25th Congress of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) • 16th International Conference on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS)
1. Optical Engineering, Design and Lithography
Keynote Jannick Rolland-Thompson (University of Rochester and LighTopTech, USA)
The rise of freeform optics
Abstract & CV | Summary
Invited Talk Stephen Fantone (2020 OSA President, Optikos Corporation, USA)
Invited Talk Ulrike Fuchs (Asphericon GmbH, Germany)
Aspheric and freeform optics as game changers in life science
Invited Talk Stefan Keij (ASML, Advanced Semiconductors Materials Lithography, Netherlands)
Invited Talk Johannes Ruoff (Carl Zeiss SMT, Germany)
Optics for EUV lithography: The past, the present and the future
Invited Talk Yuzuru Takashima (The University of Arizone, USA)
MEMS-based Imaging Lidar
Invited Talk Christoph Zaczek (Carl Zeiss SMT, Germany)
Fabrication technology of lithography optics
2. Display and Vision
Visionary Keynote Federico Capasso (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA)
Multifunctional Flat Optics with Metasurfaces
Keynote Byoungho Lee (Seoul National University, Korea)
3D measurement and display for augmented reality
Abstract & CV | Summary
Keynote Karl Leo (TU Dresden, Germany)
Organic semiconductors for flexible solar cells and IR detectors
Abstract & CV | Summary
Invited Talk Pablo Artal (Universidad de Murcia, Spain)
Optical technologies to improve vision
Invited Talk Zbigniew Jaroszewicz (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
Lenses with extended depth of focus (EDOF) and their usefullness for presbyopia compensation
3. Optical MEMS and Micro-Optics
Invited Talk Jürgen Brugger (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
Polymer-based micro-optical systems engineering
Invited Talk Zbigniew Jaroszewicz (Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland)
Lenses with extended depth of focus (EDOF) and their usefullness for presbyopia compensation
Invited Talk Guoqiang Li (Versatile Research LLC and Ohio State University, USA)
Adaptive optical elements for smart eyewear and imaging
Invited Talk Robert Minasian (University of Sydney, Australia)
Tunable integrated and micro optic microwave photonic signal processors
Invited Talk Yves-Alain Peter (Polytechnique Montréal, Canada)
Tailoring bulk physical properties of glass using ultrafast lasers
Invited Talk Olav Solgaard (Stanford University, USA)
Light Sheet Microscopy Enabled by MEMS Phased Arrays
Invited Talk Hans Zappe (University of Freiburg, Germany)
4. Optical Sensing
Invited Talk Manuel De la Torre (Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, Mexico)
Simultaneous surface and internal measurements using a combined speckle based optical system.
Invited Talk Arie den Boef (Advanced Semiconductors Materials Lithography - ASML, Veldhoven, Netherlands)
Optical metrology in lithography: challenges and opportunities
Invited Talk Jorge Garcia-Sucerquia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Medellin, Colombia)
Invited Talk Silvia Soria Huget (IFAC-CNR Institute of Applied Physics Sesto Fiorentino, Italy)
Microbubble resonators as photo-acoustic flow cytometres
Invited Talk Takeo Minamikawa (University of Tokushima, Tokushima-ken, Japan)
Invited Talk Heidi Ottevaere (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Biosensing: measuring the devil inside
Invited Talk Pavel Pavlicek (Joint Laboratory of Optics, Olomouc, Czech Republic)
Invited Talk Amartya Sengupta (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Breaking Barriers in Optical Spectroscopy: Challenges of experiments for extreme conditions
Invited Talk Eugene Serabyn (Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, )
Searching for Exoplanets and Life with Novel Optical Techniques
Invited Talk John T. Sheridan (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Invited Talk George A. Stanciu (University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania)
Invited Talk Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn (National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Thailand)
Sensing and Systems for Agriculture 4.0 with Photonics
Invited Talk Abbie Watnik (Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., USA)
Sensing and imaging of non-line-of-sight thermal objects
5. Computational Metrology
Invited Talk Daniel Adams (Colorado School of Mines, Golden, USA)
Invited Talk Chau-Jern Cheng (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)
Deep learning-based holographic imaging and metrology
Invited Talk Cosme Furlong (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, USA)
Recent advances in the development of high-speed optical metrology for the acoustic, hearing, and speech sciences.
