Prof. Omowunmi “Wunmi” Sadik, State University of New York, USA
Talk title: Nanobiosensors: Modalities, Challenges and Prospects
Dr. Omowunmi “Wunmi” Sadik serves as Professor of Chemistry and (inaugural/founding) Director of the Center for Research in Advanced sensing Technologies and Environmental Sustainability (CREATES formerly CASE) at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton), where she has been a member of the faculty since (August) 1996. She is also the President and Co-Founder of the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) (, a non-profit, international professional society dedicated to advancing sustainable nanotechnological solutions around the world through education, research, and the promotion of the responsible growth of nanotechnology. Sadik received her BS and MS in chemistry from the University of Lagos (Nigeria) and her PhD in chemistry from the University of Wollongong (Australia). She has held appointments at Harvard University, Cornell University and the Naval Research Laboratory. Professor Sadik has developed an excellent publication record of peer-reviewed research in biosensors and bioanalytical chemistry. She is the author/co-author over 170 scientific publications, and she has given over 400 invited lectures and conference contributions across the world. Out of the 30 plus PhD students that she has mentored to date, 12 of them have gone on to hold tenure-track faculty positions in the US and around the world. Sadik is recognized for her research innovation ( and sustainable nanotechnology.
Professor Sadik’s research areas are in surface chemistry, chemical sensors and biosensors, and in their application to solving real-life problems in biological systems, energy and the environment. Her research has been funded by different U.S. government agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DTRA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Battelle, Army Research Office, Naval Research Laboratory and the Environmental Protection Agency, and by leading institutions in the private and nonprofit sectors such as Procter & Gamble and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Sadik holds five U.S. patents for her work on biosensors and nanostructured membranes. Her inventions are helping to drive changes in many areas such as the early diagnosis of cancer, genetic testing, pain management in hospital patients and environmental analysis. She has developed biosensors for use as new diagnostic tools and detection devices in a variety of clinical, environmental, energy and food safety settings. Professor Sadik has led her team of researchers in translating basic research in biosensors to design a prototype of a portable, fully autonomous, and remotely operated sensing device, known as a U-PAC (or Ultra-Sensitive Portable Capillary Sensor). She is currently the principal investigator of a joint NSF/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project that focuses on developing field-based biosensor technology for smallholder farmers. This project addresses the detection and remediation of Colletotrichum gloesporioides, a pathogenic fungus found on many fruit and vegetable crops including yams, tomatoes, oranges, and bananas. Through an NSF I-Corps Project, Professor Sadik is advancing the commercialization of so-called “Triple Five”/(5-5-5 Sensal) technology that rapidly identifies the “notorious five” pathogens: Salmonella, E. coli, Norovirus, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Listeria (“Sensal”) all within five minutes.
Some of Professor Sadik’s notable career highlights include being a recipient of: Harvard University’s Distinguished Radcliffe Fellowship (2003), the National Science Foundation’s Discovery Corps Senior Fellowship (2005), the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Research (2011), the Australian Merit Scholar Award (1991), the SUNY Research Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Inventor (2002), and the National Academy of Sciences Collaboration in Basic Science & Engineering Fellowship (2000). In addition, Professor Sadik is a Jefferson Science Fellow(2017), Brian O’Connell Fellow (2018), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2010) and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2012) and a 2015-2017 Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer. In 2016, Professor Sadik became only the fourth woman and the first female scientist to be conferred with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award, Nigeria’s highest national honor for academicians. As of 2016, a total of 73 recipients (including a Nobel Laureate) have been conferred with the NNOM by the Presidents of Nigeria since the first award was conferred in 1979.

