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OSA Latin America Optics & Photonics Conference

12 November 2018 – 15 November 2018 Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru

The Latin America Optics & Photonics Conference is the major international conference sponsored by The Optical Society in Latin America with the explicit objective to promote Latin American excellence in optics and photonics research and support the regional community. LAOP is a peer-reviewed, international meeting with content presented in English, allowing for maximum international participation. 

Featuring a comprehensive technical program with recognized experts in fields critical to Latin America, the conference covers all major areas of optics and photonics, and features the latest research results that are making an impact in fundamental research and applications.

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  1. Atomic Physics and Laser Spectroscopy
  2. Laser Science and Technology
  3. Nonlinear Optics
  4. Quantum Optics
  5. Optical Communications and Optical Signal Processing
  6. THz Science and Technology
  7. Integrated Photonics
  8. Optical Fibers and Sensing Technologies
  9. Nanophotonics and Metamaterials
  10. Novel Materials and Dimensional Effects in Photonics
  11. Microwave and Millimeter-Waves Photonics
  12. Biophotonics and Biomedical Applications
  13. Optical Design, Instrumentation and Metrology
  14. Imaging Processing, Color and Vision
  15. Multidisciplinary Applications of Photonics



  • Aleksandra Boskovic, Corning Research & Development CorpUnited States 
    Advances in Optics Research at Corning Plenary
  • Joseph Eberly, University of RochesterUnited States 
    Polarization and Complementarity - What's the Connection? Plenary
  • Alexander Gaeta, Columbia UniversityUnited States 
    Chip-Based Frequency Combs and Random Number Generation Plenary
  • Ursula Gibson, Norges Teknisk Naturvitenskapelige UnivNorway 
    Advances in Semiconductor-Core Fibers Plenary
  • Joseph Howard, NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterUnited States 
    Current and Future NASA Space Telescopes Plenary
  • Laura Lechuga, Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotec 
    Photonic Point-of-care Nanobiosensor Platforms for Universal Health Diagnostics Plenary
  • Michal Lipson, Columbia UniversityUnited States 
    Next Generation Photonics Based on 2D Materials Plenary
  • Fernando Mendoza-Santoyo, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica ACMexico 
    Optical Metrology: Measuring from Micrometers to Nanometers Plenary
  • Aydogan Ozcan, University of California Los AngelesUnited States 
    Deep Learning Optics Plenary
  • Arti Agrawal, University of Technology SydneyAustralia 
    Exploiting Surface Phonon Polaritons for Nanophotonics
  • Jacques Albert, Carleton UniversityCanada 
    Multi-Resonant Optical Fiber Gratings for Hundred-fold Improvements in Sensing Limits of Detection
  • Vilson Almeida, Instituto Tecnológico de AeronáuticaBrazil 
    Silicon Nanophotonics - Dispersion and Optical Forces
  • Miguel Alonso, Aix-Marseille UniversitéFrance 
    Geometric Phases in Optics
  • Rodrigo Amezcua Correa, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited States 
    Supercontinuum Generation in Graded Index Multimode Fibers
  • Miguel Andrés, Universitat de ValenciaSpain 
    Kerr Effect in Long Period Gratings with a Pump and Probe Technique
  • Augusto Arias, Laboratorio de Optica - U. de MurciaSpain 
    Optical Correction of the Effects of Cataracts
  • Mauro Baesso, Universidade Estadual de MaringáBrazil 
    Photoacoustic and Raman Methods for Physicochemical Analysis in Restorative Dentistry
  • Fetah Benabid, XLIM Research InsitituteFrance 
    Gas, Glass and Light: The Making of Hollow Core Fiber Science and Technology
  • Andrea Bragas, Universidad de Buenos AiresArgentina 
    Generation and Detection of Surface Acoustic Waves Using Single Plasmonic Nanoresonators
  • Camille-Sophie Bres, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de LausanneSwitzerland 
    Pushing Performances of Nonlinear Optics in Silicon Nitride Waveguides
  • Daniel Brunner, CNRS - FEMTO-STFrance 
    Reinforcement Learning in a Large Scale Photonic Network
  • Humeyra Caglayan, Tampereen Teknillinen YliopistoFinland 
    Enhanced Tunability of Metasurfaces with Graphene
  • Daniel Campos-Delgado, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi 
    Linear Unmixing of Optics Signals by Extended Blind End-member and Abundance Extraction
  • Isabel Carvalho, Pontificia Univ Catolica Rio de JaneiroBrazil 
    Nanoparticles Based Plasmonic Biosensor
