/Robert-M.-Burley-Prize, 2020 Laser Instrumentation Award of IEEE Photonics Society, 2020 and 2021 SPIE Community Champion for volunteer activities, and 2022 SPIE Chandra S Vikram Award. Juergen has conducted more than 800 talks and papers, including more than 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals, over 150 invited talks and over 30 patents. He is Vice President of International Commission for Optics, ICO, and was the general chair of the world congress ICO-25-OWLS-16-Dresden-Germany-2022 with 3 Nobel laureates and participants from over 55 countries of 5A (Africa, America, Asia, Australia, and Amazing Europe).
List of Selected Awards:
- SPIE Chandra S Vikram Award in Optical Metrology, awarded in San Diego, CA, USA, 8/2022
- Fellow Award (FInstP) of Institute of Physics (IOP), London, UK, 7/2022
- Fellow Award of Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), formerly IEE, London, UK, 7/2021
- SPIE Community Champion 2020, highlighted by SPIE Director Nelufar Mohajeri, WA, USA, 5/2021
- Inaugural Laser Instrumentation Award of IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE, New York City, USA, 7/2020
- SPIE Community Champion 2019 for outstanding volunteerism, awarded by SPIE President, Arizona/USA, 1/2020
- OPTICA Joseph Fraunhofer Award / Robert M. Burley Prize, awarded in Washington DC, USA, 9/2019
- Best Paper Awards, 2nd and 3rd, Imaging and Applied Optics Congress of OSA, Orlando, FL, USA, 6/2018
- Best Paper Prize of the 118th Annual Conference of DGaO-German Branch of EOS, 6/2017
- Fellow Award, EOS (European Optical Society), Joensuu, Finland, awarded in Berlin, 8/2016
- Best Paper Prize of the 18th VDI / ITG Symposium Sensors and Measuring Systems, Nuremberg, 5/2016
- Fellow Award, SPIE - The International Society for Optics and Photonics, San Francisco, USA, 12/2015
- Fellow Award, OSA (The Optical Society), Washington, DC, awarded in San Jose, USA, 10/2015
- Award on Precision Measurement of Institute of Physics - IOP, London, UK, 6/2015
- Reinhart Koselleck-Project in systems engineering, German Research Foundation, Bonn, 7/2014
- Selected paper - Highlights of 2013, Journal of Physics D - Applied Physics, IOP, Bristol, UK, 1/2014
- Excellent paper, awarded at 33. Annual meeting of the Japan Laser Society, Tokyo, Japan, 5/2013
- Best Paper Award Instrumentation of American Soc. of Mech. Engineers, Vancouver/Canada, 6/2011
- Nomination Award for Kaiser-Friedrich-Research-Prize-2009 (final three), Goslar, 9/2009
- International Berthold Leibinger Innovation Prize, awarded at Trumpf Laser, Ditzingen, 9/2008
- Highly commended article of Measurement Science and Technology (MST), IOP, Bristol, UK, 12/2001
- Measurement Technique Prize of Association of University Professors (AHMT), awarded at TU Munich, 9/1996
- Young Researcher Prize, awarded by the education minister Peter Bendixen, Kiel Castle, Kiel, 4/1984
Martin Richardson graduated from Imperial College, London, in Physics (1964) and gained his Ph.D in Photon Physics from London University in 1967 as the first student to graduate in lasers under the advisement of the late Daniel Bradley. For his thesis he studied the spectral characteristics of laser modes, investigated non-linear optical processes in dense plasmas and developed a new high power dual frequency laser. Although lasers were then still considered ‘a solution looking for a problem’, after the award of the 1964 Nobel Prize to Townes, Prokhorov and Basov for inventing the concept of the laser, many new laser research teams were being created worldwide. Richardson joined one of the first laser groups investigating laser and plasmas in the Division of Gerhardt Herzberg at the National Research Council Laboratories in Ottawa. Mode-locking as a technique for creating ultrashort laser pulses had just been invented, and he was the first to create plasmas in gases by amplified single ultrashort laser pulses. He stayed at NRC until 1979, making contributions to the development of new lasers, including patents on the discharge-pumped CO2 laser that launched the Lumonics corporation, nonlinear optics, mid-IR laser selective dissociation of molecules, the precursor to laser isotope separation, and the development of ultra-fast optical diagnostics. His work on laser-produced plasmas lead to the creation of the first Canadian team focused on laser fusion. Collaborations with the Lebedev Institute resulted in the development of the picosecond streak camera. In 1974 Richardson spent five months in the Soviet Union in the laboratories of Alexandr Prokhorov at the Lebedev Institute. In 1980 he joined the University of Rochester where he worked for nine years as group leader for laser fusion experiments for the then new 24-beam OMEGA laser system at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. He also held an adjunct faculty in the Institute of Optics. While at Rochester he was also involved in x-ray laser and laser-plasma x-ray spectroscopy investigations. In 1990 he and William Silfvast established the Laser Plasma Laboratory at CREOL, the Center of Research in Electro-Optics & Lasers at UCF, developing research programs in ultrafast laser development, laser-plasma studies, EUV/X-ray lithography and microscopy and laser materials processing. These research activities expanded to include femtosecond laser structuring of materials, laser spectroscopy and sensing and high-intensity laser filamentation studies in the atmosphere. In 2003 he was appointed the Northrop Grumman Professor of X-ray Photonics as part of major $24M donation to UCF. He was made a Trustee Chair of the University in 2006, and appointed as the first and founding director of the Townes Laser Institute in 2007. Professor Richardson has throughout his career taken an intense interest in the education of his students. In Canada he introduced schemes through which students from Canadian universities could study for their Ph.D’s at NRC-Canada. He directs an NSF International REU program, and has initiated an Atlantis program for students to obtain a international MS degree between UCF and the universities of Bordeaux, Jena and Clemson. Some of his students gain co-tutelle Ph.D degrees with the University of Bordeaux. He is particularly interested in advancing science in under-developed countries, and in enabling equal rights for women through science. Professor Richardson has held visiting scientific positions at the Max Born Institute in Berlin, the Institute for Laser Engineering (ILE) Osaka University, the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, and other institutions in Australia, Canada, France, Qatar and the former Soviet Union. He has published over 400 scientific articles in professional scientific journals, and has presented numerous invited and plenary talks. He holds ~ 20 patents, with several pending and has chaired many international conferences including IQEC, ICHSP, and several SPIE meetings. He is a former Associate Editor of JQE, a recipient of the Schardin Medal, and a Fellow of OSA.
Axel Schülzgen received his PhD in Physics from Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany. Since 2009 he is Professor of Optics at CREOL, University of Central Florida. He also holds an Adjunct Research Professor position at the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona. His research interests include optical fiber devices, components, materials, and structures with applications in fiber laser systems, fiber optic sensing, and optical communications. Professor Schulzgen is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a member of the International Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE and the German Physical Society.