Invited Talk Myung K. "Paul" Kim (University of South Florida, Tampa, USA)
Digital holographic microscopy and applications in metrology
Invited Talk Nikolay Petrov (ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Terahertz pulse time-domain holography for computational metrology of broadband single-cycle wavefronts
Invited Talk Joseph Rosen (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel)
Recent progress in optical imaging by coded aperture correlation holography
Invited Talk Enrique Tajahuerce (Universitat Jaume, Spain)
Computational imaging with single-pixel detection: application to mapping the optical properties of turbid media
Invited Talk Eriko Watanabe (The University of Electro-Communications - UEC Tokyo, Japan)
Invited Talk Chao Zuo (Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China)
6. Optical Information Processing and Optical Imaging
Keynote Bahram Jalali (University of California Los Angeles - UCLA, USA)
Physics-AI Symbiosis: how to utilized physics to accelerate artificial intelligence
Keynote YongKeun (Paul) Park (KAIST, Daedeok, Korea)
Holotomography and artificial intelligence: from label-free live cells imaging to medical applications exploiting cell phenotypes.
Keynote Demetri Psaltis (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
Deep Learning Tomography
Abstract & CV | Summary
Invited Talk Yuhong Bai (Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, , China)
Nature Light, How to make a successful journal in Photonics ...
Invited Talk George Barbastathis (MIT, Cambridge, USA)
On the use of machine learning for computational imaging.
Invited Talk Andrew Forbes (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Bridging Africa’s digital divide with free-space optics
Invited Talk Sylvain Gigan (Sorbonne Université - CNRS, Frtance)
Light in complex media : computational imaging and optical computing
Invited Talk Yoav Shechtman (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
Invited Talk Jun Tanida (Osaka University, Japan)
Modern roles of optical computing in information photonics
Invited Talk Hendrik Paul Urbach (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
Achieving highly sensitive retrieval of deep subwavelength information from far field data using tailored illumination of resonant structures
Invited Talk Ashok Veeraraghavan (Rice University - Houston, USA)
Computational Imaging: Going beyond the limits of conventional optics using computation
7. Quantum and Nonlinear Optics
Visionary Keynote Rainer Blatt (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
Keynote Tobias Kippenberg (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
Invited Talk Kai Bongs (National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology, UK)
Invited Talk Sylvain Gigan (Sorbonne Université, CNRS, Collège de France, France)
Light in complex media : computational imaging and optical computing 
Invited Talk Héctor Manuel Moya-Cessa (Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica , Mexico)
Quasiprobability distribution functions from fractional Fourier transforms
Invited Talk Goutam K. Samanta (Physical Research Laboratory, India)
Nonlinear interaction of beams carrying orbital angular momentum
Invited Talk Urbashi Sinha (Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India)
An alternative to quantum state tomography for quantifying entanglement in qudits
Invited Talk Andrew White (Centre for Engineered Quantun Systems (EQUS), The University of Queensland, Australia)
8. Ultrafast Phenomena and Ultrafast Optics
Invited Talk Yves Bellouard (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
Invited Talk Jens Biegert (The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology - Castelldefels, Spain)
Opportunities for Light Science in Quantum Dynamics: Coherent X-rays and Applications
Invited Talk Daniele Brida (Université du Luxembourg - University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Invited Talk Matteo Lucchini (Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy)
Attosecond non-equilibrium effects in dielectrics
Invited Talk Dmitry Skryabin (University of Bath, UK)
Chi-2 nonlinearity for frequency comb applications
9. High Power Lasers, X-Ray and High-Energy Optics
Invited Talk Felix Büttner (MIT, Cambridge, USA)
X-ray imaging and optical manipulation of chiral magnetic materials
Invited Talk Parviz Elahi (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey)
High efficient laser-material processing at GHz repetition rates in ablation-cooled regime
Invited Talk Claudio Masciovecchio (FERMI Free Electron Laser, Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy)
New research opportunities with Free Electron Lasers
10. Nano-Optics, Plasmonics and Metamaterials
Keynote Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Engineering single-photon emission: beyond the Purcell effect
Abstract & CV | Summary
Invited Talk Goery Genty (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
Invited Talk Harald Gießen (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Topological plasmonics: Ultrafast vector movies on the nanoscale of plasmonic skyrmions
Invited Talk Jacob Khurgin (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA)
Nonlinear Optics with Epsilon near zero materials – physical principles and applications
