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London - Big Ben



Brunel University

Brunel University


New Ultrafine Optical Measurement Methods

Sponsored by ASME Press

International Co-Chairs:

  • Nikita Fomin, National Academy of Sciences, Minsk, Belarus (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Koichi Hishida, Keio University, Japan (Conventional Engineering)

Commissioning Chair: Michael Collins (Brunel University)

Planning Panel:

  • Michael Collins
  • Nikita Fomin
  • Koichi Hishida
  • Clive Greated, Emeritus Professor, Edinburgh, UK
  • Carola König, Brunel Institute for Bioengineering

The latest developments in optical methods enable measurements to be made at increasingly fine scales, in both thermo-fluids and biomedical engineering. They are substantially advancing our scientific understanding. This Special Session unites the streams of the Conference. With all speakers being of international invited status, the Session will provide an overview of these methods and their applications. Their place in multi-scale studies will also be featured.

Post–Conference extended papers will be submitted for the ASME BioNano Monograph Series (Series Editor: Ahmed Al-Jumaily, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) as on http://www.asmepress.org/bionanoseries.html

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Zdravka Medarova (Abstract)


Dr Zdravka Medarova is an Assistant Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr Medarova’s interests fall within the realm of non-invasive imaging with an emphasis on the design and testing of image-guided molecular therapies. Her research has received national and international acclaim and has been published on the pages of high-impact journals, such as Nature Medicine, Cancer Research, and Diabetes. She is the recipient of grant awards from the National Cancer Institute.

Dr Roberto Osellame (Abstract)


Dr Roberto Osellame received the Laurea Degree (cum laude) in electronic engineering from the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 1996 and the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 2000. He is currently a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (IFN) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) as well as a Contract Professor at the Politecnico di Milano. His research interests include femtosecond laser micromachining of transparent material for the fabrication of quantum photonic and optofluidic devices. He is author of more than 100 publications on major international journals and holds 4 patents in the field of optics and photonics technologies. He has been awarded the 'Ricerca.tissimi' prize of Regione Lombardia as one of the 20 best researchers in the 'life sciences' field. He has been awarded the CNR prize in 2009 for 'results of particular excellence and strategic national and international relevance'. He is a program committee member in CLEO-Europe and Photonics West international conferences. He has been involved in several European projects and has been the Coordinator of FP7-STREP project 'microFLUID'.

Dr Pablo Ruiz (Abstract)


Dr Pablo Ruiz has 15 years of experience in full-field optical techniques for non-destructive applications in mechanics of materials and tissues, including: Depth-resolved optical metrology (WSI, TSI, HSI), Optical coherence tomography, Phase shifting and phase unwrapping methods, Structural integrity of photovoltaic modules, Adhesively bonded joints, Materials characterization using inverse methods (FEMU and VFM), Mechanics of adhesives, natural lacquers, encapsulants and corneal tissue. He has published 35 papers in peer reviewed journals and 58 in conference proceedings. He is a member of the Optical Engineering Group at the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, which was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary prize for applying modern optics and laser technologies to solve engineering problems in 2000. He is also a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee (SATCO) of the British Society for Strain Measurements (BSSM), the Institute of Physics (IoP) and the Optical Society of America (OSA). He currently holds a Royal Society Industry Fellowship (hosted by Renishaw plc.) to develop instrumentation for single-shot area profilometry.

Professor Nikita A. Fomin (Abstract)


Professor Nikita A. Fomin is head of Convective and Wave Processes Department at the Heat and Mass Transfer Institute of National Academy of Science of Belarus. His scientific interest is optical diagnostic of complex fluid flows and bioflows using digital images recordings and computerized image analysis including tomography reconstruction of 3D details. He is author of 5 books and a number of publications in international journals. He worked as a visiting professor at the University of Poitiers (France), University of Essen (Germany), Sendai and Chiba Universities (Japan), and at the University of Edinburg, UK. In 2013 he received the Rem Soloukhin “Gold Hands” Award established by the International Institute of Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems for development and applications of modern diagnostic methods in experimental investigation of dynamics of reactive flows.

Dr Joshua Edel (Abstract)


Dr Joshua Edel received his PhD on the development of single molecule detection within microfluidic systems at Imperial College London in 2003. He then performed postdoctoral research in nanobiotechnology at Cornell University within the School of Applied and Engineering Physics. In 2005 he was awarded a research fellowship in single molecule biophysics at the Rowland Institute at Harvard University. In July 2006 he joined Imperial College London within the Department of Chemistry and Institute of Biomedical Engineering as a lecturer (assistant professor). Dr Edel is currently a senior lecturer and in 2011 he was awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant on "Nanoporous Membranes for High Throughput Rare Event Bioanalysis".