Prof. Alex Kazemi a world recognized Micro Technologist, and materials scientist is the CEO and President of ARK International LLC is focusing on development of fiber optics, miniaturized fiber components, fiber optic sensors, and micro/nano technology of laser components for aviation, aerospace and space applications. He is developer of the lightest fiber optic cable in aviation history, World 1st fiber optic sensor for rocket engine, U.S. 1st fiber optic delivery system for micro welding of laser chips, and leading-edge technologies. He is The Boeing Company Fiber Optic Architect, Associate Technical Fellow, and worked for 25 years for Boeing as well as 10 years for telecom, lasers, sensors and MEMS industries. He also taught physics and materials science for several years at University of Southern California. Currently he is the Principal Consultant for development of new generation of fiber optics and sensors to the Boeing Company. He has authored/edited 8 books and one book chapter in the area of photonics, lasers, sensors, fiber optics, micro and nano technologies, plus published over48 papers in International Journals and hundreds of presentations throughout of conferences and technical community’s world-wide. In recent survey by “Research Gate” organization over 1000of his peers reviewed his published papers. In 2018, 2019 and 2021 three separate International Awards were presented to him for the phenomenal presentation for his research on fiber optic sensor and lasers. He has been Chairman of SPIE International Conferences in Photonics Applications for Fiber Optic Sensors and Lasers for 8 years and Chairman, Chief Scientific Committee and Chief Editor of Excel Global International Conference on Lasers, Optics, Photonics, and Sensors in 2021. He has bestowed hundreds of recognitions, awards and patents
Lihong Wang is Bren Professor of Medical and Electrical Engineering at Caltech. His book entitled “Biomedical Optics: Principles and Imaging” won the Goodman Book Writing Award. Published 560 journal articles (h-index = 149, citations = 94,000). Delivered 570 keynote/plenary/invited talks. Published the first functional/in vivo photoacoustic tomography, 3D photoacoustic microscopy, photoacoustic endoscopy, photoacoustic reporter gene imaging, and compressed ultrafast photography (world’s fastest camera). Served as Editor-in-Chief of J. Biomed. Optics. Received NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award, NIH/NCI Outstanding Investigator Award, OSA Mees Medal, IEEE Technical Achievement and Biomedical Engineering Awards, SPIE Chance Award, IPPA Senior Prize, OSA Feld Biophotonics Award, and an honorary doctorate from Lund Univ., Sweden. Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, COS, IEEE, NAI, OSA, and SPIE. Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering. Lihong Wang earned his Ph.D. degree at Rice University, Houston, Texas under the tutelage of Robert Curl, Richard Smalley, and Frank Tittel. He is Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Andrew and Peggy Cherng Medical Engineering Leadership Chair, and Executive Officer (aka Department Chair) of Medical Engineering at California Institute of Technology. His book entitled “Biomedical Optics: Principles and Imaging,” one of the first textbooks in the field, won the 2010 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award. He also edited the first book on photoacoustic tomography. He has published 560 peer-reviewed articles in journals, including Nature (Cover story), Science, PNAS, and PRL, and has delivered 570 keynote, plenary, or invited talks. His Google Scholar h-index and citations have reached 149 and 94,000, respectively. His laboratory was the first to report in vivo photoacoustic tomography, functional photoacoustic tomography, 3D photoacoustic microscopy, photoacoustic endoscopy, photoacoustic reporter gene imaging, the photoacoustic Doppler effect, the universal photoacoustic reconstruction algorithm, microwave-induced thermoacoustic tomography, ultrasound-modulated optical tomography, time-reversed ultrasonically encoded optical focusing, nonlinear photoacoustic wavefront shaping, compressed ultrafast photography (70 trillion frames/s, world’s fastest real-time camera), Mueller-matrix optical coherence tomography, and optical coherence computed tomography. Photoacoustic imaging broke through the long-standing diffusion limit on the penetration of optical imaging, providing the only technology for noninvasive multiscale biochemical, functional, and molecular imaging from organelles to humans at high resolution. The technology has been commercialized by dozens of companies for both preclinical and clinical imaging. He chairs the annual conference on Photons plus Ultrasound, the largest conference at the annual 20,000-attendee Photonics West. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Optics. He received the NSF CAREER, NIH FIRST, NIH Director’s Pioneer, NIH Director’s Transformative Research, and NIH/NCI Outstanding Investigator awards. He also received the OSA C.E.K. Mees Medal, IEEE Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award, SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award, IPPA Senior Prize, and OSA Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award for “seminal contributions” to photoacoustic tomography and light-speed imaging. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, AIMBE, Electromagnetics Academy, IAMBE, IEEE, NAI, OSA, and SPIE as well as a Foreign Fellow of COS. An honorary doctorate was conferred on him by Lund University, Sweden. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.
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. Alexander A. Oraevsky has 25+ years of experience managing research and development laboratories in academia and small businesses. Alexander obtained a doctorate in laser spectroscopy and laser biophysics from the USSR Academy of Sciences. He began his pioneering research in the field of optoacoustic imaging, sensing and monitoring in 1988 and presently referred as the Father of biomedical optoacoustic imaging. Prior to foundation of TomoWave Laboratories in 2010, he served as Chief Scientific Officer and Board Member of Seno Medical Instruments (San Antonio, Texas),
Dr. Vo-Dinh is R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, and Director of the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics at Duke University. After high school in Vietnam, he pursued studies in Europe, receiving a B.S. in physics at EPFL-Lausanne, Switzerland (1970) and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at ETH- Zurich, Switzerland (1975). Before joining Duke University in 2006, he was Director of the Center for Advanced Biomedical Photonics and a Corporate Fellow, one of the highest honors for distinguished scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His main research goal is focused on developing advanced technologies to protect the environment and human health. His research has centered on the development, integration and application of biophotonics, molecular spectroscopy, molecular biology and nanotechnology for biomedical diagnostics, photoimmunotherapy, precision medicine, and global health. Dr. Vo-Dinh has received seven R&D 100 Awards for Most Significant Advance in Research and Development; the Gold Medal Award, Society for Applied Spectroscopy (1988); the Languedoc-Roussillon Award (France) (1989); the Scientist of the Year Award, ORNL (1992); the Thomas Jefferson Award, Martin Marietta Corporation (1992); two Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer, Federal Laboratory Consortium (1995, 1986); the Lockheed Martin Technology Commercialization Award (1998); the Distinguished Inventors Award, UT-Battelle (2003); the Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, ORNL (2003); the Exceptional Services Award, U.S. Department of Energy (1997); the Award for Spectrochemical Analysis, American Chemical Society (2011); the Sir George Stokes Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom (2019); and the SPIE’s President Award, SPIE The International Society for Optics and Photonics (2022). He has authored over 500 publications, is a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors and holds over 60 patents. President’s Award. SPIE. 2022 Sir George Stokes Award. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2019 Elected Fellow. National Academy of Inventors. 2017 Award on Spectrochemical Analysis. American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry. 2011 Fellows. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2004 Director’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Technology. UT-Battelle. 2003 Distinguished Inventors Award. Battelle Memorial Institute. 2003 Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award. Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 2003 Fellow. International Society for Optics and Photonics. 2000 RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Advance in R&D (Multifunctional Biochip). R&D Magazine. 1999 Lockheed Martin Commercialization Award. Lockheed Martin Corporation. 1998 AMSE Award, American Museum of Science and Technology (BiOptics Technology). American Museum of Science and Technology. 1997 BER-50 Award for Exceptional Service for a Health Citizenry. US Department of Energy. 1997 Inventor of the Year Award. Tennessee Inventors Association. 1996 RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Advance in R&D (SERS Gene Probe). R&D Magazine. 1996 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer (SERODS Technology). Federal Laboratory Consortium. 1995 RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Product of the Year (PCB Spot Test). R&D Magazine. 1994 Inventors International Hall of Fame Award. Inventors Clubs of America. 1992 RD-100 Award for Most Technologically Significant Product of the Year (SERODS Technology). R&D Magazine. 1992 Scientist of the Year. Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 1992 Thomas Jefferson Award. Martin Marietta Corporation. 1992 Languedoc-Rousillon Medal. University of Perpignan (France). 1989 Gold Medal Spectroscopy Award. Society for Applied Spectroscopy. 1988 RD-100 Award for Most Significant Technological Advance in R&D (Fluoroimmunosensor). R&D Magazine. 1987 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. Federal Laboratory Consortium. 1986 RD 100 Award for Most Significant Technological Advance in Research & Dev (PNA Dosimeter). R&D Magazine. 1981 COURSES TAUGHT BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE) BME 555: Advances in Photonics (GE, IM) BME 567: Biosensors (GE, IM, MC) BME 791: Graduate Independent Study CHEM 393: Research Independent Study CHEM 394: Research Independent Study CHEM 601: Biosensors CHEM 630: Advances in Photonics (GE, IM)
Arjun Yodh received his B.Sc. degree from Cornell, and his Ph.D. degree from Harvard in Atomic Physics under the guidance of Tom Mossberg. He carried out postdoctoral research at
AT&T Bell Laboratories, working with Steven Chu and Harry Tom.
Yodh joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor in 1988. Today, he is the James M. Skinner Professor of Science at Penn. He
has taken on various leadership roles during this time. Notably, he was Director of Penn’s Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) and its NSF-funded Materials
Science and Engineering Research Center (MRSEC) for 11 years from 2009-2020. Currently, he
is the Chair of Penn’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Yodh’s research is multi-faceted. He is a pioneer in the field of biomedical optics. He was
recently recognized by the Optical Society in 2021 with the Feld Prize in Biophotonics for his
contributions to the development of the theoretical framework and clinical translation of diffuse
optical spectroscopy and tomography technologies. He and his group were among the first to
predict and experimentally demonstrate wave-like propagation properties of diffuse photon
density waves, and to develop the image reconstruction algorithms needed to generate 3D
tomographic images based on diffuse optical and diffuse correlation measurements. His more
recent work includes demonstrating and clinically translating light diffusion concepts for
noninvasive imaging and monitoring of tissue blood flow, hemodynamics, metabolic responses,
and therapeutics in cancer and brain. Finally, Yodh is a dedicated mentor, advising and having
advised more than 100 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral associates, and playing an influential role
in several educational outreach programs that promote STEM activities at all levels.
Director, Laboratory for Research on Structure of Matter (LRSM) and NSF-MRSEC (2009-2020), James M. Skinner Professor of Science, University of Pennsylvania (2000-present), Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania (1997 – present), Associate Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania (1993-97), Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania (1988-93), Postdoctoral Research Associate with Harry W. K. Tom, AT&T Bell Labs (1987-88), Postdoctoral Research Associate with Steven Chu, AT&T Bell Labs (1986-87)
Grover Swartzlander is an associate professor at the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the Optical Society (OSA) and serves the society in various capacities, including as current editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Optical Society of America B. As a NASA NIAC Fellow, he has served on two teams (Steering of Solar Sails Using Optical Lift Force and Orbiting Rainbows). His research has been cited roughly 2,500 times in areas related to radiation pressure and torque, laser beam propagation phenomena, nonlinear optics, advanced optical coronagraphs and advanced imaging. He has been an educator for over 20 years, at locations including the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York; the University of Arizona in Tucson; and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. After earning a B.S. in physics at Drexel University, he pursued a M.S.E.E. at Purdue University, and from there moved with his advisor to complete his Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to academia, he spent a postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. In addition to the pleasures of theoretical and experimental research, he finds enjoyment in photography and reading the New York Times.
Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=uEV5WZoAAAAJ&hl=en
Optical Vortices, Radiation Pressure, Solar Sailing, Laser Propulsion, Radiation Protection, Optical Vortex Coronagraph, Optical Lift, Holographic Optical Elements, Diffractive Light Sails, Optical Tweezers, Exoplanet Imaging, Solar Polar Orbiter, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts NIaC, Satellite Attitude Control by Radiation Pressure, Optical Beam Rider and Imaging Science
Enrique (Kiko) Galvez earned his PhD in physics at Notre DamKiko head shote in 1986. He has been a member of the faculty at Colgate University since 1988, and is currently the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics and Astronomy. His research focuses on atomic and optical physics, and physics education, and he has been funded by numerous grants from the NSF and Research Corporation. His recent research projects include experimental atomic physics with Rydberg atoms, geometric phases in optics, and photon entanglement. His educational work includes modernizing the introductory curriculum and developing new teaching laboratories for quantum mechanics.
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.
Dr. Hesketh's research interests are in Sensors and Micro/Nano-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS/NEMS). Many sensors are built by micro/nanofabrication techniques and this provides a host of advantages including lower power consumption, small size and light weight. The issue of manipulation of the sample in addition to introduce it to the chemical sensor array is often achieved with microfluidics technology. Combining photolithographic processes to define three-dimensional structures can accomplish the necessary fluid handling, mixing, and separation through chromatography. For example, demonstration of miniature gas chromatography and liquid chromatography with micromachined separation columns demonstrates how miniaturization of chemical analytical methods reduces the separation time so that it is short enough, to consider the measurement equivalent to "read-time" sensing.
A second focus area is biosensing. Professor Hesketh has worked on a number of biomedical sensors projects, including microdialysis for subcutaneous sampling, glucose sensors, and DNA sensors. Magnetic beads are being investigated as a means to transport and concentrate a target at a biosensor interface in a microfluidic format, in collaboration with scientists at the CDC.
His research interests also include nanosensors, nanowire assembly by dielectrophoresis; impedance based sensors, miniature magnetic actuators; use of stereolithography for sensor packaging. He has published over sixty papers and edited fifteen books on microsensor systems.
Distinctions & Awards
Satish Dhwan Visiting Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, INIDA, 2019
Thank a Teacher Award for ME4766 Micro/Nano-Scale Devices (2018)
Georgia Institute of Technology Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award, 2017
Thank a Teacher Award for ME3345 Introduction to Heat Transfer (2017)
Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award, jointly with M. Bakir, S. Graham, S. Sitaraman, M. Swaminathan, M. Tentzeris (2017)
Editorial Board of Journal published by Nature: Microsystems and Nanoengineering (2015)
President of the Georgia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi (2014-16)
Outstanding Achievement Award of the Sensor Division of the Electrochemical Society (2014)
Sigma Xi, Vice President of Georgia Tech Chapter, 2012-2014 Chair of Honors and Awards Committee, Electrochemical Society, 2011-2013
Georgia Tech Center for Enhanced Teaching and Learning Tech to Teaching Mentor Award, 2010
Thank a Teacher Certificate, 2008 and 2010
Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow, 2002
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow, 2009
The Electrochemical Society (ECS)
Chairman Sensor Division, 1998-2000
Guest Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2005-2007
Artech House, Inc. MEMS Series Editor, 2003-2005
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 2004
Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Research Grant Award, 1994-98
A. Lotfi, M. Navaei, P. J. Hesketh, “Balanced Thermal Conductivity Gas Sensor Provisional patent Application number 62852615, May 24th 2019
S. Hanasoge, P. J. Hesketh, A. Alexeev, “System and Methods to Produce Metachronal Motion of Artificial Magnetic Cilia” U.S. Patent Application No. 62/748,641 October 22nd 2018 Single Substrate Electromagnetic Actuator, U. S. Patent 7474180, with J. Sutano-Bintro, issued January 6, 2009 Apparatus for Fluid Storage and Delivery at a Substantially Constant-Pressure, U. S. Patent 7,471,337, with R. Luharuka and C.-F. Wu, issued January 27, 2009
Miniature Optically Coupled Electrically Isolated Ultrasensitive Dynamic Pressure Detector, U.S. Patent 7,392,707, with Lid Wong and Sangkyung Kim, July 1, 2008
Porous Gas Sensors and Method of Preparation Thereof, U.S. Patent 7,141,859, with J. Gole, J. DeBoer, and S. Lewis, November 28, 2006
Porous Gas Sensors and Method of Preparation Thereof, U.S. Patent 6,893,892 B2, with J. Gole and S. Lewis, May, 17, 2005
Microfabricated Porous Silicon Gas Sensor, U.S. Patent 6,673,644, with L. T. Seals and J. L. Gole, January 6, 2004
Pin Array Assembly and Method of Manufacture, U.S. Patent 6,455,352, with Joel Pikarsky and Gennadiy Yershov, September 24, 2002
Miniature Electrically Operated Diaphragm Valve, U. S. Patent 6,328,279, with Douglas R. Adkins, Barry L. Spletzer, Chungnin C. Wong, Gregory C. Frye-Mason, and Gary J. Fisher, December 11, 2001
Antibody Covalently Bound Immunobiosensor, U. S. Patent No. 5,567,301, with J. Stetter, S. Gendel, and G. J. Maclay, October 22, 1996
Miniature Pressure Sensor and Pressure Sensor Arrays, U. S Patent No. 5,277,067, with C. E. Holland, January 11, 1994 Miniature Pressure Sensor and Pressure Sensor Arrays, U. S Patent No. 5,163,328, with C. E. Holland, November 17, 1992 Thermopile Having Reduced Thermal Noise, U. S. Patent 5,087,312, with Martin T. Gerber, February 11, 1992
Peter J. Delfyett received the B.E.(E.E.) degree from The City College of New York in 1981, the M.S. degree in EE from The University of Rochester in 1983, the M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from The Graduate School & University Center of the City University of New York in 1987 and 1988, respectively. His Ph.D. thesis was focused on developing a real time ultrafast spectroscopic probe to study molecular and phonon dynamics in condensed matter using optical phase conjugation techniques.
After obtaining the Ph.D. degree, he joined Bell Communication Research as a Member of the Technical Staff, where he concentrated his efforts towards generating ultrafast high power optical pulses from semiconductor diode lasers, for applications in applied photonic networks. Some of his technical accomplishments were the development of the world’s fastest, most powerful modelocked semiconductor laser diode, the demonstration of an optically distributed clocking network for high speed digital switches and supercomputer applications, and the first observation of the optical nonlinearity induced by the cooling of highly excited electron-hole pairs in semiconductor optical amplifiers. While at Bellcore, Dr. Delfyett received numerous awards for his technical achievements in these areas, including the Bellcore Synergy Award and the Bellcore Award of Appreciation.
Dr. Delfyett joined the faculty at the College of Optics & Photonics and the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida in 1993, and currently holds the positions of University of Central Florida Trustee Chair Professor of Optics, ECE & Physics.
Dr. Delfyett served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (2001-2006), and served on the Board of Directors of the Optical Society of America. He served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, was Executive Editor of IEEE LEOS Newsletter (1995-2000) and sits on the Presidential Science Advisory Council of the Orlando Science Center. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Fellow of IEEE/LEOS, was a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE-LEOS (2000-2002), and is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi, and SPIE. Dr. Delfyett has been awarded the 1992 YMCA New Jersey Black Achievement Award, the 1993 National Black Engineer of the Year Award – Most Promising Engineer, the University Distinguished Research Award ’99, and highlighted in Design News’ “Engineering Achievement Awards”. In addition, Dr. Delfyett has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Faculty Fellow Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which is awarded to the Nation’s top 20 young scientists. Dr. Delfyett has published over 500 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings, has been awarded 30 United States Patents, and has been highlighted on ‘C-SPAN’, “mainstreekweek.com” and in “Career Encounters”, a PBS Special on technical careers in the optics and photonics field. Dr. Delfyett was awarded the 1999 University Distinguished Researcher of the Year Award, the 2000 Black Engineer of the Year Award – Outstanding Alumnus Achievement, and the 2000 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. He was awarded the University of Central Florida’s 2001 Pegasus Professor Award which is the highest honor awarded by the University. He is also a Founding Member in NSF’s Scientists and Engineers in the School Program, which is a program to teach 8th graders about the benefits of science, engineering and technology in society. In 2003, Dr. Delfyett received the Technology Innovation Award from the Orlando Economic Development Commission. He was selected as one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science in 2004” and as a “Science Trailblazer in 2005 and 2006” by Career Communications Group and Science Spectrum Magazine. Dr. Delfyett has also endeavored to transfer technology to the private sector, and helped to found “Raydiance, Inc.” which is a spin-off company developing high power, ultrafast laser systems, based on Dr. Delfyett’s research, for applications in medicine, defense, material processing, biotech and other key technological markets. Dr. Delfyett was also elected to serve 2 terms as President of the National Society of Black Physicists (2008-2012). Most recently, he was awarded the APS Edward Bouchet Award for his significant scientific contributions in the area of ultrafast optical device physics and semiconductor diode based ultrafast lasers, and for his exemplary and continuing efforts in the career development of underrepresented minorities in science and engineering.