Invited Talk Kevin MacDonald (University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, UK)
Nano-motion in Photonic Metamaterials
Invited Talk Hitoshi Tabata (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Terahertz Plasmonics for Bio-Medical Application
11. Photonic Crystals, Nanostructures and Functions
Keynote Boris Luk'yanchuk (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)
High order Fano-resonances and extreme effects in field localization - Giant magnetic fields in dielectric microspheres
Invited Talk Trisha Andrew (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Invited Talk Goery Genty (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
Invited Talk Mercedeh Khajavikhan (University of Southern California, USA)
12. Fiber Optics
Invited Talk Islam Ashry (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia)
Distributed optical fiber sensors for oil/gas and agriculture industries
Invited Talk Gilberto Brambilla (Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton Southampton, UK)
Invited Talk Georgios Kakarantzas (National Hellenic Research Foundation - Athens, Greece)
Functionalization of optical fibers: The role of new materials
Invited Talk Siddharth Ramachandran (Boston University, USA)
Structured Light in Fibres: Principles and Applications
Invited Talk Yun-Jiang Rao (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China)
Recent progress in distributed optical fiber sensing.
Invited Talk Marcelo A. Soto (Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile)
Invited Talk Luc Thévenaz (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
Optoacoustic amplification in gases: a novel high performance tool for photonics
13. Optical Communications and Photonic Network
Invited Talk Mohamed-Slim Alouini (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabi)
A Light in Digital Darkness: Optical Wireless Communication to Connect the Unconnected
Invited Talk Haoshuo Chen (Nokia Bell Labs, Holmdel, USA)
Phase retrieval receiver for optical coherent communications
Invited Talk Nan Chi (Fudan University, Shanghai, China)
Invited Talk Christoph Glingener (ADVA Optical Networking SE, Planegg, Germany)
Optical Networks – there will be light everywhere
Invited Talk Rogério Nogueira (Campus Universitário, Portugal)
Photonics processors for satellite communication
Invited Talk Hossam Shalaby (Alexandria University, Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, Egypt)
Power Efficient Modulation Techniques for High Speed Optical Communication Networks.
Invited Talk Mourad Zghal (University of Carthage, Tunisia and Institut Mines-Telecom, France)
Investigating nonlinear coupling between WDM channels
14. Optoelectronics, Terahertz-Photonics and Silicon Photonics
Invited Talk Aparajita Bandyopadhyay (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Challenges of THz Spectroscopy and Imaging in Biological Applications
Invited Talk Sasan Fathpour (CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA)
Rejuvenating a versatile photonic material: Lithium niobate.
Invited Talk Ryan Hamerly (MIT, Cambridge, USA)
Computation by Photodetection: Deep Learning and Optimization with Coherent Photonic Signals
Invited Talk Janos Helbling (MTA-PTE High-Field Terahertz Research Group, University of Pécs, Hungary)
Generation and application of THz pulses with extremely high field strength
Invited Talk David Marpaung (University of Twente, Netherlands)
Invited Talk Boon S. Ooi (KAUST, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia)
Heterogeneous and hybrid integration of GaN-based structures on dissimilar substrates for optoelectronic applications
Invited Talk Yan Zhang (Capital Normal University, China)
Terahertz metasurface wave front modulators
15. Microscopy, Biomedical Spectroscopy and Advanced Imaging
Keynote Pietro Ferraro (Istituto di Scienze applicatae Sistemi Intelligenti, Italy)
Living cells as biological lenses: from imaging to lithography
Abstract & CV | Summary
Keynote Gabriel Popescu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , USA)
Phase imaging with computational specificity (PICS) for nondestructive cell biology
Invited Talk Martin Booth (University of Oxford, UK)
Universal Adaptive Optics for Microscopy
Invited Talk Alberto Diaspro (University of Genoa, Italy)
Multimessenger optical microscopy to decrypt chromatin organization and function in living cells
Invited Talk Mark Foster (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Invited Talk Paul French (Imperial College London, UK)
Open source microscopy for fluorescence lifetime imaging, super-resolved imaging and high content analysis
Invited Talk Elizabeth M. C. Hillman (Columbia University, New York, USA)
High-speed volumetric microscopy
Invited Talk Colin Sheppard (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
Invited Talk Chris Xu (Cornell Neurotech – Engineering, USA)
Tentative title: Imaging deeper, wider, and faster with multiphoton microscopy
Invited Talk Ping Xue (Tsinghua University, China)
Ultrahigh Speed Optical Coherence Tomography Powered By All-Optical Computing
Invited Talk Abdrew G. York (Calico Labs, San Francisco, USA)
16. Biomechanics, Optical Elastography and BioBrillouin
Keynote Giuliano Scarcelli (Maryland University, USA)
Biophysical contrast mechanisms for biomedical imaging.
