Plenary speakers

Nader Engheta
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA)

"Metastructures with Four Dimensions and High Degrees of Freedom"

Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with affiliations in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy.  He received his BS degree from the University of Tehran, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech.
He has received several awards for his research including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, the Gold Medal from SPIE, the Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), the William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, induction to the Canadian Academy of Engineering as an International Fellow, the Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the IEEE Electromagnetics Award, the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award, the Beacon of Photonics Industry Award, the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Award from US Department of Defense, the Wheatstone Lecture in King’s College London, the Inaugural SINA Award in Engineering, 2006 Scientific American Magazine 50 Leaders in Science and Technology, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. 
He is a Fellow of seven international scientific and technical organizations, i.e.,IEEE, OSA, APS, MRS, SPIE, URSI, and AAAS.  He has received the honorary doctoral degrees from the Aalto University in Finland in 2016, the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2016, and Ukraine’s National Technical University Kharkov Polytechnic Institute in 2017.
His current research activities span a broad range of areas including photonics, metamaterials, electrodynamics, nano-optics, graphene photonics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, microwave and optical antennas, and physics and engineering of fields and waves.


Yuri Kivshar
Australian National University, Canberra (Australia) 

"Metaphotonics and Metasurfaces Empowered by Mie Resonances"

Yuri Kivshar received a PhD degree in physics in 1984 from the Institute for Low Temperature Physics of the USSR Academy of Science (Kharkov, Ukraine). From 1988 to 1993 he worked at several research centres in USA, Spain, and Germany. In 1993, he moved to Australia where later he established Nonlinear Physics Center at the Australian National University. Yuri Kivshar’s research include nonlinear physics, metamaterials, and nanophotonics. He is Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and also Fellow of OSA, APS, SPIE and IOP. He received many national and international awards including Pnevmatikos Prize in Nonlinear Science (Greece), Lyle Medal (Australia), Lebedev Medal (Russia), The State Prize of the Ukraine in Science and Technology (Ukraine), Harrie Massey Medal (UK), Humboldt Research Award (Germany), and SPIE Mozi Award (USA).


Michal Lipson
Columbia University, New York (USA)

Prof. Michal Lipson is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics at Columbia University. She completed her B.S., MS and Ph.D. degrees in Physics in the Technion in 1998. Following a Postdoctoral position in MIT in the Material Science department from 1998 to 2001, she joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University and was named the Given Foundation Professor of Engineering at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2012. In 2015 she joined Columbia University.
Lipson pioneered critical building blocks in the field of Silicon Photonics, which today is recognized as one of the most promising directions for solving the major bottlenecks in microelectronics. In 2004 she showed the ability to tailor the electro-optic properties of silicon (Almeida, et al., Nature 2004 with more than 1400 citations and Xu et al Nature 2005 with more than 2200 citations) which represent critical advances that led to the explosion of silicon photonics research and development. The number of publications related to silicon photonic devices and systems is now more than 50,000 a year. A large fraction of these publications are based on Lipson’s original papers published since 2001. Today more than one thousand papers published yearly involve devices and circuits based on Lipson’s original modulators, as well as on other silicon photonics devices demonstrated by her group including slot waveguides (Almeida et al, Optics Letters 2004 with more than 1600 citations) and inverse tapers (Almeida et al, Optics Letters, 2003 with more than 900 citations). The growth of the field of silicon photonics has also been evident in industry with an increasing number of companies developing silicon photonics products (IBM and Intel, HP Aurrion, Melannox, Apic, Luxtera, etc).
Lipson’s work has been cited in top high-impact journals such as Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Physics, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Nanoletters, Lab on a Chip, Physical Review Letters and IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technologies. Her papers (over 200 refereed journal publications) have been cited more than 38,000 times. She is also the inventor of over 30 issued patents. Her h-index (an index that measures both the productivity and impact of the published work) of 102 is also indicative of the impact that her work has had on the scientific community. Lipson has delivered hundreds of invited, keynote and plenary lectures in all the major conferences in optics and related fields. In recognition of her work in silicon photonics, she was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She was also awarded the NAS Comstock Prize in Physics, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Blavatnik Award, the Optical Society’s R. W. Wood Prize, the IEEE Photonics Award, and has received an honorary degree from Trinity College, University of Dublin. Since 2014 every year she has been named by Thomson Reuters as a top 1% highly cited researcher in the field of Physics.


Nikolay I. Zheludev
University of Southampton, Southampton (UK) and 
Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang (Singapore)

"Metamaterials, Artificial Intelligence and Optical Super Resolution"

Prof Nikolay Zheludev is co-Director of the Photonics Institute at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and deputy director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK and. His research interest are in nanophotonics and metamaterials. He is Fellow of the Royal Society (UK Academy of Sciences) and Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

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