Awards & Honors
International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Fellow
American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
IEEE Photonics Society Fellow
Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow
2019 Excellence in Graduate Teaching College Award
2014 Florida Academy of Science’s 2014 Medalist
2013 National Academy of Inventors Fellow
2013 Letter of Appreciation – SPIE
2013 Faculty Excellence for Mentoring Doctoral Students
2013 College Research Incentive Award (RIA)
2012 Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students
2012 College Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
2012 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
2011 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
2011 APS Edward Bouchet Award
2010 American Physical Society Edward Bouchet Award
2010 IEEE Photonic Society Graduate Student Fellowship
2010 SPIE Educational Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering
2010 Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Award to attend CLEO
2006 Science Spectrum Trailblazer
2005 District Advocate for the American Physical Society
2005 Science Spectrum Outstanding Black Professional in Science
2003 Technology Innovation Award
2003 UCF Millionaire’s Club
2002 Pegasus Professor Award
2002 UCF Distinguished Research Professor Award
2002 UCF Millionaire’s Club
2001 UCF Nguzo Saba Award
2000 Research Incentive Award (RIA)
Conducting research on ultrafast high power optical pulses from semiconductor diode lasers, for applications in applied photonic networks and laser induced materials modification.
Nicolas Javahiraly is an associate professor in physics at the University of Strasbourg. 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 photo conversion systems for example.
Boris Gramatikov is an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Department of Ophthalmology. He 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 Johns Hopkins 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, and 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. Boris is the Director for Continuing Education of the Baltimore Section of the IEEE.
Professor Magnusson received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He spent several years in industry and then joined the faculty of UT-Arlington. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1998-2001, and he was Professor and Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut from 2001-2006 and Professor from 2006-2008. In 2008, he returned to UT-Arlington to accept positions as the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and as Professor of Electrical Engineering. He currently directs the UT-Arlington Nanophotonics Device Group. He has published 500 journal and conference papers and holds 40 patents. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and SPIE, a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is the Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Resonant Sensors Incorporated, a company that provides next-generation optical sensor systems for pharmaceutical and biotech customers. He founded Tiwaz Technologies LLC in 2011. The company provides consulting services in optical engineering, laser design, and nanophotonics technology. The company has capability and resources to design, fabricate, and test device prototypes. Current theoretical and experimental research addresses periodic nanostructures, nanolithography, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, nanoplasmonics, nanolasers, and optical bio- and chemical sensors.
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.
Christian Huck obtained his doctorate in chemistry in 1998 from the University in Innsbruck, Austria, where he continued to work as an assistant professor until the habilitation in 2006. In 2013 he received a call as a full professor to the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2015 a call for a full professor to the University of Innsbruck, where he is currently vice-head of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry and head of the spectroscopy unit. From 2014 until 2017 Christian Huck worked as a visiting scientist with Professor Yukihiro Ozaki at Kwansei-Gakuin University (Sanda, Hyogo, Japan). Christian currently is editor-in-chief for Spectrochimica Acta A (Elsevier) and NIR news (Sage), associate editor for Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (JNIRS, Sage) and several others known journals in the broader field of analytical chemistry. In 2023 he will be chair to host ICNIRS 2023 international conference and is the current vice-president of the Austrian Chemical Society. During the last 15 years Christian received about 15 international awards including Tomas Hirschfeld. Christian has published more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting in an h-index of 57 based on more than 12900 citations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Professor Vladimir G. Chigrinov is Professor of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since 1999. He is an Expert in Flat Panel Technology in Russia, recognized by the World Technology Evaluation Centre, 1994, and SID Fellow since 2008. He is an author of 6 books, 31 reviews and book chapters, about 320 journal papers, more than 676 Conference presentations, and 121 patents and patent applications including 37 US patents in the field of liquid crystals since 1974. He got Excellent Research Award of HKUST School of Engineering in 2012. He obtained Gold Medal and The Best Award in the Invention & Innovation Awards 2014 held at the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) 2014, which was hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 20-22 Feb 2014. He is a Member of EU Academy of Sciences (EUAS) since July 2017. He got A Slottow Owaki Prize of SID in 2018 http://www.ee.ust.hk/ece.php/enews/detail/660. He is 2019 Distinguished Fellow of IETI (International Engineering and Technology Institute). http://www.ieti.net/news/detail.aspx?id=184 http://www.ieti.net/memberships/Fellows.aspx Since 2021 he is Distinguished Fellow of Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and Vice President of Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI).https://ece.hkust.edu.hk/news/prof-vladimir-chigrinov-has-been-elected-institute-data-science-and-artificial-intelligence
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.
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. Ed Mendoza leads the technology and business strategy vision for Redondo Optics, with over thirty years of experience as a senior executive, strategic business development, and technology innovation in fast-growth star-up companies focus on emerging markets in aviation & aerospace, smart structures, renewable energy, life sciences, oil & gas, and defense and security. Ed received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York. Currently works in fields ranging from fiber optics sensors, silicon photonics, smart wearable fabrics, optical metrology, remote sensing, Lab-on-Chip opto-fluidics, diffractive and refractive optics, and nanomaterials.
Oomman K. Varghese received Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), India. He conducted postdoctoral research in the University of Kentucky and the Pennsylvania State University and then worked as a Process Development Engineer in First Solar, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Houston (UH), Texas. His group’s research is primarily aimed at developing nanoscale materials and heterostructures and investigating their unique properties for solar energy conversion and medical applications. He has contributed to over 100 peer reviewed articles, one book, two book chapters and three patents. His publications have received over 36,000 citations (Google Scholar h-index - 74). In 2011, Thomson Reuters ranked him 9th among ‘World's Top 100 Materials Scientists’ in the past decade. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 he received the title ‘Highly Cited Researcher’ and had his name listed in Thomson Reuters’ World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. He is a recipient of the UH College of Natural Science and Mathematics John C. Butler Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is among the top 2% of the scientists in the world per the Stanford University Report, 2020.”
Azad Siahmakoun received his BS, MS, and PhD all in physics. He completed his PhD at University of Arkansas in 1988 prior to joining Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) . Prof. Siahmakoun, through his research and educational funding, has established the state-of-the-art RF Photonics Laboratory and Micro-Nanoscale Devices and Systems (MiNDS) Cleanroom Facilities at RHIT. Siahmakoun has published over 200 articles in the areas of nonlinear optics, microwave photonics, MEMS and micro/nanofabrication. He has 3 US patents to his name. Prof. Siahmakoun is the recipient of1999 Rose-Hulman’s Board of Trustees “Outstanding Scholar Award” . Prof. Siahmakoun is also a Fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE) and Senior Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA). Personal Website: https://wordpress.rose-hulman.edu/siahmako/
Ali Adibi is the director for the Center for Advanced Processing-tools for Electromagnetic/acoustics Xtals (APEX) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his B.S.E.E. from Shiraz University (Iran) in 1990, and received his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (1994) and the California Institute of Technology (2000), respectively. His Ph.D. research resulted in a breakthrough in persistent holographic storage in photorefractive crystals. Dr. Adibi worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology from 1999 to 2000. In 2000, he joined the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is now an associate professor. Dr. Adibi has a wide range of research interests in both theoretical and experimental aspects of photonic devices and materials. His research has resulted in more than 50 journal and more than 100 conference publications, as well as several invention disclosures and patents. Dr. Adibi has received several prestigious awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House, CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Packard Fellowship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Dr. Adibi has been the conference chair for several conferences, including the "Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices" conference in the Photonics West Meeting. He has served as a technical committee member for several conferences organized by IEEE, Optical Society of America (OSA), and The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi, OSA, SPIE, and ASM. He is also the chair of the IEEE LEOS Atlanta Chapter.
Dr Alexander Doronin is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). His research interests are interdisciplinary and lie at the interface between Computer Graphics, Biomedical Optics and most recently Artificial Intelligence focusing on modelling of light transport in turbid media, development of novel optical diagnostics modalities, physically-based rendering, optical measurements/instrumentation, acquisition and building of realistic material models, colour perception, translucency, appearance and biomedical visualization. He has extensive recognized experience in the design of forward and inverse algorithms of light scattering in turbid tissue-like media simulations and created a generalized Monte Carlo model of photon migration which has found a widespread application as an open-access computational tool for the needs of light transport communities in Biophotonics, Biomedical Imaging and Graphics.
