Eugene Demler, Harvard University, USA
Senior Research Scientist, Theoretical Quantum Physics Research Group, Optical Science Laboratory, NTT Basic Research Laboratories.
Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop is Professor of Physics in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland. She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Halina also holds a Docent Degree from the same University. She is a Director of Quantum Science Laboratory. Halina is also a program manager of one of the scientific programs of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. She was Head of School from 2006-2014 and had previously served as Head of Physics.
At the University of Queensland Halina leads a large research group in experimental atom optics, laser micromanipulation and nano-optics. In 2003 she was awarded Australian Institute of Physics: International Woman in Physics, Lecture Tour Medal. She was awarded UQ Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision in 2008. In 2011Halina became a Fellow of the International Society of Optics and Photonics, SPIE, and in 2012 Fellow of Optical Society of America (OSA). She was awarded an Affiliated Professorship at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden in 2013.
Rubinsztein-Dunlop is recognised for her studies in the fields of laser spectroscopy, quantum atom optics and is internationally recognised for her work in laser micromanipulation. She is one of the originators of laser enhanced ionisation spectroscopy. In atom optics she demonstrated dynamical tunnelling in a BEC in a modulated standing wave. Halina's group in laser micromanipulation was the first to demonstrate the transfer of angular momentum of light, both spin and orbital, to microscopic particles that led to many applications in nanoscience, biology and biomedicine.
Rubinsztein-Dunlop's group has published over 225 papers that have received over 7000 citations in the world's leading scientific journals.
Professor Simmons is the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, a Federation Fellow and a Scientia Professor of Physics at the University of New South Wales. Following her PhD in solar engineering at the University of Durham in the UK she became a Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK, working with Professor Sir Michael Pepper FRS in quantum electronics. In 1999, she was awarded a QEII Fellowship and came to Australia where she was a founding member, and now the Director of the Centre of Excellence.
Since 2000 she has established a large research group dedicated to the fabrication of atomic-scale devices in silicon using the atomic precision of a scanning tunneling microscopy. Her group has developed the world's thinnest conducting wires in silicon and the smallest transistors made with atomic precision. She has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals and presented over 80 invited and plenary presentations at international conferences. In 2005 she was awarded the Pawsey Medal by the Australian Academy of Science and in 2006 became the one of the youngest elected Fellows of this Academy. In 2008 she became a dual citizen of Australia/UK and she was awarded a second Federation Fellowship by the Australian Government and was named the NSW Scientist of the Year in 2011 and in 2014 was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Päivi Törmä is the Director of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence for Computational Nanoscience and a professor at the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University, Finland. She has a Masters degree from University of Oulu, Finland and University of Cambridge, UK. After her PhD in quantum optics and quantum information theory at the University of Helsinki, Finland, 1996, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow and Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Ulm, Germany (with Prof. W.P. Schleich) and at the University of Innsbruck, Austria (with Prof. P. Zoller), mainly on the theory of ultracold gases. After returning to Finland first as an Academy of Finland Fellow and later as a professor at the University of Jyväskylä she continued ultracold gases research but also started experimental work in nanoscience. Since 2008 she has been a professor at Aalto University (formerly called Helsinki University of Technology). Her current research focuses on quantum many-body and collective effects in various nanoscale systems. In the area of ultracold gases, she is interested in the theory of exotic superfluidity and other strongly correlated phases. In nanoplasmonics, the research combines experiments and theory, and is focused on strong coupling phenomena between plasmonic light-fields and matter excitations. The research has been funded e.g. by Academy of Finland grants, EURYI award 2005-2010, and ERC Advanced Grant 2013-2018.