  • Luis Castillo Butters, Pontifica Universidad Católica del PerúPeru 
    Optics and Photonics in Archaeology
  • Jarbas Castro, USPBrazil 
    Case Study of an Optoelectronics Medical Equipment Manufacturer in Brazil
  • Sabino Chavez-Cerda, Inst Nat Astrofisica Optica ElectronicaMexico 
    The Dilemma: A Beam or Not a Beam, the Story Behind Nondiffracting Beams
  • Francisco Cuevas, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica ACMexico 
    Computational Intelligence Algorithms for Digital Image Processing and Optical Metrology
  • Thoroh De Souza, Universidade Presbiteriana MackenzieBrazil 
    Femtosecond Pulse Generation by the Use of 2D Materials in Fiber Lasers
  • J. Rufino Diaz-Uribe, Univ Nacional Autonoma de MexicoMexico 
    Testing Free Forms with Optical Deflectometry
  • Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO -Institut de Ciencies FotoniquesSpain 
    New Frontiers in Optical Parametric Oscillators
  • Tobias Eriksson, National Inst of Information & Comm TechJapan 
    Modulation and Coding for Spatial Division Multiplexing Systems
  • Pietro Ferraro, Istituto Nazionale di OtticaItaly 
    In Line Microfluidic Holographic Tomography: a Biological Imaging Strategy for Single Cell Analysis
  • Karen Fonseca Romero, Universidad Nacional de ColombiaColombia 
    Two-Level System State Estimation with Discrete and Continuous Pointers
  • Sonja Franke-Arnold, University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom 
    Vectorial Light Fields, Generation, Correlations and Interactions with Atoms
  • Newton Frateschi, Universidade Estadual de CampinasBrazil 
    Tunable, Reconfigurable and Active Silicon Photonic Devices employing Photonic Molecules
  • Federico Furch, Max Born InstituteGermany 
    Towards Attosecond Pump-Probe Coincidence Spectroscopy with High Acquisition Rates
  • Betty Galarreta, Pontifica Universidad Católica del PerúPeru 
    Label-free SERS and LSPR Gold Nanoaptasensors of Mycotoxins in Solution: Solvent Assessment
  • Lidia Galdino, University College LondonUnited Kingdom 
    Breaking the Transmission Barriers in Ultra-broadband High-capacity Optical Fiber Transmission Systems
  • Sylvain Gigan, Langevin InstituteFrance 
    A Sneak Peek into Opaque Materials with Light
  • Sylvain Gioux, Universite de StrasbourgFrance 
    Making Sense in Surgery Using Near-Infrared Optical Imaging
  • Neil Gonzalez, Universidad Nacional de ColombiaColombia 
    SoC-FPGA Based Emulation of CMA Equalizer for Time Variant Optical Communication Channel
  • Simon Gröblacher, Austrian Academy of SciencesNetherlands 
    Quantum Experiments with Massive, Mechanical Oscillators
  • David Hagan, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited States 
    Ultrafast Dynamics of Nonlinear Refraction
  • Amr Helmy, University of TorontoCanada 
    Advances in Efficient Plasmonic Circuits
  • Maria Hernandez Montes, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica ACMexico 
    Digital Holographic Interferometry in the Biomedical Field Toward Non-Destructive Characterization of Specimens
  • Zdenek Hradil, Univerzita Palackeho v OlomouciCzech Republic 
    Optical Resolution at the Quantum Limit
  • Mitsuteru Inoue, Toyohashi University of TechnologyJapan 
    Magnetic Interference in Artificial Magnetic Lattices and Applications in Optical and Spin-wave Devices
  • Kristina Irsch, Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States 
    Towards In-Vivo Characterization and Deep Imaging of the Cornea and Beyond
  • Mona Jarrahi, University of California Los AngelesUnited States 
    Broadband Room-Temperature Terahertz Spectrometry Through Plasmonic Photomixing
  • Bahram Javidi, University of Connecticut 
    Multidimensional Integral Imaging and Recognition
  • Javier Jo, Texas A&M UniversityUnited States 
    Autofluorescence Lifetime Endoscopy for Early Detection of Oral Dysplasia and Cancer
  • Antonio Khoury, Universidad Federal FluminenseBrazil 
    Polarization Controlled Nonlinear Wave Mixing with Structured Light
  • Abhishek Kumar, UMD College ParkUnited States 
    Improved Single Molecule Localization Using a Dual Objective System
  • Cristina Kurachi, Universidade de Sao PauloBrazil 
    Photodynamic Therapy - Designing Optical Systems for Customized Application
  • Nicolas Le Thomas, Ghent University, INTECBelgium 
    Fundamental Detection Limit of Integrated Photonic Sensors
  • Marina Leite, University of Maryland at College ParkUnited States 
    Emerging Materials for Photonics
  • Miguel Levy, Michigan Technological UniversityUnited States 
    The Elimination of the Magnetizing Element in Integrated Magneto-Optic Isolators
  • Juan Loredo, CNRSFrance 
