Plenary Speakers

1. Prof. Chi-Kuang Sun

  • Chairman, Photonics Program, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
  • National Taiwan University, Taiwan (ROC)

Titel of Lecture: In vivo histopathology imaging of human skin lesion using stain-free trauma-free harmonic generation microscopy

Prof. Chi-Kuang Sun is a Life Distinguished Professor in the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Medicine at National Taiwan University (NTU). He received his B.S. in EE from NTU in 1987, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1990 and 1995 respectively. He was an Assistant Researcher in the NSF Center for Quantized Electronics Structures (QUEST) at UCSB between 1995 and 1996. He joined the NTU faculty in 1996 and is currently Life Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Photonics at NTU and Adjunct Research Fellow of Physics and Applied Sciences at Academia Sinica. He is the founder and a chief investigator of the Molecular Imaging Center, one of the 7 university-level excellence centers at NTU.

Professor Sun’s research involves optical molecular imaging, nonlinear microscopy, ultrafast phenomena, nano-ultrasonics, THz health care, advanced femtosecond laser technologies, and applications in virtual biopsy diagnosis, treatment and therapy assessment, surgical guidance, wearable monitoring device, neural science, virus epidemic control, palaeontology, interfacial water imaging, and boson peak studies. He leads the advancement and clinical applications of third harmonic generation microscopy for noninvasive differential diagnosis of skin lesions. He leads the development of dielectric THz fibers and THz-fiber-based imaging systems, including THz fiber-endoscope, THz near-field microscope, and THz mammography for breast cancer and blood imaging. He proposes and demonstrates the generation and detection of femtosecond acoustic pulses by using piezoelectric nanolayers, combined with the slow sound velocity and high temporal resolution, for the noninvasive atomic-level resolution ultrasound imaging.

Professor Sun has published over 230 journal articles, is editor or author of 12 books or book chapters, and holds 17 patents for his discoveries. He is a fellow of OSA, IEEE, and SPIE. He received the Outstanding Research Award from National Science Council (Taiwan) for 3 times, MERIT Award from National Health Research Institute (Taiwan) for 2 times, Leica Microsystems Innovation Award, C.N. Yang Outstanding Young Researcher Award, and Y. Z. Hsu Science Chair Professorship.

2. Prof. Benjamin Dietzek

Leibniz - IPHT Jena, Germany

Titel of Lecture: Soft-matter materials for solar-energy conversion

Prof. Dietzek is the Head of Research Department Functional Interfaces at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) and Friedrich-Schiller, University Jena, Germany. He obtained Dr. rer. nat. in 2005 (in Physical Chemistry - University of Würzburg, working with Prof. Kiefer). Since 2011 he is Professor in Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena. He got several awards, i.e. outstanding PhD thesis (2011), Science Prize for outstanding young scientists in Life Sciences and Physics (2011), and in 2013 was awarded with Research Award for Applied Sciences from the Free State of Thuringia, Germany.

Prof. Dietzek's research in the field of molecular photonics focuses on understanding the relationship between structure, photoinduced dynamics and the function of molecules and molecular materials, including:

  • electron transfer reactions in molecules in solution and in molecule-bulk interfaces
  • photoinduced processes in molecular sensors
  • photophysics underlying molecular photocatalytic water-splitting
  • developing experimental tools to characterize structural and electronic intermediates in (photo) catalytic cycles and the impact of local environment on the photophysics of molecules

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3. Assoc. Prof. Aamir Farooq

Chemical Kinetics and Laser Sensors Laboratory, KAUST, KSA

Title of Lecture: Applications of quantum cascade lasers for chemical kinetics

Dr. Aamir Farooq is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal (KSA). He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology in Topi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, in 2002, M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering  from Stanford University in 2006 and 2010,  respectively.

He was a Research Assistant at Stanford University, California in 2010, joined the KAUST as an Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering KAUST, and promoted as Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering since 2016. Prof Aamir Farooq is currently affiliated with the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) and the Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE) at the University.

