Invited speakers


Dr Cyril Bourgenot, Durham University, UK
Title of presentation
: Toward real time aberration correction in fast moving, live organism
: Active and Adaptive Optics

Cyril Bourgenot received his Ph.D. at Durham University in 2013. Prior to that he spent a substantial time working in industry in the field of optical design and system engineering for various astronomical and bio-technology international companies. His academic work focuses on the implementation of adaptive optics in microscopy, particularly in fluorescence light sheet microscopes, which offer great potential for their ability to deliver high-speed, optically sectioned images from within in vivo samples. His thesis has been awarded the IoP Optical Group Thesis Prize for 2013. He has now joined the Precision Optics Laboratory in Durham where he leads the metrology laboratory.

Dr Christopher Chunnilall, National Physical Laboratory, UK
Title of presentation:
Metrology for quantum key distribution
Optical and Quantum Metrology

Dr Christopher Chunnilall is a Senior Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from King's College London and has worked at NPL since 1995. His research interests are in the metrology of single photon sources and detectors; applying these to quantum-enhanced measurements; and developing measurements for testing and validating technologies based on the production, manipulation, and detection of single and entangled photons, e.g. quantum key distribution.
He is a member of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's Industry Specification Group on Quantum Key Distribution, and the Discussion Forum on Few-photon Metrology of the Consultative Committee for Photometry and Radiometry.

Dr Tomas Cizmar, University of Dundee, UK
Title of presentation:
Photonics in complex media and imaging using multimode waveguides
Optics and Waveguides

Though my scientific background is Physics, throughout my scientific career I took part in a variety of inter-disciplinary projects in Bio-Medical
Photonics, mostly related to optical manipulation, digital holography, microscopy and cell biology.
My recent research activities are focused on Photonics in random environments and highly turbid media such as biological tissues or multimode waveguides.

  • 2003 - 2006 - PhD at the Institute of Scientific Instruments & Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia
  • 2007 - 2010 - PDRA at School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
  • 2010 - 2013 - Academic research fellow at School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
  • 2013 onwards - Reader in Physics & Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Mr Yves Delley, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Title of presentation:
Interfacing single photons and semiconductor spins
Quantum Optics - Entangled Photons

During my studies at ETH Zurich I got interested in quantum optics phenomena related with single emitters. Correspondingly, my Master Thesis in Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar's lab was geared at optical coupling of single molecules to a micro-cavity. Continuing in this direction, I moved to Prof. Ataç Imamoglu's lab to conduct my Ph. D. studies, where I switched to another system, optically active quantum dots. I'm excited about the possibilites in coherent manipulation of them both in it's own right and as a tool to investigate mesoscopic semiconductor physics.

Dr Vassili Fedotov, University of Southampton, UK
Title of presentation:
Toroidal Metamaterials: Resonant transparency and non-trivial non-radiating excitations
Metamaterials - Complex, Toplogical and Coupled Meta/Nano-Systems

Dr Vassili Fedotov is currently a Principle Research Fellow in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton. He also sits on the management board of the University's interdisciplinary EPSRC Programme on Nanostructured Photonic Metamaterials. Vassili graduated Lomonosov's Moscow State University (Russia) in 1999 with MSc degree in physics. His postgraduate research was held at Southampton University during 1999 - 2002 and in 2003 had been rewarded with PhD degree in laser physics. In 2004 he joined Southampton's Department of Physics and Astronomy as a research fellow, before moving to the ORC in 2008 as a senior research fellow. His awards include the UK's Overseas Research Studentship and a 5-year EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship. Current research interests of Dr. Fedotov are in the fields of metamaterials, plasmonics and toroidal electrodynamics.

