Should you be interested in organizing a Special Session at META 2024, please contact us at Sessions of similar topics may be proposed, if needed we will schedule them at different slots over the conference period.

See example of sessions proposed at META 2023 here: META 2023 special sessions

SP1. "Bottom-up approaches, new fabrication routes and ENSEMBLE3"

Organizers: Dorota Pawlak (ITME, Poland) & Virginie Ponsinet (CNRS-Université de Bordeaux, France)

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.


  1. Bottom-up fabrication routes for nanomaterials
  2. New fabrication methods for nanophotonics
  3. Self-assembled metamaterials
  4. Disordered and non-periodic metamaterials and metasurfaces
  5. Colloidal optical nanoresonators

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Yutaka Okazaki, Kyoto University, Japan
  2. Carsten Rockstuhl, KIT, Germany
  3. Hiroshi Sugimoto, Kobe University, Japan
  4. Katsuya Tanaka, Jena University, Germany
  5. Alessandro Veltri, Universidad San Fransisco de Quito, Ecuador
  6. James Watkins, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
  7. Hiroshi Yabu, Tohoku University, Japan

SP2. "Machine learning for metamaterials and metasurfaces"

Organizer: Willie Padilla (Duke University, USA)

Recent application of machine learning and deep learning has enabled accelerated design of metamaterial and metasurfaces, thus overcoming significant challenges with conventional numerical methods. For many metamaterial and metasurface systems, conventional optimization approaches are limited and not able to efficiently solve for a desired scattering response. The issue of finding the geometry of a metamaterial or metasurface that will give a desired spectral response – the inverse problem – is also is of keen interest and, as of yet, an unsolved problem. Research on machine learning, deep learning for accelerated metamaterial discovery and optimization, inverse neural networks, and interpretable machine learning, will be covered in the present session.


  1. Machine learning and deep learning for nanoscale structured materials
  2. Forward and inverse machine learning approaches
  3. Supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and reinforcement learning
  4. Interpretable machine learning
  5. Metamaterial and metasurface discovery and optimization with machine learning

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Ali Adibi, Georgia Tech, USA
  2. Philippe Del Hougne, CNRS, Univ Rennes, France
  3. Kebin Fan, Nanjing University, China
  4. Li Gao, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
  5. Kotaro Kajikawa, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  6. Chao Qian, Zhejiang University, China
  7. Junichiro Shiomi, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  8. Philippe Tassin, Chalmers University, Sweden
  9. Huangliang Zhang, Umass Lowell, USA

SP3. "Parity-Time and quasi-normal modes in Photonics, Plasmonics, Acoustics"

Organizers: Anatole Lupu (C2N/Paris-Saclay University, France) & Henri Benisty (Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France)

The use of new symmetry properties in Photonics, Plasmonics, Acoustics has emerged in the recent years. They exploit unusual categories of modes and states that open yet unexplored avenues. Parity-Time symmetric structures are a key example of such a class of non-Hermitian systems of renewed interest in optics and photonics (gain/loss structures) for diverse flavours of broken symmetries. Quasi-normal modes help building sound pictures of non-hermitian systems. Extra photonic features such as chirality also add a new twist to those topics. This special session will cover theoretical and experimental progress in the exploration and functionalization of systems exhibiting this class of special-symmetry-related features in the areas of photonics, plasmonics and acoustics.


  1. Non-Hermitian Photonics, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, Acoustics
  2. PT-symmetry related functionalities enabled by gain-loss engineering: theory, devices, applications
  3. Singularities, broken symmetries, topological states in non-Hermitian systems
  4. Studies of quasi normal modes in general Non-hermitian contexts

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Muriel Botey, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  2. Li Ge, CUNY, USA
  3. Ramon Herrero, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  4. Mercedeh Khajavikhan, University of Southern California and CREOL, USA
  5. Tsampikos Kottos, Wesleyan University, USA
  6. Mikhail Limonov, ITMO University, Russia
  7. Konstantinos Makris, University of Crete, Greece
  8. Henning Schomerus, Lancaster University, UK
  9. Fedor Shuklin, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
  10. Jan Wiersig, Otto-von-Guericke-University, Germany

SP4. "DNA nanotechnologies for photonics and sensing"

Organizers: Guillermo Acuna (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) & Denis Garoli (Italian Institute of Technology, Itlay)

This special session will focus on research that exploits the versatility and programmability of DNA to organize optically active elements such as nanoparticles, quantum dots and fluorescent molecules. Particular emphasis will be given to light-matter studies for nanophotonics and sensing.


  1. Self-assembled optical antennas
  2. Plasmonics and Nanophotonics
  3. Enhanced Spectroscopies (Fluorescence, SERS)
  4. Sensing and diagnostics
  5. Plasmonic chirality
  6. High-index dielectric nanoparticles

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Pablo Albella, University of Cantabria, Spain
  2. René Iseli, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  3. Karol Kołątaj, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  4. Veikko Linko, University of Tartu, Estonia

SP5. "Bio-Inspired Nanophotonics"

Organizers: Debashis Chanda (College of Optics and Photonics - CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA),  Hyuck Choo (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Korea) & Radwanul Hasan Siddique (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology America, USA)

The proposed session will focus on emerging biological and bioinspired photonic materials, their interesting biological phenomena and new fundamental properties, complex formation and fabrication processes and emphasize advanced functionalities for versatile photonic applications & structural colors by bringing together leading scientists from diverse backgrounds and technical fields across academia and industry.


