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Keynote Speakers

Monday, 3 November Keynote: Carlo Ratti

Director, MIT Senseable City Lab, and Partner, Carlo Ratti Association
An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. Ratti has co-authored over 250 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, MoMA in New York City and MAXXI in Rome. At the 2008 World Expo, his ‘Digital Water Pavilion’ was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Blueprint Magazine's ‘25 People who will Change the World of Design’ and in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world’. He is curator for the ‘Future Food District’ at Expo Milano 2015.
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Tuesday, 4 November Keynote: Herre van der Zant

Herre van der Zant finished his Ph.D in 1991 at the Delft University of Technology on measurements of classical and quantum phase transitions in Josephson junction arrays. After his Ph.D, he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work on superconducting electronics. After three years, Herre van der Zant returned to Delft to start a new direction in mesoscopic charge density waves. On this subject he received a five year fellowship from the Royal Academy for Sciences. In 2005, he cofounded the Molecular Electronics and Devices group in the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology. As a professor in this group, his research focuses on transport through single molecules and carbon-based nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS). He is currently head of the Quantum Nanoscience department at Delft and leader of the sensor work package within the graphene flagship.

Wednesday, 5 November Keynote: Jun Ohta

Jun Ohta received the B.E., M.E., and Dr. Eng. degrees in applied physics, all from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1981, 1983, and 1992, respectively. In 1983, he joined Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Hyogo, Japan. From 1992 to 1993, he was a visiting scientist in Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center, University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1998, he joined Graduate School of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Nara, Japan as Associate Professor. He was appointed as Professor in 2004.

His current research interests are smart CMOS image sensors for biomedical applications and retinal prosthetic devices. His lab group has developed a CMOS-based miniaturized devices for biomedical applications, for example, a brain-implantable ultra-micro imaging devices for freely-moving mice, a CMOS sensor-based optical analysis device for microchemistry system, a CMOS based microchip for retinal prosthesis, lensless imaging device for digital ELISA.

He serves as an Editorial Board of Journal of Engineering, IET, an International Liaison of IEEE BioCAS 2014, a Program Chair of Biomedical Devices Session in Int’l Conf. Solid-State Devices and Materials (SSDM).

He is a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics (Fellow), IEICE Japan, ITE Japan (Fellow), IEEE, and OSA.