Prof. López-Higuera is the founder and head of the Photonics Engineering Group of the University of Cantabria, Spain. He is a Member of a wide set of international Committees of Conferences, R&D Institutions, and Companies in the area of photonic sensing. His work is focused on optical sensor systems and instrumentations for any sector application. He has worked in a wide range of R&D&i projects, acting in more than 80 of them as manager. He has contributed with more than 600 research publications including 17 patents closely related to optical and fiber techniques for sensors and instrumentations. He has worked as an editor and co-author of four R&D international books, as a co-editor of several conference proceedings and Journals and he has been the director of 16 PhD theses. He is co-founder of three technology-based companies. Prof. López-Higuera is a Fellow of OSA, Fellow of SPIE, Senior of IEEE and is a Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Cantabria. He is member of the CIBER-BBN at ISCIII. He is the founder and director of the International School on Light Sciences and Technologies at the “university of universities” the International University Menendez Pelayo in Spain.