Plenary & Keynote Talks


META 2021 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: How Light Behaves when the Refractive Index Vanishes


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: Structuring Light and Dark  with Metaoptics


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 3: 4D Structured Waves


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 4: Applications of metasurfaces: From multispectral imaging to optical communications and biosensing


Maiken H. Mikkelsen

Duke University, USA

Maiken H. Mikkelsen is the James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor at Duke University in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and by courtesy, in the Departments of Physics and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. She received her B.S. in Physics from the University of Copenhagen in 2004, her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before joining Duke University in 2012. Her research explores nanophotonics and new quantum materials to enable transformative breakthroughs for optoelectronics, quantum science, the environment and human health. Her awards include the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award from the American Physical Society, the NSF CAREER award, the Moore Inventor Fellow award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Young Investigator Program Awards from the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and the Early Career Achievement Award from SPIE – the International Society for Optics and Photonics.

Plenary Lecture 5: Integrated Nanophotonics for Optoelectronic Computation


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 6: Metasurfaces for Light Management in Semiconductor Thin Films


Deirdre O'Carroll

Rutgers University, USA

Deirdre O'Carroll is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Rutgers University. Her research areas include nanophotonics, plasmonics, organic optoelectronics and energy materials. She obtained her B.E. in Electrical Engineering in 2002, and a PhD in Microelectronics in 2008 at University College Cork and the Tyndall National Institute, Ireland. Prior to joining Rutgers in 2011, she conducted postdoctoral research in plasmonics at California Institute of Technology in the US and at the University of Strasbourg and CNRS in France. She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016), an American Chemical Society Young Investigator Award in Polymer Material Science and Engineering (2017) and a Science Foundation Ireland Future Research Leaders Award (2018). She is an associate editor for the SPIE Journal of Photonics for Energy and a member of the editorial advisory board for APL Photonics.

Plenary Lecture 7: Empowering Quantum Photonics with Nanoplasmonics and Machine Learning


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: Analysis and Knowledge Discovery of Metastructures Using Deep Learning and Machine Learning Approaches in Reduced-dimensionality Spaces

Ali Adibi

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Ali Adibi is the director of Bio and Environmental Sensing Technologies (BEST) and a professor and the Joseph M. Pettit Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. His research group has pioneered several material and device platforms for integrated nanophotonics and metasurfaces for information processing, communications, and sensing. His group has recently pioneered new artificial-intelligence-based approaches based on dimensionality reduction for analysis, design, and knowledge discovery in electromagnetic nanostructures. He is the author of more than 160 journal papers and 400 conference papers. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nanophotonics, and the Nanophotonic Program Track Chair of the Photonics West meeting. He is the recipient of several awards including Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), Packard Fellowship, NSF CAREER Award, and the SPIE Technology Achievement Award. He is also a fellow of OSA, SPIE, and AAAS.

Keynote Lecture 2: Tunable and Time-Modulated Flat Optics

Harry Atwater

California Institute of Technology, USA

Harry Atwater is the Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. Atwater’s scientific interests have two themes: light-matter interactions in nanophotonic materials and structures as well as solar energy conversion. Atwater is an early pioneer in nanophotonics and plasmonics; he gave the name to the field of plasmonics in 2001. He is also the founding Director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech, and he currently serves as Director of the DOE Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.
Harry Atwater is a Member of US National Academy of Engineering, and is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the National Academy of Inventors. He has created new high efficiency solar cell designs and has pioneered principles for light management in solar cells. Atwater is the co-founder of Alta Devices, a solar photovoltaics company in Santa Clara, CA that holds the current world records for 1 Sun single and dual junction solar cell efficiency as well as solar module efficiency, and is currently transitioning GaAs photovoltaics technology to manufacturing and large-scale production. He is the founding Editor in Chief for the journal ACS Photonics, and is Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. In 2006 he founded the Gordon Research Conference on Plasmonics, for which he served as chair in 2008.
Atwater has been honored by awards including: Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture Award, American Chemical Society (2018); APS David Adler Lectureship for Advances in Materials Physics (2016); Julius Springer Prize in Applied Physics (2014); Fellowship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2013); ENI Prize for Renewable and Nonconventional Energy (2012); SPIE Green Photonics Award (2012); MRS Kavli Lecturer in Nanoscience (2010); and the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2010). He also received the Joop Los Fellowship from the Dutch Society for Fundamental Research on Matter (2005), the A.T.&T. Foundation Award (1990), the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989) and the IBM Faculty Development Award in 1989-1990.

