Duke Broadband 13th edition

Duke Broadband: 13th Edition


From the Director

Tuan Vo-DinhWelcome to this Special Issue of Broadband, the newsletter of the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP). As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the institute in 2020, it is an opportune time to reflect on its achievements and contemplate its leap forward into the next decade.

With cross-disciplinary research at the center of its vision, and its faculty and staff as the foundation of its development, the FIP witnessed a continued growth trajectory for the last fifteen years. The institute has witnessed a strong, shared vision of interdisciplinary spirit among its faculty throughout the Duke campus as the growing collaborations testify to the vigor and relevancy of the exceptional efforts and enduring achievements of its faculty. The FIP faculty membership increased to over 140 with participation from over 40 departments and institutions ranging from engineering and physics to anesthesiology and art history.

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The interdisciplinary and collaborative spirit promoted by the FIP has allowed engineers, scientists and clinicians across the Duke campus to work closely together in developing and applying the most advanced light-based technologies to address the challenges of the 21st century in many areas ranging from advanced quantum computers and new materials to disease diagnostics and photo immunotherapy.

A highlight of our activities was the first FIP Virtual Symposium in 2020, with the keynote lecture presented by Dr. Donna Strickland, 2018 Nobel Laureate in Physics. The meeting was a celebration of the International Day of Light as proclaimed by UNESCO on May 16 in recognition of the important contribution of light-based technologies to society and humankind evolution throughout the history of science.

The meeting also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the discovery of laser with a presentation by Dr. John Dudley, chair of the UNESCO IDL steering committee. In May of 1960, Ted Maiman uncovered the first laser—a ruby laser, which is a small, handheld, low-powered device. Today, the laser is an essential part of our everyday lives, whether it is enabling rapid eye surgery, powering the global internet, scanning our groceries, or manufacturing our computer chips and smartphones.

The theme of the 2020 Symposium Special Topic was Photonics in the Era of Data Science: from Smart Sensing and Imaging to AI. The integration of sensing technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) is a transformational revolution in many fields. For example, in the medical field, the convergence of AI, smart sensors, robotics vision, virtual reality and digital technologies will enable real-time monitoring, interactive communication, instantaneous feedback and rapid intervention between patients, physicians, or health care providers, medical facilities and point-of-care needs. Indeed, we are witnessing a paradigm shift that will lead to a complete on-demand logistic solution for the delivery of health care throughout the course of their distribution between medical facilities and point-of-care.

The symposium was a reflection of the focus and initiative at FIP and at Duke, which is “bringing science and technology to the service of society.”

I invite you to browse our website to learn more about our faculty, research programs and activities.

I hope you have a successful, safe and enjoyable year.
Tuan Vo-Dinh
Director, Fitzpatrick Institute of Photonics
R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Chemistry

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New Frontiers

hand holding phone showing Covidentify appSmartwatches vs COVID-19

Researchers launch a largescale effort called Covidentify to identify early biometric warning signs of COVID-19 infections using smartwatches

Featuring Jessilyn Dunn, Ryan Shaw, Chris Woods and Geoff Ginsburg

long, thin, neon green cells with small bright spotsArtificial Organelles

Biomedical engineers use intrinsically disordered proteins to create artificial organelles that could help control cellular behavior

Featuring Ashutosh Chilkoti

neon green bacteria grow in an ocean of red-tinted growth mediaAI IDs Superbugs

Machine learning algorithm uses high-temporal-resolution growth curves to identify pathogens and predict antibiotic resistance

Featuring Lingchong You

a single dark tube splits into two glowing red tubesModeling Metastasis

Supercomputer replicates blood flow and cancer cells to better understand how tumor cells attach to blood vessels to form new tumors

Featuring Amanda Randles

complex machinery with vials and tubes hanging down from a circular ceiling all bathed in yellow-gold lightAccelerating Quantum Technologies

Duke joins a five-year project to ensure U.S. leadership in quantum R&D and accelerate the transfer of quantum technologies

Featuring Ken Brown, Jungsang Kim and Chris Monroe

David BeratanUsing Quantum Rules to Move Chemistry into Uncharted Territory

Center for Synthesizing Quantum Coherence uses ultra-fast lasers to design and control chemical reactions

Featuring David Beratan

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New FIP Faculty

Al-Hafeez DhallaAl-Hafeez Dhalla

Assistant Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Jessilyn DunnJessilyn Dunn

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute

Sonia GregoSonia Grego

Associate Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Founding Director of the Duke Smart Toilet Lab

Hai LiHai “Helen” Li

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Chris MonroeChris Monroe

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics

Samira MusahSamira Musah

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine

Affiliate of the Regeneration Next Initiative

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute

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2021 FIP Virtual Annual Meeting

May 16-18, 2021

Special Topics
 Advanced Interferometry • Light Technologies and The Brain • Photonics and Pandemics

Keynote Speaker

Rainer WeissProfessor Rainer Weiss

Nobel Laureate in Physics 2017

Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Invited Lectures

Ed BoydenProfessor Ed Boyden

Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology at MIT

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Media Arts and Sciences, and Biological Engineering

Co-Director, MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering

Christian KahlerProfessor Christian J. Kähler

Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Aerodynamik, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Werner-Heisenberg-Weg, Neubiberg

Jessica McIverProfessor Jessica McIver

Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Carl PetersenProfessor Carl Petersen

Laboratory of Sensory Processing, Brain Mind Institute, Faculty of Life Science, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Na JiProfessor Na Ji

Associate Professor, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, Department of Physics, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

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FIP 2020 Awardees

Vaness Cupil-GarciaVanessa Cupil-Garcia

Fitzpatrick Scholar

Fourth year PhD candidate, Chemistry

Tri VuTri Vu

Chambers Scholar

Third year PhD candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Haoran ZhangHaoran Zhang

Chambers Scholar

Second year PhD candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Alana GonzalesAlana Gonzales

Chambers Fellow

First year PhD student, Biomedical Engineering

Mingyu KangMingyu Kang

Chambers Fellow

First year PhD student, Physics

Kanghyun KimKanghyun Kim

Chambers Fellow

First year PhD student, Biomedical Engineering

Steven ParkerSteven Parker

Chambers Fellow

First year PhD student, Biomedical Engineering

View 2020 awardee profiles »

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