Special Sessions

Sessions of similar topics may be proposed, if needed we will schedule them at different slots over the conference period.

SP1. "Active, Nonlinear and Reconfigurable Plasmonics and Metamaterials"

Organizers: Christos Argyropoulos (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA) & Pai-Yen Chen (Wayne State University, USA) 

Active, nonlinear and reconfigurable plasmonic, metamaterial and metasurface devices are considered among the most promising platforms for efficient light manipulation and the generation of tunable functionalities in devices such as lasers, optoelectronic components, optical nanoantennas, switches, and modulators. This session will cover recent advances in physics and applications of nonlinearity, tunability and switchability in plasmonics, nanophotonics, metasurfaces and metamaterials. 


  1. Nonlinear metamaterials and metasurfaces: bistability, wave mixing and high-harmonic generation in plasmonic nanostructures, waveguides, and nanoantennas.
  2. Active metamaterials: electro/all-optical control of light at nanoscale, plasmonic loss compensation, spasers, quantum dots in plasmonic devices. 
  3. Nonlinear optics based on graphene and other 2D material devices, and their applications
  4. PT symmetric metamaterials: asymmetric propagation of light, unidirectional metamaterials and cloaking.
  5. Nonlinear optics with quantum-engineered intersubband metamaterials and other exotic materials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Alexandre Baron, University of Bordeaux, France
  2. Jorge Bravo-Abad, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
  3. Mikhail Belkin, The Univerisity of Texas Austin, USA
  4. Pavel Belov, University ITMO, Russia
  5. Igal Brener, Sandia National Labs, USA
  6. Cristian Cirac, Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
  7. Angela Demetriadou, Imperial College London, UK
  8. Mohamed Farhat, KAUST, Saud Arabia
  9. Yuri Kivshar, The Australian National University, Australia
  10. Stefan Maier, Imperial University, UK
  11. Otto Muskens, University of Southampton, UK
  12. Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University, USA
  13. David Smith, Duke University, USA
  14. Vasco Tenner, Leiden University, Netherlands
  15. Anatoly Zayats, King's College, UK


SP2. "Acoustic, Mechanical and Thermal Metamaterials"

Organizers: Mohamed Farhat (KAUST, Saudi Arabia) & Sebastien Guenneau (Institut Fresnel - CNRS, France)

Acoustic, elastic and thermal structured materials are one of the most promising areas of wave propagation in complex media. This session will cover some of the recent advances in physics and applications of elastodynamic metamaterials, transformation wave physics, heat cloaking (theory, numerical and experimental aspects).


  1. Acoustic and elastic metamaterials: wave propagation, absorption and scattering in acoustical structures, metamaterials and metasurfaces, phononic crystals, cloaking devices; negative refraction and super-lensing;
  2. Active, nonlinear and reconfigurable mechanical metamaterials;
  3. Acousto-optics and elasto-optics phenomena and enhanced control of the plasmon resonance: elastodynamically controlled THZ and optical metamaterials;
  4. Transformation thermodynamics and diffusion waves.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Che Ting Chan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  2. Richard Craster, Imperial College London, UK
  3. Johan Christensen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  4. Geoffroy Lerosey, Langeving Institute - CNRS, France
  5. Rafael A. Mendez-Sanchez, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  6.  William Parnell, University of Manchester, UK
  7. Patrick Sebbah, Langeving Institute - CNRS, France
  8. Baile Zhang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


SP3. "PT-symmetry in photonics, metamaterials and plasmonic systems"

Organizers: Anatole Lupu (Paris-Sud University, France) & Henri Benisty (Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France)

The recent years have manifested a considerable interest for the novel physics and the novel opportunities offered by PT-symmetric systems that combine gain and loss in the same structure. This section will cover theoretical and experimental progress in the functionalization of combined gain and loss in photonics, metamaterials and plasmonics.  


  1. Singularities and broken symmetries in systems with gain and loss;
  2. PT-Symmetry Plasmonics and Metamaterials;
  3. Transformation optics using PT symmetry.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Pierre Berini, University of Ottawa Canada
  2. Yuliy Bludov, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  3. Muriel Botey, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  4. Jesus Cuevas Maraver, Sevilla University, Spain
  5. Jennifer Dionne, Stanford University, USA
  6. Noel (Chris) Giebink, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  7. Yogesh N. Joglekar, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
  8. Vladimir Konotop, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  9. Boris Malomed, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  10. Sendy Phang, University of Nottingham, UK
  11. Hamidreza Ramezani, University of California Berkeley, USA
  12. Marin Soljačić, MIT, USA
  13. Andrey Sukhorukov, Australian National University, Australia
  14. Giorgos Tsironis, University Crete and FORTH, Greece
  15. Martin Wimmer, Erlangen University, Germany
  16. Min Xiao, University of Arkansas, USA


SP4. "Plasmonics and Nanophotonics Based on Graphene and Related 2D Materials"

Organizers: Mohamed Farhat (KAUST, Saudi Arabia) & Pai-Yen Chen (Wayne State University, USA)

Graphene plasmonics is considered as the ultimate light manipulation at “atomic” scale. The field-tunable, collective oscillation of massless Dirac fermions in graphene leads to the exciting electrically-tunable surface plasmon polaritons. The session will focus on recent development on many aspects of plasmonics and nanophotonics based on graphene and related 2D materials.  


  1. Graphene Plasmonics: Wave Propagation, Absorption and Scattering in Graphene Structures, Metamaterials and Metasurfaces, Nanocavities, Cloaking Devices;
  2. Graphene-Based sub-THz/THz/IR Optoelectronic Devices, Lasers, Antennas and Monolithic Integrated Photonics;
  3. Strong Light-Matter Interaction in Graphene Structures and Nonlinear Electrodynamics, Graphene Complex Conductivity Model;
  4. Promising 2D materials for plasmonics, nanophotonics and nano-optoelectronics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Christos Argyropoulos, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  2. Javier Garcia de Abajo, ICFO, Spain
  3. Ortwin Hess, Imperial College London, UK
  4. Tony Low, University of Minnesota, USA
  5. Asger Mortensen, DTU Fotonik, Denmark
  6. Taiichi Otsuji, Tohoku University, Japan
  7. Jorge Pedros, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain


SP5. "Industrial Applications of Metamaterials"

Organizer: Bernard Casse (PARC - a Xerox company, USA) 

For the past 15 years, we’ve witnessed an explosive growth in metamaterials — it all started as an intellectual curiosity, and is now set to move from the laboratory into the marketplace. Today, forward-looking organizations — recognizing that this early-stage technology is poised to disrupt industries and create entirely new markets — are now making significant investments in the technology. Beyond funding, we’re now seeing more collaborations between industry and academia, the private sector embracing open innovation, and the rise of industrial metamaterial R&D labs/teams/groups, especially in the United States.  The talks in this session will showcase what we see as the natural evolution of metamaterials for consumers. The presentations will be given by industry and government leaders or scientists in the private sector or governmental institutions working on commercializing metamaterials. This session will bring more visibility to the private sector, and is a chance for industry, government and academia to mingle, and to find synergistic opportunities. Please note that because of proprietary information, talks at a high level (similar to corporate talks) are typically expected.


