Vojislav Mitic, Department of Microelectronics, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Nis, Serbia
& Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Talk: Fractals nature and nano-micro structure within the energy frontiers
BIO: Professor Mitic obtained his B.Sc. degree 1982 in Material science at the University of Nis; M.Sc. degree 1990 in Material science at the University of Belgrade and Ph.D. in Material science at the University of Nis. In 1995 he got position of research scientist at the Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts; 1999 Mitic was promoted to senior (higher) scientific associate at the Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts – elected into the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Belgrade – main research field: Electronic Ceramic Materials. In 2004 he got the position of scientific adviser at the Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts; During his academic career Prof. Mitic thought 12 courses from Physical Chemistry to the Material for New and Alternative Energy Sources. Prof. Mitic has published 430 scientific publications where he pioneered application of fractal geometry and analysis in study of ceramics materials, nanotechnology and energetic issues. Professor Mitic is President of Serbian Ceramics Society and Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, World Academy of Ceramics (WAC), International Ceramic Federation (IFC), International Society for Stereology, European Microbial Analysis Society (EMAS), Royal Microscopic Society (UK), Material Research Society of Japan and IEEE, Australasian Ceramic Society etc. He is the recipient of numerous recognition awards received for the achievements in profession, acknowledged engagements in the Serbian society, and the development of his native city of Nis.

Stoyan K. Smoukov, Head, Active and Intelligent Materials Lab, University of Cambridge, UK

BIO: Stoyan Smoukov is the Head of the Active and Intelligent Materials group since 2012 in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. He has published more than 60 journal papers, cited over 1700 times, with H-index of 18, co-founded a startup company for producing nanofibers, and is leading the work on a number of European projects and industrial collaborations.  His current research interests are focused on the fundamentals of confinement, multi-responsive materials, as well as geometry and processing technologies for achieving responsiveness. The longer term goal is to create autonomous material robotics, where the materials themselves are the robots.