Plenary & Keynote Talks

AES 2024 will feature several Plenary Talks and Keynote Lectures by world leading experts in the field providing insights into the latest trends and strategies actionable to deal with the practical challenges faced by the community.

Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lecture 1:


Andrea AlùAndrea Alù

City University of New York, USA


Andrea Alù is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY), the Founding Director of the Photonics Initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, and the Einstein Professor of Physics at the CUNY Graduate Center. He received his Laurea (2001) and PhD (2007) from the University of Roma Tre, Italy, and, after a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, where he was the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor until Jan. 2018. Dr. Alù is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Materials Research Society (MRS), Optica, the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the American Physical Society (APS). He is the President of Metamorphose, a Highly Cited Researcher since 2017, a Simons Investigator in Physics, the director of the Simons Collaboration on Extreme Wave Phenomena Based on Symmetries, and the Editor in Chief of Optical Materials Express. He has received several scientific awards, including the NSF Alan T. Waterman award, the Blavatnik National Award for Physical Sciences and Engineering, the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, the ICO Prize in Optics, the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal, and the URSI Issac Koga Gold Medal.

Plenary Lecture 2:


Alexandra BoltassevaAlexandra Boltasseva

Purdue University, USA


Alexandra Boltasseva is a Professor at the School of Electrical&Computer Engineering at Purdue University. She received her PhD in electrical engineering at Technical University of Denmark, DTU in 2004. Boltasseva specializes in nanophotonics, nanofabrication, optical materials, plasmonics and metamaterials. She is 2018 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists Finalist and received the 2013 IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award, 2013 Materials Research Society (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the MIT Technology Review Top Young Innovator (TR35), the Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and the Young Elite-Researcher Award from the Danish Council for Independent Research. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and Fellow of SPIE. She served on MRS Board of Directors and is Editor-in-Chief for OSA’s Optical Materials Express.

Plenary Lecture 3: 


Andrea FratalocchiAndrea Fratalocchi

KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Andrea Fratalocchi is a Full Professor (from Jan 2023) in the Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division at KAUST University. He joined KAUST in January 2011 as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2016. Before joining KAUST, Andrea Fratalocchi was a Research Fellow at the Sapienza University of Rome under a KAUST Fellowship Award. From 2007 to 2009, Andrea Fratalocchi worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Sapienza University under a "New Talent" Award from the research center "Enrico Fermi." In 2012 he was appointed as Editor of Nature Scientific Report. In 2017, he won the Middle East GCC Enterprise Award as the best electrical engineer of the year. In 2019, he became a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA): "For pioneering innovations in the use of complex optical systems and the development of creative technologies in clean energy harvesting, bio-imaging, and advanced optical materials". According to the standardized citations index collected by Plos (

Andrea Fratalocchi is in the top 2% of Optics worldwide. Andrea Fratalocchi authored more than 200 publications, including three books and six patents. Andrea Fratalocchi is the co-founder of Pixeltra (, a startup company implementing a revolutionary artificial intelligent hardware and software hyperspectral technology for security, food safety, and biomedical applications.

Plenary Lecture 4: The New Generation of Metasurface Antennas


Stefano MaciStefano Maci

University of Siena, Italy

Stefano Maci received the Laurea Degree cum Laude at University of Florence in 87 and from ‘97 is a Professor at the University of Siena. His research interest includes high-frequency and beam representation methods, computational electromagnetics, large phased arrays, planar antennas, reflector antennas and feeds, metamaterials and metasurfaces. Since 2000 he was member the Technical Advisory Board of 12 international conferences, member of the Review Board of 6 International Journals. He organized 25 special sessions in international conferences, and he held 10 short courses in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Symposia about metamaterials, antennas and computational electromagnetics. In 2004-2007 he was WP leader of the Antenna Center of Excellence (ACE, FP6-EU) and in 2007-2010 he was International Coordinator of a 24-institution consortium of a Marie Curie Action (FP6). He has been Principal Investigator from 2010 of 6 cooperative projects financed by European Space Agency. In 2004 he was the founder of the European School of Antennas (ESoA), a post graduate school that presently comprises 34 courses on Antennas, Propagation, Electromagnetic Theory, and Computational Electromagnetics and 150 teachers coming from 15 countries. Since 2004 is the Director of ESoA.

Professor Maci is IEEE Fellow since 2004, he has been a former member of the AdCom of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S), associate editor of AP-Transaction, Chair of the Award Committee of IEEE AP-S, and member of the Board of Directors of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP). From 2008 to 2015 he has been Director of the PhD program in Information Engineering and Mathematics of University of Siena, and from 2013 to 2015 he was member of the National Italian Committee for Qualification to Professor. He has been former member of the Antennas and Propagation Executive Board of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, UK). He is presently the director of the consortium FORESEEN, presently involving 48 European Institutions, and principal investigator of the Future Emerging Technology project “Nanoarchitectronics” of the 8th EU Framework program. He was co-founder of 2 Spin-off Company. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S), and recipient of the EurAAP Award in 2014, of the IEEE Shelkunoff Transaction Prize 2015, and of the Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator award 2016. In 2020 will be TPC Chair of the METAMATERIAL conference. In the last ten years he has been invited 25 times as key-note speaker in international conferences. The research activity of Professor Maci is documented in 150 papers published in international journals, (among which 100 on IEEE journals), 10 book chapters, and about 400 papers in proceedings of international. These papers have received around 6800 citations with h index 41.