    Observing Photon-number Superpositions from Artificial Atoms
  • Alberto Marino, University of OklahomaUnited States 
    Quantum Enhanced Sensing with Squeezed Light
  • Carmen Menoni, Colorado State UniversityUnited States 
    Nanoscale Three Dimensional Chemical Imaging by Extreme Ultraviolet Laser Ablation Mass Spectrometry
  • Moritz Merklein, CUDOSAustralia 
    On-chip Brillouin-based Light Storage
  • Alejandro Mira-Agudelo, Universidad de AntioquiaColombia 
    Diffractive Optics Applied to Vision
  • Tetsuya Mizumoto, Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan 
    Optical Nonreciprocal Devices Fabricated with Directly Bonded Magneto-Optical Garnet
  • Adamo Monte, Universidade Federal de UberlândiaBrazil 
    Mapping and Quantification of Gold Nanoparticles in Tissue Simulating Phantoms Using Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging
  • Hector Moya-Cessa, Inst Nat Astrofisica Optica ElectronicaMexico 
    Entropy in the Atom-Field Interaction: Mixed Initial States
  • Jeremy Munday, University of Maryland at College ParkUnited States 
    Hot Carrier Effects In Novel Ultrathin Metal Films
  • Arnaud Mussot, Univ Lille 1 Laboratoire PhLAMFrance 
    Observation of the Symmetry Breaking of the Fermi Pasta Ulam Recurrence in Nonlinear Optical Fibers
  • Paulo Nussenzveig, Universidade de Sao PauloBrazil 
    Multimode Entanglement in an Optical Parametric Oscillator
  • Salah Obayya, Zewail City of Science and TechnologyEgypt 
    Novel Numerically-efficient Spectral Method for Analyzing Photonic Devices
  • Alexandros Pennos, Universidad de Murcia 
    The Impact of Scattering on Vision and the Importance of Measuring It
  • Rafael Piestun, University of Colorado at BoulderUnited States 
    Adaptive Wave-front Control in Linear and Nonlinear Complex Media
  • Tenio Popmintchev, University of California San DiegoUnited States 
    X-ray Generation with MIR OPOs
  • Xiao-Feng Qian, University of RochesterUnited States 
    Optical Polarization Coherence Sharing
  • Azizur Rahman, City UniversityUnited Kingdom 
    Design, Characterization and Optimization of Silicon Photonic Waveguides and Devices
  • Francisco Robles, Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States 
    Label-free Molecular Imaging with Deep Ultraviolet Hyperspectral Interferometric Microscopy
  • Simon Rommel, Technische Universiteit EindhovenNetherlands 
    mm-Wave and THz Analog Radio-over-Fiber for 5G, Wireless Communications and Sensing
  • Juan Saenz, Universidad Autonoma de MadridSpain 
    Light Induced "Mock Gravity" at the Nanoscale
  • Luis Sanchez-Soto, Universidad Complutense de MadridSpain 
    Metrological Power of Extremal Majorana Constellations
  • Michelle Sander, Boston UniversityUnited States 
    High Repetition Rate Ultrafast Soliton Fiber Lasers
  • Christina Schwarz, Germany 
    Imaging the Retina with 2-photon Microscopy
  • Laura Sinclair, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited States 
    Compact Fiber Frequency-combs
  • Marcelo Soto, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa MaríaChile 
    Optical Frequency-Domain Reflectometry for Monitoring Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Structures
  • Kartik Srinivasan, National Inst of Standards & TechnologyUnited States 
    Quantum State Generation and Frequency Conversion Using Nanophotonics
  • Bethanie J.H. Stadler, University of Minnesota Twin CitiesUnited States 
    Monolithically-Integrated TE-mode 1D Silicon-on-Insulator Isolators using Seedlayer-Free Garnet
  • Zhipei Sun, Aalto YliopistoFinland 
    Nonlinear Optics in 2D Materials
  • Nicolas Thomas, Ghent University 
    Fundamental Detection Limit of Integrated Photonic Sensors
  • Patryk Urban, Technische Universiteit EindhovenNetherlands 
    Optical Technologies for the 5G Mobile Networks
  • Alfred U'Ren, Instituto de Ciencias NuclearesMexico 
    Long-distance Fiber-optic Propagation of Deterministically-shaped Single Photons
  • Brian Vohnsen, University College DublinIreland 
    Understanding the Optics of the Human Retina: Its Role in Vision and in Retinal Imaging
  • Sascha Wallentowitz, Pontificia Univ Catolica de ChileChile 
    Solar-Pumped Laser with Intra-Cavity Photovoltaic Cell for Energy Conversion
  • Gustavo Wiederhecker, UNICAMP - DFABrazil 
    Towards Fabless Optomechanics: Enhancing Light and Sound Interaction in a CMOS-compatible Platform
  • Yufei Xing, Ghent UniversityBelgium 
    From Parameter Extraction, Variability Models to Yield Prediction
  • Val Zwiller, Technische Universiteit DelftNetherlands 
    Generating, Manipulating and Detecting Quantum States of Light at the Nanoscale



