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Photonics - practical and optimized

The 2020 Harvey Prize Lecture

Please note due to travel restrictions for Covid-19 Jelena will be giving her presentation online.

Please do not travel to IET London: Savoy Place as this lecture will be live stream only.

Photonics promises numerous exciting applications, from dramatic reductions of energy consumption in data centres by employment of optical interconnects, to augmented reality glasses, sensors for self-driving cars, and even quantum computers.

However, all of these require integration of many photonic components on a tiny chip with high density and efficiency, and in such a way that they are robust to errors in manufacturing and to variations in environment. In particular, implementation of inexpensive and miniaturized ultrafast lasers which can be densely integrated with other photonics on-chip would revolutionize many applications, from medicine to quantum technologies. 

This goal can be achieved by introducing state of the art computer optimization and artificial intelligence techniques into photonics design, and by combining this with novel nanofabrication techniques.

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Professor Jelena Vuckovic

Professor Jelena Vuckovic is a Jensen Huang Professor in Global Leadership, professor of electrical engineering and, by courtesy, of applied physics at Stanford, where she leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab. She is also a director of Q-FARM (Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitectures, and Machines) - the Stanford-SLAC Quantum Science and Engineering Initiative. Upon receiving her PhD from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2002, Professor Vuckovic worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford before joining the electrical engineering faculty in 2003. Since then, Professor Vuckovic has established herself as one of the most distinguished researchers in nanoscale and quantum photonics of her generation.

Professor Vuckovic has received numerous honours for her work, including, most recently, a Distinguished Scholar award from the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (2019). She has also been recognized with the Humboldt Prize (2010) and the Marko V. Jaric Award (2012), awarded to scholars for outstanding achievements in physics. In 2013, Professor Vuckovic received the Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Munich (2013), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2008), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2007), and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2006).

She is a fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society (APS), and the Optical Society of America (OSA). 

Along with research and teaching at Stanford, Professor Vuckovic has held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ) in Munich, Germany (2019), the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Technical University in Munich, Germany (2013 – 2018), and the Institute for Physics of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (2010 – 2013). She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Ferdinand Braun Institute in Berlin, Germany, an advisory board member of the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Engineering Directorate, and a board member of SystemX at Stanford. Currently, she is also an associate editor of ACS Photonics and a member of the editorial advisory boards of npj Quantum Information and APL Photonics.


16 Mar 2020

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 03/16/2020 19:00 03/16/2020 20:00 Photonics - practical and optimized Winner of the 2019 IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize, Professor Jelena Vuckovic will talk about her prior research in the field of photonics and how the prize funding will be used to further her research. London, UK


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The upcoming lecture - Photonics - Practical and Optimised will be live stream only. Watch the live lecture at 7pm on 16 March.

Please do not travel to IET London: Savoy Place as this lecture will be live stream only.


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