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 Jianping YAO, PhD, PEng
Fellow IEEE, OSA, CAE


    Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair
      Research Interests

      Microwave Photonics
    - Photonic generation and processing of microwave signals
    - Photonic generation of arbitrary microwave waveforms
    - Radio over fiber
    - Optically controlled phased array antennas
    - Silicon photonics
    - Microwave photonic sensors
    - Fiber Bragg gratings
    - Biomedical microwave photonics

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    • Distinguished University Professor (2016)
    • IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer 2013-2015
    • Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) (2012)
    • Fellow of IEEE (2012)
    • Fellow of The Optical Society of America (OSA) (2010)
    • University Research Chair in Microwave Photonics (2007)
    • George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research (2007)

    • June 2017: Jiejun Zhang and Xiang Chen received their PhD degree certificates at the convocation of the University of Ottawa, held in the Shaw Centre on 20 June 2017.
    • May 2017: our work on an integrated parity-time symmetric wavelength-tunable single-mode microring laser was published in Nature Communications in the May 2017 issue.
    • April 2017: Weilin Liu successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Ultra-fast Photonic Signal Processors Based on Photonic Integrated Circuits" on 26 April 2017.
    • April 2017: Xiang Chen successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Coherent radio over fiber for broadband wireless access networks" on 25 April 2017. The thesis was nominated for best thesis prize.
    • February 2017: Prof. Yao was awarded a Strategic Partnership Grant (SPG) of $552,000 over three years from The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), to develop Microwave Photonics Techniques for 5G. Read uOttawa news release.
    • January 2017: Jiejun sucessfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Photonic Dispersive Delay Line for Broadband Microwave Signal Processing" on 24 Jan. 2017.
    • November 2016: The paper authored by Prof. Yao entitled "Microwave Photonics" published in IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology in 2009 was among the 20 highest cited papers in IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology both in terms of total citations and citations per year
    • November 2016: Weifeng was selected to receive a Best Student Paper Award (Bronze) at the 2016 IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics (MWP2016) for the paper entitled "Silicon-Based On-Chip Electrically Tunable Phase-Shifted Waveguide Bragg Grating for Integrated Microwave Photonic Applications" presented at the conference. MWP2016 was held in Long Beach, USA, on 31 October-3 November, 2016. This is the third consecutive year that a best student paper award was received by a PhD student from the MWPLab.
    • August 2016: our work "A fully reconfigurable photonic integrated signal processor" published in Nature Photonics was featured in an article "The bandwidth bottlenek" published in Nature in August 2016.
    • August 2016: Weifeng has been selected as one of the recipients of the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) 2016 Graduate Student Fellowships . The IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship Program was created to honor outstanding Photonics Society student members pursuing graduate education within the Photonics Society field of interest. Ten fellowships are awarded each year. The award ceremony will be made during the 2016 IEEE Photonics Conference, 2-6 October 2016, at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawaii USA. Three PhD students from the group were selected to receive the fellowship in the last 4 years (Hiva 2012, Weilin 2015, Weifeng 2016).
    • July 2016: The paper authored by Prof. Yao entitled "Microwave Photonics" published in IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology in 2009 was selected as one of the most impactful papers in the special paper collection A Third of a Century of Lightwave Technology. This special collection contains the most impactful papers from JLT's third of a century-long history, reflecting on the progress and impact that lightwave technologies have had on society.
    • June 2016: Congratulations to Weilin and Xiang on receiving a scholarship ($6000 each) from the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to support their graduate studies in the University of Ottawa. The scholarship program was created by the CSC to support outstanding self-financed students studying abroad.
    • June 2016: Congratulations to Weifeng and Xiang on receiving a prestigious 2016 SPIE scholarship ($2,500 each). The SPIE scholarship program was created by the the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) to support outstanding students for their potential long-range contribution to optics and photonics.
    • June 2016: Prof. Yao is conferred the title of Distinguished University Professor of the University of Ottawa. The title of Distinguished University Professor is conferred on faculty members in recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement, pre-eminence in a field of knowledge and a solid teaching record. Read more
    • February 2016: Prof. Yao and his team, in collaboration with Prof. Larry Coldren from the University of California Santa Barbara, has published a new study demonstrating the first fully reconfigurable photonic integrated signal processor, in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Photonics. Please read the uOttawa media release uOttawa scientist announces a breakthrough photonic signal processor.
    • January 2016: Prof. Yao and two other scientists interviewed by Nature Photonics to comment on the development of programmable optical chips.

      Prof. Jianping Yao, PhD, PEng, FIEEE, FOSA, FCAE
      School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
      University of Ottawa
      25 Templeton Street
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
      Office: ARC 311
      Tel: (613) 562-5800 x 6309, Fax: (613) 562-5664
      E-mail: jpyao [at] uottawa.ca or jpyao [at] ieee.org