  1. Commercial applications of metamaterials across multiple market segments (i.e., consumer electronics, communications, healthcare, sensing, cleantech, etc.);
  2. Defense or next-generation applications of metamaterial.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Maha Achour, Polyceed Inc., USA
  2. Jordi Bonache, CIMITEC, Spain
  3. Nathan Cohen, ractal Antenna Systems, Inc., USA
  4.  Shah Nawaz Burokur, Université Paris-Sud, France
  5. Tom Driscoll, Echodyne, USA
  6. Urcan Guler, NanoMeta Technologies, USA
  7. George Palikaras, Metamaterial Technologies Inc., Canada
  8. David Peters, Sandia National Labs, USA
  9.  Gérard-Pascal Piau, Airbus, France


SP6. "Quantum plasmonics and metamaterials"

Organizers: Humeyra Caglayan (Abdullah Gul University, Turkey) & Serkan Ates (Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey)

The investigation of quantum phenomena in plasmonics and metamaterials that may lead to new scales of quantum complexity and development of photonic technologies for quantum-enhanced performances.


  1. The interaction and integration of quantum emitters (Quantum dots, NV centers...) with photonic systems, plasmonic structures and metamaterials; 
  2. Novel devices such as nanoscale resonant structures, plasmonic waveguides for efficient collection of single photons;
  3. New nanomaterials and metamaterials for non-classical light sources;
  4. Quantum regimes of light-matter interaction such as superradiance and lasing.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Jeremy Baumberg, University of Cambridge, UK
  2. Oliver Benson, Humboldt University, Germany
  3. Niels Gregersen, DTU Fotonik, Denmark
  4. Stephen Hughes, Queen's University, Canada
  5. Femius Koenderink, FOM Institute AMOLF, Netherlands
  6. Philippe Lalanne, CNRS, France
  7. Markus Lippitz, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  8. Michael Marthaler, Karlshure Institute of Technology, Germany
  9. Peter Michler, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  10. Stephan Reitzenstein, TU Berlin, Germany
  11. Emmanuel Rousseau, CNRS, France
  12. Niccolo Somaschi, CNRS, France
  13. Mark Tame, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  14. David Zueco, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
  15. Val Zwiller, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands


SP7. "Current Advances in Electromagnetics of Metal and HRI dielectric nanostructures"

Organizers: José A. Sánchez-Gil (CSIC, Spain), Francisco González & Fernando Moreno (Universidad de Cantabria, Spain)

This session is intended to gather researchers interested in the study and applications of the electromagnetic behavior of metallic and dielectric nanoestructures. Especial emphasis will be given to elementary units made of dielectric materials of High Refractive Index (or combined with metal nanoestructures)  for the control of the directionality of electromagnetic radiation and consequently, for the construction of new metamaterials and devices for applications in energy harvesting, optical communications, information storage, etc. Also, the use of dielectric materials and their inherent low resistive losses, make them suitable where either non-destructive or minimally-invasive methods are necessary, like in biosensing and biomedical applications.


  1. Scattering and diffraction phenomena from High Refractive Index (HRI) dielectric particles and structures (semiconductor, ceramics and plasmonics);
  2. HRI-dielectric-based Metamaterials;
  3. Control of the directionality of scattered radiation: Metal and Semiconductor nano-antennas;
  4. Near-field scattering problems with dielectrics or hybrid structures (metal-dielectrics);
  5. Dual scattering systems, Kerker and Fano resonances.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Pablo Albella, Imperial College London, UK
  2. Pierre-Michel Adam, LCD-LNIO, Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
  3. Gleb Akselrod, Duke University, USA
  4. Álvaro Blanco, ICMM (CSIC), Spain
  5. Nicolas Bonod, Institut Fresnel, France
  6. Peter Banzer, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
  7. Kurt Busch, Humboldt University, Germany
  8. Sol Carretero, ICMS (CSIC), Spain
  9. Dmitry Chigri, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  10. Emmanuel Cottancin, Institut Lumière Matière - Université Lyon 1, France
  11. Aristide Dogariu, CREOL, USA
  12. Ruben Esteban, CFM (CSIC - UPV/EHU and DIPC), Spain
  13. Roberto Fenollosa, ITQ (CSIC), Spain
  14. Luis Froufe-Pérez, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  15. Juan Galisteo, ICMS (CSIC), Spain
  16. Aitzol García-Etxarri, Donostia International Physics Center, Spain
  17. Antonio García-Martín, Insituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid (CSIC), Spain
  18. Vincenzo Giannini, Imperial College London, UK
  19. Paloma Huidobro, Imperial College London, UK
  20. Alejandro Martínez, Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center, Spain
  21. Ramón Paniagua-Domínguez, Data Storage Institute, A*STAR, Singapore
  22. Jerome Plain, Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
  23. Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California, USA
  24. Romain Quidant, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
  25. Jaime Gómez Rivas, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  26. Pol Van Dorpe, IMEC, Belgium


SP8. "Metasurface and its application in optical devices"

Organizers:  Shuang Zhang & Jensen Li (University of Birmingham, UK) & Xianzhong Chen (Heriot-Watt University, UK)

Optical metasurfaces are engineered interfaces that contain a thin layer of plasmonic or dielectric nanostructures capable of manipulating light in a desirable manner by imparting local and space-variant abrupt phase, amplitude and polarization change. Advances in metasurfaces have led to various practical applications including lenses, vortex beam generator, spin-hall effect of light, surface plasmon polariton excitation, optical holography and invisibility cloaking. This session will focus on recent advances in physics of metasurface and its applications in novel optical devices.


  1. Metasurface with novel optical properties;
  2. Metasurface-based optical devices with unusual functionalities;
  3. Spin-orbital coupling devices;
  4. Invisibility cloaking;
  5. New application of metasurface in optical devices.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Houtong Chen, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  2. Xianzhong Chen, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  3. Qiong He, Fudan University, China
  4. Anders L. Pors, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  5. Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University, USA
  6. Weiyi Tsai, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  7. Mu Wang, Nanjing University, China
  8. Thomas Zentgraf, University of Paderborn, Germany
  9. Shuang Zhang, University of Birmingham, UK
  10. Yan Zhang, Capital Normal University, China


SP9. "Non-Hermitian engineering in photonics, plasmonics and metamaterial"

Organizers: Ramy El-Ganainy (Michigan Technological University, USA) & Liang Feng (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)

The notion of Non-Hermitian engineering of light-matter interaction is gaining an increasing attention lately. From single mode micro-lasers and active optical isolators to non-Hermitian phase matched wave mixing and supersymmetric lasers arrays, tailoring the spatial and spectral gain and loss distribution and their interplay with real index of the system is providing a tool for unprecedented control over light propagation and emission. This session will focus on the most recent theoretical and experimental developments in the physics of non-Hermitian optical systems and their potential applications.