Program Committee

General Chair

Hugo Enrique Hernández Figueroa, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, Brazil


Guillermo Edmundo Baldwin Olguín, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PUCP, Peru

Latin America Advisory Committee

Ana María Cárdenas Soto, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
Hugo Luis Fragnito, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Brazil
Anderson S. L. Gomes, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
José Javier Sánchez Mondragón, Inst. Nac. Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica, Mexico
Efrain Solarte, Universidad del Valle, Colombia
Gustavo Torchia, Centro de Investigaciones Ópticas, Argentina
Francisco Antonio de Zela Martínez, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
Sabino Chávez Cerda, Inst. Nat. Astrofísica, Óptica Y Electrónica, Mexico
Miguel Torres Cisneros, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico

Local Organizing Committee

Miguel A. Asmad Vergara, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PeruShort Course Chair
Víctor Roy Cáceres Huamán, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Peru, Publicity Chair
Patricia Harman, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PeruFinance Chair
Ruth Esther Rubio Noriega, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, PeruGraphic Design Chair
Carlos B. Silva Cárdenas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PeruSponsorship and Exhibition Chair

Technical Program Subcommittees

Atomic Physics and Laser Spectroscopy
Luís Eduardo E. de Araujo, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil, Co-Chair
Marco Antonio Meneses-Nava, Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, Mexico, Co-Chair
Victor Contreras, Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, UNAM, Mexico
Phillipe Courteille, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Adolfo Escamilla Esquivel, Instituto Politécnico NacionalMexico
Arturo Lezama, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay
José Luis Ruvalcaba Sil, Instituto de Física, UNAM, Mexico
Jose W. R. Tabosa, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

