• Technical Conference:  14 – 17 October 2019
  • Science & Industry Showcase:  15 – 16 October 2019

2018 Invited Speakers

FiO 1: Fabrication, Design and Instrumentation

  • Daniel Smalley, Brigham Young University, USA
    Progress on Optical Trap Volumetric Displays

  • Yi-Hsin Lin, National Chiao Tung Univ., Taiwan
    Electrically Tunable Liquid Crystal Lenses for Augmented Reality

  • Amit Ashok, College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, USA
    Fundamental Limits in Imaging: A Computational Imaging Approach

FiO 2: Optical Interactions

  • Judith Dawes, Macquarie University, Australia
    Random lasers for sensing

  • Karen Volke-Sepulveda, Univ Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
    Motion Rectification and Transport Control in 2D Optical Brownian Ratchets

  • Kaoru Minoshima, UEC, Japan , Japan
    Spatio-temporal Manipulation of Light Waves by use of Optical Frequency Combs

  • Jelena Vuckovic, Stanford, USA, USA
    Optimized (quantum) photonics

  • Miguel A. Bandres, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
    Topological Insulator Lasers

  • Roberto Morandotti, INRS, Canada, Canada
    Framework for complex quantum state generation and coherent control based on on-chip frequency combs

  • Natalia M. Litchinitser, USA
    Structured Light-Matter Interactions in Nano-Engineered Nonlinear Photonic Media 

FiO 3: Quantum Electronics

  • Shayan Mookherjea, University of California San Diego, USA
    Silicon Photonics for Generating and Manipulating Entangled Photons

  • Stefan Strauf, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
    Deterministic Coupling of Quantum Emitters in Two-dimensional Materials to Optical Cavities 

  • Gordon Keeler, DARPA, USA
    Enabling Next-Generation Optical Microsystems

    A Dissipative Phase Transition in a Two-photon-driven Array of Kerr Resonators

  • Kartik Srinivasan, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
    Quantum-state generation and frequency-domain manipulation using nanophotonics

FiO 4a: Fiber Optics and Optical Communications Photonics

  • Amnon Yariv, Caltech, USA
    Quantum-Inspired Redesign of the Semiconductor Laser for Hgh Coherence

  • Frank Wise, Cornell University, USA
    Spatiotemporal Mode-Locking in Multimode Fiber Lasers

  • Tomonari Sato, NTT Device Technology Laboratories, Japan
    III-V Membrane Buried Heterostructure Lasers on SiO2/Si Substrate

  • Junho Cho, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
    Rate Adaptation for High Spectral Efficiency Optical Communications

  • Camille-Sophie Bres, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
    High performance Chalcogenide photonic crystal fibers pumped in the short wave infrared

  • Joel Carpenter, Queensland University, Australia
    Laguerre-Gaussian Spatial Mode Sorter

FiO 4b: Photonic Integrated Devices for Computing, Sensing, and Other Applications

  • David Norris, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    The Next Generation of Colloidal Quantum Emitters for Nanophotonics and Plasmonics

  • Mercedeh Khajavikhan, CREOL, USA
    Non-Hermitian Photonics: Lasers and Sensors

  • Mohammad Hafezi, University of Maryland, USA
    Towards quantum topological photonics

  • Roel Baets, Ghent University, Belgium, Belgium
    Medical Device Applications of Silicon Photonics

  • Simone Ferrari, University of Muenster, Germany
    Superconducting Nanowire Single-photon Detector Integrated with a Nanophotonic Cavity 

FiO 5: Optics in Biology, Medicine, Vision, and Color

  • Adam Bauer and Adam Eggebrecht, Washington University, USA
    From man to mouse: translational studies in stroke recovery

  • Christine Fleming Hendon, Columbia, USA
    Optical Imaging for Cardiac Ablation

  • Ann Elsner, Indiana University, USA
    Lowering the Cost and Improving the Usability of Retinal Imaging and Visual Function Assessment

FiO 6: Information Acquisition, Processing, and Display

  • Simon Horsley, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
    Topology and the Optical Dirac Equation

  • Michael Klug, Magic Leap, USA
    Optics for Wearable Spatial Computing Systems

Laser Science: Extreme Laser Science (Wavelength, Power, Time)

  • Agostino Marinelli, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA
    Towards Attosecond Science with X-ray Free-electron Lasers

  • Sebastian Meuren, Princeton University, USA
    Boiling the quantum vacuum with extremely intense laser light

  • Jorge Rocca, Colorado State , USA
    Extreme Conditions from Ultra-Intense Femtosecond Laser Pulses Interacting with Aligned Nanostructures