  1. Structural color and their unique properties
  2. Multifunctional biophotonic structures
  3. Dynamic and adaptive biophotonic structures
  4. Sustainable and green photonics and colors
  5. Scalable fabrication strategies: multiscale, self-assembly, additive
  6. Characterization, imaging and spectroscopy of biological and bioinspired photonic materials
  7. Bioinspired micro- and nanostructures for imaging and sensing applications
  8. Applications of bioinspired materials in vision, mechanics, healthcare and energy

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Paul Braun, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
  2. L. Jay Guo, University of Michigan, USA
  3. Akira Saito, Osaka University & RIKEN, Japan
  4. Georg von Freymann, RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany

SP6. "Light-matter interaction on a chip"

Organizer: Alina Karabchevsky (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Novel guided wave configurations utilizing artificial sub-wavelength structures made of plasmonic or all-dielectric metamaterials can pave the road to new devices with novel functionalities. These devices can be exploited to manipulate light on a chip in a well-controlled manner.


  1. Theory, simulation, and implementation of metamaterials integrated on a chip
  2. Modeling and fabrication techniques, including multipole decomposition, transformation optics, laser writing, and others to explore the rogue waves phenomenon, photonic jet and hook
  3. Emerging application such as, but not limited to, classical and quantum computing, on-chip nonlinear optics, optomechanical manipulation, spontaneous emission and resonance energy transfer, cloaking and sensing to list a few

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Antonio Cala Lesina, Leibniz University, Germany
  2. Stanislav Derevyanko, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  3. Sven Höfling, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
  4. Pavel Levkin, KIT, Germany
  5. Mariia Matiushechkina, University Hanover, Germany
  6. Edik Rafailov, Aston Univeristy, UK
  7. Ronen Rapaport, Hebrew Univeristy of Jerusalem, Israel
  8. Kai Sun, University of Southampton, UK

SP7. "Meta-optics for multi-dimensional manipulation of light"

Organizers: Zi-Lan Deng (Jinan University, China) Kun Huang (University of Science and Technology of China, China)

Molding the multiple degrees of freedom including phase, amplitude, polarization, and resonant properties of light in a desired manner at an ultra-thin meta-optics platform has been long sought, providing advanced imaging, display, encryption and sensing applications with superior efficiency, bandwidth, field-of-viewing angle, quality factor, and robustness. This session will focus on (but not limited to) the following topics:


  1. Metasurface holography
  2. Metasurface polarization optics
  3. Spatiotemporal metasurfaces
  4. Chiral meta-optics
  5. Topological meta-optics
  6. Resonant and active metasurfaces
  7. Non-Hermitian and Non-local metasurfaces
  8. Metasurface enabled multi-dimensional computational imaging
  9. Metasurface enabled advanced display and encryption
  10. Integrated meta-devices

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Wen-Jie Chen, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
  2. Longqing Cong, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
  3. Jianwen Dong, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
  4. Huanan Li, Nankai University, China
  5. Tianyue Li, Nanjing University, China
  6. Zhongyang Li, Wuhan University, China
  7. Zile Li, Wuhan University, China
  8. Jincheng Ni, University of Science and Technology of China, China
  9. Jinghua Teng, National University of Singapore, Singapore

SP8. "Strong light-matter interactions in plasmonic/dielectric metasurfaces"

Organizers: Shunsuke Murai (Kyoto University, Japan) Shaojun Wang (Soochow University, China)

The session will cover strong light-matter interactions in micro/nanophotonic structures, such as periodic hole/nanoparticle arrays, Fabry-Perot cavities, nanowires, fibers, ring and sphere resonators. It will focus on novel phenomena and applications, as well as the theories and modelling.


  1. Theory, simulation and modelling of light-matter interactions in micro/nanophotonic structures
  2. Coupling-induced phenomenon such as, but not limited to, manipulation of emission (spontaneous/stimulated), thermal radiation, nonlinear effects
  3. Applications such as, but not limited to, light sources, optoelectronic modulators, detectors, solar cells and sensors
  4. Vibronic coupling and related phenomena
  5. Fabrication techniques

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. José Francisco Algorri, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
  2. Matthijs Berghuis, Endhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  3. Shula Chen, Hunan University, China
  4. Zhaogang Dong, A*STAR, Singapore
  5. Satoshi Ishii, NIMS, Japan
  6. Biqiang Jiang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  7. Guangyuan Li, CAS Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, China
  8. Peng Li, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  9. Yang Li, Tsinghua University, China
  10. Koichi Okamoto, Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan
  11. Tomoya Oshikiri, Tohoku University, Japan
  12. Ye Ming Qing, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
  13. Kosuke Sugawa, Nihon University, Japan
  14. Keisuke Watanabe, NIMS, Japan
  15. Fajun Xiao, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  16. Kenichi Yamashita, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
  17. Kenzo Yamaguchi, Tokushima University, Japan
  18. Cheng Zhang, Soochow University, China