Laser Science and Technology
Flávio da Cruz, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, BrazilCo-Chair
Tara Fortier, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA, Co-Chair
Lucio Hora Acioli, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Esther Baumann, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Josue Davila-Rodriguez, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
William Loh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Cleber Renato Mendonca, Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos, Brazil
Mayerlin Nuñez Portela, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
Andreas Stingl, Phornano GmbH, Austria
Nonlinear Optics
Thiago Alegre, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, Brazil, Co-Chair
Alvaro Casas Bedoya, University of Sydney, AustraliaCo-Chair 
Luis M G Abegão, Yale University, USA
Felipe Beltran Mejia, Inatel, Brazil
Yanne Chembo, Georgia Tech-CNRS Joint Laboratory, USA
Amol Choudhary, Sydney University, Australia
Carlos Galindez Jamioy, Universidad del Valle, Colombia
Emiliano Rezende Martins, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Yoshitomo Okawachi, Columbia University, USA

Quantum Optics
Francisco A. de Zela Martínez, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, PeruCo-Chair
Enrique J. Gálvez, Colgate University, USA, Co-Chair
Sonja Franke-Arnold, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Silvia Ledesma, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Juan Pablo Paz, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Alejandra Valencia, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
Optical Communications and Optical Signal Processing
Alex Alvarado, Eindhoven University of Technology, The NetherlandsCo-Chair
Darli Augusto de Arruda Mello, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, BrazilCo-Chair
Carmelo Bastos-Filho, Universidade Estadual de Pernambuco, Brazil
Jorge M. Finochietto, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina
Magnus Karlsson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Stephan Pachnicke, Kiel University, Germany
Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Darko Zibar, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Jair Silva, Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Brazil
Georgios Zervas, University College London, United Kingdom
THz Science and Technology
Enrique Castro Camus, Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, Mexico, Co-Chair
Marcos Antonio Ruggieri Franco, Instituto de Estudos Avançaos/ITA, BrazilCo-Chair
Fabio Alves, Naval Postgraduate School, USA
Ibraheem Al-Naib, Iman Abdulrahman Bin Faisel University, Saudia Arabia
Arturo Ignacio Hernandez-Serrano, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Elodie Strupiechonski, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico
Integrated Photonics
Jaime Cardenas, University of Rochester, USACo-Chair
Lucas Hetzmann Gabrielli, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, BrazilCo-Chair
Marco Alayo, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Giovanni Beninca de Farias, CPqD, Brazil
Avik Dutt, Stanford University, USA
Daniel Orquiza de Carvalho, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil
Raphael St-Gelais, University of Ottawa, Canada
Danilo H. Spadotti, Universidade Federal de Itajubá, Brazil
Gustavo Torchia, Centro de Investigaciones Ópticas, Argentina
Mian Zhang, Harvard University, USA

Optical Fibers and Sensing Technologies
Cristiano M. B. Cordeiro, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, BrazilCo-Chair
Joao Batista Rosolem, CPqD, BrazilCo-Chair
Isabel C. S. Carvalho, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Antonio Díez Cremades, Univ. Valencia, Spain
Juan A. Hernández-Cordero, UNAM, Mexico
David Monzón Hernández, CIO, Mexico
Luis A. Mosquera Leiva, UNI, Peru 
Ricardo Oliveira, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Aveiro, Portugal
Jonas H. Osorio, University of Limoges, France
Maria Jose Pontes, UFES, Brazil
Pedro I. Torres Trujillo, UNAL, Colombia