  • Jan-Erik Kallhammer, Autoliv, USA
    From Night Vision to LiDAR: An Automotive Perspective
  • Barry Behnken, AEye, Inc., USA
    Think like a Robot, Perceive like a Human.
  • Matthew Byrd, Analog Photonics, USA
    Integrated Optical Phased Arrays for Solid-State LiDAR
  • Mark Itzler, Ford's Argo AI, USA
    Geiger-mode LiDAR for Autonomous Vehicles
  • Angus Pacala, Ouster, USA
    Next Generation Compact LIDAR Systems: Making Every Photon Count 
  • Matthew Weed, Luminar Technologies, USA
    A Vehicle Platform Perspective on 3D Sensing
  • Sabbir Rangwala , Patience Consulting LLC, USA
    Panel Moderator: A Realistic Assessment of Optics for Self-driving Vehicles
  • Brandon Collings, Lumentum, USA
    Panel Discussion: A Realistic Assessment of Optics for Self-driving Vehicles
  • Kevin Dopart , US Dept. of Trans., USA
    Panel Discussion: A Realistic Assessment of Optics for Self-driving Vehicles
  • Rob Murano, II-VI, USA
    Panel Discussion: A Realistic Assessment of Optics for Self-driving Vehicles
  • Steve Gehring, Global Auto Alliance, USA
    Panel Discussion: A Realistic Assessment of Optics for Self-driving Vehicles
  • Martin Zirngibl, Finisar, USA
    Panel Discussion: A Realistic Assessment of Optics for Self-driving Vehicles
  • Jenna Chan, General Technical Services, USA
    Panel Moderator: Optical Technologies for Autonomy in Realistic Weather
  • Chris Debrunner, Lockheed Martin, USA
    Panel Discussion: Optical Technologies for Autonomy in Realistic Weather
  • Paolo Masini, Raytheon Vision Systems, USA
    Panel Discussion: Optical Technologies for Autonomy in Realistic Weather
  • Joseph Minor, US Army, USA
    Panel Discussion: Optical Technologies for Autonomy in Realistic Weather
  • Colin Reese, US Army Research Lab, USA
    Panel Discussion: Optical Technologies for Autonomy in Realistic Weather
  • William Nothwang, US Army Research Lab, USA
    Panel Moderator: Optical Technologies for Autonomy in Unstructured Environments
  • Marcus Chevitarese, Raytheon, USA
    Panel Discussion: Optical Technologies for Autonomy in Unstructured Environments
  • Priya Narayanan, US Army Research Lab, USA
    Panel Discussion: Optical Technologies for Autonomy in Unstructured Environments
  • Deva Ramanan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
    Panel Discussion: Optical Technologies for Autonomy in Unstructured Environments
  • Robert Sadowski, US Army TARDEC, USA
    Panel Discussion: Optical Technologies for Autonomy in Unstructured Environments

Nanophotonics and Plasmonics

  • Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue, USA
    Nanophotonics with metal nitrides and carbides: from bulk to 2D
  • Bert Hecht, Univ. of Wuerzburg, Germany
    Strong coupling of a single quantum dot to a plasmonic nanoresonator at ambient conditions 
  • Bumki Min, KAIST, Korea
    Linear Frequency Conversion in a Rapidly Time-variant Metasurface
  • Mark Stockman, Georgia State University, USA
    Solids in Ultrafast Strong Laser Fields: Optical Control of Electronic State
  • Michal Lipson, Columbia Univ, USA
    Next Generation Photonics Based on 2D Materials
  • Min Gu, RMIT Melbourne, Australia
    Topological Photonics in Gyroids: 3D Nano-Printing of Weyl Points
  • Nader Engheta, Pennsylvania, USA
    Structuring Light with Metastructures
  • Päivi Tormä, Aalto Univ., Finland
    Bose-Einstein Condensation and Ultrafast Lasing in a Plasmonic Lattice
  • Teri Odom, Northwestern University, USA
    Peering Through the Looking Glass: The Next Frontier in Nano-Optics
  • Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley, USA
    Non-equilibrium photonics with self-adaptive order
  • Harry Atwater, Caltech, USA
  • Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley, USA
    Solving the Resistive Loss Problem in Optical Antennas
  • Sahin Ozdemir, Pennsylvania State University, USA
    Plasmonics with Quantum States of Light Towards Quantum Applications
  • Rupert Oulton, Imperial College London, UK
    Giant Nonlinear Response at a Plasmonic Nanofocus Drives Efficient Four-wave Mixing Over Micron Length Scales
  • Svetlana Boriskina, MIT, USA
    Singular Nanoplasmonics

Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision (VR/AV)