  1. Novel optical properties and functionality enabled by non-Hermitian engineering;
  2. Non-Hermitian topological photonics, plasmonics and metamaterial;
  3. Exceptional points in optical and photonic systems and applications;
  4. Non-Hermitian nonlinear optical interaction in photonics, plasmonics and metamaterial;
  5. Novel fabrication schemes for non-Hermitian photonics engineering.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Miguel Bandres & Moti Segev, Technion, Israel
  2. Demetrios Christodoulides, University of Central Florida, USA
  3. Alexander Eisfeld, Max Planck for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany
  4. Shaya Fainman, University of California San Diego, USA
  5. Romain Fleury & Andrea Alu, The Univerisity of Texas Austin, USA
  6. Li Ge, The City University of New York, USA
  7. Alejandro Giacomotti, CNRS, France
  8. Julio Guerrero, University of Murcia, Spain
  9.  Durdu Guney, Michigan Technological University, USA
  10. Mercedeh Khajavikhan, University of Central Florida, USA
  11. Tsampikos Kottos, Wesleyan University, USA
  12. Ming-Hui Lu, Nanjing University, China
  13. Renmin Ma, Peking University, China
  14. Kostas Makris, University of Crete, Greece
  15. Maiken Mikkelsen, Duke University, USA
  16. Sahin Ozdemir, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
  17. Nasser Peyghambarian, Univeristy of Arizona, USA
  18. Peter Rabl, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  19. Stefan Rotter, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  20. Henning Schomerus, Lancaster University, UK
  21. Oksana Shramkova & Giorgos Tsironis, University of Crete, Greece
  22. Mohamed Swillam, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  23. Alexander Szameit, Friedrich-Schiller University, Germany
  24. Wenjie Wan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  25. Sebastian Wüster, Bilkent University, Turkey


SP10. "Nanophotonics using Hybrid and New Plasmonic Materials"

Organizer: Mohamed Swillam (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)

With current progress in the field of plasmoincs, various materials have been utilized in conjunction with metal in order to improve the performance of the plasmonic systems. For example, plasmonic has been integrated with silicon for several on chip applications including on chip sensors, optical modulators, and switches. Organic material has been also utilized for active plasmonics applications and gain assisted plasmonics. Organic solar cell is considered as one of the promising technology for photovoltaics. In addition, nanoantenna for energy and biomedical application has been also designed using various metal hybrid technology.  Recently, novel materials have been also proposed to act like plasmonic material in the NIR and MIR. In this session we focus on integrating the metal and metal like material with different material that can enhance the performance of the plasmonic systems.


  1. Novel organic plasmonics in energy, telecommunications and sensing applications;
  2. Gain assisted plasmonics and active plasmonics;
  3. Novel silicon plasomics for on chip applications;
  4. Efficient Modelling technique of hybrid plasmonics;
  5. Advances in hybrid Plasmonic for Nanoantenna;
  6. Fabrication and characterization techniques for hybrid plasmonics;
  7. Metal based Nano lasers;
  8. Graphene Plasmonic;
  9. Semiconductor Plasmonics;
  10. Plasmonic ceramics;
  11. MIR Plasmonics; 
  12. Integrated Silicon Photonics;
  13. Silicon Plasmonics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Ali Adibi, Georgia Tech, USA
  2. Romeo Beccherelli, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - (CNR-IMM), Italy
  3. Pavel Cheban, NRC, Canada
  4. Lin Chen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  5. Wallace Choy, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  6. Ramy Elganaini, Michgen TEch, USA
  7. Min Gu, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia
  8. Robert Halir, University of Málaga, Spain
  9. Stephanie Law, University of Delaware, USA
  10. Jung-Yong Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
  11. Stefan Linden, Bonn University, Germany
  12. Natalia Litchinitser, University at Buffalo, USA
  13. Jordi Martorell, ICFO, Spain
  14. Michel Meunier, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
  15. Jeremy Munday, University of Maryland, USA
  16. Jens Niegemann, Lumerical, Canada
  17. Deirdre M. O'Carroll, Rutgers University, USA
  18. Nicolae Panoiu, University College London, UK
  19. Wei Sha, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  20. Lamees Shehada, Qatar University, Qatar
  21. Dimitrios Zografopoulos, CNR-IMM, Italy


SP11. "Hyperbolic metamaterials: Theory, Experiments and Applications"

Organizer: Giuseppe Strangi (Case Western Reserve University, USA)

Hyperbolic Metamaterials represent an ultimate class of materials with extreme anisotropic behavior since they feature hyperbolic (or indefinite) dispersion. Their properties are not readily available in nature and include the acceleration of spontaneous emission, diverging density of photonic states, negative refraction and enhanced superlensing effects.


  1. Subwavelength Imaging, Superlensing, Supercollimation;
  2. Enhancement of the spontaneous emission of quantum emitters; 
  3. Biosensing and Bioimaging;
  4. Negative Refraction;
  5. Extreme optics in hyperbolic media;
  6. Modeling and Theoretical approaches for hyperbolic media.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Salvatore Campione, Sandia National Lab, USA
  2. Antonio De Luca, Universita of Calabria, Italy
  3. Andrei Kabashin, CNRS Marseille, France
  4. Andrei Lavrinenko, DTU Copenaghen, Denmark
  5. Tomasz Stefaniuk, King's College London, UK
  6. Vlad Shalaev, Purdue University, USA
  7. Liu Zhaowei, UC San Diego, USA


SP12. "Active and passive optical metasurfaces"

Organizers: Howard Lee (Baylor University and Texas A&M, USA) & Mikhail Kats (University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA)

Optical metasurfaces are single- or few-layer structures with subwavelength thickness, which produce abrupt changes in the phase, amplitude, or polarization of light. This session will cover the fundamental principles and technological applications of metasurfaces, with particular emphasis on “active” optical metasurfaces, which feature at least one of the following characteristics: (1) gain, (2) dynamic tunability via an applied stimulus, or (3) nonlinear optical behavior.


  1. Dynamically tunable metasurfaces (via an applied voltage, temperature, or optical field);
  2. Nonlinear metasurfaces;
  3. Metasurfaces with integrated optical gain;
  4. New materials for metasurfaces (e.g., 2D materials, oxides/nitrides, phase-change materials, high-index dielectrics);
  5. Passive metasurfaces with novel optical properties and functionalities;
  6. New applications of metasurfaces.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Andrea Alu, The Univerisity of Texas Austin, USA
  2. Harry Atwater, California Institute of Technology, USA
  3. Nader Behdad, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
  4. Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, USA
  5. Svetlana Boriskina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  6. Victor Brar, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
  7. Mark Brongersma, Stanford University, USA
  8. Federico Capasso, Harvard University, USA
  9. Paul Davids, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  10. Tal Ellenbogen, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  11. Jonathan Fan, Stanford University, USA
  12. Patrice Genevet, CNRS, France
  13. Chen-Bin (Robin) Huang, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  14. Juhyung Kang, Stanford University, USA
  15. Zhaowei Liu, University of California San Diego, USA
  16. Hossein Mosallaei, Northeastern University, USA
  17. Miguel Navarro-Cía, University of Birmingham, UK
  18. Roberto Paiella, Boston University, USA
  19. Alejandro Rodriguez, Princeton University, USA
  20. Carsten Ronning, University of Jena, Germany
  21. Jon Schuller, UC Santa Barbara, USA
  22. Gennadiy Shvets, The Univerisity of Texas Austin, USA
  23. Din Ping Tsai, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  24. Qijie Wang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  25. Yu Yao, Arizona State University, USA
  26. Nanfang Yu, Columbia University, USA
  27. Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
  28. Xiang Zhang, University of California Berkeley, USA
  29. Lei Zhou, Fudan University, China


SP13. "Disordered photonics"

Organizers: Rubén Gerardo Barrera & Augusto García Valenzuela (UNAM, Mexico)

Disordered photonics is all around us. Understanding the underlying physics has been of interest for many years, but using this knowledge to explore new photonic devices has only recently gained attention. Allowing for disorder at the nano and micro scales relaxes stringent technological requirements to fabricate new photonic devices. Within the context of Metamaterials and Metasurfaces, disordered photonics is an exciting area of research. This session will gather together recent works pertaining to the optics of disordered optical systems at the nano and micro scale which may exhibit exotic optical-behavior of possible interest in actual or future applications.


