David A. B. Miller, after graduating with his B. Sc. in Physics from St. Andrews University, received his Ph.D. in Physics from Heriot-Watt University in 1979. He was with Bell Laboratories from 1981 to 1996, as a department head from 1987. He is currently the W. M. Keck Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a Co-Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center at Stanford University. He has been active in professional societies and was President of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society in 1995. His research interests include physics and devices in nanophotonics, nanometallics, and quantum-well optoelectronics, and fundamentals and applications of optics in information sensing, switching, and processing. He has published more than 260 scientific papers and the text “Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers”, holds 71 patents, has received numerous awards, is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE, APS, and the Royal Societies of Edinburgh and London, holds two honorary degrees, and is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Ronald Holzwarth founded Menlo Systems GmbH together with co-workers to commercialize the optical frequency comb technology in 2001. At the same time, Dr. Ronald Holzwarth has conducted advanced research on frequency combs at the MPQ as well as at Menlo and served as Ph.D. advisor for several students. The research direction is on the one hand side targeted towards more user-friendly frequency combs, to spread their application. Besides founding Menlo Systems and acting as managing director, he is still very active in the research field. He is author or co-author on 97 papers and holds 10 patents. Dr. Ronald Holzwarth has accumulated for his work over 8700 citations and had an h-factor of 42. Many of these papers have been landmark papers being highly cited.
Prof. Joachim Wagner received the PhD degree in Physics from the University in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1982. From 1982 to 1984 he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany, in the group of Prof. M Cardona before joining the Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Solid State Physics, Freiburg, Germany, in 1985. There he is currently Deputy Director and Head of the Optoelectronics Department. He is also Professor at the Institute of Physics of the University of Freiburg and an associated member of the Materials Research Center Freiburg (FMF). His current research interests include III/V-semiconductor based optoelectronic devices in particular for the infrared spectral range, as well as their integration into modules and systems. He is author or coauthor of 460 scientific publications including several review papers and book chapters.
Tom Gardiner is a Principal Research Scientist at NPL and he leads atmospheric science research within the environmental measurements science area. In addition to his role at NPL, Tom sits on the steering group for the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-Air Network (GRUAN). Tom has over twenty years' experience with NPL. He is a specialist in the development and implementation of advanced trace gas monitoring techniques, and the assessment of the calibration requirements and uncertainty analysis of such measurement techniques. He has internationally leading expertise in the development of the complex optical systems required for Differential Adsorption Lidar (DIAL) and he leads research with universities to develop new laser sources for atmospheric sensing.
Prof. Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang is the Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology. Jane obtained her PhD in measurement science in 1995, a Professorial Chair in 2003, a DSc for precision engineering in 2007.
Jane’s research mainly in advanced metrology, specialised in the development of mathematical models and algorithms for surface metrology and development of new optical interferometry techniques for measurement of micro/nano-scale surface topography and form geometry. She has also been heavily involved in ISO standardisation particularly: the new areal surface texture and filtration standards.
Jane is a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) and a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). She was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2006 and the Sir Harold Hartley Medal in 2014. She also has the Freedom of the City of London and is a member of the livery company: The worshipful company of scientific instrument makers.
Prof Andy Harvey obtained his PhD from St Andrews University in 1990 where he subsequently conducted post-doctoral research in THz-based fusion plasma diagnostics and optical instrumentation. He moved to DERA (now QinetiQ) Malvern in 1995 to work on various imaging techniques including aperture synthesis, thermal imaging, adaptive optics and fibre optics. Following two years at Cranfield University he moved in 2001 to Heriot-Watt University where he established research programmes in computational imaging, retinal imaging, hyperspectral imaging, and THz aperture synthesis. He has promoted to Professor in 2007. In January 2012 he took up a new Chair in Optics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow University where he heads the Imaging Concepts Group of 20 researchers conducting research in advanced and computational imaging and their application in retinal and biomedical imaging. He has supervised 26 doctoral research students and published about 200 journal and conference papers and eight patents. He is recent Chair of the Optical Group and of the Optics and Photonics Division of the Institute of Physics, Director of the EPSRC CDT in Integrative Sensing and Measurement and a regular Chair or Conference Committee Member for OSA and SPIE conferences.
Dr Samanta Piano is an Assistant Professor in Metrology at the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, at the University of Nottingham.
Samanta received her PhD in Physics in 2007 under the joint supervision of Prof AM Cucolo at Salerno (Italy) and Prof MG Blamire at Cambridge (UK). During the PhD her research was on the investigating of the symmetry of the order parameter in unconventional and high temperature superconductors with scanning probe techniques. Then, she was awarded a Marie Curie IEF Fellowship by the European Commission, hosted by the Semiconductor Spintronics Group (Prof B Gallagher) at the University of Nottingham. During her Fellowship Samanta used scanning probe microscopy techniques to provide measurements of the spin polarisation and of the surface of the ferromagnetic semiconductor materials.Then, in 2011 Samanta won a Nottingham Advance Research Fellowship with an original project aimed at developing probes for high-sensitive magnetometry using ultracold atoms.Her current research interests are to investigate new optical techniques and systems for 3D precision measurements.
Dr Graham Smith obtained a BSc(Hons) in theoretical physics from York University and an MSc in laser physics and optoelectronics from the University of St Andrews before studying for a PhD in millimetre wave instrumentation with the mm-wave group at St Andrews . His thesis focused on Gunn diodes for mm-wave applications. As a post-doc with the mm-wave group he undertook various projects involving state-of-the-art mm-wave instrumentation. In 1995 he developed a high performance quasi-optical high-field EPR spectrometer and this area has dominated his research interests since. In 1998 he was appointed as a lecturer at St Andrews and was also awarded an EPSRC advanced fellowship to work on high-field EPR detection using force detection methods. He is currently the manager of the EPSRC high-field ESR facility.
Prof Kishan Dholakia is head of the Optical Manipulation Group at the University of St Andrews. He works on a wide range of topics including advanced imaging, beam shaping and optical manipulation. He has published over 275 papers and has more than 19000 citations and a h-index of 71 (Google scholar). He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, SPIE and the Optical Society of America (OSA). He received a Royal Society Wolfson Merit award in 2008, a Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Fellowship in 2015 and is the recipient of the OSA R.W. Wood Prize in 2016