Keynote Presentations
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tuesday Opening Keynote Address
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Portland Ballroom
Dr. Barry Wood, NRC Canada



Dr. Barry Wood, National Research Council Canada (NRC).

The Revised SI – A Change That’s Worth the Weight
Later this fall we will all embark on the most fundamental change to our SI measurement system in living memory.  This international initiative is the result of decades of negotiations and associated metrological advancements and it finally implements the century old advice of such scientific giants as Gauss, Maxwell and Planck. I will briefly outline the origins and evolution of our measurement system, the SI. I will then describe the revised SI, its ties to fundamental constants and the impact of these changes. Finally, I will mention the remaining administrative timeline and offer some guidance about the implementation of these changes.

Dr. Barry Wood received his PhD in physics from the University of Toronto in 1981 and then joined the Electrical Standards group of the National Research Council in Ottawa, Canada.  Since that time he has been involved in various electrical measurements including the Josephson effect, the quantum Hall effect, cryogenic current comparators, impedance standards, the calculable capacitor and the watt balance. He is the present Vice-Chairman and former Chairman of the CODATA Task Group on Fundamental Constants and the Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Electricity and Magnetism's working group on proposed changes to the SI. He is a past Chairman of the US National Academies’ review panel for the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the National Research Council of Canada.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Wednesday Morning Keynote Address 
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Portland Ballroom
Dr. Gregory F. Strouse, NIST


Dr. Gregory F. Strouse, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Democratization of the SI through Quantum SI Technologies
The SI redefinition, on 20 May 2019, creates the opportunity for NIST to disrupt the dissemination of the SI. We are working to eliminate the reliance on artifact-based traceability to the SI through a National Measurement Institute (NMI) such as NIST. By leveraging the SI redefinition to that of quantum phenomena and fundamental constants of nature, NIST is creating new Quantum SI technologies. Through this effort, the Quantum SI will redefine what traceability means to mainstream measurement capabilities in industry. Deployment of multifunction Quantum SI devices on a NIST-on-a-Chip (NoaC) platform creates an innovative and visionary approach to solving measurement needs in metrology and technology applications, essentially giving stakeholders the chance to have direct and automatic traceability in their labs. This democratization of the SI through NoaC will allow NIST-level measurement capabilities at the point of use. Additionally, the business model of relying on an NMI to calibrate artifacts to initiate SI traceability will be phased out. By creating a ubiquitous quantum SI environment, this will enable NIST to focus on new metrology frontiers and solve challenging science problems, while maintaining measurement expertise to support the metrology community. A look at NIST quantum SI devices that are available now as well as the future will be discussed. 

Dr. Gregory F. Strouse is the Associate Director for Measurement Services of the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and is a member of the board responsible for assessments of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Quality System. Since joining NIST in 1988, he has become a leading expert in temperature measurement and the realization and dissemination of the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS‐90). He has designed and built up several new world-class facilities including laboratories for the calibration of standard platinum resistance thermometers, thermocouples and industrial thermometers, and he is a NVLAP technical and lead assessor. His current research interests include National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-on-a-Chip embedded sensors, cold-chain management for vaccines, dynamic pressure sensors and standards, Johnson noise thermometry, acoustic gas thermometry, realization of the Boltzmann  constant, photonic pressure standards and sensors, and development of alternative thermometers

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday Closing Keynote Address & Keynote Breakfast | Portland Ballroom 
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast (everyone is welcome)
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Dr. James Kakalios

Dr. James Kakalios, The author of “The Physics of Superheros."

Dr. James Kakalios is the Taylor Distinguished Professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy.  He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1985; worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the Xerox – Palo Alto Research Center; and then in 1988, having had enough of those California winters, joined the faculty of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include nanocrystalline and amorphous semiconductors, pattern formation in sandpiles and fluctuation phenomena in neurological systems. 

His popular science book THE PHYSICS OF SUPERHEROES was published in 2005 in the U.S. and the U.K., and has been translated into six languages. The SPECTACULAR SECOND EDITION was published in November 2009, followed by THE AMAZING STORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS in 2010. His new book THE PHYSICS OF EVERYDAY THINGS: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day was published by Crown Books in May 2017. 


Updated 5/16/2018