Plenary & Keynote Lectures

AES 2020 will feature several Plenary Talks by world leading experts on Antennas and Electromagnetic Theory with emphasis on developments that have occurred in the last few years.

Plenary Lecture 1: Smart Move: Contactless Detection and Monitoring of Human Motion and Vital Signs


Ozlem Kilic

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (USA)

Ozlem Kilic received her BS and DSc. Degrees, all in Electrical Engineering from Bogazici University, and The George Washington University, Washington, DC, respectively. She is currently the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for the Tickle College of Engineering at University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). Before joining UTK, she was a Professor and served as the Associate Dean of Engineering at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Dr. Kilic has also extensive industry and government experience. Prior to joining academia, she was an Electronics Engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi MD where she managed Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Programs for the development of hybrid numerical electromagnetic tools to analyze and design electrically large structures, such as the Rotman lens. She has also designed, fabricated and tested various prototypes of Rotman lenses and electronically scanning antenna systems for military applications.

Dr. Kilic has over five years of industry experience at Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications (formerly COMSAT Laboratories) as a Senior Engineer and Program Manager with specialization in satellite communications, link modeling and analysis, and modeling, design and test of phased arrays and reflector antennas for satellite communications system.

Dr. Kilic’s research interests include antennas, wave propagation, satellite communications systems, microwave remote sensing, computational electromagnetics, high performance computing for electromagnetics and large problems, hardware acceleration, human vital sign detection with rf, wave propagation, radiation and scattering in random media, detection and tracking, compressive sensing implementation of em problems. She has served in leadership positions in numerous professional societies such as IEEE AP-S, URSI and ACES. She is a Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES).

Plenary Lecture 2: "Recent Developments on Ridge Gap Waveguides Technology and Their Millimeter-Wave Applications"


Ahmed Kishk

Concordia University (Canada)

Ahmed Kishk is a Professor at Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada (since 2011) as Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Antenna Systems. He was an Associate Editor of Antennas & Propagation Society Newsletters from 1990 to 1993. He is a distinguished lecturer for the Antennas and Propagation Society (2013-2015). He was an Editor of Antennas & Propagation Magazine (1993-2014). He was a Co-editor of the special issue, “Advances in the Application of the Method of Moments to Electromagnetic Scattering Problems,” in the ACES Journal. He was also an editor of the ACES Journal during 1997. He was an Editor-in-Chief of the ACES Journal from 1998 to 2001. He was the chair of Physics and Engineering Division of the Mississippi Academy of Science (2001-2002). He was a Guest Editor of the special issue on artificial magnetic conductors, soft/hard surfaces, and other complex surfaces, in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, January 2005. He was a technical program committee member for several international conferences. He was a member of the AP AdCom (2013-2015). He was the 2017 AP-S president. Dr. Kishk has published over 365-refereed journal articles and 510 conference papers. He is a co-author of four books and several book chapters and the editor of four books. He offered several short courses in international conferences.

Dr. Kishk and his students received several awards. He won the 1995 and 2006 outstanding paper awards for papers published in the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society Journal. He received the 1997 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from Memphis section of the IEEE. He received the Outstanding Engineering Faculty Member of the Year in 1998 and 2009, Faculty research award for outstanding performance in research in 2001 and 2005. He received the Award of Distinguished Technical Communication for the entry of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 2001. He also received The Valued Contribution Award for outstanding Invited Presentation, “EM Modeling of Surfaces with STOP or GO Characteristics – Artificial Magnetic Conductors and Soft and Hard Surfaces” from the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society. He received the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, Microwave Prize 2004. He received 2013 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. In recognition “For contributions and continuous improvements to teaching and research to prepare students for future careers in antennas and microwave circuits, Kishk is a Fellow of IEEE since 1998, Fellow of Electromagnetic Academy, and a Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES). He is a member of Antennas and Propagation Society, Microwave Theory, and Techniques, Sigma Xi Society, U.S. National Committee of International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Commission B, Phi Kappa Phi Society, Electromagnetic Compatibility, and Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society.

Plenary Lecture 3: "From the second to the third generation of metasurface antennas"


Stefano 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 4: "The challenge of simulation in modern antenna design"


Marta Martínez-Vázquez

IMST GmbH (Germany)

Marta Martínez-Vázquez was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 1973. She obtained her MSc. and PhD. degrees in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, in 1997 and 2003, respectively. In 2000 she joined the Antennas and EM Modelling department of IMST GmbH in Germany, where she works now as a senior engineer and project manager. Her research interests include the design and applications of antennas for mobile devices, array antennas , sensors, and RF systems.

