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Dr Chao Wang is currently a Lecturer 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.
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 1280 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 in PIERS 2014, and the Symposium Co-chair in CLEO-PR/OECC/PGC 2017. He also served as the Guest Editor of Special Session on Microwave Photonics in SPIE Optical Engineering.
- (March 2017) Chaitanya's paper entitled "Adaptive non-uniform photonic time stretch for blind RF signal detection with compressed time-bandwidth product" has been published in Optics Communications. Congratulations!
- (February 2017) Dr. Chao Wang received a Faculty of Sciences Research Fund 2017 Tranche 1 (£2,000) from the Univesity of Kent.
- (January 2017) Dr. Chao Wang is serving as the TPC member and Symposium Co-chair in the CLEO-PR/OECC/PGC 2017.
- (January 2017) Dr. Chao Wang is serving as a TPC member in the International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics (MWP 2017).
- (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.
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.
University of Kent
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.
Press Coverage & Highlights:
Dr Wang's research activities have been funded by different funding bodies.
- Low-cost coherent radio over fibre for dense access networks
- Optical multiplexing for millimetre-wave MIMO signal transport
- High-throughput Spectroscopy and Microscopy for Biomedical Applications
- Photonics-Enabled High-Throughput Terahertz Coherence Tomography
- Microwave Photonics Signal Processing
- Ultrafast Interrogation of Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors
PhD students supervised as the first supervisor:
Mr Eamonn J Ahmad (2014-2018): High-throughput photonics-enabled mm-wave coherence tomography
Mr Guoqing Wang (2014-2018): Ultrafast optical imaging
Mr Chaitanya K Mididoddi (2015-2019): Optical compressive sensing for ultrafast imaging and measurement
PhD students supervised as the second supervisor:
AE Aighobahi: Radio over fibre
U Habib: Radio over Fibre, Millimetre Wave Communication, 5G Mobile/Communication Networks
S Noor: Subcarrier multiplexing radio over fibreback to top
EL562 Computer Interfacing (2nd year project)
EL600 Project (Final year project)
Foundation Year Modules:
- Regular Reviewer of more than 20 international Journals from IEEE, OSA, Nature, AIP, IET, SPIE, Elsevier, and Wiley.
- Remote Referee of European Research Council (2016-2017)
- Grant Reviewer and Panelist of British Council Newton Fund (2014-2017)
- Member of EPSRC Associate Peer Review College (2016- )
- Guest Editor of SPIE Optical Engineering
- External examiner for PhD viva in Aston and VUB.