Plenary & Keynote Talks

META CRUISE 2018 will feature several Plenary Talks and Keynote Lectures by world's leading experts on nanophotonics and metamaterials.

Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lecture 1: The Present and Future of Flat Optics: from Metalenses to Polarization Metaoptics and Arbitrarily Structured Light


Federico Capasso

Harvard University, USA

Federico Capasso is the Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, which he joined in 2003 after 27 years at Bell Labs where he was Member of Technical Staff, Department Head and Vice President for Physical Research. He is visiting professor at NTU with both the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His research has focused on nanoscale science and technology encompassing a broad range of topics. He pioneered band-structure engineering of semiconductor nanostructures and devices, invented and first demonstrated the quantum cascade laser and investigated QED forces including the first measurement of a repulsive Casimir force. His most recent contributions are new plasmonic devices and flat optics based on metasurfaces. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His awards include the King Faisal Prize, the IEEE Edison Medal, the SPIE Gold Medal, the American Physical Society Arthur Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, the Jan Czochralski Award for lifetime achievements in Materials Science, the IEEE Sarnoff Award in Electronics, the Materials Research Society Medal, the Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Optical Society Wood Prize, the Berthold Leibinger Future Prize, the Julius Springer Prize in Applied Physics, the European Physical Society Quantum Electronics Prize.

Plenary Lecture 2: X-Y-Z-T Metamaterials


Nader Engheta

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with affiliations in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Bioengineering. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Tehran, and his M.S and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech. His current research activities span a broad range of areas including nanophotonics, metamaterials, nano-scale optics, graphene optics, optical metatronics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, optical nanoengineering, microwave and optical devices, and physics and engineering of fields and waves He has received several awards for his research including the 2017 William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award from the IEEE Photonics Society, the 2015 Gold Medal from SPIE, the 2015 Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the 2015 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF) Award (also known as Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow Award) from US Department of Defense, the 2015 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2015 Wheatstone Lecture in King’s College London, the 2014 Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), the 2013 Inaugural SINA Award in Engineering, the 2012 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, 2006 Scientific American Magazine 50 Leaders in Science and Technology, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He is a Fellow of seven international scientific and technical societies, i.e., IEEE, URSI, OSA, APS, MRS, SPIE, and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has received the honorary doctoral degrees from the Aalto University in Finland in 2016 and from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2016.

Plenary Lecture 3: Evolutionary metamaterials: the imitation game of Nature for renewable energy harvesting, artificial intelligent photonics and advanced material engineering


Andrea Fratalocchi

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Andrea Fratalocchi  is an Associate Professor (from July 2016) in the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division at KAUST University. He joined KAUST in January 2011 as Assistant Professor. Prior to joining KAUST, Andrea Fratalocchi was a Research Fellow of Sapienza University of Rome under a KAUST Fellowship Award. From 2007 to 2009, Andrea Fratalocchi worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Sapienza University, under a "New Talent" Award from the research center “Enrico Fermi.” In 2012 he was appointed as Editor of Nature Scientific Report. In 2017, he won the middle east GCC enterprise Award as best electrical engineer of the year. Andrea Fratalocchi is the group leader of PRIMALIGHT, which focuses on providing new sustainable and scalable Photonics technologies for renewable energy, nanomedicine and material science.

Plenary Lecture 4: Microstructured Materials for Thermal Heating and Memory


Michelle L. Povinelli

University of Southern California, USA

Michelle Lynn Povinelli, is an Associate Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the University Southern California. Her research interest is nanophotonics, the study of how light interacts with nano- and microscale structures. Her group studies nanophotonic structures such as photonic crystals,, nanowires, and metamaterials for applications in optical trapping, photovoltaics, and thermal control. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the TR35 Award for innovators under age 35 from MIT's Technology Review magazine. She received a BA from the University of Chicago, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from MIT, all in Physics and was a postdoctoral researcher in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She has co-authored more than seventy-five journal articles and three US Patents.

Plenary Lecture 5: Catching Light with Metamaterials


Vladimir M. Shalaev

Purdue University, USA

Vladimir M. Shalaev, Scientific Director for Nanophotonics at Birck Nanotechnology Center and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, specializes in nanophotonics, plasmonics, and optical metamaterials. Vladimir M. Shalaev has received several awards for his research in the field of nanophotonics and metamaterials, including the Max Born Award of the Optical Society of America for his pioneering contributions to the field of optical metamaterials, the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, Rolf Landauer medal of the ETOPIM (Electrical, Transport and Optical Properties of Inhomogeneous Media) International Association, the UNESCO Medal for the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies, OSA and SPIE Goodman Book Writing Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, SPIE, MRS and OSA. Prof. Shalaev has authored three books, thirty invited book chapters and over 500 research publications.


Keynote Lectures

Quantum nanophotonics with semiconductor quantum dots


Advanced hybrid plasmonics based on nanoscale photopolymerization

Renaud Bachelot, University of Technology of Troyes, France


Optical Metamaterials with Emerging MXenes

Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, USA


Optical components and systems based on dielectric metasurfaces

Andrei FaraonCalifornia Institute of Technology, USA


Quantum and Classical Phenomena in Bio-Plasmonic Nanostructures and Assemblies

Alexander Govorov, Ohio University, USA


Nanoresonator: a modal theory of Fano-like resonance

Philippe Lalanne, Institut Optique Graduate School, France


Quantum devices based on quantum dots in planar nanophotonic structures

Peter Lodahl, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Enhancing Photon Harvesting with Plasmonic Nanostructures

Dongling Ma, Institut National de la Recherche scientifique (INRS), Canada


Electromagnetic Metamaterials - the First Twenty Years

Willie Padilla, Duke University, USA



Dorota Pawlak, Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Poland


Ultrafast pump-probe studies on graphene and graphene-based structures

Mu Wang, Nanjing University, China


Optical Metasurfaces from classical to quantum regime

Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley, USA





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