Our Keynote Speakers

Dr. Raphael Guerrero

Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

I obtained my Ph.D. in physics from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2005. At present, I am an Associate Professor of the Department of Physics, Ateneo de Manila University. I served as president of the Physics Society of the Philippines in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, I was a recipient of The World Academy of Sciences Prize for Young Scientists in Developing Countries. I am a member of SPIE and OSA. I am a regular resource speaker for the "Meet Your Scientist" program of the National Academy of Science and Technology (Philippines) Oral conference presentations: SPIE Optical Data Storage 2015 San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, USA August 9 to 13, 2015 SPIE Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics II Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China October 9 to 11, 2014 SPIE Polymer Optics Design, Fabrication, and Materials II San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, USA August 1 to 5, 2010 4th International Conference of Mathematics and Engineering Physics Cairo, Egypt May 27 to 29, 2008 6th Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Tokyo, Japan, July 15-19, 2005 5th Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 15-19, 2003 4th Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Chiba, Japan, July 2001 Optics in Computing 2001 Topical Meeting of the Optical Society of America Lake Tahoe, Nevada January 2001.

Dr Darryl Naidoo

Principal Researcher at the CSIR National Laser Centre (NLC)

Dr Darryl Naidoo is a Principal Researcher at the CSIR National Laser Centre (NLC). Darryl joined the NLC on an M.Sc. studentship in 2009 and went on to complete a PhD in Physics in 2015 from the University of Stellenbosch while on a PhD studentship at the NLC. To date his research has resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed publications with highlights in Nature Photonics and Optical. His research focus is on Laser Beam Shaping, higher-order transverse mode selection and bulk solid-state lasers. His current research is aimed at further understanding light-matter interaction through laser beam shaping. He explores the shaping of laser light of medium (100W – 500W) to high power (500W – 5kW) systems via solid- state resonators, solid-state bulk amplifiers and external approaches with fiber lasers. He has been awarded a SPIE scholarship, the 2012 CSIR Excellence Award for ‘Student Award’ and the 2014 CSIR Excellence Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Team Award’. In 2019, he was awarded a $ 300 000 National Research Foundation Equipment Grant and the Silver Medal from the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP). He has been invited to spend time in overseas laboratories such as the Université de Caen, France and the Friedrich-Schiller- Universität Jena, Germany. Currently, he leads the Laser Beam Shaping research area at the NLC and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is an OSA Fundamental Laser Sciences committee member (Social Media Officer), International conference committee member for Photonics Instrumentation Engineering at SPIE Photonics West, SAIP committee member (Workshops) and an OSA Member Engagement & Development Committee Member.