Professor Stephen James leads the optical fibre sensors research theme within the Centre for Engineering Photonics at Cranfield University, UK. He undertook his PhD at the University of Southampton, studying optical phase conjugation in photorefractive materials, and joined Cranfield University in 1993 as a post-doctoral researcher to develop 3D laser velocimetry instrumentation. As his academic career at Cranfield progressed, he worked on a number of optical measurement techniques, including speckle interferometry and optical fibre sensors. His current work encompasses the development, design and application of optical fibre based sensors and instruments for sensing physical and chemical measurands, with a strong focus on their practical deployment. The instrumentation and sensors designed by the Centre have been field trialled in applications including flight testing on fixed wing aircraft and rotor craft, tramway component health monitoring, composite material production process monitoring, foundation pile characterization, and measurements of transient loading in superconducting magnets.
Prof Lavery is a Full Professor and leader of the Structured Photonics Research Group at the University of Glasgow (UofG). His dynamic research group has a track record in investigating fundamental developments in Physics and successfully applying them to industry inspired engineering challenges. Since joining the School of Engineering in September 2014, he has successfully attracted almost £5m in research funding as Principle Investigator (PI) and is coordinator of the H2020 Future and Emerging Technologies (FET-Open) consortium project named SuperPixels. He has been recognised as a leader in the academic community, having been awarded the 2013 Scopus Young Scientist of the Year for Physical Sciences. In 2018 he became the Mobile World Scholar Gold Medal winner for his accomplishments in high dimensional optical communications. For his contributions to field of optics he was further awarded the 2019 Royal Acamdemy of Edinburgh Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal. Leading a team of world-leading research to develop a road map for deploying highspeed network provision for developing countries (Lavery et. al, N. Photon. 12(5), 249-252, 2018) supported by the EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund.
Mário F. S. Ferreira graduated in Physics from the University of Porto, Portugal, and received the Ph.D. degree in Physics in 1992 from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where he is now a Professor at the Physics Department. Between 1990 and 1991 he was at the University of Essex, UK, performing experimental work on external cavity semiconductor lasers and nonlinear optical fiber amplifiers. His research interests have been concerned with the modelling and characterization of multi-section semiconductor lasers for coherent systems, quantum well lasers, optical fiber amplifiers and lasers, soliton propagation, polarization and nonlinear effects in optical fibers. He is actually the leader of the Optics and Optoelectronics Group of the I3N – Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodelling and Nanofabrication. He has written about 400 scientific journal and conference publications, and several books, namely: “Optics and Photonics” (Lidel, 2003, in Portuguese), “Topics of Mathematical Physics” (Editora Ciência Moderna, 2018, Brazil, in Portuguese), “Optical Fibers: Technology, Communications and recent Advances” (Ed., NOVA Science Publishers, 2017), “Advances in Optoelectronic Technology and Industry Development” (CRC Press, 2019), “Nonlinear Effects in Optical Fibers” (John Wiley & Sons, OSA, 2011), “Optical Signal Processing in Highly Nonlinear Fibers” (CRC Press, 2020), “Optical Fiber Technology and Applications – Recent Advances” (IOP Publishing, 2021), “Solitons in Optical Fiber Systems” (John Wiley & Sons, 2022), and “Dissipative Optical Solitons” (Springer, 2022). He was the Guest Editor of five Special Issues of “Fiber and Integrated Optics” (Taylor & Francis): “Fiber Optics in Portugal” (2005), “Nonlinear Fiber Optics” (2015), “Optical Fiber Sources and Amplifiers” (2020) and “Quantum Communications” (2020), a joint Special Issue of “Optics Express” and “Applied Optics” (OSA) on “Optical Sensors and Sensing 2019”, and two Special Issues of “Fibers” (MDPI) on “Optical Fiber Communications” and “Specialty Optical Fibers – Material, Fabrication and Applications” (2022). He is Member of IEEE, a Senior Member and a Travelling Lecturer of both of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, He served in various committees of OSA and of SPIE, as well as in the organizing and scientific committees of various international conferences. Actually, he serves also as an Associate Editor or as an Advisor Board Member of several international journals in the area of optics and photonics.
Ajoy Ghatak is currently President of The National Academy of Sciences, India – the oldest Science Academy in India and Honorary Professor at Optics & Photonics Center, IIT Delhi. He has research interests in Fiber Optics & Quantum Mechanics. He has authored several books including his undergraduate text on OPTICS which has been translated to Chinese and Persian. He is recipient of several awards including the 2003 OSA Esther Hoffmann Beller Award and the 2008 SPIE Educator award which was in recognition of “his unparalleled global contributions to the field of fiber optics research, and his tireless dedication to optics education worldwide..” and also the CSIR 1979 S S Bhatnagar award.
Backerra has graduated in theoretical physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands and worked for three years at Philips Research Laboratories. She continued independently, making a search for complementary physics. To develop a way of complementary thinking she studied composition at the Conservatory in Enschede and in Saint-Petersburg (Russia). After that she constructed a complementary mathematical language and applied this on physics, obtaining twin physics. The surprisingly diverse results are published in Physical Essays (3 papers), Applied Physics Research (4), Advances in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (1), Int. J. of Nanotechnology & Nanomedicine (1), J. of Nanomedicine & Biotherapeutic discovery (1), Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences (1) and Nano Progress (2). The theory is combined in a book (Twin physics, the complementary model of phenomena, Lambert Academic Publishing, www.morebooks.shop). The results about magnetism gave rise to the establishment of an institute, fully dedicated to the theoretical as well as applied investigation of magnetism. The most recent article is titled ‘Electron creation by photon annihilation', describing the magnetic basis of photon-absorption.
Zahra Sharif Khodaei is a Professor in Aerospace structural durability and health monitoring. She obtained her PhD from Czech Technical University in Prague in numerical modelling of functionally graded materials in 2008. Prior to her lectureship post in 2014, she was a research associate at Imperial College London, department of Aeronautics since 2009 where she conducted research in fatigue modelling and analysis of metallic and Fibre Metallic Laminates (FML) and more significantly in developments of technologies and methodologies for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of composite structures. Her work in SHM includes development of technologies and methodologies for process monitoring (composite manufacturing) as well ad damage detection (diagnosis) and remaining useful life assessment (prognosis). The technology advances include both sensor development as well as design and manufacturing of miniaturised data acquisition units. She has developed various SHM technologies utilising fibre optic sensors, piezoelectric transducers and multi-functional sensors within several collaborative projects involving UK industries and academia, EU projects (SHERLOC CleanSky II) and more recently with the European Space Agency (ESA) for space application. She is a member of the steering committee of CleanSky II. She has numerous publications and book chapters, see google scholar for the complete list. She is a Fellow of Royal Aeronautical society and Women’s Engineering Society and a Fellow of Women in engineering society.
Dr. Bing Yu received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 2005 and postdoctoral training from Duke University between 2005-08. Dr. Yu is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin. His prior experience includes a Senior Research Scientist and Research Assistant Professor at Duke University and tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Akron. His current research focuses on light-tissue interaction, optical imaging and spectroscopy for cancer detection and treatment monitoring, and optical sensors. Dr. Yu is an ASLMS Fellow, senior member of SPIE, and member of Optica (OSA) and BMES.
Dr Bruno Wacogne is a CNRS Research Director at the FEMTO-ST Institute (one of the biggest Science and Technologies laboratory in France) where he was the head of the "Photonics for medical instrumentation" team before to join the BioMicroDevices group. He created and is now leading the Biom'@x transversal axis "Science et technology for personalized medicine" within this Institute. In 2010, at the request of Besançon University Hospital, he applied and has been awarded a Translational Research Fellow position from the National AVIESAN Alliance. This is a supplementary position that allows him to be at the interface between the health activities at the FEMTO-ST Institute and the Clinical Investigation Center in Technological Innovation at Besançon University Hospital. At the hospital, he is now the technological supervisor of the institution and the head of "Microsystems and biological qualification" unit. His research interests concern translational research, science and technology for health and more precisely immuno-combined medical devices, biological qualification devices and biomedical optics. He author or co-author of over 230 communications among which about 30 invited conferences and keynote lectures. He is regularly chairman in international conferences. He has been awarded several times: Gold Micron at the International MICRONORA Workshop in 2006, Best Poster Award at the 2nd International Conference on Bio-sensing Technology in 2011, and Best Paper Award at the 13th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices in 2020.
Development of novel retinal imaging systems and therapeutic techniques and technologies, including photoacoustic imaging, molecular imaging, restorative retinal laser therapy, and surgical techniques. The goal of my research is to allow physicians in real time to determine cellular markers for earlier diagnosis, improved treatment monitoring, and more individualized precision medicine tailored to each patient’s unique molecular markers.
