Conference Speakers

Prof. Ying-Cheng Lai

(Keynote Speaker)

Arizona State University, USA






Keynote Lecture: Unconventional physics in pseudospin-1 Dirac materials

Abstract: Quantum materials hosting a flat band, such as pseudospin-1 lattices and magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene, can exhibit drastically new phenomena including unconventional superconductivity, orbital ferromagnetism, and Chern insulating behaviors with topological edge states. These materials are relevant to a variety of physical systems ranging from photonic crystals, optical lattices, two-dimensional electronic lattices and superconducting qutrit to crystalline solids and even bosonic systems. In this talk, two unexpected physical phenomena will be presented: one in massless and another in massive pseudospin-1 Dirac material systems....(Learn More)

Biography: I earned BS and MS degrees in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 1982 and 1985, and MS and PhD degrees in Physics/Nonlinear Dynamics from University of Maryland, College Park in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Currently I am the ISS Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University. I have authored/co-authored about 460 refereed-journal papers and a comprehensive research monograph on Transient Chaos. Honors include a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House in 1997, election as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1999, selection by the Pentagon as a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow (class of 2016), and election into the National Academy of Science and Letters of Scotland as a Corresponding Fellow in 2018. My papers have been cited more than 21,000 times (Google-Scholar, H-index 70). My current research interests are nonlinear dynamics, complex networks, physics of Dirac materials, quantum chaos, mathematical biology, data analysis and machine learning.

Prof. Alan Kin Tak Lau

(Keynote Speaker)

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia









Biography: Professor Lau is a practical engineer, academic and manager in both the academic and commercial sectors. He received 4-year craft apprentice training in an engineering company in Hong Kong beginning in 1987. He went on to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT University, Australia in 1996 and 1997, respectively. He received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in 2001. He was appointed Assistant Professor at PolyU in 2002 and promoted to Associate Professor and then Full Professor in 2005 and 2010, respectively. In 2013, he was appointed Associate Dean (Industrial Relations) of the Faculty of Engineering in the same university. Due to his strong connection with the Hong Kong product design and development industry, he was also appointed as Alex Wong/Gigi Wong Endowed Professor in Product Design Engineering in the same year. Currently, he is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance and Development) of Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Since 2002, Professor Lau has received numerous research and teaching awards which include but not limited to Young Scientist Award (2002), Young Engineer of the Year Award (2004), Faculty Outstanding Award for Research and Scholarly Activities (2005), Award for Outstanding Research in Nanocomposites for Space Applications, USA (2006), Chemical Physics Letters, Most Cited Paper 2003- 2007 Award, President Award in Teaching 2008, Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the 20th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, USA (2009). He is also the Winner of the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, in the same Conference (the first scholar outside the United States to receive this honour) and the Most Cited Paper Awards in Composites Part B: Engineering (issued by Elsevier Science). In 2013, he was also awarded The University Grant Committee (UGC) Award for Teaching Excellence. Professor Lau has been working in advanced composite, nano-composite and bio-composite materials research for over 20 years, and his published articles have been frequently cited by other researchers. He has received over 13,000 citations with h-index of 56 to date (Google Scholar Citations). For his significant contributions to the field of science and engineering, he was elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2007 and 2016, respectively. In the past 10 years, he has conducted over 40 consultancy projects in Hong Kong to help solve many engineering problems in relation to materials and structural design, and failure analysis. Besides, he has also been frequently invited as an expert witness of different legal cases.