Plenary speakers

Plasmonic Metamaterials: Looking beyond Gold and Silver

Alexandra Boltasseva is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University specializing in nanophotonics, plasmonics and metamaterials. She is also an adjunct Associate Professor at DTU Fotonik, Technical University of Denmark, and a guest professor at the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
Alexandra Boltasseva received her M.S. degree in Applied Physics and Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia in 2000. She obtained her Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2004. She was working with start-up companies Micro Managed Photons A/S (2002-2004) and Alight Technologies A/S (2004-2005), both in Denmark. She spent five year at DTU, first as a postdoc, then as an assistant professor and later as an associate professor. Her publication list contains 3 invited book chapters, 4 invited review articles, 56 papers in refereed journals (h-index 19); she gave 45 invited presentations at international conferences and leading research centers. She has been honoured with awards including the MIT Technology Review’s TR35 Award (2011), Young Researcher Award in Advanced Optical Technologies from the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (2009), and the Young Elite-Researcher Award from the Danish Council for Independent Research (2008). She is a topical editor for Optics Letters and Journal of Optics, a senior member of the OSA, member of the IEEE, SPIE and MRS, and served on various international conference subcommittees for international conferences, including ICMAT 2009 and CLEO/QELS 2009, 2010, 2012.


Beam Shaping and Wavefront Engineering with Phase Discontinuities

Federico Capasso is the Robert Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University, which he joined in 2003 after a 27 years career at Bell Labs where he did research, became Bell Labs Fellow and held several management positions including Vice President for Physical Research. His research has spanned a broad range of topics from applications to basic science in the areas of electronics, photonics, nanoscale science and technology including plasmonics, metamaterials and the Casimir effect.  He is a co-inventor of the quantum cascade laser; he recently performed the first measurement of the repulsive Casimir force. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of OSA, IEEE, SPIE, APS and AAAS.  His awards include the King Faisal International Prize for Science, the American Physical Society Arthur Schawlow Prize, the IEEE Edison Medal, the IEEE/LEOS Streifer Award, the Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, the OSA Robert Wood prize, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Material Research Society Medal, the IEEE D. Sarnoff Award, the Welker Medal, the Duddell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics (UK), the Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis (the future prize), the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, the Jan Czochralski Award of the European Material Research Society and the President of Italy Gold Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Science. He holds honorary doctorates from Lund University, Paris VII Diderot University, The University of Bologna and the University of Rome, Tor Vergata.


Active non-Foster Metamaterials From Intriguing Background Physics to Real-world Application

Silvio Hrabar was born in Trogir, Croatia in 1962. He received Dipl. Ing. and M.S. degrees from University of Zagreb, Croatia and a Ph.D degree from Brunel University of West London, United Kingdom, all in electrical engineering. In the past, he was employed at various consulting, development, research and teaching positions both in industry and academia, in the fields of radio engineering, microwave electronics, antenna engineering, electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic metrology, computational electromagnetics and electrostatics. Currently, he is affiliated with University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he is a Professor of applied electromagnetics. His research interest includes applied electromagnetics, electromagnetic compatibility, antennas, microwave measurements and microwave engineering. He is author of one textbook, several book chapters, and many conference reports and journal papers.  He also serves as a reviewer for IEEE Transaction on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Letters, IEEE Transaction on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Journal of Radio Science, Physical Review Letters, Applied Physics Letters, and Journal of Applied Physics.  He is a member of IEEE Societies on Antennas and propagation, Microwave theory and techniques, Instrumentation and measurements, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing . Professor Hrabar is a chair of Metamaterial group at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER), University of Zagreb.