My research seeks to allow physicians to diagnose diseases earlier, improve treatment monitoring, and practice more individualized precision medicine tailored to each patient through molecular imaging. My interest is in applying physics, bioengineering, and mathematical modeling to develop novel retinal imaging systems and laser therapies.
I have co-developed a novel, inexpensive system for providing tele-ultrasound, co-founded a retinal imaging company, and investigate pattern scanning laser photocoagulation (PASCAL), laser-tissue interactions, and restorative retinal laser therapy to create minimally traumatic retinal laser therapy. I am interested in developing more targeted laser therapy through modulation of pulse duration, wavelength, beam characteristics, and physical modulators.
I study photoacoustic and molecular imaging of the retina and choroid for retinal ischemic diseases, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, vein occlusions, and sickle cell retinopathy. The photoacoustic effect uses light absorption to induce slight local temperature changes, producing ultrasound waves. The imaging device detects these ultrasound waves to create a high-resolution, 3-D image of the retina, choroid, and optic nerve. This allows for non-invasive functional imaging including tissue oxygenation and blood distribution. Through the use of contrast agents targeting neovascularization, I can achieve molecular imaging of the eye for early diagnosis of macular degeneration, prognostication, and determination of response to therapy.
Diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, retinal detachments, ocular trauma, ocular inflammation, macular and submacular surgery, and surgical management of complex retinal detachment
Honors & Awards
Grant, Real-time In Vivo Visualization of the Molecular Processes in Choroidal Neovascularization, NIH/NEI K08 Grant, Precisely Removing Microvessels by Photo-Mediated Ultrasound Therapy, NIH/NEI R01 Grant, Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography, University of Michigan Office of Research
Grant reviewer, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, United Kingdom Credentials Undergraduate, Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University, 2005 Medical School - Stanford University School of Medicine, 2009 Internship - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2010 Residency - Ophthalmology, Stanford University School of Medicine,
Fellowship - Surgical and Medical Retina, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University,
Board Certification - American Board of Ophthalmology
Travis J.A. Craddock, Ph.D. (Physics) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology & Neuroscience, Computer Science and Immunology at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is the Director of the Clinical Systems Biology group at NSU’s Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine where he applies computational biophysics methods towards the purpose of identifying novel diagnostics and treatments for illnesses involving neuroinflammation. Dr. Craddock received his Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of Alberta where his graduate research activities focused on biomolecular information processing, and nanoscale descriptions of memory, and cognitive dysfunction in neurodegenerative disorders. His current research activities are focused on using a theory driven approach to understand the underlying molecular regulation of chronic illness resulting from exposure to neurotoxins, such as anesthesia and nerve agents, in order to improve diagnosis and treatment strategies. This work is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Kristina Irsch is a physicist specializing in ophthalmic instrument development. She received her Ph.D. from Heidelberg University under the tutelage of Josef F. Bille, Ph.D..
During her graduate studies she also worked at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore and followed up with a postdoctoral research fellowship in ophthalmology there with David L. Guyton, M.D..
She then remained at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, to merge her background in physics with endeavors in the field of ophthalmology and help bridge the gap between clinician and engineer.
While continuing the development and translation of a diagnostic screening device for remote detection of vision disorders in young children, she came to the Vision Institute / Quinze-Vingts National Eye Hospital to work in collaboration with the Langevin Institute on the development of high-resolution ocular imaging methods. These include the project entitled “Towards an objective and quantitative Assessment of human Corneal Transparency (TACT)” for which she received a Marie Curie Horizon 2020 Reintegration Fellowship grant. A major partner in this endeavor has been Karsten Plamann, Ph.D., Professor of ENSTA Paris, École Polytechnique, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, in the Laboratory for Optics & Biosciences.
Kristina was recently appointed as a “chargé de recherche de classe normale” within the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) to continue applying her training in physics to problems in ophthalmology at the Vision Institute. Her current research focuses on solving, as well as turning problems inherent to patient imaging, such as eye movements and light scattering, to advantage. The overall goal is to exploit the potential of the cornea and the eye to serve as a window into systemic processes within the body.
Parallel to her research pursuits, Kristina has also been teaching ophthalmic optics and refraction, as part of the bachelor's degree program in orthoptics at the Sorbonne University, as well as at various ophthalmology basic science courses internationally (Columbia University, University of Texas at Houston, University of Illinois at Chicago, Wills Eye Hospital, Stanford University).
AWARDS & HONOURSs
2005 - 2006 Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM. Scholarship of the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg for study and research abroad.
2006 Study Abroad Scholarship provided by the University of Heidelberg School of Medicine.
2009 Winner of the Medical category in the 2008 “Create the Future” Design Contest sponsored by NASA Tech Briefs magazine and Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation.
2009 - 2010 The Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Wilmer Research Grant Award.
2009 - 2010 Knights Templar Eye Foundation Young Investigator Award.
2014 Winner of the 2014 EVER Congress best section poster prize.
2015 Winner of the EVER 2015 travel award for best section abstract.
2016 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Reintegration Fellowship Award (2017-2019)
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.
The author is 71 years old; he is happily married (but also happily separated) with four sons and ten grandchildren. The author discovered the key solution that led to what he only now calls The Gauss-Newton Quantum-Relativity at nine years of age. It was too great a burden for a nine-year-old to deal with and the author decided to leave the issue until later in his life. The author became an electrical engineer with his own company designing and manufacturing highly specialised electronic instruments for the energy industry. In 2007, the author sold his company and at the age of 57, he took up the full-time theoretical work that led, as a mere byproduct of that overall work, to the development of what he now names as The Gauss-Newton Quantum-Relativity.
Brock Koren is an executive with over 25 years of experience in high technology companies and has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the California State University of Long Beach. Mr. Koren is currently the Director of Sales/Business Development for DRS Daylight Solutions, the world’s leading provider of best-in-class mid-infrared, quantum cascade laser sources for the life sciences, research, industrial, and defense industries. Mr. Koren was most recently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing/Product Management for Gamma Scientific, a manufacturer of light measurement instruments for display testing, LED testing, light meters, light sources, and spectrometers. He is a native Californian and has spent his entire life in Southern California. He currently resides in San Diego, where he enjoys physical and outdoor activities and restoring vintage Tektronix Oscilloscopes.
Mahsa Ranji, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science department and I-SENSE institute at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Dr. Ranji has received her PhD in electrical engineering from University of Pennsylvania followed by a postdoctoral training at Sanford-Burnham medical research institute in La Jolla. Specializing in biomedical optics, Dr. Ranji’s focus is in developing non- invasive tissue diagnostic tools. She is the director of the Biophotonics Laboratory, which focuses on optical imaging particularly fluorescence imaging, instrumentation design, and image processing tool development for biomedical applications. Dr. Ranji collaborates with researchers at Medical School and I-Brain to study tissue metabolism and oxidative stress in disease models such as diabetes and cancer using optical imaging. Her recent research is funded by national institute of health (NIH) and ISENSE seed funding.
Professor Sukhdev Roy received the B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics degree from Delhi Univ. in 1986, M.Sc. Physics from DEI, in 1988, and PhD. from IIT Delhi in 1993. He joined the Dayalbagh Educational Institute in 1993, where he is at present the Head of the Department of Physics and Computer Science. He has been a Visiting Professor at many universities that include, Harvard, Waterloo, Würzburg, Regensburg, Osaka, City University and Queen Mary University of London, TIFR, Mumbai and IISc. Bangalore. He has also been an Associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy and is a Member of the Global Panel of MIT Technology Review. Prof. Roy has made significant contributions in Photonics that encompass nano-bio-photonics, silicon and neuro photonics, fiber optics, and optical computing. His experimental and theoretical research on nano-bio-photonic systems that includes low-power and high frequency optogenetic control of neural spiking, defines a new paradigm of technological convergence and innovation and opens up fascinating prospects for energy-efficient, ultrafast and low-cost all-optical information processing, sensing, energy conversion and healthcare. He has won a number of awards and fellowships that include, the, AICTE Career Award for Young Teachers in 2001, JSPS Invitation Fellowship, Japan in 2004, H.C. Shah Research Endowment Prize by Sardar Patel University in 2006, 1st IETE B.B. Sen Memorial Award in 2007, IETE-Conference on Emerging Optoelectronic Technologies Award in 2012, IETE-M. Rathore Memorial Award in 2016, the Systems Society of India’s National Systems Gold Medal in 2016, and the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Dayalbagh Educational Institute in 2021. He also has been awarded seven best paper awards in international and national conferences. He has published 175 research papers in reputed journals and conference proceedings and 11 book chapters. He chaired the 8th World Conference and Expo on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Philadelphia, USA in 2020. He has delivered more than 100 invited talks in India and abroad that include Keynote Addresses and Plenary Talks at International Conferences that include the prestigious International Year of Light commemorative Keynote Address, at the 38th Convocation of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS), in 2015 and at the Annual Meeting of American Physical Society in 2008. He was the Guest Editor of the March 2011 Special Issue of IET Circuits, Devices and Systems Journal (UK) on Optical Computing. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Access and is a member of the Editorial Board of Optics and Photonics Journal. He is also a Senior Member of IEEE and SPIE, and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, India, IETE (India), and the Optical Society of India. He is listed in the recent Stanford researchers’ study of Top 2% in World Ranking of Scientists-2020, in Optoelectronics and Photonics.
