María Vélez Fraga
University of Oviedo (Spain)

Nanoscale magnetic textures in 3D: X-ray vector tomography and applications

Maria Velez

María Vélez pursued her studies at University Complutense in Madrid where she obtained her PhD in 1995. After a postdoctoral stay at University of California San Diego, she joined the Physics Department of University of Oviedo in 1998 where she is currently a Full Professor in Condensed Matter Physics. Her research interests have been centered in the study of vortex propagation in hybrid superconducting/magnetic systems and, more recently, in the study of magnetic textures at the nanoscale in multilayers and in patterned structures in collaboration with the group of Prof. Salvador Ferrer at ALBA Synchrotron.

Ravi Mahajan
High Density Interconnect Pathfinding, Intel Corporation (USA)

Advanced packaging technologies for heterogeneous integration (HI)


Ravi Mahajan is an Intel Fellow responsible for Assembly and Packaging Technology Pathfinding for future silicon nodes. Ravi also represents Intel in academia through research advisory boards, conference leadership and participation in various student initiatives. He has led Pathfinding efforts to define Package Architectures, Technologies and Assembly Processes for multiple Intel silicon nodes including 90nm, 65nm, 45nm, 32nm, 22nm and 7nm silicon. Ravi joined Intel in 1992 after earning his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. He holds the original patents for silicon bridges that became the foundation for Intel’s EMIB technology. His early insights have led to high-performance, cost-effective cooling solutions for high-end microprocessors and the proliferation of photo-mechanics techniques for thermo-mechanical stress model validation. His contributions during his Intel career have earned him numerous industry honors, including the SRC’s 2015 Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison Award, the 2016 THERMI Award from SEMITHERM, the 2016 Allan Kraus Thermal Management Medal & the 2018 InterPACK Achievement award from ASME, the 2019 “Outstanding Service and Leadership to the IEEE” Awards from IEEE Phoenix Section & Region 6 and most recently the 2020 Richard Chu ITherm Award and the 2020 ASME EPPD Excellence in Mechanics Award. He is one of the founding editors for the Intel Assembly and Test Technology Journal (IATTJ) and currently VP of Publications & Managing Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions of the CPMT. He has long been associated with ASME’s InterPACK conference and was Conference Co-Chair of the 2017 Conference. Ravi is a Fellow of two leading societies, ASME and IEEE.  He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2022 for contributions to advanced microelectronics packaging architectures and their thermal management.

Salvador Pané
ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

Magnetic Microrobots for Biomedical Applications


Prof. Dr. Salvador Pané i Vidal (Barcelona, 1980) is a Professor of Materials for Robotics at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) and Co-​Director of the Multi-​Scale Robotics Lab at ETH Zürich. He obtained his B.S., M.S., and PhD in Chemistry from  University of Barcelona (UB). With over 170 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and educational books, Pané’s current focus is on integrating chemistry and electrochemistry with the field of small-scale robotics.

Particularly, Pané specializes in miniaturizing magnetic materials, conductive polymers, and smart materials for targeted drug delivery. Prof. Pané has been coordinator and PI of several EU projects (including FET Open, FET Pro-active, EIC Opern), and has been awarded with an ERC Starting Grant (2013) and a Consolidator Grant (2019). He chaired the COST Action "e-MINDS" from 2015 to 2019. He is also advisory editor for the journals Applied Materials Today (Elsevier) and Small Science (Wiley). He also represents Switzerland in the European Academy of Surface Technology (EAST). He has co-founded two startups, Magnes AG and Oxyle AG. In 2019, he received the Big-on-Small Award for his contribution in the field of micro- and nanorobotics. He was also granted an ERC Proof-of-Concept award in 2019.

Cecília de Carvalho Castro e Silva
Mackenzie Institute for Research in Graphene and Nanotechnologies (Brazil)

Enhancing Biosensing with Graphene-Based Technologies: Bridging Field Effect Transistors to Microfibers


Cecília C. C. Silva holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) (2015) in Brazil, with an internship period at The State University of New Jersey – Rutgers (USA). Since 2016, she has been an assistant professor at Mackenzie Presbyterian University and an associate researcher at MackGraphe – Mackenzie Institute for Research in Graphene and Nanotechnologies, located in São Paulo, Brazil.

She served as a visiting professor in the Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona, Spain (Feb 2020 to Jun 2021), where she developed graphene-based electrical biosensors for pathogen detection. In 2016, Forbes Brazil included Cecilia Silva in the list “30 Under 30 Brazil”; recognizing her as one of the 30 most talented individuals under 30 years of age. The research group led by Cecilia Silva specializes in the synthesis and functionalization of two-dimensional materials, the development of field-effect transistors, microfabrication, microfluidics, and biosensors.

Shesha S Raghunathan

Quantum Computing: what, why and what next?