Professor Dr Harald Giessen, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Title of presentation
: Complex and hybrid plasmonics - from basics to applications
: Metamaterials, nanophotonics and plasmonics

Harald Giessen (*1966) graduated from Kaiserslautern University with a diploma in Physics and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1995. After a postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart he moved to Marburg as Assistant Professor. From 2001-2004, he was associate professor at the University of Bonn. Since 2005, he holds the Chair for Ultrafast Nanooptics in the Department of Physics at the University of Stuttgart. He was guest researcher at the University of Cambridge, and guest professor at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Sydney, at A*Star, Singapore, as well as at Beijing University of Technology. He is associated researcher at the Center for Disruptive Photonic Technologies at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore. He received an ERC Advanced Grant in 2012 for his work on complex nanoplasmonics. He is on the advisory board of the journals "Advanced Optical Materials", "Nanophotonics: The Journal", and "ACS Photonics". He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.

Dr Eleftherios Goulielmakis, Max PIanck Institut, Garching, Germany,
Title of presentation:
Attosecond photonics: from atoms to condensed matter
Ultrafast and attosecond optics

Dr. Eleftherios Goulielmakis received his B.SC. and Master's degree from the Physics Department of the University of Crete (Greece), in 2000 and 2002 respectively, and his PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Germany, in 2005. He is currently leading the activities of the research group "Attoelectronics" of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching Germany. Notable distinctions include the Gustav-hertz Prize of the German Physical Society (DPG), (2012), the IUPAP award in optics (2010), the Foteinos prize of the Academy of Athens (2007) and an ERC Starting Grant (2010).

Dr Enrico Gratton, University of California, USA,
Title of presentation:
Fast spatio-temporal fluctuations in live cells

Enrico Gratton received his doctorate in physics in 1969 from the University of Rome. In 1986, while a Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Gratton was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the first national facility dedicated to fluorescence spectroscopy: the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (LFD). The LFD is a state-of-the-art fluorescence laboratory for use by local, national, and international scientists. It is committed to service in a user-oriented facility, as well as to research and development of fluorescence instrumentation and theory. The LFD has reached international recognition for the development of instrumentation for time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy using frequency domain methods. In 2006 the entire LFD laboratory moved to its current location at the new Natural Sciences II building at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Gratton remains Principal Investigator of the LFD and holds joint appointments as Professor in the UCI departments of Biomedical Engineering and Physics, and also in the College of Medicine.
In the areas of biology and biophysics, Dr. Gratton utilizes his knowledge of the latest techniques in fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy to image live cells. As head of the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics, a National Center for Research Resources supported by the National Institutes of Health, he and the scientists in his lab use fluorescence to study cellular processes including protein aggregation, membrane interactions, and migration of cells, to track moving particles, and to analyze collagen formation and deformation. The research leads to a better understanding of cell function, with potential application to diagnosing and identifying treatment for many human diseases, including Huntington's disease, kidney disorders, and cancers. Their findings also lead to the development of new fluorescence instrumentation and to the continued advancement of his center's data analysis software, Globals for Spectroscopy and Globals for Imaging. Proceeds from the software are used to fund research-related conferences and workshops, reflecting the longstanding commitment of Dr. Gratton and his lab to disseminating the latest advances in biomedical research to the greater scientific community.

Professor Dr Thomas Halfman,Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany,
Title of presentation: Stopping and storing light pulses for up to one minute
: Quantum coherent control

1988-1994 - Physics studies (University of Kaiserslautern)
1993-1994 - Diploma thesis (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. K. Bergmann) "Detection of NO-molecules by Degenerate Four-Wave Mixing" Award of the "Freundeskreis der Universität Kaiserslautern"
1994-1998 - Research Assistant (University of Kaiserslautern), PhD theses: (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. K. Bergmann) " Dark Resonances and Laser Induced Continuum Structure: Experiments in SO2 and metastable Helium
1998-1999 - Postdoc (University of Mainz), Research Topics: Ultra Trace Detection of Plutonium Isotopes by Resonance Ionisation Mass Spectrometry
1999-2000 - Postdoc (Imperial College, London) (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. J. Marangos, Prof. Dr. P. Knight), Research Topics: High-Order Harmonic Generation, Optical parametric amplification of ultrashort laser pulses
2001 - wissenschaftlicher Assistant (C1) / Habilitant (University of Kaiserslautern)
2002-2007 - Junior Professor for Experimental Quantum Optics (University of Kaiserslautern)
since 2007 - Full Professor for Nonlinear Optics and Quantum Optics (Technical University of Darmstadt)

