Prominent Plenary Speakers at the World of Photonics Congress

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Nobel Prize Winner 2018 Plenary: Prof. Gérard Mourou

A Passion for Extreme Light

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was awarded to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland. Strickland und Mourou received the award “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses”.

Prof. Gérard Mourou was the founding Director of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at the University of Michigan. For forty years, he has pioneered the field of ultrafast lasers and their applications in scientific, engineering and medical disciplines. He is also the initiator of the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) in Europe. He is a fellow of The Optical Society and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Prof. Mourou is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Currently he is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Michigan and the Ecole polytechnique in Palaiseau France.

He has been the recipient of the Wood Prize from The Optical Society, the Edgerton Prize from the SPIE, the Sarnoff Prize from the IEEE, the 2004 IEEE/LEOS Quantum Electronics Award, 2005 Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, the 2009 Charles Hard Townes Award, te 2016 Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis and the 2016 Frederic Ives Meda./Jarus Quinn Prize.

Monday, June 24, 18:00 – 19:00, Room 1, ICM Ground Floor

World of Photonics Congress 2019 Opening: Prof. Karsten Danzmann

Listening to the universe with gravitational waves

Prof. Karsten Danzmann is director at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) and head of the division Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy. He is Director of the Institute of Gravitation Physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Prof. Danzmann is one of the most important scientists in the study of gravitational waves: His groundbreaking work has enabled the direct detection of gravitational waves, thus ushering in a new era of astrophysical research. For his merits he was honoured with the Edison Volta Prize of the European Physical Society and the Stern-Gerlach Medal of the German Physical Society (DPG) in 2018.

Karsten Danzmann has already been presented with the Fritz Behrens Foundation Science Prize 2016, the Lower Saxony Science Award 2016, the Körber European Science Prize 2017, and the Otto Hahn Prize 2017. As a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration he was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, the Gruber Cosmology Prize, and the Princess of Asturias Award.

Monday, June 24, 09:40-11:00, Room1, ICM Ground Floor

CLEO® / Europe 2019 Plenary: Prof. Michal Lipson

Silicon Photonics

Prof. Michal Lipson, Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and professor of Applied Physics at Columbia University, is one of the main pioneers in the field of silicon photonics. Among many of her discoveries she has demonstrated the first silicon photonics GHz modulator for transmitting electronic signals over large distances with low power. Today silicon photonics is being commercialized extensively.

Lipson’s research focuses on areas where nanophotonics has a big impact, both fundamentally and technologically. Her main areas of research include novel photonic materials and fabrication, silicon photonics and non-reciprocity, nano-magnetism and thermal control, nanophotonics for neuroscience, optomechanics, nonlinear and quantum optics, and sensing and optofluidics.

Professor Lipson's honors and awards include the MacArthur Fellow, Blavatnik Award, IBM Faculty Award, and the NSF Early Career Award. She been named the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Photonics Award for her outstanding achievements in photonics.

Monday, June 24, 08:30-09:30, Room 1, ICM Ground Floor

EQEC 2019 Plenary: Prof. Anton Zeilinger

Photonic Entanglement: from Foundations to Applications

Prof. Anton Zeilinger is a Research Group Leader at Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information – Vienna (IQOQI Vienna), Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Vienna and President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Anton Zeilinger’s achievements have been most succinctly described in his citation for the inaugural Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics (UK): “For his pioneering conceptual and experimental contributions to the foundations of quantum physics, which have become the cornerstone for the rapidly–evolving field of quantum information.”

A visionary quantum physicist and a pioneer of quantum information science and technology, Anton Zeilinger, has helped to shape a future of quantum technologies that is just now taking form. He has performed many groundbreaking experiments in quantum mechanics, from important fundamental tests all the way to innovative applications. Most of his research concerns the fundamental aspects and applications of quantum entanglement.

Among his many awards and prizes are the German Order Pour le Mérite, the Order of Merit of Austria, the Wolf Prize (Israel), the Inaugural Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics and the King Faisal Prize.

