Dr Chao Wang

Lecturer in Electronic Systems

Location: Jennison Building - Room 1.57

Research Group: Communications

Subject Area: Microwave Photonics, Ultrafast Optical Imaging, Optical Fiber Sensors, Bio-photonics

Qualifications: BEng (Tianjin), MSc (Nankai), PhD (Ottawa), Fellow of HEA, Member of IEEE and OSA.

Dr Chao Wang is currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent. 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.

Dr Wang is the Programme Chair of MSc Broadband and Mobile Communications and MSc Wireless Communications and Signal Processing.

To read more about his research work, please visit his personal webpage


Dr Chao Wang received a B.Eng degree in Opto-electrical Engineering from Tianjin University, China (2002), a M.Sc degree in Optics from Nankai University, China (2005) and a Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada (2011). 

He joined the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent as a Lecturer in February 2013. Prior to joining Kent, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Photonics Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. During his PhD study at the University of Ottawa, his research efforts have been focused on Microwave Photonics, an area that studies the interaction between microwave and optical waves for various applications such as wireless communications, radar, sensors, biomedical imaging and instrumentation. He has extended his research fields to biophotonics when he did his postdoctoral work at UCLA, where he developed novel ultrafast and high-resolution real-time spectroscopy and microscopy for high-throughput imaging and screening rare cancer cells.

He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal publications and international conference papers (including five invited papers and three Best Student Paper Awards). For a complete list of his publications, please visit this page. The total citations of his work are more than 1200 and h-index is 20. His work has been highlighted in major academic media, such as Nature Photonics, Nature Biotechnology, Time Magazine, Scientific American, Optics & Photonics News and Laser Focus World.

He has received several prestigious international and national awards, including SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering (2008), Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2009) , IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship (2009), IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship (2010), Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011), and Marie-Curie Career Integration Grant (2014).

He is a member of IEEE, the IEEE-PS, the IEEE-MTTS, and OSA, and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. He also serves as a regular reviewer of many leading photonics journals of OSA, IEEE, Nature, AIP, IET, SPIE, Elsevier and Wiley. He has served as the Co-organizer and Chair of Mini-Symposium on Microwave Photonics at PIERS 2014. He is serving as the Guest Editor of Special Session on Microwave Photonics in SPIE Optical Engineering

Recent News: 

  • (October 2016) Dr Chao Wang's recent work entitled “Diffraction limited optical time-stretch microscopy using an in-fibre diffraction grating” has been accepted by the 2016 Frontiers in Optics (FiO) Conference as an oral postdeadline presentation. FiO is the Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of America (OSA). This year’s FiO, to be held in Rochester, New York, USA from 17-21 October 2016, is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of OSA. Postdeadline presentations describe new and significant material in rapidly advancing areas. Only a limited number of postdeadline submissions were selected for presentation, and only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness were accepted. 
  • (June 2016) Dr. Chao Wang received a Faculty of Sciences Research Fund 2016 Tranche 3 (£1,228) from the Univesity of Kent.
  • (May 2016) Dr Chao Wang and his colleagues from EDA, Dr Farzin Deravi and Dr Jim Ang, have recently been awarded an exchage grant to explore collaboration with the Centre for Nano and Biophotonics at Ghent University through the Ghent-Kent funding scheme. The proposed project aims to integrate high-throughput imaging with machine learning based pattern recognition for high-precision label-free cell screening.
  • (May 2016) An in-fiber lateral diffraction device made by a 45-degree tilted fiber grating makes spectrum-encoded imaging systems more compact with higher efficiency. Check our recent paper published in Optics Letters.
  • (January 2016) Dr Chao Wang has received a research award in the value of £14,868.35 from The Royal Society (Research Grants Scheme) to investigate highly efficient ultrafast optical imaging systems. Dr Wang’s current research focuses on developing novel ultrafast imaging tools for biomedical applications, by merging state-of-the-art optical communications hardware, advanced signal processing algorithms, with bioengineering technology. 
  • (October 2015) Dr Chao Wang presented the recent work on frequency-swept microwave source at the IEEE Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics (MWP 2015). 
  • (October 2015) PhD student Guoqing presented the recent results on "Highly efficient spectrally encoded imaging" at the Aston Year of Light 2015 workshop and won the Best Student Poster Prize (third prize). 
  • (September 2015) Dr Chao Wang attended the 41st European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC2015) and presented one invited talk at "Microwave Photonics" workshop
  • (July 2015) Dr Chao Wang attended the 14th International Conference on Optical Communications and Networks (ICOCN 2015) and presented two papers, including one invited talk.
  • (April 2015)  Dr Chao Wang is serving as the Guest Editor of Special Session on Microwave Photonics in SPIE Optical Engineering.
  • (January 2015) Welcome Mr Chaitanya Kumar Mididoddi who joined the team as a new PhD student.
  • (December 2014) A new paper entitled "Dispersive Fourier Transformation for Versatile Microwave Photonics Applications" has been published in MDPI Photonics (Special Issue on Microwave Photonics). 
  • (September 2014) Kent team (Dr Nathan Gomes as PI, Prof Jiangzhou WangDr Huiling Zhu and Dr Chao Wang as Co-Is) has been awarded a Horizon 2020 EU-Japan Collaboration Project. The RAPID project will investigate technology and techniques for dense wireless user network environment using advanced photonic infrastructure.
  • (September 2014) Welcome Mr Guoqing Wang and Mr Eamon J. Ahmad to join the team. They are both new PhD students starting from September.
  • (August 2014) Dr Chao Wang attended the 35th Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS 2014) held in Guangzhou, China. In this conference, he served as the TPC member of the Subcommittee 3 (Optics and Photonics), the Co-organizer and Co-Chair of the first Mini-Symposium on Microwave Photonics, and the Co-organizer and Chair of Focus Session on Real-time High-Speed Measurements for Communication, Biomedical & industrial Applications. Dr Wang also gave an invited talk entitled "Photonic Time Stretch Channelizer for Broadband Microwave Spectrum Sensing"
  • (July 2014) Welcome Mr Rui Min to join the team in July. Rui is a visiting research student from Harbin Engineering University, China.
  • (May 2014) Dr Chao Wang has been awarded a Chunhui Academic Exchange Grant, funded by the Ministry of Education of China, to develop collaboration with Southwest Jiaotong University in China. 
  • (April 2014) Dr Chao Wang has just been awarded a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (CIG) in the value of 100,000 Euros funded by European Union. Read more in EDA News
  • (April 2014) Dr Chao Wang and Dr Paul Young have been awarded an additional University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship. A PhD postition is available immediately. The successful candidate will work on a research project entitled "Real-time photonic terahertz coherence tomography". The project is a collabration with Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Further information on the project and how to apply can be found on this page.
  • (March 2014) Dr Chao Wang has been awarded a Royal Society International Exchanges Grant, with Prof Ming Li from the Institute of Semiconductor, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 
  • (February 2014) Dr Nathan Gomes and Dr Chao Wang have been awarded a University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship. This studentship is available to investigate a technique for optical fibre transport of MIMO/virtual-MIMO radio signals for 5G wireless/mobile systems.
  • (January 2014) Dr Chao Wang hosted Prof Bahram Jalali's visit to the School of EDA. Prof Jalali is the Northrop-Grumman Endowed Chair in Optoelectronics and Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA, Fellow of IEEE, the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the American Physical Society (APS). Prof Jalali gave a School Research Seminar talk during his visit to EDA.