SP9. "Metamaterial Technology and Its Application Prospects"

Organizers: Tatjana Gric (VILNIUS TECH, Lithuania) Edik Rafailov (Aston university, UK)

Metamaterials are artificial materials that can achieve properties that do not occur naturally from their artificial functional units. The Session proposes to review the development of metamaterial technology from the perspective of engineering application. This Special Session focuses on the design and fabrication of metamaterials and other functional materials. These are complex structures patterned in ways that perform a special function, such as transparently blocking a specific color of light, or invisibly heating a window in a car. These functions more generally include manipulating light, heat, and electromagnetic waves in unusual ways. The Special Session is devoted to discussing recent developments in the fields of artificial materials and their applications ranging from compositions, structures such as orientation, arrangement, geometry, size, shape, and smart properties including manipulation of electromagnetic waves by blocking, absorbing, enhancing, or bending waves. A few major breakthroughs, such as invisible cloak, metamaterial electronic components, and mechanical metamaterials are summarized. Several promising applications that may lead to disruptive technologies, such as superlens, metamaterial all-optical switching, and the merging of metamaterials and conventional materials, are predicted. Strategic suggestions on the development of metamaterial technology are proposed.


  1. 3D printing
  2. Functional plasmonics
  3. Homogenization of anisotropic media
  4. Metasurfaces
  5. Propagation of surface plasmon polaritons
  6. Applications of metamaterials
  7. Metamaterial based devices

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Imran Avci, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. Andreea-Maria Câmpu, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania
  3. Kofi Edee, Institut Pascal-University Clermont Auvergne, France
  4. Maxim Elizarov, Kaust, Saudi Arabia
  5. Andrea Fratalocchi (Keynote Speaker), KAUST University, Saudi Arabia
  6. Qiaoqiang Gan, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  7. Taichi Goto, RIEC Tohoku University, Japan
  8. Lina Grineviciute, FTMC, Lithuania
  9. Changzhi Gu, Institute of Physics, China
  10. Fei Han, Quantum Solid-State Physics Laboratory, Belgium
  11. Chaoyang Kuang, Linköping University, Sweden
  12. Xiaoyuan Liu, City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Hong Kong
  13. Shroddha Mukhopadhyay, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  14. Jerome Plain, Université de technologie de Troyes, France
  15. Steve Smith, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, USA
  16. Ermes Peci, Université de Genève, Switzerland
  17. Zhipei Sun, Aalto, Finland
  18. Jacek Szczytko, Institute of Experimental Physics, Poland
  19. Chenglin Xu, Synopsys, USA
  20. Yukie Yokota, Sophia University, Japan
  21. Gordon Zyla, FORTH, Greece

SP10. "Advanced Computational Electromagnetics for the Analysis and Design of Nanophotonic Devices"

Organizers: Maha Ben Rhouma (Gustave Eiffel University - ESYCOM Lab, France)

The objective of this session is to unite computational electromagnetics experts for an in-depth exploration of recent progress and obstacles in simulating nanophotonics, particularly in the realms of plasmonics and metamaterials. Emphasis will be placed on innovative, targeted, and efficient methodologies that can serve as alternatives to conventional techniques such as FDTD and FEM. Additionally, the session welcomes all modeling approaches in nanophotonics across different spectral ranges. It holds significance for both theoreticians and numerical analysts dedicated to refining distinct methodologies and experimentalists and designers seeking to implement them within the domain of nanophotonics.


  1. Emerging Simulation Techniques
  2. Metamaterials and Plasmonics Modeling
  3. Quantum and Topological Nanophotonics
  4. Nonlinear Optical Effects
  5. Multiphysics Simulations
  6. Design Optimization

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Karim Achouri, EPFL, Switzerland
  2. Mauro Antezza, University of Montpellier, France
  3. Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, USA
  4. Pierre-Olivier Chapuis, CETHIL – CNRS, France
  5. Thomas Christensen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  6. Cristian Ciracì, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
  7. Javier García de Abajo (Keynote Speaker), ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotonique, Spain
  8. Costantino De Angelis (Keynote Speaker), University of Brescia, Italy
  9. Andrea Fratalocchi, KAUST University, Saudi Arabia
  10. Tian Gu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  11. Brahim Guizal, University of Montpellier, France
  12. Chia Wei Hsu, University of Southern California, USA
  13. Ebrahim Karimi, University of Ottawa, Canada
  14. Yun Lai, Nanjing University, China
  15. Nicolas Large, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
  16. Giuseppe Leo, University of Paris, France
  17. Zin Lin, Virginia Tech, USA
  18. Haitao Liu, Nankai University, China
  19. Andrea Locatelli, University of Brescia, Italy
  20. Ya Yan Lu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  21. Riccardo Messina, Laboratoire Charles Fabry - Institut d’Optique, France
  22. Owen Miller, Yale University, USA
  23. Andrey Miroshnichenko, University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia
  24. Sean Molesky, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  25. Egor Muljarov, Cardiff University, UK
  26. Josephine Munro, Australian National University, Australia
  27. Viktor Myroshnychenko, Paderborn University, Germany
  28. Prineha Narang, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
  29. Dragomir Neshev, The Australian National University, Australia
  30. Jens Niegemann, Ansys, canada
  31. Roberta Palmeri, IREA-CNR, Italy
  32. Marco Rahm, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
  33. Lora Ramunno, University of Ottawa, Canada</li
  34. Alejandro Rodriguez, Princeton University, USA
  35. Grazia Salerna, Aalto University, Finland
  36. Akira Satou, Tohoku University, Japan
  37. Jun Shibayama, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Hosei University, Japan
  38. Nahid Talebi, Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany
  39. Din-pin Tsai, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  40. Stefano Vezzoli, Imperial College London, UK
  41. Sebastian Volz, LIMMS- University of Tokyo, Japan
  42. Shubo Wang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  43. Kazuhiro Yabana, Center for Computational Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  44. Yi Yang, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  45. Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA

