Keynote speaker: Dr Volodymyr Chernenko

IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science

Prof. Volodymyr A. Chernenko graduated Moscow State University in 1975. He has got his PhD degree in Chemical Physics from the same University in 1980. He has 35 years of research experience in centres in Ukraine, Germany, Japan, Italy, United States, France, Switzerland, Australia, Spain, Hong Kong and Russia. He is currently holding a permanent position as Ikerbasque Research Professor at BCMaterials & University of Basque Country. Professional interest is in solid state physics, physics of phase transitions in solids, magnetism, high pressure physics, functional materials, metallurgy and, in particular, focused on research and development of the multifunctional magnetic shape memory materials, magnetomechanics of martensites, thin films and nanotechnologies of the ferromagnetic martensites. Author and co-author of 260 original papers in ISI scientific journals and book chapters with about 6000 citations and h-index equal to 37. He is author of 14 patents. He is International Fellow Awardee of the Helmholtz Association (Germany) in 2014. He is world-wide known as one of the founders of the new research area “Ferromagnetic shape memory alloys” being organizer and/or invited speaker of many International conferences and symposia on this subject.

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Invited speaker: Prof Peter Smith

University of Southampton, UK, Stratophase Ltd., UK

Peter G.R. Smith is a Professor in the Optoelectronics Research Centre and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor International in the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Southampton. He graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Physics in 1990 and D.Phil in Nonlinear Optics in 1993. After a year spent as a management consultant he joined the University of Southampton. Peter has worked on a number of areas in optics research ranging from laser spectroscopy to polymer integrated-optics. He has published over 200 journal and conference papers in the fields of periodically poled materials and UV written devices at major conferences, including invited talks at national and international meetings. He was the founder of two spin-outs from Southampton - Stratophase Ltd in 2003 and Covesion Limited in 2009.

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Invited speaker: Prof Michalis Zervas

University of Southampton, UK, SPI Lasers Inc.

Michalis N. Zervas graduated from the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1984) and received his M.Sc. degree in Applied and Modern Optics (with distinction) and PhD degree in Fibre Optics from the University of Reading (1985) and University College London (1989), respectively. He joined the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton in 1991 as a Research Fellow and promoted to Research Lecturer in 1995 and Professor in Optical Communications in 1999. His research activities include advanced optical fibre amplifier configurations, high power fibre lasers, fibre DFB lasers, Bragg grating theory and devices, surface-plasmon effects and devices, optical microresonators, and non-linear fibre optics. He is a co-founder of Southampton Photonics Inc., a University of Southampton spin-off manufacturing high power fibre lasers, were he currently serving as Chief Scientist. He has authored/coauthored over 250 technical publications, about 30 patents/patent applications (of which 15 are granted) and has served on various conference program committees. He was the general program co-chair of the 1999 Optical Amplifiers Meeting (OSA) in Japan. He has given a number of invited talks and short courses in fiber amplifiers and fiber Bragg gratings at major international conferences. He was a coeditor of the journal "Integrated and Fiber Optics", special issue on Fibre Bragg Gratings. In 1996 he shared the prestigious Metrology award from the Confederation of British Industry for his work on grating measuring systems for characterizing reflection and dispersion performance of fiber Bragg gratings. In 2006 he was finalist for the Royal Society of Engineering McRobert Award for the development of high power industrial fibre lasers.

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Invited speaker: Prof Francisco J. Arregui

Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Francisco J. Arregui is a Full Professor at the Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. He was part of the team that fabricated the first optical fiber sensor by means of the layer-by-layer nano-assembly method at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA, in 1998. He has co-authored more than 150 journal papers and 250 conference publications (cited more than 3300 times, h-index of 33), most of them related to optical sensors based on nanostructured coatings. Prof. Arregui has been Founding Editor-in-Chief of “Journal of Sensors” as well as Associate Editor or Guest Editor of “IEEE Sensors Journal”, “IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics”, “Journal of Sensors” and “International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems”. Dr. Arregui regularly cooperates as evaluator for Science Agencies of different countries as well as participates in the Technical Program Committee of sensor-related conferences (IEEE Sensors, Eurosensors, Transducers, ICST). He has been Opening Plenary Speaker in Eurosensors and is also editor of the books “Sensors based on nanostructured materials” and “Optochemical Nanosensors” and co-founder of 4 technology companies, among them, Nadetech Innovations S.L. and EverSens S.L.

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Invited speaker: Dr Cesar Elosua

Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Cesar Elosua obtained his MSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering form the Public University of Navarre (Spain) in 2004. He was awarded by the National Professional Institution of Telecommunication Engineers for his Final Degree Project and finished his PhD in 2010, cum laude mark with European Mention. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Limerick (Ireland) and the City University of London (UK). He became a Lecturer at the Electrical and Electronic Department of the Public University of Navarre in 2009. His lines of research are focused on optical fiber sensors to measure physical and chemical variables and he has specialized in the detection and identification of volatile organic compounds. Furthermore, he has implemented photonic sensors arrays to analyze complex mixtures of organic vapors: as an example, he reported one of the first all-fiber optoelectronic noses. His research interests also include sensor array analysis by data mining techniques based on Principal Component Analysis and Artificial Neural Networks. Dr. Elosua has experience leading projects with private companies and has recently co-founded the company EverSens.

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Invited speaker: Prof Kyriacos Kalli

Cyprus University of Technology

Kyriacos Kalli is an Associate Professor, and Department Chair, in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Informatics at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT); he is also director of the Nanophotonics Research Laboratory (NpRL). He received the B.Sc. (Hons) in Theoretical Physics (1988) and Ph.D. in Physics (1992) from the University of Kent, UK, where he studied linear and non-linear phenomena in optical fibres. In 1993 he was a visiting research scholar at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA, studying optical fibre sensors. From 1994 - 1996 he lectured and undertook research at the University of Kent into the use of fibre Bragg gratings in multiplexed sensor arrays and Raman spectroscopy. At the University of Cyprus (1997) he was engaged in research into integrated gas flow and gas sensors based on porous silicon micromachining, fluorescence spectroscopy, and non-destructive evaluation of semi-conductors. From 2001 he was a lecturer at the Higher Technical Institute, where he created the NpRL (2004); he joined CUT in 2008. Dr. Kalli has 200+ journal and conference publications, is co-author of “Fiber Bragg Gratings: Fundamentals and Applications in Telecommunications and Sensing”, has many book contributions. He is a member of the Institute of Physics (C.Phys.), Optical Society of America and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His research interests are in Bragg grating and optical fibre sensors, femtosecond laser microfabrication in glass and polymer photonic devices, microfluidics and plasmonics. Dr. Kalli was a 2012 Photonics Europe Plenary Speaker, where he presented the talk Next generation fibre sensors

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