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Craig Fleming, Head of Business Development, R3 IoT Limited

With COP26 fast approaching, sustainability has never featured higher up on the board’s agenda – but how can you improve sustainability, if you are only dealing with the tip of the iceberg?

R3-IoT’s Craig Fleming will discuss why new IoT technologies alone will not provide industry with the insight to activate sustainable change, and why space communications technology is the missing jigsaw piece to meet net zero targets.

Jesús Lucero Ezquerro, Analyst, Orbital EOS (Earth Observation Solutions)

After having worked 12 years in aerial remote sensing for the Spanish Maritime Safety & Rescue Agency (SASEMAR), Orbital EOS embraces new technologies in order to fly higher. Using Space Technologies + AI to foster a privileged vision of maritime data with both optical and SAR sensors, being pioneers in the first one. A network of Earth Observation radar and optical satellites promotes a constant, proactive and cost-efficient monitoring of assets, even at remote locations. Synergy among different constellations offers unprecedented capabilities in terms of coverage and frequency of monitoring.

Paula McGregor, Ecometrica

Ecometrica specialises in downstream satellite data applications to embed and operationalise environmental and risk based insights in new markets. Paula will introduce Ecometrica’s Earth Observation work with a focus on 2 key projects; Forests 2020, and the Scottish Earth Observation Service (SEOS). With a focus on environmental monitoring, each of these programmes utilise satellite assets for good, helping to protect and monitor the natural environment. Topics covered will include use of satellite derived data for supply chain monitoring (specifically in West Africa) and user requirements for satellite applications in Scotland.

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European Meeting in Optical Sensors (EuMOS) 2021

Prof Andy Harvey, University of Glasgow

Prof Andy Harvey is a Professor of Optics and Chair in Experimental Physics at the University of Glasgow. He researches new imaging and optical measurement techniques at wavelengths from the visible, through the infrared to microwave frequencies. He works with end users to exploit this research in fields ranging through remote sensing, surveillance and consumer imaging through to biomedicine and, in particular, ophthalmic imaging. He is also Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent sensing and Measurement.

Dr Cristian Manzoni, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie – Consoglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Dr Cristian Manzoni graduated in 2002 in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, where in the same year he enrolled in his PhD in the School of Physics. His research focuses on the parametric generation, characterisation, and applications of ultra-short laser light pulses. He also works with time-resolved optical spectroscopy measurements, with particular attention on nanoscale systems such as quantum-dots and carbon nanotubes.

Ms Yamuna Dilip Pal, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Yamuna received her BS degree in Electrical engineering from IIT Roorkee and MS degree in Electrical engineering from Caltech. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering under Prof. Rohit Bhargava at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to this, she worked with Finisar, and Swedish Institute of Space Physics as an Analog Design Engineer. Her previous research focused on developing instrumentation for space applications. She is currently researching and developing fast infrared spectroscopic imaging systems with extended analytical dimensions that enable polarized and vibrational circular dichroism imaging.

Mr Gianmaria Calisesi, Politecnico di Milano

Gianmaria Calisesi is a third year PhD student at Politecnico di Milano. He is mainly interested in optical microscopy techniques applied to photosensitive samples. He has spent the last several months developing a technique called compressed sensing – selected volume illumination microscopy (CS-SVIM), which takes advantage of volumetric light modulation and compressed sensing to reduce the total light dose required to fully reconstruct a 3D sample. From August 2019 to December 2019, he was an affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, investigating compressed measurement routines of nanowires and transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) obtained with SEM.

Dr Abhishek Upadhyay, University of Strathclyde

Dr Abhishek Upadhyay has been working on tuneable diode laser spectroscopy (TDLS) for the measurement of gas parameters since he gained his PhD in 2010. As an expert in the field, he has collaborated with Rolls-Royce, Shell, and the Universities of Manchester, Southampton, and Strathclyde, leading the developing of gas sensing technologies under the EPSRC-funded project Fibre Laser Imaging for gas Turbine Exhaust Species (FLITES). Currently he is working on the commercialisation of FLITES outcomes, and on photoacoustic measurement for early diagnosis of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.