  1. Disordered metamaterials;
  2. Colloidal suspensions;
  3. Disordered monolayers and metasurfaces;
  4. Surface effects and Non-Local effects;
  5. Applications in sensing technologies.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Ana Lilia González Ronquillo, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
  2. Emmanuel Haro-Poniatowski, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico
  3. Juan Hernández Cordero, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  4. Andrea Marini, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
  5. Felipe Pérez, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
  6. Alejandro Reyes Coronado, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  7. Mario G.  Silverinha, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  8. Simone Zanotto, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Italy


SP14. "Nano and Mesoscopic Optics in Colloidal and Granular Systems"

Organizers: Aristide Dogariu (CREOL, USA) & Juan J. Sáenz (DIPC, Spain)

In dense multiple scattering granular media, optical fields evolve through both homogeneous and evanescent waves. The manipulation and structuring of optical fields, light-matter interactions and light emission inside granular media involves structures that are too small or too complex to be described by traditional continuum methods. This Session will cover recent experimental and theoretical progress in this highly active and interdisciplinary area of research.


  1. Diffuse light transport through disordered metamaterials;
  2. Intensity fluctuations and correlations in random media;
  3. Light control in scattering media by wavefront shaping;
  4. Fluorescence emission rates and Purcell factors in granular media;
  5. Optical forces and light-induced active diffusion in colloidal suspensions.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Hui Cao, Yale University, USA
  2. Remi Carminati, ESCPCI - Institut Langevin, France
  3. Xiaojun Chen, Queens College N.Y., USA
  4. Matthieu David, Rennes University, France
  5. Hilton de Aguiar, Institut Fresnel, France
  6. Nuno de Sousa, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
  7. Sylvain Gigan, Institut Langevin, France
  8. Phil Jones, University College London, UK
  9. Peter Lodhal, Niels Bohr Inst., Denmark
  10. Cefe Lopez, ICMM-CSIC, Spain
  11. Onofrio Marago, Università degli Studi di Messina, Italy
  12. Manuel Marques, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  13. Femi Ojambati, Twente University, Netherlands
  14. Riccardo Sapienza, King College London, UK
  15. Frank Scheffold, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  16. Sergey Sukhov, CREOL, USA
  17. Silvia Vignolini, University of Cambridge, UK
  18. Giorgo Volpe, University College London, UK
  19. Giovanni Volpè, Bilkent University, Turkey
  20. Alexey Yamilov, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
  21. Miztli Yepez, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico


SP15. "Non-linear and ultra-fast spectroscopy of nano- and meta-materials"

Organizers: Pierre-Michel Adam (University of Technology of Troyes, France), Pierre-François Brevet (University of Lyon, France), Giulio Cerullo (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

The session will focus on non-linear and ultra-fast spectroscopy of nano- and meta-materials.  Special attention will be given to original spectroscopy approaches and new physical phenomena at the nanoscale or/and of metasurfaces. The session will also cover applications in condensed matter physics, nano-optics, metamaterials and physico-chemistry.


  1. Nanospectroscopy and physical processes at the nanoscale;
  2. Surface Enhanced spectroscopies : SERS, SEIRA, MEF/SEF, SEHRS;
  3. Tip–Enhanced spectroscopies : TERS, TEF;
  4. Second-order non-linear processes : SHG, SFG, DFG;
  5. Third-order non-linear processes : THG, FWM, TPL, Kerr effect;
  6. Coherent Raman spectroscopies : CARS, SRS;
  7. Pump-probe spectroscopy;
  8. Multidimensional spectroscopy;
  9. Metasurfaces;
  10. New methods or instrumentation;
  11. 2D materials : graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides;
  12. Chiral nanomaterials and metamaterials;
  13. Magnetic nanomaterials and metamaterials;
  14. Exciton, Plasmons and Polaritons;
  15. Conjugated Organic Materials : dyes, oligomers, polymers;
  16. Liquid Crystals;
  17. Metal based nano materials : nanoparticles, nanowires and their assemblies;
  18. Inorganic Materials : dielectric and semiconducting nanostructures;
  19. Photonics crystals;
  20. Hybrid metal-organic systems : atomically defined clusters;
  21. Supramolecular assemblies;
  22. Bio-organic Materials : Light harvesting complexes, Proteins, DNA.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Cid Araujo, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
  2. Anne-Laure Baudrion, University of technology of Troyes, France
  3. Daniele Brida, University of Konstanz, Germany
  4. Alexandre Bouhelier, Université de Bourgogne, France
  5. Martin Caldarola, Leiden University, Netherlands
  6. Michele Celebrano, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  7. Joel Cox, ICFO, Spain
  8. Aurélien Crut, Université de Lyon, France
  9. Stefan Dilhaire, University of Bordeaux, France
  10. Christoph Gadermaier, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  11. Giulia Grancini, EPFL, Switzerland
  12. Alexander Govorov, Ohio University, USA
  13. Aras Kartouzian, TU Munich, Germany
  14. Martti Kauranen, Tampere University of technology, Finland
  15. Ken Knappenberger, Florida State University, USA
  16. Stefan Knoppe, KU Leuven, Belgium
  17. Hiromi Okamoto, Institute of Molecular Science, Japan
  18. Handong Sun, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  19. Ventleslav Valev, University of Bath, UK
  20. Gregory Wurtz, King's College, UK
  21. Dai Zhang, University of Tubingen, Germany


SP16. "Hyperuniformity and structural correlation in bio-inspired photonics"

Organizers: Silvia Vignolini (University of Cambridge, UK) & Frank Scheffold (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Natural colorations found in living organism, from intense iridescent colours, to brightest whites provided a great source of inspiration for the fabrication of novel artificial photonic materials. Knowledge of the interplay between the morphology, composition and optical appearance of biological photonic systems allow the design the appearance of novel materials for coloration and display applications. More recently optical materials that possess a kind of hidden order coined ‘hyperuniformity’ have shown to display full photonic bandgaps although they are statistically isotropic with no Bragg peaks.  Signatures of hyperuniformity have also been discovered in nature.  The aim of this session is to provide a platform to discuss these recent advances in the field and to unravel the role of local scattering contributions and long-range order in photonic metamaterials.


  1. Structural correlations: long and short-range;
  2. Natural photonic materials;
  3. Bio-inspired photonic materials;
  4. Optical materials via self-assembly;
  5. Application of hyperuniform and bio-inspired optical materials.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Keiichi Edagawa, University of Tokyo, Japan
  2. Michael Engel, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, USA
  3. Gianluca Farinola, Universita' Degli Studi di Bari, Italy   
  4. Marian Florescu, University of Surrey, UK
  5. David Garcia, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain
  6. Alon Gorodeski, University of California Irvine, USA
  7. Hendrik Hoelscher, KIT, Germany
  8. Nicolas Muller, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  9. Romain Pierrat, ESCPCI, Inst. Langevin, France
  10. Juan Jose Saenz, DIPC - San Sebastian, Spain
  11. Gerhard Schroeder-Turk, Australian National University,  Australia
  12. Ulrich Steiner, Adolphe Merkle Institute, Switzerland
  13. Georg von Freyman, Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
  14. Bodo Wilts, Adolphe Merkle Institute, Switzerland


SP17. "Metamaterials for Magnetic Resonance Imaging"

Organizers: Redha Abdeddaim (Institut Fresnel, France), Alexandre Vignaud (Institut d'Imagerie Biomédicale I²BM - CEA, France) & Pavel Belov (ITMO University, Russia)

This special session will focus on the application of metamaterials to improve Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) radiofrequency system performances. Indeed, several issues related to the control of RF fields at the Larmor frequency, especially at ultra-high magnetic field (≥ 7 Tesla), may be tackled thanks to metamaterials. The homogeneity of the RF field, the control of the specific absorption ratio (SAR), the decoupling of antennas for parallel transmission, the reception sensitivity enhancement are some of the key domains where metamaterials has the potential to impact MRI hardware design.