Nanophotonics and Metamaterials
Gustavo Silva Wiederhecker, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, BrazilCo-Chair
Alexandre Alves da Silva, Samsung Research, Brazil, Co-Chair
Marcelo Davanço, National Institute of Standards & Technology, USA
Luigi La Spada, Coventry University, United Kingdom
Qiang Lin, University of Rochester, USA
Leonardo Menezes, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Felipe Pinheiro, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Yeonsang Park, Samsung, South Korea
Ivan Favero, CNRS, Paris-Diderot, France
Novel Materials and Dimensional Effects in Photonics
Miguel Levy, Michigan Technological University, USACo-Chair
Christiano J. S. de Matos, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, BrazilCo-Chair
Alexander Baryshev, All-Russia Research Institute of Automatics, Russia
Bruno Ricardo de Carvalho, Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Alexander Merzlikin, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Rafael E. P. de Oliveira, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil
Juan D. Zapata, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

Microwave and Millimeter-Waves Photonics
Luciano Prado de Oliveira, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP, BrazilCo-Chair
Marcelo Abbade, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil, Co-Chair
Omar Branquinho, PUCC, Brazil
Evandro Conforti, UNICAMP, Brazil
Stavros Iezekiel, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Salvador Sales Maicas, ITEAM Research Institute, Brazil
Anthony Ng'oma, Corning Optical Communications, USA
Gilliard Nardel Malheiros Silveira, UNESP, Brazil
Marcelo Eduardo Vieira Segatto, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil
Gabriel Campuzano Treviño, ITESM - Monterrey, Mexico

Biophotonics and Biomedical Applications
Anderson S. L. Gomes, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, UFPE, BrazilCo-Chair
Denise Zezell, IPEN, BrazilCo-Chair
Luciano Bachmann, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Arandi Bezerra, Universidade Tec Federal do Parana, Brazil
Optical Design, Instrumentation, and Metrology
Ricardo Legarda Saenz, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Mexico, Co-Chair
Marta de la Fuente, ASEOPTICS, Spain, Co-Chair
Jorge Ivan García Sucerquia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Columbia, Co-Chair
Armando Albertazzi, Jr., Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Tonatiuh Saucedo Anaya, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatexas, Mexico
Ricardo Legarda Saenz, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Mexico
Cristina Trillo, Universidad de Vigo, Spain
Toyohiko Yatagai, Utsunomiya University, Japan 

Imaging Processing, Color and Vision
Pablo Artal, Universidad de Murcia, Spain, Co-Chair
Josué Álvarez-Borrego, CICESE, Mexico, Co-Chair
Ivan Moreno, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico, Co-Chair
Gabriel Cristóbal, Consejo Sup Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
Victor Hugo Díaz-Ramírez, CITEDI, Mexico
Harilaos Ginis, Athens Eye Hospital, Greece
Ireneusz Grulkowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Alfredo Solís Ventura, Solex Vintel, Mexico
Selene Solorza-Calderón, UABC, Mexico
Juan Tabernero, Anglia University, United Kingdom 
Multidisciplinary Applications of Photonics
Kevin Contreras Villalobos, Institut Langevin - ESPCI, Paris, FranceCo-Chair
Maxime Jacquot, University Franche Comte, Besançon, FranceCo-Chair
Agnese Callegari, Bilkent University, Turkey
Cesar Costa, Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Ecuador
Sthy Flores, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Perú
Luc Froehly, Université Franche-Comté, France
Jorge Garcia-Sucerquia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Carlo Iorio, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Omar Ormachea, Universidad Privada Boliviana, Bolivia
Amaru Palomino Toefflinger, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Peru
Myrian Tebaldi, Centro de Investigaciones Ópticas de La Plata, Argentina
Emir Vela, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Perú
Giovanni Volpe, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Sascha Wallentowitz, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile


Plenary Session

Aleksandra Boskovic

Corning Research & Development Corporation

Advances in Optics Research at Corning

Corning is an industrial research lab focused on materials and optics research. I’ll present an overview of our Research lab and highlight some our most recent advances ranging from optical communications to optical coatings for consumer electronics and more.

About the Speaker

Dr. Aleksandra Boskovic is the Research Director for Optics, Surfaces and Integration Technologies at Corning Research & Development Corporation. In her role, Dr. Boskovic is responsible for oversight of research programs aimed at several business groups within Corning, such as the Telecommunications Business Group, Specialty Materials, Display Technologies and the Emerging Innovations Group. During her early career, she made several contributions to the Optical Communications Systems effort in Corning both as an individual contributor and as a team leader. Dr. Boskovic holds a Ph.D. in physics from Imperial College, UK.

