• Technical Conference:  10 – 15 May 2020
  • Exhibition: 12 – 14 May 2020

New Commercial Trends in Mid-Infrared Sensing – From Nano-Photonics to Stand-Off Detection

New Commercial Trends in Mid-Infrared Sensing – From Nano-Photonics to Stand-Off Detection

Wednesday, 8 May
Exhibit Hall Theater I

Session Description:

Panelists from industry, government laboratories and academia will discuss novel technologies leveraging infrared sensing for material science, biomedical imaging and chemical detection. The speakers will discuss established technologies and market opportunities in a variety of applications such as industrial process monitoring, bio-medical and pharmaceutical industry, and security. Please consider attending the event, listen and interact with leaders in the mid-infrared sensing community, and share your ideas in an open discussion.

Moderator:  Gerard Wysocki, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, USA

Gerard Wysocki is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University and the Director of the MIRTHE+ Photonics Sensing Center (Mid-infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment). He received his PhD degree in physics in 2003 from Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria and his MS degree in optoelectronics in 1999 from the Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland. Wysocki conducts research focused on the development of mid-infrared laser spectroscopic instrumentation for applications in trace gas detection and chemical sensing. His current research interests include development and applications of new molecular dispersion spectroscopy techniques for in-situ and remote chemical detection, new concepts of broadband mid-infrared lasers and frequency combs, and distributed wide area spectroscopic sensor networks. For his scientific contributions and technical innovations Wysocki has received multiple awards including the NSF CAREER Award, the Masao Horiba Award for contributions to analytical science, and the Peter Werle Early Career Scientist Award. He is a member of OSA, APS, and SPIE and serves as an Associate Editor of Optics Express, and Co-editor of Applied Physics B.


Davorin Babic, Engineering Manager, Laser Components Incorporated, USA

Davorin Babic directs research and development at LASER DOMPONENTS DG, INC., a leading vendor of photovoltaic and photoconductive detectors.  He has received a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.  He works on improving already existing or developing novel photodetectors with special focus on infrared.



Eric J. Zhang, Ph.D., IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA

Eric Zhang is a postdoctoral researcher at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where his research focuses on systems-level implementation of optical spectroscopy on an integrated silicon-photonic platform. Prior to joining IBM, Eric completed his Ph.D. in the Princeton University Laser Sensing Laboratory, led by Prof. Gerard Wysocki, where he specialized in optical spectroscopy for trace-gas detection, particularly Faraday rotation spectroscopy for nitric oxide isotopic ratiometry. He received his B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto, while working in the Micro/Nanophotonics Laboratory developing passive photonic devices for optical sensing. Eric is a recipient of the Walbridge Graduate Fund award (2014) from the Princeton Environmental Institute and has received the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC) for his graduate studies at Princeton University.

Roshan Shetty, CEO, Photothermal Spectroscopy Corporation, USA

Before co-founding Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp., Roshan Shetty served as co-founder and CEO for Anasys Instruments. Anasys pioneered the field of nanoscale IR Spectroscopy, via photothermal IR (PTIR) technology that uses an AFM probe as the IR absorbance detector. The AFM-PTIR technique was widely adopted by leading academic and industrial researchers. Anasys was acquired by Bruker in April, 2018. Prior to Anasys, he was the Director of Strategic Alliances for Veeco Instruments, he conceived of and executed the $13.2 Million Strategic Alliance with Dow Chemical in nano-mechanical characterization that won a $6.6 Million ATP award from a field of 800 applicants and laid the foundation for the widely successful QNM (Quantitative nano-mechanics) product platform at Veeco/Bruker Nano. In a former life on another galaxy, Roshan was the co-founder/COO of Alafolie.com, a click/mortar wedding registry based in Paris, Milan and Munich that raised over $20Mill and employed over 100 people with strategic online/offline partnership with Galeries Lafayette. He was a former Investment Banker at Alex Brown, San Francisco and Operations Manager at KLA Tencor, San Jose. He has an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona and a BS in Electrical Engineering from BITS, Pilani.

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