Plenary Speakers

Lihong Wang
California Institute of Technology, USA

Lihong Wang is Bren Professor of Medical and Electrical Engineering at Caltech. Published 470 journal articles (h-index = 118, citations = 58,000). Delivered 460 keynote/plenary/invited talks. Published the first functional photoacoustic CT, 3D photoacoustic microscopy, and compressed ultrafast photography (world’s fastest camera). Served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Optics. Received the Goodman Book Award, NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, OSA Mees Medal, IEEE Technical Achievement and Biomedical Engineering Awards, SPIE Chance Biomedical Optics Award, IPPA Senior Prize, OSA Feld Biophotonics Award, and an honorary doctorate from Lund University, Sweden. Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.

Speech title: World’s Deepest-Penetration and Fastest Cameras: Photoacoustic Tomography and Compressed Ultrafast Photography

Abstract: We developed photoacoustic tomography to peer deep into biological tissue. Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) provides in vivo omniscale functional, metabolic, molecular, and histologic imaging across the scales of organelles through organisms. We also developed compressed ultrafast photography (CUP) to record 10 trillion frames per second, 10 orders of magnitude faster than commercially available camera technologies. CUP can tape the fastest phenomenon in the universe, namely, light propagation, and can be slowed down for slower phenomena such as combustion.

Xiang Zhang
University of Hong Kong, Hongkong, China

Professor Xiang ZHANG is the inaugural Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chair Professor at UC Berkeley and the Director of Nano‐scale Science and Engineering Center(SINAM). He also served as the Director of Materials Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He is appointed as the 16th President and Vice‐Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong. Professor Zhang is an elected member of US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Academia Sinica, foreign member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of four scientific societies: APS (The American Physical Society), OSA (The Optical Society of America), AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science), and SPIE (The International Society of Optical Engineering). Professor Zhang received PhD from UC Berkeley (1996) and MS from 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 faculty in 2004. Professor Zhang’s current research focuses on materials physics, metamaterials and nano‐photonics. He has published over 320 journal papers including 70 publications in Science and Nature family series. He has given over 320 Keynote, Plenary and Invited talks at international conferences and institutions. Professor Zhang is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award (1997); SME Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Engineer Award (1998) and ONR Young Investigator Award (1999). He was awarded Chancellor’s Professorship by UC Berkeley(2004‐2009), Rohsenow Lecturer at MIT (2009) and William Reynolds Lecturer at Stanford (2012), and in 2017, Pearsall Distinguished Lecture at Duke, Hall Engineering Lecture at Vanderbilt, and Towers Distinguished Lecturer at Michigan Tech. In 2011, he was awarded Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship by Materials Research Society (MRS), Miller Professorship by UC Berkeley, and Distinguished Visiting Scientist (DVS) by the University of Toronto. He was awarded Fitzroy Medal in 2014, Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award in 2015, Max Born Award from Optical Society of America in 2016, the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics in 2016, Excellence Award in Scientific Leadership in 2016, and A. C. Eringen Medal from Society of Engineering Science in 2017.

Speech title: Photonics beyond Diffraction Limit

Abstract: Compared with electronics that is already at nanoscale today, photonic circuits remain rather bulky due to optical diffraction limit. I will discuss physics in scaling down of photonics that is important for both optical sciences and modern information technology. We proposed a new optical cavity design using indefinite medium that exhibits an anomalous scaling law than conventional cavities which was confirmed experimentally. I will further present nanoscale waveguide and laser circuits using hybrid plasmons that can be multiplexed into a single waveguide‐an effort towards integrated photonics at nano‐scale. Finally, I will discuss non‐Hermitian optics that is capable to sort color simultaneously at nano‐scale for potential ultrahigh resolution imager.

Invited Speakers