  1. Metamaterials for magnetic field homogenization;
  2. Parallel transmit: decoupling coil with metamaterials;
  3. Signal to noise ratio improvement with metasurfaces;
  4. Strong magnetic response for reception sensitivity enhancement.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Tryfon Antonakakis, Multiwave Technologies AG, Switzerland
  2. Julien Derosny, Institut Langevin - CNRS, France
  3. Manuel Freire, Sevilla University, Spain
  4. Elodie Georget, CEA-DSV-I2BM-NeuroSpin-UNIRS, France
  5. Stanislav Glybovski, ITMO University, Russia
  6. Alexander Raaijmakers, University Medical Center Utrecht, Nederland
  7. Alexey Slobozhanyuk, The Australian National University, Australia


SP18. "A bottom-up approach towards metamaterials and plasmonics"

Organizers: Dorota Pawlak (ITME, Poland) & Wounjhang (Won) Park (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)

The session will cover all aspects of novel approaches to manufacturing of materials with special electromagnetic properties as metamaterials and plasmonic materials. The stress will be on bottom-up approach however the session aims to bring together also scientists applying novel ideas in top-down manufacturing methods. The session will include manufacturing, theory, characterization and application. The session aims to bring together material scientists, experts in electromagnetic theory and characterization as well as researchers presenting applications of the materials.


SP19. "Nanophotonics, optical forces and the momentum of light"

Organizers: Philippe Tassin (Chalmers University, Sweden) & Vincent Ginis (Harvard University, USA)

Since a few years, there is an increasing interest in the manipulation of the optical momentum using nanostructured materials. Indeed, it has been shown that metamaterials and plasmonic devices offer the possibility to enhance the optical momentum transfer and increase the associated optical forces by several orders of magnitude. In this session, we will cover the enhancement of optical momentum for actuation of macroscopic systems as well as the use of optical forces to manipulate microscopic constituents of metamaterials and plasmonics systems.


  1. Manipulating optical forces using metamaterials and plasmonic structures;         
  2. Metamaterials to enhance optical scattering forces;     
  3. Using optical forces as a novel tool to design metamaterials with scaleable nonlinearities;
  4. Optical forces between metasurfaces.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Federico Capasso, Harvard University, USA
  2. Stavroula Foteinopoulou, University of New Mexico, USA
  3. Maria Kafesaki, University of Crete, Greece
  4. Cihan Kurter, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
  5. Lulu Liu, Harvard University, USA
  6. Ruth Oulton, University of Bristol, UK
  7. John Pendry, Imperial College London, UK
  8. Shubo Wang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong


SP20. "Chiral Optics and Chiral Materials: Interplaying Structures"

Organizers: David Andrews (University of East Anglia, UK) & Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Spain)

This session is designed to bring together researchers on the optical interactions of structured light with micro- or nanoscale objects with a chirality associated with complex, non-uniform shape, or composite chiral magneto-dielectric metamaterials. Beams with lateral structure in their spatial intensity and polarization possess additional degrees of freedom in their information content.  Exploiting the helicity, or chirality, of twisted light beams through their optical interactions with chiral media offer a wide variety of effects and applications ranging from imaging and quantum information processing to optomechanics.


  1. Interactions of vortex beams with chiral nanostructures;
  2. Magnetoelectric effects in nanostructures and metamaterials.  Circular dichroism and optical rotation;
  3. Mechanical effects of twisted-structure beams.  Optical forces and optical torques in three dimensions;
  4. Interface effects. Chiral light, surface waves and plasmonic vortices;
  5. Structured light for enhanced nanoscale imaging.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Robert P. Cameron, University of Glasgow, UK
  2. Antoine Canaguier-Durand, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, France
  3. Ivan Fernandez-Corbaton, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  4. Euan Hendry, University of Exeter, UK
  5. Eugene Kamenetskii, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  6. Tom G. Mackay, University of Edinburgh, UK
  7. David J. Norris, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  8. Takashige Omatsu, Chiba University, Japan 
  9. Rui-Xin Wu, Nanjing University, China
  10. Alison M. Yao, University of Strathclyde, UK
  11. Xavier Zambrana-Puyalto, Institut Fresnel, France


SP21. "Plasmonics and propagation of electromagnetic radiations in low-dimensional materials"

Organizers: Mohamed Boutchich & Bruno Gallas (Pierre & Marie Curie University - UPMC, France)

The surface states in Topological Insulators such as graphene or Bi2Se3 exhibit a new class of plasmonic resonances referred to as Dirac plasmons. In parallel, new plasmonic lattices are proposed to mimic these peculiar properties which could be promising for broadband and high-performance optoelectronic devices such as photodetectors, terahertz lasers, and waveguides among many applications. This session will cover recent advances in physics and applications of topological insulators.


  1. Nanophotonics;
  2. Plasmonics;
  3. Optoelectronic devices.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Dimitri N. Basov, Columbia University and UCSD, USA
  2. Pai-Yen Chen, Wayne State University, USA
  3.  Sergey Ganichev, University of Regensburg, Germany
  4. Xiangang Luo, Institute of Optics and Electronics, China
  5.  Willie Padilla, Duke University, USA
  6.  Tobias Stauber, ICMM (CSIC), Spain 


SP22. "Microcavity Polaritons: fundamental physics and devices"

Organizer: Alberto Bramati (Pierre & Marie Curie University - UPMC, France)

Polaritons, half-light half-matter quasi-particles arising from the strong coupling regime in semiconductor microcavities, carry an integer spin and have bosonic statitics.  Polaritonics is an emerging new area of solid state optics at the frontiers between nonlinear, quantum otics and nanophotonics. Recent discoveries of Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity allow the study of fundamental physics of quantum fluids of light; furthermore, polaritons can be both optically and lithographically sculpted into lattices providing an ideal platform for Quantum Simulations.  Finally, non-linear and bosonic effects in light-matter quantum fluids open the way to the realization of a new generation of opto-electronic and quantum devices. This section will cover recent advances in physics of exciton-polaritons and polariton devices.


  1. Polariton Quantum Fluids and Bose-Einstein condensation in equilibrium and non equilibrium system, polariton quantum simulations;
  2. Polariton devices: all optical transistor and switches, optical integrated circuits, quantum devices;
  3. Spin related phenomena in polariton fluids;
  4. Polaritons in organic microcavities.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Florent Baboux, LPN - CNRS, France
  2. Emmanuel Baudin, Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain - ENS, France
  3. Natalia Berloff, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  4. Emiliano Cancellieri, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  5. Iacopo Carusotto, CNR-University of Trento, Italy
  6. Cristiano Ciuti, Université Paris-Diderot, France
  7. Benoit Deveaud, EPFL, Switzerland
  8. Christof Dietrich, Universitat Wurzburg, Germany
  9. Daniele Faccio, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
  10. Thierry Guillet, University of Montpellier, France
  11. Dimitrii Krizhanovskii, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  12. Pavlos Lagoudakis, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  13. Fabrice Laussy, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
  14. Timothy Liew, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  15. Guillaume Malpuech, Institut Pascal, France
  16. Elena Ostrovskaya, Australian National University, Australia
  17. Simon Pigeon, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
  18. Maxime Richard, Institut Néel, France
  19. Pavlos Savvidis, Forth, Greece
  20. Ivan Shelykh, University of Icelend, Iceland
  21. Carlo Sirtori, Université Paris-Diderot, France
  22. Thilo Stoeferle, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland
  23. Luis Vina, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
  24. Michiel Wouters, Universiteit Antwerpen,  Belgium
  25. Jesus Zuniga Perez, CNRS, France


SP23. "Subwavelength grating structures and metamaterials for integrated photonics"

Organizers: Pavel Cheben (National Research Council, Canada) & Robert Halir (University of Malaga, Spain)

This session encompasses controlling flow of light in photonic media structured at sub-wavelength scale, that is with structural dimensions smaller than the wavelength of light. Much of exciting progress has been made in this area, including subwavelength index engineering in integrated optics, index and dispersion engineered silicon photonic devices, high-index-contrast gratings, anti-reflecting interfaces, resonant  metastructures and nanophotonic couplers, to name a few. 