Prof Dr Vladimir Valentinovich Egorov has his expertise in theoretical molecular and chemical physics. Education: National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Faculty of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (1966 – 1972), Moscow, USSR. He has completed his PhD from Theoretical Department of Institute of Chemical Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences (1981), and he has completed his Dr Phys&Math Sci degree from Institute of Physical Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences (2004). He is leading researcher at FSRC “Crystallography and Photonics”, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia. Prof Egorov is working on the development of a fundamentally new physical theory ‒ quantum-classical mechanics and its applications in physics, chemistry, biology and biomedicine
Christopher is a Royal Society Industry Fellow with GE Aviation and Principal Enterprise Fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton. He is currently PI for EPSRC grant EP/V053213/1 (Roll-2-Roll Manufacture of multilayer planar photonics), which develops new flexible planar optics. He serves as Chair for Optica (formally Optical Society of America) Technical Group on Optical Fabrication and Testing and is Associate Editor for IET Science, Measurement and Technology.
Indu Fiesler Saxena, Ph.D., Principal Scientist at Innoveyda, email@example.com, received her Ph.D. in Applied Optics at the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 1991, an M.Sc. in Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur, India) in 1984, and a B.Sc. in Physics from Delhi University in 1982. Dr. Saxena is an expert in optical metrology, especially optical fibers for acoustics and ultrasound, and in spectral analytic techniques including non-linear optical phenomena. Dr. Saxena’s first flightworthy fiber optic rocket payload instrument measured small magnetic fields via polarimetric changes in coiled optical fiber. The first time-sampled automated ellipsometer for fiber systems was also concurrently demonstrated during her doctoral dissertation. Current density measurements with magneto-optic effect in glass fibers were studied and a compact, dedicated polarimetric hardware for rocket-borne ionospheric measurements was implemented. At the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Perception (IDIAP) in Martigny, and Institut de Microtechnique in Neuchatel, Switzerland, Dr Saxena worked on liquid crystal light valve implementation in optical processors. In her tenure at Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. she initiated Brillouin sensor development, phase mask base bragg grating inscription, and led the optical fiber sensor group to investigate fluorescence of bacteria and human tissue, gamma-radiation dosimetry, novel integrated optical electro-optic, interferometric, and polarimetric devices. Her publications include optical fiber stress/strain, and temperature sensing with fiber Bragg gratings and non-linear Brillouin scattering, polarimetry, ellipsometry, and magneto-optical sensing, as well as luminescence/scintillation, fluorescence- and Raman-based detection. Dr. Saxena has 4 patents awarded: 2 on ultrasound detection with FBGs for NDE of composites ; on high-temperature-resolution medical hyperthermia sensor and fiber optic bacterial biofilm sensing. Dr. Saxena is developing fiber optic acousto-ultrasonic applications at Innoveyda for medical and industrial applications and the energy sector.
UNINOVE – Nove de Julho University, Brazil
Dr. Viacheslav Artyushenko was born on 02.01.1954 in Stalingrad, Russia, and got his PhD in physics in 1981 at General Physics Institute in Moscow – focused on his pioneering development of polycrystalline fibres for Mid IR-range (3-18µm). He has published multiple papers & patents on fibre technologies & applications in laser medicine, spectroscopy, optical sensing & diagnostics. Since 1987 he joined & organized many SPIE conferences on Infrared Fiber Optics and Laser Medicine. In 1998 he has founded art photonics GmbH in Berlin (www.artphotonics.com) – to develop and produce specialty fiber products for various applications. Now art photonics is one of worldwide leaders in unique fiber optic solutions for a broad spectral range: 0.3-16µm (especially, for Mid IR) and participant of many EU & German projects successfully realized with R&D & industrial partners. V.Artyushenko is a member of SPIE, OSA, SAS, EPIC, Optec-BB, CPACT, Spectaris, CLIRSPEC, etc.
Anthony (Tony) Peters is the CEO and Founder of Iron Strike Engineering, LLC, and has extensive experience in energy and aerospace engineering research. He is an internationally published energy researcher, a Navy Pilot, and Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer. He most recently served as Assistant Professor of Physics at Jacksonville University and is currently conducting research in Gallium Nitride semiconductors and photovoltaics integration and testing at Columbia University.
Dr. Chongchang Mao received his Ph. D. degree in 1989 from University of Colorado at Boulder. After that, he has been working in academia institutes and industry companies for technology and product development in optics, electronics, and software fields. He and his teams have successfully developed advanced technologies and products for optical telecommunication networks, adaptive optics, liquid crystal phase modulators, display systems, and biomedical devices. He also had experience on technology transfer from universities to industry and successfully commercialized several advanced technologies developed by university researchers. He is now the research professor in Ohio State University, leading a team to develop liquid crystal technologies for applications of fiber networks, astronomical observation, and VR/AR displays.
Dr. Yijie Shen is currently a Senior Research Fellow in Nanophotonics & Metamaterials Group (Nikolay I. Zheludev group) in Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, also working as a MULTIPLY Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow funded by MULTIPLY Marie S.-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships in Photonics. He received the Ph.D. degree in optical engineering at the Department of Precision Instrument, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and automation from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. During Mar. 2019 to Jun. 2019, he was invited as a visiting researcher in School of Physics: Structured Light Laboratory (Andrew Forbes group), University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University), Johannesburg, South Africa, and also invited as a visiting researcher in National Laser Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa. He is a member of the Chinese Optical Society (COS) and Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and an invited member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), specially a fellow member in the Systems and Instrumentation Group in which. He won the Wang Da-Heng Optics Award (COS, China) in 2019. He was recognized as an honorary Rosalind Member of London Journals Press in 2021. He is a national first-grade computer aided designer and cartographer in China. He won the IOP and OSA Outstanding Reviewer Awards in 2020. He is also a member in the Journal of Optics Advisory Panel. He has published more than 60 papers in high-impact journals including Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, Light: Science & Applications, Optica, ACS Photonics, Nanophotonics, Physical Review Research, Physical Review Applied, etc., with over one thousand citations. Google Scholar ResearchGate ORCID Publons Soton Email: Y.Shen@soton.ac.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org Present address: Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) & Centre for Photonic Metamaterials, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK.
Shanti Bhattacharya obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1997. She was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt award in 1998 and worked at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany for several years. She subsequently joined Analog Devices, Cambridge, USA, where she worked as a design engineer. She is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras. She has served on the board of OSA and is currently an Associate Editor of Optical Engineering. Her current research interests are meta and diffractive optics, optical MEMS, and studies relating to imaging techniques. While she loves her work with light, she also loves her breaks, which more often than not involve escaping to the Himalayas for a while
Prof. Dr Tribelsky received his MS from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1973, his PhD from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1976, and Dr. of Sci. (habilitation) from Landau Institute in 1985. He received numerous national and international awards: Leninsky Komsomol Prize (1979); COE Professorship, the University of Tokyo, (2006, 2008) and Kyushu University (2007), Japan; Honorary PhD, Yamaguchi University, Japan (2016), etc. Now he heads a laboratory at Lomonosov Moscow State University. His field is theoretical and mathematical physics. Presently, his interest lies in subwavelength optics. He is the author of several books, book chapters, review articles, and more than 100 research papers.
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.
My main research interest lies in understanding the properties of interstellar dust and interstellar Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules. I am interested in theoretical, observational and experimental spectroscopy of dust & PAHs using a multi-wavelength approach. I also have interest in astrobiological implications of these studies. On a wider perspective, I have interest in observational and theoretical modeling of interstellar dust, and theoretical and experimental spectroscopy of astrophysical molecules. I am also working in exploring UV properties of the interstellar and intergalactic medium.
Johannes Kunsch finished Friedrich-Schiller-University at Jena/Germany with a Physics degree in 1985 where he specialized on nonlinear optics and quantum effects. He then joined the Institute of Optics and Spectroscopy at Berlin and worked on the measurement and application of ultrafast phenomena in semiconductors. He started to work in the Infrared and filter department of Laser Components GmbH/Germany at the beginning of 1991 and continued since. Business development and sales of IR detectors from companies like EG&G Judson, CAL-Sensors, Dexter Research Center and InfraTec has been the major focus over more than two decades. Laser Components did start to develop and manufacture infrared detectors on their own by 2014 and so this business segment had to be rebuilt from beginning and turned into global. Former side activities like laserdiodes for spectroscopy and UV-detectors were discontinued in conjunction with this major challenge. However, filter activities have been kept and even been expanded since that time as well. He is named inventor on two patents and authored over a dozen papers at scientific journals. In 2012, he initiated the first IR-Workshop at Olching as a biannual European top event. This format has been successfully transferred to North America by 2017 and turned into virtual format of 1st and 2nd Global IR Sessions by the end of 2020.