Scientia Prof. Justin Gooding, University of New South Wales, Australia
Talk title: Ultrasensitive sensors for biomedical monitoring
Scientia Professor Justin Gooding is currently an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, the co-director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine and the co-director of the New South Wales Smart Sensing Network. He became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2016 and the International Society of Electrochemistry. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal ACS Sensors. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) from Melbourne University before obtaining a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and received post-doctoral training at the Institute of Biotechnology in Cambridge University. He returned to Australia in 1997 as a Vice-Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He was promoted to full professor in 2006. He was one of the recipients of a 2004 NSW Young Tall Poppy award, a 2005 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the 2007 RACI Lloyd Smythe Medal for Analytical Chemistry, the 2009 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, a 2010 ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, the RACI 2011 H.G. Smith Medal for contributions to chemistry, the 2012 RACI R.H. Stokes Medal for electrochemical research, the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Australasian Lecturer, the 2013 NSW Science and Engineering Award for Emerging Research, the 2016 Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry Electrochemistry Division, the 2016 Biosensors and Bioelectronics Award and the 2016 Walter Burfitt Prize for Science and Archibald Liversidge Medal for Chemistry both of the Royal Society of New South Wales, the 2017 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers and the 2017 Katsumi Niki Prize in Bioelectrochemistry from the International Society of Electrochemistry. He leads a research team of over 40 researchers interested in surface modification and nanotechnology for biosensors, biomaterials, electron transfer and medical applications.

Prof. Lloyd C.L. Hollenberg, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Talk title: To be confirmed
Lloyd is a Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne and completed his PhD in theoretical particle physics at the University in 1989 when he was awarded a JSPS Fellowship at the KEK accelerator laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan. After his postdoctoral period he returned to the School of Physics where he is now Professor. Lloyd’s early work in mathematical physics, non-perturbative many body systems and lattice gauge theory was a natural starting point for his interest in quantum computing. In 2001 created and began directing the Device Modelling and Algorithms Program and has been a major driving force for and architect of the silicon quantum computer vision. He has published over 155 papers in refereed journals, including prestigious journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Physics, Nature Nanotechnology and Physical Review Letters. He is an internationally known proponent of quantum technology in the wider context, having also worked on quantum communication systems as a Technical Director of the Quantum Communications Victoria initiative (2005 -2008), and recently developing quantum applications for ultra-sensitive imaging techniques crossing over to the nano-bio realm. He has served on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts and was Chair of the Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences panel in 2008. From 2007-2011 he was an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and in 2013 was granted an ARC Laureate Fellowship.


Prof. Pelagia-Iren Gouma, The Ohio State University, USA
Talk title: Defining the Future through Nanosensors and Chemoactuators: Personalized Medical Diagnostics and Soft Robotics
Dr. Pelagia-Irene (Perena) Gouma is currently the Edward Orton Jr., Chair in Ceramic Engineering at The Ohio State University. Her previous appointment was with the Institute of Predictive Performance Methodologies (IPPM) and with the MSE Dept. (tenured Full Professor) at the University of Texas-Arlington. Before that, for 16 years, she was a Professor at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, and the Founder and Director of the Center for Nanomaterials and Sensor Development (CNSD). She holds a B.Sc. degree in Applied Physics from the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki Greece; a M.Sc. (Eng) degree in Materials from the University of Liverpool, UK and a M.Phil in Organizational Management from the same Institution. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The University of Birmingham in the UK. Dr. Gouma’s research activities involve the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for bio-/chemical sensors and biotechnology as well as the development of artificial olfaction systems (breath analyzers, electronic noses and tongues). Dr. Gouma has established novel and highly successful programs on nanomedicine, with emphasis on the development of non-invasive breath and skin-based diagnostic tools. She has been featured as an expert in nanomaterials, ceramics, and sensors in numerous press releases (Science Nation, IOP, Science press, NPR, NBC news, Fox news, Fast Company, etc.). She has published 135 peer-reviewed articles, 18 book chapters and editorials, and a monograph. She also holds 18 patents (both US and International). She is a member of the National Academy of Inventors, she was a Fulbright Scholar to UNICAMP in Brazil, and she has received the prestigious Richard M. Fulrath award of The American Ceramic Society. She was the sole Chair of the 2011 ISOEN Conference. Dr. Gouma can be reached at:

