Sylvain Gigan


Sylvain Gigan is Professor of Physics at Sorbonne Université in Paris, and group leader in Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel, at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS, Paris). His research interests focuses on light propagation in complex media, and range from fundamental investigations, biomedical imaging, computational imaging, signal processing, to quantum information. He is also the cofounder of a spin-off: LightOn ( developing optical computing solutions for machine learning.

After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau France) in 2000, and a Master Specialization in Optics from University Paris XI (Orsay, France), he obtained a PhD in Physics 2004 from University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France) in quantum and non-linear Optics. From 2004 to 2007, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Vienna University (Austria), working on quantum optomechanics, in the group of Markus Aspelmeyer and Anton Zeilinger. from 2007 to 2014, he was at ESPCI ParisTech in Paris, as Associate Professor, and started working on optical imaging in complex media and wavefront shaping techniques, at the Langevin Institute. He was appointed full professor at Sorbonne Université in 2014 and joined the LKB as group leader. He was awarded the Fabry de Gramont Prize of the French Optical Society in 2016, The Joseph Fourier ATOS prize in 2018, the Jean Jerphagnon Prize in 2019. He is the recipient of two ERC grants in 2011 and 2017. He is Optica Fellow. He was a member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2016-2021). He is Editor of Optics Communications, Optica, Intelligent Computing & eLight.



Sorbonne University, Paris


Debate speaker, 2024

Debate 2024, Scientific Committee 2024