Plenary speakers


Nader Engheta
University of Pennsylvania

"Metamaterials for Informatics"

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, Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy. 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 photonics, metamaterials, nano-optics, graphene optics, electrodynamics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, microwave and optical antennas, 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 2014 Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), the 2017 Beacon of Photonics Industry Award from the Photonics Media, the 2015 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Award from US Department of Defense, the 2012 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, the 2015 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2015 Wheatstone Lecture in King’s College London, the 2013 Inaugural SINA Award in Engineering, 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 organizations, i.e., IEEE, OSA, APS, MRS, SPIE, URSI, 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.


Martin van Hecke
Leiden University/AMOLF

"Complex Mechanical Metamaterials"

Martin van Hecke got his PhD in theoretical physics in 1996 at the University of Leiden. Since then he has worked on a broad range of topic in soft matter, including nonlinear dynamics, granular media, rheology, jamming and metamaterials, combining experiments, simulations and theory. The common thread in all this works is the fascination for the emergence of complex behavior in seemingly simple systems. In 2008 he was appointed as professor in the ‘organization of disordered media’ in Leiden and in 2014 he became head of the newly established 'Designer Matter' department at AMOLF, Amsterdam. His main current fascination is to embed complex functionalities in architected materials.


Stefano Maci
University of Siena

"Metasurface Design"

Stefano MACI is a Professor of the University of Siena (UNISI), and head of the EM lab of UNISI. Since 2004, he has been responsible of 6 projects funded by the European Union (EU) and 14 research projects funded by the European Space Agency. In 2004 he founded the European School of Antennas (ESoA), a PhD school that presently comprises 35 courses on Antennas, Propagation and Electromagnetic Theory. He is former director of the PhD School of ICT in Siena, and present Director of the FORESEEN center and Leader of the H2020 FET project Nanoarchitectronics. He is a IEEE Fellow and IEEE Distinguish Lecturer. He has been a Director of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EuRAAP), recipient of the EurAAP Award in 2014, and of the IEEE Chen-To-Tai Distinguished Educator award in 2016. He won the IEEE Transaction Shelkunoff prize in 2015. He is author of 10 book chapters, 150 papers published in international journals, and about 400 conference papers.


Arno Rauschenbeutel
Technische Universität Wien

"Chiral Quantum Nanophotonics"

Arno Rauschenbeutel was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, 1971. During his Ph.D., he worked on cavity quantum electrodynamics with Rydberg atoms in the group of S. Haroche at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Université Paris VI, France, in 2001. He was a senior scientist in the group of D. Meschede at the University of Bonn, Germany, a full professor at the University of Mainz, Germany, and is currently director and chair for applied quantum physics at the Atominstitut, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria. He is a founder member of the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology. His research interests include experimental quantum optics, nanophotonics, hybrid quantum systems, optical nanofibers, and optical microresonators. Arno Rauschenbeutel received a Marie Curie Excellence Award (EC), a European Young Investigators Award (ESF), a Lichtenberg-Professorship (Volkswagen-Foundation), an ERC Consolidator Grant, and an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation).

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