Symposium Celebrating Robert W. Boyd’s 70th Birthday

Prof. Robert W. Boyd is one of the great legends in the field of Optics, whose contributions to nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, quantum photonics resulted in several groundbreaking discoveries and innovations. At the University of Rochester (USA) and the University of Ottawa (Canada), he has trained more than 100 students, post-docs and researchers from around the globe. Some of these researchers, mentored by Prof. Boyd, are now renowned scientists, leading world-class research groups of their own.

In October 2018, Prof. Boyd’s former students and postdocs, as well as his close colleagues and collaborators, gathered at the University of Ottawa and celebrated his significant contributions to Science.


Short Biography: Prof. Robert Boyd was born in Buffalo, New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a PhD in physics from the University of California at Berkeley. His PhD thesis was supervised by Charles Townes and involved the use of nonlinear optical techniques in infrared detection for astronomy. In 1977, Professor Boyd joined the faculty of the University of Rochester and, in 2001, became the M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics and Professor of Physics.

In 2010, he became Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics and Professor of Physics at the University of Ottawa. His research interests include studies of “slow” and “fast” light propagation, quantum imaging techniques, nonlinear optical interactions, studies of the nonlinear optical properties of materials, and the development of photonic devices including photonic biosensors.

Professor Boyd has written two books, co-edited two anthologies, published over 300 research papers, and been awarded eight patents. He is the 2009 recipient of the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He has also served as an APS representative and chair of the Joint Council on Quantum Electronics (joint among APS, OSA and IEEE/LEOS).

Professor Boyd has served as a member of the Board of Editors of Physical Review Letters and is currently a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine.


Venue: Room 112, Tabaret Hall, 550 Cumberland St, University of Ottawa


8:00- 8:50 Breakfast
Chair (Ksenia Dolgaleva)
8:50 – 8:55 President Jacques Fremont Video
8:55 – 9:00 VPR Sylvain Charbonneau Video
9:00 – 9:20 Introduction Video
9:20 – 9:40 Miles Padgett (University of Glasgow) Video
9:40 – 10:00 Ksenia Dolgaleva (University of Ottawa) Video
10:00 – 10:15 Jerry Kupper (TOPTICA Photonics, Inc) Video
10:15  – 10:35 Coffee break
Chair (Ebrahim Karimi)
10:35 – 11:05 Nader Engheta (University of Pennsylvania) Video
11:05 – 11:15 Heedeuk Shin (Pohang University of Science and Technology) Video
11:15 – 11:25 Jonathan Leach (Heriot-Watt University) Video
11:25 – 11:35 Joseph Vornehm (MIT Lincoln Laboratory) Video
11:35 – 11:50 Luis Sanchez-Soto (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) Video
11:50 – 12:00 Anand Jha (Indian Institute of Technology) Video
12:00 – 12:10 Sean Bentley (Adelphi University) Video
12:10 – 12:30 Daniel Gauthier (Ohio State University) Video
12:30-13:30 Lunch
Chair (Jeff Lundeen)
13:30 – 13:50 Family, friends, free words Video
13:50 – 14:10 Alexander Gaeta (Columbia University) Video
14:10 – 14:30 Ebrahim Karimi (University of Ottawa) Video
14:30 – 14:50 Miguel Alonso (University of Rochester) Video
14:50 – 15:00 Svetlana Lukishova (University of Rochester) Video
15:00 – 15:10 Zhimin Shi (University of South Florida) Video
15:10 – 15:30 Coffee break
Chair (Ksenia Dolgaleva)
15:30 – 15:35 Messages from colleagues and friends Video
15:35 – 15:40 Sangeeta Murugkar (Carleton University) Video
15:40 – 15:50 Orad Reshef (University of Ottawa) Video
15:50 – 16:00 Masha Chekhova (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light) Video
16:00 – 16:30 Gerd Leuchs (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light) Video
16:30 – 17:00 Robert Boyd (University of Ottawa) Video
17:00 – 17:05 Closing Remarks