Dr. Richard Kyung is the Director of RISE-CRG Research Group in NY and Technical Program Chair in IEEE USA. He has diverse range of research expertise and experience in: Math/Science, Engineering, Biomedicine/Biochemistry, ComSci/Stat, Computational Economics, Financial Engineering, Social Science and IT Development.
Awards: Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. National Science Foundation (NSF). 2022 2019 Young Investigator Award. IEEE Photonics Society . 2019 Collaborative Sciences Award. American Heart Association . 2018 OSA/Quantel Bright Idea Competition (Finalist). Optical Society of America. 2017 Seno Medical Best Paper Award. SPIE conference Photons Plus Ultrasound 2016: Imaging and Sensing. 2016 Seno Medical Best Paper Award. SPIE conference Photons Plus Ultrasound 2015: Imaging and Sensing . 2015 Seno Medical Best Paper Award. SPIE conference Photons Plus Ultrasound 2013: Imaging and Sensing . 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Aboard. The Education Ministry of China. 2012 Best Master Dissertation Award. Tsinghua University. 2008 Comprehensive Student Fellowship. Tsinghua University. 2008 KangShien Outstanding Graduate Fellowship. Tsinghua University. 2006 CyrusTang Fellowship (2002-2006). Tsinghua University. 2002 https://bme.duke.edu/faculty/junjie-yao
Professor Chen’s research group performs interdisciplinary research in optics science and photonic engineering. We develop innovative laser technology for advanced manufacturing and clean energy production; distributed optical sensors for energy and robotics applications; photonic integrated circuits for compact optical system developments; distributed sensor enabled artificial intelligence data analytics and digital twins; and sensor fused additive manufacturing. Our research group is superiorly equipped with both world-class research equipment and highly capable innovators. This powerful combination enables us to produce high-impact scientific knowledge, highly valuable intellectual properties, mission-critical product prototypes, and important technology know-how for our national lab and industry partners. Unlike a "conventional" optics group, our research team includes highly trained researchers with diverse technical backgrounds in laser, fiber optics, material sciences, renewable energy, electronics and FPGA, mechatronics, radar and imaging processing, and machine learning. This diversity keeps us open-minded and drives interdisciplinary innovations. As a collaboration friendly and inclusive research team, Professor Chen works with 14 highly motivated researchers including 5 female PhD and PDF researchers. Our group is well-known in industry for strong capabilities in reel-to-reel fabrication of distributed fiber sensors and in the development turn-key fiber sensor interrogation instruments for advanced energy systems..
Justyna Grabska obtained her doctorate (2015) in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry from University of Wroclaw, Poland. Her thesis focused on developing new methods of analysis of vibrational spectra and physical chemistry. She expanded her research field into analytical spectroscopy after joining Prof. Christian W. Huck team as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Innsbruck, Austria. She then worked in Professor Yukihiro Ozaki group (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan) as a postdoctoral researcher, where she focused on computational NIR spectroscopy and its applications to biomolecules. Afterwards, Dr. Grabska rejoined Prof. Christian W. Huck laboratory, where she currently continues her work in advancing analytical NIR spectroscopy. Her primary contribution to scientific advance is the development of new methods of analysis of NIR spectra based on the methods of computational chemistry. She uses these tools for pursuing answers on the fundamental questions in NIR spectroscopy.
Krzysztof is a senior research fellow and project leader in Prof. Christian W Huck’s research team at University of Innsbruck in Austria. Before that he was a member of Prof. Yukihiro Ozaki’s lab. Krzysztof’s background is in physical and theoretical chemistry (PhD in 2014) and his experience in developing new methods gives him a unique perspective on NIR spectroscopy. He is an author of 79 articles, 1 book and 13 chapters, with most of those devoted to NIR spectroscopy. In addition to advancing NIR spectroscopy, he contributed into development of ATR-FUV-DUV spectroscopy and its applications. Krzysztof has received multiple fellowships including prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship from JSPS (Japan), Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Government of Ireland, and LiseMeitner project leadership from FWF funding agency in Austria.
Tongtong comes to Marquette University from Zhejiang University, where he graduated in 2016 with a focus in Optical Engineering. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering in Spring '22. His research focuses on fluorescent and polarization imaging and image processing for intraoperative assessment of tumor margins.
Kamran Avanaki is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Prior to this position, he was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Department at Wayne State University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Kent, the United Kingdom with an Outstanding Achievement Honor in Medical Optical Imaging and Computing in 2012. His areas of expertise are design and development of photoacoustic imaging technology and optical coherence tomography for biomedical applications to solve critical problems in brain and skin imaging. As principle investigator, he has received multiple research grants/ fellowships including NIH R01 Bioengineering Research Grants (BRG), NIH R01 BRAIN Initiative: Proof of Concept Development of Early Stage Next Generation Human Brain Imaging, and Melanoma Research Alliance Grant. He has received several other awards including Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC), American Cancer Society Seed Award, The Tech Transfer Talent Network (T3N) Award, Michigan Children’s Hospital Foundation Award, Entrepreneurship and the Anderson Institute Award, Richard Barber Interdisciplinary Research Award, Albert and Goldye J. Nelson Award, and Dean’s Diversity Fellowship. He has published in numerous high-level journals such as, PNAS, Cancer Research, IEEE Transaction of Biomedical Imaging, Photoacoustics, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Optics Letters, Applied Optics, and IEEE Journals including more than 80 first-authored/ senior authored peer-reviewed articles. His Google Scholar citation is over 2000 with an h-index of 23. In addition to serving on the technical program committees for SPIE PW, IEEE ICIP, ICACCI and MICCAI conferences, he has delivered 46 keynotes, plenary, or invited talks, and presented papers at several conferences across the globe, such as IEEE Photonics, MICCAI, MIUA, MVIP, as well as SPIE Photonics West. He is an associate editor of Applied Optics Journal and Frontiers in Neuroscience. He is also an active reviewer of 20 journals including PNAS, PLOS ONE, Cancer Research, Nature Scientific Report, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, MICCAI, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Applied Optics, Optics Letters, Optics Express, and Sensor. He has mentored /co-mentored more than 30 graduate students and has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award three times (in 2016, 2017, and 2019) at Wayne State University. He also received the Research Excellence Award and Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019 from the Engineering School at Wayne State University.
My primary area of interest is in physics principles with basic and translational research. Specifically, I am interested in applying my area of expertise in optical biopsy (OB) of cancer and tumor therapy to better characterize and understand physiological and pathological processes toward the development of diagnostic and therapeutic solutions. To realize these efforts it is my aim to lead and participate in multidisciplinary areas such as Biomedical imaging & diagnostics, Ultrafast Laser Physics, Raman & Fluorescence spectroscopy, and Nano and biomaterials. The primary focus of my research emphasizes the design, prototyping, and clinical testing of optical biopsy system to detect, diagnose, treat and monitor the molecular signatures of cancers of oral, breast, cervix and skin cancers. This includes: new OB and imaging instrumentation and molecularspecific optical contrast agents; experimental studies into the biophysical origins of measured optical signals; The fundamental basis of our work lies in the fact that optical signals arising from tissue are altered during disease progression, as the source of these signals originates in tissue microstructure and biochemical makeup. Currently, I am working on developing biocompatible nano-particles for combined diagnosis and therapy of cancers or other diseases.
Dr. Nitu Borgohain currently working as Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM), India. He received Ph.D. from Department of Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India (in 2019). He published 11 research papers in peer reviewed international journals, published 18 research articles in conference proceedings, Google Scholar Citations: 122 Google Scholar h-index: 6, Supervised 10 post graduate student projects, Established an Astronomical Observatory in USTM Google Scholar Link: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=kNhBTmsAAAAJ&hl=en
Ali Masoudi is a senior research fellow in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at University of Southampton with broad experience in distributed optical fibre sensing systems. In 2010, he obtained his MSc degree in Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) from the University of Southampton. In the same year, he was awarded a scholarship by the ORC to work on distributed optical sensing technology. He received his Ph.D. in 2014 for his work on distributed optical fibre dynamic strain sensors. After receiving his PhD in 2014, Dr Masoudi designed and developed a portable DAS unit which he subsequently used in several industrial collaborations with entities such as Network Rail, BT, and Carbon trust. The DAS unit has also been used in a number of interdisciplinary collaborations with other research institutes such as National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), and the University of Cambridge. As the head of the distributed optical fibre sensing group at the ORC, he is currently working on a number of research grants including subsea earthquake monitoring (funded by NERC) and road traffic monitoring (funded by the Royal Society).