SP11. "Chiro-optical and chiral-acoustic phenomena"

Organizers: Alessandro Belardini (Sapienza University di Roma, Italy) & Oliver Wright (Osaka University, Japan)

Chiral wave phenomena, arising from interactions with structures that break mirror symmetry, form a broad research domain that spans physics, engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, and the life sciences. This multidisciplinary field encompasses diverse applications, including the generation of light and sound, sensing of chiral molecules, manipulation of proteins, and torque generation. Chiral metasurfaces offer control and enhancement of transmission, and the angular momentum of photons and phonons can be tailored to produce orbital or spin-related, as well as topological, effects. Enlarged nonlinear optical or acoustic chirality can be achieved in confined volumes, down to the micro- and nanoscales. This session welcomes contributions on all aspects of chiral optical and acoustic phenomena, regardless of the length scale.


  1. Chiral metamaterials and metasurfaces
  2. Materials for chiroptical and chiral-acoustic/ultrasonic sensing, including on-chip devices
  3. Novel theoretical concepts in chiroptics, chiral acoustics, and chiral mechanical metamaterials for wave manipulation
  4. Chiral light and sound states, encompassing photon/phonon angular momentum, spin, circular polarization, and topological phenomena
  5. Nanophotonics and nanophononics chiral platforms
  6. Chiral light and sound sources and meta-sources, including the production of vortex beams and skyrmions
  7. Chiral metamaterials for photochemistry, photocatalysis, sonochemistry, and sonoanalysis
  8. Plasmonic and surface-acoustic-wave related enhancements of chirality
  9. Nonlinear chiroptical and chiral-acoustic phenomena
  10. Optical and acoustic spin-induced torque

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Osama Bilal, University of Connecticut, USA
  2. Beatriz Castillo López de Larrinzar, CSIC, Spain
  3. Yuqiong Cheng, City University of Hong Kong, China
  4. Johan Chirstensen, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  5. XiaoHan Cui, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
  6. Emiliano Descrovi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  7. Davy Gerard, Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
  8. Maxim Gorkunov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  9. Marcos Guimaraes, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  10. Daiki Hatanaka, NTT, Japan
  11. Masamitsu Hayashi, Univ. of Tokyo, Japan
  12. Alberto Hernández Mínguez, PDI Berlin, Germany
  13. Yabin Jin, Tongji University, China
  14. Kuniaki Konishi, University of Tokyo, Japan
  15. Antonio Garcia Martin, CSIC, Spain
  16. Ryuji Morita, Hokkaido University, Japan
  17. Yoichi Nii, Tohoku University, Japan
  18. Yan Pennec, Universite de Lille, France
  19. Jie Ren, Tongji University, China
  20. Clivia Sotomayor Torres, INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal
  21. Zhongqin Su, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  22. Motonobu Tomoda, Hokkaido University, Japan
  23. Daniel Torrent, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
  24. Kenji Tsuruta, Okayama University, Japan
  25. Taco Visser, Amsterdam University, The Netherlands
  26. Jessica Wade, Imperial College London, UK
  27. Hiroshi Yamaguchi, NTT, Japan
  28. Jinfeng Zhao (Keynote Speaker), Tongji University, China
  29. Pengfei Zhao, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China

SP12. "Quantum Metasurfaces"

Organizers: Diego Dalvit (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA), Maria Chekhova (Max Planck Institute, Germany) & Igal Brener (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)

Metasurfaces are crossing the classical-quantum divide and impacting various quantum photonics applications in the generation, manipulation, and detection of quantum light. This session will cover the most recent advances in the field with invited and contributed talks covering the whole spectrum of theory and experiment in quantum metasurfaces.


