Transformation Optics

26 October 2012 | IET London: Savoy Place, UK




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Tie Jun Cui (photo)

Tie Jun Cui, Associate Dean, School of Information Science and Engineering, and Associate Director, State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves

Tie Jun Cui was born in September 1965, in Hebei, China. He received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Xidian University, Xi'an, China, in 1987, 1990, and 1993, respectively.

In March 1993, he joined the Department of Electromagnetic Engineering, Xidian University, and was promoted to an Associate Professor in November 1993. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Research Fellow with the Institut fur Hochstfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE) at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

In July 1997, he joined the Center for Computational Electromagnetics, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, first as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and then a Research Scientist.

In September 2001, he became a Cheung-Kong Professor with the Department of Radio Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, P. R. China. Currently, he is the Associate Dean with the School of Information Science and Engineering, and the Associate Director of the State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves. Dr. Cui is a Co-Editor of the book Metamaterials – Theory, Design, and Applications (Springer, Nov. 2009), the author of six book chapters.

He has published over 200 peer-review journal papers in Science, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, IEEE Transactions, etc. His research interests include metamaterials, computational electromagnetic, wireless power transfer, and millimeter wave technologies. He is a principal investigator of more than 20 national projects.


Patrick Grant (photo)

Patrick Grant, Cookson Professor of Materials, Deputy Head, Maths, Physical and Life Sciences Division at Oxford University

Patrick Grant's research interests concern understanding the complex underlying physics during materials processing in order to manipulate microstructure, extract maximum economic benefit and impose process control. Much of his research is focused on detailed investigations of novel manufacturing routes and materials utilising liquid droplets, powders and nanomaterials, using a combination of experimentation on large scale facilities, on-line process diagnostics and numerical simulation. All the research work involves close collaboration with industry.

Patrick Grant received a B.Eng in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Nottingham University in 1987 and a D.Phil in Materials from Oxford University in 1991. After holding a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and then Lectureship in the Department of Materials, Oxford University, he became Cookson Professor of Materials in 2004. He is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010.

From 1999 to 2004, he was Director of the Oxford Centre for Advanced Materials and Composites (OCAMAC) that helps to coordinate industrial materials related research across Oxford University, and was Director of Faraday Advance from 2000 until 2007 when it became the Transport Node of the Materials KTN and he became Executive Director. He was one of the founding academics of the Begbroke Science Park at Oxford University, now a major regional and international hub for innovation and close industrial-university collaboration.

Professor Grant was a member of 2008 Research Assessment Exercise panel for Materials. He advises the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through the Strategic Advisor Network, the Fusion Advisory Board, and the Manufacturing the Future Strategic Advisory Team. He is a consultant to Rolls-Royce through their Materials, Manufacture and Structures Advisory Board.


Professor Yang Hao (photo)

Professor Yang Hao, Antenna Engineering Group, Queen Mary College, University of London

Professor Yang Hao received the Ph.D. degree from the Centre for Communications Research (CCR) at the University of Bristol, U.K. in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, he was a postdoc research fellow at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Birmingham, U.K. In May 2000, he joined the Antenna Engineering Group, Queen Mary College, University of London, London, U.K. first as a lecturer and was promoted to Reader in 2005 and to Professor in 2007.

Professor Hao is active in a number of areas including computational electromagnetics, electromagnetic bandgap structures and microwave metamaterials, antennas and radio propagation for body centric wireless networks, active antennas for millimetre/submillimetre applications and photonic integrated antennas. His work on metamaterials and body-centric wireless communications has been reported in the Engineer(I), the Engineer (II), Electronics Times, Microwave Engineering and the IET E&T Magazine.

He is a co-editor of book 'Antennas and Radio Propagation for Body-Centric Wireless Communications' (Artech House, 2006). He has published over 200 technical papers (book chapters, Journal papers and conference publications) and served as an invited (ISAP07) and keynote speaker (ANTEM05), a conference organiser and session chair at many international conferences.

Professor Hao is an associate editor for IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, an associate editor and a guest editor for IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and also a member of Technical Advisory Panel of IET Antennas and Propagation Professional Network. He is elected as a Fellow of ERA Foundation in 2007.


Alastair Hibbins (photo)

Alastair Hibbins, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter

Alastair Paul Hibbins was born in Somerset, United Kingdom in 1975. He received both B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom in 1996 and 2000 respectively. His Ph.D. research work considered grating coupling of surface plasmon polaritons at visible and microwave frequencies. He continued to undertake microwave studies of photonic structures as a member of the same research group for a further four years.

In October 2004 he was awarded a prestigious EPSRC Advanced Fellowship with the aim of modelling the electromagnetic response of, building, and characterising a wide range of photonic microstructured devices for use a¬t microwave frequencies. He was appointed as a Lecturer in the Electromagnetic and Acoustic Materials Group at the University of Exeter in April 2007.

