Keynote Speaker

Prof. Sir David Payne
Professor at the University of Southampton
Director of the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC)

Brief Speaker Bio :
Professor Sir David Neil Payne CBE FRS FREng is a leading Professor at the University of Southampton and Director of the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC). A world class pioneer of technology, his work has had a great impact on telecommunications and laser technology over the last forty years. The vast transmission capacity of today’s internet results directly from the erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) invented by David and his team in the 1980s. His pioneering work in fibre fabrication in the 70s resulted in almost all of the special fibres in use today including fibre lasers which are currently undergoing rapid growth for application in manufacturing and defence. David has made numerous leading contributions to many diverse fields of photonics from telecommunications and optical sensors to nanophotonics and optical materials and is widely acknowledged as an inventor of key components.

Currently, his main research interest is high-power fibre lasers. With US funding, he led the team that developed the single mode silica fibre laser and broke the kilowatt barrier for the output power to international acclaim and now holds many other fibre laser performance records. An original member of the Highly Cited Researchers (USA) he is honoured as one of the most referenced, influential researchers in the world. He has published over 650 Journal and Conference papers, over 40 patents and is a frequent plenary and invited speaker at major international optics conferences. As an entrepreneur David’s activities have led to a cluster of 11 photonics spin out companies in and around Southampton – helping to boost the local economy. He founded SPI Lasers PLC, which has recently been purchased by the Trumpf Corporation of Germany for $40M.

David chaired the Marconi Society from 2010 through 2016. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is also an Eduard Rhein Foundation Laureate (Germany). He became a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2007 and received Knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2013 for services to photonics research and applications. In addition, he has been awarded the top American, European and Japanese prizes in photonics. Recent awards include the Marconi Prize in 2008 and the 2007 IEEE Photonics Award the first to be awarded to a person outside the USA. Most recently, in 2010, David received the AILU (Association of Laser Users) Award for his pioneering work with fibre lasers. Honorary Foreign member of the Royal Norwegian Academy of Science (DKNVS). Honorary Distinguished Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and Indian National Academy of Engineers

Invited Speakers

Dr. Samir K Mondal
CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh, India

Brief Speaker Bio :
Dr. Samir K Mondal is a senior principal scientist at Advanced Material and Sensors division of Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, India. CSIO is a national laboratory dedicated to research, design and development of scientific and industrial instruments. It is one of the constituent laboratories of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an Indian industrial research and development organisation.

Dr. Samir got his PhD in the year 2000 from Calcutta University on Fiber & Integrated Optics. Post PhD he has worked at several internationally acclaimed research institutes such as University of California, Irvine, USA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA and Tyndall National Institute, Ireland. His current research interests are optical nanoantenna and nanophotonics, optical nano-tweezer, near field optics imaging/sensor, surface plasmon, optical co-herence tomography. Dr. Samir has been an invited speaker at several national and international conferences on optics, photonics, opto-elctronics and nanotechnology. Dr. Samir has over 20 publications in peer-reviewed international journals to his credit. He is on the editorial board of international journals - IEEE Transaction on Components and Packaging Technologies and Advances in Opto-Electronics.

Dr. Ranjan Singh
NTU Singapore

Brief Speaker Bio :
Dr. Ranjan Singh is an Associate Professor at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Division of Physics and Applied Physics since October 2013. He received his Ph. D. in Photonics from Oklahoma State University in 2009. Before joining NTU, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2009. He is an elected Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA) since 2019 for his pioneering contributions in the field of terahertz science and technology through the development of active metamaterial platforms for sensing, slow light, and communication applications.

His current research interest includes terahertz devices for 6G communications, topological photonics, smart sensors, superconductors, ultrafast optics, terahertz time resolved spectroscopy, micro-nano-quantum photonics, metamaterials, and plasmonics. He has published more than 150 peer reviewed journal papers including Nature, Nature Communications, Light: Science and Applications, Advanced Materials, Applied Physics Letters and Physics Review Letters. His current h-index is 53. Dr. Singh's metamaterial works has been highlighted by several scientific magazines and general public media such as Optics and Photonics news, MRS news, Materials 360 online news, Science news, Nanotechnology now, Photonics Online, Physics.org, R&D magazine, and Albuquerque daily news.

