Horizons of Optical, Photonics and Emerging Sciences (HOPES)

With this series, the IEEE UK and Ireland Photonics Chapter is taking a different approach to seminal webinars. Instead of focussing on a single piece of research and/or innovation, we invite highly impactful researchers to discuss the future of their research domains. This will allow the speaker to share their informed view of future innovations on a platform that encourages a true exchange for shaping the evolution of science. We hope that in such discussions, unique solutions in pure and interdisciplinary domains can be unravelled.

All webinars are set for 1300-1430 (GMT)

For any information or queries, please write to our event organiser,
Akhil Kallepalli

Date: 30 November 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

David Sampson is Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research & Innovation, at The University of Surrey, where he heads the research group Surrey Biophotonics. His interests span a wide range from theoretical to translational biophotonics, with strong emphasis on optical coherence tomography (OCT), including parametric imaging of attenuation, OCT elastography and polarisation-sensitive OCT. He is a fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE; has served on the SPIE Board of Directors as an elected member and currently as adviser.

Date: 01 December 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Miles Padgett holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. He leads 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. His research group covers all things optical from the basic ways in which light behaves as it pushes and twists the world around us to the application of new optical techniques in imaging and sensing systems.

Date: 02 December 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Nick Stone holds the position of Professor of Biomedical Imaging and Biosensing and NHS Consultant Clinical Scientist at the University of Exeter. He is an internationally recognised leader in biomedical applications of vibrational spectroscopy (Raman and IR), with over £12M current funding, he leads three first in human studies.

Date: 03 December 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Martin Leahy is Chair of Applied Physics at NUI Galway where he leads the Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging Group. His group invented the Heart Rate App, correlation mapping OCT, nanosensitive OCT and depth encoded superresolution microscopy. He chairs the biannual international Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School in Ireland and is a JBO Letters Editor. He leads H2020 STARSTEM on gold nanostars for optoacoustic stem cell tracking and is a partner in H2020 IMCUSTOMEYE to develop an instrument to measure the biomechanics of the eye.

Date: 04 December 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Igor Meglinski, MSc in Laser Physics (1992) and PhD degree in Biophysics (1997), is a Professor in Biophotonics and Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences in Aston University (UK). He is an author and co-author of over 350 papers, and has given about 700 presentations at the major international conferences. He is Chartered Physicist, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of Institute of Physics, and Fellow of SPIE.

Date: 07 December 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Andrew Ellis is the Professor of Optical Communications at Aston University where he is also deputy director of the Institute of Photonics Technologies (AIPT) group. His research interests include the evolution of core and metro networks, and the application of photonics to sensing. He has published over 170 journal papers and over 25 patents in the field of photonics, primarily targeted at increasing capacity, reach and functionality in the optical layer.

Date: 08 December 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

George Zervas is an Associate Professor of optical networked systems at UCL. He is leading the research team on optical networked systems for data centres and HPCs. He is interested in optical networks, system architectures, compute & network co-design. He has published 275 papers. He is the recipient of the EPSRC Fellowship OptoCloud.

Date: 09 December 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Liam O’Faolain’s research group focuses on developing efficient lasers and innovative sensors based on nanophotonics and integrated photonics  He spent 15 years at the University of St Andrews, before moving his research group to Cork Institute of Technology in 2016, see www.cappa.ie. He is the author/co-author of more than 100 journal papers.

Date: 10 December 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Giles Hammond moved to Glasgow to take up a RCUK academic fellowship within the Institute for Gravitational Research after his PhD and working in the US building inertial seismic isolation systems for the advanced LIGO gravitational wave upgrade. Promoted to Reader in 2011 and professor in 2016, Giles leads the development of suspension hardware for the advanced LIGO gravitational wave detectors. He also leads the development of ultra-sensitive MEMS gravimeters, which offer a transformative technology in gravity imaging, with industrial spin-offs in multiple fields.

Date: 23 November 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Sarah Bohndiek has been a Group Leader at the University of Cambridge since 2013, where she is jointly appointed in the Department of Physics and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. Sarah’s interdisciplinary team, the VISIONLab, develops and applies new imaging biomarkers that shed light on tumour evolution, and translating their findings into clinical trials. Sarah was recently awarded the CRUK Future Leaders in Cancer Research Prize and SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in recognition of her interdisciplinary research innovation.

Date: 24 November 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Amanda Foust is a RAEng Research Fellow and lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. She obtained a BSc degree in neuroscience with emphasis in computation and electrical engineering from Washington State University, and MPhil and PhD degrees in neuroscience from Yale University. Her team engineers bridges between cutting-edge optical technologies and neuroscientists to acquire new, groundbreaking data on how brain circuits wire, process, and store information.

Date: 25 November 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Sonja Franke-Arnold is a Professor of Quantum Optics at the University of Glasgow. Since more than 20 years she is fascinated by twisted light and more recently vector light fields. Her team specialises on the vectorial interaction of structured light with cold atoms at tens of microKelvin.

Date: 26 November 2020
Time: 1300-1430 (GMT)

Amanda Wright is Associate Professor in the Optics and Photonics Group at the University of Nottingham. She gained her PhD from The University of Manchester (2004) and in 2007 was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship. Amanda’s research is at the interface between Engineering and the Life Sciences.

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