Today he is a Senior Lecturer, undergraduate admission tutor, and has a group of some 10 researchers. Alastair is Exeter’s lead investigator on the EPSRC programme grant “The Quest for Ultimate Electromagnetics Using Spatial Transformations”.


Simon Horsley (photo)

Simon Horsley, Lecturer, University of Exeter

Simon Horsley is a lecturer at the University of Exeter. He completed his PhD in theoretical physics in 2009 in the field of quantum optics.  Since then he has been a postdoctoral researcher at the European laboratory for nonlinear spectroscopy (LENS) in Italy, as well as a research fellow at the University of St Andrews.

Apart from transformation optics his current research is into aspects of classical and quantum optomechanics, as well as the general theory of quantum electromagnetism in dielectric media.


Stefano Maci (photo)

Stefano Maci, Full Professor of Antennas, University of Siena, and Director, PhD School of Information Engineering and Science

Stefano Maci is a Full Professor of Antennas at the University of Siena, and Director of the PhD School of Information Engineering and Science (which presently includes about 60 PhD students). His present research interests are focused on high-frequency and beam representation methods, computational electromagnetics, large phased arrays, planar antennas, reflector antennas and feeds, metamaterials and metasurfaces.

In 2004 he founded the European School of Antennas (ESoA), a post graduate school that presently comprises 30 courses on Antennas, Propagation, Electromagnetic Theory, and Computational Electromagnetics and 150 teachers coming from 15 countries.

Stefano Maci is presently Director of ESoA, a member of the Board of Directors of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EuRAAP), a member of the Technical Advisory Board of the URSI Commission B, a member elected of the AdCom of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, a member of the Governing Board of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Project “NewFocus”, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S), a member of the Antennas and Propagation Executive Board of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, UK).

His research activity is documented in 10 book chapters, 110 papers published in international journals, (among which 76 on IEEE journals), and about 300 papers in proceedings of international conferences. His h index is 25, with more than 2000 citations (source Google Scholar).


Raj Mittra (photo)

Raj Mittra, Professor, Electrical Engineering department and Director, Electromagnetic Communication Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University

He was recently appointed a Distinguished Professor (Adjunct) at the Yun Tze University in Taiwan, and also at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining Penn State he was a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

He has received several IEEE medals, numerous awards and recognitions from IEEE/AP-S and the James R. James Lifetime Achievement award from the Loughboro Antennas and Propagation Conference (LAPC). Raj Mittra is a Principal Scientist and President of RM Associates, a consulting company founded in 1980, which provides services to industrial and governmental organisations, both in the U.S. and abroad.


John Pendry (photo)

John Pendry, Condensed Matter Theorist,  Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London

John Pendry is a condensed matter theorist. He has worked at the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, since 1981. He has worked extensively on electronic and structural properties of surfaces developing the theory of low energy diffraction and of electronic surface states. Another interest is transport in disordered systems where he produced a complete theory of the statistics of transport in one dimensional systems. In 1992 he turned his attention to photonic materials and this project culminated in the proposal in 2000 for a perfect lens whose resolution is unlimited by wavelength. These concepts have stimulated further theoretical investigations and many experiments which have confirmed the predicted properties. More recently in 2006, in collaboration with David Smith at Duke University, he has proposed a recipe for a cloak that can hide an arbitrary object from electromagnetic fields. Several realisations of this concept have been built some operating at radar and others at visible wavelengths.


Doug Werner (photo)

Doug Werner, Director, Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Laboratory

Douglas H. Werner received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and the M.A. degree in mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park, in 1983, 1985, 1989, and 1986, respectively.

He is the John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair Professor in the Pennsylvania State University Department of Electrical Engineering. He is the director of the Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Lab as well as a member of the Communications and Space Sciences Lab (CSSL). He is also a faculty member of the Materials Research Institute (MRI) at Penn State.

Dr. Werner was presented with the 1993 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Best Paper Award and was also the recipient of a 1993 International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award. In 1994, Dr. Werner received the Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory Outstanding Publication Award. He was a co-author (with one of his graduate students) of a paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation which received the 2006 R. W. P. King Award.

In 2011, he received the inaugural IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Edward E. Altshuler Prize Paper Award. He has also received several Letters of Commendation from the Pennsylvania State University Department of Electrical Engineering for outstanding teaching and research.

Dr. Werner is a former Associate Editor of Radio Science, an Editor of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), URSI Commissions B and G, the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He holds seven patents, has published over 500 technical papers and proceedings articles, and is the author of eight book chapters with four additional chapters currently in preparation. He edited a book entitled Frontiers in Electromagnetics (Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Press, 2000).