Jianping Yao (M'99-SM'01-F'12) is a Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Université de Toulon et du Var, France, in December 1997. From 1998 to 2001, he was with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, as an Assistant Professor. In December 2001, he joined the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa, as an Assistant Professor, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in May 2003, and Full Professor in May 2006. He was appointed University Research Chair in Microwave Photonics in 2007. In June 2016, Prof. Yao was conferred the title of Distinguished University Professor of the University of Ottawa. From July 2007 to June 2010 and July 2013 to June 2016, he served as Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Prof. Yao has authored or co-authored more than 530 research papers (H-index: 58) including more than 320 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 210 papers in conference proceedings. Prof. Yao is a Topical Editor for Optics Letters, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Optics Communications, Frontiers of Optoelectronics, and Science Bulletin. He was as a guest co-editor for a Focus Issue on Microwave Photonics in Optics Express in 2013 and a lead-editor for a Feature Issue on Microwave Photonics in Photonics Research in 2014. Prof. Yao currently serves as the Chair of the IEEE Photonics Ottawa Chapter and is the Technical Committee Chair of IEEE MTT-3 (Microwave Photonics). Prof. Yao was a member on the European Research Council Grant Panel in 2016. Prof. Yao has also served as a Chair for numerous international conferences, symposia, and workshops, including the Vice Technical Program Committee (TPC) Chair of the IEEE Microwave Photonics Conference 2007, TPC Co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Microwave Photonics Conference 2009 and 2010, TPC Chair of the high-speed and broadband wireless technologies subcommittee of the IEEE Radio Wireless Symposium 2009-2012, TPC Chair of the microwave photonics subcommittee of the IEEE Photonics Society Annual Meeting 2009, TPC Chair of the IEEE Microwave Photonics Conference 2010, General Co-Chair of the IEEE Microwave Photonics Conference 2011, TPC Co-Chair of the IEEE Microwave Photonics Conference 2014, and General Co-Chair of the IEEE Microwave Photonics Conference 2015 and 2018. He has also served as a committee member for numerous international conferences, such as IPC, OFC, BGPP and MWP. Prof. Yao received the 2005 International Creative Research Award of the University of Ottawa. He was the recipient of the 2007 George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research. In 2008, he was awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Accelerator Supplements Award. Prof. Yao was selected to receive an inaugural OSA Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2012. Prof. Yao was an IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer for 2013-2015.