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Biography:

Jianping Yao (M'99-SM'01-F'12) is a Distinguished University Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Université de Toulon, 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 became a tenured 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 been working in the area of Microwave Photonics and has published over 700 scientific papers (Citations: >27,000, H-index: >80) including over 400 papers in peer-reviewed journals and over 300 papers in conference proceedings. Prof. Yao was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters (2017-2021), a Topical Editor of Optics Letters (2015-2017), an Associate Editor of Science Bulletin (2016-2018), a Steering Committee Member of IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology (2016-2021), an Advisory Editorial Board member of Optics Communications (2014-), and member of the Publication Council of the IEEE Photonics Society. 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 also served as the Technical Committee Chair of IEEE MTT-S Microwave Photonics (2016-2021), the Chair of the Internaional Steering Committee of Microwave Phtonics (2020), and an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society (2019-2021). Prof. Yao was a member on the European Research Council Consolidator Grant Panel in 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022, the Qualitative Evaluation Panel in 2017, and a panellist of the National Science Foundation Career Awards Panel in 2016. Prof. Yao 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 International 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 International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics, General Co-Chair of the 2011 IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics, TPC Co-Chair of the 2014 IEEE International Topical Meetings on Microwave Photonics, General Co-Chair of the 2015, 2017 and 2023 IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics, and General Chair of the 2019 IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics. He also served as a committee member for a number of international conferences, such as IPC, OFC, CLEO, 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 and 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.

Prof. Yao is a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE (2012), the Optica (formerly Optical Society of America) (2010), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) (2012), and the Royal Society of Canada - Academy of Science (RSC) (2018).



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