Plenary & Keynote Talks

META 2020 will feature several Plenary Talks and Keynote Lectures by world leading experts on nanophotonics and metamaterials providing insights into the latest trends and strategies actionable to deal with the practical challenges faced by the community.

Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lecture 1:


Robert W. Boyd

University of Ottawa, Canada and University of Rochester, USA

Robert Boyd received the B.S. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. degree in physics in 1977 from the University of California at Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis was supervised by Charles Townes and involved the use of nonlinear optical techniques in infrared detection for astronomy. Professor Boyd joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester in 1977 and in July 2001 he became the M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics. In 2010, he became Professor of Physics and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics at the University of Ottawa. His research interests include studies of nonlinear optical interactions, studies of the nonlinear optical properties of materials, the development of photonic devices including photonic biosensors, and studies of the quantum statistical properties of nonlinear optical interactions. Professor Boyd has written two books, co-edited two anthologies, published over 200 research papers, and has been awarded five patents. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society and is the past chair of the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society.

Plenary Lecture 2:


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:


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 4:


Masaya Notomi

NTT Basic Research Labs., Japan

Masaya Notomi received his B.E., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from The University of Tokyo, Japan in 1986, 1988, and 1997, respectively. He joined NTT Optoelectronics Laboratories, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation in 1988 and moved to NTT Basic Research Laboratories in 1999. Since then, his research interest has been to control the optical properties of materials and devices by using artificial nanostructures, and engaged in research on quantum wires/dots and photonic crystal structures. In 1996-1997, he was a visiting researcher of Linkoping University, Sweden. He was a guest associate professor of Applied Electronics in 2003-2009 and is currently a guest professor of Physics in Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was appointed as Senior Distinguished Scientist of NTT since 2010. He is currently a director of NTT Nanophotonics Center. He received IEEE/LEOS Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) prize in 2009, Japan Academy Medal in 2009, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Prize for Science and Technology, Research Category) in 2010, and IEEE Fellow grade in 2013. He served as a member of National University Corporation Evaluation Committee in the Japanese government. He is a research director of JST CREST program from 2015. He is also a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, APS, IEEE, and OSA.

Plenary Lecture 5:


George C. Schatz

Northwestern University, USA

George C. Schatz, is the Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. He received his undergraduate degree at Clarkson University and Ph. D at Caltech. He was a postdoc at MIT, and has been at Northwestern since 1976. Schatz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physical Chemistry since 2005. Schatz is a theoretician specializing in electronic structure methods, dynamical processes, electrodynamics, and statistical mechanics, who studies the optical, structural and thermal properties of nanomaterials, including plasmonic nanoparticles, catalysts, DNA and peptide self-assembled nanostructures, and carbon-based materials, with applications to chemical and biological sensing, electronic and biological materials, heterogeneous catalysis and solar energy.

Plenary Lecture 6:


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

Keynote Lecture 1:
Miguel A. Correa-Duarte

University of Vigo , Spain

Miguel A. Correa-Duarte obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), in 1997 and PhD in Chemistry from the Universidade de Vigo (Spain), in 2002. He worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center of European Advanced Studies and Research (Bonn, Germany) and as a Visiting Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University (Tempe, USA), until joining the University of Vigo in 2005 as assistant professor at the Physical Chemistry Department. He is currently Associate Professor at the same department and Director of the Biomedical Research Center (CINBIO). He belongs as well to the Galicia Sur Health Research Institute (IISG), the Network Centre for Biomedical Research in Mental Health (CIBERSAM) and coordinates the Galician Network of Nanomedicine. He has coauthored more than 110 papers and 8 book chapters, which has been cited 7000 times (H-index of 42). He is co-inventor in 6 patents and cofounder of a nanotechnology-based spin-off company. His current interests focus on the synthesis and functionalization of nanomaterials, including core-shell nanohybrids, carbon nanotube/inorganic or organic nanocomposites, as well as nanoreactors and multifunctional nanomaterials, for applications in fields of sensing or catalysis.

Keynote Lecture 2:
Alexander Govorov

Ohio University, USA

Alexander O. Govorov is a Distinguished Professor of Physics at Ohio University in Athens, United States. His research focuses on the theory of optical and electronic properties of nanostructures and bio-assembled nanocrystals. His theoretical predictions have motivated experiments and have been implemented in many research labs worldwide. Dr. Govorov is the author of more than 250 papers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the recipient of several international awards including the Bessel Research Award (A. v. Humboldt Foundation, Germany), the Ikerbasque Research Fellowship (Spain), the E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award (Ireland) and the Jacques-Beaulieu Excellence Research Chair Award (INRS, Montreal).

Keynote Lecture 3:
Volker J. Sorger

George Washington University, USA

Volker J. Sorger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the leader of the Orthogonal Physics Enabled Nanophotonics (OPEN) lab at the George Washington University. He received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley. His research areas include opto-electronic devices, plasmonics and nanophotonics and photonic analog information processing and neuromorphic computing. Amongst his breakthroughs are the first demonstration of a semiconductor plasmon laser, attojoule-efficient modulators, and PMAC/s-fast photonic neural networks and near real-time analog signal processors. For his work, Dr. Sorger received multiple awards among are the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the AFOSR Young Investigator Award (YIP), the Hegarty Innovation Prize, and the National Academy of Sciences award of the year. Dr. Sorger is the editor-in-chief of Nanophotonics, the OSA Division Chair for ‘Photonics and Opto-electronics’ and serves at the board-of-meetings at OSA & SPIE, and the scholarship committee. He is a senior member of IEEE, OSA & SPIE.





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