Professor Matthew Halsall, University of Manchester, UK
Title of presentation
: Formation and control of silicon nanocrystals by ion-beams for photonic applications
: Silicon and carbon photonics 

Professor M. P. Halsall graduated in Physics from the University of Sheffield in 1986 and gained a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Hull in 1990. He worked as a Research Associate at the UEA Norwich and at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France from 1989-1994 and finally was appointed Lecturer in the School of Physics in Manchester in 1994, He moved to the School of Electrical and Electornic Engineering in 2004 and was promoted to a Chair in photonics in 2011. His research interests lie in the optical spectroscopy of electronic materials and new carbon/silicon optoelectronic/photovoltaic device concepts. He has published >120 publications in this area Recent research studies have included work on nitrides and dilute nitrides semiconductors, Raman studies of graphene and micro-Photoluminescence of quantum dots/ nanoclusters. He has received funding from the EPSRC, NATO, the Royal Society, the British Council, the US Air force, the Ministry of Defence, Qinetiq PLC, The North West Development Agency (NWDA) and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Most recently his research has centred in silicon nanophotonics for interchip communication and sensing applications.

Professor Andy Harvey, University of Glasgow, UK
Title of presentation: TBC
Topic: Advances in Imaging, Lighting & Displays 1

Professor Ortwin Hess, Imperial College London, UK,
Title of presentation:
Active nanoplasmonics and metamaterials: From loss-compensation to stopped-light nanolasing
: Metamaterials, nanophotonics and plasmonics

Ortwin Hess holds the Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London and is Co-Director of the Centre for Plasmonics and Metamaterials. He studied physics at the University of Erlangen and the Technical University of Berlin. Following pre- and post-doctoral times in Edinburgh and at the University of Marburg, Ortwin has been (from 1995 to 2003) head of the Theoretical Quantum Electronics Group at the Institute of Technical Physics in Stuttgart, Germany. He has a Habilitation in Theoretical Physics at the University of Stuttgart (1997) and became Adjunct Professor in 1998. Since 2001 he is Docent of Photonics at Tampere University of Technology in Finland. Ortwin Hess has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University (1997 - 1998) and the University of Munich (2000 - 2001). Prior to his move to Imperial College he was from 2003 to 2010 Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter and Optical Physics at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK. Ortwin is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP) and a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA).

Dr John-Mark Hopkins, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, UK
Title of presentation: Recent advanced laser source development at the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics
: Advances in lasers

Dr Hopkins has worked for 18 years in advanced laser research. His experience has centred on the development and optimisation of many high-power and finesse semiconductor and solid-state laser systems. He received his PhD from the University of St. Andrews in 1999 for work on compact femtosecond pulse lasers with Prof. Wilson Sibbett and subsequently worked on ultrafast pump/probe measurements of semiconductor devices and developing associated laser sources. In 2001 he moved to the Institute of Photonics at the University of Strathclyde where initially he worked on a Scottish Enterprise Proof-of-concept project on novel 1.3um semiconductor disk lasers. Since then he has worked on semiconductor disk and crystalline solid-state lasers across a wide wavelength and power range. His most recent lab work focused on the development and application of mid-infrared lasers, non-linear sources and novel pumping techniques. John-Mark was crucially involved in the formation of the Fraunhofer Centre in Applied Photonics and heads up the Lasers and Laser Applications Team, with wide-ranging interest in the development of practical laser systems for a variety of important applications. The key interests and expertise of the team includes:

  • Diode-pumped solid-state Lasers and optically-pumped semiconductor disk lasers
  • Nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond pulsed lasers for spectroscopy, processing, imaging and ranging
  • Non-linear laser systems and novel long-wavelength materials and sources for imaging, sensing and metrology
  • Practical, compact and rugged laser architectures and systems
  • Novel laser gain and nonlinear media, semiconductor and material processing techniques for future engineered laser sources
  • Thermo-mechanical modelling of lasers

