Student Events

DATE: 11/03/2021

Event organizer:  Haoshuo Chen, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Student event 1: Wechat Study Group

This event is designed to help students expand their professional networks while at the conference. Attendees are encouraged to join the study group by technical interests before the conference. 

Research topics include :

1) Digital signal processing,

2) Software-defined network and network monitoring,

3) Space division multiplexing, 

4) Microwave photonics,

5) Photonic integration.

2D barcodes for the wechat study groups can be found at ACP website.

During ACP2021, seminars will be arranged by each study group. 

The study group will be maintained by the student volunteers after ACP2021 as a long-term study and information exchange platform.

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    Digital signal processing         SDN and network               Space division multiplexing

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     Microwave photonics               Photonic integration

Student event 2: Talking with industry leaders and distinguished researchers 

This event is designed to help students gain personalized career insights and receive guidance from senior professionals in photonics and optical communications. Students will get the opportunities to directly interact with the leaders and researchers. Please bring all your questions.

Online Room link:

Session 1: Monday  (Oct. 25), 10:00AM-11:30AM

Yunbo Li, Senior Engineer, Research Institution of China Mobile

Sai Chen, Senior Network Engineer, Alibaba Group

Jianqiang Li, Principal Network Engineer, Kuaishou Technology

Cang Jin, Development Engineer, OFS Laboratories

Binbin Guan, Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft

Changyu Lin, Senior software developer, Bytedance

Session 2: Monday (Oct. 25), 19:30PM-21:00PM

Qixiang Cheng, Asssitant Professor, University of Cambridge

Xiang Liu, Huawei Hong Kong Research Center,

Xi Chen, Senior Technical staff, Nokia Bell Labs

Shihuan Zou, Senior Global Business Development Manager, ADVA Optical Networking SE

Guangwei Cong, Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Paikun Zhu, Researcher, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan

Leimeng Zhuang, R&D Team Leader, IMEC USA

Session 1: Monday (Oct. 25), 10:00-11:30

YUNBO LI received Master Degree from China Academy of Telecommunication Technologies, in 2000. He is a senior engineer(Professor) of China Mobile Research Institute. He is acting as an expert charging of the research of Optical Transport Network (OTN) technology applications, setting specifications, promoting the deployment of 100G and 400G OTN/WDM technology, and  new type optical fiber and network intelligence. He has written 3 books, more than 20 authorized patents, submitted 20 standard manuscripts, and published more than 40 papers.

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Sai Chen received the B.E. degree in information engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2009, and the Ph.D degree in communication and information systems from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2015. During 2013-2014, he joined as a visiting scholar in Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent, USA, where his researches involved in high spectral-efficiency optical communication systems. In 2015, he joined Alibaba Infrastructure Service department. Since 2019, he served as an OFC S1 committee member. His current researches focus on Inter-datacenter optical communications.


Jianqiang Li is working with Kuaishou Technology, Bellevue, WA, as a principal network engineer and senior optical network architect. In this current role, he is responsible for designing optical network architecture and defining optical interconnects roadmap for data centers.  Before joining Kuaishou Technology, Jianqiang was with Alibaba Group, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and Fujitsu. Jianqiang Li received his PhD degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, in 2009. He is a Senior Member of IEEE  and a TPC member of OFC2022.

Cang Jin received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Université Laval, Québec City, Canada, where he was involved in optical fiber communication, fiber design and fabrication, spatially integrated fiber amplifier, space-division multiplexing. Since February 2017, he has been an R&D engineer of OFS Fitel and then OFS Laboratories, Somerset, NJ, where he is involved in high-power laser and components, large mode area amplifiers, pulse amplification, fiber characterization, and manufacturing transfer. He has published more than 40 papers in journals and conferences in the field of optical communication.

Binbin Guan is the Senior Optical Engineer at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, he worked at Acacia Communications for developing next-generation silicon photonics products. He received Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis, USA, and B.S. degree in optics engineering from Zhejiang University. His current work includes DCI applications, Silicon Photonics, Coherent optics and Digital Signal Processing.