  1. Generation of quantum light (single and entangled photon pairs) from metasurfaces
  2. Quantum emitters embedded in metasurfaces
  3. Manipulation of quantum light with metasurfaces
  4. Nonlinear (dielectric, plasmonic) metasurfaces
  5. Atomic quantum metasurfaces
  6. Tunable quantum metasurfaces
  7. Quantum technologies with metasurfaces (sensing, imaging,metrology, communications)

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Abul Azad, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  2. Patrick Brown, Baylor University, USA
  3. Tiejun Cui, Southeast University, China
  4. Chloe Doiro, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  5. Yinhui Kan, University of Denmark, Denmark
  6. Jinyong Ma, Australian National University, Australia
  7. Alejandro Manjavacas, CSIC, Spain
  8. Daigo Oue, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  9. Andrei Piryatinski, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  10. Nicholas Rivera, Harvard University, USA
  11. Janne Ruostekoski, University of Lancaster, UK
  12. Tomas Santiago, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  13. Ephraim Shamoon, Weizman Institute, Israel

SP13. "Integrated metasurfaces/metamaterials on photonic platform"

Organizers: Songyan Hou (Xidian University, China) & Hao Hu (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China)

Metasurfaces/metamaterials have been rapidly advancing our command over the many degrees of freedom of light. Their integration on photonic systems have been explored to control with the manipulation of amplitude, phase, or polarization. This session aims at communicating the progresses of the research on the integrated metasurfaces/metamaterials,which provide new platforms for broad applications in on-chip integrated photonic, biomedical, and microfluidic devices.


  1. Integrated nanophotonic waveguides
  2. Metasurfaces/metamaterials in silicon nanophotonics and other new photonic platforms
  3. Optical meta-waveguides
  4. Meta-lens and plasmonics
  5. Nanophotonic manipulation with metasurfaces/metamaterials

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Yuval Adiv, Technion, Israel
  2. Songyan Hou, Xidian University, China
  3. Hao Hu, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
  4. Xiao Lin, Zhejiang University, China
  5. Liangliang Liu, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
  6. Yu Luo, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
  7. Jia Xu Brian Sia, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  8. Fei Yan, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  9. Yihao Yang, Zhejiang University, China
  10. Jingjing Zhang, Southeast University, China

SP14. "Meta-optics for imaging, microscopy and information processing"

Organizers: Benfeng Bai (Tsinghua University, China), Guixin Li (Southern University of Science and Technology, China) & Baohua Jia (RMIT University, Australia)

Metasurfaces and metadevices are artifically engineered micro- and nanostructures that can manipulate light-matter interaction at nanoscale with advanced properties and functionalities that are unable to be achieved with conventional optical and optoelectronic devices. This special session focuses on the most recent advances of fundamental studies and functional applications of metasurfaces and metadevices for imaging, microscopy and information processing.


  1. New principles of meta-optics for imaging and microscopy
  2. Computational imaging techniques with metasurfaces and metadevices
  3. Meta-optics for holography and optical encryption
  4. Functional metadevices and their applications in information processing
  5. Other related topics

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Viktar Asadchy, Aalto University, Finland
  2. Liangcai Cao, Tsinghua University, China
  3. Tun Cao, Dalian University of Technology, China
  4. Mu Ku Chen, City University of Hong Kong, China
  5. Xuewen Chen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  6. Junhong Deng, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
  7. Inki Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
  8. Peining Li, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  9. Xiangping Li, Jinan University, China
  10. Ting Xu, Nanjing University, China
  11. Shuming Wang, Nanjing University, China

SP15. "Quantum metamaterials for artificial intelligence"

Organizers: Alexandre ZagoskinSergey Saveliev (Loughborough University, UK)

Quantum metamaterials theory provides a unified approach towards a variety of macroscopic quantum coherent structures. Here we will concentrate on quantum neural networks and their integration with quantum-metamaterial based sensors.


  1. Quantum neural networks
  2. Quantum analogues to classical circuit elements
  3. Quantum reservoir computing
  4. Quantum metamaterial-based sensors

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Vladimir Antonov, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
  2. Viktor Ivady, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary
  3. Yuri Pashkin, Lancaster University, UK
  4. Artur Sowa, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

SP16. "Recent Advances in Metamaterials and their Applications"

Organizers: Weiren Zhu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China), Zhenfei Li (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China) & Fajun Xiao (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China)

Metamaterials provide a unique pathway to generate, guide, modulate and detect electromagnetic waves by having structural features that are significantly smaller than the operation wavelength. The development of metamaterials enables intriguing applications ranged from wavefront manipulation, imaging with sub-wavelength resolution, invisibility cloaks, new concept antennas, data processing, and highly flexible sensing and modulation. In this special session, we invite researchers to contribute presentations that will stimulate the continuing efforts on the understanding of metamaterials and exploring their applications.