  1. Subwavelength structures for photonics and integrated optics;
  2. Effective media and metamaterials in optical waveguides:
  3. Subwavelength refractive index and dispersion engineering;
  4. High-index-contrast gratings and metastructures;
  5. Subwavelength gratings and metamaterials for silicon photonics and plasmonics;
  6. Form birefringence photonic structures and chiral media;
  7. Nanomaterials synthesis, processing and integration;
  8. Advanced fabrication techniques for photonics devices incorporating effective media and metamaterials;
  9. Theories, simulations and design tools for subwavelength nanostructures and devices. 

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Daniel Benedikovic, CNRS, FranceThalia Domínguez Bucio, Silicon Nitride for Integrated Photonic Applications, University of Southampton
  2. Trevor James Hall, University of Ottawa, Canada
  3. María Calvo, Complutense University Madrid, Spain
  4. David Castelló-Lurbe, University of Valencia, Spain
  5. Lukas Chrostowski, University British Columbia, Canada
  6. Jiri Ctyroky, Czecha Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  7. Thalia Domínguez Bucio, University of Southampton, UK
  8. Ivan Glesk, Strathclyde University, UK
  9. Jian-Jun He, Zhejiang University, China
  10. Uriel Levy, Hebrew University of Jerusalmen, Israel 
  11. Hamed Mirsadeghi, University of British Columbia, Canada
  12. Milos Nedeljkovic, University of Southampton, UK
  13. Alejandro Ortega-Moñux, University of Málaga, Spain
  14. James Pond, Lumercial Inc., Canada
  15. Carlos A. Ramos, University Paris Sud and CNRS, France
  16. Jens Schmid, National Research Council, Canada
  17. Hon Tsang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  18. Aitor Villafranca, CSIC, Spain
  19. Weidong Zhou, University of Texas at Arlington, USA


SP24. "Nanophotonics and plasmonics for information applications"

Organizer: Haitao Liu (Nankai University, China)  

Nanophotonics and plasmonics allow manipulation of light in nano-scale dimensions especially with the use of surface plasmons that break through the fundamental spatial limit imposed by the diffraction of light. This nano-scale confinement of light drastically scales down the dimension of optical devices and enhances the light-matter interaction, bringing new opportunities for information science and techniques. This section will cover recent advances in utilizing nanophotonics and plasmonics for information applications such as sensing, imaging and information processing. 


  1. Surface-enhanced Raman/fluorescence sensing;
  2. Label-free high-sensitivity refractive index sensing;
  3. Near-field information probing and far-field superresolution imaging;
  4. Integrated optical circuits and devices for information transportation, processing and storage;
  5. Tunable nanophotonics devices with electro-optic, magento-optic, acousto-optic, nonlinear optical effects and so on;
  6. Optical tweezers and vectorial beams for information acquisition;
  7. Theoretical methods for the understanding and design of nanophotonics devices.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Benfeng Bai, Tsinghua University, China
  2. Jianjun Chen, Peking University, China
  3. Ya Cheng, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China
  4. Daoxin Dai, Zhejiang University, China
  5. Ying Gu, Peking University, China
  6. Jiaguang Han, Tianjin University, China
  7. Xiaoyong Hu, Peking University, China
  8. Haitao Jiang, Tongji University, China
  9. Jiafang Li, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  10. Haitao Liu, Nankai University, China
  11. Changjun Min, Shenzhen University, China
  12. Min Qiu, Zhejiang University, China
  13. Christophe Sauvan, CNRS, France
  14. Guofeng Song, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  15. Limin Tong, Zhejiang University, China 
  16. Kevin Vynck, Institut d'Optique Bordeaux, France
  17. Bing Wang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  18. Guoquan Zhang, Nankai University, China


SP25. "Topological photonics"

Organizer: Jorge Bravo-Abad (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)  

The realization of topological insulators for photons has opened a new path for the discovery of novel fundamental phenomena and the development of disruptive applications. Topological phases of light can be observed in a wide range of photonic systems, including optical waveguide arrays, photonic-crystal structures, coupled optical resonators and metamaterials, which could lead to a whole new class of photonic devices that are robust to fabrication imperfections. This session will focus on recent advances in the study of topological physics with light and their application in optical devices.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Miguel A. Bandres, Technion, Israel
  2. Wen Jei Chen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  3. Zhigang Chen, San Francisco State University, USA
  4. Yidong Chong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  5. Mohammad Hafezi, University of Maryland / NIST, USA
  6. Xiao Hu, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan 
  7. Boubacar Kante, University of California San Diego, USA
  8. Alexander Khanikaev, City University of New York, USA 
  9. Eli Eliyahu Levy, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  10. Jensen Li, University of Birmingham, UK
  11. Tomoki Ozawa, CNR-University of Trento, Italy
  12. Alexander N. Poddubny, Ioffe Institute, Russia
  13. Marin Soljačić, MIT, USA
  14. Dmitry Solnyshkov, Institut Pascal, France
  15. Joel Yuen-Zhou, University of California San Diego, USA


SP26. "Advances in plasmonic and metamaterial devices"

Organizers: Renmin Ma (Peking University, China) & Junsuk Rho (Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea)  

This special session will focus on the latest exciting developments and advances in plasmonic and metamaterial devices, covering super resolution imaging, nanoscale LEDs and lasers, sensing, modulators, waveguides and detectors, etc.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Guy Bartal, Technion, Israel
  2. Hyungyong Choi, Yonsei University, Korea
  3. Riccardo Degl'lnnocenti, University of Cambridge, UK
  4. Liang Feng, University at Buffalo, USA
  5. Yijun Feng, Nanjing university, China
  6. Mikael Kall, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  7. Affar S. Karimullah, University of Glasgow, UK
  8. Hui Liu, Nanjing University, China
  9. Bumki Min, KAIST, Korea
  10. Jong Ok, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Korea
  11. Stefano Palomba, University of Sydney, Australia
  12. Xifeng Ren, USTC, China
  13. Volker Sorger, George Washington University, USA


SP27. "Magnetic Surface Polaritons: interactions between the magnetic, plasmonic, acoustic surface waves"

Organizers: Raa'nan Tobey  (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) & Vasily Temnov  (CNRS, France) 

This session aims to compare the magnetic field effects of surface acoustic and electromagnetic waves. Recent advances in magneto-plasmonics and magneto-acoustics will help to identify the similarities between these two seemingly disparate physical phenomena and identify research and technological opportunities for the broader field of magneto-acousto-plasmonics. 