Keynote Lecture 3: A new spin for acoustics

Konstantin Bliokh

RIKEN, Japan

Konstantin Bliokh received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Kharkov National University (Ukraine) in 1998 and 2001, respectively. After that, he worked at the Institute of Radio Astronomy (Ukraine). He was a post-doctoral fellow at Bar-Ilan University (Israel, 2003–2005), a visiting research scientist at Technion–Israel Institute of Technology (Israel, 2007), a Linkage International research fellow at the Australian National University (Australia, 2008–2009), and a Marie Curie research fellow at the National University of Ireland (Ireland, 2009–2011). Starting from 2011, he is a Senior Research Scientist at RIKEN (Japan). He has co-authored over 100 scientific papers, reviews, and book chapters.

Keynote Lecture 4: Volumetric microscale gradient refractive index lenses and waveguides for ultra-dense 3D optics

Paul V. Braun

University of Illinois, USA

Paul V. Braun is the Director of the Illinois Materials Research Laboratory, the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and a Professor in Chemistry at the University of Illinois. The Braun group focuses on the synthesis of materials with carefully crafted 3D nano- and mesoscale architectures which lead to emergence of new optical, electrochemical, and thermal functionalities. Recent priority research areas include materials for energy storage, advanced optics, chemical sensing, and the control of heat. Prof. Braun received his B.S. degree with distinction from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1999. Prof. Braun has co-authored a book, about 300 peer-reviewed publications, been awarded multiple patents, and has co-founded three companies. He is the recipient of the Illinois MatSE Young Alumnus Award (2011), the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010), the Stanley H. Pierce Faculty Award (2010), the 2002 Robert Lansing Hardy Award from TMS, a Beckman Young Investigator Award (2001), a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2001), the Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2004, 2009), and multiple teaching awards. In 2006, he was named a University Scholar by the University of Illinois, and in 2011 was named the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Prof. Braun has served on the editorial advisory boards of multiple journals. He was a member of the 2010-2011 DARPA Defense Science Study Group, and the 2015-2017 National Academies Technical Advisory Board for the US Army Research Laboratory. In 2018 Prof. Braun was elected a Fellow of the Materials Research Society.

Keynote Lecture 5: Commercializing Metaphotonics

Hyuck Choo

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Korea

Hyuck Choo received his BS and MEng from Cornell University and PhD from UC Berkeley and trained as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and UC San Francisco. Dr. Choo held a faculty position in Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering at Caltech and now serves as Vice President at Samsung Electronics. He is in charge of the Imaging Device Laboratory focusing on metaphotonics.

Keynote Lecture 6: Nanophotonics with Two-Dimensional Materials

Javier García de Abajo

ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Spain

Javier García de Abajo received his PhD from the University of the Basque Country in 1993 and then visited Berkeley National Lab for three years. He was a Research Professor at the Spanish CSIC and in 2013 moved to ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques (Barcelona) as an ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader. He is Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, and he has co-authored 300+ articles on different aspects of nanophotonics, atomic physics, surface science, and electron microscope spectroscopies. See for more details.

