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Invited speakers

Prof. Edoardo Charbon

Edoardo Charbon (SM’00 F’17) received the Diploma from ETH Zurich, the M.S. from the University of California at San Diego, and the Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988, 1991, and 1995, respectively, all in electrical engineering and EECS. He has consulted with numerous organizations, including Bosch, X-Fab, Texas Instruments, Maxim, Sony, Agilent, and the Carlyle Group. He was with Cadence Design Systems from 1995 to 2000, where he was the Architect of the company's initiative on information hiding for intellectual property protection. In 2000, he joined Canesta Inc., as the Chief Architect, where he led the development of wireless 3-D CMOS image sensors.

Since 2002 he has been a member of the faculty of EPFL, where he is full professor. From 2008 to 2016 he was with Delft University of Technology’s as full professor and Chair of VLSI design. He has been the driving force behind the creation of deep-submicron CMOS SPAD technology, which is mass-produced since 2015 and is present in telemeters, proximity sensors, and medical diagnostics tools. His interests span from 3-D vision, LiDAR, FLIM, FCS, NIROT to super-resolution microscopy, time-resolved Raman spectroscopy, and cryo-CMOS circuits and systems for quantum computing.

He has authored or co-authored over 400 papers and two books, and he holds 24 patents. Dr. Charbon is a distinguished visiting scholar of the W. M. Keck Institute for Space at Caltech, a fellow of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Photonics Society, and a fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Monica Turcato

Monica Turcato is the head of the Detector Group of the European XFEL, where she has been working for more than 10 years. The mandate of the group is detector installation, commissioning, testing, calibration and operation; the group also coordinates and participates to detector development projects aimed to providing specific detectors for the European XFEL.

Some of the detectors, like the AGIPD, the DSSC and the LPD, have unique capabilities in terms of MHz frame rate combined with low noise and high dynamic range. They allow coping with the challenging frame rate of the accelerator, which provides every 100 ms bursts of up to 2700 pulses spaced by 220 ns, and with the high number of delivered photons per pulse.

Monica got her PhD at the University of Padova, Italy, and spent a significant part of her career in high energy physics, first in Padova and then with the University of Hamburg, before moving to photon science. At the European XFEL, she worked as Detector Scientist first, one of her main tasks being the coordination of the assembly and integration of the DSSC detector at the instruments. She was appointed as Detector Group leader at the beginning of 2022.

Prof. Dr. Franz Pfeiffer

Franz Pfeiffer studied physics at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University (Germany) and then received his doctorate at the University of Saarbrücken (2003).

Following subsequent positions at the Institut Laue-Langevin (France), the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (USA), and the Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland), he then assumed a position of an assistant professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (2008). He was then appointed full professor and head of the Institute of Biomedical Physics at the Technical University of Munich (2009), and subsequently became the Director of the Munich Institute of Biomedical Engineering (2019).

Prof. Pfeiffer's most important scientific discovery is a novel method for dark-field contrast with X-rays and its translation human lung imaging applications. For his pioneering research, Prof. Pfeiffer has already been awarded the most prestigious German (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz) and Swiss (National Latsis) research awards.

Dr. Linh Tran

Dr Linh Tran is currently a research fellow at the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics (CMRP), University of Wollongong (UOW) and is coordinating and leading research in the experimental microdosimetry. She received a bachelor and master degree in Physics at International University of Nature, Society and Man “Dubna” – Dubna, Russian Federation in 2008. Following this, she completed her PhD on Advanced semiconductor silicon detector for dosimetry and microdosimetry in radiation protection and hadron therapy at the CMRP, University of Wollongong under mentorship of Distinguished Professor Anatoly Rozenfeld. 

Her research interests include development of semiconductor microdosimeters, relative biological effectiveness (RBE) in proton and heavy ion therapy, Boron Neutron Capture therapy (BNCT) and fast neutron therapy (FNT) as well as research on theoretical radiobiological models in hadron therapy and Monte-Carlo simulation for applications in aviation and space. She has published 66 peer review papers in a field of radiation detectors for space and medicine.

Dr Tran is a recipient of American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Farrington Daniels Award for best paper in Medical Physics, 2018. She was named a UOW Impact Maker (2019) and a recipient of Dame Bridget Ogilvie Award for Research Excellence (2021). Dr Tran recently received the prestigious and highly competitive award - the Career Development Fellowship grant from the Cancer Institute News South Wales (2022-2025).

