The 2015 Summer Institute is proud to host speakers that are working on some of the most innovative optical sensing projects in the world.  Listed below are the confirmed speakers for the 2015 Summer Institute.

Make sure to check back as new speakers and session details are added!

Dr. Xiaoyi Bao

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Fibre Optics and Photonics (Tier I)
Dept. of Physics, University of Ottawa

Dr. Bao’s research includes study of nonlinear effects in fibers for sensing, devices and lasers, development of fiber optics sensors for temperature, strain, vibration, pressure, displacement, ultrasound, birefringence and refractive index, chemical and bio-sensing, static and dynamic monitoring of large civil structures, fire detection and security monitoring. Her group has developed the super-narrow linewidth random fiber lasers with lowest frequency noise than conventional laser. Their newly developed random gratings in fibers can make narrow linewidth optical filter (kHz) and tunable fiber lasers with sub-kHz linewidth.

Dr. T. Pradeep

Professor, DST Unit of Nanoscience and the Thematic Unit of Excellence
Dept. of Chemistry, IIT Madras

Pradeep is a professor of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. He has held visiting positions at many leading universities and institutes in Asia and Europe. Prof. Pradeep’s research interests are in molecular and nanoscale materials and has authored over 320 scientific papers in journals and is an inventor with 55 patents or patent applications. He is also involved in the development of affordable technologies for drinking water purification with some reaching the commercialization stage. Along with his associates, he has incubated two companies; one of them with a production unit. He is a recipient of several awards including the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize (highest recognition in India for scientists under 45 years); BM Birla Science Prize (one of the highest recognitions in India for scientists under 40 years); a National Award for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; an India Nanotech Innovation Award; and the JC Bose National Fellowship. He is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Life Sciences at Ahmedabad University and the PSG Institutes of Advanced Study, Coimbatore. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences; the Indian National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His other interests include education, the popularization of science and the development of advanced teaching aids. He has authored popular science books in Malayalam and is the recipient of the 2010 Kerala Sahitya Academi Award for knowledge literature.

Dr. Jacques Albert

Canada Research Chair in Advanced Photonic Components,
Department of Electronics, Carleton University

Dr. Albert’s research focuses on the design, fabrication and characterization of photonic components; fibre and waveguide lasers; optical fibre sensors; photosensitivity; photonic packaging; state-of-the-art laser irradiation facilities to design, fabricate, and characterize optical components and sub-systems. The application of optical fiber sensors and devices, includes Plasmonics for: oil and gas exploration and exploitation; structural and environmental sensing; biomedical instrumentation; and telecommunications.

Dr. M.R. Shenoy

Dept. of Physics, IIT Delhi

Dr. M. R. Shenoy joined the faculty of IIT Delhi in 1988, focusing in the area of fiber and integrated optics. He was a Visiting Scientist with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K., and participated in collaborative research at the University of Nice, France on integrated optical devices. He has authored a number of research papers and book chapters, and is a co-editor of the book Fiber Optics Through Experiments. Dr. Shenoy has been an adviser for many graduate and undergraduate student projects, and has been involved in several R&D projects on the design and development of guided-wave optical components and devices. His current R&D interests are in the area of optical switching, sensing, and nonlinear optical frequency conversion in dielectric media.

Dr. Simarjeet Saini

Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and head of Nanophotonics and Integrated Optoelectronics Laboratory, University of Waterloo

Dr. Saini’s research interest spans semiconductor and plasmonic nanostructures, mid-infrared interband cascade lasers, bio-chemical sensors, low cost photonics devices and systems, development of photonics education tools and monolithic and hybrid integration of photonics devices. Dr. Saini has developed low cost sensors for detection of pathogens and dissolved pollutants in water which are being commercialized through a start-up company, Nanolytix Inc. He is also the founder of VidyaSmart Inc., a company focused on hands on educational devices for optics.

James Dou

Chief Technology Officer, ChipCare Corporation

James Dou has over 10 years of experience in micro/nano fabrication and microfluidics. In 2006, he initiated the technology transfer from a University of Toronto research project, which led to the founding of ChipCare. Since 2006, James has been leading the commercialization project to transfer the biophotonic lab-on-a-chip technology developed as part of his master’s thesis at the University of Toronto. In 2009, the project was awarded the winner of the Great Canadian Innovation Competition, hosted by Canadian Business Magazine. He was the recipient of 2012 University of Toronto Inventor of the Year award and a prestigious Heffernan Fellowship to commercialize university research.

Dr. Nemy Banthia

Scientific Director: Canada-India Research Center of Excellence (IC-IMPACTS)
Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, The University of British Columbia
Canada Research Chair

Nemkumar Banthia is a Professor of Civil Engineering, Distinguished University Scholar and a Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Banthia obtained his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1987 on Impact Resistance of Concrete, and since than he has been actively pursuing research in the areas of cement-based and polymer-based fiber reinforced composites, with particular emphasis on testing and standardization, fracture behavior, strain-rate effects, durability and development of sustainable materials. He pioneered the process of structural repair and strengthening using sprayed fiber reinforced polymers—a highly innovative and sought after for structural rehabilitation around the world. He is credited for his contributions to the fundamental understanding of sprayed concrete including particle and fiber kinematics, rebound modeling, in-situ quality control and performance characterization. In the area of fiber reinforced cementitious composites, he has developed a number of novel fibers for concrete and shotcrete reinforcement, and these fibers that are now being used in numerous large projects around the world.

