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Special Sessions

Updated: March 20, 2024

Special Sessions and Events Chair: Luiz Augusto Sousa Oliveira

Several Special Sessions and Events will be organized during INTERMAG 2024.
Check below the ones that fit your interests and pay attention to those that demand pre-registration due the maximum number of attendees.

Plenary Talk 1

Wednesday (May 8) from 5 to 6 p.m.
Room: ASIA

Title: Advances in orbitronics: giant torques from orbital textures at interfaces, light-induced orbital currents for TeraHz emission.

Albert Fert

Albert Fert, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, France
Nobel Prize in Physics 2007 for Giant Magnetoresistance.

Note: This Plenary Talk will be presented remotely by Prof. Albert Fert, following medical recommendations.

Plenary Talk 2

Wednesday (May 8) from 6 to 7 p.m.
Room: ASIA

Title: Spintronics: Fundamentals and some recent advances.

Sergio M. Rezende

Sergio M. Rezende, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Brazilian Minister of Science Technology and Innovation from 2005 to 2010

Special Session: 100 Years of the Concept of Spin (Spin100)

This will be a special session to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of “Spin” that will feature three distinguished plenary talks by:

Alberto P. Guimarães

Alberto P. Guimarães from Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (Brazil) will delve into the history of Spin.

Stuart Parkin

Stuart Parkin from the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics (Germany) will provide insights into the latest advances in spintronics.

Gregory Fuchs

Gregory Fuchs from Cornell University (USA) will explore the perspective of spin qubits.

This unique session promises to offer valuable perspectives on the evolution of spin-related research and technology.
Tuesday (May 7) from 7 to 9 p.m.
Room: ASIA
No pre-registration required

Panel: Magnetics for Tomorrow’s Medical Technologies

Chairs: Ravi L. Hadimani1,2 and Nian Sun3
1 College of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
2 Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
3 College of Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

Wednesday (May 8) from 2 to 4 p.m.
This Panel is Organized by The IEEE Magnetics Society Technical Committee

Panel Speakers
Cindi Dennis ---NIST ---- Magnetic Nanoparticles for theranostic applications
Stuart Parkin

Dr. Cindi Dennis is a Research Physicist in the Material Measurement Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Her research focuses on magnetic characterization, including methods and instrumentation and standard reference materials, of 0D, 1D, 2D, and 3D magnetic materials. She is the project leader for the magnetic materials metrology project at NIST, and the champion/project lead for the NIST project on “Thermal MagIC: An SI-Traceable Method for Thermal Magnetic Imaging and Control

Dominic Labanowski ---- Sonera --- Brain sensing
Dominic Labanowski

Dr. Dominic Labanowski is the Chief Technical Officer at Sonera, Inc. Sonera is developing scalable, solid-state magnetometers to enable commercially viable brain-computer interfaces. Sonera's sensors are based on Acoustically Driven Ferromagnetic Resonance - an approach that leverages advances in multiferroic materials combined with established MR magnetometry techniques to dramatically reduce the size, weight, power, and cost of MR-based magnetometers.

Masaki Sekino ----- Tokyo University --- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Masaki Sekino

Prof. Sekino focuses on overcoming the challenge of magnetically stimulating deep brain regions. He employs three approaches: optimizing TMS coil windings mathematically, exploring neuronal membrane responses to electric fields based on frequency modulation, and investigating the use of magnetic nanoparticles combined with mechanically gated ion channels for inducing neuronal firings.

Shelly Fried ---- Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital----Micromagnetic brain stimulation
Shelly Fried

Prof. Fried’s studies have shown that very small, implantable-size coils (referred to as microcoils) can effectively activate CNS neurons. The use of microcoils is particularly intriguing as a next-generation cochlea implant because magnetic fields pass readily through the bony wall of the scala tympani, allowing activation of targeted spiral ganglion fibers without the spread of activation and corresponding loss of spectral resolution associated with electrode.

