Invited Speakers

Speakers for APOS 2019 include:

Plenary Speakers

Helen Pask

Macquarie University, Australia

Helen M. Pask received her Ph.D. degree in physics from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia in 1992. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of fiber lasers at the University of Southampton, U.K. from 1992-1994. In 1995, she joined Macquarie University as an ARC postdoctoral Fellow, where she and her colleagues have established a strong international research presence in the area of Crystalline Raman lasers. She held a Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Fellowship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy for 6 years, and was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship in 2012. She has established several successful industry partnerships, and her main research interests include crystalline Raman lasers, Terahertz lasers and applications, and the remote sensing of water temperature and salinity using Raman spectroscopy. She has a strong focus on combining high quality research and industry engagement. Macquarie University has encouraged her to achieve strongly in both these areas, and her ARC Future Fellowship, awarded in 2012 has enabled her to continue this pathway.


Kentaro Nakamura

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Professor Kentaro Nakamura received D. Eng. degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan, in 1992. He has been a professor of Precision and Intelligence Laboratory (currently, Institute of Innovative Research), Tokyo Tech since 2010. His field of research is fiber optic distributed sensors and opto-acoustic measurements. He is especially interested in sensor application of polymer fiber, acoustic measurements based on optical method and optical/ultrasonic sensing devices. He awarded the best paper awards from the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers in 1998, from Ultrasonic Elecronics in 2005 and 2010, and from The Acoustical Society of Japan in 2015, respectively. He is currently a president of Photonic Sensing Consortium, Japan, and a chairman of Photonic Information System Committee of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.


Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem

The University of Adelaide, Australia

Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem received the Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Jena (Germany) in 1994, where she continued her research on optical glasses until 2000. During 2001-2004, she was with the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton (U.K.), working on novel photosensitive glasses and soft glass microstructured optical fibres with record optical nonlinearity.

Since 2005, Heike has been with The University of Adelaide, Australia. Currently, she is one of the leaders of the Optical Materials and Structures Theme at the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing. Her research focuses on the development of mid-infrared, high-nonlinearity, active and nanocomposite glasses; glass, preform and fibre fabrication techniques and surface fucntionalization of glass.

Heike has published over 230 refereed journal papers and conference processings including 16 review papers and 9 postdeadline papers. She has an h-factor of 31 and her papers have been cited ~ 2500 times (data taken from Scopus).


Invited Speakers


Huilian Ma

Zhejiang University, China

Professor Huilian Ma received the Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Science Technology from Zhejiang University, China in 2002. Since 2002, she has been with Zhejiang University and has engaged in the research of resonant optical gyroscopes. She was a visiting scholar of Laboratory of Hotate and He in the University of Tokyo, Japan from 2007 to 2009. She has authored and coauthored more than 80 refereed journal papers and international conference presentations and she is holding more than 20 Chinese patents. She has given more than 10 invited talks at the international and domestic conferences including IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC), Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Pacific Rim (CLEO-PR), and OptoElectronics and Communications Conference (OECC). She received the Best Paper Awards at the 25th International Conference on Fiber Optical Sensors (OFS-25) and the 16th International Conference on Optical Communications & Networks (ICOCN) in 2017. Her research on resonant optical gyroscopes covers a variety of areas including low-loss silica waveguide ring resonators, high-Q fiber ring resonators, optical noises suppression, and low-noise signal processing.

Rafael Piestun

University of Colorado, United States

Prof. Rafael Piestun received MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. From 1998 to 2000 he was a researcher at Stanford University. Since 2001 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Professor Piestun is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, was a Fulbright scholar, an Eshkol fellow, received a Honda Initiation Grant award, a Minerva award, a Provost Achievement Award, and El-Op and Gutwirth prizes. He served in the editorial committee of Optics and Photonics News and was associate editor for Applied Optics. He was the Director and Principal Investigator of the NSF-IGERT program in Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging at the University of Colorado and is co-Founder and co-Principal Investigator of the NSF Science and Technology Center STROBE. His areas of interest include computational optical imaging, super-resolution microscopy, volumetric photonic devices, scattering optics, and ultrafast optics.

Kristen Maitland

Texas A&M University

Dr. Kristen Maitland is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the development of optical instrumentation for improved detection and diagnosis of disease, primarily cancer and bacterial infection.

To improve detection of early cancer, Dr. Maitland’s lab has developed a multi-scale multi-modal optical imaging system currently being evaluated in a clinical trial. Fluorescence lifetime imaging is used for macroscopic guidance, followed by reflectance confocal microscopic detection of cellular changes associated with precancer development. Technical advances focus on miniaturization of the device and increased scanning speed using a tunable focus lens or spectral encoding of depth.