Plenary Lecture 5: Geodesic Lens Antennas for 5G/6G and Satellite Communications


Oscar Quevedo-TeruelOscar Quevedo-Teruel

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Oscar Quevedo-Teruel received his Telecommunication Engineering and Ph.D. Degrees from Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain in 2005 and 2010. From 2010-2011, he joined the Department of Theoretical Physics of Condensed Matter at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid as a research fellow and went on to continue his postdoctoral research at Queen Mary University of London from 2011-2013. In 2014, he joined the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), where he is presently a Full Professor in the Division of Electromagnetic Engineering and Fusion Science. He is also the Responsible for the Antenna Laboratory and Director of the Master Programme in Electromagnetics Fusion and Space Engineering.

He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (IEEE TAP) since 2018-2022, and he acts as Track Editor in IEEE TAP since 2022. He was a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for the period of 2019-2022. He is an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to glide symmetry based metasurfaces and lens antennas. He has been a member of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) Board of Directors since January 2021. Since January 2022, he is the vice-chair of EurAAP. He is the co-author of more than 140 papers in international journals and more than 240 at international conferences.

Keynote Lectures

Keynote Lecture 1:


Javier García de AbajoJavier García de Abajo

ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Spain


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 59,000+ times with an h index of 116 (Sept. 2023 Google Scholar data), including contributions on different aspects of surface science, nanophotonics, and electron microscope spectroscopies.

Keynote Lecture 2:


Tommaso IserniaTommaso Isernia

Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy


Tommaso Isernia is a Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields at Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy) where he leads the "LEMMA" Group, ranked amongst the best research groups in Italy according to the last national evaluation of the quality of research (all "class A" products). From October 2018 to January 2023 he has been the Head of "Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, delle Infrastrutture e della Energia Sostenibile" (DIIES), which has been included in the restricted list of "Dipartimenti di eccellenza" by the Italian Ministry for Research. The scientific activities of Tommaso Isernia have considered non linear inverse scattering problems in electromagnetics, with particular reference to the problem of the possible occurrence of false solutions when solving the considered non-linear retrieval problems. He is an IEEE Fellow since 2022 for contributions to Antenna Synthesis and inverse scattering solution methods. Main research results include definitive solution procedures for a number of antenna synthesis problems, for the 2D phase retrieval problem, as well as the introduction of a number of effective approaches for the solution of inverse scattering problems.

Keynote Lecture 3:


Mona JarrahiMona Jarrahi

University of California Los Angeles, USA

Mona Jarrahi is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California Los Angeles. She has made significant contributions to the development of ultrafast electronic and optoelectronic devices and integrated systems for terahertz, infrared, and millimeter-wave sensing, imaging, computing, and communication systems by utilizing novel materials, nanostructures, and innovative plasmonic concepts. Her scientific achievements have been recognized by several prestigious awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Moore Inventor Fellowship from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Kavli Fellowship by the USA National Academy of Sciences, Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award from the USA National Academy of Engineering; Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics Magazine; Research Award from Okawa Foundation; Early Career Award in Nanotechnology from the IEEE Nanotechnology Council; Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society; Booker Fellowship from the USA National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science; Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society; Early Career Award from the USA National Science Foundation; Young Investigator Awards from the USA Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Prof. Jarrahi is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE societies and has served as a distinguished lecturer of IEEE, traveling lecturer of OSA, and visiting lecturer of SPIE societies.

Keynote Lecture 4:


Yongmin LiuYongmin Liu

Northeastern University, USA


Yongmin Liu obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. He joined the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston in fall 2012, and currently he is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Dr. Liu’s research interests include nano optics, nanoscale materials and engineering, plasmonics, metamaterials/metasurfaces, biophotonics, and artificial intelligence for photonic design. He has authored and co-authored more than 120 journal papers, including Science, Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, Physical Review Letters and Nano Letters. Dr. Liu was a recipient of NSF CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, SPIE DCS Rising Researcher Award, 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, as well as the Faculty Fellow of College of Engineering and Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award at Northeastern University. He has served as an editorial board member for Nano Convergence, PhotoniX, EPJ Applied Metamaterials, and Scientific Reports. He is a Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA) and SPIE.