Keynote Lecture 7: Semiconductor Nanocrystal Optoelectronics: Pushing the Limits

Hilmi Volkan Demir

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Hilmi Volkan Demir received his B.S. degree from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1998, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, in 2000 and 2004, respectively. As Singapore’s NRF Fellow, he is currently a Professor of electrical engineering, physics and materials with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, where he is also the Director of LUMINOUS! Center of Excellence for Semiconductor Lighting and Displays. Concurrently, he holds appointment at Bilkent University and UNAM (his alma mater). His current research interests include nanocrystal optoelectronics, semiconductor nanophotonics and lighting. He has published over 350 top-tier SCI articles as a Principle Investigator, including 111 Nature Index Papers, delivered approximately 250 invited seminars and lectures, and generated over 40 patents as a Lead Inventor. His scientific and entrepreneurship activities resulted in important international and national awards, including the NRF Investigatorship Award, the Nanyang Award for Research Excellence, the European Science Foundation EURYI Award, the TUBITAK TESVIK Award, and the TUBA-GEBIP Award. He has been selected The Outstanding Young Person in the World (TOYP Award) of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Federation of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Worldwide in the category of academic achievement and leadership. He is currently the Springer-Nature Series Editor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and an OSA Editor of Optics Express. He served as Technical Chair in 2015, Member-at-Large in 2016, and General Chair in 2017, for the IEEE Photonics Society’s flagship program IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC). Dr. Demir is an elected Associate Member of the Turkish National Academy of Sciences (TUBA) and is a Fellow of OSA.

Keynote Lecture 8: Optical and photochemical properties of chiral plasmonic nanostructures

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 9: Tunable Light-Matter Coupling in Low-Dimensional Excitonic Semiconductors

Deep Jariwala

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Deep Jariwala is an Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). His research interests broadly lie at the intersection of new materials, surface science and solid-state devices for computing, sensing, opto-electronics and energy harvesting applications. Deep completed his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, in 2010. Deep did his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University graduating in 2015. Deep was a Resnick Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech from 2015-2017 before joining Penn in 2018 and starting his own group. Deep’s research has earned him awards of multiple professional societies including the Russell and Sigurd Varian Award of the American Vacuum Society, The Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award of the American Physical Society, Johannes and Julia Weertman Doctoral Fellowship, the Hilliard Award, the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program Award, Nanomaterials Young Investigator Award, TMS Frontiers in Materials Award in addition to being named in Forbes Magazine list of 30 scientists under 30 and is an invitee to Frontiers of Engineering conference of the National Academy of Engineering. He serves on the Editorial board of the journals Electronics and Micromachines and on the Early Career Editorial Advisory Board of Nano Letters. He has published over 80 journal papers with more than 12000 citations and 5 patents.

Keynote Lecture 10: Wavelength conversion through plasmonic photoconductive nanostructures

Mona Jarrahi

University of California Los Angeles, USA

Mona Jarrahi is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California Los Angeles. She has made significant contributions to the development of ultrafast electronic and optoelectronic devices and integrated systems for terahertz, infrared, and millimeter-wave sensing, imaging, computing, and communication systems by utilizing novel materials, nanostructures, and innovative plasmonic concepts. Her scientific achievements have been recognized by several prestigious awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Moore Inventor Fellowship from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Kavli Fellowship by the USA National Academy of Sciences, Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award from the USA National Academy of Engineering; Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics Magazine; Research Award from Okawa Foundation; Early Career Award in Nanotechnology from the IEEE Nanotechnology Council; Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society; Booker Fellowship from the USA National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science; Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society; Early Career Award from the USA National Science Foundation; Young Investigator Awards from the USA Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Prof. Jarrahi is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE societies and has served as a distinguished lecturer of IEEE, traveling lecturer of OSA, and visiting lecturer of SPIE societies.

Keynote Lecture 11: Fast, Low Cost Fabrication of Optimized 3D Nanostructures for Energy Transfer and Transport Properties

Seokwoo Jeon

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Seokwoo Jeon Jeon is Chair professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea. His research goals are exploring novel electronic, mechanical, and optical properties from those nanomaterials and employing those materials in real world application. Currently his research focuses on synthesis and applications of low dimensional materials including graphene, carbon nanotubes, BN, and MoS2, and fabrication of 3D nanostructures using various metallic or ceramic materials and applications. He has produced more than 140 publications and 100 patents in his research fields. He has been a board member of numerous academic societies, and a session organizer or organizing committee of international conferences such as ICCM, ACCM, and MRS. Presidential early-career scientist award from the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) in 2015 represents his numerous academic awards and honors in recent years. In 2017, he has appointed as a founding member of the Young Korean Academy of Science and Technology (Y-KAST) and become a director of Advanced MEMS GC Center for Drug Detection.

