Steven Chu

Dr. Chu is a distinguished scientist and co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica. He is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology. He received an A.B. degree in mathematics and a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as 31 honorary degrees. On top of his successful academic career, Dr. Chu also served as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 until the end of April 2013.

Jean-Luc Doumont

Engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering in Belgium, and PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, Dr. Doumont is now a lead instructor at Principiae and a world renowned lecturer on data presentation techniques. Some of the topics on which he has given seminars in the past include for example “Making the most of your presentation”, “Structuring your research paper”, and “Conveying messages with graphs”. He will give a public lecture as well as an exclusive talk to the IONS-Okinawa 2017 attendees.

Sonja Franke-Arnold

Dr. Franke-Arnold has been a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, since 2005. She received her PhD from the University of Innsbruck in 1999. She held a Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship. Her interests include angular momentum of light, its classical and quantum properties, phase dependent atom optics, phase dependent dynamics, magnetometry, experimental atom optics but also, theory of electron vortices.

Yuta Michimura

Prof. Michimura had been an assistant professor at the Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, since 2014. This young professor received his PhD from the University of Tokyo and is currently working on the development of the gravitational wave telescope KAGRA as a leader of the main interferometer group. His work also involves experimental tests of fundamental physics using optical cavities. In 2016, he received the Young Scientist Award of the Physical Society of Japan, and the Springer Thesis Prize for performing one of the most precise tests of Lorentz invariance.

Keshav Dani

Prof. Dani has been an assistant professor at OIST since November 2011. He completed a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2006 with a PhD in Physics. He obtained his BS from Caltech in Mathematics with a senior thesis in Quantum Information Theory. His research interests are in studying the nonlinear and ultrafast properties of 2D and energy materials, terahertz spectroscopy and devices, and applications of femtosecond pulses to neuroscience. He will cover applications of femtosecond spectroscopy and exciting results in imaging electrons in semiconductors.