Changyu (Steven) Lin is Sr. Software engineer in Bytedance. He worked for Facebook, Infinera, TE, BellLab and Mitsubishi in telecommunication related research and engineering projects over the past 10 years. He graduated from University of Arizona with a Phd in optical communication in 2016.

Session 2: Monday (Oct. 25), 19:30-21:00

Qixiang Cheng received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K., in 2014, researching InP-based photonic integrated circuits for optical switching. He was a Research Scientist with the Lightwave Research Laboratory, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, where he led the research effort in silicon photonic device design, layout, packaging and testing. He was heavily involved in nation-wide projects funded by ARPA-E, NSF, and DARPA in the US. He recently returned to the University of Cambridge as a University Lecturer/Asssitant Professor and his current research focuses on developing system-wide photonic integrated circuits for optical communication, computing and sensing applications, exploiting a number of photonic integration platforms, including InP, silicon, as well as Si-InP, Si-SiN, and photonic-electronic hybrid integration schemes. He currently serves as PI/Co-I for UK EPSRC and European H2020 projects, and also serves as a committee member for OFC, CLEO-PR, ECIO, and Photonics West. He is also a founder of Lit-in developing mininarized on-chip spectrometers.

Xiang Liu is Vice President for Optical Transport and Access at Huawei Technologies, focusing on optical technologies, standards, and industry development for optical transport and access networks. Xiang has more than 20 years of working experience in the optical communication industry. Before joining Huawei, he had been with Bell Labs working on high-speed optical transmission technologies for 14 years. He has authored over 350 publications and holds over 100 US patents. Xiang received the Ph.D. degree in applied physics from Cornell University in 2000. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the OSA, a Deputy Editor of Optics Express, a Co-Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine's Optical Communications Series, an Advisory Board member of NGOF, and a steering committee member of ACP. Xiang has served as a Technical Program Co-Chair of OFC 2016, and a General Co-Chair of OFC 2018.

Xi (Vivian) Chen received her B.E. degree in Telecommunication in 2008, from the National University of Defense Technology (China). She received her Ph.D. degree on optical fiber communication in 2012, from The University of Melbourne (Australia). From 2013 to 2015, she was a Research Fellow in The University of Melbourne, conducting research on optical fiber transmission. Since 2015, she has been with Nokia Bell Labs and her current research interests include advanced digital signal processing and fiber transmission.

Shihuan (Jim) Zou joined ADVA Optical Networking, Germany, in 2016, currently driving emerging initiatives inside Global Business Development and supporting ADVA’s global sales organization. He is also a core member of Product Line Management for the optical access solution, advising product design and roadmap. He actively participates in the O-RAN Alliance and ITU-T SG15 for RAN standardization. Prior to that, he was a Principal Engineer leading EU and national research projects in the area of next-gen optical access. He received the PhD degree from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 2015.

Guangwei Cong received the Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, in 2006. In the same year, he joined the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Japan, as a Postdoc and from 2007 to 2009, he was a JSPS postdoc of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and did research on ultrafast all-optical switches. Since 2010, he has been a Researcher with AIST and engaged in developing monolithic integration of CMOS with silicon photonics devices, modulators, and other novel devices. He is currently a Senior Researcher with AIST, where he is involved in developing silicon photonics platform technology.

Paikun Zhu received PhD from Peking University. He is now a researcher of NICT, Japan. He was a TPC member of ACP2020 and an invited speaker of ICOCN2018 etc. His current research interests are 5G/6G and real-time DSP.

Leimeng Zhuang received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, from the Univeristy of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 2010. From 2010 until 2013, he worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Twente, LioniX International, and Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory, responsible for the development of a satellite tracking phased array antenna system. From 2014 until 2018, as Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecture, he worked at the Electro-Photonics Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, leading the research topic of hybrid electronics-photonics signal processing for high-speed, energy-efficient optical communication systems and microwave photonics. In September 2018, he joined imec USA, Nanoelectronics Design Center Inc. He is currently leading the Photonics Team for R&D projects on silicon photonics technology including coherent optical transceivers, photonics AI, high-speed modulators using E-O materials, microwave photonics, and high-density PICs.