Speaker Bios

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Malte Gather

University of St Andrews, UK

Malte C. Gather studied physics and material sciences at RWTH Aachen University and Imperial College London. In 2008, he received his PhD from the University of Cologne with a thesis on cross-linkable organic semiconductors and organic LEDs. As a postdoc at University of Iceland and later as Bullock-Wellman Fellow at Harvard University he worked on optical amplification in plasmonic waveguides and on opto-biological devices, in particular on lasers based on single biological cells. Malte Gather was assistant professor at TU Dresden (Germany) from 2011 to 2013 before getting a full professorship at the University of St Andrews (UK). His research area is at the interface between biophotonics and organic semiconductors.

Prof. Miles Padgett

University of Glasgow, UK

Miles Padgett holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. He heads an Optics Research Group covering a wide spectrum from blue-sky research to applied commercial development, funded by a combination of government charity and industry. He is also Vice-Principal for Research in the University with an office which strives to support both individual researchers in realising their own potential and the University’s vision to deliver world-changing research.

Miles is a Fellow both of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy. In 2008 Miles was awarded the UK Institute of Physics, Optics and Photonics Division Prize. In 2009 Miles was awarded the Institute of Physics, Young Medal “for pioneering work on optical angular momentum”. In 2014 he was awarded the Kelvin Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his contributions to optics and his promotion of a global community of researchers. In 2015 he was awarded the Prize for Research into the Science of Light by the European Physical Society and in 2017 the Max Born Award of the OSA.

His research group studies in the field of optics and in particular of optical angular momentum. Their contributions include an optical spanner for spinning micron-sized cells, use of orbital angular momentum to increase the data capacity of communication systems and an angular form of the quantum Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox.

Miles is the Principal Investigator of QuantIC, the UK’s Centre of excellence for research, development and innovation in quantum enhanced imaging, bringing together the six Universities with more than 40 industry partners.

Joost Van Kerkhof

Dr. Joost van Kerkhof

LioniX International, NL

Joost van Kerkhof Ph.D. is the Chief Operations Officer of LioniX International since the merger of LioniX, XiO Photonics, and SatraX into LioniX International in 2016. He is also the interim COO of PHIX photonics assembly, which was founded in 2017 by LioniX International. Before the merger he was the CEO of XiO Photonics since 2013. Joost has more than 20 years of experience in the micro-nano technology industry. Before joining XiO Photonics, Joost worked with Sensata Technologies (automotive sensors) as Director Business Integration, where he was responsible for business due diligence of acquisition candidates, followed by integration of the business in the Sensata organization. Before his role in business management, he has held positions within Texas Instruments (which became Sensata Technologies in 2006) as Director R&D and Director Operations. In these positions he has brought several products into high volume production. Joost also worked for 6 years as R&D manager at HortiMax (horticulture process automation). Joost holds a masters and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering specialized in micro-nano technology and (bio)sensors.

LioniX International is a leading global provider of customized microsystem solutions, in particular integrated photonics based, in scalable production volumes. We provide customized solutions for OEMs and System Integrators, from design to fully assembled modules, by vertical integration in scalable production volumes. We maintain our technology leadership secured by a strong IP position. LioniX International focuses on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) enabled modules based on its proprietary waveguide technology (TriPleX™), in addition to its other core competences micro-fluidics, opto-fluidics and MEMS. As a vertical integrated company we deliver a complete solution to our OEM customers: from initial design through volume manufacturing of products. Our PIC modules and additional competences can be used in a suite of applications in Telecom/Datacom, Life Science, Metrology and is offered as well in our technology services. www.lionix-international.com


Invited Speakers

Andrew Brown

Dr. Andrew J. W. Brown


Dr. Andrew (Andy) J. W. Brown is Senior Director for Global Business Development at SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. At SPIE he oversees the organizations’ industry, conference, exhibition, membership and education activities. Andy has been active as a researcher and in business development for over 30 years and is a globally recognized expert and advocate for the photonics industry. Andy holds a Ph.D. from St. Andrews University in Scotland and worked for several research, development and manufacturing companies prior to joining SPIE in 2008.