Dr Rogério Nogueira, Universidade de Aveiro

Dr Rogério Nogueira is Senior Researcher at the Aveiro Instituto de Telecomunicações. His work focuses on the study and development of fibre Bragg gratings for energy efficient communications and optical biosensors. This work has led to a broad portfolio of patents and the spin-out compant WATGRID, which offers new solutions for liquid monitoring. He has also holds leadership positions in several optics societies, and co-founded the Portuguese Optical Society in 2010.

Dr Angelo Sampaolo, Politecnico di Bari

Dr Angelo Sampaolo is an assistant professor at Politecnico di Bari and an associate researcher at the Institute of Laser Spectroscopy of Shanxi University in Taiyuan. His research activity has included the study of the thermal properties of heterostructured devices via Raman spectroscopy. Most recently, his research has focused on the development of innovative techniques in trace gas sensing, based on quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy and covering the full spectral range from near-infrared to terahertz.

Dr Jano van Hemert, Optos

Dr Jano van Hemert directs the research at Optos, where his team develops novel technology for retinal imaging in eye healthcare. He actively promotes the partnership of business and universities for innovation, and is an active member on boards including the Scottish Funding Council’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. Jano received an MSc in 1998 and a PhD in 2002, both from Leiden University in The Netherlands, and arrived in Scotland in 2004. In 2009 he was awarded membership of the inaugural Scottish Crucible and in 2011 was awarded membership of the inaugural Young Academy of Scotland.

Dr Fátima Domingues, Universidade de Aveiro

M. Fátima Domingues received the M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics in 2008 and in 2014 she finished her PhD in Physics Engineering, both at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. In 2015 M. Fátima Domingues started a Research Fellow position at the Instituto de Telecomunicações – Aveiro; and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)-Madrid, Spain. At present, M. Fátima Domingues is a Researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações – Aveiro, and her current research interests embrace new solutions of optical fibre based sensors and its application in robotic exoskeletons and e-Health scenarios, with a focus in physical rehabilitation architectures.  Dr. Domingues authored and co-authored more than +100 publications and has an active participation in Portuguese National and European R&D projects.

Ms Caterina Amendola, Politecnico di Milano

Caterina Amendola is a PhD student in the Department of Physics at Politecnico di Milano. She works on the development and clinical application of diffuse optics (DO) techniques for tissue hemodynamic monitoring of preterm and term neonates, in collaboration with Mangiagalli Hospital in Milan. From September 2017 to March 2018, she worked on biomedical imaging and X-ray phase contrast techniques at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). She is currently working on the development of a hybrid DO device which combines time domain near-infrared spectroscopy (TD-NIRS) and diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) for monitoring tissue haemoglobin concentration and blood flow.

Dr Calum Williams, University of Cambridge

Dr Calum Williams completed his doctoral research in 2017 in plasmatic nanostructures for enhanced optical devices, after four years of study as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development at the University of Cambridge. Calum is now a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, funded by the Cancer Research UK Pioneer Award, where he works to unify optical imaging modalities using nanophotonics. He also has research collaborations with the University of Bath and NASA, involving the development of novel nanostructured optical devices for a range of applications.

This event has been fully funded by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Sensing and Measurement ( and arranged in collaboration with OSA Polimi, SCOPE, FISUA, EPS Young Minds, OSA and IEEE.

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Advances in particle detection

Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 1500-1700 (UK Time)

Dr Christoph Englert (Profile)
Particle Physics in the Higgs Era

Our understanding of the weak force has been spectacularly verified with the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. Where does particle physics go from here? I will review the major shortcomings of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and discuss how they motivate new precision investigations of the electroweak interactions at present and future colliders. These theoretical developments are joined by a rapid adoption and the development of machine learning techniques in the context of particle phenomenology, which will enable the most robust constraints on the presence of new interactions beyond the Standard Model or facilitate their discovery.