Professor Vasilis Ntziachristos (Abstract)


Professor Vasilis Ntziachristos holds the chair for Biological Imaging at Technische Universität München and is the director of the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging at Helmholtz Zentrum München, both in Munich / Germany. Prior to this appointment he was faculty at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his masters and doctorate degrees from the Bioengineering Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Diploma on Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Professor Ntziachristos has served as chair in international meetings and councils and in the editorial boards of several scientific journals. To date, he has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Leibniz Prize 2013 and the Erwin Schrödinger Prize (2012), and he was named one of the world’s top innovators by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review in 2004. His main research interests involve the development of optical and opto-acoustic methodologies for probing physiological and molecular events in tissues using non-invasive methods.

Professor Marie Oshima (Abstract)


Professor Marie Oshima received her PhD from the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tokyo in March 1992. She worked subsequently at the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo as Research Associate and became Assistant Professor in June 1998. Marie also worked at Stanford University as a Visiting Scholar from March 1995 to March 1996. She was promoted to Associate Professor in April 1999 and became Joint Associate Professor at Tsukuba University and IIS from April 1999 to March 2000. She returned to IIS and became Associate Professor in April 2000. She was promoted to Professor in 2005 and became Joint Professor at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies and IIS.

She has been engaged in flow visualization and measurements using PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) technique for blood flow related problems and micro PIV measurement of flow at micro scale. She has been also working on computational hemodynamics, particularly medical-image based modeling and cerebrovascular flow simulation for medical applications. The research includes development of multi-scale and multi-physics models for hemodynamic simulations and blood flow-arterial wall interactions.

Professor Axel R. Pries (Abstract)


Axel R. Pries is Professor of Physiology and Head of the Institute for Physiology at the Charité Berlin, Germany. Since 2008 he is also the Vice Director of the Centre for Preclinical Medicine, and from 2009 till 2013 he was the Vice Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Research, both at the Charité Berlin. Axel has held a variety of central roles with the European Society of Cardiology and is the Chair of the International Liaison Committee for Microcirculation. He holds the position of General Secretary for both, the German and the European Society for Microcirculation. In his career he has received numerous honours and awards, among them the ‘Lafon Hemorheology-Microcirculation Award of the International Society for Clinical Haemorheology’ and the ‘Malpighi Award of the European Society for Microcirculation’. His main research fields include the microcirculation, organ perfusion, endothelial function, endothelial surface, vascular adaptation, angiogenesis, tumour microcirculation and blood rheology. He is on the editorial board of ten key journals in his field.

Professor Stephen Morgan (Abstract)


Stephen Morgan is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Since 1992 he has investigated novel optical techniques for imaging and spectroscopy of tissue using techniques such as laser Doppler flowmetry, acousto-optic imaging and hyperspectral imaging. His research involves the development of novel optical devices to monitor the microcirculation for applications such as wound healing. One example is a laser Doppler blood flow imaging device currently sold by Moor Instruments. His other main research interest is developing novel methods of imaging and sensing for applications in regenerative medicine.

Dr Stephen Matcher (Abstract)


Stephen Matcher graduated from Imperial College London with a BSc in Physics and subsequently a PhD in optical astronomy, where he used high-speed, low-light-level imaging to overcome atmospheric turbulence and achieve diffraction-limited ground-based imaging. He translated his expertise in low-light-level imaging into medicine at University College London, where he developed near-infrared spectroscopy techniques to study tissue oxygen delivery, especially in newborn infants at risk from birth asphyxia. He then joined the staff of the Physics department at the University of Exeter, where he established research programmes in visible light spectroscopy of skin and optical coherence tomography (OCT).

In 2006 he joined the University of Sheffield where he is currently Reader in Biomedical Engineering. His chief research interest lies in the development and application of novel biophotonic imaging tools to aid the characterisation of native and engineered biological tissues. Primarily he works with OCT, including novel variants such as polarization-sensitive OCT for the non-invasive assessment of collagen organization and Doppler OCT for the measurement of fluid flow. He is currently collaborating with clinical colleagues to improve the detection of corneal stem cells post-implantation, to provide tools for the early detection and staging of epithelial cancer and to develop non-invasive tools to characterise skin barrier function. He also actively collaborates with the National Centre for III-V Technologies to develop improved light sources for biophotonic imaging.




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