Dr. Banthia has edited/co-edited fifteen volumes, published over 250 technical papers, and holds three international patents. A professional engineer in the province of BC, Dr. Banthia serves on the technical committees of various professional societies including the American Concrete Institute where he chairs the committee on fiber reinforced concrete, RILEM where he chairs the Technical Committee on FRP-Concrete Bond, and the Canadian Standards Association where he chairs the Durability Committee of the Highway Bridge Design Code. Dr. Banthia also serves on the Editorial Boards of four international journals.

Dr. Banthia has received various honors and awards worldwide including the WG Hislop Award of the ACI-BC Chapter, four Best Paper Awards, and the Wason Medal from the American Concrete Institute. More recently he was honored by the British Columbia Innovation Council by its coveted Solutions Through Research Award and jointly by the Seoul National University and the Korea Concrete Institute by their Distinguished Researcher Award. Dr. Banthia is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Indian Concrete Institute and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Robert (Bob) Andrews

P.Eng., Professor, Environmental Engineering Research Section
Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chairholder

Professor Andrew’s areas of research include: optimization of drinking water treatment processes; disinfection to control pathogenic organisms and disinfection by-products; and water quality in distribution systems.

Dr. Soumyo Mukherji

Professor, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Bombay
Associate Faculty Member: Centre for Research in Nanotechnology and Sciences
Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics

Professor Mukherji has been associated with research in sensors, instrumentation and nanotechnology-enabled sensors.  His research focus is in the development of inexpensive sensors and sensing platforms for wide-scale deployment in medical and environmental applications. He has developed proof of concept devices using optical fibers for detection of the E.Coli bacteria and various proteins that are biomarkers of diseases. These biosensors leverage on the specificity of immunological interactions and optical characteristics of U-bent optical fibers and gold nanoparticles to create inexpensive sensing systems.  He has also designed and developed an inexpensive (<$1000) surface plasmon resonance system, which has been handed over for commercial prototyping and manufacture. His articles have been published in a large number of international journals and he has been on the editorial and technical committees of various journal and conferences. He is also one of the co-founders of a startup company (Nanosniff), which uses MEMS platforms for sensing applications. Presently he is a PI or Co-PI in projects worth over US$2 million.

Evangeline Murison

M.Sc., P. Eng., Structures Research
Materials and Standards Engineer
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation

Evangeline Murison has over 11 years experience in structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering as well as her M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba.  She worked previously with the ISIS Canada Resource Centre as a Senior Civionics Engineer. Her research involved monitoring structures using both conventional and fibre optic sensors.  She co-authored the ISIS Canada Design Manual: Civionics Specifications. In addition, Ms. Murison has worked on numerous field projects across Canada involving structural health monitoring. She has experience in civionics system design and implementation, as well as sensor installation.

Professor Tapanendu Kundu

Associate Professor, Physics Department
IIT Bombay

Professor Kundu joined the faculty of IIT Bombay in Department of Physics in1995. His research is focusing in the area of laser spectroscopy and optical bio-sensors with intense experience in optical MEMS-based platforms using photothermal spectroscopy for biological and trace explosive detection application; development of on-chip MEMS UV-vis to Mid-IR photodetectors; low-cost optical fiber-based pathogen detection system; the field of spectroscopy; two-photon laser spectroscopy of molecules in vapors and in condensed phases; circular dichroism spectroscopy of rare earth atoms in crystal systems; laser photoacoustic spectroscopy of vapors; supersonic jet-cooled molecular spectroscopy; fast reaction kinetics in the excited states in nano/pico/femto second domain; non-linear optics; and the development of laser-based electronic instrumentation. He has authored 60 research papers and book chapters. Professor Kundu has been an advisory committee member for numerous projects with the Government of India; he has also been involved in several R&D projects on the design and development of low-cost security and pathogen detection systems.

Dr. Mina Hoorfar

Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
University of British Columbia Okanagan

Dr. Hoorfar is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the head of the Advanced Thermo-Fluidic Laboratory (AFTL). She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2005. During her graduate studies at the Laboratory for Applied Surface Thermodynamics, University of Toronto, Dr. Hoorfar worked in the area of surface and interfacial engineering. Her research mainly focused on the development of methodologies for accurate measurement of interfacial tensions, contact angles, and line tension. After completing her Ph.D. research, Dr. Hoorfar joined the Case Advance Power Institute at the Case Western Reserve University as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research involved the enhancement of water management in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Research in the AFTL is directed towards further theoretical and experimental advancement of surface science and its application to fuel cell technologies. The research involves the study of droplet formation and liquid transport in the internal network of the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. Novel theoretical and experimental methodologies are being developed for measuring the surface properties of different components of the PEM fuel cell, which will result in a better understanding of liquid transport and the enhancement of water management in the PEM fuel cells at large. Dr Hoorfar is also a project lead for an IC-IMPACTS project entitled “Direct Cryptosporidium Detection for Developed and Developing Nations”.