Prof Monica D’Onofrio (Profile)
Searching for SUSY and other new physics models at the LHC

So far, knowledge of how fundamental particles behave is encapsulated in the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics. However, the theory lacks answers to many questions, including what is the invisible (dark) matter that, according to cosmological measurements, forms five times as much of the universe as the matter we see. Supersymmetry (SUSY) is still one of the most compelling theories beyond the SM which could give answers to some of these questions, in particular providing a solution to the dark matter mystery. In this talk, I shall give you a brief overview of how LHC experimentalists are searching for new physics and some of the results and milestones reached so far.

Prof Daniela Bortoletto (Profile)
The long road to finding the Higgs boson. A journey in the hunt, the discovery, and the study of the particle that gives mass to the Universe

The Higgs mechanism was postulated in the 1960s, starting a quest to validate the theory experimentally. The search culminated with the discovery at CERN of the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012, almost 50 years after it was first conceived. The discovery was a triumph for both experimental and theoretical particle physics. I will take you through this journey and discuss why this search was so challenging. I will highlight why building a discovery machine, the LHC, and critical advancements in detector technologies were vital for producing and capturing this particle’s decays. I will give you a glimpse into the next steps required to unlock the mysteries of the Higgs boson.

Prof Craig Buttar (Profile)
A Gigapixel detector for the ATLAS experiment

The physics of the very small requires large state of the art detectors capable of measuring the properties of the particles produced in the collisions so that the event can be reconstructed and compared to current physical models. In this talk, I will describe the pixel detector system that is being developed for operation in the ATLAS experiment at the high-luminosity LHC. The development of sensors and their readout will be described and the system level challenges will be discussed.

Properties and applications of 2D materials

Tuesday 26th January 2021, 1500-1700 (UK Time)

Prof Pablo Jarillo-Herrero (Profile)
The magic of moiré quantum matter

The understanding of strongly-correlated quantum matter has challenged physicists for decades. Such difficulties have stimulated new research paradigms, such as ultra-cold atom lattices for simulating quantum materials. In this talk I will present a new platform to investigate strongly correlated physics, namely moiré quantum matter. In particular, I will show that when two graphene sheets are twisted by an angle close to the theoretically predicted ‘magic angle’, the resulting flat band structure near the Dirac point gives rise to a strongly-correlated electronic system. These flat bands systems exhibit a plethora of quantum phases, such as correlated insulators, superconductivity, magnetism, Chern insulators, and more. Furthermore, it is possible to extend the moiré quantum matter paradigm to systems beyond magic angle graphene, and I will present an outlook of some exciting directions in this emerging field.

Prof Cinzia Casiraghi (Profile)
Water-based, defects-free and biocompatible 2D inks: from printed electronics to biomedical applications 

Solution processing of 2D materials allows to use simple and low-cost techniques such as inkjet printing for fabrication of heterostructures of arbitrary complexity. In this work I will show a general formulation engineering approach to achieve highly concentrated, and inkjet printable water-based 2D crystal formulations, which also provide optimal film formation for multi-stack fabrication. Examples of all-inkjet printed devices, such as large area arrays of photosensors on plastic, programmable logic memory devices, strain sensors on paper, capacitors and transistors will be discussed. The inks biocompatibility also allows their use in biomedical applications. 

Dr Cecilia Mattevi (Profile)

We investigate the precise synthesis of 2D materials and their assembly into three-dimensional functional devices for energy storage and energy conversion systems. The precise synthesis enables critical level of control through the crystal structure and doping, so that we can go beyond chemical composition of 2D materials. In this talk I will present our recent work in these directions.

Prof Paolo Samorì (Profile)
Chemical and physical sensing with 2D materials 

Two dimensional materials display exceptional physical and chemical properties which can be further enriched via controlled interfacing with (supra)molecular assemblies. Molecules, which can be designed and synthesized with properties at will, are able to impart them novel functions to 2D materials such as the capacity to respond to multiple external stimuli, with the ultimate goal of generating multifunctional hybrid systems for applications in (opto)electronics, sensing and energy.  

In my lecture, I will review our recent findings on the functionalization of 2D materials to engineer hybrid assemblies that can operate as selective chemical sensors for small molecules and ions [2,3]. I will also describe the fabrication of highly sensitive pressure and strain sensors for health monitoring.