Dr. Martínez-Vázquez is currently a member of the IEEE AP-S Education Committee and the IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturers Committee. She is a former vice-chair of the European Association of Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) and a former member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Antennas & Propagation Society. She has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE AP-S. She has been the chair of the COST IC1102 Action “Versatile, Integrated and Signal-aware Technologies for Antennas (VISTA) and the vice-chair of the COST IC0603 Action “Antenna Sensors and Systems for Information Society Technologies.” Previously, she was a member of the Executive Board of the ACE (Antennas Centre of Excellence) Network of Excellence and the leader of its small antennas activity.

She is currently a feature Editors of the IEEE Antennas & Propagation Magazine and an Associate Editor of the IET Microwaves, Antennas & Propagation Journal. She has over 90 publications, including books, book chapters, journal and conference papers and patents. Dr. Martínez-Vázquez has been awarded the 2004 Best Ph.D. award of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and the 2013 IEEE AP-S Lot Shafai Mid-Career Distinguished Achievement Award.

Plenary Lecture 5: "Novel Applications of Meta-surfaces in Antenna Engineering: Textured Reflectarray and Orbital Angular Momentum Structures"


Yahya Rahmat-Samii

University of California, Los Angeles (USA)

Yahya Rahmat-Samii is a Distinguished Professor, holder of the Northrop-Grumman Chair in electromagnetics, member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), winner of the 2011 IEEE Electromagnetics Award and the former chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Before joining UCLA, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Caltech/NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Rahmat-Samii was the 1995 President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and 2009-2011 President of the United States National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). He has also served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer presenting lectures internationally. Dr. Rahmat-Samii is a Fellow of the IEEE, AMTA and ACES. Dr. Rahmat-Samii has authored and co-authored nearly 1000 technical journal articles and conference papers and has written over 35 book chapters and five books.

Dr. Rahmat-Samii has received numerous awards, including the 1992 and 1995 Wheeler Best Application Prize Paper Award for his papers published in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Transactions, 1999 University of Illinois ECE Distinguished Alumni Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, AMTA’2000 Distinguished Achievement Award, 2001 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2001 Foreign Membership of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, 2002 Technical Excellence Award from JPL, 2005 URSI Booker Gold Medal, 2007 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award of the IEEE AP-S, 2009 IEEE AP-S Distinguished Achievement Award, 2010 UCLA School of Engineering Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award, and 2011 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2015, Dr. Rahmat-Samii received NASA Group Achievement Award. His research contributions cover diverse areas of modern electromagnetics and antennas spanning from small medical antennas to large space deployable antennas and the results of his research on these topics have appeared on the cover pages of many scientific journals. Prof. Rahmat-Samii is the designer of the IEEE AP-S logo which is displayed on all IEEE AP-S publications.

Plenary Lecture 6:


David 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.

Plenary Lecture 7:


Xiang Zhang

Hong Kong University (Hong Kong, PR China)

Professor Xiang Zhang is currently the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Prior to joining HKU in July 2018, he was the inaugural Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chair Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Director of the Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (SINAM). He has also served as the Director of Materials Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Professor Zhang is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and of Academia Sinica, a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE).

Professor Zhang received his PhD from UC Berkeley (1996), MS from the University of Minnesota and MS/BS from Nanjing University, China. He was an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University (1996-1999), and associate professor and full professor at UCLA (1999-2004) prior to joining Berkeley's faculty in 2004.

Professor Zhang's current research focuses on materials physics, metamaterials and nano-photonics. He has published over 340 journal papers including 70 publications in Science and Nature family series. He has given over 330 Keynote, Plenary and Invited talks at international conferences and institutions. He was a Co-Chair of the NSF Nano-scale Science and Engineering Annual Grantee Conferences in 2004 and 2005, and has served as Chair of the Academic Advisory Board for the Research Center for Applied Science (RCAS), Academia Sinica.

Professor Zhang is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (1997), the SME Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Engineer Award (1998) and the ONR Young Investigator Award (1999). He was awarded the Chancellor's Professorship by UC Berkeley (2004-2009), named Rohsenow Lecturer at MIT (2009) and William Reynolds Lecturer at Stanford (2012), and in 2017, chosen for the Pearsall Distinguished Lecture at Duke, the Hall Engineering Lecture at Vanderbilt, and the Towers Distinguished Lecture at Michigan Tech. In 2011, he was awarded the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship by the Materials Research Society (MRS), the Miller Professorship by UC Berkeley, and named Distinguished Visiting Scientist (DVS) by the University of Toronto. He was awarded the Fitzroy Medal in 2014, the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award in 2015, the Max Born Award from the Optical Society of America in 2016, the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics in 2016, the Excellence Award in Scientific Leadership in 2016, and the A. C. Eringen Medal from the Society of Engineering Science in 2017.

