September 6-8, 2017

Plenary speakers


Less is More: Extreme Optics with Zero Refractive Index

Eric Mazur

Harvard University, USA
2017 OSA President

Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University. He is Fellow of the OSA and the APS, and present OSA President.

Prof. Mazur has made important contributions to spectroscopy, light scattering, the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials, and nanophotonics.

He is author or co-author of nearly 300 papers, 36 patents, and several books, including the Principles and Practice of Physics, a book that presents a groundbreaking new approach to teaching introductory calculus-based physics.


Overview of Research & Academic Program in Optics at UNC Charlotte

Glenn D. Boreman

Univ of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
2017 SPIE President

Glenn D. Boreman serves as the 2017 President of SPIE, and is Chair of the Department of Physics & Optical Science and Director of the Center for Optoelectronics & Optical Communications at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

He is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Plasmonics, Inc. located in Orlando, Florida. From 1984 to 2011 he was on the faculty of the University of Central Florida, where he supervised 25 PhD students to completion.

He has held visiting research positions at IT&T (Roanoke, VA), US Army Night Vision Lab (Ft. Belvoir, VA), McDonnell Douglas Astronautics (Titusville, FL), Imperial College (London), Universidad Complutense (Madrid), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zürich), Swedish Defense Research Agency (Linköping), and University of New Mexico (Albuquerque).

He received the BS in Optics from University of Rochester, and the PhD in Optics from University of Arizona. Prof. Boreman served as Editor-in-Chief of Applied Optics from 2000 to 2005, and also as Deputy Editor of Optics Express.

He is coauthor of the graduate textbook Infrared Detectors and Systems, and also coauthor of Infrared Antennas and Resonant Structures, author of Modulation Transfer Function in Optical & Electro-Optical Systems, Fundamentos de Electro-Optica para Ingenieros, and Basic Electro-Optics for Electrical Engineers. He has published more than 180 journal articles in the areas of infrared sensors and materials, optics of random media, and image-quality assessment. He is a fellow of SPIE, OSA and MSS.


The Quantization of Evanescent Waves in Atom Optics and Quantum Plasmonics

Angela M. Guzman

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
2017 ICO Secretariat

Angela M. Guzman is Professor Emeritus of the Physics Department at the National University of Colombia. She was Visiting Research Associate Professor at CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, from 2011 to 2016. She obtained her Dr. Sc. degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and was awarded an “Honorary Doctor” degree from the Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abobyan. Since 2008 Dr. Guzman holds the elected position of Secretary General of the ICO, chairs the Advisory Group for the Trieste System on Optical Sciences and Applications and is the Coordinator of the UNESCO Workshop on Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) in Latin America. In 2014-2015 she worked as a Science Officer of the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico.


Light effects in some types of normal and cancer cells

Efrain Solarte

Universidad del Valle, Colombia
2017 RIAO President

Efrain Solarte is a Senior Faculty at the Universidad del Valle, Colombia and current RIAO President

He is a Physicist from the National University of Colombia. Graduated in 1975 as the best graduate from the College of Science of the National University. He completed his graduate studies at the same university obtaining in 1978 the degree of Master Science. He obtained the DAAD - National University scholarship for doctoral studies in Germany, and graduated as a Doctor of Natural Sciences of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. His Dissertation on interactions between lasers and ion beams was qualified Magna cum Laude.

Prof. Solarte was Associate Professor at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, and since 1990 is Full Professor at the Universidad del Valle, where he leads the Quantum Optics group devoted to study the interactions between laser light and matter.

He is regular member of the Colombian Network on Optics (RCO), the Iberian-American Network on Optics (RIAO), the Spanish Optical Society (SEDO), the Optical Society (OSA), the European Optical Society (EOS) and since 2014 SPIE Senior Member. He was awarded the Universidad del Valle Prize (1995). Elected President of the Colombian Optics Network (2005-2010). He served as General Secretary of RIAO (2013-2016) and is the current President of RIAO (2016-2019).


Chirality and Optical Activity at the Nanoscale

Ana Cecilia Noguez Garrido

Universidad nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Dr. Noguez-Garrido is Professor at the Physics Institute of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Her interests are on the theoretical studies of optical and electronic properties of plasmonic nanostructures.

She received the Mexican National Award for Science (Premio Nacional de Ciencias) in 2016.  

Optical nanofibers, a platform for quantum optics

Luis Orozco

Professor of Physics, Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute,
University of Maryland, USA

Luis A. Orozco's research focuses on the areas of quantum optics and laser spectroscopy. Specifically his papers center on 2 broad areas - trapping atoms in a cavity and testing the predictions of quantum electrodynamics (the theory describing the interaction of light and matter) and studying the spectrum of francium (the most massive of the simple gases).

His work therefore requires studying and characterizing both the quantum and statistical nature of light.

Dr Orozco is Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Institute of Physics in 2005. And he has been a Distinguished Traveling Lecturer for the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society. He holds a Honoris Causa Doctorate from INAOE in 2016.


Wearable and Bedside Biophotonics: technologies at the intersection between personalized medicine and personal health

Bruce J. Tromberg

Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, USA

Dr. Tromberg is the Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (BLI) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and principal investigator of the Laser Microbeam and Medical Program (LAMMP).

His research spans the interdisciplinary fields of Biophotonics and Biomedical Optics with particular emphasis on the development of new technologies for medical imaging and therapy.

His work includes more than 300 publications and 17 patents in Biophotonics technologies and their application to problems in cancer, vascular disease, neuroscience, and critical care.

He has received several awards for his work, including the Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award, Dr. Tromberg is a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE). .


Parity-Time Symmetry in Optics and Photonics

Demetrios Christodoulides

Pegasus Professor of Optics & Photonics/Cobb Family Endowed Chair, University of Central Florida, USA

Demetri Christodoulides is the Cobb Family Endowed Chair and Pegasus Professor of Optics at CREOL-the College of Optics and Photonics of the University of Central Florida.

His research interests include linear and nonlinear optical beam interactions, synthetic optical materials, optical solitons, and quantum electronics.

He has authored and co-authored more than 250 papers. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. In 2011 he received the R.W. Wood Prize of OSA.

Glass-Ceramic Materials for Photonic Applications

Giancarlo C. Righini

Giancarlo C. Righini is Associate Scientist at the Enrico Fermi Center & Nello Carrara of Applied Physics. His research interest are in the Characterization of Erbium/Ytterbium-doped glasses for integrated optical lasers and amplifiers , Spherical microresonators based on the propagation of Whispering Gallery Modes for microlasers and microsensors, Fabrication of periodic structures and gratings in optical fibers and waveguide among others.

Giancarlo C. Righini is Fellow of the OSA(Optical Society of America), SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering), EOS (European Optical Society) and Emeritus member of SIOF (Società Italiana di Ottica e Fotonica).


Nanophotonics: Harnessing Light with Structured Materials

Joseph W. Haus

University of Dayton , USA

Joseph W. Haus was director of the Electro-Optics program at the University of Dayton. His research interest include fiber optics, quantum and nonlinear optics and nanophotonics.

Prof. Haus is Fellow of the OSA(Optical Society of America), SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering), APS (American Physical Society). He holds a Honoris Causa Doctorate from INAOE in 2014.

Mexico Territorial Commitee for Optics
The Optical Society American