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Co-Director, Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA


Recent Advances in III-Nitride for UV and Visible Photonics Materials and Devices


Dr. Steven P. DenBaars is a Professor of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara. DenBaars started his career at Hewlett-Packard where he helped develop high brightness red LEDs as a member of the technical staff. Prof. DenBaars has been very active in entrepreneurship, having helped co-found several start-up companies in the field of photonics and electronics. His research focuses on the MOCVD growth and fabrication of compound semiconductor devices. He is a leading pioneer in the development of III-Nitride semiconductors for solid state lighting, micro-LED displays, UV photonics, power switching, and RF electronics. He received the IEEE Fellow award in 2005, member of the National Academy io Engineers 2012, and National Academy of Inventors in 2014. He has authored or co-authored over 980 technical publications, 350 conference presentations, and over 185patents.

Prof. Volker J. Sorger


Director of the Institute on AI & Photonics
George Washington University, USA


Optoelectronic Devices and Photonic Circuits for Machine Intelligence


Dr. Volker J. Sorger is a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of the Institute on AI & Photonics, the Head of the Devices & Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the George Washington University. His research areas include devices & optoelectronics, AI/ML accelerators, mixed-signal ASICs, quantum matter & processors, and cryptography. For his work, Dr. Sorger received multiple awards including the Presidential PECASE Award, the AFOSR YIP Award, the Emil Wolf Prize, and the National Academy of Sciences award of the year. Dr. Sorger is an editor of Optica, Nanophotonics, Chip, Appl. Phys. Rev., and was the former editor-in-chief of Nanophotonics. He is a Fellow of Optica (OSA), SPIE, IAAM, the German National Academic Foundation, and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is a co-founder of Optelligence Company and America Foundries.

Prof. Dieter Bimberg


Bimberg Chinese-German Center for Green Photonics at CIOMP of CAS, Changchun and Founding Director "Center of NanoPhotonics, TU Berlin, Germany



Dieter Bimberg received the Ph.D. magna cum laude from Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. He held for 7 years a Principal Scientist position at the Max Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Grenoble, France. After serving as a Professor of electrical engineering, Technical University of Aachen, Germany, he assumed the Chair of Applied Solid-State Physics at Technical University of Berlin. He is the Founding Director of its Center of NanoPhotonics. He was holding guest professorships at the Technion, Haifa, U.C. Santa Barbara, CA, USA, and at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA. He was Distinguished Adjunct Professor at KAU, Jeddah 2012-2018. In 2018 he assumed the directorship of the “Bimberg Chinese German Center for Green Photonics” at the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the EU Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the US Academies of Engineering and of Inventors, a Life Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, and a honorary member of the Ioffe Institute of the RAS. He is recipient of many important international awards, like the UNESCO Nanoscience Award, the Max-Born Award and Medal of IoP and DPG, the Heinrich-Welker-Award, the Nick Holonyak Jr. Award, the Oyo Buturi and MOC Awards of the Japanese Society of Applied Physics, the Jun-Ichi Nishizawa Medal and Award of IEEE, the Stern-Gerlach Award of DPG, to mention a few. He received honorary doctorates of the University of Lancaster, UK, and the St. Petersburg Alferov University of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has authored more than 1600 papers, 71 patents and patent applications, and six books. The number of times his research works has been cited exceeds 66,000 and his Hirsch factor is 113 (@ Google Scholar). His research interests include physics and technology of nanostructures, nanostructure based photonic and electronic devices, and energy efficient data communication.

Prof. Takashige Omatsu


Chiba University, Japan


Helical light fields revolutionize materials science and technology


Takashige Omatsu received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1992, and was appointed as a Professor at Chiba University, in 2007. He has been pioneering optical vortex nano/microfabrication. He is currently playing a role as an Editor-in-Chief, Optics Continuum. Also, he is serving as a Visiting Professor of Ajou University, Korea and Macquarie University, Australia. He was awarded the prize for Science and Technology, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the MEXT in 2016. He was also elected as OSA Fellow, SPIE Fellow and JSAP Fellow

Prof. Alfred Forchel


University of Würzburg


Semiconductor laser based trace gas and liquid sensing – a key monitoring technology for the coming decades


Prof. Yang Yue


School of Information and Communications Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University



Yang Yue received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and optics from Nankai University, China, in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, USA, in 2012. He is a Professor with the School of Information and Communications Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. Dr. Yue’s current research interest is intelligent photonics, including optical communications, optical perception, and optical chip. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers (including Science) and conference proceedings with >9,000 citations, five edited books, two book chapters, >50 issued or pending patents, >200 invited presentations (including 2 tutorial, >30 plenary and >40 keynote talks). Dr. Yue is a Senior Member of IEEE, Optica and SPIE. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Access, Editor Board Member for three other scientific journals, Guest Editor for >10 journal special issues. He also served as Chair or Committee Member for >90 international conferences, Reviewer for >60 prestigious journals.

Prof. Yasuhiko Arakawa


Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics, The University of Tokyo, Japan


Advances in quantum dot photonics: From science to practical implementation