Keynote Speakers

OSA & IEEE Fellow, Prof.  Ping Shum
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof Shum received his PhD degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1995. In 1999, he joined the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NTU. Since 2014, he has been appointed as the Director of Centre for Optical Fibre Technology and was the chair, committee member and international advisor of many international conferences. He was also the founding member of IEEE Photonics Society Singapore Chapter (formerly IEEE LEOS). He is currently the chairman of OSA Singapore Chapter. Prof Shum has published more than 500 journal and conference papers with his research interests being in the areas of speciality fibres and fibre-based devices. His H-index is 30. In recent few years, his publications have been cited about 500 times per year.
Title: Novel Fiber Sensing System
Abstract: Optical fiber-based devices have been widely deployed in recent years. There are many advantages of using fiber as a sensor. These include electrically-passive operation, light weight, immunity to radio frequency interference and electromagnetic interference, high sensitivity, compact size, corrosion resistance, easily multiplexing and potentially low cost. Several novel fiber-based sensors and technologies developed are presented here, including fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based sensors, photonic crystal fiber (PCF) based sensors, specialty fiber-based sensors and distributed fiber sensing systems. FBGs as instinctive sensors, are ingeniously designed as two-dimensional (2D) tilt sensors, displacement sensors, accelerometers and corrosion sensors here; PCF based evanescent field absorption sensor, PCF induced Mach-Zehnder interferometer and Fabry-Perot refractometer for temperature and refractive index sensing are presented; based on localized surface Plasmon resonant (LSPR) effect, nano-sized fiber tip with gold nanoparticles are demonstrated for live cell index bio-sensing applications.


Assoc. Prof. Jiajia Chen
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Dr. Jiajia Chen is working as Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. She is author/co-author of over 100 publications in international journals and conferences as well as 9 patent applications (Google citation report). Her main research interests are optical transport and interconnect technology supporting future broadband access, 5G and cloud environment. She has been involved in various European research projects like the European FP7 projects IP-OASE (Integrated Project-Optical Access Seamless Evolution) and IP-DISCUS (Integrated Project-the DIStributed Core for unlimited bandwidth supply for all Users and Services), and EIT-ICT projects (e.g., Mobile backhaul, EXAM: Energy-efficient Xhaul and M2M). Moreover, she is principle investigator/co-principle investigator of several national research projects funded by Swedish Foundation of Strategic Research (SSF) and Swedish Research Council (VR). Currently, she is heading a research group on data centre networks at Sino-Swedish Joint Research Centre of Photonics (JORCEP), which is the largest and most integrated academic collaboration between China and Sweden, founded in 2003.


Prof. Liren Zhang
Shandong Normal University, China

Dr. Liren Zhang received his M.Eng. (1988) from the University of South Australia and Ph.D (1993) from the University of Adelaide, Australia, all in electronics and computer systems engineering. He is currently with the College of Physics and Electronics, Shandong Normal University, China as full professor. Dr Zhang was Senior Lecturer with Monash University, Australia (1990 – 1995), Associate Professor with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (1995 – 2007), Professor of Systems Engineering with University of South Australia (2006 – 2012) and Professor in Network Engineering with UAE University (2009 – 2016).

Dr Zhang has vast experience as an engineer, academia and researcher in the field of network modeling and performance analysis, teletraffic engineering and network characterization, optical communications and networking, network resource management and quality of services (QoS) control, wireless/mobile communications and networking, switching and routing algorithm, ad-hoc networks, electro-optical sensor networks, and information security. He has published more than 150 research papers in international journals.

Currently, Prof Zhang’s research interests include biomedical imaging using ultra wideband penetrating radar sensor; Extraction of biometric signatures for forensic identification and Multi-layer security and airborne SAR signal processing, imagery and tracking of ground moving targets