His research interests are in the areas of energy sciences, combustion chemistry, spectroscopy and laser-based sensors. He is the principal investigator of Chemical Kinetics and Laser Sensors Laboratory and is affiliated with the Clean Combustion Research Center.  Professor Farooq’s group focuses on the development and use of advanced experimental techniques to understand fundamental processes in traditional and renewable energy-conversion devices. The laboratory carries out experimental research on chemical kinetics using shock tubes and rapid compression machine. These idealized reactors enable the study of reaction kinetics, fuel chemistry, ignition properties, and emissions under conditions suitable for future high-efficiency, low-emission engines and gas turbines.

Professor  Farroq  is interested in the development of new laser-based sensors and their application to a variety of energy systems. These sensors are used to make in-situ measurements of various parameters of interest such as species concentration, gas temperature, flow velocity, mass flux, and particle number density. Small-sized quantum-cascade lasers are used to design highly sensitive sensors that are portable and can be applied directly in industrial settings. Also, Professor Farooq is interested in developing laser-based sensors for biomedical and environment–monitoring applications.

Professor  Farroq is active member in several scientific societies, i.e. the Combustion Institute, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Institute of Physics. He received the Distinguished paper award from the Combustion Institute (2012), Invited speaker at the Gordon Research Conference: Laser Diagnostics in Combustion (2013), Featured article award from the Institute of Physics (2009).

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4. Assoc. Prof. Yuichi Ogawa

Graduate School of Agriculture, University of Kyoto, Japan

Title of Lecture: Understanding of the dynamics of water molecules by using terahertz spectroscopy and its bio-applications

Dr. Yuichi Ogawa is an Associate Professor in Bio-sensing Engineering at the Division of Environmental Science and Technology, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Japan. He received his B.S. in Agriculture (1995) and M.S. in Agricultural Engineering (1997), both from the from the Okayama University , Japan, and Ph.D. in Agriculture in 2005 from the Tohoku University Japan. His research interests comprise investigations on the characteristics of biological cells, terahertz spectroscopy, and sensor system developments applied to bio- and agricultural products

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5. Prof. Kyunghwan Oh

College of Science, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Titel of Lecture:  Fiber Optic Laser Beam Shaping technology for Emerging Interdisciplinary Sciences.

Kyunghwan Oh is a professor in the Department of Physics at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He is also a director of High-Efficiency Laser Research Laboratory and Photonics Device Physics Laboratory. Prof. Oh has earned his MS in Engineering in 1991 and Ph.D. in Optics in 1994 from Brown University, Providence, RI, USA. Prof. Oh’s research has been focused on fiber optics, optical materials, and lasers. He has been affiliated with world-leading photonics research institutes such as Lucent Bell Labs, Murray Hill in the USA, Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technology in Germany, Optoelectronics Research Centre in the University of Southampton UK, EPFL in Switzerland, The University of Tokyo in Japan, to name a few. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 SCI journal papers, 7 US patents, 1 book “Silica Optical Fiber Technology, Wiley” and 5 book chapters. He is a Fellow of The Optical Society of America (OSA), and has been serving the photonics community as a Topical Editor of Optics Letters, Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Associate Editor of Optical Fiber Technology-Elsevier, International Advisory Board Member of Optics Communications-Elsevier, and Editor in Chief, Journal of The Optical Society of Korea.

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6. Prof. Boon S. Ooi

Photonics Laboratory, Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division, KAUST, KSA

Titel of Lecture:  Laser based lighting and LiFi

Boon S. Ooi is a Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering at KAUST. He is also the Director of KACST - Technology Innovation Center (TIC) for Solid-State Lighting. Ooi received the Ph.D. degree in electronics and electrical engineering from the University of Glasgow (Scotland, U.K). He has served as Faculty at Lehigh University (Pennsylvania, USA) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). In the U.S., his research was primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Defense and the Army Research Office. In KSA, major funding support for his research is from King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST), Aramco, SABIC, Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), the U.S. Office of Navy Research-Global (ONR) and Lockheed Martin. His research includes the study of III-Nitride based materials and devices, and visible light communication (LiFi) and underwater optical communications. He has served on the technical program committee or organizing committee of CLEO, OFC, PW, IPC, ISLC and IEDM. He is the associate editor of Optics Express and IEEE Photonics Journal. He is a Fellow of the United States National Academy of Inventors (NAI), OSA, SPIE and IoP (UK).

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