Prof. Nicolas Voelcker, Monash University, Australia
Talk title: Nanostructured Silicon based Biosensors.
After completing his BSc at the University of Saarland (1993) and his MSc at the RWTH Aachen (1995) in Germany, Nico completed a PhD thesis (1999) in polymer surface chemistry at the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials under Professor Hartwig Höcker. He received postdoctoral fellowships to work in the area of bioorganic chemistry under Professor Reza Ghadiri at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. In 2001 he became a Lecturer at Flinders University in Australia, an Associate Professor in 2006 and a full Professor in 2008. From 2008-2011, he was the Associate Head of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University. Since 2012, he is a Professor in Chemistry and Materials Science at the Mawson Institute of the University of South Australia. From 2013-2015, he was Deputy Director of the Mawson Institute at the University of South Australia and Program Leader of the Cooperate Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing. From 2014-2017, he was Node Leader in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology. Since February 2017, he is the Scientific Director of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Professor at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University and Science Leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). His key research interest lies in the fabrication and surface modification of porous semiconductor materials for applications in biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery. A core research activity in his laboratory is the study of porous silicon based nanostructures and their surface chemistry. A current focus is the development of new nanostructured materials for biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery. He has authored over 350 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 7500 citations, h-index 44, and has filed over 25 patents. He has received fellowships from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the CSIRO, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, is a recipient of the Tall Poppy Science Award, a finalist for the South Australian Scientist of the Year 2015 and the Australian Innovation Challenge. He is serving on the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council.

Prof. Andre Luiten, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Talk title: To be confirmed
Andre is Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing and Chair of Experimental Physics at the University of Adelaide. He has held three prestigious Fellowships from the ARC. Andre came to Adelaide in 2013 supported by a South Australian Research Fellowship from the Premier’s Research and Innovation Fund. He has authored 109 journal papers and raised over $20M for research. Prof Luiten’s work is aimed at developing state-of-the-art instruments across many diverse fields of physics. He is excited by the possibility of applying these instruments to solve problems and make measurements that were not previously possible.

Prof. Arkady Zaslavsky, CSIRO, Australia
Talk title: Real-time intelligence over IoT data streams
Dr Zaslavsky is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with Data61, CSIRO. Commonwealth Science Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national research agency. Arkady is leading Data61 R&D projects in Internet of Things, mobile analytics and context-awareness science areas. He is a technical leader of the EU Horizon-2020 project bIoTope – building IoT Open Innovation Ecosystem for connected smart objects. Professor Arkady Zaslavsky holds Adjunct-Professorship appointments with a number of Australian and International universities, including UNSW, La Trobe University, University of Luxembourg and ITMO University, StPetersburg. Arkady Zaslavsky has published more than 400 research publications throughout his professional career and supervised to completion more than 35 PhD students. Arkady Zaslavsky is a Senior Member of ACM, a Senior Member of IEEE Computer and Communication Societies. More information CSIRO Profile | Google Scholar | LinkedIn | ORCID


Prof. Su Xiaodi, A*STAR, Singapore
Talk title: To be confirmed
Su Xiaod is a Senior Scientist and Head of Nanomaterial Department, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering at A*STAR. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore and Adjunct Professor at the School of Engineering and Science, University of the Sunshine Coast.

Mr. Vafa Shams, Country Director - Wirepas, ANZA SEA, Australia
Talk title: To be confirmed
Currently, Vafa is Wirepas Country Director ANZA & SEA regions. Wirepas is an industrial IoT start-up from Finland and a spin-off from the Technical University of Tampere in 2010 after ten years of deep Tech research. Wirepas has contributed 33 global patents in the areas of radio mesh communications.

Vafa Shams has his professional background in mobile networks and software solutions in multinationals Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent where he gained valuable global experience from leading major accounts such as Telstra, Vodafone and Softbank. Vafa has also been an active contributor to the innovation and start-up ecosystem in Australia as an angel investor, mentor, advisory board member, non-executive director and commercialisation professional including current roles at CSIRO ON Innovation and Translational Research (TRaM) program at University of Melbourne. Vafa holds an Electrical Engineering degree (Honours) from Monash University and an MBA from Macquarie and Sophia University in Japan.