Aydogan Ozcan

University of California Los Angeles

Deep Learning Optics

We will discuss applications of the state-of-art deep learning methods on optical microscopy and microscopic image reconstruction, which enable image enhancement and new transformations among different modalities of imaging, driven entirely by image data.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ozcan is the Chancellor’s Professor at UCLA and an HHMI Professor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at UCLA and is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute. Dr. Ozcan holds 38 issued patents and >20 pending patent applications and is also the author of one book and the co-author of >500 peer-reviewed publications in major scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Ozcan is the founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Lucendi Inc. and Holomic/Cellmic LLC, which was named a Technology Pioneer by The World Economic Forum in 2015. Dr. Ozcan is a Fellow of the International Photonics Society (SPIE), The Optical Society (OSA), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has received major awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, International Commission for Optics Prize, Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award, Rahmi M. Koc Science Medal, International Photonics Society Early Career Achievement Award, Army Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, Navy Young Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award and Distinguished Lecturer Award, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, National Academy of Engineering The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award and MIT’s TR35 Award for his seminal contributions to computational imaging, sensing and diagnostics.

Ursula Gibson

Norges Teknisk Naturvitenskapelige Univ

Advances in Semiconductor-Core Fibers

Optical fibers excel in signal transmission, while semiconductor-core fibers are finding uses in non-linear optics and optoelectronics; as solar cells, optical sources, detectors and switches.  Laser processing of these materials is opening up intriguing possibilities.

About the Speaker

Ursula Gibson received a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 1982.  During her doctoral work she held a Bell Laboratories Graduate Research Program for Women grant, and spent two summers working at Bell Labs. After Cornell, she joined the faculty of the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center, and was promoted to associate professor before moving to the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in 1990. She currently holds a professorship in the Physics department at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where she has been since 2010.   She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Physics at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Chemistry Department of Dartmouth College.

Her research on optical materials has been wide ranging, including polymers, protein crystals and semiconductors, with an emphasis on limited dimension structures such as thin films and waveguides.  She holds three patents and has authored 7 book contributions and over 100 refereed journal articles with 2300 citations.  Prof. Gibson’s present research is focused on semiconductor-core optical fibers and MBE-grown films for mid-infrared applications.

Joseph Eberly

University of Rochester

Polarization and Complementarity - What's the Connection?

Abstract available soon.

About the Speaker

Joseph H. Eberly earned his PhD in Physics at Stanford University in 1962, and in 1979 joined the Institute of Optics faculty. A member of the UR physics faculty since 1967, he is the Andrew Carnegie Professor of Physics and Professor of Optics. A fellow of OSA and APS, Professor Eberly is the recipient of the Townes Award and the Smoluchowski Medal, has been selected for a Senior Humboldt Award and elected a Foreign Member of the Academy of Sciences of Poland. In 1995, with funding from the National Science Foundation, he founded the Rochester Theory Center (RTC), a research group focused on optical and quantum optical science with faculty from several UR departments. He served as president of The Optical Society in 2007 and was an instrumental co-chair of OSA's Centennial Advisory Committee which was charged with planning OSA's 100th Anniversary in 2016.

Alex Gaeta

Columbia University

Chip-Based Frequency Combs and Random Number Generation

Not long ago, CMOS-compatible platforms based on Silicon were viewed as undesirable for integrated optics since lasers could not be created from such materials.  However, over the past decade silicon has emerged as an exceptional material for manipulating light and has led to realization of ultrahigh-performance photonic devices in fields from data communications to medicine.  I will discuss nonlinear photonics using silicon-based chips that can be used to create chip-based optical frequency combs and quantum random number generators.