Dr M Hughes, Imperial College London, UK
Title of Presentation: Gradient index endomicroscopes for surgery
Topic: Clinical Themes in Biophotonics

Professor Kenneth Järrendahl, Linköping University, Sweden
Title of presentation:
Polarisation studies of natural and artificial chiral nanostructures
Structured optical materials and biomimetics

Kenneth Järrendahl received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Linköping University 1995. After postdoctoral work at North Carolina State University he became a staff member at Linköping University 1998 where he became full Professor in Applied Optics 2011. Kenneth Järrendahl's research has to a high extent been focused on growth and optical characterization of periodic and aperiodic thin film nanostructures. Currently Järrendahl is studying natural polarizing structures, in particular Scarab beetles, using Mueller Matrix Spectroscopic Ellipsometry.

Professor X Jane Jiang, University of Huddersfield, UK
Title of presentation:
An Integrated-optic Chip Device for Micro/Nano Embedded Metrology
Topic: Optical Diagnostics

Jane Jiang holds the chair of precision metrology and is the Director of UK EPSRC National Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology. Jane obtained her PhD in measurement science in 1995. She was awarded a Professorial Chair on November 2003, a DSc for precision engineering in 2007 and a national centre directorship in 2011.
Jane's research mainly involves development of mathematical models and algorithms for surface metrology and development of new optical interferometry techniques for measurement of micro/nano-scale surface topography and form geometry.
She is a principle member of ISO TC/213 committee "Dimensional Geometrical Produces Specification and Verification" and the BSI TW/4 committee "Engineering drawing, metrology, precision measurement", and a UK Government Measurement Advisory Committee Member. Prof. Jiang has published over 280 papers and author/co-authored 10 books on measurement science and surface metrology. She has been awarded over £13 million in research funds. Currently, she holds a Frontier Research Grant (Advance Investigator Scheme) sponsored by the European Research Council (ERC).
Prof. Jiang was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2006. Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering (FCIRP) and a Charted Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (FIET) and a Fellow of the International Society for Nano-manufacturing (FISNM).

Dr Axel Kuhn, University of Oxford, UK
Title of presentation: Qubits, Qutrits and Ququads stored in single photons
Topic: Quantum Information

Axel Kuhn develops quantum technologies to coherently control and interface matter and light. He pioneered quantum-state preparation, Raman cooling and single-photon generation in Kaiserslautern, Paris, Konstanz and Munich before moving to Oxford in 2006. He focuses now on hybrid quantum networks which couple cavity-based photon emitters with photonic quantum links.

Dr Guillaume Labeyrie, Institut Non Linéaire de Nice, France
Title of presentation: Optomechanical self-organization in a cold atomic cloud
Topic: Nonlinear Photonics

I completed my PhD work on atom optics in 1998, in the group of Alain Aspect (Université Paris-Sud, France). I then moved to Institut Non Linéaire de Nice (INLN), to work with Robin Kaiser and Christian Miniatura on the coherent transport of light in clouds of cold atoms. In 2006, I started my own group at INLN and built a Bose-Einstein condensation experiment with the aim to study matter-wave transport in disordered potentials. My current research interests include nonlinear optics and self-organization in cold atoms, weak and strong localization of ultracold atoms in disorder, and long-range optical interactions in magneto-optical traps.

Pavlos Manousiadism, University of St Andrews, UK
Title of presentation
: Organic semiconductor colour convertors for high speed visible light communication
: Photonic Systems

Pavlos Manousiadis is currently a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. After completing his undergraduate studies in physics at University of Athens in 2005, he continued his studies and obtained MSc degrees in IT and solid-state physics from the same university. His PhD research was conducted in the National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" on silicon nanocrystals and their application in photovoltaics. In April 2013, he joined the Organic Semiconductor Centre and currently is working in the field of Visible Light Communications.

