Welcome to PGC 2024

Plenary/Keynote Speakers

Sylvain Gigan

Sorbonne Université, France

Sylvain Gigan is Professor of Physics at Sorbonne Université in Paris, and group leader in Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel, at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS, Paris). His research interests focuses on light propagation in complex media, and range from fundamental investigations, biomedical imaging, computational imaging, signal processing, to quantum information. He is also the cofounder of a spin-off: LightOn (www.lighton.ai) developing optical computing solutions for machine learning.

After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau France) in 2000, and a Master Specialization in Optics from University Paris XI (Orsay, France), he obtained a PhD in Physics 2004 from University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France) in quantum and non-linear Optics. From 2004 to 2007, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Vienna University (Austria), working on quantum optomechanics, in the group of Markus Aspelmeyer and Anton Zeilinger. from 2007 to 2014, he was at ESPCI ParisTech in Paris, as Associate Professor, and started working on optical imaging in complex media and wavefront shaping techniques, at the Langevin Institute. He was appointed full professor at Sorbonne Université in 2014 and joined the LKB as group leader. He was awarded the Fabry de Gramont Prize of the French Optical Society in 2016, The Joseph Fourier ATOS prize in 2018, the Jean Jerphagnon Prize in 2019. He is the recipient of two ERC grants in 2011 and 2017. He is Optica Fellow. He was a member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2016-2021). He is Editor of Optics Communications, Optica, Intelligent Computing & eLight.

Tomasz Wolinski

SPIE Fellow

Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Professor Tomasz Wolinski is a distinguished figure in the field of optics and photonics, renowned for his significant contributions to research, education, and leadership. As a Fellow of SPIE - The International Society for Optics and Photonics and an Optica (formerly known as The Optical Society) Senior Member, he has been recognized for his outstanding achievements and dedication to advancing the field. For education, he received Medal of National Education Committee of Poland in 2014. Prof. Wolinski has been serving as the President of the Photonics Society of Poland since its inception in 2008, where he plays a pivotal role in promoting collaboration, innovation, and knowledge exchange within the Polish photonics community. His leadership has been instrumental in fostering growth and development in the field, both nationally and internationally. Within the Faculty of Physics at the Warsaw University of Technology, Prof. Wolinski holds the esteemed position of Head of the Optics and Photonics Division and within the Warsaw University of Technology he chairs both: Photonics Technologies Priority Research Area and Scientific Discipline Council – Physical Sciences. In this capacity, he leads a team of researchers and educators in exploring cutting-edge concepts and technologies in the realms of light-based science and engineering. His commitment to excellence in teaching and research has inspired countless students and colleagues to pursue careers in optics and photonics. Throughout his career, Prof. Wolinski has made significant contributions to various aspects of the field, including but not limited to optical materials (especially liquid crystals), fiber optics, photonic devices and in 2009 he became a Laureate of the Foundation for Polish Science MASTER Program in the area of Photonic Liquid Crystals Fibers. His pioneering work has led to advancements in diverse applications, ranging from telecommunications and sensing to medical diagnostics and imaging.