Dr. Singh’s research interests lie at the intersection of electromagnetics, materials, photonics and micro-nanotechnology, with special focus on studying light-matter interaction at the micro-nanoscale. Broadly his research interests are in the areas of nanophotonics, semiconductors, metals, superconductors, plasmonics, metamaterials and nanofabrication. He has been working on design, simulations and fabrication of novel electromagnetic devices including metamaterials, plasmonic resonators and complex oxide transition materials, while simultaneously exploring their applications in information, sensing and energy. Dr. Singh’s research interests are focused on the development of terahertz, infrared, and optical metamaterial based active and passive plasmonic devices. Metamaterials have been found to possess exotic properties and effects that are beyond the realms of materials that exist in nature. His contributions in the field so far has been in the terahertz region where he demonstrated classical active and passive analogues of electromagnetically induced transparency through near field coupled metamaterial resonators, sensing with metamaterials, chiral metamaterials, ultra-high quality factor Fano resonances, and ultrafast superconductor metamaterials. Dr. Singh’s recent research focuses on addressing the issue of losses in subwavelength plasmonic metamaterials and investigates new dynamic materials that could be integrated with metamaterial resonators to achieve the active control of the photonic devices with exotic properties.

Dr. Stefan Enoch
Institut of Fresnel, Marseille, France

Brief Speaker Bio :
Stefan Enoch obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1997. He became Assistant Professor with Aix-Marseille University in 1998 and joined the CNRS in 2001. He was Director of the Fresnel Instut, research unit of Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS and Centrale Marseille. He created in 2014 an International Joint Laboratory on nanophotonics and metamaterials, Associated Laboratory for Photonics in France and Australia (ALPHFA), between CNRS and CUDOS in Australia and was director of ALPHFA between 2014 and 2018. He is now a Senior Researcher with the CNRS and Deputy Vice President for Science and Technology of Aix-Marseille Université. The Institute has approximately 190 researchers and raises about €6M per year from grants and industry.

Dr. Enoch's research combines fundamental and applied research. His research involves the theory, modelling and engineering of the interaction between waves and their environment. Though his main contributions are in optics and more recently in microwaves, he has also made significant contributions to mechanical waves in solids. His work in optics started with fundamental investigations of the properties of photonic crystals, and has since shifted to the properties of metamaterials and their applications. He is considered an internationally recognized researcher on theory and modeling for nanophotonics. He has published over 150 research articles in top ranked journals, and he has given more than 40 invited and plenary presentations at a variety of conferences. His publications have been cited over 10400 times and his h-index is 46 (source Google Scholar, February 2020).

More recently, applications in the domain of medical imaging became of particular importance in his work. With Pr. Eric Guedj, and Pr Alexis Jacquier, he has created a DHU Molecular Imaging and Imaging-Guided Therapy that combines research on molecular and interventional imaging including platforms and imaging modalities of Aix-Marseille site to promote diagnostic and therapeutic interactions for the benefit of patients (http://dhu-imaging.org/en/). He has also initiated the Marseille Imaging Institute, which aims at federating the community on biomedical imaging in Marseille in a Graduate School of Research including physicists, data scientists, biologists and medical doctors.

He recently led the FET-OPEN M-CUBE project that aims to improve the resolution of MRI by generating ultra-high fields using metamaterial antennas. The grant has ten partners, including two Small to Medium Enterprises, and has a budget of €3.9M. Briefly, the quality of images of ultra-high field MRI scanners is limited by spatial inhomogeneities of the radio-frequency field. The project was awarded the Innovation Radar Prize (for Multiwave Technologies in the Best European Young SME category). His work on MRI antennas have enabled him to file several patents (two of them have been licenced). His research has attracted extensive coverage in the general media: he was interviewed on French TV (TF1), French radio (Radio France, Europe 1, France Inter), and in magazines (Le Point, La Recherche, Libération, Le Figaro), as well as in Physics World, Underwater Times, and New Scientist.