  1. Novel designs for metamaterials/metasurfaces
  2. Topological electromagnetic structure
  3. Metamaterials/metasurfaces for imaging and hologram
  4. Graphene metamaterials and devices
  5. Metamaterials/metasurfaces for antennas and RF devices
  6. Surface plasmon polariton and photonic crystals
  7. Metamaterials/metasurfaces for surface-enhanced spectroscopy and sensing

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Haogang Cai, NewYork University, USA
  2. Changlin Ding, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  3. Guoyan Dong, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  4. Shuo Du, BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., China
  5. Ruonan Ji, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, China
  6. Zhenfei Li, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  7. Shaoding Liu, Taiyuan University of Technology, China
  8. Yahong Liu, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  9. Shaojun Wang, Soochow University, China
  10. Yinan Zhang, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China
  11. Weiren Zhu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

SP17. "Perovskite Photovoltaics: Light-Matter Interaction"

Organizers: Hui-Seon Kim (Inha University, Korea) & Kazuteru Nonomura (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

The session will cover a variety approaches of halide perovskite materials ranging from novel optoelectronic properties to various applications. The session will include characterization, theory, and electronic devices including photovoltaics. The session aims to share cutting-edge results from all aspects of halide perovskite materials and its applications, and thus resolve the raised issue as well as find a new break-through.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Marina Freitag, Newcastle University, UK
  2. Seigo Ito, Hyogo University, Japan
  3. Hyun Suk Jung, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  4. Donghoe Kim, Korea University, South Korea
  5. Jin Young Kim, Seoul National University, Korea
  6. Kyungkon Kim, Ewha University, Korea
  7. Yeng Ming Lam, NTU, Singapore
  8. Jin-Wook Lee, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  9. Fernando Ramiro Manzano, ITQ UPV-CSIC, Spain
  10. Jordi Martorell, ICFO - Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, Spain
  11. Jun Hong Noh, Korea University, South Korea
  12. Nam-Gyu Park (Keynote Speaker), Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  13. Hyunjung Shin, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  14. Yuko Takeoka, Sophia University, Japan
  15. Wolfgang Tress, ZHAW, Switzerland
  16. Eva Unger, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany
  17. Atsushi Wakamiya, Kyoto University, Japan

SP18. "Plasmonics: Fundamentals and Applications"

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

The excitation of surface plasmons in metal nanostructures enables manipulating light beyond the diffraction limit, which can be utilized for enhancing and tailoring light-matter interactions and developing ultra-compact high-performance nanophotonic devices for various applications. This session will cover recent advances in both the fundamentals and the applications of plasmonics.


  1. Plasmon-assisted processes: energy transfer, photon entanglement, hot carriers, nonlinear effects, optical forces, and spectroscopy (Raman, fluorescence, absorption, etc)
  2. Plasmon-exciton coupling, plasmon-mediated radiation of nanoemitters
  3. Plasmonic nanogaps, plasmon coupling in composite nanostructures
  4. Plasmonic nanocircuits, active and passive plasmonic components: waveguide, nanolaser, single-photon source, router, splitter, switch, modulator, amplifier, logic gates, coupler, detector, etc
  5. Fundamentals for manipulating light at nanometer scale, quantum plasmonics, plasmonic spin-orbit interactions
  6. Plasmonic nanoantennas, sensing, and imaging
  7. Plasmochemistry
  8. Plasmonic metamaterials and metasurfaces
  9. Advanced nanofabrication and characterization techniques
  10. New materials for plasmonics and nanophotonics

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Qing Dai, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China
  2. Jean-Jacques Delaunay, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  3. Zhenchao Dong, University of Science and Technology of China, China
  4. Ilya Goykhman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  5. Ying Gu, Peking University, China
  6. Zhiqiang Guan, Wuhan University, China
  7. Christoph Lienau (Keynote Speaker), Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Germany
  8. David Masiello, University of Washington, USA
  9. Chao Meng, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  10. Kyoung-Duck Park, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
  11. Lei Shao, Sun Yat-sen University, China
  12. Jinwei Shi, Beijing Normal University, China
  13. Shulin Sun, Fudan University, China
  14. Prabhat Verma, Osaka University, Japan
  15. Jianfang Wang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  16. Pan Wang, Zhejiang University, China
  17. Rongyao Wang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  18. Xiulai Xu, Peking University, China
  19. Wei Zhang, Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, China
  20. Lin Zhou, Nanjing University, China

SP19. "Recent Developments in Optical Nanoantennas for Enhanced Light Matter Interaction"

Organizer: Hiroshi Sugimoto (Kobe University, Japan)

Optical nanoantennas based on plasmonic and high refractive index dielectric nanostructures offer unique opportunities regarding key applications utilizing enhanced light-matter interactions. The session will focus on the developments emerging optical nanoantennas and optical phenomena as well as characterization and modelling methods that are potentially important for manipulating and enhancing the light matter interactions at the nanoscale.


  1. Novel nanomaterials and nanostructures for optical antennas
  2. Surface Enhanced Fluorescence and Raman by plasmon and Mie resonances
  3. Nanoparticle assembly for metamaterials and metasurfaces
  4. Biosensing and imaging applications
  5. Photothermal and light harvesting technologies
  6. Novel spectroscopic techniques and theory for novel optical phenomena in nanoantennas

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Alberto Curto, Ghent University, Belgium
  2. Saskia Fiedler, AMOLF, Netherlands
  3. Minoru Fujii, Kobe University, Japan
  4. Guangcan Li, South China Normal University, China
  5. Uttam Manna, Illinois State University, USA
  6. Jorge Olmos-Trigo, Materials Physics Center, Spain
  7. Yoshito Tanaka, Hokkaido University, Japan
  8. Peter Zijlstra, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