Associate Prof. Giacomo Contin

Giacomo Contin is an Associate Professor at the University of Trieste and an INFN Trieste affiliated member, and conducts his research in the field of silicon particle detectors for high energy physics.

He is one of the coordinators of the ALICE ITS3 Project, aimed at the development of a vertex detector based on ultra-thin, wafer-scale, bent MAPS sensors, and of the Silicon Consortium for EIC.

In the past he worked on the development, construction and operations of the first MAPS-based detector systems for collider experiments: the STAR HFT at RHIC and the ALICE ITS2 at LHC

 Alexander Moiseev

Alexander Moiseev is a Principal Research Scientist, he graduated from Moscow  Engineering Physics Institute in 1976.

Since 1994 is working at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center on several high-energy astrophysics space projects, including currently operating in space the Fermi Large Area Telescope and Calorimetric Electron telescope (CALET). Research Interests and Expertise: Particle Physics and High Energy Astrophysics experiments, Cosmic Antimatter, Dark matter.

Prof. Dr. Eirik Malinen

Eirik Malinen holds a PhD in biophysics and is professor at the Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway.

He is engaged in radiation physics research as well as preclinical and clinical investigations utilizing ionizing radiation. He is engaged in the introduction of proton therapy as a treatment modality of cancer in Norway, and directs research projects within this field. 

Clemens Schulze-Briese

Dr. Clemens Schulze-Briese is the Chief Scientific Officer and a member of the executive board at DECTRIS Ltd.

He has extensive experience in synchrotron instrumentation, having previously worked at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facilities, and later as beamline responsible and one of the laboratory heads of Swiss Light Source at Paul Scherrer Institut.

Besides his technical competence, he has also led commercialization programs of scientific innovation both at PSI and DECTRIS Ltd and has an in-depth and broad understanding of the current market needs in radiation imaging with X-rays and electrons.

Dr. Francesco Romano

Dr Francesco Romano is Researcher at the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and Associate Professor at University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). His expertise is on radiation dosimetry and Monte Carlo simulations for medical applications.

He received from University of Catania (Italy) his PhD in Physics in 2010 and his Medical Physics Certification in 2015. He has been working for about ten years at the INFN Southern Laboratory in Catania, coordinating the research activities of two research beam lines, respectively dedicated to proton and ion therapy experimental investigations, also supporting the User’s experiments. He was also responsible for the design and realization of the in-air final section of a laser-driven proton beam line for medical applications and the installed dosimetric systems.

He moved in 2017 to the United Kingdom, working for almost three years as a Senior Researcher at the National Physical Laboratory in London, which is the UK National Metrology Institute. He have been working here on novel dosimetry developments for proton therapy and FLASH radiotherapy. He came back to Italy three years later working at INFN Catania Division, where he is currently carrying on his research activity on ion beam microdosimetry and dosimetry for hadron therapy and FLASH radiotherapy.  Recently, he was also appointed as an Associate Professor at UMCG, working on research activities related to medical applications at the UMCG PARTREC facility.

He is Honorary Lecturer at the Queen’s University of Belfast and University of Surrey in the UK. He is member of the International Geant4 Collaboration and of the Editorial Board of the Applied Physics Journal. He is Reviewer for different Journals in the Medical Physics field and member of the Scientific Committee of several Conferences and International Schools. He is among the proponents of the “UHDpulse” EMPIR joint research project, for dosimetry of ultra-high pulse dose rate beams, and of the INFN FRIDA project for FLASH radiotherapy.

Dr. Greg McMullan

Dr. Greg McMullan is a research scientist at the MRC-Laboratory of Molecular biology in Cambridge, UK. 

He did a PhD in solid state physics and has been working for over 20 years on technical improvements in electron cryo-microscopy. 

In particular he has been, and still is, actively involved in development and characterisation of electron imaging detectors.

Dr. Nicolo Cartiglia

Dr. Nicolo Cartiglia is Director of Research at INFN, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Torino, Italy.

He is an experimental high-energy physicist. His field of research is detector design, construction, and commissioning. He has been a member of several large collaborations based both in Europe and the US. Throughout his carrier, he has complemented his work on detector innovation with a strong involvement in physics analyses.

In the past 10 years, he has focused his efforts on developing innovative silicon detectors, specifically for tracking particles in space and time, the so-called 4D tracking.

He has been the PI of important projects, including an ERC advanced grant and an Italian PRIN grant.