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Pinned; 01/29/2021: Our review article on "Photonics for artificial intelligence and neuromorphic computing" has been published in Nature Photonics. Congratulations to all!

02/09/2021: Bicky's paper "Photonic pattern reconstruction enabled by on-chip online learning and inference" has been accepted for publication in J. Phys. Photonics. Congratulations Bicky on this nice experiment!

02/03/2021: Our Nature Photonics review article "Photonics for artificial intelligence and neuromorphic computing" has been featured in Nature Photonics EditorialQueen’s GazettePhys.orgScience Bulletin, ScienMag, Science Daily, Novus Light to name a few! Check out our Media page for for more details.

01/27/2021: Annie won the Best Poster Presentation Award at the 2021 Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWiP) for her summer work! Awesome job Annie!

01/08/2021: Ahmed Khaled joins Shastri Lab as a new Masters student from Egypt! Welcome Ahmed!

01/05/2021: Shastri Lab has two open positions for the Queen's accelerated masters program (starting May 2021). One position is for "Nanophotonics for neuromorphic computing and artificial intelligence" and the other for "Quantum photonic neural networks" co-advised with Prof. Rotenberg.  Please see openings for details.


12/23/2020: Bhavin has been appointed as a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute, Toronto.

12/09/2020: Bhavin and Prof. Paul Prucnal gave a joint Tutorial on "Silicon Neural Networks and Applications" at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC). Thanks to Prof. Johan Bauwelinck (UGent-imec) for the invitation!

12/06/2020: Bhavin co-organized and co-hosted a ECOC 2020 Workshop on "Pathway to Bring Photonics in High-Performance Computing: from Materials to Applications" with Prof. Paul Prucnal (Princeton) and Francesca Parmigiani (Microsoft, UK).

11/30/2020: Bhavin gave an invited talk on "Information Processing with Silicon Photonics" at Material Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. Thanks to Prof. Volker Sorger (GWU) and Ning Li (IBM) for the invitation.

11/25/2020: Philip's paper "Blind source separation with integrated photonics and reduced dimensional statistics" has been published in Optics Letters. Congrats Yechi!

11/14/2020: Bicky invited paper on "Silicon photonics for artificial intelligence applications" has been published in Photoniques. Congrats Bicky!

11/12/2020: Prof. Prucnal (Princeton) and Bhavin gave a joint invited talk on "Silicon Neural Networks and Applications" to SpringerNature at the Nature Communities Talk. Thanks to Mark Daly and Daniel Payne for extending us the invitation!

11/1/2020: Bhavin is grateful to serve as a Mentor for the Girls SySTEM. Check out how Girls SySTEM is inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders.

10/26/2020: Bhavin gave two invited talks (virtually) over the weekend: one at the Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP), Beijing, China, and another at the International Conference on Future Technology and Disruptive Innovation, Hangzhou, China. Thanks to Workshop Organizers and Committee Members for the invitations!

10/05/2020: Shastri Labs gave five talks at the 2020 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC). Congratulations to Yash, Emma, Bicky, Matthew, and Matteo for giving impressive talks on topics ranging from graphene synapses, to in situ training photonic networks, to photonic LSTMs, to secure communications, and microrings based single-qubit unitary. 

10/05/2020: Shastri Lab welcomes Devyn Dowler-Lewis, Adam Grace, Eric Leuty, and Nick Miemiec to pursue their final year Eng. Phys. Thesis with us. Check out our team page to learn more about them. Welcome folks!

09/12/2020: Bhavin was awarded the 2020 Young Scientist Prize in Optics "for his pioneering contributions to Neuromorphic Photonics" by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) through The International Commission of Optics (ICO).

09/05/2020: Greg Love joins Shastri Lab to do his final year Physics thesis on quantum networks. Welcome Greg!

09/02/2020: Marcus Tamura, new Masters student, joins the Shastri Lab from the Prairies adding on to our increasing Albertan representation! Welcome Marcus!

08/11/2020: Matthew has received a Canada Graduate Scholarship – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement to pursue a semester abroad for graduate research at Princeton in Prof. Prucnal's Lightwave Lab in collaboration with Prof. Rodriguez. Congrats Matthew!

08/10/2020: Bicky and Hugh's paper "Graphene-based photonic synapse for multi wavelength neural networks" has been accepted for publication in MRS Advances. Congratulations folks!

07/25/2020: Our article "Roadmap on emerging hardware and technology for machine learning" has been accepted for publication in Nanotechnology. Big shout out to Prof. Qiangfei Xia (UMass) and Prof. Karl Berggren (MIT) for leading this effort!

07/16/2020: Bhavin gave two invited talks at Advanced Photonics Congress (APC). Thanks to Prof. José Capmany (UPV), Prof. Shamsul Arafin (OSU), and Dr. Benjamin Yang (Georgia Tech) for the invitations!

07/01/2020: Bhavin has been elevated to the grade of OSA Senior Member

06/26/2020: Chaoran's invited paper "On-chip programmable optical signal processor and its applications" has been published in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congrats Chaoran!

06/05/2020: Bhavin is a recipient of the AMS Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award (2019-2020)Credits go to our strong Undergrads that are constantly striving for excellence.

06/01/2020: Our work is featured by OSA in Optics and Photonics News (OPN) article "Optical Neural Networks" as part of an international effort in this field.