Keynote Lecture 5:


Junsuk RhoJunsuk Rho



Junsuk Rho is a Mu-Eun-Jae (无垠斋) Endowed Chair Professor at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea, with a double appointment in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley (2013), M.S. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2008) and B.S. at Seoul National University, Korea (2007) all in Mechanical Engineering. Prior joining POSTECH, he conducted postdoctoral research in Materials Sciences Division & Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and also worked as a principal investigator (Ugo Fano Fellow) in Nanoscience and Technology Division & the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory.

Prof. Rho has authored and co-authored more than 300 high-impact journal papers including Science, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics and Chemical Reviews. He is also the recipients of several notable honors and awards such as Samsung Lee Kun-Hee fellowship (2008-2013), US Department of Energy Argonne Named fellowship (2013-2016), Korean Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2019), Springer-Nature MINE Young Scientist Award (2020), Elsevier MEE/MNE Young Investigator Award and Lectureship (2020), MDPI Micromachines Young Investigator Award (2020), Member of the Young Korean Academy of Science and Technology (2020), Associate Member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea (2022), NAEK Young Engineers Award (2022), Hong Jin-Ki Creator Award (2022), Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellowship (2022), Simpson Fellowship (2022) and Eshbach Fellowship (2023), Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (2023). He serves 14 editorial positions including Light: Science and Applications (Springer-Nature), Microsystems and Nanoengineering (Springer-Nature), npj Nanophotonics (Springer-Nature) and Nanophotonics (De Gruyter).

Keynote Lecture 6:


Vladimir M. ShalaevVladimir M. Shalaev

Purdue University, USA


Vladimir M. Shalaev, Scientific Director for Nanophotonics at Birck Nanotechnology Center and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, specializes in nanophotonics, plasmonics, and optical metamaterials. Vladimir M. Shalaev has received several awards for his research in the field of nanophotonics and metamaterials, including the Max Born Award of the Optical Society of America for his pioneering contributions to the field of optical metamaterials, the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, Rolf Landauer medal of the ETOPIM (Electrical, Transport and Optical Properties of Inhomogeneous Media) International Association, the UNESCO Medal for the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies, OSA and SPIE Goodman Book Writing Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, SPIE, MRS and OSA. Prof. Shalaev has authored three books, thirty invited book chapters and over 500 research publications.

Keynote Lecture 7: Large-Area, Reconfigurable Metasurface Apertures for Synthetic Aperture Radar and Other Applications


David R. SmithDavid R. Smith

Duke University, USA


David R. Smith is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Duke University, where he also serves as Director for the Center for Metamaterial and Integrated Plasmonics. Dr. Smith is also the Founding Director of the Metamaterials Commercialization Center at Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, Washington. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in 1994 in Physics from UCSD. Dr. Smith’s research interests include the theory, simulation and characterization of unique electromagnetic structures, including photonic crystals, metamaterials and plasmonic nanostructures. Smith and his colleagues demonstrated the first left-handed (or negative index) metamaterial at microwave frequencies in 2000, and also demonstrated a metamaterial “invisibility cloak” in 2006. In 2005, Dr. Smith was part of a five-member team that received the Descartes Research Prize, awarded by the European Union, for their contributions to metamaterials and other novel electromagnetic materials. In 2006, Dr. Smith was selected as one of the “Scientific American 50.” Since 2009, Dr. Smith has continually been named a “Citation Laureate” by ISI Web of Knowledge for having among the most number of highly cited papers in the field of Physics. Dr. Smith is a co-recipient of the McGroddy Prize for New Materials, awarded by the American Physical Society, for “the discovery of metamaterials” (2013). In 2016, Dr. Smith was elected to the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Smith has recently been active in transitioning metamaterial concepts for commercialization, being a co-founder of Evolv Technology, Echodyne Corporation, Pivotal Commware, and advisor to Kymeta Corporation—all companies devoted to developing metamaterial products.

Keynote Lecture 8:


Marin Soljačić Marin Soljačić



Marin Soljačić is a Professor of Physics at MIT. He is a founder of a few companies, including WiTricity Corporation (2007) and 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 co-author of more than 300 scientific articles, more than 100 issued US patents, and he has been invited to give more than 100 invited talks at conferences and universities around the world. 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 a Highly Cited Researcher according to WoS for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023. In 2023, he was awarded Max Born award of Optica.

Keynote Lecture 9:


Jelena VuckovicJelena Vuckovic

Stanford University, USA


Jelena Vuckovic (PhD Caltech 2002) is the Jensen Huang Professor in Global Leadership in the School of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford, where she leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab. She is also the Fortinet Founders Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford, and was the inaugural director of Q-FARM, the Stanford-SLAC Quantum Science and Engineering Initiative. Vuckovic has received many awards and honors including recently the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (2022), the Mildred Dresselhaus Lectureship from MIT (2021), the James Gordon Memorial Speakership from the OSA (2020), the IET A. F. Harvey Engineering Research Prize (2019), Distinguished Scholarship of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (2019), the Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Munich (2013), and Humboldt Prize (2010). She is a Fellow of the APS, of the Optica (OSA), and of the IEEE, and an associate editor of the ACS Photonics.

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