Tuesday, June 25, 10:30 – 12:30, Room 1, ICM Ground Floor

Herbert-Walther Award Winner 2019 Plenary: Prof. Sir Peter Knight

The Journey from Manipulating Single Quantum Systems to Quantum Information Processing

Prof. Sir Peter Knight, Senior Fellow in Residence, Kavli Royal Society International Centre, U.K., is a physicist renowned for pioneering research into quantum optics. His 40 years of work on the nonclassical properties of light and the theoretical underpinnings of quantum computing have established him as an influential figure within the wider UK physics community.

Knight is also professor and senior research investigator in the physics department at Imperial College, and chair of the Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory, both in the U.K. Additionally he was head of the Optical Society of America, president of the Institute of Physics, and initiated the European Quantum Optics Conferences together with Herbert Walther, starting point for the European quantum optics and quantum information, which nowadays is well established.

After his doctorate at Sussex University, Sir Peter joined the group of Joe Eberly as a Research Associate from 1972-1974 in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Rochester and at the Physics Department and SLAC, Stanford University, USA, followed by a period as SRC Research Fellow 1974-1976 at Sussex University; and in 1976 was Visiting Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.

Tuesday, June 25, 14:00 – 14:30, Room 14a, ICM First Floor

Optical Metrology 2019 Plenary: Prof. Richard Leach

Towards a complete framework for calibration of optical surface and coordinate measuring instruments

Prof. Richard Leach is currently a professor in metrology at the University of Nottingham and prior to this spent 25 years at the National Physical Laboratory. He obtained a BSc in Applied Physics from Kingston University in 1989, an MSc in Industrial Measurement Systems from Brunel University in 1994, a PhD in Surface Metrology from University of Warwick in 2000 and a DSc from Warwick in 2014.

Prof. Leach is on the Council of the European Society of Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, the Board of Directors of the American Society of Precision Engineering (2014-2016), the EPSRC Peer Review College, the International Committee on Measurements and Instrumentation and several international standards committees. He is the European Editor-in-Chief for Precision Engineering and the founder of the new Institute of Physics journal: Surface Topography: Metrology & Properties. He has over 390 publications including five textbooks. Leach is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the Institute of Measurement & Control, the International Society of Nanomanufacturing, a Sustained Member of the American Society of Precision Engineering, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Physicist. He is a visiting professor at Loughborough University and the Harbin Institute of Technology.

Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 – 11:25, Room 1, ICM Ground Floor

Digital Optical Technologies 2019 Plenary: Dr. Christine Guillemot

Light field image processing: overview and research problems

Dr. Christine Guillemot is currently Director of Research at INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique) in France. She holds a PhD degree from ENST (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications) Paris (1992). She has served in both the IEEE MMSP technical committee (2005-2008), and the IEEE IVMSP technical committee (2013-2016). She has been Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. on Image Processing (from 2000 to 2003 and from 2014 to 2016), for IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (2004-2006), IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing (2007-2009). for the Eurasip journal on image communication (2010-2016), and member of the IEEE journal on selected topics in signal processing (2013-2016). She is currently senior area editor for IEEE Trans. on Image Processing and senior member of the steering committee of IEEE Trans. on Multimedia. She is IEEE fellow since January 2013. She has co-authored 25 patents, has published 80 journal publications and 190 publications in peer reviewed international conferences. She received an ERC advanced grant for a project on computational imaging (2016-2021).

Monday, June 24, 13:00-14:00, Room 8, Hall A1

Imaging and Applied Optics 2019 Plenary: Dr. Domenico Bonaccini and Prof. Dongheui Lee

The Ongoing Adaptive Optics Revolution

Dr. Domenico Bonaccini Calia has been working as a physicist at the European Southern Observatory for over 24 years, where he currently has an international member staff position.

He obtained his Masters in physics at the University of Florence, Italy, then completed a PhD in astrophysics, and a postdoc period at the Sac Peak National Solar Observatory in New Mexico, USA.
At ESO he worked in the adaptive optics group and in 2000 he has formed the Laser Guide Star Systems Department, serving as Head of Department until 2010. He has contributed to two laser guide star facilities now installed on the ESO Very Large Telescopes in Chile, is supporting the ESO ELT activities for the new design of its six-laser guide star units and is currently responsible for the laser guide star systems research and development activities at ESO, under the Technology Development program.