SP20. "Topology, Geometry, and Quantumness of Textured Light"

Organizers: Jamal Berakdar (Martin-Luther University, Germany) & Andrei Afanasev (The George Washington University, USA)

Recent advances evidence that photonic fields can be produced as to have a well-defined polarization texture and topology which can be transferred to quantum electronic and topological materials. Pioneering experiments show that intense laser fields can serve as a resource for quantum photons which constitutes a qualitatively new aspect in quantum optics. The session will discuss recent progress on structured photonic and strong fields and their utilization in topology studies and the prospects for use in quantum optics.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Andrei Afanasev, George Washington University, USA
  2. Shun-Jen Cheng, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  3. Marcelo Ciappina, Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology, China
  4. Jörg Götte, Glasgow University, UK
  5. Carlos Hernández-García, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
  6. Franco Nori, RIKEN, Japan
  7. Anton Peshkov, PTB Braunschweig, Gemany
  8. Shinishi Saito, Hitachi, Japan

SP21. "Non-Hermitian Photonics: Topological, Disordered and Quantum systems"

Organizers: Konstantinos Makris (University of Crete & IESL-FORTH, Greece) & Li Ge (CUNY, USA)

Exceptional points, non-orthogonal eigenmodes, PT-symmetric systems and many other general notions and concepts of non-Hermitian physics have attracted a lot of attention lately. Such an interest was initially driven by PT-symmetric optics and non-Hermitian photonics and now has led to an amazingly high number of ground-breaking experiments with novel applications. From single mode PT-lasers, ultrasensitive microcavity sensors, optical isolators, unidirectional invisibility to broadband wireless power transfer, PT- metamaterials, topological lasers and quantum non-Hermitian systems, this new research field proves that the synergy of gain and loss distributions can be a different way for unprecedented control over light propagation and emission. This session will focus on the most recent theoretical and experimental advances at the frontier of the physics of non- Hermitian complex systems and their potential applications.


  1. Non-Hermitian photonics, plasmonics and metamaterials
  2. Non-Hermitian topological photonics and lasers
  3. Non-Hermitian quantum systems
  4. Wave propagation in disordered non-Hermitian complex media
  5. Exceptional points in optical and photonic systems and applications
  6. Interplay between nonlinearity, non-Hermiticity and topology
  7. Novel fabrication methods for non-Hermitian photonic structures
  8. New experiments in non-Hermitian Photonics

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Henry Benisty, Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France
  2. Hrvoje Buljan, Uiniversity of Zagreb, Croatia
  3. Zhigang Chen, Nankai University, China
  4. Ananya Ghatak, University of Crete-FORTH, Greece
  5. Hoon Yeub Jeong, Korea University, Korea
  6. Fiodar Marozka, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  7. Ken Mochizuki, University of Tokyo, Japan
  8. Hideaki Obuse, Hokkaido University, Japan
  9. Masatoshi Sato, Kyoto University, Japan
  10. Kestutis Staliunas, ICREA, Spain
  11. Issei Takeda, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  12. Stephan Wong, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  13. Zhong Wang, Tsinghua University, China
  14. Kazuki Yokomizo, The Univerity of Tokyo Japan

SP22. "2D Materials and Nanophotonics"

Organizers: Masanobu Iwanaga (National Institute for Materials Science - NIMS, Japan) & Der-Hsien Lien (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

2D materials, such as transition metal dichalcogenides, have been extensively investigated for their intriguing photonic and electronic features. To create novel, functional photonic devices, fusion of the 2D materials with nanophotonics and related technologies will play a key role. In this special session, we organize the session involving cutting-edge presentations on the topics and foster new research ideas to stimulate outstanding findings and developments. The topcis are mainly photonics in the 2D materials, nanophotonics empowering the 2D materials, and novel optical fuctions employing the 2D materials, but are not limited only to these.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Chi Chen, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  2. Kuo-Ping Chen, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  3. Yu-Te Chu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  4. Yuichiro Kato, RIKEN, Japan
  5. Zeng Wang, A*STAR, Singapore
  6. Kenji Watanabe, NIMS, Japan
  7. Xu Yang, Nagoya University, Japan

SP23. "Nano-optical imaging and spectroscopy"

Organizer: Takumi Sannomiya (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)

This session will focus on the nano-optical imaging and spectroscopic techniques and their applications where highly local excitation or detection is utilized to obtain nanoscale optical information far beyond the diffraction limit of light. Such techniques using electron beam, electron tunneling, optical near field, etc are nowadays essential tools to analyze metamaterials, nanophotonic devices, semiconductors and molecules. And inversely, strong light-matter interaction or optical manipulation by nanostructures or metamaterials can extend such nanoscopic methodology to acquire more information or to achieve higher resolution. This session welcomes both experimental and theoretical research and discusses cutting-edge super-resolution techniques for nano-optical imaging and spectroscopy.