Dr Jonathan Matthews, University of Bristol, UK
Title of presentation:
Quantum simulation experiments with integrated quantum photonics
: Quantum Information
Title of presentation
: Practical photonic quantum-enhanced sensing
: Quantum Metrology

Jonathan Matthews is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Bristol's Centre for Quantum Photonics. He began research in the development of integrated quantum photonics where he developed, characterised and implemented monolithic waveguide circuits for optical quantum-enhanced technology applications. His research now focuses on  multi-photon interference in large integrated multi-mode interferometers and in developing quantum enhanced sensors.

Dr Florian Mintert, Imperial College London, UK
Title of presentation
: Control of interactions and quantum coherence in composite quantum systems
Topic: Quantum information

Florian Mintert finished his undergraduate education in 2001 in Hamburg with a thesis on microwave quantum gates for trapped ions. In 2004 he received his PhD at the LMU in Munich for his work on entanglement measures.
After postdoctoral training in Rio de Janeiro and Cambridge MA he moved to Freiburg; in 2010 he was selected Junior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advances Studies and received an ERC starting grant to work on optimal control of entangled states.
Since 2013 he works as Senior Lecturer at Imperial College.

Dr Rhiannon Mitchell-Thomas, Queen Mary College, UK
Title of presentation: Employing surface curvature in transformation optics
: Metamaterials, nanophotonics and plasmonics

I was awarded my PhD from the Physics Department at the University of Salford in 2012, where I was supervised by Professor Allan Boardman. My thesis was based on nonlinear wave propagation in metamaterials, which have the ability to exhibit dual optical nonlinearity, electric and magnetic. This involved the study of soliton propagation, as well as the principles of metamaterials, and the basics of transformation optics. In 2012, I was employed as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London. Here, I am working in the group of Professor Yang Hao in the Antennas and Electromagnetics research group, as part of the QUEST project. My research is now focussed entirely upon transformation optics for the design of all-dielectric, graded index electromagnetic lenses. The combination of surface curvature and graded index lenses have featured in my recent work, resulting in new designs for surface wave devices.

Dr Oleg Mitrofanov, University College London, UK
Title of presentation:
High-resolution THz microscopy: methods and applications
:Advances in THz technology

Oleg Mitrofanov is the Royal Society University Research Fellow at University College London.
His current research is focused on development of high-resolution THz near-field microscopy and applications of this technique for investigations in condensed-matter physics and for development of THz technologies. He began his research on near-field scanning probe microscopy at Bell Laboratories (USA) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA), where he demonstrated one of the first high-resolution terahertz near-field microscopes.

He received his B.Sc. degree in Physics from Moscow State University in 1997, and M.Sc. in Materials Science (1998) and Ph.D. in Applied Physics (2001) from NJIT. From 2001 to 2007, he was a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ) working on charge transport and optics of semiconductors. In 2007 he joined UCL, where he established the Ultrafast Laser Research Laboratory to pursue his research on terahertz near-field microscopy.

Dr R Nyman, Imperial College London, UK
Title of Presentation: Photon BEC in a dye-microcavity system and the effects of interactions
Topic: Quantum Optics

Professor Mauro Paternostro, Queen's University, Belfast
Title of presentation: Thermodynamics at the quantum level: learning from quantum information theory.
Topic: Quantum Information

Mauro Paternostro received his Ph.D. from Queen's University Belfast (QUB) for his work on theoretical quantum information processing. After holding research positions at the University of Vienna and QUB under a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, he was awarded in 2008 an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship and appointed Lecturer at QUB, where he is currently a Reader. He co-leads the Quantum Technology group at QUB, where he works on quantum optics and quantum technologies. He is Visiting Professor at the Universidade Federal do ABC (Brazil) and at Universitaet Ulm (Germany).

Dr Emanuele Pelucchi, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
Title of presentation: Engineering entangled photon emission from site controlled quantum dots
Topic: Quantum dots, nanocrystals and low dimensional materials

Dr. Pelucchi is based at Tyndall National Institute in Cork and has very broad interests, spanning from surface science and epitaxy to quantum optics. He has recently acquired a major role in MOVPE epitaxy, having developed world leading III-V material quality and growth process understanding, while uniquely developing and demonstrating arrays of site-controlled quantum dots and entangled photon emitters.

