Charles Hirlimann was born in Paris in 1947. He majored in solid-state physics and later acquired competence in laser physics. He pioneered the use of femtosecond lasers applied to ultrafast spectroscopy of solids being at the time assistant professor at University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. He then joined CNRS and moved to the Institute for Physics and Chemistry of Materials in Strasbourg (IPCMS) where he initiated femtosecond studies. His interest spanned from the ultrafast spectroscopy of electrons in semiconductors to basics researches in non-linear optics. In the recent past he served two years as a scientific expert in nanomaterials for the European Commission in Brussels and three years at the CNRS headquarters in Paris in charge of the European scientific policy of CNRS and the International policy for Physics. He is presently interested in the fast developments taking place in the field of electron microscopy.
He co-pioneered, in France, quantitative tomographic electron microscopy of at the nanoscale, and, at the international level, he participated to the first analytical tomographic measurements. He recently wrote the book “The CO2 Revolution!”.
Yu-Lung Lo received his B.S. degree from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, R.O.C., and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He has been faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department, NCKU, since 1996, where he is now a distinguished professor. He was Director of Instrument Development Center and Chairman of Department of Mechanical Engineering at NCKU. Dr. Lo received Fellow of Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) in 2018, ASE Scholar in Research Excellence, Taiwan, 2017 and Outstanding Award for Professor in Engineering, Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineers in Taiwan, 2013. Also, he received Research Excellence in Institute of Engineering from NCKU in 2007, the First-Class Research Award from NSC in 2005/2006, A-Class Research Award by NCKU in 2006, and the Dr. Ta-You Wu Award for Young Researchers from NSC in 2002. He was invited to be an invited speaker, keynote speaker, and plenary speaker in the optics related international conferences, and also organized and chaired section of international conferences. Now he is Chairman of Asian Society of Experiment Mechanics (ASEM) and General Chair of International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technology in 2017.
His research interests include 3D printing, optomechatronics, experimental mechanics, optical fiber sensors, and biophotonics. He has authored over 150 journal publications and has filed for several patents. One of his articles is included in Spotlight on Optics by OSA in 2015.