Keynote Lecture 12: Rigorous modal analysis of micro and nanoresonators

Philippe Lalanne

Institut d'Optique Graduate School, France

Philippe Lalanne is Research Director at CNRS and is an international expert in computational and nanoscale electrodynamics. He was first involved in the group of Pierre Chavel at l'Institut d’Optique. In 1995, he spent a sabbatical year with G.M. Morris at the Institute of Optics in Rochester. With his colleagues, he has launched new modal theories and improved numerical tools in grating, waveguide and microresonator theory. He has used these tools to provide deep insight into the physical mechanisms involved in key nanoscale optical phenomena and devices, e.g. light confinement in photonic-crystal cavities, the extraordinary optical transmission, light interaction with plasmonic nanoresonators. He has pioneered the development of large-NA metalenses and has designed and demonstrated novel nanostructures with record or completely novel performance in their time, e.g. metalens, slow light injectors, directional plasmon couplers, broadband single-channel photon sources. He is a recipient of the Bronze medal of CNRS and the prix Fabry de Gramont of the Société Française d’Optique. He is an Associate Editor of Optica, a member of the editorial board of Laser & Photonics Reviews, and is director of GDR Ondes, a broad virtual laboratory that gathers the French community working on acoustic and electromagnetic waves. He is a fellow of the IOP, OSA and SPIE and was Carl Zeiss visiting Professor at Jena in 2010.

Keynote Lecture 13: Active Epsilon-near-zero Photonics

Howard Lee

UC Irvine, USA

Howard Lee is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Irvine. Before joining UCI, he was an Associated Professor in the Department of Physics at Baylor University and IQSE Fellow and visiting professor in the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering (IQSE) at TexasA&M. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Caltech, working with Prof. Harry Atwater in active plasmonics/metasurfaces. He received his PhD in Physics from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Germany in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Philip Russell. His work on nano-optics, plasmonics, and photonic crystals has led to 35 journal publications in various journals, such as Science, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, and ACS Photonics, as well as 50 invited talks and 130 conference papers. Dr. Lee is a recipient of a 2020 SPIE Rising Researcher, a 2020 Baylor Outstanding Professor Award, a 2019 DARPA Director’s Fellowship, a 2019 IEEE OGC Young Scientist Award, a 2018 NSF CAREER Award, a 2017 DARPA Young Faculty Award, a 2018 OSA Ambassador, a 2017 APS Robert S. Hyer Award, a 2018 Baylor Young Investigator Award, and a 2012 Croucher Postdoctoral Fellowship. He organized more than 10 technical sessions in nanophotonics/metasurfaces in international conferences (CLEO, META, PQE, MRS) and serves as Lead Symposium Organizer for plasmonic/metasurface symposiums at MRS 2019 Fall Meeting, 2020 Spring/Fall Meeting, and 2021 Spring Meeting. He is a Founding Associate Editor for OSA Continuum and Associate Editor for Nature Scientific Reports journals.

Keynote Lecture 14: Chiral Near-Field Properties of Plasmonic Nanomaterials: Imaging and Functions

Hiromi Okamoto

Institute for Molecular Science, Japan

Hiromi Okamoto received a Doctor (DSc) degree in 1991 from The University of Tokyo. He was appointed as a Research Associate at Institute for Molecular Science in 1985, and moved to The University of Tokyo in 1990, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993. Since 2000, he has been serving as a Professor at Institute for Molecular Science. His present major research interests are nano-optical and nano-spectroscopic studies of nanomaterials, especially excited-state dynamics such as plasmon resonances, chiral nano-optical effects, and so forth.

Keynote Lecture 15: Metamaterials that travel faster than light: putting the squeeze on photons

Sir John B. Pendry

Imperial College London, UK

Sir John B. Pendry is an English theoretical physicist educated at Downing College, Cambridge, UK, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in 1969. He is a professor of theoretical solid - state physics at Imperial College London where he was Head of the Department of Physics (1998 – 2001) and Principal of the Faculty of Physical Sciences (2001 – 2002). John Pendry has made seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and photonics. His most famous work has introduced a new class of materials, metamaterials, whose electromagnetic properties depend on their internal structure rather than their chemical constitution. He discovered that a perfect lens manufactured from negatively refracting material would circumvent Abbeʼs diffraction limit to spatial resolution, which has stood for more than a century. His most recent innovation of transformation optics gives the metamaterial specifications required torearrange electromagnetic field configurations at will, by representing the field distortions as a warping of the space in which they exist. In its simplest form the theory shows how we can direct field lines around a given obstacle and thus provide a cloak of invisibility. John Pendryʼs outstanding contributions have been awarded by many prizes, among which the Dirac Prize(1996), the Knight Bachelor (2004), the Royal Medal (2006), the Isaac Newton Medal (2013) and the Kavli Prize (2014).