Abstract & CV | Summary
Invited Talk Irina Kabakova (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
Mechanical assessment of 3D bioprinted models by Brillouin microscopy
Invited Talk Brendan Kennedy (University of Western Australia, Australia)
In vivo assessment of residual breast tumour using optical coherence elastography
Invited Talk Tijana Lainović (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)
Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy: a novel tool for dental research
Invited Talk David Sampson (University of Surrey, UK)
How imaging local vectorial birefringence may unlock the power of polarisation-sensitive optical coherence tomography
Invited Talk Peter Török (Nayang Technological University, Signapore)
Brillouin microscopy
Invited Talk Frederique Vanholsbeeck (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Invited Talk Vladislav V. Yakovlev (Texas A&M University, USA)
17. Biomedical Optics
Invited Talk Martin Leahy (NUI - National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
How to create a biophotonics app with 500 million users
Invited Talk Sudipta Maiti (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mu, India)
Single Molecule Photobleaching and Plasmonics in Understanding the Toxic Oligomer in Amyloid Diseases
Invited Talk Brian W. Pogue (Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dartmouth College, Hanover, USA)
Optical systems in Surgery and Radiation Oncology
Invited Talk Stephen P. Morgan (University of Nottingham, UK)
Applications of Optical Fibre Sensing in Critical Care
Invited Talk Francesco Saverio Pavone (University of Florence, Italy)
High resolution human brain mapping
Invited Talk Francisco (Paco) Robles (Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University, USA)
Epi-illumination tomographic quantitative phase imaging in thick scattering samples
Invited Talk Natan T. Shaked (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Three-dimensional imaging of sperm cells during human in vitro fertilization
Invited Talk Benjamin Vakoc (Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Boston, Israel)
Principles and Applications of Circular-Ranging Optical Coherence Tomography
Invited Talk Jun Zhang (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
Design of a spectral domain optical coherence tomography system for ultra-wide field retinal imaging
18. Nanobiophotonics, Optogenetics and Nanosensing
Visionary Keynote Min Gu (University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China)
Holography empowered by artificial intelligence
Abstract & CV | Summary
Keynote Keisuke Goda (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Intelligent Image-Activated Cell Sorter 2.0
Abstract & CV | Summary
Invited Talk Vincent Daria (ANU- The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
Decoding the computing power of neurons using light
Invited Talk Malte Gather (University of St Andrews, UK)
Invited Talk Irina V. Larina (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
Integration of optical coherence tomography, second harmonic generation microscopy, and optogenetics for investigation of developmental mechanism
Invited Talk Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal (Université Laval, Québec, Canada)
Invited Talk Adam Packer (University of Oxford, UK)
Technologies for all-optical interrogation of neural circuits in behaving animals


Important Dates

16 May 2020
Celebration of 60 anniversary of the LASER

31 August - 04 September 2020
25th Congress of the International Commission for Optics (ICO)
16th International Conference and 30 Years Anniversary of the International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS)

Important Information

A Special Issue of the Journal of the European Optical Society – Rapid Publications (JEOS:RP) with papers from the congress ICO-25-OWLS-16-Dresden-Germany-2020 is planned. The general chair of the congress, Prof Juergen Czarske is associate editor of the JEOS:RP: jeos.springeropen.com


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