Hillary Cronin

Metabolomic Diagnostics Ltd, IRL

Hillary has a technical background and significant commercialisation experience. She has more than 25 years experience working cross functionally for a range of companies from different sectors including MedTech, Fiber Optic Communications, Hardware/ Software Design, Food and Beverage. Throughout this time Hillary has been involved in all aspects of non-dilutive funding projects both in consortia and independent projects. She has been involved in grants from the point of view of proposal preparation and implementation for Horizon 2020 and other funding schemes. Hillary is also an EU evaluator, being invited on occasion to Brussels to evaluate proposals under specific call headings. Hillary’s combination of technical knowledge and business experience facilitates an understanding of the key aspects of delivering comprehensive proposals. Hillary currently works with Metabolomic Diagnostics who have been recently successful in being awarded a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument grant of €2million and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action funding. Metabolomic Diagnostics recently completed an FP7 funded consortium project.

Pascal Doguet

Dr. Pascal Doguet

Synergia Medical, BE

Pascal Doguet holds a PhD in electronics from the UCLouvain, Belgium. During his thesis, he was involved in the development of a visual prosthesis, designing the prosthesis electronics and application specific integrated circuits. He has expertise in electronics, custom integrated circuit design, software and firmware development, materials for implants and knowledge of quality control and regulatory affairs. He also holds a Master in renewable energy and worked as a consultant in the field for many years. He previously worked at Neurotech SA and was in charge of the R&D department and responsible for the development of their range of neurostimulators for epilepsy, sleep apnea and deep brain stimulation that he entirely designed. Driven by challenges, he is now the co-founder of the company Synergia Medical where he goes on developing state of art medical devices including an implantable neurostimulator. He also has extensive experience in coordinating research projects at national and international levels.

Andrea Fiore

Prof. Andrea Fiore

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, NL

Andrea Fiore holds a PhD degree in Optics from the University of Orsay, and has previously worked in Thales Research and Technology (Orsay, France), at the University of California at Santa Barbara, at the Italian National Research Council (Rome, Italy), and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). Prof. Fiore has been the recipient of the ‘Professeur boursier’ (Switzerland) and ‘Vici’ (The Netherlands) personal grants, and has acted as principal investigator in several national projects, team leader in six EU projects, coordinator of EU-FP6 project ‘SINPHONIA’ and of the Dutch FOM national program ‘Nanoscale Quantum Optics’. He has been awarded the 2006 ISCS ‘Young Scientist’ Award (International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors). He has co-authored over 150 journal articles and given around 50 invited talks at international conferences.


Dr. Elias Giacoumidis

Dublin City University, IRL

Dr Elias Giacoumidis is a Marie-Curie Research Fellow at Dublin City University & SFI CONNECT Research Centre of Ireland. His current collaborative project with Xilinx-Ireland tackles the “capacity crunch” in optical fiber communications harnessing energy-efficient optical and digital technologies (Project EPIC: Energy-efficient and Phase-Insensitive Coherent Communications). He has previously worked for various prestigious optical communications research groups including Heriot-Watt University, University of Sydney CUDOS (deputy project leader), Aston University, Telecom-ParisTech, Athens Information Technology centre and Bangor University (PhD scholarship). He has authored/co-authored about 110 papers that appeared in international peer-reviewed journals and top conferences with more than 1100 citations from Google-Scholar.

His research involves balanced theoretical and experimental exploration in high-capacity optical transmission systems with specialization in key modern signal processing techniques such as OFDM, CAP, PAM-8 etc. and nonlinear photonics (e.g. Brillouin amplifiers) for next-generation local, access and long-haul optical networks. Dr Giacoumidis is the principal investigator of the world’s-first cost-effective direct-detected optical Fast-OFDM transmission system. He was the first to implement digital-based machine learning for fiber nonlinearity mitigation in multi-carrier coherent optical communications. Dr Giacoumidis is a member of IEEE and OSA and was nominated an outstanding reviewer of 2016 for the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology.


Dr. Antonio Hurtado

University of Strathclyde, UK

Dr Antonio Hurtado is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics after being appointed to a Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellowship. He obtained his PhD degree from the Universidad Politécnica Madrid (UPM, Spain). He has developed an international career in photonics research, working in the UK (Universities of Strathclyde and Essex), Europe (UPM, Spain), and in the USA (University of New Mexico, UNM). He has been involved in diverse projects funded by European, UK national and US agencies. Notably, he was awarded two highly competitive Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships by the European Commission to work at the University of Essex and at UNM’s Centre for High Technology Materials. His current research interests at Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics include but are not limited to, nanophotonics, laser nonlinear dynamics, neuromorphic photonics, semiconductor nanowire lasers and hybrid nanofabrication techniques for optoelectronics.

