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Professors

 

 

 
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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Post-doctoral fellows

 

 

 
Maurizio Burla

 

Maurizio Burla received his M.Sc. degree with full marks from the University of Perugia, Italy, in November 2007, specializing in microwave and antenna engineering.

From December 2006 to April 2007 he was intern at the European Space Agency for Delta-Utec Space Research & Consultancy, Noordwijk, the Netherlands, working on system integration and testing of the RF section of YES2 satellite (Young Engineers' Satellite 2) project. After his M.Sc. graduation he joined the System Engineering group at AleniaSIA S.p.A., Torino, Italy, working on the Avionic System of the Alenia C-27J Spartan aircraft.

In July 2008 he joined the Telecommunication Engineering Group of the University of Twente as a PhD student, working in Microwave Photonics. His research focused on advanced integrated optical beamformers based on optical ring resonators for aerospace and radio-astronomy applications.

Since October 2012 he is a postdoctoral research fellow at Ultrafast Optical Processing group at INRS-EMT, Montréal, Canada, under the supervision of Prof. José Azaña. His research activities focus on integrated-waveguide technologies for all-optical signal processing for a range of applications, including next-generation telecommunication systems, ultrafast optical signal measurement, microwave photonics, and optical computing.

 

 

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PhD students

 

 

 
 
Reza Ashrafi

 

Reza Ashrafi was born in Tehran, Iran. He received the B.S. and M.S degrees in electronics engineering from Shahid Rajaee University and Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. From 2005 to 2007 he was working as a researcher in the Nanoelectronics Lab for his M.S. degree at Sharif University of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Bijan Rashidian. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree with the Ultrafast Optical Processing (UOP) group at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique–Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT)–Université du Québec, (Montréal, Canada), working under the supervision of Prof. José Azaña.

He has to his credit 28 publications in top scientific journals and leading conferences, including 12 contributions in high-impact peer-review journals (IEEE, OSA). His recent research interests include photonic generation of ultra-wideband and microwave waveforms, ultrafast optical signal processing using periodic structures, including fiber Bragg gratings and long period gratings, and applications of advanced signal processing techniques to photonic signals and systems.

 

 
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María R. Fernández-Ruiz

 

María R. Fernández-Ruiz (S’11) was born in Córdoba, Spain.

She received the B.S. degree in telecommunication engineering (five-year engineering program) and the M.S. degree in electronic systems and signal processing from the Universidad de Sevilla (US), Spain, in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

During her Master program, she was working on the study and design of fiber Bragg gratings under the supervision of Prof. Alejandro Carballar. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D degree with the Ultrafast Optical Processing group at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT)-Université du Québec, (Montréal, Canada), working under the supervision of Prof. José Azaña.

Her recent research interests include ultrafast signal processing devices, fiber Bragg gratings (FBG), design of programmable and reconfigurable devices for optical computing, optical pulse shaping, next generation optical networks (NGN), space-time duality and holography.

 

 

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Reza Maram

 

Reza Maram was born in Maragheh, East Azarbaijan, Iran, on December 28, 1983.

He received his M.Sc degrees in optoelectronics engineering from University of Tabriz in 2008. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree with the Ultrafast Optical Processing group at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique–Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT)–Université du Québec, (Montréal, Canada), working under the supervision of Prof. José Azaña.

His recent research interests include green photonics, optical self-imaging, ultrafast all-optical information processing and computing, all-optical clock recovery and nonlinear optic.

 

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Hamed Pishvai Bazargani

 

Hamed Pishvai Bazargani was born in Rasht, Iran.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Guilan and his Master’s degree in Optical Integrated Circuits design from University of Tabriz. During his Master program, he was working on the simulation and design of all optical demultiplexers using 12-fold photonic quasi-crystals under the supervision of Prof. Ali Rostami. He has been awarded James Watt Scholarship from University of Glasgow. In September 2011, he started his PhD degree at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) – Centre Energie Materiaux et Telecommunications in Montreal/Varennes (Quebec, Canada), taking part into the Ultrafast Optical Processing group, under the supervision of Prof. Jose Azaña. He received “Bourse de doctorat en recherche pour étudiants étrangers –FRQNT” from Quebec government for his PhD studies.