Usha Varshney --- NSF ---- Funding in biomagnetics and international collaborations
Usha Varshney

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports science and engineering in all U.S. states and territories. The NSF invests in researchers to support basic research for discovery and innovation; development of research infrastructure and state-of-the-art tools to sustain the nation's scientific enterprise; and education and training programs for individuals from diverse backgrounds. In addition, NSF supports research partnerships between colleges, universities, industry, nonprofits, government, and other organizations within the U.S. and across the globe. This presentation will provide the mode of collaboration for international researchers with U.S. researchers through various programs and initiatives at NSF."

Panel: Large Open Facilities in Latin America - opportunities for magnetism

Chair: Rubem L. Sommer (CBPF, Brazil)

Wednesday (May 8) from 2 to 4 p.m.

Panel talks
1. Neutron Science and Magnetism: Opportunities and Challenges posed by the Argentine Neutron Beam Laboratory.

Marina Tortarolo (Argentine Neutron Beam Laboratory LAHN/CNEA)

The Argentine Neutron Beam Laboratory (LAHN – Laboratorio Argentino de Haces de Neutrones) is a novel research center dedicated to the study and characterization of material systems by means of state-of-the-art neutron techniques. It will make use of the neutron beams provided by the RA–10, a 30 MW open-pool research reactor currently being built by the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) in Centro Atómico Ezeiza, near Buenos Aires city, Argentina. LAHN aims to become a hub for interdisciplinary research,providing world–class tools for characterization and scientific research to a wide and international community of users. The techniques available at the initial stage include neutron imaging and tomography, diffraction optimized for strain mapping, polarized neutron reflectometry and small-angle neutron scattering.

Properties like charge neutrality, spin angular momentum and wavelengths in the range of 0.1– 3 nm make thermal and cold neutrons a valuable probe for non-destructive investigation in a variety of systems. In fact, neutrons provide unique advantages that complement perfectly other kinds of radiation, such as X-rays, such as higher penetration depths, a scattering length which varies non-monotonically with the atomic number, sensitivity to magnetism and the possibility to achieve contrast–matching by deuteration and other isotopic substitutions. A wide array of techniques has been developed to take advantage of these unique capabilities. These are applied across diverse research fields, such as materials science, cultural heritage, nanotechnology and biological systems, to name only a few.

In this talk we present the instruments that will be hosted at LAHN once the reactor is operative,focusing on those more widely used for the study of magnetic systems: the Small-Angle NeutronScattering (SANS), Polarized Neutron Reflectometry (PNR) and powder diffraction (NPD) instruments. Projects for a second stage, such as a triple-axis spectrometer, will also be commented. The advantages and challenges posed by combining neutrons and synchrotron as a probe for matter, thus developing a regional hub for science and innovation with high impact on the magnetism community, will be highlighted.

2. Status of SIRIUS, the new Brazilian synchrotron source, and its potential in the investigation of magnetic materials

Julio Criginski Cezar (Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory LNLS/ CNPEM)

Abstract: Synchrotrons are particle accelerators optimized to produce electromagnetic radiation with several key features like ample spectrum range, polarization control, high degree of coherence and defined time structure. The synchrotron radiation is used in instruments called beam lines located around the accelerator. One synchrotron can have several beam lines operating in parallel and independently. SIRIUS is a new state-of-art synchrotron source located in the city of Campinas, São Paulo state, Brazil. At the moment it provides ten beam lines covering several techniques which the scientific community access through a proposal submission and evaluation procedure. In this panel we will present the status of the SIRIUS project, showing the characterization techniques presently available and short term perspectives for future instruments. We will give particular emphasis to those techniques related to the magnetic investigation of matter, with examples of recent results obtained in these beam lines. We expect to show that synchrotron radiation techniques can bring unique information about magnetic materials and complement traditional magnetic characterization.

About the speakers
Marina Tortarolo
Marina Tortarolo

Marina Tortarolo is a researcher at the National Research and Technology Council and the Argentine Atomic Energy Commission. She has recently joined the Neutron Beam Laboratory, LAHN, as an instrument scientist. She got her Physics degree at the University of Buenos Aires, and her PhD at Instituto Balseiro, in Bariloche, Argentina. After that she spent several years in France, as a postdoc at Synchrotron SOLEIL, studying the ultrafast demagnetization dynamics in magnetic layers (2010-2012), and at SPINTEC, in the French Atomic Energy Commission, focusing on spintronic devices (2013-2015). Her current research interests include multiferroics, magnetic domain wall dynamics and spintronic neuromorphic devices, running the magneto-optics lab at the Condensed Matter Department at CNEA.

