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Plenary Speakers

 Prof. Ajoy GhatakProf. Ajoy Ghatak

Formerly Professor at Dept. of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi


Prof. Ghatak retired as Professor of Physics from IIT Delhi. He obtained his PhD from Cornell University. He has written over 170 research papers and more than 20 books and some of them have been translated into foreign languages. Professor Ghatak is a recipient of several awards including the 2003 Optical Society of America Esther Hoffman Beller award, 1979 CSIR S S Bhatnagar award, the 2003 International Commission for Optics Galileo Galilei award and the 2008 SPIE Educator award.



Prof. B.P. Pal

Prof. Bishnu P. Pal

School of Natural Sciences
Mahindra École Centrale Hyderabad
(Formerly Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi)

Title:  Light-based Technologies IYL2015 and Application-specific Specialty Optical Fibers

Prof. Pal is a Senior Professor of Physics at MEC Hyderabad, former Chair of Physics Department (2008-11) and Computer Services Centre (2002-05) at IIT Delhi, member of OSA’s Board of Directors (2009-11), and was President of OSI (2012-15). His broad area of research has been Guided Wave Optics and Photonics with focus on application-specific specialty optical fibers, fiber optic sensors and components, fibers for mid-IR and THz photonics, silicon photonics and Anderson type light localization in disordered waveguide lattice. He has extensive experience on sponsored research in these areas and has had international collaborations projects with USA, UK, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, and Russian Academy of Science. He has extensively lectured on his research all over the world especially as a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Photonics Society (the then LEOS) for two consecutive years (2005-07). Prof Pal is a Fellow of OSA the Optical Society (USA), SPIE The International Society for Optics and Photonics (USA), IETE (India) and OSI (India), Distinguished Honorary Foreign Member of the Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters (Norway), Senior Member of IEEE (USA), AvH Fellow (1982-83, Germany) and Fulbright Scholar (1991, USA), Awardee of Homi Bhabha Award for Applied sciences of UGC (2006, India), Om Prakash Bhasin National Award in Electronics and Information Technology (2013, India), Khosla Research National Award of IIT Roorkee for Life time achievements (2014, India), Prof YT Tathachari prestigious award in Physical Sciences from Bhramara Trust (2010, Mysore, India), CEOT1994 award for Optoelectronic Devices from IETE (2010, India), OSI’s Highest award (2011) for life time contributions to optics, co-recipient of the Fiber Optic Person of the Year award instituted by Lucent Technology in India along with the magazine Voice and Data, and was most recently named as winner of the Esther Hoffman Beller Medal of OSA (for 2016), which will be awarded to him at the centennial celebrations of OSA in October 2016 in Rochester NY during the FiO conference. He has published and reported over 200 research papers and reviews in peer reviewed journals and conferences besides delivering over 50 invited talks in international conferences in India and abroad. He has also edited 4 books in the area of guided wave optics and optoelectronics and has contributed over 15 chapters in research monographs and books. Prof Pal was the nodal contact in India for the UNO declared International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies IYL2015.


Prof. R.K. Shevgaonkar

Professor, IIT Bombay,
Ex-Director IIT Delhi, Ex-Vice Chancellor University of Pune

Dr. Shevgaonkar has been an active researcher in the area of Electromagnetics, Optical communication, Image processing, Antennas, Microwaves, Radio astronomy etc. He has published more than 170 papers in international journals and conferences, and a textbook namely Electromagnetic Waves and a monograph on Transmission lines for Electrical Engineers with McGraw Hill Education.

He is Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of National Academy of Science, India, Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, Fellow of Optical Society of India, Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, and Member of International Astronomical Union and Astronomical Society of India.

Dr. Shevgaonkar is a recipient of IEEE William E. Sayle II Award for Achievements in Education, IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, IETE – Ram Lal Wadhwa Award, IETE award for his outstanding contribution to Optical communication, VASVIK Award in ICT and the ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award of IIT Bombay. He has received the Education Leadership Award from Headlines Today, and Dewang Mehta Educational Excellence Award.

His video and web lectures on Electromagnetics and Fiber optic communication are used worldwide through YouTube and NPTEL website.



Prof. Antigone Marino

National Research Council, CNR-ISASI
Physical Sciences Department
University of Naples Federico II, Italy

A. Marino is a researcher at the Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems of the Italian National Research Council. She earned her PhD in Innovative Technologies in 2004 from the Physics Department of Federico II University of Naples, in Italy. Her research activities have been concentrated on the study of soft matter optics applied to telecommunication, with a special interest in liquid crystals technologies. Since 2013 she is chair of the Young Minds project by the European Physical Society.

In 2015 she won the 2015 Outstanding Young Professionals Award of the Optical Society. And in the same year she became member of the Member & Education Services Council of the Optical Society. In 2016 she has been nominated OSA Ambassador.