His research interests include, signal characterization for telecom applications, design and implementation of integrated photonic structures for signal processing and pulse shaping purposes.

 

 

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Luis Romero Cortés

 

Luis Romero Cortés was born in Huelva (Spain), on December 14th, 1988.

He received his BSc degree (five-year program) in telecommunications engineering and MSc degree in electronics, signal processing and communications from University of Sevilla, Spain, in 2011 and 2012, respectively, both with full honors. During his 3rd BSc year he worked at the Institute of Optics of the Spanish Higher Research Council, Madrid (Spain), under the supervision of Dr. Juan Diego Ania Castañón, in the field of nonlinear optics. During his last BSc year he had the opportunity to study the theory of quantum information. He also got a national scolarship which he dedicated to work in the fields of advanced modulation formats in coherent optical communication systems and spectral interfermoetry techniques for optical signal characterization with Prof. Alejandro Carballar Rincón. During his MSc he worked at the Center of Advanced Aerospace Technologies, Sevilla (Spain), in the field of space-time signal processing for aerospace communication systems.

He is currently pursuing his PhD degree with the Ultrafast Optical Processing group at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec (Canada), under the supervision of Prof. José Azaña.

His recent research interests include quantum optics and its applications to information processing and computing, as well as real-time full caracterization of ultrafast optical signals, and ultrafast optical signal processing for microwave photonics applications.

Luis Romero Cortés is a member of the Opical Society of America (OSA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

 

 

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Bo Li

 

Bo Li was born in Shandong, China, on November 29, 1989.
He received the B. S. degree in applied physics from Shandong University, Jinan, China, in 2009 and the M.S. degree in optical communication from Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China, in 2011. He started to pursue the Ph.D. degree with the same university in 2012, majoring in communication and information system. Under an exchange program (from 2012 to 2014), he is currently working in the Ultrafast Optical Processing group at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique–Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT)–Université du Québec, (Montréal, Canada), under the supervision of Prof. José Azaña.
His recent research interests include ultrafast optical signal processing using space-time duality, such as temporal imaging, time-to-frequency mapping, and frequency-to-time mapping.
 

 

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Jeonghyun Huh

 

Jeonghyun Huh was born in Seoul, Korea.
He received his BSc degree and the MSc degree in Electrical Computer Engineering from University of Seoul, Seoul, Korea, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. From 2011 to 2013, he was working as an assistance researcher in the Lighwave Signal Processing Lab for his MSc degree at University of Seoul under the supervision of Prof. Juhan Lee. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree with the Ultrafast Optical Processing (UOP) group at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique–Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT)–Université du Québec, (Montréal, Canada), working under the supervision of Prof. José Azaña.
His research interests include fiber optics, all-optical computing, ultrafast photonic signal processing and optical signal characterization.
 

 

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Tecnicians

 

 

 
Rob Helsten

 

Rob Helsten completed a BSc in physics from the University of Waterloo in 2004.

Upon obtaining that degree he relocated to Montreal to study under the supervision of professor Roberto Morandotti.  In 2007 he received a MSc degree for his work entitled “Characterization of the Electro-Optical Effect in CBN Thin Films”. He is Currently employed by the UOP group as the lab technician.

 

 

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Alumni

 

 

 
Yongwoo Park

 

Yongwoo Park received the Ph.D. degree in information and communication engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), GwangJu , Korea , in 2002. He worked at the Basic Research Laboratory, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea , until 2005. He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Associate at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Centre Énergie Matériaux et Télécommunications, Montreal/Varennes, QC, Canada , until 2011. He is currently working at the Automated Precision in Maryland, USA.

