Keynote and Plenary talks

Keynote speaker:

Professor Sir David Payne, Director, Optoelectronics Research Centre,University of Southampton, UK

Plenary speakers:

Neil Greenham,  Optoelectronics Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Professor James Harris, Stanford University, USA  
Professor Ortwin Hess, Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials, Co-Director,
Centre for Plasmonics & Metamaterials; The Blackett Laboratory,
Department of Physics, Condensed Matter Theory Group; Imperial College London, London, UK
Professor Eric Mazur, Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge (MA), USA
Dr Jerry Meyer, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC
Dr C. Kumar N Patel, President & CEO, Pranalytica, Inc., Santa Monica, CA
Professor Wolfgang Stolz, Structural & Technology Research Laboratory,
Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany

Keynote speaker biography: 

Professor Sir David Neil Payne, University of Southampton
David Payne   Professor David Neil Payne CBE FRS FREng is a leading Professor at the University of Southampton and Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre.A world class pioneer of technology, his work has had a great impact on telecommunications and laser technology over the last forty years. The vast transmission capacity of today’s internet results directly from the erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) invented by David and his team in the 1980s.His pioneering work in fibre fabrication in the 70s resulted in almost all of the special fibres in use today including fibre lasers which are currently undergoing rapid growth for application in manufacturing and defence. David has made numerous leading contributions to many diverse fields of photonics and is widely acknowledged as an inventor of key components.

Currently, his main research interest is high-power fibre lasers. With US funding, he led the team that broke the kilowatt barrier for fibre laser output to international acclaim and now holds many other fibre laser performance records.

An original member of the Highly Cited Researchers (USA) he is honoured as one of the most referenced, influential researchers in the world. He has published over 650 Conference and Journal papers and is a frequent plenary and invited speaker at major international optics conferences.

As an entrepreneur David’s activities have led to a cluster of 11 photonics spin out companies in and around Southampton – helping to boost the local economy. He founded SPI Lasers PLC, which has recently been purchased by the Trumpf Corporation of Germany for $40M.

Recently elected Chairman of the Marconi Society and to the Russian Academy of Sciences, David is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He became a Commander of the British Empire in the 2007 New Years Honours list. In addition he has been awarded the top American, European and Japanese prizes in photonics. Recent awards include the Marconi Prize in 2008 and the 2007 IEE Photonics Award the first to be awarded to a person outside the USA. Most recently, in 2010, David received the AILU (Association of Laser Users) Award for his pioneering work with fibre lasers.



Plenary speaker biographies: 

