Principal Investigator |Project Scientists | Post Doctorates | Students


Prof. S.J. Ben Yoo

Principal Investigator

Office: Kemper Hall 3110

Email: sbyoo at ucdavis dot edu

Bio: S. J. Ben Yoo is a Distinguished Professor at the  University of California at Davis (UC Davis).  His research at UC Davis includes 2D/3D photonic integration for future computing, cognitive networks, communication, imaging, and navigation systems, micro/nano systems integration, and the future Internet. Prior to joining UC Davis in 1999, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Bellcore, leading technical efforts in integrated photonics, optical networking, and systems integration. His research activities at Bellcore included the next-generation Internet, reconfigurable multiwavelength optical networks (MONET), wavelength interchanging cross connects, wavelength converters, vertical-cavity lasers, and high-speed modulators. He led the MONET testbed experimentation efforts, and participated in ATD/MONET systems integration and a number of standardization activities.  Prior to joining Bellcore in 1991, he conducted research on nonlinear optical processes in quantum wells, a four-wave-mixing study of relaxation mechanisms in dye molecules, and ultrafast diffusion-driven photodetectors at Stanford University (BS’84, MS’86, PhD’91, Stanford University). Prof. Yoo is Fellow of IEEE, OSA, NIAC and a recipient of the DARPA Award for Sustained Excellence (1997), the Bellcore CEO Award (1998), the Mid-Career Research Faculty Award (2004 UC Davis), and the Senior Research Faculty Award (2011 UC Davis). 


Project Scientists

Dr. Roberto Proietti

Bio: Roberto Proietti received the M.S. degree in telecommunications engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 2004, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant Anna, Pisa, in 2009. He is a Project Scientist with the Next Generation Networking Systems Laboratory, University of California, Davis. His research interests include optical switching technologies and architectures for supercomputing and data center applications, high-spectral-efficiency coherent transmission systems, and elastic optical networking. 

Office: Kemper Hall 3114

Email: rproietti at ucdavis dot edu


Dr. Yu Zhang

Bio: Yu Zhang received his B. S. degree of Optoelectronics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2010 and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, in 2016. He is now an assistant project scientist in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis, CA. His current research interest focuses on 3D integrated silicon photonic optical phased array, hybrid silicon laser, amplifier and phase modulators and silicon photonic integrated circuit enabled all-to-all interconnection for scalable high-performance computing systems.

Office: Kemper 2227

Email: dyuzhang at ucdavis dot edu


Post Doctorate Researchers

Dr. Xiaoliang Chen

Bio: Google Scholar, ResearchGate

Office: Kemper 

Email: xlichen at ucdavis dot edu


Ph.D Students


Yichi Zhang

Bio: Yichi Zhang received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Nanjing University, China, in 2016. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis, USA.His current research involves silicon photonics devices and integration.

Office: Kemper 2227

Email: nszhang at ucdavis dot edu


Xian Xiao

Biography Xian Xiao received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2012 and 2015. He has been working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis, CA, USA, since 2015. He was a research intern with Nokia Bell Labs in the summer of 2016 and 2017, with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2017 to 2018, and with Hewlett-Packard Labs in the summer of 2018. His current research interest includes silicon photonics, optical interconnects, 2.5D/3D photonic integration, neuromorphic computing.

Office: Kemper 2227

Email: xxxiao at ucdavis dot edu


Yi-Chun Ling

Bio: Yi-Chun Ling received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and the M.S. degree in photonics technology from National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis, USA. His current research interest focuses on fabricating three-dimensional integrated optical devices via ultrafast laser inscription.

Office: Kemper 2227

Email:ycling at ucdavis dot com


Pouya Fotouhi

Bio: Pouya Fotouhi earned a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Isfahan University. He started graduate school at the University of Delaware, where he received his MSc in Computer Engineering. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Pouya’s research activities includes optical interconnects in HPC architectures and their impact on the memory system.

Office: Kemper 3116

Email: pfotouhi at ucdavis dot edu


Anirban Samanta

Bio: Anirban received the B.E. degree in electronics and communications engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Mesra, India, in 2012 and the M.S. degree from University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA, in 2014. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering with The University of California, Davis, Davis, CA. He has previously worked with the ARIANNA Neutrino Detector Group at Irvine, developing sensor systems. His current research interests focus on electronic-photonic co-simulation, co-design and integration with applications in high performance computing and data centers

Office: Kemper 2227

Email: asamanta at ucdavis dot edu


Humphry Chen

Bio: Humphry received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Davis in June 2018. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Davis. His current research involves system design and experimentation of imaging systems using photonic integrated circuits.

