• "<strong>Canterbury, UK</strong>"
  • "<strong>University of Kent, View from Campus</strong>"
  • "<strong>University of Kent, Campus</strong>"
  • "<strong>School of Engineering and Digital Arts</strong>"
  • "<strong>Photonics Lab</strong>"
  • "<strong>Photonics Lab</strong>"
Chao Wang

Chao Wang, PhD

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Electronic Systems
School of Engineering and Digital Arts
University of Kent

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Dr Chao Wang is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA), University of Kent, UK, where he joined first as a Lecturer in February 2013. From 2011 to 2012, he was a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Photonics Lab, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. He received a B.Eng degree in Opto-electrical Engineering from Tianjin University, China, in 2002, a M.Sc degree in Optics from Nankai University, China, in 2005, and a Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 2011.

His research interests lie in inter-disciplinary areas that study the interaction between Photonics and other traditional or state-of-the-art technologies in different fields, such as microwave photonics, optical communications, and biophotonics, for widespread industrial, communications, biomedical, and defense applications. For more information about his research work, please go the Research page. His research activities have been funded by EU Marie-Curie Actions, Engineering and Physcial Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of UK, the Royal Society, the UKRI Catapult programme, the University of Kent, and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. A list of his grants and funded projects can be viewed here.

He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal publications and international conference papers (including several invited papers). The total citations of his work are over 2600 and h-index is 28 (Google Scholar). His work has been highlighted in major academic media, such as Nature PhotonicsNature BiotechnologyTime MagazineScientific AmericanOptics & Photonics News and Laser Focus World.

He has been granted several prestigious international and regional awards, including SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering (2008), Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2009), Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (2009), IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship (2009), IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship (2010), Best Paper Award at IEEE MWP 2010, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011), and EU Marie-Curie Career Integration Grant Award (2014).

He is a member of  IEEE, the IEEE-PS, the IEEE-MTTS, OSA and SPIE, a Fellow of Higher Education Acadmy (HEA) of UK. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, and served as the Guest Editor of Special Session on Microwave Photonics in SPIE Optical Engineering in 2015. He is an active reviewer of many leading photonics journals of Nature, OSA, IEEE, IET, SPIE, Elsevier and Wiley. He also serves as a TPC member for many international photonics conferences, such as OECC, IEEE MWP, Photonics West, ACP, Photonics Asia, and PIERS. He served as the Co-organizer and Chair of Mini-Symposium on Microwave Photonics in PIERS 2014, the Symposium Co-Chair of CLEO-PR 2017, and the TPC Co-Chair of OGC 2019 conference. He is also the Publications Officer of IEEE Photonics Society UK and Ireland Chapter.

Dr Wang's short CV can be viewed from this page.

Research Interest

  • Microwave Photonics: photonic generation of microwave arbitrary waveforms, microwave photonic signal processing, radio-over-fiber, optical sensors.

  • Biophotonics: ultrafast biomedical imaging for cancer diagnosis, optical coherence tomography.

  • Ultrfast Optics: coherent optical pulse shaping, characterization of ultrafast optical pulses, ultrafast optical signal processing.

  • Fiber Optics: fiber lasers and amplifiers, fiber Bragg gratings, fiber-optic sensors and ultrafast interrogation systems, photonic crystal fiber devices.

Research Funding