He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Modern Optics and has been Associate Editor of Optics Express from 2004 to 2012. He has also contributed to many conferences including Metamaterial’s 2017 (scientific and organization committees) and ETOPIM9 (co-convenor). He received the Bronze Medal of the CNRS in 2006 and Aix-Marseille Innovation Award (Researcher category) in 2019. He has been elected as Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences in 2019 and Fellow Member of the Optical Society of America in 2020.

Prof. Ajoy Kar
University of Heriot-Watt, UK

Brief Speaker Bio :
Prof. Ajoy Kar has over 30 years of experience in studies of the nonlinear optical properties of materials and their applications. After completing his MSc at Delhi he joined the University of Essex where he developed his interest in Lasers and Nonlinear Optics. His current projects involve amplifiers for telecommunications, ultrafast all-optical switching in novel optical fibres, ultrafast optical nonlinearities in semiconductors, ultrafast laser inscription (ULI) of photonic devices that should result in novel optoelectronic devices and generation of white light continuum from visible to mid-infrared part of the spectrum. Recently he is applying the principles of nonlinear optics to develop novel microfluidic devices for biophotonics applications. These devices will incorporate 3-dimensional optical waveguides, to enable sorting, growth, maintenance and assay of primary cells.

The first cell sorter using ULI have already developed. He has pioneered the Photonics Education in the UK and Europe.

Prof. S S Prabhu
TIFR, India

Brief Speaker Bio :
Dr. S. S. Prabhu received his PhD in Physics from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. He did his postdoctorate at Emory University, Atlanta, USA and joined TIFR as a Fellow. Dr. Prabhu is now Associate Professor of Physics at the Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science in TIFR, Mumbai. Dr. Prabhu initially worked on ultra-fast phenomena in semiconductors and hetero-structures using ultra-short lasers (pico-second). Later he worked on THz spectroscopy using sub-picosecond lasers. Currently, he works on ultra-fast carrier dynamics in materials using THz spectroscopy, developing THz technology, THz optical components like lenses, wave plates, filters, Meta-surfaces or Metamaterials, THz-waveguide based chemical and bio-chemical sensors and THz source-detector devices using plasmonic antenna designs. He has more than 80 papers in reputed international journals, and several articles (popular and technical) in many magazines. He has been invited speaker at several national and international conferences on photonics, optics and metamaterials.

Prof. Frédéric Genty
Ecole Centrale Supelec

Brief Speaker Bio :
Frédéric Genty is the French Dean of Ecole Centrale Pékin in Beihang University, Beijing, since September 2018. He has joined this Institute as Deputy Director / Dean of Studies in September 2017. He was previously Dean Research, Development and Corporate Relations of Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Hyderabad, India between August 2015 and September 2017. Associate Director for Research & Industrial relationships of CentraleSupélec in Metz between January 2014 and August 2015 and was also the acting Director of the Metz Campus of CentraleSupélec between February 2015 and March 2015.

He is Professor of CentraleSupélec since 2008. Before, he was Assistant Professor at University of Montpellier (France) from 2000 to 2008. His research activities concern the study and manufacturing of optoelectronic devices, especially semiconductor based LEDs, lasers and sensors. He was successively member of two laboratories of research (IES, LMOPS) in University of Montpellier and CentraleSupélec and was also with UMI n°2958 GT/CNRS as an associated member. He was responsible of "Functional Materials" group of LMOPS between January 2013 and December 2014. Frédéric Genty has been involved in several national and international research projects, gathering both academic and industrial partners, as project coordinator or partner leader. He also supervised several PhD thesis. He is a regular referee for international journals (Electronics Letters, JVST, IEEE) and an expert for different scientific organizations (French National Agency, Czech Science Foundation). He is author/co-author of more than 90 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Prof. Azizur Rahman
City, University of London

