Student paper competition


A Journal of the Optica Publishing Group

1st place

TitleNon-Hermitian Z2 Photonic Topological Insulators

Authors: Rodrigo Câmara, Mario Silveirinha, Tatiana Rappoport

Rodrigo Câmara


2nd place

TitleModified FDTD Scheme for Space-Time Engineered-Modulation (STEM) Structures

Authors: Zoé-Lise Deck-Léger, Christophe Caloz

Zoé-Lise Deck-Léger


3rd place

TitleGlobal Synchronization via Non-Reciprocal Coupling: A Route to Photonic Time Crystal

Authors: Venugotal Raskatla, Tongjiun Liu, Jun-Yu Ou, Kevin Macdonald, Nikolay Zheludev

Venugotal Raskatla


List of Awards:

  • First prize: Award certificate, Omex Publication Fee waive, and cash prize 300 €
  • Second prize: Award certificate, and cash prize 200 €
  • Third prize: Award certificate, and cash prize 100 €  


Selected finalists
(alphabetical order)

  • Rodrigo CâmaraNon-Hermitian Z2 Photonic Topological Insulators
  • Zoé-Lise Deck-LégerModified FDTD Scheme for Space-Time Engineered-Modulation (STEM) Structures
  • Ross Glyn MacDonaldExploiting Waveguide Networks to Calculate Solutions of Partial Differential Equations
  • Chenqi QianOn the Role of Noise in Integrated Wave-Based Sensing and Computing with Dynamic Metasurface Antennas
  • Venugopal RaskatlaGlobal Synchronization via Non-Reciprocal Coupling: A Route to Photonic Time Crystals




Optical Material Express

Optical Materials Express (OMEx), an Open-Access journal from Optica Publishing Group (formerly OSA), rapidly publishes breakthrough results in emerging areas at the intersection of optics and materials, focusing on advances in novel optical materials, their properties, modeling, synthesis, and fabrication approaches. OMEx provides a unique platform for researchers to make connections across the optics and materials fields. The Journal is led by Editor-in-Chief Andrea Alù and an international editorial board of active researchers who ensure that OMEx maintains its rapid time to publication while simultaneously upholding a superior standard of peer review.
To learn more about Optical Materials Express, visit

All student participants are invited to enter the STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION. In the following, we define a student as a person that aims to present a paper at the Congress, which has been done in the context of some work that leads to an academic degree. This comprises Bachelor, Master, or PhD students. In addition, work done in the context of an academic course is eligible. The paper, an application form, and all supporting documentation for the student paper competition must be submitted through the Congress website prior to the paper submission deadline.

Submission and Evaluation Procedure

The student needs to be registered at this website to submit its paper and fill out the form for entering the student paper competition. This form will become accessible via the "Student paper competition" item, in the "Participant profile", in the right column of the webpage after login on the Congress website.

During the submission process, the student will be asked to upload:

  1. A CV of personal scientific activity.
  2. An exact title of the paper submitted for review.
  3. An endorsement letter signed by the student's main supervisor/advisor stating that the paper is the result of the student's work. If the student has multiple supervisors/advisors from different institutions/departments, this fact must be explicitly stated in the endorsement letter.

The student must be the first author of the submitted paper, and the co-authors may be the student’s supervisors/advisors. In particular, additional co-authors, besides the student and his/her main supervisor/advisor, are allowed only if the student has additional co-advisors from different institutions, departments or research groups. If this applies, this fact must be explicitly stated in the endorsement letter.
No additional student can be a co-author of the paper. Papers with more than one non-student author belonging to the same research group are not eligible for the student paper competition.

The student competition papers will undergo a regular review. Additionally, the student competition applications will be evaluated by the Award Committee and may get shortlisted as finalists. Up to five finalists are selected in total. Whether the students are selected as finalists will be communicated to the students in due time. The registration fee of all shortlisted finalists will be waived. Only one paper per student will be considered. In case of multiple entries with different papers, the student will be excluded from the competition.

The shortlisted finalists of the student paper competition will present their papers at the regular technical sessions in accordance with the conference program. In addition, they will be required to present their papers again at a dedicated interactive poster session during the Congress. The members of the Award Committee will interact with the students during the poster presentation and will elect the winner.

Awarding Ceremony

The winner of the best student paper will be announced at the Congress closing ceremony.

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The Organizers wish to acknowledge the financial support provided by ONRONRGARO and Army-DEVCOM.