PhotonIcs and Electromagnetics Research Symposium, also known as Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium
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. Zetian Mi
About the Speaker:University of Michigan
Zetian Mi is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of low dimensional semiconductors and their applications in photonic, electronic, clean energy, and quantum devices and systems. Prof. Mi has received the Science and Engineering Award from W. M. Keck Foundation in 2020, the David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award in 2021, the Young Scientist Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors in 2015, the IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2020, and the IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2023. Prof. Mi currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Quantum Electronics, the Serial Editor of Semiconductors and Semimetals, and Vice President for Conferences of IEEE Photonics Society. Prof. Mi is a fellow of IEEE, APS, SPIE and Optica.
Prof. Dawei Di
About the Speaker:Zhejiang University
Dawei Di is a professor at Zhejiang University. He received B.Eng. and Ph.D. (in Engineering) from the University of New South Wales (2004-2012), and a second Ph.D. (in Physics) from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge (2012-2017). He continued his work as a postdoctoral researcher in the same laboratory at Cambridge (2017-2018) before joining Zhejiang University in 2018. Dawei Di’s research interests include the physics and application of novel optoelectronic devices, with a current focus on perovskite and organic LEDs. His group recently demonstrated, for the first time, ultra-stable perovskite LEDs, and revealed the unified physics of ultralow-voltage LED operation. As corresponding or first author, he published their findings in leading journals including Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Electronics, Nature Communications and Joule. Dawei Di was an honouree of MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 (global, 2019). He is a recipient of the Kun-Peng Programme of Zhejiang Province (2020).
Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar
About the Speaker:Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light
Vahid Sandoghdar obtained his B.S. in physics from the University of California at Davis in 1987 and Ph.D. in atomic physics from Yale University in 1993. After a postdoctoral stay at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, he moved to the University of Konstanz in Germany, where he started a new line of research to combine single molecule spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy and quantum optics. In 2001, he took on a professorship at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2011, he became director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen and Alexander von Humboldt Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Sandoghdar is a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). He is one of the pioneers of the field of Nano-Optics, and the Founder of the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin.
Prof. Tobias J. Kippenberg
About the Speaker:EPFL
Tobias J. Kippenberg is Full Professor in the Institute of Physics and Electrical Engineering at EPFL in Switzerland since 2013 and joined EPFL in 2008 as Tenure Track Assistant Professor. Prior to EPFL, he was Independent Max Planck Junior Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany. While at the MPQ he demonstrated radiation pressure cooling of optical micro-resonators, and developed techniques with which mechanical oscillators can be cooled, measured and manipulated in the quantum regime that are now part of the research field of Cavity Quantum Optomechanics. Moreover, his group discovered the generation of optical frequency combs using high Q micro-resonators, a principle known now as micro-combs or Kerr combs. This discovery unlocked record data transmission rate which led to the development of new concepts in telecommunications in collaborations with industry. He was recipient of the EFTF Award for Young Scientists (2011), The Helmholtz Prize in Metrology (2009), the EPS Fresnel Prize (2009), ICO Award (2014), Swiss Latsis Prize (2015), the Wilhelmy Klung Research Prize in Physics (2015), the 2018 ZEISS Research Award, and the R. Wood Award (2021). He is co-founder of the startup LIGENTEC SA, an integrated photonics foundry, DEEPLIGHT SA, a supplier of advanced laser sources, and LUXTELLIGENCE SA, a thin-film lithium niobate foundry.
Prof. Ling Lu
About the Speaker:Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ling Lu is a group leader in the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing China. He obtained his bachelor in Physics from Fudan University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California where he worked on photonic crystal nanocavity lasers. He was a postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he coined “topological photonics” and discovered “Weyl points”. He was awarded the Chen Ning Yang Award by the Asian Pacific Societies, the Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Web of Science, and the Distinguished Young Scientists program by Natural Science Foundation of China.
Prof. Mário G. Silveirinha
About the Speaker:University of Lisbon
Mário G. Silveirinha received the Licenciado degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (with a minor in Applied Mathematics) from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, in 2003. Currently, he is a Professor at the University of Lisbon, Portugal and a Senior Researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações.