Julio Criginski Cezar

Julio Criginski Cezar has background in Physics, with emphasis in magnetism. After graduation, he has worked from 2003 to 2011 at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France, using spectroscopic techniques to investigate magnetic materials. At the end of this period he joined the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, LNLS, an open facility of the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials, CNPEM, located in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, where he is a senior research leader. His research focuses mostly on the multifunctional properties of metallic and complex oxides heterostructures, including the use of synchrotron radiation techniques.

Panel: Magnetic Technologies for Smooth Transition Towards More Sustainable Tomorrow

Chairs: Min-Fu Hsieh1 and Johan Paulides2
1 National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
2 AE Group (Advanced Electromagnetics), Waalwijk, The Netherlands

Thursday (May 9) from 2 to 4 p.m.
This Panel is Organized by The IEEE Magnetics Society Technical Committee

Panel Speakers
Parag Upadhyay, PhD, SM-IEEE
Parag Upadhyay

Dr. Parag is a Technology Leader and Research Professional in the area of Rotating Electric Machines and Transformers. Technology assessments and new developments on Distribution Transformers (Oil filled/DRY), Small, Medium and Large Power Transformers, Special Transformers, NEMA & IEC LV Motors; various types of Asynchronous and Synchronous motors, Power Electronics converters. Specialties: Electric Machine Design (CAD), and FE Analysis and solving electromagnetic issues of Industrial and Automotive Electric Drives, System level evaluations of Electric Propulsion, Flywheel Energy Storage, new motor and generator technologies for direct drives. Delivered excellent technical results with highest white collar productivity in terms of next generation technologies to business units and to the market.

Noureddine TAKORABET
Noureddine TAKORABET

Presently working as Professor of Electrical Engineering at "Université de Lorraine", France, Prof. Noureddine TAKORABET is graduated as Engineer in "Ecole Nationale Polytechnique" of Algiers (Algeria). He received Master of Science from "Université Henri Poincaré" (Nancy-France) and PhD from "Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine" in 1996 (Nancy-France). His main teaching activities deal with electrical machines, electromagnetics, numerical simulation and mathematics. He led many national projects and involved in European projects H2020 ( about more electric aircrafts. Actually, he is Director of the research center GREEN: Group of Research in Electrical Engineering of Nancy (20 Prof. and Ass. Prof) ( He is the head of international laboratory: Electrical Engineering Thai-French Research center in collaboration with King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok ( In 2019 he is chair-organizer of the 19th International Symposium on Electromagnetic Fields in Mechatronics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering ISEF2019 ( He has been member of ICEM NPO AdCom, and is currently member of ISEF Steering Committee.

Kenji Nakamura
Kenji Nakamura

Prof. Kenji Nakamura currently works at the Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University. In his laboratory, with his team, Prof. Kenji Nakamura is researching on improving the performance and efficiency of energy conversion and control devices that support a series of systems from the generation of electric energy to its use, and on constructing electric energy application systems, such as offshore wind power generation systems and electric vehicles, that combine these devices in an advanced manner. Prof. Kenji Nakamura laboratory at Tohoku University:

Johan Paulides
Johan Paulides

Dr. Johannes J. H. Paulides (Senior Member, IEEE) received the master's and Ph.D. degrees from the Electric Machine and Drives Group Sheffield, U.K. Followed by 12.5 years in various roles with the Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, subject more sustainable society (includes automotive). He is a worldwide respected expert in electric machines, power electronics, drives, linear actuators and active suspension and organizer and invited speaker at a variety of suspension, electrical machines and drives conferences. Currently his commercial activities span all facets of electrical drives. He is the Owner of the AE-Group as a family owned business, third generation, which was established as Paulides BV in 1938. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 international publications, more than 10 patents, IEEE Editor, Guest Lecturer with the European School of Magnetism, and the Program Chair of the INTERMAG conference and a Program Member and/or session organizer of various conferences related to suspensions, electromagnetism, and more-electric applications.