Dr. Bonaccini Calia received the innovation award from the german Leibinger Stiftung in 2016, became a Fellow of The Optical Society in 2018 for its contribution to the progress of photonics in astronomical instrumentation, shared the 2018 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award and has been inventor in 4 different patents related to wavefront correctors and novel laser systems.

Tuesday, June 25, 08:30 – 10:00, Room 14b, ICM First Floor

Robot learning from Human Guidance

Prof. Dongheui Lee is Associate Professor of Human-centered Assistive Robotics at the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is also director of a Human-centered assistive robotics group at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Her research interests include human motion understanding, human robot interaction, machine learning in robotics, and assistive robotics.

Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at TUM (2009-2017), Project Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo (2007-2009), and a research scientist at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) (2001-2004).
She obtained a PhD degree from the department of Mechano-Informatics, University of Tokyo, Japan in 2007.

She was awarded a Carl von Linde Fellowship at the TUM Institute for Advanced Study (2011) and a Helmholtz professorship prize (2015).

Tuesday, June 25, 08:30 – 10:00, Room 14b, ICM First Floor

EOS Optofluidics 2019 Plenary: Dr. Hatice Altug

Nanophotonic Metasurfaces for Biosensing and Imaging

Dr. Hatice Altug is professor of Bioengineering Institute in Ecole Ploytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. She is also director of EPFL Photonics Doctoral School. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. Her laboratory is developing next generation biosensor and spectroscopy technologies enabling real-time, label-free and high-throughput analysis of low quantities of samples such as biomolecules, pathogens and live cells for applications in disease diagnostics, point-of-care testing, drug discovery and fundamental biological studies. Her lab expertise includes nanophotonics including plasmonics and dielectric metamaterials, micro/nanofluidic integration and new nanofabrication schemes for high-throughput and low-cost manufacturing.

Dr. Altug is the recipient of 2012 Optical Society of America Adolph Lomb Medal, which is presented to a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics at an early age. She received U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in their early career. She is also the recipient of European Research Council Consolidator Award, U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Massachusetts Life Science Center New Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award. She received Intel Graduate Student Fellowship, IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship. She is the winner of the Inventors’ Challenge competition of Silicon Valley in 2005, best paper and research excellence award by IEEE Photonics Society in 2005. She has been named to Popular Science Magazine’s "Brilliant 10" list in 2011.

Monday, June 24, 14:15 – 15:00, Room 21a, ICM Second Floor

EOS Manufacturing, Tolerancing and Testing of Optical Systems 2019 Plenary: Prof. David Walker

The Future of optical Fabrication—Demand, Supply and Technology

Prof. David Walker spent his earlier years at UCL developing optical instruments for some of the world's largest optical telescopes, becoming increasingly interested in manufacture and metrology of optical surfaces. In 2000 he co-founded Zeeko Ltd as Research Director and developed a fertile university/company research-relationship. In 2004 he moved to the OpTIC Centre in North Wales to establish the National Facility for Ultra Precision Surfaces. He worked on numerous projects, including R&D based on a novel process-chain, for manufacture of prototype mirror-segments for the European Extremely Large Telescope. In 2014 he received the Institute of Physics prize for his work in astronomical instrumentation and commercialization. He accepted a Professorship at the University of Huddersfield in 2016, and this year has moved his group from OpTIC to the national Daresbury Laboratory, as part of a strategic development with Huddersfield. His current research grapples with the ambitious vision of achieving fully-autonomous manufacture of ultra-precision surfaces.