Professor Dr Thomas Pfeifer,
 Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Germany
Title of presentation: Control of electronic and nuclear resonances - Fundamental physics in the time domain
Topic: Quantum coherent control

Thomas Pfeifer received his doctoral degree at the University of Würzburg, Germany in 2004. 2005-2008: Research Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) and Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) and UC Berkeley. Since 2009: Max-Planck independent Research Group Leader. 2013: Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Award of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Research interests: (a) Fundamental quantum dynamics in the time domain; (b) Quantum/Coherent control; (c) Strong-field physics.

B Smith,
University of Oxford, UK
Title of Presentation:
Quantum state estimation with unknown measures
Quantum Optics - Quantum State Tomography

Dr Graham Smith, University of St Andrews, UK
Title of Presentation: Biophysical Applications and Instrumentation in MM-Wave EPR
Topic: Advances in THz technology

Graham Smith received an MSc in Lasers and Optoelectronics and PhD in MM-wave Physics from the University of St Andrews. He received an EPSRC Fellowship in 1998 and was appointed to a position at St Andrews in the same year, where he currently runs the MM-wave and EPR Group. He previously ran the UK National High Field EPR Facility, he is currently Chair of the Royal society of Chemistry EPR Group, Chair of the European Federation of EPR Groups and he was Deputy Chair of the COST Action on "Advanced Paramagnetic Methods in Molecular Biophysics". In 2012 he was awarded the Silver Medal for Instrumentation by the International EPR Society.

Dr Guenter Steinmeyer, Max Born Institute, Berlin
Title of presentation: Overcoming limitations of carrier-envelope phase stabilization: New horizons for attosecond spectroscopy
Topic: Ultrafast and attosecond optics

Günter Steinmeyer received his PhD in Physics from the University of Hannover, Germany in 1995. After 2 years of postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1998. After receiving the Habilitation in 2002, he joined the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy in Berlin, Germany. From 2008 to 2013, he held a second affiliation as Finland Distinguished Professor in Tampere, Finland. Dr. Steinmeyer is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a topical editor of Optics Letters. He has been nominated as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.

Professor Tong Sun, City University London, London, UK
Title of presentation:
Novel optical fibre sensors for structural and environmental monitoring
: Fiber optic sensors

Tong Sun was awarded BEng, MEng and DEng in Precision Instrumentation from Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 1990, 1993 and 1998 respectively and PhD in Applied Physics at City University London in 1999. She was an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from year 2000 to 2001 before she re-joined City University in 2001 as a Lecturer. She is currently Professor of Sensor Engineering in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at City University London and Director of Instrumentation and Sensors Research Centre.  Prof Sun is leading a research group focused on the development of a range of optical fibre sensors for a variety of industrial applications funded by Research Councils in the UK and at EU. She has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific and technical papers and an inventor of 8 patent applications.

Professor John Tyrer , Loughborough University, UK
Title of Presentation: Fringe Analysis - from Lab to Product
: Fringe Analysis Special Interest Group (FASIG)

Educated at Cranfield and Loughborough University in Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Tyrer joined Loughborough University as a lecturer in engineering design in 1983, became a Senior Lecturer in 1988 and ‘Professor of Optical Instrumentation' in 2007. He has 4 primary research interests; Optical Measurement/Detection, Digital Holography, High Power Laser Processing and Laser Safety. He established Laser Optical Engineering Ltd in 1996, as Managing Director & founder, John now employs 7 permanent members of staff. The company specialises in making a range of interferometers for non-destructive testing, multi-spectral imaging systems for people counting / counter-terrorism and fluorescent lifetime imagers for explosive residue detection.
John was awarded Fellow status by the IMechE and The Laser Institute of America (LIA). He was elected as a Board Member of the LIA in 2007.