Office: Kemper 2229

Email:hzchen at ucdavis dot edu


Hang Su

Bio:Hang Su received his B.Eng. degree in Optical Information Science and Engineering from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China in June 2018. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. His current research involves design and fabrication of integrated silicon photonics devices and systems.

Office: Kemper 2227

Email:hxsu at ucdavis dot edu


Marjan Fariborz

Bio:Marjan received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran, and her MSc degree from Lehigh University, PA. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Her research interest lies in the area of computer architecture and optical interconnects in computing systems.

Office: Kemper 3116

Email:mfariborz at ucdavis dot edu


Mehmet Berkay On

Bio:B.S. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara/Turkey. His research interests are energy-efficient neuromorphic computing, optical communication, RF-photonic signal processing.

Office: Kemper 2229

Email: mbon at ucdavis dot edu


Jingwei Wan

Bio: Jingwei Wan received the B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2018. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis, US. His current research interests include design and fabrication of SiN-based integrated photonic devices such as arrayed waveguide gratings and their applications in optical neural network.

Office: Kemper 2227

Email:jiwwan at ucdavis dot edu


Che-Yu Liu

Bio: Che-Yu received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2012 and the  M.S. degree from University of California, Davis, in 2016. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Computer Science at University of California, Davis. His current research mainly on machine learning and transfer learning in multi-domain elastic optical networks. 

Office: Kemper 2229

Email:cyliu at ucdavis dot edu



Yun-Jhu Lee

Bio:Yun-Jhu Lee received the B.S. degree in Life Science and the M.S. degree in Biomedical Electronics and Bioinformatics from National Taiwan University, Taiwan. Currently pursuing Ph.D. degree in electrical and computing engineering at the University of California, Davis. His research interest focus on neuromorphic computing.

Office: Kemper 2227

Email: fexlee at ucdavis dot edu


Mingye Fu

Bio: Mingye received his B.S. degree in Physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 2018. He is pursuing his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis. He is currently working on the design and fabrication of an on-chip, scalable wavelength routing system based on arrayed waveguide grating routers (AWGRs) for intra-data-center applications.

Office: Kemper 2227

Email: myfu at ucdavis dot edu


Rijuta Ravichandran

Bio:Rijuta has over 10 years of cleanroom fabrication and microscopy experience working as process staff between academic and industrial environments. She recieved her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (’13) from UC Davis. Her focus is to push the limits of fabrication, integrate unconventional materials, and develop low loss structures. In particular, working with Lithium Niobate on Silicon Nitride integrated photonics

Office: Kemper 2227

Email: rravicha at ucdavis dot edu


Aditya Krishnan

Aditya Krishnan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Santa Clara University, with minors in Sustainability and Mathematics in June 2020. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. His research interests include compressive and hyperspectral imaging, optical neuromorphic computing, quantum networking, and fabrication for neuromorphic and quantum computing devices.

Office: Kemper 2227

Email: adikrishnan at ucdavis dot edu


Zhixing Lin

Zhixing Lin received the B.S. degree in Optoelectronic Information and Science in Beijing Jiaotong University and the M.S. degree in Physical Electronics in Institute of Semiconductors, CAS in 2017 and 2020, respectively. He is currently pursuing his PhD in electrical and computer engineering at UC Davis. His research interests are integrated photonics and neuromorphic computing.

Office: Kemper 2227

Email: zhxlin at ucdavis dot edu


Guangyao Liu

Bio:

Office:Kemper 

Email:

Luis El Srouji

Luis El Srouji received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics with an emphasis in Physical Electronics and a minor in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis, with research interests in full-stack neuromoprhic computing and engineering. Fascinated by the capabilities of the human brain, Luis aims to bring adaptability and autonomous discovery into the realm of silicon devices.