Mário Silveirinha is an IEEE Fellow, and OSA Fellow and an APS Fellow. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon. He is a founding editor of the APS journal Physical Review Applied. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania during several periods in 2004-2005 and 2010-2011, and a Chercheur CNRS en Physique at the University of Montpellier in 2017. His research interests include electromagnetism, plasmonics and metamaterials, quantum optics, and topological effects ( web.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/mario.silveirinha/)
Dr. Simon H. Yueh
About the Speaker:California Institute of Technology
Simon H. Yueh received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in January 1991 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from February to August 1991. In September 1991, he joined the Radar Science and Engineering Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has assumed various engineering and science management responsibilities. He served as the Project Scientist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aquarius mission from January 2012 to September 2013, the Deputy Project Scientist of NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission from Jan 2013 to September 2013, and the SMAP Project Scientist since October 2013. He has been the Principal/Co-Investigator of numerous NASA and DOD research projects on remote sensing of ocean salinity, ocean wind, terrestrial snow and soil moisture. He has authored four book chapters and published more than 200 publications and presentations. He received the 2021 IEEE GRSS J-STARS Prize Paper Award, 2014 IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award, 2010 IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award, 2002 IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award, the 2000 Best Paper Award in the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Symposium 2000, and the 1995 IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award for a paper on polarimetric radiometry. He received the JPL Lew Allen Award in 1998, JPL Ed Stone Award in 2003, NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Award in 2014 and NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal in 2017. He was an Associate Editor of Radio Science from 2003 to 2007, and the Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing from 2018-2022. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, a member of URSI Commission F and IEEE Fellow.
Prof. Marin Soljačić
About the Speaker:Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Marin Soljačić is a Professor of Physics at MIT. He is a founder of WiTricity Corporation (2007), LuxLabs (2017), as well as Lightelligence (2017). His main research interests are in artificial intelligence as well as electromagnetic phenomena, focusing on nanophotonics, non-linear optics, and wireless power transfer. He is a recipient of the Adolph Lomb medal from the Optical Society of America (2005), and the TR35 award of the Technology Review magazine (2006). In 2008, he was awarded a MacArthur fellowship “genius” grant. He is an international member of the Croatian Academy of Engineering since 2009. In 2011 he became a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum. In 2014, he was awarded Blavatnik National Award, as well as Invented Here! (Boston Patent Law Association). In 2017, he was awarded "The Order of the Croatian Daystar, with the image of Ruđer Bošković", the Croatian President’s top medal for Science. In 2017, the Croatian President also awarded him with "The Order of the Croatian Interlace" medal. He was also Highly Cited Researcher according to WoS for 2019,2020,2021&2022. In 2023, he got Max Born award from Optica.
Prof. Weng Cho Chew
About the Speaker:Purdue University
W.C. Chew received all his degrees from MIT. His research interests are in wave physics, specializing in fast algorithms for multiple scattering imaging and computational electromagnetics in the last 30 years. His recent research interest is in combining quantum theory with electromagnetics, and differential geometry with computational electromagnetics. After MIT, he joined Schlumberger-Doll Research in 1981. In 1985, he joined U Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was then the director of the Electromagnetics Lab from 1995-2007. During 2000-2005, he was the Founder Professor, 2005-2009 the YT Lo Chair Professor, and 2013-2017 the Fisher Distinguished Professor. During 2007-2011, he was the Dean of Engineering at The University of Hong Kong. He joined Purdue U in August 2017 as a Distinguished Professor. He has co-authored three books, many lecture notes, over 450 journal papers, and over 600 conference papers. He is a fellow of various societies, and an ISI highly cited author. In 2000, he received the IEEE Graduate Teaching Award, in 2008, he received the IEEE AP-S CT Tai Distinguished Educator Award, in 2013, elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2015 received the ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award. He received the 2017 IEEE Electromagnetics Award. In 2018, he served as the IEEE AP-S President. He is a distinguished visiting professor at Tsinghua U, China, Hong Kong U, and National Taiwan U. After three years (2007-2010) as the Dean of Engineering at Hong Kong U, the ranking of Engineering was ranked first among the engineering faculties in China Proper. When he served as the Chair of the Search Comm Sect 7, for NAE (2020), the section had the largest number of under-represented nominees, which brought about 2 new slots to the section. He is the co-EIC of PIER Journals and is the chair of the Committee on Promoting Equality at IEEE AP Society.