Wolfgang Langbein

Prof. Wolfgang Langbein

Cardiff University, UK

Wolfgang Langbein (ResearcherID B-1271-2010) was born in Würzburg, Germany, in 1968. He received his Diploma in physics from the University of Kaiserslautern in 1992, and his PhD degree in physics from the University of Karlsruhe in 1995. From 1995 to 1998, he was assistant research professor at the Mikroelektronik Centret, Denmark. From 1998 to 2004, he was with the University of Dortmund, where received his Habilitation in 2003. In 2004 he was appointed senior lecturer in the School of Physics, Cardiff University, promoted to Reader in 2006 and to Personal Chair in 2007. His current research interests are (i) characterization and ultrafast spectroscopy of semiconductor nanostructures, microcavities, and quantum-dot optical amplifiers. (ii) application of optical spectroscopy and imaging to life-science, including the techniques of coherent Raman scattering microscopy and label-free optical biosensors using microcavities or plasmonics.

Isabelle Ledoux-Rak

Prof. Isabelle Ledoux-Rak

École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, FR

Isabelle Ledoux-Rak is currently appointed as Professor at École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Head of the LPQM (Molecular and Quantum Photonics Laboratory) at École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay. Her current research interests include molecular and material engineering for photonic applications, investigation of gold nanoparticles for quadratic nonlinear optics and elaboration of waveguide polymer devices for sensor applications. She was recently awarded the 2015 Holweck medal from the Institute of Physics for her pioneering contributions to our understanding of the nonlinear optical properties of metal complexes, and demonstration of optical amplification phenomena at telecom wavelengths in polymer optical waveguides. She is the coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master course: “Molecular nano- and biophotonics for telecommunications and biotechnologies”, since September 2006.

Jesper Mork

Prof. Jesper Mørk

Technical University of Denmark, DK

Jesper Mørk received the M.Sc., Ph.D., and Dr. Techn. degrees from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, in 1986, 1988, and 2003, respectively. Since 2002 he is Professor in semiconductor nanophotonics and since 2008 he is heading the Nanophotonics Section at DTU Fotonik, DTU. He is the author of more than 250 papers in refereed journals and around 350 contributions to international conferences, including more than 80 invited talks. His current research interests include semiconductor quantum photonics, active photonic crystals, nanolasers and integrated photonics. Jesper Mørk is a Fellow of OSA and serves as Associate Editor of Optica.

Peter Ossieur

Dr. Peter Ossieur

Ghent University – imec, BE

Peter Ossieur (M’04) received the Engineering degree in applied electronics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. From 2005 to 2008, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fund of Scientific Research, Ghent University. In 2008, he became an Assistant Professor of high-frequency electronics at the Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University. In 2009, he joined the Photonic Systems Group, Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland, and the Department of Physics, University College Cork, Cork, where he became Staff Researcher and Senior Staff Researcher in 2011 and 2013 respectively. In October 2017, he joined the design group at Ghent University – imec, IDLab, Department of Information Technology as Senior Researcher and member of the staff. His research interests focusses on high-speed analog and mixed-signal electronic integrated circuitry for fiber-optic applications, and the applications of these circuits in optical networks.

Brian Pogue

Prof. Brian W. Pogue

Dartmouth, USA

Brian W. Pogue, Ph.D. is the MacLean Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire USA, as well as Adjunct Professor of Surgery in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He has a Ph.D. in Medical/Nuclear Physics from McMaster University, in Canada, and was a research fellow at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. At Dartmouth since 1996, he works in the area of Optics in Medicine, with a focus on novel imaging systems for characterizing cancer and tracking responses to therapy. He was Dean of Graduate Studies at Dartmouth from 2008-2012, and is now Director of MS and PhD Programs in Engineering Science & Medical Physics at Dartmouth. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers and 400 conference papers in the areas of monitoring cancer therapy with optical signals, in surgery, medicine, medical oncology, and radiotherapy. His research is funded by the National Cancer Institute through a Program Project grant as well as several individual R01 grants and he co-directs a program project P01 grant. He is currently an editorial board member for Physics in Medicine & Biology, Medical Physics, and Breast Cancer Research, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Optics. He is an elected fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE). He recently founded the start up company DoseOptics LLC, making the world’s first camera to image radiotherapy dose delivery as it happens.

