Prof. Francesco Pavone “Optical mapping of the human brain”
Francesco Saverio Pavone is directing a research group working in the field of biophotonics on single molecule biophysics, microscopy imaging-spectroscopy techniques, biomedical imaging, laser manipulation of bio-samples. In particular, he is developing new microscopy techniques for high resolution and high sensitivity imaging, and for laser manipulation purposes. These techniques have been applied both for single molecule biophysics, single cell imaging and optical manipulation. Tissue imaging is another research area developed, where non-linear optical techniques have been applied for skin and neural tissue imaging also in-vivo. Pavone is authors of many internationals papers and editor of international books. He has more than 100 invited talk and he is editors of international journals. He coordinates several European projects and he has organized several international congresses; he is also director of the European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy in Florence, winner of a European Research Council Advanced Grant.
Prof. Daniele Faccio “Quantum and Neural Network enhanced imaging”
Daniele Faccio is a Royal Academy Chair in Emerging Technologies and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He joined the University of Glasgow in 2017 as Professor in Quantum Technologies and is adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson (USA). From 2013-2017, he was professor at Heriot-Watt University from 2013 where he was also deputy director of the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences. He has been visiting scientist at MIT (USA), Marie-Curie fellow at ICFO, Barcelona (Spain) and EU-ERC fellow 2012-2017. He was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Physics in 2015, the Royal Society of Edinburgh Senior Public Engagement medal and the Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in 2017. He worked in the optical telecommunications industry for four years before obtaining his PhD in Physics in 2007 at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. His research, funded by the UK research council EPSRC, DSTL, The Leverhulme Trust, the EU Quantum Flagship program, focuses on the physics of light, on how we harness light to answer fundamental questions and on how we harness light to improve society.
Prof. Maria-Pilar Bernal “When lithium niobate goes nano: the ultimate optoelectronic devices”
Maria-Pilar Bernal received her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in 1993 and 1998, respectively. From 1994 to 1998, she participated in a joint study between the University of Zaragoza and the IBM Almaden Research Center, where she worked in the field of holographic data storage. Subsequently, she was a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne (Switzerland), where she worked on scanning near-field optical microscopy. She is Full-time Senior Researcher (Directeur de Recherche) at the Institute FEMTO-ST, UMR 6174, CNRS in Besançon (France) where she works in the field of Nano Photonics. She has published over 200 contributions in journals and conference proceedings and given many invited conferences. She has been at the head of the Optics Deparment of FEMTO-ST (90 people) for three years and holds several responsabilities within the CNRS (she is currently member of the Scientific Committee at INSIS-CNRS).