Professor Hakan Urey,  Koç University, Turkey,
Title of Presentation:
3D Displays and micro-structured augmented reality screens
: Advances in Imaging, Lighting and Displays

Hakan Urey is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Koç University in Istanbul-Turkey. He received the BS degree from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, in 1992, and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996 and in 1997, all in Electrical Engineering. After completing his PhD, he joined Microvision Inc., in Seattle area and played a key role in the development of MEMS and micro-optics technologies for Laser Scanning Displays. He was the Principal System Engineer when he left Microvision in 2001 to join the faculty of engineering at Koç University, where he established the Optical Microsystems Research Laboratory (OML).

He has more than 30 issued and pending patents, which have been licensed to five companies for commercialization. He published 7 edited books, 4 book chapters, and more than 150 journal and conference papers. He received the Werner Von Siemens faculty excellence award in 2006, TÜBA (Turkish Academy of Sciences) Distinguished Young Scientist award in 2007, Encouragement award from the Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council (TUBITAK) in 2009, Outstanding Faculty award from Koc University in 2013, and European Research Council Advanced Grant (ERC-AdG) in 2013 to develop next generation wearable and 3D display technologies.

Dr Andrew Watt, University of Oxford, UK
Title of presentation:
Core/Shell quantum dot photovoltaics
: Quantum dots, nanocrystals and low dimensional materials

Andrew Watt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials in Oxford. He holds an MSc from Imperial College London and a PhD from the University of Queensland. Currently he leads a group of 13 scientists on energy materials research from the synthesis of new nanomaterials through to the fabrication, characterization and application of devices. The group has considerable experience in the synthesis of nanomaterials, thin film device fabrication, optoelectronic materials characterisation and advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques. Recent highlights include, the demonstration of vacuum thermal evaporation of conducting polymers for solar cells, the first high resolution TEM imaging of polymer lamellae in bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices, the first radiation detectors using high-z polymer nanocomposites and the initial demonstration of a SnS nanocrystal heterojunction thin film photovoltaic devices.

Dr Adam S Wyatt, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK,
Title of presentation:
Spectral phase control for optimal pulse compression of the CP-OPCPA seeded Vulcan 10PW upgrade
: Advances in Lasers

Dr Adam Wyatt received his DPhil from the University of Oxford on the complete characterization of few-cycle NIR femtosecond and XUV attosecond pulses in 2007, following on from his degree in Physics from Imperial College London. From 2007-20013, Dr Wyatt developed novel methods for the complete characterization of attosecond pulses via linear XUV intereferometry, where he designed and built a high resolution high harmonic generation beamline suitable for the task, as well as methods to characterize arbitrary optical waveforms. Since 2013, Dr Wyatt has been working as a senior research scientist at the STFC central laser facility, UK, on the development a novel front end for the Vulcan 20PW upgrade project as well as developing new optical probes for Vulcan. Dr Wyatt continues his work in attoscience via the CLF's Artemis facility and in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

Dr Ondrej L Krivanek, Nion Co. USA
Title of presentation: (S)TEM characterization of semiconductors - past, present and future

Ondrej L. Krivanek FRS is the President of Nion Co. and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University. Ondrej is well known for pioneering new techniques of structure research and designing new instruments. Early on in his scientific career, he applied lattice resolution imaging to the Si-SiO2 interface in MOSFETS and to other important structures in semiconductors. He went on to design or co-design several leading instruments of electron microscopy, including parallel detection EELS, post column-imaging filter, electron microscopy software (Gatan DigitalMicrograph), and the first working aberration corrector for a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). In 1997 Ondrej and Niklas Dellby founded Nion Company, which introduced aberration-corrected STEMs that have established many important benchmarks: the first sub-Å electron probe, obtaining atomic-resolution EELS elemental maps efficiently, recording the first atomic-resolution images of graphene and monolayer BN, detecting EEL and X-ray spectra of single atoms, and bringing energy loss spectroscopy with sub-10 meV energy resolution to STEM. Ondrej's publications have been cited over 7000 times, and he is a Fellow of APS, IoP, MSA, RMS and the Royal Society.

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