  1. Magnons in functional magnetic multilayers;
  2. Magnons in plasmonic and phononic metamaterials;
  3. Magnetic effects with surface phonon waves;
  4. Magnetic effects with surface plasmon waves;
  5. Experimental techniques and theoretical modeling.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Gaspar Armelles, IMM-CSIC Madrid, Spain
  2. Vladimir Belotelov, Moscow State University, Russia
  3. Eugene Chudnovsky, Lehman College, USA
  4. Dirk Grundler, EPFL, Switzerland
  5. Alexey Lomonosov, General Physics Institute RAS, Russia
  6. Denys Makarov, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e. V. (HZDR), Germany
  7. Ilya Razdolski, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany
  8. Paulo Santos, Paul Drude Institute Berlin, Germany
  9. Georgios Theocharis, Laboratoire d'Acoustique de l'Université du Maine, France


SP28. "On-chip Integrated Quantum Photonics"

Organizers: Luca Sapienza  (University of Southampton, UK) & Alessandro Casaburi  (University of Glasgow, UK) 

This special session focuses on recent advances in the integration of single-photon sources and detectors on the same platform, for advanced on-chip quantum photonics. In particular, the topics covered are:


  1. Sources of quantum light on a chip (quantum dots, defects centres in diamond, other solid-state sources);
  2. Superconducting single photon detectors suitable for optical waveguide integration;
  3. Optical circuits (waveguides, logic gates, innovative couplers, interferometers and on-chip integrated optical components for quantum computing).

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Mete Atature, University of Cambridge, UK
  2. Marcelo Davanço, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
  3. Alfredo De Rossi, Thales Research & Technology, France
  4. Andrea Fiore, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  5. Brian Gerardot, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  6.  Jesper Moerk, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  7. Roberto Morandotti, INRS-EMT, Canada
  8. Chandra Mouli Natarajan, University of Glasgow, UK
  9. Mauro Paternostro, Queen's University Belfast, UK 
  10. Christian Schneider, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
  11. Maurice Skolnick, University of Sheffield, UK
  12. Peter Smith, University of Southampton, UK
  13. Glenn Solomon, NIST, USA
  14. Emre Togan, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  15. Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford University, USA
  16. Edo Waks, University of Maryland, USA
  17. Jeff Young, University of British Columbia, Canada


SP29. "Nonlinear photonic crystals and metamaterials"

Organizers: Fangwei Ye  (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China) & Boris Malomed  (Tel Aviv University, Israel) 

Nonlinear photonic crystals and nonlinear metamaterials are spatially periodic structures whose optical response depends on the intensity of the propagating electromagnetic waves. The integration of nonlinearity and periodicity in a  single medium opens up novel possibilities for manipulating, steering, and combining optical   signals, in the paraxial and subwavelength domains alike, that are not available in linear or uniform media. This session aims to cover recent advances in the experimental and theoretical work on nonlinear crystals and metamaterials. 


  1. Slow-light enhancement of optical nonlinearities in nonlinear photonic crystals;
  2. Optical pulse propagation in nonlinear photonic crystal waveguides;
  3. Optical nonlinear interactions in hyperbolic metamaterials;
  4. Nonlinear optics in PT-symmetric metamaterials;
  5. Disorder effects in nonlinear photonic crystals;
  6. Device applications of nonlinear photonic crystals;
  7. Disorder, nonlinear effects in photonic topological insulators.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Hong Chen, Tongji University, China 
  2. Xianfeng Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China 
  3. Yi Hu, Nankai University, China
  4. Xianmin Jin, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  5. Yongyao Li, South China Agricutrual University, China
  6. Yikun Liu, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
  7. Gilles Renversez, Université d'Aix-Marseille, France
  8. Almas Sadreev, Kirensky Institute of Physics - Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  9. Stefan Schumacher, Universität Paderborn, Germany
  10. Alexey Yulin, National Research University ITMO, Russia


SP30. "Heat assisted magnetic recording & Plasmonics and metamaterials beyond pure noble metals"

Organizers: Fumin Huang  (Queen’s University Belfast, UK) & Roberto Fernandez-Garcia  (Seagate Technology, UK) 

For decades pure noble metals (such as Au and Ag) have been at the central stage of extensive research in plasmonics and metamaterials. However, the proliferation of plasmonic and metamaterials devices in many areas are significantly hindered by some limitations of noble metals, such as poor chemical and thermal stability and high losses. In recent years, there are increasing research interests in exploring new plasmonic materials, such as refractive plasmonic materials for heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) and low-loss metamaterials in cloaking and negative-refraction devices. This session will cover some of the recent advances in the search of alternative plasmonic metamaterials beyond traditional pure noble metals, including fabrication, characterization, theory and device applications. 


  1. Refractive plasmonic materials and heat-assisted magnetic recording technology;
  2. Non-noble plasmonic and metamaterials: nanostructures and devices;
  3. Low-loss metamaterials and exotic plasmonic materials;
  4. Theories and simulations about the optical, thermal and chemical properties of alloys.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Guillaume Baffou, Fresnel Institute, France
  2. Roberto Fernandez Garcia, Seagate Technology,UK
  3.  Fumin Huang, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  4. Jacek Gosciniak, Tyndall National institute, Ireland
  5. Satoshi Ishii, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
  6. Ernesto Marinero, Purdue University, USA
  7. Peter Petrov, Imperial College London, UK 
  8. Andrey Sharichev, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
  9. Liping Wang, Arizona State University, USA
  10. Qian Wang, Data Storage Institute, A*Star, Singapore
  11. Jian-Gang Zhu, Carnegie Mellon University, USA


SP31. "Plasmonic Nanocircuits: Fundamentals and Devices"

Organizers: Hong Wei (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

The excitations of surface plasmons in metal nanostructures enable the light manipulation at deep subwavelength scale, which creates a potential for developing highly integrated nanophotonic circuits for optical information processing. This session will cover recent advances in plasmonic light manipulation, light-matter interactions and nanophotonic devices for circuitry applications.


  1. Active and passive plasmonic components for nanophotonic circuits, including waveguide, nanolaser, single-photon source, router, splitter, switch, modulator, amplifier, logic gates, coupler, detector, etc;
  2. Plasmon-exciton coupling, plasmon-mediated radiation of nanoemitters;
  3. Fundamentals for manipulating light at the nanometer scale;
  4. Plasmon-assisted power processing: energy transfer, photon entanglement and spectroscopy;
  5. Advanced nanofabrication and characterization techniques.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Sebastian Bange, University of Regensburg, Germany
  2. Xuewen Chen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  3. Qing Dai, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China
  4. Erik Dujardin, CEMES CNRS, France
  5. Dmitry Fedyanin, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia 
  6. Han Htoon, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  7. Jer-Shing Huang, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  8. Dangyuan Lei, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
  9. Tao Li, Nanjing University, China
  10. Ning Liu, University of Limerick, Ireland
  11. Arthur Losquin, Lund University, Sweden
  12. Teri Odom, Northwestern University, USA
  13. Ruwen Peng, Nanjing University, China 
  14. Ann Roberts, University of Melbourne, Australia
  15. Jim Schuck, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
  16. Timur Shegai, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  17. Junichi Takahara, Osaka University, Japan 
  18. Jinghua Teng, A*STAR, Singapore
  19. Parinda Vasa, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India


SP32. "Novel photonic and plasmonic structures: theory and applications"

Organizers: Ching Eng Png & Qingguo Du (Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore) 

Photonic and plasmonic structures play important roles in optoelectronic devices development. With advanced nanofabrication techniques, many photonic and plasmonic structures based devices have been proposed and studied such as biosensors, photodetectors, nanostructured solar cells, new types of building integrated photovoltaics and LEDs. This session focuses on the theory and applications of novel photonic and plasmonic structures including but not limited to:


  1. Photonic and plasmonic structures for light harvesting;
  2. Bio-sensor platform based on photonic and plasmonic structures;
  3. Novel phenomena in photonic and plasmonic structures;
  4. New types of building integrated photovoltaics;
  5. Nanostructures for LED applications.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Gandhi Alagappan, Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore
  2. Hai-Tao Dai, Tianjin University, China
  3. Fang-Fang Ren, Australian National University, Australia
  4.  Bing Gu Southeast University, China
  5. Fei Xu, Nanjing University, China


SP33. "Metamaterial structures for healthcare applications"

Organizers: Themos Kallos (Metamaterial Technologies Inc., Canada & MediWise Ltd., UK) &  Panagiotis Kosmas  (King's College London, UK)

This session will focus on recent developments in the use of metamaterials for healthcare applications, which has attracted great interest from numerous research groups in recent years. Rather than theoretical developments, the session aims to focus on real-life applications of metamaterials in fields such as sensing, imaging and treatment. These applications involve research in various topics which include, but are not limited to:


  1. Millimeter waves in healthcare;
  2. Microwave biosensors;
  3. Nanoparticles in healthcare;
  4. Implantable communications and SAR reduction;
  5. MRI enhancement;
  6. Near-field focusing into biological tissues;
  7. Tissue impedance matching and sensing;
  8. Microwave imaging and hyperthermia.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. YoungPak Lee, Hanyang University, Korea


SP34. "Fano resonances in optics and microwaves: Physics and application"

Organizers: Eugene Kamenetskii (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Being originated in atomic physics, Fano resonances have become one  of the most appealing phenomena in the wave resonant scattering in  optics and microwaves. The Fano resonances have been extensively studied  in nanoparticles, plasmonic structures, and metamaterial systems. Strongly  dispersive Fano phenomenon is exploited for ultrasensitive biosensing. It is very  worthwhile to encourage the lightwave community and the microwave community  to meet and talk (or listen) to each other in a Session on this phenomena.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Tiago José Arruda, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  2.  Dmitry Bykov, Samara State Aerospace University, Russia
  3.  Holger Cartarius, Universitat Stuttgart, Germany
  4. Jonas Fransson, Uppsala University, Sweden
  5. Benjamin Gallinet, CSEM SA, Switzerland 
  6. Mher Ghulinyan, Centre for Materials and Microsystems, Italy
  7. Changzhi Gu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  8. Shinji Hayashi, Kobe University, Japan
  9. Ben Hopkins, Australian National University, Austria
  10. Peter Markos, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
  11. Toshihiro Nakanishi, Kyoto University, Japan
  12. Munehiro Nishida, Hiroshima University, Japan 
  13. Namkyoo Park, Seoul National University, Korea
  14. Keiji Sasaki, Hokkaido University, Japan
  15. Michael Sinclair, Sandia National Laboratories, USA  
  16. Ranjan Singh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  17. Mehmet Emre Tasgin, Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Turkey
  18. Philippe Tassin, Chalmers University, Sweden
  19. Changhai Wang, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  20. Lei Wei, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  21. Yi Yu, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  22. Wei Zhang, Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics - Beijing, China

SP35. "(Nano)Plasmonic Biosensors"

Organizers: Laura M. Lechuga (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology - ICN2, Spain) & Hatice Altug (EPFL, Switzerland)

(Nano)plasmonic biosensors are the most successful optical biosensors. The aim of this session is to bring together innovative developments at the transducer schemes, nanostructure and hybrid materials employed, miniaturization and multiplexing, biofunctionalization and microfluidics integration of plasmonics and nanoplasmonics biosensors with particular interest in real-life applications where plasmonics can provide enhanced capabilities that cannot be obtained using other approaches.


  1. New plasmonic transducers schemes;
  2. SPR and LSPR sensors;
  3. SERS and SEIRA sensors;
  4. Flexible Plasmonic sensors;
  5. Miniaturization and multiplexing capabilities in plasmonic sensors;
  6. Competitive biofunctionalization techniques;
  7. Microfluidics lab-on-chip integration;
  8. Plasmonic Point-of-care diagnostics;
  9. Smart phone portable plasmonic sensors;
  10. Liquid biopsies with plasmonic sensors;
  11. Clinical and environmental diagnostics with plasmonic sensors.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Jakub Dostalek, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
  2. Wofgang Fritzsche, Leibniz-Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V., Germany
  3.  Jiri Homola, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Republic  
  4. Rodica Elena Ionescu, Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
  5. Jean-François Masson, Université de Montréal, Canada
  6. Ralph G. Nuzzo, Illinois University, USA
  7. Sang-Hyun Oh, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA
  8.  Daniel Rodrigo, EPFL, Switzerland
  9. Laura Sagle, University of Cincinnati, USA


SP36. "Plasmonic sensing, imaging, and other active functions in biology and medicine"

Organizers: Wei-Chuan Shih (University of Houston, USA) & Yeon Sik Jung (KAIST Institute for NanoCentury, Korea)

Surface plasmons have played a central role in various types of surface-enhanced light-matter interactions such as Raman scattering, fluorescence, and absorption. Both linear and non-linear techniques have been reported to benefit from the local field enhancement. In addition to utilizing surface plasmons directly for surface-enhanced sensing and imaging, other associated phenomena such as photothermal conversion have been explored. In this session, a particular focus is placed on the science and engineering of these functions within the context of biology and medicine. A wide range of applications will be discussed including but not limited to: diagnostics, therapeutics, in vivo imaging, in vitro assays, point-of-care devices, and etc.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Donglei Fan, UT Austin, USA
  2. Yeon-Sik Jung, KAIST, South Korea
  3. Jonathan Liu, University of Washington, USA
  4. Junsuk Rho, Postech, South Korea
  5. Wei-Chuan Shih, University of Houston, USA
  6. Jong-Hwa Shin, KAIST, South Korea
  7. Valery Tuchin, Saratov State University, Russia
  8. Chih-Chung Yang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  9. John Zhang, Dartmouth University, USA


SP37. "Manipulating Light using Integrated Nanophotonic Devices"

Organizer: Jian Wang (Huazhong University of Science and Technology - China)  

Light beams have different physical dimensions, i.e. wavelength, time, amplitude, phase, and spatial structure, which could be manipulated to enable lots of interesting applications. Nanophotonic photonic devices offer integrated solution to manipulate light beams. For example, recent advances in the density and complexity of photonic integrated circuits have facilitated possible integration of complete optical communication systems on a monolithic chip, incorporating both chip-scale optical interconnects and chip-scale optical data processing. Silicon photonics, plasmonics, metasurfaces and metamaterials are promising candidates for flexible light manipulation. This session focuses on the theory, techniques, devices and applications of light manipulation with integrated nanophotonic devices including but not limited to:


  1.  Fundamental principles and properties of light manipulation using integrated nanophotonic devices;
  2. Integrated nanophotonic devices with silicon platform;
  3. Plasmon-assisted nanophotonic devices;
  4. Plasmonic and dielectric metasurfaces and metamaterials;
  5. Chip-scale optical interconnects;
  6. Chip-scale optical data processing;
  7. Generation, manipulation and detection of special light beams (polarization singularity, phase singularity, etc.);
  8. Other interesting applications in manipulating physical dimensions of light beams.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Weidong Zhou, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  2. Li Shen, University of Southampton, UK
  3. Ming Li, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  4. Jian Wang, WNLO, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  5. Xinlun Cai, Sun Yatsen University, China
  6. Ciyuan Qiu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China 
  7. Marc Sorel, University of Glasgow, UK






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