His research interests cover a wide range of topics, including fiber optics, ultrafast photonic signal processing, optical signal characterization, real-time photonic device characterization, optical telecommunications, all-optical computing, optical metrology, and biomedical imaging. He has to his credit more than 120 publications in top scientific journalsand leading technical conferences, including more than 53 publications in the Science Citation Index(SCI) journals. He holds more than 38 patents including 12 U.S. patents and three U.S. patent applications.

 

 

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Tae-Jung Ahn

 

Tae-Jung Ahn was born in Sangju, Republic ofKorea, on February 7, 1976.

He received his MS and PhD degree in Fiber Optic Engineering (Photonic technologies) from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea, in August 2000 and August 2006, respectively. From September 2006 to early 2008 he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) – Centre Énergie Matériaux et Télécommunications in Montreal/Varennes, Quebec, Canada. During his graduate courses and Postdoctoral position, he was granted a scholarship fully supported by Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF), Korean government.

Since 2008, he has been with the Department of Photonic Engineering, Chosun Univ.(S. Korea), as Assistant Professor. He has published more than 70 international papers and conference contributions, in the fields of optical frequency domain reflectometry, optical device characterization, pulse characterization, optical fiber technology, optical fiber sensors, fiber gratings, and optical communications. He has taught courses on optoelectronics and photonics, optical communications, Fourier optics, and optical metrology. His professional interests cover fiber gratings, fiber sensors, optical interferometry, and ultrafast optical signal processing. In particular, his expertise ranges from the fabrication of specialty optical fibers to ultrafast measurement system based on fiber optics.

Prof. Ahn is a member of the Optical Society of America. He received the BestResearch Award from GIST and the Gold Prize in 12th SAMSUNG HumanTech Thesis Prize (2006).

 

 

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Fangxin Li

 

Fangxin Li received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in opto-electronics engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China in 2000 and 2003, respectively. She was an Engineer at the 3D-Famliy, China, until 2004. She worked in the Ultrafast Optical Processing group at INRS-EMT for her PhD degree, with Prof. Jose Azana. Currently, she is working as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada).

Her research mainly focuses on ultrafast optical signal characterization and real-time photonic device characterization.

 

 

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Mohammad H. Asghari

 

Mohammad H. Asghari received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from K.N.Toosi University of Technology (Tehran) in 2004 and his M.S. degree in optical communications from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran) in 2006.

He worked in the Ultrafast Optical Processing group at INRS-EMT for his PhD degree, working with Prof. Jose Azana. He is currently an NSERC post-doctoral fellow in Photonics Laboratory at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Asghari is a member of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the IEEE/LEOS. He was a reviewer for OSA Student Chapter Excellence Awards in 2012. Dr. Asghari was recently distinguished with the Award of Excellence from the General Director of INRS in 2012, the most prestigious prize from INRS awarded annually to one PhD and one MS graduates among all the Institute departments to recognize academic excellence. In 2011, he was included in the Honorary List of the Scientific Director at INRS, and he was separately awarded the International Exposure Prize from INRS, recognizing the impact of his research work on the international reputation of INRS. During his PhD, Dr. Asghari was holding an FQRNT doctoral fellowship for foreign students from the Quebec Government (Canada). He is also the recipient of the NSERC and FQRNT post-doctoral fellowships from the Government of Canada and Quebec Government, respectively.

 

 

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Antonio Malacarne

 

Antonio Malacarne was born in Livorno, Italy.

He received the M.Sc. degree (hons) in telecommunications engineering from University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 2004. He received the Ph.D. degree (hons) from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 2009. Since 2006 he has been a Visiting Student at the Photonics Research Center of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, South Korea. He won a Short-term research or professional development scholarship (V3) within the Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students MELS-FQRNT PBEEE 2008–2009, through which he has been a Visiting Student at the Institut National de la Recherche Scienti?que—Centre Energie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT), Montreal, Canada, in the Ultrafast Optical Processing (UOP) group. He worked in the Ultrafast Optical Processing group at INRS-EMT as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working with Prof. Jose Azana. He has to his credit 35 publications in top scienti?c journals and international proceedings, four international patents and two book chapters.