In 2016 she has been nominated OSA Ambassador.


Dr Ranjan Sen

Head, Glass Division and
Chief Scientist, Fiber Optics & Photonics Division
CSIR- Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, India

Title: Optical Fiber: Empowering a New Global Era.

Dr. Ranjan Sen obtained his B.E., M.E. and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

He is presently holding the post of Chief Scientist and Head, Glass Division at CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata. As head of the group, he is leading a number of major programmes on technology development of specialty glasses such as high density glass for radiation protection, Nd-doped laser glass, glass beads for nuclear waste immobilization etc.  The area of activity also includes energy efficient process of glass melting.

He has been associated with the Fiber Optics & Photonics Division of the Institute for the last 30 years and has recently taken over as Head of the Division. He is leading a number of sponsored projects, both national and international, in the field of specialty optical fibers. Currently, major research activities have been undertaken on high power fiber lasers for industrial/medical applications and specialty fibers for adverse environments. He is working in close unison with Industries, user organizations and reputed Institutions both in India and abroad for development of technology/ products in the above fields.

He has published more than 120 papers in journals & conferences, 30 patents in various countries and has two book chapters to his credit. He is the recipient of Fellowship of German Academic Exchange Service in 1990-91, Visiting Scientist in TU Braunschweig, Germany during 2004-05, Royal Society-CSIR Grant in 2008-09, CSIR-India Technology Award in 2012 and NRDC-India Innovation Award for the year 2013.



Prof. Pankaj Kumar Choudhury

Institute of Microengineering & Nanoelectronics (IMEN)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Title: Complex Optical Micro- and Nanostructured Mediums.

Pankaj Kumar Choudhury’s academic life was spent in different institutions in Varanasi (India). He started research career in 1989 from the Department of Applied Physics, Institute of Technology (IT), Banaras Hindu University (BHU, Varanasi), and received the Ph.D. degree in Physics in 1992. From 1992 to 1997, he worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Electronics Engineering at IT, BHU. Also, during 1995–1996 he was a Guest Lecturer in Physics at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (Varanasi). In 1997 he joined the Department of Physics at Goa University (Goa, India) as a Lecturer, where he was for a couple of years until 1999. During the late 1999 he joined the position of Researcher at the Center of Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL), Laval University (Quebec, Canada), where he worked on the fabrication and characterization of ferroelectric optical waveguides. During 2000–2003 he was a Researcher at the Faculty of Engineering, Gunma University (Kiryu, Japan), where he worked on the electromagnetic behavior of optical waveguides and sensing. In May 2003, he joined the position of Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University (Cyberjaya, Malaysia) where he was until the late 2009. During the span, he also served the Telekom Research and Development (TMR&D, Malaysia) as a consultant for a couple of projects on optical devices. During the late 2009 he became Professor at the Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMEN), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia). His current research interests lie in the theory of optical waveguides, which include complex mediums, fiber and integrated optics, fiber optic devices, optical sensors and metamaterial properties. He has published over two hundred research papers; has contributed chapters to ten research level books; edited and co-edited three research level books in these areas. He is the reviewer for about a couple of dozen research journals, and serves the Editorial Board of Waves in Engineering, Science and Technology (published by American Scientific Publishers, USA). He is the Section Editor of Optik – The International Journal of Light and Electron Optics (published by Elsevier, Germany) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications (published by Taylor & Francis, UK). Also, he is Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the Society of Photo-Optical and Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).



Dr_Carlos_Lopez-Mariscal_Dr. Carlos Lopez Mariscal

Underwater Photonics, Cozumel, Mexico

Title: Volunteering and Leadership, tools for career development.

Carlos Lopez-Mariscal is the lead optical scientist and founder of Underwater Photonics. He has also worked at the Quantum Physics division of the National Institute for Standards and Techniology (NIST) and the Bio-analytical laboratory of the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, USA. He is a co-author of the book “Laser Beam Shaping: theory and techniques.”

Dr Lopez-Mariscal is a strong supporter of the involvement of young professionals and as Chair of OSA’s Optical Trapping and Applications conference. He invited many young and upcoming researchers as featured speakers and encouraged the participation of young Professionals in the organization of the conference. He is the author of “Building a Reputation as a Journal Reviewer,” a basic model to write a constructive manuscript review of good quality, and “How to manage up in academia,” which is intended as a guide for mentor-student relations in an academic setting.

Dr Lopez-Mariscal is actively involved in the OSA Leadership. He has served in the OPN Editorial Advisory Committee, OSA’s Long-Term Planning Group of the Publications Council and in the Membership and Educations Services Council. He currently serves in OSA’s Board of Directors as an Appointed Director at Large.