About the Speaker

Alex Gaeta received his Ph.D. in 1991 in Optics from the University of Rochester. From 1992 to 2015 he was on the faculty at the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University. In July of 2015, he joined the faculty at the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University where he is the David M. Rickey Professor of Applied Physics. He has published more than 200 papers in areas of integrated nonlinear optics, all-optical signal processing, nanophotonics, ultrafast nonlinear optics, and quantum effects in nonlinear optics. He co-founded PicoLuz, Inc. and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Optica. He is a Fellow of The Optical Society and of the American Physical Society.

Joseph Howard

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Current and Future NASA Space Telescopes

NASA's current space telescopes are summarized, along with the status of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Future telescopes, including the Wide Field Infra-Red Survey Telescope (WFIRST) and concepts for the 2020 Decadal Survey in Astrophysics, are also discussed.

About the Speaker

Joe Howard originally joined OSA as a student member in 1997, while he was pursuing graduate work in optical design at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, NY. After earning his Ph.D. in 1999, he started to work for NASA as a post-doc, and was hired full time in 2001. His primary job at NASA has been supporting the design and development of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. He also manages the Optical Design Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center, so he supports many proposal and design efforts for future NASA missions. Joe lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.

Laura M. Lechuga

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain

Photonic Point-of-care Nanobiosensor Platforms for Universal Health Diagnostics

We present the point-of-care integration of extremely sensitive nanophotonic biosensors for the direct, label-free and multiplexed detection of biomarkers or pollutants directly in human or environmental samples. Advantages as miniaturization, relevant sensitivities, robustness, reliability, and mass production can be offered by our ultimate technology.

About the Speaker

Prof. Laura M. Lechuga is Full Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Head of the Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona, Spain. The principal focus of her research is the technological development of nanophotonic biosensors, their integration in lab-on-a-chip platforms and their application for real diagnostics. She has published more than 250 papers, has 8 families of patents and has delivered more than 300 invited talks at national and international conferences. She has co-founded two spin-off companies and has received several awards and distinctions.

Michal Lipson

Columbia University

Next Generation Photonics Based on 2D Materials

Two dimensional materials such as monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) are expected to have large changes in their optical sheet conductivity by controlling their carrier densities. We demonstrate a platform for waveguide-integrated phase modulators in the near-infrared regime based on Tungsten disulphide (WS2) gating.

About the Speaker

Professor Michal Lipson joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Columbia University in July 2015. She completed her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics at the Technion in 1998 followed by a Postdoctoral position at MIT in the Materials Science Department till 2001. In 2001 she joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. She was named Cornell Given Foundation Professor of Engineering in 2013. Lipson was one of the main pioneers in the field of silicon photonics and is the inventor of several of the critical building blocks in the field including the GHz silicon modulator. She holds over 20 patents and is the author of over 200 technical papers. Professor Lipson's honors and awards include the MacArthur Fellow, Blavatnik Award, IBM Faculty Award, R. W. Wood Prize, and the NSF Early Career Award. She is a fellow of OSA and IEEE. Since 2014, she has been named top 1% most cited by Thomson Reuter Award.

Fernando Mendoza

Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, Mexico

Optical Metrology: Measuring from Micrometers to Nanometers

Optical metrology methods and techniques based in interferometry concepts will be discussed as applied to the study of nanomaterial and biological samples. Current optical methodologies are used to analyze data from interferometrical setups using light and electrons.

About the Speaker

Fernando Mendoza Santoyo graduated as a Physicist in Mexico and obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in England, where he started his career as a researcher and lecturer. In 1983 he joined Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A.C., (CIO), León, México, and became its General Director for ten years (2002-2012). He now holds a full time Professorship and leads the Optical Metrology Division. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas in San Antonio and ITO-Stuttgart University, conducting research in Electron Holography and Optical Non Destructive techniques applied to novel nano materials and a wide variety of bio materials. He has organized and Chaired several international Conferences, was an ICO Vice President and President of the Mexican Academy for Optics, and created the very first OTT in Optics and Photonics in Mexico.  He has received several international awards and is currently in the Board of Editors Optics and Lasers in Engineering (Elsevier), and a Topical Editor for Applied Optics. He is an SPIE Fellow and a member of its Board of Directors Top

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