Brief Speaker Bio :
Professor B. M. Azizur Rahman received BSc Eng and MSc Eng degrees in Electrical Engineering with distinctions from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1976 and 1979, respectively. He also received two gold medals for being the best undergraduate and graduate student of the University in 1976 and 1979. He received his PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from University College, London in 1982. From 1976 to 1979, he was a Lecturer at the Electrical Engineering Department, BUET. After completing his PhD he joined University College London as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow and continued his research work on the finite element modelling of optical waveguide until 1988. In 1988, he joined the Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering Department of City University, London, as a Lecturer, where he is now a Professor. Prof. Rahman is a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology (formerly IEE), England, Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (USA).

Prof. Ken Grattan
City, University of London

Brief Speaker Bio :
Professor Grattan graduated in Physics from Queen's University Belfast with a BSc (First Class Honours) in 1974, followed by a PhD in Laser Physics. His doctoral research involved the use of laser-probe techniques for measurements on potential new laser systems.

Following Queen's, in 1978 he became a Research Fellow at Imperial College of Science and Technology, sponsored by the Rutherford Laboratory to work on advanced photolytic drivers for novel laser systems. This involved detailed measurements of the characteristics and properties of novel laser species and a range of materials involved in systems calibration.

In 1983 he joined City University London as a "new blood" Lecturer in Physics, being appointed Professor of Measurement and Instrumentation in 1991 and Head of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering. From 2001 to 2008 he was the Associate and then Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering and from 2008 to 2012 the first Conjoint Dean of the School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences and the School of Informatics. In 2013 he was appointed the Inaugural Dean of the City Graduate School. He was appointed George Daniels Professor of Scientific Instrumentation in 2013 and to a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in 2014.

His research interests have expanded to include the development and use of fibre optic and optical systems in the measurement of a range of physical and chemical parameters. The work has been sponsored by a number of organizations including EPSRC, the EU, private industry and charitable sources, and he holds several patents for instrumentation systems for monitoring in industry using optical techniques. He obtained the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) from City University in 1992 for his sensor work. Professor Grattan is extensively involved with the work of the professional bodies having been Chairman of the Science, Education and Technology of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now IET), the Applied Optics Division of the Institute of Physics and he was President of the Institute of Measurement and Control during the year 2000. He has served on the Councils of all three of these Professional Bodies. He was awarded the Callendar Medal of the Institute of Measurement and Control in 1992, and twice the Honeywell Prize for work published in the Institute's journal as well as the Sir Harold Hartley Medal in 2012 for distinction in the field of instrumentation and control. He was awarded the Applied Optics Divisional Prize in 2010 for his work on optical sensing and the honorary degree of Doctor of the University of the University of Oradea in 2014.

He was elected President of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO) in 2014, serving from 2015 to 2018. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK National Academy of Engineering, in 2008.

Professor Grattan has been Deputy Editor of the Journal Measurement Science and Technology for several years and currently serves on the Editorial Board of several major journals in his field in the USA and Europe. In January 2001 he was appointed Editor of the IMEKO Journal "Measurement" and also serves on their General Council. He is the author and co-author of over seven hundred refereed publications in major international journals and at conferences and is the co-editor (with Professor B T Meggitt) of a five volume topical series on Optical Fiber Sensor Technology. His work is highly cited by his peers nationally and internationally. He is a Visiting Professor at several major Universities in China, with strong links to Harbin Engineering University and the Shandong Academy of Sciences.

Professor Grattan has been a Member of the University Executive Committee (ExCo) since 2008 and chairs two of its sub-Committees, the University Sustainability Committee and the Business Continuity Management Committee. He has served on Senate for over 20 years, as well as many of its sub-Committees.