Dr. Maitland is developing optical sensing and imaging technologies to enable rapid diagnosis of bacterial infection, specifically tuberculosis. Optical fibers are used to excite fluorescence of novel near-infrared optical reporters inside the lung to detect and measure levels of bacterial infection. Fluorescence signal can either be detected from outside the body in small animals or through an optical fiber or fiber microendoscope.

Zinan Wang

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Zinan Wang received the PhD degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, in 2009 (During 2007-2009, he was with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs as a visiting student). He was with Cornell University, as a postdoctoral research associate during 2009-2010. He joined University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2010, and became a full professor since 2015. His research interests include distributed fiber sensing and nonlinear fiber optics. He has published more than 130 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, and he is holding 16 Chinese patents and 2 US patents. He has given more than 15 invited talks at international conferences, and served as TPC member for a number of conferences. His research was highlighted in ‘Optics in 2014’ by OSA Optics and Photonics News. He is a recipient of IOP Publishing Top Cited Author Award (China) in 2018. Zinan Wang is an Associate Editor for both IEEE Photonics Technology Letters and IEEE Access, and he is an IEEE & OSA Senior Member.

Alison J. Hobro

Osaka University

Alison Hobro obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester, UK, developing Raman, Raman Optical Activity (ROA) and Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) for the analysis of RNA structure. This was followed by a postdoctoral position at Vienna University of Technology, Austria, using stand-off Raman spectroscopy for the detection of explosives, as well as Raman and infrared (IR) imaging for the analysis of cells, tissues and small multicellular organisms. She is currently a Specially Appointed Assistant Professor in the Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC) at Osaka University, Japan. Her research focuses on using Raman spectroscopy and imaging to investigate the interactions occurring between hosts and pathogens during infection.

Takashi Kato

The University of Electro-Communications

Assistant Professor Takashi Kato received the Ph.D. degree in Engineering from The University of Tokyo, Japan in 2015. From 2010 to 2015 he has majored in Bioengineering and engaged in the research of liquid jet knife induced by nanosecond pulse laser for neurosurgery. He received an ISCAS 2011 Scholarships, a Foundation of Barrier-Free System Integration Encouragement Award and a LIFE2013 presentation award. Since 2015 he joined JST ERATO Minoshima Intelligent Optical Synthesizer Project (IOS) at The University of Electro-Communications in Japan. He engages in the research of One-shot 3D imaging using chirped optical frequency comb with a high spatial and ultrafast time resolution. And he received a JSAP Young Scientist Presentation Award, a JSAP Photonics Award and an OPJ Presentation Award. His areas of interest include optical frequency comb, optical imaging, optical sensing, ultrafast optics, and fiber optics.

Kyunghwan Oh

Yonsei University, South Korea

Kyunghwan Oh is a professor in the Department of Physics at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He is also a director of High-Efficiency Laser Research Laboratory and Photonics Device Physics Laboratory. Prof. Oh has earned his BS and MS in Physics from Seoul National University in 1986 and 1988, respectively. He then moved to Brown University, Providence, RI, USA and received MS in Engineering in 1991 and Ph.D. in Optics in 1994. Since his Ph.D. Prof. Oh’s research has been focused on fiber optics, optical materials, and lasers. He has been affiliated with world-leading photonics research institutes such as Lucent Bell Labs, Murray Hill in the USA, Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technology in Germany, Optoelectronics Research Centre in the University of Southampton UK, EPFL in Switzerland, The University of Tokyo in Japan, to name a few. He has authored and co-authored more than 250 SCI journal papers, 7 US patents, 3 books including “Silica Optical Fiber Technology, Wiley” and 4 book chapters. He is a Fellow of The Optical Society of America (OSA), and has been serving the photonics community as a Topical Editor of Optics Letters, Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, Associate Editor of Optical Fiber Technology-Elsevier, International Advisory Board Member of Optics Communications-Elsevier, and Editor in Chief, Journal of The Optical Society of Korea. He has been organizing international conferences taking roles such as Optical Fiber Technology sub-committee chair IEEE Photonics Society Annual Meeting, and an International Steering Committee member in CLEO-PR. His recent research interests include fiber optic beam shaping and optical trapping in the microscopic environment, and implementation of radiation physics in an all-fiber-optic platform.

Kyle Hardman

Australia National University, Australia



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