  • Guillaume Basset, CSEM, Switzerland
    Meta-Resonant Waveguide-Gratings - Monochromatic Diffraction to AR
  • Hong Hua, University of Arizona, USA
    Optimizing Head mounted Light Field Displays for quality and comfort 
  • Jim Melzer, Thales Visionix, USA
    Head-Mounted Displays for High Stress Occupations
  • Joel Kollin, Microsoft Research, USA
    Stereo, parallax, wavefronts, and immersion - where is the value?
  • Jonathan Waldern, DigiLens, USA
    Waveguide Manufacturing for AR Displays, Past, Present and Future
  • Kayvan Mirza, Optivent, France
    Augmented Reality Smart Glasses: Disruption or Distraction?
  • Mark Bolas, Microsoft Corp., USA
    Bending Light to Bend Reality
  • Micah TinklePaugh, EPRI institute, USA
    AR UI for Lunar and Martian Energy Operations
  • Patricia Shute, Huawei Corporation, USA
    Hardware challenges for AR/VR headsets
  • Poking Li, Himax, Taiwan
    Is LCOS the display of choice for AR?
  • Behnam Bastani, Oculus, USA
    Recreating Reality: Enabling Immersive VR/AR Experience on Mobile Platforms
  • Thad Starner, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
    User-centered Design of Head Worn Displays
  • John Haddick, ODG , USA
    Smart Glasses and AR headsets for enterprise and consumer markets
  • Barry Silverstein, Facebook Reality Labs, USA
    The Opportunities and Challenges of Creating Artificial Perception Through Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Ed Tang, Avegant Corp, USA
    Light Field Displays in AR headset
  • Brett McCorkle, Erie Insurance, USA
    Use of AR and smart glasses at Erie Insurance

Quantum Computing

  • Evan Salim, Coldquanta,
    Enabling Technologies for Cold-Matter Based Quantum Systems
  • Ian Walmsley, Univeristy of Oxford, UK
    Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
  • Michael Biercuk, University of Sydney, AUS
    Quantum Control and Metrology with Trapped Ions
  • Peter Knight, Kavli Royal Society International Ctr, UK
    Quantum Technology for a Networked World
  • David Weiss, Penn State Univeristy, USA
    Quantum computing with nuetral atoms
  • Dietrich Leibfried, NIST, USA
    Quantum enhanced metrology with trapped ions
  • Nils Hempler, M Squared Lasers, UK
    Commercialization of Quantum Sensing Technologies
  • Joanna Skiba-Szymanska, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd,
    Quantum Dot Based Devices for Telecom Wavelength Quantum Networks 
  • Dirk Englund, MIT, USA
    Photonic Integrated Circuits for Scalable Quantum Networks
  • Michael Raymer, University of Oregon, USA
    High-Efficiency Multiplexing of Quantum Information in Optical Temporal Modes
  • Hiroki Takesue, NTT Corporation, Japan
    Quantum communication experiments with telecom-band photonics technologies
  • Bruno Huttner, ID Quantique, Switzerland
    Quantum Key Distribution: From Technology to Real-World Implementation
  • Stephan Ritter, TOPTICA Photonics, Germany
    Time for Quantum Ttechnologies: Optical Clocks for Users
  • Paulina Kuo, NIST, USA
    Optical Quantum Technologies and Tools
  • Jungsang Kim, IonQ, USA
    Reconfigurable and Programmable Ion Trap Quantum Computer

Laser Science: Precision Spectroscopy

  • David DeMille, Yale University, USA
    Tabletop probes for TeV physics

  • Hope Michelsen, Sandia, USA
    Probing Soot Formation and Chemical Evolution During Combustion

  • Konstantin Vodopyanov, CREOL, USA
    Massively Parallel Sensing of Trace Molecules with Broadband Mid-Infrared Subharmonic Frequency Combs

  • Masao Takamoto, Riken, Japan
    Development of cryogenic strontium optical lattice clocks and their applications

  • Warren Warren, Duke, USA
    Optical pulse shaping, from nanoseconds to femtoseconds, and its role in coherent molecular spectroscopy

  • Shiyang Zhong, Lund University, Sweden
    Probing Photoionization Dynamics by High-spectral-resolution Attosecond Spectroscopy 

  • Melanie Reber, University of Georgia, USA
    Cavity-enhanced Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Enabling Transient Absorption Spectroscopy of Dilute Species in Molecular Beams

Laser Science: Novel Lasers, Plasmonics, Nanophotonics

  • Andrea Alu, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, USA
    Nonreciprocal photonics

  • Federico Capasso, Harvard University, USA
    High performance flat optics 

  • Jon Schuller, UC Santa Barbara, USA
    Resolving Multipolar Transitions and Directional Metasurface Light Emission with Momentum-Resolved Spectroscopy 

  • Maiken Mikkelsen, Duke , USA
    Plasmonic Metasurfaces: Combinatorial Colors and High-Speed Photodetection

  • Mark Brongersma, Stanford University, USA
    Activities Shaping the Wavefront of Nanophotonics

  • Rainer Hillenbrand, Nanogune, Spain
    Infrared Nanophotonics Based on Phonon Polaritons in Boron Nitride

Laser Science: Quantum Science

  • Prem Kumar, Northwestern University, USA
    Quantum Communication and Networking

  • Robert Alfano, CCNY, USA
    Photons Probe Processes in the Brain 

  • Virginia Lorenz, Univ Ill, USA
    Optical-Fiber Source of Energy-Entangled Three-Photon W-State 

  • Evan Meyer-Scott, University of Paderborn, Germany
    Engineering Integrated Sources of Entangled Photon Pairs

  • Peter Rakich, Yale University, USA
    Quantum Acoustics: Controlling Phonons Using Light and Superconducting Circuits

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