Collaborators


  • Professor Erich P. Ippen
    • at MIT
  • Professor Franz X. Kaertner
    • at MIT
  • Professor Sebastian Lourdudoss
    • at KTH
  • Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu
    • at UC Berkeley
  • Professor Katherine Yelick
    • at UC Berkeley
  • Professor Framamoorthy Ramesh
    • at UC Berkeley
  • Professor Elad Alon
    • at UC Berkeley
  • Professor Roya Maboudian
    • at UC Berkeley
  • Professor Valerie Leppart
    • at UC Merced
  • Professor Jennifer Lu
    • at UC Merced
  • Professor Holger Schmidt
    • at UC Santa Cruz
  • Professor Yeshaiahu Fainman
    • at UC San Diego
  • Professor Sungho Jin
    • at UC San Diego
  • Professor Eric Fullerton
    • at UC San Diego
  • Professor Vitaliy Lomakin
    • at UC San Diego
  • Professor Axel Scherer
    • at California Institute of Technology
  • Professor Keren Bergman
    • at Columbia University
  • Professor Chee Wei Wong
    • at Columbia University
  • Professor Shanhui Fan
    • at Stanford University
  • Professor David A.B. Miller
    • at Stanford University
  • Professor James S. Harris
    • at Stanford University
  • Professor Mark Brongersma
    • at Stanford University
  • Professor Lynford Goddard
    • at Univeristy of Illinois
  • Professor Elisabeth Wade
    • at Mills College
  • Professor Elizabeth Kochly
    • at Mills College
  • Professor Paul F. Hudrlik
    • at Howard University
  • Professor Lila Ghemri
    • at Texas Southern University

Alumni & Job after graduation


  • Dr. Hongbo Lu PhD 2020 Google
  • Dr. Gengchen Liu PhD 2020 Huawei
  • Dr. Chuan Qin PhD 2017 Acacia Communications
  • Dr. Kuanping Shang PhD 2017 Intel
  • Dr. Tiehui Su PhD 2017 Intel
  • Dr. Binbin Guan PhD 2015 Acacia Communications
  • Dr. Stanley Cheung Postdoctoral Scholar, PhD 2014 HPE
  • Dr. Dan Marconett PhD 2014 Workday
  • Dr. Stevan Djordjevic PhD 2014 Oracle
  • Dr. Runxiang Yu PhD 2014 Infinera
  • Dr. Xiaohui Ye PhD 2012 Cisco
  • Dr. David Geisler PhD 2012 MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Dr. Nicholas Fontaine Postdoctoral Scholar, PhD 2010, Bell Labs
  • Dr. Vincent Hernandez PhD 2007 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Dr. Zuqing Zhu PhD 2007 University of Science and Technology of China
  • Dr. Hui Zang PhD 2001 (Co-Advisor: Biswanath Mukherjee)
  • Dr. Haijun Yang PhD 2007
  • Dr. Danjue PhD 2007 (Co-Advisor: Chen-Nee Chuah)
  • Dr. Zhong Pan PhD 2006
  • Dr. Wushao Wen PhD 2001 (Co-Advisor: Biswanath Mukherjee)
  • Dr. Shun Yao PhD 2001 (Co-Advising, Advisor: Biswanath Mukherjee)
  • Dr. Yanda Zhang PhD, ME, and MS ECE
  • Srikanth Vaidianathan MS 2003
  • Yash Bansal MS 2003
  • Julie Taylor MS 2003
  • Vincent Tsui MS 2002
  • Steven Fong MS 2001
  • Dr. Domenico Tulli Postdoctoral Scholar 2013-2014
  • Dr. Yawei Yin Postdoctoral Scholar 2010-2014
  • Dr. Yasumasa Kawakita Visiting Research Scientist 2011-2013
  • Dr. Takahide Sakamoto Visiting Research Scientist 2010-2012
  • Dr. Salah Ibrahim Postdoctoral Scholar 2009-2010
  • Dr. Jong-Hwa Baek Postdoctoral Scholar 2005-2010
  • Dr. Francisco Soares Postdoctoral Scholar 2006-2010
  • Dr. Xingwen Yi Postdoctoral Scholar 2008-2009
  • Dr. Xiaoping Zhou Postdoctoral Scholar 2007-2010
  • Dr. Linjie Zhou Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Dr. Minsoo Lee Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Dr. Katsunari Okamoto Visiting Scientist
  • Dr. Ken Kashiwagi Visiting Scientist 2007
  • Dr. Nikolai Chubun Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Dr. Hyuek Jae Lee Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Dr. Ronald Broeke Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Dr. Chen Ji Postgraduate Researcher
  • Dr. Fei Xue Postdoctoral Fellow