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José Azaña


José Azaña holds a Telecommunication Engineer degree and a PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering both from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain.

Presently, he is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in “Ultrafast Photonic Signal Processing” at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Centre Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT) in Montreal, Qc, Canada. Before joining INRS, he has carried out research work in a number of other prestigious academic institutions, including the University of Toronto (ON, Canada), University of California at Davis (CA, USA), and McGill University (Montreal). His research interests cover a wide range of topics, including ultrafast photonics, optical signal processing, all-fiber and integrated-waveguide technologies, ultrahigh-bit-rate telecommunications, all-optical computing, measurement of ultrafast events, light pulse interferometry and microwave waveform generation and manipulation. He has to his credit more than 325 publications in top scientific journals and technical conferences, including more than 150 contributions in high-impact peer-review journals (with most publications in the IEEE, OSA and Nature editorial groups), and many invited and co-invited journal publications and presentations in leading international meetings.

Prof. Azaña has served as a Guest Editor of two monographs (special issues) devoted to the emerging area of Optical Signal Processing, published by EURASIP Journal of Applied Signal Processing (2005), and IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology (2006). Hisresearch work has been recognized with several prestigious awards and distinctions at institutional, national, and international levels. In particular, Prof. Azaña was awarded with the XXII National Prize for the “Best Doctoral Thesis in Data Networks” from the Association of Telecommunication Engineers of Spain (2002), and with the “Extraordinary Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis” from his former university, UPM (2003). He received the 2008 IEEE-Photonics Society Young Investigator Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to photonics (broadly defined) by an individual prior to his/her 35th birthday, for “pioneer contributions on innovative ultra-fast optical pulse processing techniques, including temporal self-imaging (Talbot) effects, using all-fiber grating technologies”. Prof. Azaña is also the recipient of the 2009 IEEE Microwave Prize, awarded annually "in recognition of the most significant published contribution to the field of interest of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) Society" for the demonstration of 'temporal imaging' of ultra-wideband microwave signals using a purely electrical system.






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