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Hot Topic Speakers

All speakers and talks in the hot topic session are BY INVITATION ONLY, and will be very selective on some hot/emerging topics or disruptive technologies. Each invited speaker will be given only 10 minutes to talk as a big picture talk or a highlight talk. An invited speaker in this section can also refer to his or her longer talk (if any) in PIERS.

List of date/time of hot topic talks.

* All Names of hot topic speakers are in order of accepted dates.
Prof. Lars Samuelson About the Speaker:
Southern University of Science and Applications, Shenzhen and Lund University

Lars Samuelson received his PhD in Physics from Lund University in 1977, followed by Post-doc at IBM Research in California. He is a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Physics) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is Fellow of the Inst. of Physics (FInst), Fellow of the American Physical Society, APS (Materials Physics), and Int. Fellow of the Japanese Society of Applied Physics, JSAP. In 2022 he was given the top award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the "Great Gold Medal". In November 2023 he was elected as Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS. His research is focused on nanoscale materials physics, with a special focus on epitaxial growth, optical properties and on potential applications in optoelectronics. Samuelson is the author of well over 700 articles with h-index of 108 by Google Scholar and 91 by Web-of-Science, also listed here in the top 1% of most highly cited researchers.

Organized by: Prof. Sailing He
Prof. F. Javier García de Abajo About the Speaker:
ICFO --- Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology

Javier García de Abajo received his PhD from the University of the Basque Country (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 a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. García de Abajo has co-authored 400+ articles cited 57,000+ times with an h index of 115 (May 2023 google scholar data), including contributions on different aspects of surface science, nanophotonics, and electron microscope spectroscopies.

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Prof. Yuri S. Kivshar About the Speaker:
Australian National University

Yuri Kivshar received PhD degree in 1984 in Kharkov (Ukraine). After taking some positions in the US and Europe, he moved to Australia where he established Nonlinear Physics Center at the Australian National University. He is Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science since 2002, and also Fellow of Optica (former OSA), APS, SPIE, and IOP. He received many recognitions for his research including more recently 2022 Max Born Award (Optica).

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Prof. Che Ting Chan About the Speaker:
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

C.T. Chan received his PhD degree from the UC Berkeley in 1985. He is currently serving as the Associate Vice-President for Research & Development at HKUST. He is also concurrently the Daniel C K Yu Professor of Science, Chair Professor of Physics, and the Director of Research Office of HKUST. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Physical Society of Hong Kong and a member of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences.

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Prof. Soren Stobbe About the Speaker:
Technical University of Denmark

Søren Stobbe received his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2009. After stays at the California Institute of Technology and the Niels Bohr Institute, he returned in 2018 to DTU where is a full professor of photonic nanotechnology. His group combines silicon photonics with nanoelectromechanical devices and extreme-resolution lithography and spans across nanocavities, topological insulators, and integrated photonics. In his recent paper, “Self-assembled photonic cavities with atomic-scale confinement,” published in Nature in December 2023, his group demonstrated a new fabrication method that combines the scalability of planar technology with the resolution of self-assembly. This allowed demonstrating waveguide-coupled dielectric cavities with mode volumes 100x times below the diffraction limit while at the same time exhibiting quality factors 100x above the upper limit for plasmonics. Prof. Stobbe has published multiple papers in Nature, Science, Reviews of Modern Physics, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Photonics, Nature Physics, Nature Communications, and Physical Review Letters.

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Prof. Amr S. Helmy About the Speaker:
University of Toronto

Amr S. Helmy is a Professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto. Prior to his academic career, Amr held a position at Agilent Technologies - UK, between 2000 and 2004. At Agilent his responsibilities included developing lasers and monolithically integrated optoelectronic circuits. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Glasgow with a focus on photonic integration technologies, in 1999 and 1995 respectively. His research interests include photonic device physics, with emphasis on plasmonic nanostructures, nonlinear and quantum photonics addressing applications in information processing / sensing, and data communications. Amr is an active volunteer and leader of the IEEE Photonics Society, currently serving as an Elected Member of the Society’s Board of Governors and as a Distinguished Lecturer. He was also the recipient of the Society’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award.

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Prof. Baile Zhang About the Speaker:
Nanyang Technological University

Baile Zhang obtained his PhD in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2009, following his BS degree in 2003 and MS degree in 2006 from Tsinghua University. After completing a two-year postdoc at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Centre, he joined NTU in 2011 as an assistant professor. He was subsequently promoted to associate professor in 2017 and then to a full professor in 2021. He received the MIT Technology Review TR35 Award (Global) in 2012. In 2020, he was honoured with the Singapore President’s Science Award together with two other NTU colleagues.

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Prof. Dieter H. Bimberg About the Speaker:
``Bimberg Chinese-German Center for Green Photonics'' CIOMP, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dieter Bimberg received the Ph.D. magna cum laude from Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. He held for 7 years a Principal Scientist position at the Max Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Grenoble, France. After serving as a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Aachen, Germany, he assumed the Chair of Applied Solid-State Physics at Technical University of Berlin. He is the Founding Director of its Center of NanoPhotonics. He was holding guest professorships at the Technion, Haifa, U.C. Santa Barbara, CA, USA, and at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA. He was Distinguished Adjunct Professor at KAU, Jeddah 2012-2018. In 2018 he was appointed as executive director of the “Bimberg Chinese German Center for Green Photonics” at the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the EU Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the US Academies of Engineering and of Inventors, Fellow of the Chinese Optical Society, a Life Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, a Fellow of the Chinese Optical Society, Vice-President of the International Artificial Intelligence Association and a honorary member of the Ioffe Institute of the RAS. He is recipient of many important international awards, like the UNESCO Nanoscience Award, the Max-Born Award and Medal of IoP and DPG, the Heinrich-Welker-Award, the Nick Holonyak Jr. Award, the Oyo Buturi and MOC Awards of the Japanese Society of Applied Physics, the Jun-Ichi Nishizawa Medal and Award of IEEE, the Stern-Gerlach Award of DPG (the highest German physics award), to mention a few. He received honorary doctorates of the University of Lancaster, UK, and the St. Petersburg Alferov University of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has authored more than 1600 papers, 71 patents and patent applications, and six books. The number of times his research works has been cited exceeds 69,000 and his Hirsch factor is 115 (@ Google Scholar). His research interests include physics and technology of nanostructures, nanostructure based photonic and electronic devices, and energy efficient data communication.

Organized by: Prof. Sailing He

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