Plenary Lecture 8: "Topological light"


Nikolay Zheludev

University of Southampton (UK) & Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Nikolay Zheludev is fellow of the Royal Society and member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. He graduated and was awarded PhD and DSc from Moscow State University. After working as a group leader at the Nonlinear Optics Laboratory at Moscow State University he was appointed a lecturer at the University of Southampton in 1991. He became Chair Professor of Physics and Astronomy in 2000 and Deputy Director (Physics) of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Centre in 2006. Since 2019 he is deputy director of Zepler Institute at Southampton University. From 2012 he became the Founding Director of the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies (CDPT) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. In 2014 he became founding co-Director of the Photonics Institute at NTU.

Professor Nikolay Zheludev is duly regarded by his peers as a pioneer and world leader in the fields of nanophotonics and metamaterials that will make light a major enabling technology of the 21st century. In particular he made seminal contributions to paradigm of metamaterials with “Optical Properties on Demand”, he developed metamaterials with controlled dispersion, boundary conditions and polarization properties, pioneered a new generation of nonlinear, gain, switchable, nano-mechanical and memory metamaterials, introduced the ground-breaking concept of nanophotonics of structural transformations, introduced and developed the “active plasmonics” paradigm, provided the first experimental studies of optical super-oscillations and discovered several new phenomena of nonlinear polarization optics. They are laying the foundation for the development of the new generation of nanotechnology enabled solutions operating across the entire electromagnetic spectrum such as high-bandwidth low-intensity optical switching solution, wavefront management dispersion and polarization control devices, data processing, optical tagging and optical data storage devices, super-resolution imaging devices, detectors and nanolasers and many others. Professor Zheludev is the Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher.

Professor Zheludev has been recognized by the academic community and stakeholders as one of the most influential researchers: he was appointed to Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Professor awarded to “outstanding researchers” (2000), as an EPSRC Senior Research Professor awarded to “outstanding academic scientists and engineers of international repute” by the of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (2002) and was awarded the Royal Society Wolfson Research Professor (Merit Award) to “respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential” (2009). He is Fellow of the Institute of Physics (London), Optical Society of America, American Physical Society and European Physical Society that only has less than 100 fellows. In 2015 he received the Thomas Young Medal. (IOP) for “global leadership and pioneering, seminal work in optical metamaterials and nanophotonics”. In 2018 he received The Nanyang Research Award.

Keynote Lectures

Keynote Lecture 1: Field- and Carrier-Enabled Nonlinear Nanophotonics

Wenshan Cai

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Wenshan Cai is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a joint appointment in Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2012, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Dr. Cai received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2008. His research is in the area of nanophotonic materials and devices, in which he has made a major impact on the evolving field of plasmonics and metamaterials. Dr. Cai has published more than 50 journal papers in prestigious journals such as Science, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics, etc., and the total citations of his recent papers have reached more than 15,000 within the past 10 years. He authored the book, Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications, which is used as a textbook or a major reference around the world. Dr. Cai is the recipient of several national and international distinctions, including the OSA/SPIE Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award (2014), the CooperVision Science & Technology Award (2016), and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2017).

Keynote Lecture 2: Quantum nanophotonics with defect centres in nanodiamonds

Christophe Couteau

University of Technology of Troyes (UTT), France

Christophe Couteau obtained his PhD in physics from the University of Paris-Saclay in 2006 working on quantum optics with quantum dots. He then spent 3 years as a post-doctorate fellow at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo in Canada working on quantum cryptography and the foundations of quantum mechanics. Since 2009, he is an associate professor at the French University of Technology of Troyes (UTT) in France and obtained his Habilitation in 2017 from Sorbonne-Université. He works on quantum photonics, nanooptics and quantum nanodevices. He also spent some time at the University of Oxford and was an adjunct assistant professor at the Departement of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for 4 years, from 2012 to 2016. He was also a CNRS researcher during this period in Singapore. He is currently the director of the Laboratory Light, nanomaterials & nanotechnologies-L2n at the UTT/CNRS ERL 7004 which comprises around 100 researchers altogether (faculty, PhD students, research engineers...).

