Tokyo Institute of Technology
Kentaro Nakamura received his Dr.Eng. from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 1992, and has been serving as a Professor at the same institution since 2010. His extensive research portfolio focuses on fiber-optic distributed sensors and opto-acoustic hybrid measurements, specifically in sensor applications of polymer fibers, acoustic measurements based on optical methods, and optical/ultrasonic sensing devices. With over 350 papers authored in the field of optical fiber sensing and ultrasonic technologies, he has become a leading expert in his field. Currently, Professor Nakamura serves as the Chairman of the Photonic Sensing Consortium, Japan. He has actively participated in OFS since 1996, where he has continuously presented papers. He gave an invited speech on two-dimensional fiber-optic microphone arrays at OFS-14 in Venice, Italy, in 2000. He has also served as a member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of OFS for approximately 10 years, and was a TPC Co-Chair for OFS-22 in Beijing, China, in 2012, and for OFS-25 in Jeju Island, Korea, in 2017. Currently, he is a member of the International Steering Committee of OFS.
The University of Tokyo
Hideaki Murayama started his research carrier in fiber-optic sensors from 1995 at the University of Tokyo (UTokyo). He has applied fiber sensors to structural health monitoring (SHM) or digital twin of ships and lightweight structures. In 1999, he worked for a research project in which distributed fiber-optic sensors based on Brillouin scattering were employed on SHM of International America’s Cup Class yacht structures made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) and received his Dr.Eng. degree in UTokyo in 2001. He joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) as a research fellow in 2001 and moved to UTokyo in 2003 as a lecturer. He has been working as a Professor in the Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment since 2017. He is studying on fiber-optic sensor networks, diagnosis/prognosis techniques based on inverse analysis or artificial intelligence, and lightweight materials/structures made from carbon fibers applied not only to offshore structures and marine vessels but also to aircrafts, space vehicles, infrastructures, and robots. He is an expert member of IEC SC86C/WG2 on fiber-optic sensors and chairing the mirror committee of Japan. Prof. Murayama has regularly participated in OFS since 2003 (OFS-16) and has been a TPC member since 2012 (OFS-22).
Yokohama National University
Yosuke Mizuno received his B.E., M.E., and Dr.Eng. degrees in electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2005, 2007, and 2010, respectively. For a decade, from 2010 to 2020, he held the positions of Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Throughout this period, he collaborated closely with Prof. Kentaro Nakamura, the General Chair of OFS-28. Since 2020, he has held the position of Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Japan. His research centers on polymer optics and distributed fiber sensing, where he has made significant breakthroughs. He is credited with pioneering the Brillouin optical correlation-domain reflectometry (BOCDR) technique in 2008. In subsequent years, his work encompassed observing Brillouin scattering in polymer optical fibers (2010), discovering the polymer fiber fuse phenomenon (2014), developing ultrahigh-speed BOCDR (2016), achieving polymer fiber-based magnetic field sensing (2021), and advancing correlation-domain LiDAR technology (2021). Dr. Mizuno’s involvement with the OFS conferences dates back to his first paper presented at OFS-19 in Perth, Australia. Since then, he has consistently contributed to the OFS conferences. He delivered invited talks on distributed polymer fiber sensing at OFS-23 in Santander, Spain, and on polymer fiber fuse at OFS-25 in Jeju, Korea. He has been serving as a TPC Member of OFS since 2015.
Kwang Yong Song received the Ph. D degree in Physics from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2003, where his research topic was fiber taper devices for spatial mode coupling such as mode selective couplers for LP11 and LP02 modes in few-mode fibers. He moved to Nanophotonics and Metrology Laboratory in Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where he conducted researches on Brillouin optical time domain analysis (BOTDA) and performed pioneering works on Brillouin slow light in optical fibers. In 2005, he joined in the Dept. of Electronic Engineering in the University of Tokyo as a research fellow, where he contributed to the performance enhancement of Brillouin optical correlation-domain analysis (BOCDA). In 2007, he moved to Chung-Ang University in South Korea where he has been working as a professor in Dept. of Physics. His main research area is the applications of Brillouin scattering in optical fibers such as distributed Brillouin sensors, Brillouin dynamic grating, and Brillouin slow light in single-mode and few-mode optical fibers. He is a senior member of Optical Society of America (OSA) and a fellow of Optical Society of Korea (OSK). Prof. Song has participated in OFS as a regular participant/presenter since OFS-16 in 2003, a TPC member from OFS-24 to OFS-26, and a TPC co-chair in OFS-28.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Xinyu Fan received Ph. D degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2006, where his research topic was mechanisms and applications of dynamic grating in erbium-doped fiber. In 2006, he joined Nippon Telegraph & Telecommunication (NTT) Laboratories where he conducted researches on high-performance optical reflectometry for optical line monitoring. In 2012, he joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University where he has been working as a professor in Dept. of Electronic Engineering. His main research area is distributed fiber-optic sensing system, focusing on improving the system performance, and also exploring the cross-sensing mechanism of Rayleigh-Brillouin-Raman in optical fiber for developing simplified systems with three different kinds of backscattering lightwave. He also researches on precise optical measurement technologies such as dual-comb interferometry. He is a senior member of Optica, and a senior member of IEEE. Prof. Fan has participated in OFS as a regular participant/presenter since OFS-16, held in Nara, Japan in 2003.
Fumihiko Ito received B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1985 and 1999, respectively. Since joining NTT Laboratories in 1985, he has been engaged in various pieces of research on optical fiber communication systems and optical devices. His work includes semiconductor optical switches, holographic optical memory using photorefractive effects, and their application to communication systems, and coherent demultiplexing and sampling for ultrafast signals. From 2000, he was with NTT Access Network Systems Laboratories and supervised a research group engaged in optical measurement technology for fiber network managements. Since 2014, he has been a Professor at Shimane University, Japan, and engaged in education and research on optical fiber measurements and sensing. He has been serving as a TPC Member of OFS.
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Yosuke Tanaka received the B.E. degree in electronic engineering and the M.E. and Dr.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering, all from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1991, 1993, and 1996, respectively. After working for Shizuoka University, he joined Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1999, where he is currently a Professor. His research interests cover many areas of fiber optic sensing and related technologies, including laser-based precision measurement, high-speed optical signal processing, application of optical frequency comb, distributed fiber optic sensing, fiber optic power supply, etc. The first time he presented his paper at OFS was at OFS-9 held in Florence, Italy, in 1993. Since then, he has been actively presenting his papers at OFS. In 2012, he gave an invited talk on a sensor network based on fiber optic power supply at OFS-22 held in Beijing, China. He has also served as a member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of OFS.
Shibaura Institute of Technology
Heeyoung Lee earned her B.E. degree in mechanical engineering from Kyungpook National University, Korea, in 2014. She subsequently obtained her M.E. degree in information processing and Dr.Eng. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2017 and 2019, respectively. As a student, she focused on slope-assisted Brillouin optical correlation-domain reflectometry under the guidance of Prof. Kentaro Nakamura, the General Chair of OFS-28, and Prof. Yosuke Mizuno, the TPC Co-Chair of OFS-28. Since 2022, she has been serving as an Associate Professor at the College of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan. Her research interests include distributed fiber sensing, multimodal interference sensing, and polymer optical fiber sensing. She presented her first OFS paper at OFS-25 in Jeju, Korea, in 2017 and has actively participated in subsequent OFS conferences, including OFS-26 and OFS-27. She is honored to contribute as a member of the Advertising Committee at OFS-28.