Professor Neil Greenham, University of Cambridge, UK
 neilgreenham Neil Greenham is Professor of Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.  His research focuses on novel low-dimensional semiconductors that can be deposited from solution, in particular conjugated polymers and semiconductor nanocrystals.  During his Ph.D. he made important early advances in the development of polymer light-emitting diodes, improving efficiencies and understanding the physics of device operation.  He was a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from 1995-96, where he developed the first solar cells based on blends of polymers with inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals.  His research now focuses on photovoltaics, using device measurements, spectroscopy, advanced imaging techniques and modelling to understand and control loss mechanisms, thus improving device performance.  He was awarded the Royal Society Kavli Medal and Lecture in 2013.
Professor James Harris, Stanford University, USA
 James S Harris                                                              James S. Harris is the James and Ellenor Chesebrough Professor of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics and Materials Science at Stanford University. In 1969, he joined the Rockwell International Science Center where he was a key contributor to MBE and heterojunction devices. In 1982, he returned to Stanford. His current research interests are in the physics and application of ultra-small structures and novel materials to new optoelectronic devices.  He has supervised 120 PhD students and has > 1000 publications.  Dr. Harris is a Member of the US NAE, a Fellow of IEEE, APS, OSA and MRS. He received the 2000 IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Award, IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the 2013 SRC Aristotle Award.
Orton Hess, Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials, Co-Director, Centre for Plasmonics & Metamaterials; The Blackett Laboratory and Department of Physics, Condensed Matter Theory Group; Imperial College London, London, UK
 Orton Hess Professor Ortwin Hess holds the Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials in the Blackett Laboratory/Department of Physics at Imperial College London, UK and is Co-Director of the Centre for Plasmonics & Metamaterials at Imperial College.Professor Hess studied physics at the University of Erlangen and the Technical University of Berlin. Following pre- and post-doctoral research in Edinburgh and at the University of Marburg Ortwin has been (from 1995 to 2003) Head of the Theoretical Quantum Electronics Group at the Institute of Technical Physics in Stuttgart, Germany. He has a Habilitation at the University of Stuttgart (1997) and became Adjunct Professor in Theoretical Physics at the University of Stuttgart in 1998. Since 2001 he is also Docent of Photonics at Tampere University of Technology in Finland. Ortwin has been Visiting Professor at Stanford University (1997-1998) and the University of Munich (2000-2001). Before moving to Imperial College in 2010 he was from 2003 to 2010 Professor in Physics at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK.                                                                                          
Eric Mazur, Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge (MA), USA
 Eric Mazur INPEric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Dean of Applied Physics. He is a prominent physicist known for his contributions in nano photonics, an internationally recognized educational innovator, a sought-after lecturer, and successful entrepreneur. In education he is widely known for his work on Peer Instruction, an interactive teaching method aimed at engaging students in the classroom and beyond. Mazur has received many awards for his work in physics and in education and has founded several successful companies. Mazur is Chief Academic Advisor for Turning Technologies, a company developing interactive response systems for the education market. Dr. Mazur is author or co-author of 258 scientific publications and 23 patents. He has also written extensively on education and is the author of Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual (Prentice Hall, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively. In 2006 he helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching.                         
 Dr Jerry R Meyer, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC
   Cropped 2                                                                         Dr. Jerry R. Meyer completed his Ph.D. in Physics at BrownUniversity in 1977. Since then he has carried out basic and applied research at the Naval Research Laboratory in WashingtonDC, where he is the Navy Senior Scientist for Quantum Electronics (ST) and Acting Head of the Quantum Optoelectronics Section. His investigations have focused on semiconductor optoelectronic materials and devices, such as new classes of semiconductor lasers and detectors for the infrared. He is a Fellow of OSA, APS, IEEE, IOP, SPIE. In 2012, he was recipient of NRL’s 2012 E. O. Hulbert Annual Science Award, and co-recipient of the IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award. He has co-authored over 350 refereed journal articles which have been cited more than 14,000 times (H-Index 50), 14 book chapters, 28 patents (7 licensed), and over 140 invited conference presentations.  
Dr C. Kumar N Patel, President & CEO, Pranalytica, Inc., Santa Monica, CA
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Dr. C. Kumar N. Patel is the president and CEO of Pranalytica, a Santa Monica based company that develops and manufactures leading edge quantum cascade lasers and laser systems and high sensitivity sensors for the detection of chemical warfare agents, explosives and industrial and environmental pollutants. He is concurrently a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at University of California, Los Angeles. He is the inventor of the carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and the Spin-Flip Raman lasers. He pioneered the use of these and other lasers to carry out nonlinear optics studies in the infrared and measure trace gases in difficult environments. He was at AT&T (now Lucent Technologies) Bell Laboratories for thirty-two years and was Executive Director of the Physics Division and of the Materials Research Division. From 1993 to 1999 he was the Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA.

Dr. Patel was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1974 and the National Academy of Engineering in 1978. He received the National Medal of Science given by the President of the United States in 1996. In recognition of the CO2 laser’s importance to the medical field, he has been elected as an Honorary Member of the Gynecologic Laser Surgery Society in 1980 and in 1985 he was elected an Honorary Member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2012.



Professor Wolfgang Stolz, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany
Stolz_04 Wolfgang Stolz is at present co-head of the Structure and Technology Research Laboratory in the Material Sciences Center at Philipps-University of Marburg (Germany), Adjunct Professor at the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona, Tucson (USA) and Chief Technology Officer at NAsP III/V GmbH Marburg (Germany).  He graduated from the University of Heidelberg with a diploma in physics in 1982 and performed his PhD-thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research (Stuttgart, Germany) from 1983-86. His current fields of research include the epitaxial growth for a wide range of III/V-compound semiconductor material systems and heterostructures by applying metal organic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE) as well as realization of novel device concepts for electronic, solar cell and laser applications also integrated on Si-substrates.