Wednesday, June 26, 14:00 – 14:45, Room 21, ICM Second Floor

ECBO European Conferences on Biomedical Optics 2019 Plenary: Dr. Brian Wilson

Photo Medicine, Radiation Medicine and Nano Medicine: An Emerging Golden Braid

Dr. Brian Wilson is internationally recognized for his pioneering research into various optic tools that can be used for minimally-invasive cancer treatment and early diagnosis. In 1981, with Canadian Cancer Society support, he started a program in translational research and collaborative clinical trials of photodynamic therapy (the use of light-activated drugs) for brain, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers.

He has driven the development of fluorescence and other endoscopic imaging techniques—particularly in Barrett’s esophagus and colon cancer—and more recently has developed optical imaging to guide surgery that is being evaluated in clinical trials for head and neck, prostate and brain cancers.

In the last few years, his research has expanded to include development of nanotechnologies in cancer treatment, diagnosis and research.

Dr. Wilson has trained more than 50 graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows, many of whom remain in cancer research and practice worldwide. He is currently head of the division of biophysics and bio-imaging at the Ontario Cancer Institute and professor of medical biophysics in the faculty of medicine at University of Toronto.

Tuesday, June 25, 14:00 – 15:30, Room 5, ICM Ground Floor

LiM – Lasers in Manufacturing 2019 Plenary: Prof. Dr. Reinhart Poprawe

Industry 4.0 and its Role in Laser Technology

Prof. Dr. Reinhart Poprawe holds a M. A. in Physics degree from the California State University in Fresno which he received in 1977. After completion of his diploma and PhD in physics (Darmstadt 1984) he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen where he began working as head of the department „Laser oriented process development“ in 1985. From 1989 to 1/1996 he has been managing director of Thyssen Laser Technik GmbH in Aachen. Since February 1996 he is managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and holds the University Chair for Laser Technology at the RWTH Aachen. Currently he is a member of the board in the AKL Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e. V. Aachen. Prof. Poprawe has been elected to the grade of Fellow in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in USA (SME) since 1998. In 2006 he became Fellow of the Laser Institute of America LIA and in 2012 Fellow of SPIE. Since 2001 he is a member of the board of the Laser Institute of America (LIA) and serves in many national and international boards as advisor, referee or consultant, for instance at the National Laser Centre of South Africa NLC. During the period of 09/2005 until 09/2008 he was Vice-Rector for Structure, Research and Junior Academic Staff. He still is chairing the RWTH-International Board, is the Rectors delegate for China, received an Honorary Professorship at Tsinghua University and the Schawlow Award of the Laser Institute of America in 2014. In 2017 he was also awarded the Peter M. Baker Leadership Award of the Laser Institute of America LIA.

Monday, June 24, 11:15-13:15, Room 13b, ICM First Floor

Laudatio Prof. Poprawe

Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann received the diploma and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Hannover in 1988 and 1992, respectively. His Ph.D. work was focused on nonlinear processes with emphasis on the interaction of high intensity laser sources with matter for the generation of short wavelengths lasers.

He was head of the department of development at the Laser Zentrum Hannover from 1992 to 1997. In 1994 he has become the national scientific coordinator for the topic diode pumped solid state lasers within the LASER 2000 programme. In the beginning of 1998, he joined the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany as a Professor and Director of the Institute of Applied Physics. In 2003 he became the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena. Andreas Tünnermann is currently leading one of the most creative and productive research groups in modern optics and photonics worldwide. His main research interests include scientific and technical aspects associated with the tailoring of light. He enjoys an excellent reputation in the international optics and laser community in both, fundamental and applied physics. Especially his work on high power continuous and pulsed fiber lasers operating in the visible and near infrared spectral range is highly appreciated by the laser community.

Andreas Tünnermann is actually involved in groundbreaking experiments in fundamental physics like the observation of gravitational waves applying laser interferometers but also in applied research activities with strong economic and ecological impact like the development of nano layers for photon managements in highly efficient thin film solar cells. He is consultant for the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as a member of the program board optical technologies and serves as a member of the steering committee of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. In addition, Andreas Tünnermann is currently serving as member of the board of trustees for diverse institutions of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and Leibniz-Gemeinschaft.

Monday, June 24, 11:15-13:15, Room 13b, ICM First Floor

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