  1. Electron beam related techniques : cathodoluminescence (CL), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), photoelectron emission microscopy (PEEM)
  2. Scanning probe microscopy: scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning nearfield optical microscopy (SNOM/NSOM), atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  3. Any nanoscopic methods for metamaterials, nanophotonic devices, and nano-optical materials
  4. Applications of nano-optical imaging or spectroscopic technique
  5. Related theoretical work

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Florian Castioni, Université Paris-Saclay, France
  2. Fatemeh Chahshouri, Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany
  3. Hiroshi Imada, Riken, Japan
  4. Miyabi Imai, Riken, Japan
  5. Kohei Imura, Waseda University, Japan
  6. Atsushi Kubo, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  7. Hikaru Saito, Kyushu University, Japan

SP24. "Meta and plasmonic materials for advanced biosensing and bioimaging"

Organizer: Mana Toma (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)

Metamaterials and plasmonic materials have become essential for realizing high-performance biosensors and bioimaging. This session aims to share the latest research results on biosensors and bioimaging using metamaterials/metasurfaces and plasmonic materials, from proof-of-concept to applications.


  1. Ultra-sensitive bio/chemical molecular sensors
  2. Compact and mobile biosensors
  3. Fluorescence-enhanced biosensors
  4. High-resolution bioimaging
  5. Development of sensing materials, substrates, and optical systems

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Akira Baba, Niigata university, Japan
  2. Jakub Dostalek, Institute of Physics vvi., Czech Republic
  3. Masanobu Iwanaga, NIMS, Japan
  4. Keiko Tawa, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
  5. Takayuki Umakoshi, Oosaka University, Japan

SP25. "Recent Trends in Metaoptical and Plasmonic Systems"

Organizer: Kentaro Iwami (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan)Junichi Takahara (Osaka University, Japan)

In this session, we will explore novel devices, versatile applications, and cutting-edge advancements in metaoptical and plasmonic systems. We will uncover the latest breakthroughs in design, simulation, and fabrication technologies shaping the future of this dynamic field.


  1. Novel optical systems and devices
  2. Metaoptical and plasmonic systems for various applications
  3. Advanced image sensors and imaging systems
  4. Advanced microdevices and systems enhanced by metasurfaces or plasmonics
  5. Design, simulation, and fabrication technologies
  6. Theoretical or Experimental works for related novel phenomena

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Tetsuo Kan, University of Electro Communication, Japan
  2. Masashi Miyata, NTT, Japan
  3. Kentaro Nishida, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  4. So Uenoyama, Hamatsu Photonics, Japan

SP26. "Spatiotemporal Metamaterials and Metasurfaces"

Organizer: Pai-Yen Chen (University of Illinois Chicago, USA), Chung-Tse Michael Wu (National Taiwan University, Taiwan) & Mohamed D. Farhat (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)

Novel metamaterials and metasurfaces with time-varying or space-time-varying properties have emerged as a new paradigm for wave control and manipulation, well beyond physical limits imposed by time-reversal symmetry, passivity, causality, and Lorentz reciprocity. This session will cover recent advances in theory, experiment, and applications of time-modulated and space-time-modulated media in optical, photonic, acoustic, elastic, quantum, and electronic fields.


  1. Spatiotemporal control of waves using metamaterials and metasurfaces
  2. Non-reciprocal wave propagation in time-modulated structure
  3. Time-modulated array: 4-D antenna arrays
  4. Time-modulated reconfigurable intelligent surfaces
  5. Bandwidth broadening of electromagnetic devices and components by time modulation
  6. Parity-time (PT) symmetry and anti-PT symmetry in non-Hermitian physical systems
  7. Novel applications of spatiltemporal metamaterials and metasurfaces

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Zizwe Chase, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  2. Pai-Yen Chen, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  3. Ashif Aminulloh Fathnan, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  4. Haitao Jiang, Tongji University, China
  5. Harumi Asada, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
  6. Keisuke Takano, Shinshu University, Japan
  7. Hiroki Wakatsuchi, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  8. Chung-Tse Michael Wu, National Taiwan University.
  9. Ying Wu, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  10. Jingxin Zhang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

SP27. "Recent advances in non-Hermitian metamaterials"

Organizer: Xue-Feng Zhu & Yu-Gui Peng (Huazhong university of science and technology, China)

The concept of non-Hermitian physics has inspired numerous intriguing phenomena in classical wave and diffusive systems. By introducing judicious arrangements of gain and/or loss meta-atoms, non-reciprocal couplings or diffusive media, non-Hermitian metamaterials can give rise to many extraordinary wave-matter interactions that cannot be achieved naturally. This session welcomes the recent advances in both the fundamentals and applications from diverse systems such as photonics, mechanics, acoustics, electrical circuits and heat transfer.


  1. Non-Hermitian metasurfaces
  2. Applications based on exceptional points
  3. Non-Hermitian topological phases and skin effects
  4. Non-Hermitian wave scattering and absorption
  5. Non-reciprocal coupling and odd elasticity

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

  1. Mengying Hu, Fudan University, China
  2. Tuo Liu, Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  3. Yan Meng, Dongguan University of Technology, China
  4. Yugui Peng, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  5. Chengzhi Qin, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  6. Bo Song, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  7. Xulong Wang, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
  8. Xiujuan Zhang, Nanjing University, China