Prof. Walter Belardi
Excellence research chair in Photonics, Université de Lille, France

Brief Speaker Bio :
Prof. Walter Belardi is an Excellence research chair in Photonics, Université de Lille, France. He was a senior research fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, UK. He was awarded his Laurea degree in Electronics Engineering at the Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italy) and his PhD degree in Optoelectronics at the ORC with a thesis on "Holey optical fibres for high nonlinearity devices". His principal research contributions are in the numerical design, fabrication and applications of novel optical fibre technologies. He has authored more than 90 scientific publications and 2 patents.

Prof. Sukhdev Roy
Dyalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India

Brief Speaker Bio :
Prof. Sukhdev Roy received his PhD from IIT Delhi in 1993. His broad area of research is photonics and research interests are Nano and Biophotonics, Ultrafast all-optical information processing, Computational Optogenetics. Prof. Roy has been an active researcher and prolific communicator for three decades. He has published over 60 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and delivered seminars, invited and plenary talks at numerous national, international institutes and conferences. He has undertaken several research projects funded by government funding agencies viz UGC, DST, AICTE. For his research contributions he has been elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, Optical Society of India.

Dr. Somnath Ghosh
IIT Jodhpur, India

Brief Speaker Bio :
Dr. Somnath Ghosh is an Assistant Professor at IIT Jodhpur, India. He received his M.E. in Physics from IIT Kharagpur in 2006 and PhD from IIT Delhi in 2012. Post PhD he was a Research Fellow at NTU Singapore. Dr. Ghosh has worked at several research institutes such as City, University of London, Heriot-Watt University, ORC at Southampton University, UK. His research interests are Light in disordered and complex systems, Mid-IR photonics and specialty optical fibers, High power pulses, Pulses through time dynamic media, Hidden singularities and unconventional devices (Isolator, mode converter), Sensing-gyroscope, Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH), Interferrometer. He has over 100 publications in journals and conferences and several Best Paper Awards to his credit.

Dr. A El Fatimy
Ecole Centrale Casablanca, Morocco

Brief Speaker Bio :
Abdelouahad El Fatimy obtained his doctorate in condensed matter physics in 2007 at the University of Montpellier II. After a first postdoctoral experience at the University of Bordeaux, in 2008 he joined the University of Tohoku, Japan as an assistant researcher to work on a new Terahertz source. From 2009 to 2012, he was a researcher at the University of Cardiff and the start-up QMC to develop biometric detectors. In 2012, he returned to the University of Montpellier, where he created in collaboration with the group of W. Knap, the start-up T-Waves specialized in THz imaging. Since 2014, A. El Fatimy has been a researcher at Georgetown University, United States. He is author of numerous publications published in scientific journals and patent in the field of Terahertz detection, emission and electronic transport.

Prof. Anil Choudhary
University of Hyderabad

Brief Speaker Bio :
Anil Choudhary is a Professor at Advanced Center of Research in High Energy Materials at the University of Hyderabad, India. Prof. Choudhary obtained his PhD from Burdwan University, WB, India. His research interests are Nonlinear Optics, Laser Spectroscopy, THz spectroscopy, Tunable laser based photo-acoustic sensors for atmospheric pollutants, Multi-pass liquid cell for study of water pollutants, Combustion and thermal decomposition study of organic fuels. Prof. Choudhary has successfully led several research projects funded by DST, India. He has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Anuj Dhawan
IIT Delhi

Brief Speaker Bio :
Dr. Anuj Dhawan is an Associate Professor at the Opto Electronics and Optical Communication group, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Delhi. He received his B. Tech. Degree from , IIT Delhi, India followed by M.S. and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. Post Ph.D. he worked as a Research Associate at National Research Council, Electronics Division, U. S. Army Research Office, Durham, NC, USA followed by another position as Research Scientist at Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.

His current research interests are Nanomaterials, Plasmonics, Photonic devices, Biosensors, Biomedical devices, Nanofabrication; Growth and self-assembly of novel optical & electronic materials; Integrated nano-scale systems; Computational electromagnetics; Sensors : fiber-optic & chip-based; Biophotonics and bioimaging. He has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and about 50 publications in national and international conferences.

