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Sensors 2021 Young Investigator Award Online Ceremony

21 Mar 2022, 14:00 (CET)

Award Ceremonies, Young Investigator, Sensors, Wearables, Antennas
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Welcome from the Chair

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to welcome you to the Sensors 2021 Young Investigator Award Ceremony.

The Sensors journal has organized the Young Investigator Award since 2018, aimed to give the young investigators in recognition of their excellence in the field of sensors and sensing-related topics.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the ceremony will not be presented at the offline conference. Therefore, after discussion, it will be held online on 21st March 2022 instead. In this ceremony, I am very happy to present the winners of the prestigious 2021 Young Investigator Award. The Award Committee has selected the winners of the 2021 Edition among a very large number (about one hundred) of high-level candidates by the Committee, on the basis of candidate curriculum, the ground-breaking research and outstanding contribution in the field of sensors, and the number of publications and research grants as well as the nomination letters. The winners are two outstanding and promising professors, Dr. Qammer H. Abbasi and Dr. Chi Hwan Lee. In this ceremony, we will have the opportunity to learn more about the winners and listen to their presentations on their latest outstanding research achievements.

Moreover, I am happy to inform you that the Sensors 2022 Young Investigator Award has also been launched; the nomination deadline is 25th September 2022. The announcement of the 2022 winners will be given in middle November. You are more than welcome to follow this award by subscribing to the Sensors journal.

The Section Editor-in-Chief of Sensors, Prof. Vittorio M.N. Passaro

Acceptance Speeches from the Winners

Dr. Qammer H. Abbasi

Division of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, University of Glasgow

"I am so excited to receive this award and feel really privileged on winning this prestigious award. I am thankful to award committee for selecting me among large pool of competitive candidates."

— Dr. Qammer H. Abbasi

Dr. Chi Hwan Lee

School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

"I am really happy and greatly honored to receive this highly prestigious award from Sensors. I would like to thank the award committees and my former advisors, Profs. John A. Rogers at Northwestern University and Xiaolin Zheng at Stanford University, who nominated me for this award."

Dr. Chi Hwan Lee

Ceremony Recording

Ceremony Recording

Free Special Issue Book - Winner Announced

FREE Sensors special issue book winners are announced here!

We randomly selected three participants to grant them one book.

Dr. Jorge Luis Zambrano-Martinez
Department of Computer Engineering (DISCA), Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 Valencia, Spain
Mr. Min YAN
School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070, China
Dr. Gour Mohan Das
Laboratory of Biophotonics and Advanced Microscopy, Second Unit, Institute of Experimental Endocrinology and Oncology “G. Salvatore” (IEOS), National Research Council (CNR), Via P. Castellino 111, 80131 Naples, Italy

2022 Young Investigator Award

We are pleased to announce that the Sensors 2022 Young Investigator Award is now inviting nominations!

Eligibility and Requirements:
– Must have received a PhD degree no more than 10 years prior to 31 December 2022;
– Must have produced ground-breaking research and made a significant contribution to the advancement of sensors and sensing-related topics;
– Must be nominated by senior scientists.

List of Documents for Nomination:
– Detailed Curriculum Vitae, including an updated publication list and a list of the researcher’s own research grants;
– Scanned copy of doctorate certificate;
– Signed nomination letters from two established senior scientists.

Please submit your nominations here by 25 September 2022.
You are also welcomed to contribute the Special Issue:"Sensors Young Investigators’ Contributions Collection".

Event Chair

Prof. Dr. Vittorio M.N. Passaro

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e dell'Informazione (Department of Electrical and Information Engineering), Politecnico di Bari, Via Edoardo Orabona n. 4, 70125 Bari, Italy

Vittorio M. N. Passaro received his Laurea degree (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bari, Bari, Italy, in 1988, and his Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy, in 1992. Since 2000, he has been with the Politecnico di Bari as an Associate Professor of Electronics, and in 2021, he joined Politecnico di Bari as a Full Professor of Electronics. In 2004, he was the Founder and the Leader of the Photonics Research Group at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering. Since 1988, his research activities have been focused in many topics of integrated optoelectronics and photonics, publishing more than 400 papers in high-impact international journals (one being Nature Photonics) and conference proceedings. He holds two international patents and is the Editor of five scientific books (one by Springer). He is an Optica Fellow, an IEEE Senior Member, and an associated Member of the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies. He has been Editor-in-Chief of Sensors since 2012 and Associate Editor of Optics Express (Optica) since 2020.

Award Committee Chair

Prof. Vittorio M.N. Passaro

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e dell'Informazione (Department of Electrical and Information Engineering), Politecnico di Bari, Via Edoardo Orabona n. 4, 70125 Bari, Italy

Invited Speakers

Division of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, University of Glasgow

Qammer H. Abbasi (SMIEEE, MIET, FRET, FRSA) is a Reader with the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, U.K., and deputy head for Communication Sensing and Imaging group (110+ researchers). He has a grant portfolio of GBP 6M+ and has contributed to more than 350+ leading international technical journal and peer reviewed conference papers and 10 books and has received several recognitions for his research, including the URSI 2019 Young Scientist Awards, the UK exceptional talent endorsement by Royal Academy of Engineering, 8 best paper awards, and received media coverage by Analog IC tips, Microwaves & RF newsletters, Vertical news, Pakistan Dawn news, BBC news, Scotland TV, Fiercewireless, and other media houses. Dr. Abbasi is an IEEE senior member and is chair of IEEE APS/MTT Scotland joint chapter and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Chi Hwan Lee is the Lesli A. Geddes Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and by Courtesy, of Materials Engineering at Purdue University. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2009 and 2013, respectively. Prior to joining Purdue in 2015, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the guidance of Prof. John A. Rogers. His scholarly efforts are dedicated to addressing unmet clinical needs using novel yet simple wearable devices with a clear path towards translation to produce measurable clinical and economic impacts. Since 2015 at Purdue University, he has teamed to secure a number of grants totaling > USD 27M from NSF, NIH, AFOSR, AFRL, and Eli Lilly to support the thesis works of students. He has received prestigious national and international awards including the 2021 Sensors Young Investigator Award, the 2020 Purdue CoE Early Career Research Award, the 2019 NIH Trailblazer Award, and the 2019 Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) Young Investigator Award. He has published > 70 journal papers and 4 book chapters; issued 4 U.S. patents; filed 11 utility patents and 12 provisional patents; and launched 3 startup companies.

Ceremony Host

Ms. Andjela Sakota

Sensors Publishing Manager, MDPI

Ms. Andjela Sakota joined MDPI in November 2019. Now, Andjela is chief Section Managing Editor of Section “Sensor Materials” in Sensors. In addition, she serves as Publishing Manager of Sensors and is mainly responsible for external communication with Sensors’ authorship and readership.

Event Program


Time (CET)

Opening speech


Award ceremony


Winner presentation: Dr. Qammer H. Abbasi

Title: Sustainable Healthcare for All


Winner presentation: Dr. Chi Hwan Lee

Title: Wearable Technologies in Ocular Healthcare


Ending speech


Conference Secretariat

Ms. Fancy Zhai

(For Award Ceremony)

MDPI Branch Office, Beijing
Ms. Christian Liang

(For Sensors Awards)

MDPI Branch Office, Beijing

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