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

Chao Wang, PhD

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

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Dr Chao Wang joined the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA), University of Kent, UK, as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) 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, the Royal Society, 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 80 peer-reviewed journal publications and international conference papers (including several invited papers). The total citations of his work are over 1300 and h-index is 20 (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. He also serves as an active reviewer of many leading photonics journals of Nature, OSA, IEEE, IET, SPIE, Elsevier and Wiley. He serves as a TPC member for many international photonics conferences, such as OECC, 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 as the Guest Editor of Special Session on Microwave Photonics in SPIE Optical Engineering in 2015.

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


Research Interests:

  • 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.