Dr. Deepa Venkitesh
IIT Madras

Brief Speaker Bio :
Dr. Deepa Venkitesh is an Associate Professor at the Photonics Research Group, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras. She received her MSc in Physics from University of Kerala follwed by Ph.D. from Department of Physics, IIT Bombay. Her thesis was selected for Best Thesis Award by Indian Laser Association.

Her current research interests are Photonics, Nonlinear Optics, Fiber Amplifiers and Fiber Lasers, Optical Signal Processing. She has published about 40 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals and over 60 papers in national and international conferences. She has led several research projects as PI and co-PI funded by govt. agencies such as MeitY, UAY, DST, DRDO. For her research contributions she has been conferred with the Young Faculty Recognition Award of IIT Madras.

Dr. Piotr Antonik
Centrale Supelec, Metz, France

Brief Speaker Bio :
Piotr Antonik was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1989. He received Master’s degree in physics from Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, in 2013 and Ph.D. degree in 2017, under the direction of Prof. S. Massar. During his Ph.D., he studied implementations of machine learning methods in photonic systems. From 2017 to 2018, he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the LMOPS EA-4423 and the Chair in Photonics with CentraleSupélec, Metz, France. In October 2018, he became an Associate Professor with CentraleSupélec, Metz Campus, with the LMOPS EA-4423 and the Chair in Photonics. He continues his research activities in machine learning and photonics, with applications in biomedical imaging and telecommunications. To this day, He authored/co-authored six articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented 16 contributions (talks and posters) to international conferences.

His Ph.D. thesis won the Springer Theses Award and was published in the Springer Theses collection titled Application of FPGA to Real-Time Machine Learning : Hardware Reservoir Computers and Software Image Processing.

This book lies at the interface of machine learning - a subfield of computer science that develops algorithms for challenging tasks such as shape or image recognition, where traditional algorithms fail - and photonics - the physical science of light, which underlies many of the optical communications technologies used in our information society. It provides a thorough introduction to reservoir computing and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

Recently, photonic implementations of reservoir computing (a machine learning algorithm based on artificial neural networks) have made a breakthrough in optical computing possible. In this book, the author pushes the performance of these systems significantly beyond what was achieved before. By interfacing a photonic reservoir computer with a high-speed electronic device (an FPGA), the author successfully interacts with the reservoir computer in real time, allowing him to considerably expand its capabilities and range of possible applications. Furthermore, the author draws on his expertise in machine learning and FPGA programming to make progress on a very different problem, namely the real-time image analysis of optical coherence tomography for atherosclerotic arteries.

Dr. Mukesh Jewariya
NPL, India

Brief Speaker Bio :
Dr. Mukesh Jewariya is a Scientist at the Physics of Energy Harvesting Division, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), India. He received his M.Sc. (Physics) from IIT Roorkee in 2003, M.Tech. Laser Technology from Devi Ahilya University, Indore in 2006 and D.Sc. Terahertz Technology from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan in 2010. His current research interests are Optical pump-probe spectroscopy of semiconductors and organics, Generation of Terahertz system and development of terahertz pump-probe spectroscopy to investigate the molecular dynamics of metals, semiconductors, superconductors and organics materials. He has 11 journal and over 50 conference publications to his credit. Dr . Mukesh is a recipient of Japanese Society for promotion of Science (JSPS), KAKENHI, 2011.

Dr. Sivarama Krishnan
IIT Madras

Brief Speaker Bio :
Dr. Sivarama Krishnan is an Associate Professor at the Physics Department, IIT Madras. He received his Ph.D. from the Max Planck Insitute. His current research interests are Dynamics in nano-scale systems, Nanoscale superfluidics with He nanodroplets, Next-gen photo-lithography, especially EUV and X-ray sources. He has over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and one Book Chapter contribution in Multiphoton Processes and Attosecond Physics - “Ignition of Doped Helium Nanodroplets in Intense Few-Cycle Laser Pulses”, Springer, 2012.