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 was Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Prof. Yao has authored or co-authored over 560 research papers (Citations: >14,600, H-index: 62) including over 330 papers in peer-reviewed journals and over 230 papers in conference proceedings. Prof. Yao is Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, a former Topical Editor of Optics Letters, an Associate Editor of Science Bulletin, a Steering Committee Member of IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, and an Advisory Editorial Board member of Optics Communications. He was a Guest Editor of a Focus Issue on Microwave Photonics in Optics Express in 2013, a Lead-Editor of a Feature Issue on Microwave Photonics in Photonics Research in 2014, and a Guest Editor of a special issue on Microwave Photonics in IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology in 2018. 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 of the European Research Council Consolidator Grant Panel in 2016, the Qualitative Evaluation Panel in 2017, and a panellist of the National Science Foundation Career Awards Panel in 2016. Prof. Yao has also served as a Chair of a number of international conferences, symposia, and workshops, including the Vice Technical Program Committee (TPC) Chair of the 2007 IEEE Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics, TPC Co-Chair of the 2009 and 2010 Asia-Pacific Microwave Photonics Conference, 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 2010 IEEE Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics, General Co-Chair of the 2011 IEEE Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics, TPC Co-Chair of the 2014 IEEE Topical Meetings on Microwave Photonics, and General Co-Chair of the 2015 and 2017 IEEE Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics. He also served as a committee member for a number of 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 and was one of the top ten reviewers of IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology 2015-2016. Prof. Yao was an IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturer for 2013-2015. He received the 2017-2018 Award for Excellence in Research of the University of Ottawa, and was the recipient of the 2018 R.A. Fessenden Silver Medal from IEEE Canada.