Keynote Lecture 3:

Christophe Craeye

Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium

Christophe Craeye received the Electrical Engineer and Bachelor in Philosophy degrees in 1994, and my Ph.D. degree in Applied Sciences in 1998, all from Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). From 1994 to 1999, I was a teaching assistant at UCL and carried out research on the radar signature of the sea surface perturbed by rain, in collaboration with the Rain-sea interaction facility of NASA, Wallops Island (VA) and with the European Space Agency. From 1999 to 2001, he stayed as a postdoctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology, at the Netherlands Institute for Research in Astronomy and at the University of Massachusetts. His postdoctoral research concerned wideband array analysis, in the framework of the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope project. In 2002, Dr. Craeye initiated an antenna research activity at Université catholique de Louvain, where he now is a Professor. He research interests are numerical methods for antenna array analysis, multiple-antenna systems and metamaterials, for applications in the field of communications, radar, astronomy and medical imaging. He received the Georges Vanderlinden Prize from the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences in 2009. He was Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation from 2004 to 2010 and for the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters from 2011 to 2017.

Keynote Lecture 4: Non-reciprocal phased-array antenna systems

J. Sebastian Gomez Diaz

University of California, Davis, USA

J. Sebastian Gomez Diaz was born in Ontur, Spain. He received the MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain, in 2006 and 2011, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California, Davis. During the development of his Ph.D., he held visiting research positions with École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada) and with the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (Germany). From October 2011 until March 2014, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). Then, from May 2014 to August 2016, he continued his postdoctoral work in the Metamaterials and Plasmonic Research Laboratory of The University of Texas at Austin. His main research interests include multidisciplinary areas of electromagnetic wave propagation and radiation, metamaterials and metasurfaces, plasmonics, 2D materials, nonreciprocal and nonlinear phenomena, and other emerging topics on applied electromagnetics and nanotechnology. Dr. Gomez-Diaz was the recipient of a NSF CAREER Award, the 2017 Leopold Felsen Award for Excellence in Electrodynamics, the Raj Mittra Award presented by the 2015 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, the Young Scientist Award of the 2015 URSI Atlantic RadioScience Conference, a FP7 Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission in 2012, the Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación (COIT/AEIT) award to the best Spanish PhD. thesis in basic information and communication technologies in 2011, and the best Ph.D. thesis award from the Technical University of Cartagena.

Keynote Lecture 5: Plasmonic heterodyne terahertz receivers with quantum-level sensitivity at room temperature

Mona 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 6: Microwave Imaging for Medical Diagnostics

Panagiotis Kosmas

Kings’ College London, UK

Panagiotis Kosmas joined Kings’ College London (KCL), UK as a Lecturer in 2008, and he is currently a Reader in KCL’s Department of Engineering. Prior to his appointment at KCL, he held research positions at the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS), Boston, USA; the University of Loughborough, UK; and the Computational Electromagnetics Group, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He is also a Co-Founder of Mediwise Ltd, an award-winning UK-based SME focusing on the use of electromagnetic waves for medical applications, which is now part of Metamaterial Technologies, Inc. His research interests include microwave engineering with application to sensing and imaging, antenna and sensor design, physics-based detection methods, and inverse problems theory and techniques. He has contributed over 100 journal and conference publications in these areas, and he has organised special sessions and delivered short courses on microwave imaging in international conferences. He has co-authored a chapter for a Springer monograph on microwave medical imaging titled “An Introduction to Microwave Imaging for Breast Cancer Detection”, and he has edited a Special Issue on Electromagnetic Technologies for Medical Diagnostics (printed edition) for MDPI’s Diagnostics. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses on EM theory, antennas and propagation, electronics, and stochastic processes. From 2013-2017, Dr Kosmas served as an elected Working Group Leader for the MiMed EU COST action (TD1301) on microwave imaging. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Open Journal for Antennas and Propagation, Medical Physics, Diagnostics, and IET Signal Processing.

