Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems EMSA 2014
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Invited Speakers

Dr. Marina Diaz-Michelena, INTA, Spain

Invited Talk: Global Scale Planetary Magnetometry

Dr. Díaz Michelena is the Head of the Space Magnetism Laboratory at the Spanish National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) devoted to: 1) The conception, design and development of magnetic sensors for space applications 2) Planetary magnetic mineralogy and 3) DC and low frequency magnetic testing for the industry (U212, S80 submarines) and in particular for the space sector (Lisa Pathfinder, Nanosat-01 and 1B, Sentinel, Small Geo, Optos and SeoSat). She received her PhD in 2004 and she has participated in 15 R&D projects (with public funds); OSIRIS instrument of Rosetta mission (launched in 2004), the Spanish satellite of Earth observation SEOSAT-INGENIO (launch T.B.D.), the Finnish-Russian-Spanish mission Meiga-MetNet (to be launched in 2016), Nanosat-01 (launched in 2004) and Nanosat-1B (launched in 2009) INTA nanosatellites and the picosatellite OPTOS (to be launched in November 2013). She is also Associate Lecturer at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

Prof. Tim St Pierre, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Invited Talk: Magnetic Materials in Medicine


Prof. Masahiro Yamaguchi, Tohoku University, Japan

Invited Talk
: Soft Magnetic Thin Film Applications in Radio Frequencies

Dr. Yamaguchi is a professor in Electrical Engineering at Tohoku University. He serves as a vice director of Intelligent Information System Research Center at Tohoku University. He has over 200 publications, and holds 32 issued or pending patents in the area of magnetic materials, measurements and applications. He has delivered over 150 lectures in major conferences and institutions. Dr. Yamaguchi received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tohoku University in 1984. His research interest covers RF permeability and FMR measurements for magnetic thin films, RF magnetic field measurements for IC chips to analyze and countermeasure electromagnetic interference, and application of soft magnetic materials for on-chip RF devices including thin film inductor, noise suppressor and skin-effect free multilayer conductor for telecommunication and micro power-conversion technologies

Dr. Anne Bernand-Mantel, Institut Néel, CNRS, France

Invited Talk: Electric-Field Control of Domain Wall Nucleation and Pinning in a Metallic Ferromagnet

Dr. Bernand-Mantel has an expertise in spintronics, in particular magneto-transport in magnetic micro and nanostructures. She carried out her Phd. thesis (2004-2007) at Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI under the supervision of Albert Fert (Nobel prize in Physics 2007). She studied magneto-Coulomb effects and spin accumulation trough individual nanoparticles. From 2008 to 2010 she worked as post-doc at TU Delft (Netherland) on molecular spintronics through single spin crossover molecules. Since 2010 she is working as researcher at Institut Néel (Grenoble, France) where she works on electric field effects in ferromagnetic thin films.

Prof. Hari Srikanth, University of South Florida, USA

Invited Talk: Functional Magnetic Nanostructures for High Frequency and Biosensor Applications

Dr. Hari Srikanth is a Professor of Physics at the University of South Florida. He received his Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics from the Indian Institute of Science in 1994. After postdoctoral research at Northeastern University in Boston and a research faculty appointment at the University of New Orleans, Hari joined the University of South Florida in 2000 and established the Functional Materials Laboratory. His research spans a wide range of topics in the area of magnetism and magnetic materials. Current research focus in his lab include development and studies of magnetic nanostructures for a variety of applications, magnetic refrigeration, exchange bias, giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) and novel magnetic phases in complex oxides. He has over 185 journal publications. Hari is a senior member of IEEE and has been associated with the Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) conferences for several years as a program and steering committee member, publication editor and publications chair. His research program over the years has received funding from the US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office. Hari is a member of the editorial board of IEEE Magnetics Letters and very recently has accepted to be an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Physics.

Dr. Christian Polak, VACUUMSCHMELZE GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

Invited Talk: Nanocrystalline Materials for High Frequency Applications - Inductors, Sensors and Shielding

Dr. Polak, is a physicist.  He received his Ph.D. from the Vienna University of Technology. The thesis work was based on investigations of amorphous and nanocrystalline materials and opened the contact to Vacuumschmelze as a manufacturer of such materials. He joined the company Vacuumschmelze in the year 1993. In the last years he was continuously responsible for research and development. Now he is the head of the research department for rapid solidification technology.  Their main tasks are designing amorphous and nanocrystalline materials, forwarding the casting technology and developing heat treatment technologies for tailoring application orientated hysteresis properties.

Dr. Ricardo Arias-Gonzalez, IMDEA Nanociencia, Spain

Invited Talk: Single-Molecule Manipulation of Nucleic Acids by Magnetic and Optical Fields

Dr. Arias-Gonzalez received both his master degree in theoretical physics in 1997 and his Ph.D. in 2002 from Complutense University in Madrid (Spain). During his Ph.D. research in the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (CSIC, Spain) and short stays in NIST (Washington, D.C., USA), EMBL-Heidelberg (Germany) and École Centrale Paris (France), he used theory and simulations to understand the electromagnetic field in nanoparticles. He moved to U.C. Berkeley (USA) for his postdoctoral training in single-molecule biophysics in 2003, where he studied DNA and developed temperature control methods for laser tweezers systems. In 2006, he joined the National Center of Biotechnology in Madrid (CSIC, Spain), where he established the Optical Nanomanipulation Lab, an experimental environment for single-molecule manipulation. He performed mechano-chemical experiments with optical and magnetic tweezers, structural experiments with AFM and theoretical analysis to understand the conformational states of double-stranded nucleic acids, DNA replication and information processing and electrophysiology of single centrosomes. In 2008, he joined IMDEA Nanoscience, where, as part of a collaborative effort, he also developed a parallel research line on functional, biocompatible nanoparticles.