Sonia Ramirez

Dr. Sonia Ramirez-Garcia

Johnson & Johnson, IRL

Dr. Sonia Ramirez-Garcia is WW Research and Innovation Unit Manager in the Manufacturing Technologies Innovation Centre of Excellence (MTI), Johnson & Johnson. The main objective of her role is to deliver innovation in sensing technologies and Industry 4.0, materials and disruptive manufacturing technologies for J&J. Her role also involves the strategic development of collaborative research projects and the build-up of global research networks. Sonia has a PhD in Chemical Sciences and worked in academia for 10 years in the areas of chemical sensors and biosensors and materials and nanomaterials science. Sonia joined J&J in 2011. Her current role is at the corporate level, developing innovation in the manufacture of healthcare products.

Daniel Razansky

Prof. Daniel Razansky

TU Munich & Helmholtz Center Munich, DE

Daniel Razansky is a Professor of Molecular Imaging Engineering at the Technical University of Munich and Helmholtz Center Munich. He earned his degrees in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and completed postdoctoral training in bio-optics and molecular imaging at the Harvard Medical School. Prof. Razansky has pioneered multi-spectral optoacoustic tomography, near-field radiofrequency thermoacoustic tomography, hybrid optoacoustic ultrasound, five-dimensional optoacoustics and has made other innovations being successfully commercialized worldwide. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and holds 12 inventions in bio-imaging and bio-sensing disciplines. Prof. Razansky is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), serves on the editorial boards of journals published by Nature Publishing Group, Elsevier, IEEE, and AAPM and has chaired international conferences organized by the OSA, SPIE, WMIS, and EMIM. His research has been recognized by the German Innovation Prize, ERC Starting, Consolidator and Proof-of-Concept grants, Biovaria Spin-Off Award, Human Frontiers Science Program Award, and several grants from the US National Institutes of Health. He has also been selected on the “Young Elite: Top 40 under 40” list by the Capital magazine in 2011 and 2012.

Jochen Schroeder

Dr. Jochen Schröder

Chalmers University of Technology, SE

Jochen Schröder received his PhD in Physics from the University of Auckland in 2010. He then joined the University of Sydney node of the CUDOS Centre of Excellence in Australia, where he was a Discovery Early Career Award and Senior Research Fellow. Since 2016 he has been a Senior Researcher (tenured) at the Photonics Laboratory in the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg Sweden. His research interests are spectral pulse shaping and advanced filtering for optical communication systems, in particular space division multiplexed ones, nonlinear optical signal processing and optical frequency combs for ultra-high capacity transmission. He has published more than 50 journal articles and 70 conference papers including postdeadline contributions at OFC and ECOC. He was awarded the Australian Optical Societies Geoff Opat Early Career Researcher Prize and was a finalist for the Australian Museums Eureka Prize.

John Sheridan

Prof. John T. Sheridan

University College Dublin / Equilume Ltd, IRL

John T. Sheridan, BE (UCG/NUIG), MScEE (Georgia Tech), DPhil (Oxon), held an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship in Erlangen-Nürnberg, and was a visiting scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, in Italy. He is currently Professor of Optical Engineering in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCD and is director of UCD’s Masters in Optical Engineering. He is a fellow of both SPIE and OSA and co-editor of Linear Canonical Transforms in the Springer Series on Optical Sciences. He has authored over 400 publications and chairs several international conferences. He has recently acted as lead editor on the Applied Optics Feature Issue: Optics in Ireland. He is actively engaged in collaborative projects with national and international academic and industrial partners. Most recently this has included the development of Computational Terahertz Imaging for manufacturing applications.

He co-founded Generic Light in 2006 and is a co-founder and director of the UCD spin-out company Equilume Ltd, (www.equilume.com). Equilume was a runner up in the NOVA UCD commercialisation awards in 2012 and went on to win the Enterprise Ireland “One to Watch” award in 2012. In 2014 the company was shortlisted for an Irish Times Innovation Award. The bio-optical products are used to enhance horse breeding, and are currently in use in Australia, Ireland, Japan New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.


Dr. Jonathan Ward

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, JP

Jonathan Ward received his PhD in 2009 from the department of Applied Physics and Instrumentation at the Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. His PhD studies in the Quantum Optics Group at the Tyndall National Institute, Ireland, focused on Fluoride and Phosphate Glass Whispering Gallery micro-Resonators. In 2010, Jonathan was awarded the IRCSET-Marie Curie INSPIRE Fellowship to pursue his studies on integrated quantum photonics with the Nano-Optik Group at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He is currently a staff scientist in the Light-matter Interactions Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan. Some of his current research interests include whispering-gallery resonators, sensing, optomechanics, chiral coupling, tapered fibers and laser cooling.