Keynote Lecture 7: Generating topological states with non-Hermitcity and symmetry breaking

Masaya Notomi

NTT Basic Research Labs., Japan

Masaya Notomi received his B.E., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from The University of Tokyo, Japan in 1986, 1988, and 1997, respectively. He joined NTT Optoelectronics Laboratories, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation in 1988 and moved to NTT Basic Research Laboratories in 1999. Since then, his research interest has been to control the optical properties of materials and devices by using artificial nanostructures, and engaged in research on quantum wires/dots and photonic crystal structures. In 1996-1997, he was a visiting researcher of Linkoping University, Sweden. He was a guest associate professor of Applied Electronics in 2003-2009 and is currently a guest professor of Physics in Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was appointed as Senior Distinguished Scientist of NTT since 2010. He is currently a director of NTT Nanophotonics Center. He received IEEE/LEOS Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) prize in 2009, Japan Academy Medal in 2009, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Prize for Science and Technology, Research Category) in 2010, and IEEE Fellow grade in 2013. He served as a member of National University Corporation Evaluation Committee in the Japanese government. He is a research director of JST CREST program from 2015. He is also a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, APS, IEEE, and OSA.

Keynote Lecture 8: Electromagnetic applications of glide-symmetric periodic structures

Oscar Quevedo-Teruel

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Oscar Quevedo-Teruel received his degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Carlos III University of Madrid Spain in 2005, part of which was done at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He obtained his PhD from Carlos III University of Madrid in 2010 and was then invited as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delft (The Netherlands). From 2010-2011, Dr. Quevedo-Teruel 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 School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)/Electromagnetic Engineering (EME) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden where he is an Associate Professor and director of the Master Programme in Electromagnetics Fusion and Space Engineering. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation since 2018, and he is the delegate of EurAAP for Sweden, Norway and Iceland for the period 2018-2020. He is a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for the period 2019-2021. He has made scientific contributions to higher symmetries (glide and twist), transformation optics, lens antennas, metasurfaces, leaky wave antennas, metamaterials, multi-mode microstrip patch antennas and high impedance surfaces. He is the co-author of more than 80 papers in international journals, more than 120 at international conferences and has received approval on 3 patents.

Keynote Lecture 9:

Eva Rajo-Iglesias

University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain

Eva Rajo-Iglesias was born in Monforte de Lemos, Spain, in 1972. She received the M.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering from the University of Vigo, Spain, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in telecommunication engineering from the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, in 2002. She was a Teacher Assistant with the University Carlos III of Madrid from 1997 to 2001. She joined the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Cartagena, Spain, as a Teacher Assistant, in 2001. She joined University Carlos III of Madrid as a Visiting Lecturer in 2002, where she has been an Associate Professor with the Department of Signal Theory and Communications since 2004. Since 2018 she is Full Professor in the same department. She visited the Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, as a Guest Researcher, in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, and has been an Affiliated Professor with the Antenna Group, Signals and Systems Department, since 2009 to 2016. She has co-authored more than 75 papers in JCR international journals and more than 120 papers in international conferences. Her current research interests include microstrip patch antennas and arrays, metamaterials, artificial surfaces and periodic structures, gap waveguide technology and MIMO systems. Dr. Rajo-Iglesias was the recipient of the Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference Best Paper Award in 2007, the Best Poster Award in the field of Metamaterial Applications in Antennas, at the conference Metamaterials 2009, the 2014 Excellence Award to Young Research Staff at the University Carlos III of Madrid and the Third Place Winner of the Bell Labs Prize 2014. She is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION MAGAZINE and has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE ANTENNAS AND WIRELESS PROPAGATION LETTERS (2011-2017).

Keynote Lecture 10: Intelligent inverse design in nanophotonics using deep-learning

Junsuk Rho

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea

Junsuk Rho s currently an Mu-Eun-Jae (無垠齋) endowed chair associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Republic of Korea. Before joining POSTECH, He received a degree his B.S. (2007) and M.S. (2008) in Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, respectively. After getting Ph.D. (2013) in Mechanical Engineering and Nanoscale Science & Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, he had worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Ugo Fano Fellow in Nanoscience and Technology Division at Argonne National Laboratory. His research is focused on developing novel nanophotonic materials and devices based on fundamental physics and experimental studies of deep sub-wavelength light-matter interaction. Dr. Rho has published approximately 70 high impact peer-reviewed journal papers including Science, Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Materials and Nature Communications. He has received honorable awards including Samsung Scholarship (2008-2013), the Optical Society of America (OSA) Milton/Chang Award, the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Scholarship (2011 & 2012), Materials Research Society (MRS) student award (2012), U.S. DOE Argonne Named Fellowship (2013-2016), Edmund Optics educational award (2015), the Optical Society of Korea young investigator award (2016), SPIE Rising Researcher Award (2017), Korean Government MSIP Minister’s Commendation (2017), Proud POSTECHIAN Award (2018), Korean Government MSIT Minister’s Commendation (2019) and Korean Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2019).

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