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Study Opportunities for Graduate Students:

Exciting study opportunities are available for graduate (PhD and Master) students. Candidates with various educational and research backgrounds such as electrical engineering, phyics, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering are welcome to apply. Backgrounds in photonics/optics would be a plus. Prospective students can work on a number of interesting projects. Proposals from students are also very welcome. Interested candidates should send a brief email along with an updated CV to Dr Chao Wang. Information about postgraduate programs in the School of Engineering and Digitial Arts at the University of Kent and how to apply can be found here.

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Dr Chao Wang's 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, biophotonics and fiber optics, for industrial, communications, biomedical, and defense applications. 

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

  • Biophotonics: ultrafast high-throughput optical imaging for biomedical applicaitons, optical coherence tomography.

  • Ultrafast 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.

His research activities have been funded by the EU Marie-Curie Actions, the Royal Society of UK, University of Kent, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. His current funded research projects include:

  • 2016-2017 (PI) The Royal Society Research Grants, "Photonic-enabled big data compression in ultrafast imaging".
  • 2014-2017 (Co-I, with Dr N. Gomes (PI), Prof J. Wang and Dr H. Zhu) EU Horizon 2020 EU-Japan Cooperation Project, "Radio Technologies for 5G using Advanced Photonic Infrastructure for Dense User Environment (RAPID)". 
  • 2014-2018 (PI) EU FP-7 Marie-Curie Career Integration Grant (CIG), "Next generation ULTrafast continuously running Imaging System for biomedical applications (NULTIS)".
  • 2014-2016 (PI) The Royal Society International Exchanges Grant, "Integrated Microwave Photonics Signal Processing for High-speed Optical Imaging".
  • 2014-2017 (PI, with Dr P. Young and Prof J. Stiens) University of Kent - VUB Collaboration Project, "Real-time Photonic Terahertz Coherence Tomography".
  • 2014-2017 (Co-I, with Dr N. Gomes(PI)) University of Kent 50th Anniversary PhD Studentship,  "Optical fibre transport of MIMO/virtual-MIMO radio signals for 5G wireless/mobile systems".
  • 2013-2016 (PI) University of Kent Faculty of Sciences Research Funds.

More information about Dr Wang's research can be found here


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Dr Wang's research activities have been funded by different funding bodies. 

Marie Curie Actions  The Royal Society  The EU Horizon 2020  University of Kent  

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