Daichi Wada

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Title: Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing for Aircraft Towards In-flight Structural Control


We show a distributed fiber optic sensing technique for in-flight aircraft monitoring. Based on distributed fiber optic sensing data, load identification and adaptive wing control techniques are shown. 


Dr. Daichi Wada is a Researcher in Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, where he has been since 2015. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2013. Following his PhD, he worked as Project Researcher and Project Assistant Professor in the University of Tokyo. His research involved fiber optics and its application to structural monitoring. He also focused on machine-learning-based aircraft control. Currently, Dr. Wada is a Visiting Research Fellow in University of Bristol, where he studies bio-inspired flight technique.


Title: Production of ZBLAN Optical Fiber in Microgravity 


Microgravity reduces crystallization of ZBLAN which will make for a lower loss optical fiber when the fiber is drawn in this environment. Relevant data from previous studies and further look at present studies concentrating on electrostatic levitation of ZBLAN which will help elucidate the mechanism for reduction of crystallization in microgravity. 


Paul Ohodnicki

National Energy Technology Laboratory

Title: Optical Fiber Sensors for Energy Infrastructure: Emerging Opportunities 


This paper discusses application of fiber optics sensors to increase operational visibility of energy systems. Ubiquitous real-time monitoring by high spatial resolution sensing provides new information for advanced data analytics enhancing reliability, resiliency, and efficiency. 


Paul R. Ohodnicki Jr. is currently an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science department at the University of Pittsburgh and the associate coordinator of the Engineering Science program. Prior to his current role, he was a materials scientist and technical portfolio lead in the Functional Materials Team of the Materials Engineering & Manufacturing Directorate of the National Energy Technology Laboratory. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 with a B.Phil. in engineering physics and a B.A. in economics and subsequently earned his M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2008) in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He spent two years as a visiting research scientist at PPG Industries from 2008 to 2010 prior to joining the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy. During his time with the laboratory, he was responsible for overseeing projects spanning sensing and power electronics, with emphasis on advanced devices and enabling functional materials for photonic and wireless sensing as well as power magnetics component and materials design.

Ohodnicki has published more than 130 technical publications and holds more than 10 patents, with more than 15 additional patents under review. He also is the recipient of a number of awards and recognitions, including the Federal Employee Rookie of the Year Award (2012), Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2016), and the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Innovation Category Award for the Carnegie Science Center (2012, 2017, 2019). In 2017, he was a nominee for the Samuel J. Heyman service to America Medal.


Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez

University of Alcala

Title: Distributed Acoustic Sensing in Seismology 


We review our recent work on chirped-pulse distributed acoustic sensing and its use for the characterization of teleseismic and microseismic activity. We show that this tool may offer impressive new capabilities in the field of seismology, particularly in underwater scenarios. 


Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez (Senior Member, OSA) is currently a Professor in Photonics at the University of Alcala (Spain). His research interests are primarily related to distributed optical fiber sensing systems. He has received several important recognitions to his basic research activity and technology transfer contributions in this area, including the European Research Council Starting Grant, the “Miguel Catalan” Prize given by the Regional Government of Madrid, and the “Agustin de Betancourt” prize of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering.


Zuyuan He

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Title: Distributed Acoustic Sensors Based on Time-gated Digital Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry 


This paper presents a review on distributed acoustic sensors (DAS) based on time-gated digital optical frequency domain reflectometry (TGD-OFDR) that we developed in recent years. Two types of fading-free DAS systems adopting phase demodulation and interference-pattern demodulation are introduced, respectively. 


Marco Pisco

University of Sannio

Title: SERS in the Fiber Tip for Biomedical Applications 


Marco Pisco was born in Naples, Italy in 1977. He received a Master’s Degree in Information and telecommunication engineering (110/110 magna cum laude) in 2003 from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. In 2007, he received an international Ph.D. Degree in Information Engineering at the University of Sannio, Italy, jointly with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FER) at the University of Zagreb. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Optoelectronic Division - Engineering Department of the University of Sannio. His field of interest is in the area of optoelectronics and photonics. Specifically, he addresses research and development of optical fiber sensors, Lab on Fiber technology and devices for sensing and communication applications. He is the author and co-author of several publications, including books, international journals, national and international conferences and book chapters. He is member of the editorial board of international journals (i.e. MDPI Sensors, Chemosensors). He serves as member of the technical committee of international conferences such as “International Conference on Sensors and Electronic Instrumental Advances” (SEIA), “International Conference on Technological Advances of Sensors and Instrumentation” (ICTASI) and “European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors” (EWOFS).


Yongkang Dong

Harbin Institute of Technology

Title: Ultrafast Distributed Brillouin Optical Fiber Sensors 


Prof. Yongkang Dong was admitted into HIT in 1999 majored in Physical Electronics and received his bachelor and Ph.D. degree in 2003 and 2008, respectively. During 2008 to 2011, he was working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Physics Department, University of Ottawa, Canada. In 2012, he re-joined HIT as a full professor. His current research interests involve nonlinear fiber optics and Brillouin scattering based optical fiber sensor and its applications in structural health monitoring. He has authored and coauthored more than 80 international journal papers. He is the recipient of the First Prize in Provincial Natural Science Award (2013), the Innovation Award of Chinese Society for Optical Engineering (2015), and the First Prize in Provincial Science and Technology Progress Award (2017). He is now the Chief Scientist of the National Key Scientific Instrument and Equipment Development Project of China.