Keynote Lecture 16: Dielectric metasurfaces for flat optics: wavefront engineering and future applications

Junsuk Rho

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea

Junsuk Rho is currently an Mu-Eun-Jae (無垠齋) endowed chair associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Republic of Korea. Before joining POSTECH, He received a degree his B.S. (2007) and M.S. (2008) in Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, respectively. After getting Ph.D. (2013) in Mechanical Engineering and Nanoscale Science & Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, he had worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Ugo Fano Fellow in Nanoscience and Technology Division at Argonne National Laboratory. His research is focused on developing novel nanophotonic materials and devices based on fundamental physics and experimental studies of deep sub-wavelength light-matter interaction. Dr. Rho has published approximately 70 high impact peer-reviewed journal papers including Science, Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Materials and Nature Communications. He has received honorable awards including Samsung Scholarship (2008-2013), the Optical Society of America (OSA) Milton/Chang Award, the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Scholarship (2011 & 2012), Materials Research Society (MRS) student award (2012), U.S. DOE Argonne Named Fellowship (2013-2016), Edmund Optics educational award (2015), the Optical Society of Korea young investigator award (2016), SPIE Rising Researcher Award (2017), Korean Government MSIP Minister’s Commendation (2017), Proud POSTECHIAN Award (2018), Korean Government MSIT Minister’s Commendation (2019) and Korean Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2019).

Keynote Lecture 17: Strainoptronics: A New Degree of Freedom for 2D Material Device Engineering

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.

Keynote Lecture 18: 3D Laser Nanoprinting of 3D Metamaterials

Martin Wegener

KIT, Germany

Martin Wegener is Professor at the Institute of Applied Physics at KIT and one of the Directors of the Institute of Nanotechnology at KIT. He is also spokesperson of the Excellence Cluster “3D Matter Made to Order”. He initiated (2006) and co-founded (2007) the company Nanoscribe GmbH. His current research interests are in 3D additive manufacturing driven towards the nanometer scale and applications thereof, for example in 3D metamaterials.

Keynote Lecture 19: Publishing in Nature Journals

Rachel Won

Nature Photonics, UK

Rachel Won is an International Editor of Nature Photonics. She joined the journal in June 2006 as one of four Founding Editors. Before that, Rachel worked for Aston University's Business Partnership Unit in Birmingham, UK, as a Medici Fellow commercializing research output of the university, particularly that of photonics research. She obtained her PhD in microwave photonics and nonlinear optics as a member of Aston's Photonics Research Group. She worked for Philips Optical Storage in Singapore as an Optics Engineer after completing her Master's degree study in Nanyang Technological University of Singapore doing research in optical fibre sensing. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the National University of Malaysia. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

Keynote Lecture 20: The Challenge of META is (Aperiodic) Inverse Electromagnetic Design

Eli Yablonovitch

UC Berkeley, USA

Eli Yablonovitch is the Director of the NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S), a multi-University Center headquartered at Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1972. He worked for two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and then became a professor of Applied Physics at Harvard. In 1979 he joined Exxon to do research on photovoltaic solar energy. Then in 1984, he joined Bell Communications Research, where he was a Distinguished Member of Staff, and also Director of Solid-State Physics Research. In 1992 he joined the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was the Northrop-Grumman Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering. Then in 2007 he became Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, where he holds the James & Katherine Lau Chair in Engineering. Prof. Yablonovitch introduced the idea that strained semiconductor lasers could have superior performance due to reduced valence band (hole) effective mass. With almost every human interaction with the internet, optical telecommunication occurs by strained semiconductor lasers. He is regarded as a Father of the Photonic BandGap concept, and he coined the term "Photonic Crystal".




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