Keynote Speakers

Monday, 30 July 2018 Tuesday, 31 July 2018 Wednesday, 1 Aug 2018 Thursday, 2 Aug 2018
Prof. Igor Aharonovitch Prof. Lih Y. Lin Prof. Eric Fossum Prof. Roel Baets
Quantum Emitters in Flatland Ultrathin Flexible Quantum Dot Devices CMOS Imagers and the Quanta Image Sensor 20 years of Silicon Photonics

Biographies of the OMN 2018 Keynote Speakers in alphabetical order:


Igor Aharonovich received his PhD in 2010 from the University of Melbourne and spent two years in Harvard as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof Evelyn Hu. In 2013 Igor returned to Australia and joined the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), where he is currently an Associate Professor and the leader of the Nanophotonics laboratory.

Igor’s group is focusing on exploring single emitters in wide band gap semiconductors, such as diamond or gallium nitride and in emerging 2D systems such as hexagonal boron nitride. His group is also interested in innovative approaches for nanofabrication of nanophotonics devices for low threshold lasing and an on-chip integrated quantum nanophotonics.

Igor is a recipient of the IEEE Young Investigator Award (2016, honors an individual who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics prior to 35th birthday), The 2017 IUPAP Young Scientist Award (Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics) and the 2017 Pawsey medal from the Australian Academy of Science.


Roel Baets is full professor at Ghent University (UGent) and is also associated with IMEC. He received an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from UGent in 1980 and a second MSc degree from Stanford in 1981. He received a PhD degree from UGent in 1984. From 1984 till 1989 he held a postdoctoral position at IMEC. Since 1989 he has been a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of UGent where he founded the Photonics Research Group. From 1990 till 1994 he has also been a part-time professor at Delft University of Technology and from 2004 till 2008 at Eindhoven University of Technology.

Roel Baets has mainly worked in the field of integrated photonics. He has made contributions to research on photonic integrated circuits, both in III-V semiconductors and in silicon, as well as their applications in telecom, datacom, sensing and medicine. Web of Science reports over 600 publications with an h-index over 60.

As part of a team of 8 professors Roel Baets leads the Photonics Research Group. With about 90 researchers this group is involved in numerous (inter)national research programs and has created four spin-off companies. The silicon photonics activities of the group are part of a joint research initiative with IMEC.

Roel Baets has led major research projects in silicon photonics in Europe. In 2006 he founded ePIXfab, the globally first Multi-Project-Wafer service for silicon photonics. Since then ePIXfab has evolved to become the European Silicon Photonics Alliance. Roel Baets is also director of the multidisciplinary Center for Nano- and Biophotonics (NB Photonics) at UGent, founded in 2010. He was co-founder of the European MSc programme in Photonics.

Roel Baets is an ERC grantee of the European Research Councile and a Methusalem grantee of the Flemish government. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, of the European Optical Society (EOS) and of the Optical Society (OSA). He is also a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts.


Eric R. Fossum is best known for the invention of the CMOS image sensor “camera-on-a-chip” used in billions of cameras, from smart phones to web cameras to pill cameras and many other applications.  He is a solid-state image sensor device physicist and engineer, and his career has included academic and government research, and entrepreneurial leadership.  He is currently a Professor with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire where he teaches, performs research on the Quanta Image Sensor (QIS), and directs the School’s Ph.D. Innovation Program. He also serves as Dartmouth’s Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer.

Fossum is a Queen Elizabeth Prize Laureate, the highest global honor for engineering. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, elected to the National Academy of Engineering and selected as a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Other honors include the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the IEEE Andrew Grove Award and Medal, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and Medal, the Royal Photographic Society’s Progress Medal, the SMPTE Camera Origination and Imaging Medal, and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. He received Yale’s Wilbur Cross Medal and Trinity College’s Alumni Medal for Excellence. An early Photobit sensor and camera is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History’s Inventing in America exhibit and he was appointed as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador.

Born and raised in Connecticut, he received his B.S. in Physics and Engineering from Trinity College in Hartford and the Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University. He was a member of Columbia University’s Electrical Engineering faculty from 1984-1990.  In 1990, Dr. Fossum joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and managed JPL’s image sensor and focal-plane technology research and advanced development. While at JPL, he invented the CMOS active pixel sensor (APS) camera-on-a-chip technology (aka CMOS image sensor) and led its development and subsequent transfer of the technology to US industry.  Dr. Fossum co-founded Photobit Corporation in 1995 to commercialize the technology and served in several top management roles including Chairman and CEO. In late 2001, Photobit was acquired by Micron Technology Inc. From 2005-2007, he was Chairman and CEO of Siimpel Corporation developing MEMS-based camera modules with autofocus and shutter functions for cell phones. From 2008-2012 he was a consultant with Samsung Electronics working on 3D image sensors as well as strategic issues.  He joined Dartmouth in 2010.

Fossum has published over 300 technical papers and holds over 160 US patents.  He co-founded the International Image Sensor Society (IISS) and is Past-President.  He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

He volunteers on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Inventors and the International Image Sensor Society, and the Board of Trustees of Trinity College. He serves on the Leadership Council of the Yale University School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Peer Selection Committee for the NAE, the Fellow Selection Committee of the NAI, and the selection committee and Board for the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). He also volunteers for Camp Invention and the Collegiate Inventors Competition, two programs operated by NIHF.


Lih Y. Lin is Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington since 2003. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA. Then she joined AT&T Labs-Research as a Senior Technical Staff Member, working on micromachined technologies for optical switching and lightwave communication systems. In 2000, she joined Tellium, Inc. as director of Optical Technologies to co-lead their R&D effort on high-port-count MEMS optical crossconnects, where she had a sip of telecom start-up frenzy, was gladly terminated and happily found her next home back in academia. Her current research interests are in quantum dot nanophotonics, nanostructure-enhanced laser tweezers, bio-photonics and optical MEMS/NEMS. She has served on the technical program committee and as chair and co-chair of various technical conferences, and has served as guest editor for several journals in the field of photonics. She has over 80 journal publications, over 170 conference papers, 5 book chapters and 32 US patents. Lin was a recipient of the MIT Technology Review Award and a finalist for the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award. Lin is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of the Optical Society of America.