His research interests include OTDM systems, ultra-short optical pulses generation and real-time single-shot characterization, optical pulse shaping, all-optical sampling, all-optical multi-stable devices, all-optical signal processing and optical packet switching (OPS) networks.

 

 

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Ming Li

 

Ming Li, Professor, Institute of Semiconductor, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

He received the B.S. and M.E. degrees from the school of physical science and technology of the Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He was awarded the Monbukagakusho scholarship from the Government of Japan in 2005 and involved in the research of the design of multichannel fiber Bragg grating and its applications to chromatic dispersion compensation and multiwavelength fiber laser in the Shizuoka Universityunder the supervision of Prof. Hongpu Li. He received the Ph.D. in the graduate school of science and technology from Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu, Japan, in the March of 2009. In April of 2009, He joined the Microwave Photonics Research Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Jianping Yao, School of information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In June of 2011, He joined in the Ultrafast Optical Processing Group under the supervision of Prof. Jose Azana, INRS-EMT, Montreal, Canada, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In February of 2013, he successfully got a high-level government-funded program ("Thousand Young Talents" program) in China. And then, he joined in the Institute of Semiconductor, Chinese Academy of Sciences as a Full Professor.His research interests include fiber Bragg grating, optical MEMS sensing, ultrafast optical signal processing and arbitrary microwave waveform generation. He has published more than 53articles in refereed journals, 45papers in conference proceedings and 3 patents related to the above areas.

He awarded 2005“Excellent Master Degree Thesis of Jiangsu Province", received the scholarship of 2005“Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarships”, awarded the “2008 Excellent Student Research Award of the IEICE Tokai Section Award”, and awarded 2011 "Chunhui Program” grant from Ministry of Education of China. He is a member of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is an active reviewer of OL, OEx, AO, JOSA B, APB, OC, IEEE MWCL, IEEE/OSA JLT, IEEE PTL and IEEE T-MTT. He is a chair of the special session of all-optical signal processing in the international conference on information science, signal processing and their applications (ISSPA2012). He is also the Program Committe Member of international conferences: Photonics Asia 2012 and ISSPA2012.

 

 

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Joshua Schwartz

 

Joshua Schwartz, PhD student, Sept. 2004 – Dec. 2007.

[Co-supervised with Prof. D.V. Plant from McGill University].

(NSERC Doctoral Scholarship; Winner of the Governor General’s Gold Medal)

Currently an assistant professor of engineering science at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

 

 

 

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Luis Miguel Rivas Asensio

 

Luis Miguel Rivas Asensio, PhD student, May 2005 – July 2012

[Co-supervised with Prof. A. Carballar, University of Sevilla, Spain].

 

 

 

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Faisal Hoqe

 

Faisal HoqeMaster student, Jan. 2009 – June 2011.

Presently employed as an Engineer at Ericsson, Montreal.

 

 

 

 

 

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Francisco Castro

 

Francisco Castro, Master student, Sept. 2006 – 2011

(“Beca del Presidente” Fellowship from the Government of Chile) [Co-supervised with Prof. R. Morandotti]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saju Thomas

 

Saju Thomas, Master student, Jan. 2008 – Dec. 2009.

Presently employed as a Research Engineer at O/E Land, Montreal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shulabh Gupta

 

Shulabh Gupta, Master student, Sept. 2004 – Dec. 2006.

Presently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kanwarpal Singh

 

Kanwarpal Singh, Master student, May 2005 – June 2006.

Presently working as a PhD student at the Research Hospital Maissoneuve-Rosemont (université du montréal).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Short-term visitors

 

Postdoctoral researchers Graduate and undergraduate students
  • Dr. R. Slavík
  • Dr. M. Scaffardi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • P. Ndione
  • D. Duchesne
  • T. Payette
  • I. Arnedo
  • B. Hardy
  • A. Malacarne
  • D. Krcmarík
  • F. Fresi
  • E. Lazzeri
  • N. Sokhandan
  • S. Thomas
  • S. Batwami
  • J.-B. Quélène