05/29/2020: Bhavin gave an invited talk at the Photonics North Conference on "Silicon Photonic Neural Networks and Applications" in the "Photonics and AI" session. Thanks to Prof. Lora Ramunno (U. Ottawa) and Dr. Mario Krenn (U. Toronto) for the invitation!

05/18/2020: Shastri Lab in collaboration with Profs. Chrostowski and Shekhar (UBC) have been awarded an NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grant to investigate scalable silicon photonic integrated circuits for computing!

05/13/2020: Matthew has been awarded a Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence (2020-21) to pursue an AI study plan at Queen's University for MASc in Applied Physics. Congrats Matthew—you are on a roll!

05/05/2020: Shastri Lab in collaboration with Prof. Shideh Ameri (Queen's) has been awarded an NSERC Research Tool and Instruments (RTI) grant for our project on "Neurophotonic-electronic brain machine interface system"!

05/01/2020: Ryan Burley joins Shastri Lab as an Accelerated Masters student in Engineering Physics to work on Neuromorphic Photonics. Welcome Ryan!

04/16/2020: Matthew has been awarded an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program! Richly deserved. Congratulations Matthew!

04/14/2020: Annie is a recipient of the Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Fund (ASURF)! Way to go Annie!

04/01/2020: Aashu's first paper "Lateral bipolar junction transistor on a silicon photonics platform" has been accepted for publication in Optics Express. Congrats Aashu!

03/16/2020: Chaoran's paper "Demonstration of scalable microring weight bank control for large-scale photonic integrated circuits" has been accepted for publication in APL Photonics. Chaoran is on a roll!

03/09/2020: Chaoran's paper "Demonstration of photonic neural network for fiber nonlinearity compensation in long-haul transmission systems" has been accepted as a Postdeadline paper accepted at OFC 2020, San Diego CA, USA. Big experiment! Congrats!

03/08/2020: Matthew is a recipient of the 2020-21 Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence! Congratulations Matthew! 

02/07/2020: SPIE covered our work on photonic neuromorphic computing!

02/06/2020: Our IEEE JSTQE Special Issue on "Photonics for Deep Learning and Neural Computing" has been published! Here is the editorial. Many thanks to Prof. José Capmany, Editor-in-Chief, and Ms. Chin Tan Lutz for their support, and to the efforts of the Primary Guest Editor, Dr. Paul Prucnal (Princeton) and Guest Editors Dr. Ingo Fischer (IFISC, CSIC-UIB) and Dr. Daniel Brunner (Institut FEMTO-ST) for making this possible!

02/05/2020: Bhavin gave two invited talks at SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, CA, USA. Thanks to Prof. Winne Ye (Carleton), Prof. Bahram Jalali (UCLA), and Prof. Kenichi Kitayama for the invitations.

01/21/2020: Bhavin gave a talk at the Toyota Research Institute of North America: Photonic Processing Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Thanks to Dr. Sean Rodrigues, Dr. Ercan Dede, Jae Lee, Hideo Iizuka, and Paul Schmalenberg for organizing this workshop and for the invitation.

01/09/2020: Jagmeet Singh joins Shastri Lab as Masters Candidate from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali, India. Welcome Jagmeet!

01/02/2020: Bhavin is organizing a workshop on Optics for Neuromorphic Computing and Machine Learning: Status, Prospects and Challenges with Prof. Chigo Okonkwo (TU Eindhoven) and Dr. Paraskevas Bakopoulos (Mellanox Technologies) at OFC 2020, San Diego CA, USA. With the range of invited speakers, this workshop promises to stimulate some interesting discussions. Consider attending!

01/02/2020: Philip's paper "Photonic independent component analysis using an on-chip microring weight bank" has been accepted for publication in Optics Express. Congratulations Philip!


12/19/2019: Bhavin is a serving as a Guest Editor for JPhys Photonics Focus Issue on Photonics for Neural Information Processing. Consider submitting to this Special Issue!

12/13/2019: Alex's paper "Demonstration of multivariate photonics: blind dimensionality reduction with analog integrated photonics" has been published in Journal of Lightwave Technology. Solid work. Congrats Alex!

12/10/2019: Two papers have been accepted for presentation at OFC 2020 in San Diego, CA, USA. Thomas will present on "Real-time operation of silicon photonic neurons" and Chaoran's will present on "Demonstration of multi-channel feedback control for on-chip microring weight banks". Awesome stuff!

11/15/2019: Chaoran's paper "Programmable Silicon Photonic Optical Thresholder" has been published in IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. Congrats Chaoran!

10/31/2019: Bhavin and Thomas gave courses on "Neuromorphic silicon photonics" and "Layout automation with python" at the Active Silicon Photonics Fabrication Course 2019Thanks to Prof. Lukas Chrostowski (UBC), Prof. Wei Shi (U. Laval) and CMC Microsystems for having us over!

10/01/2019: Shastri Lab welcomes Emma Howard, Yash Masson, Murtadha Al-Dallal, Matteo Pennacchietti, and Francesco Virga, to pursue their final year Thesis with us. Check out our team page to learn more about them. Welcome folks!

09/30/2019: Shastri Lab has been awarded an Ontario Research Fund: Small Infrastructure Funds!
Media: Queen's Gazette

09/27/2019: Bhavin gave a Keynote talk "Neuromorphic Silicon Photonics: Light-based Neural Networks" at the cfaed Colloquium, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany. Many thanks to Prof. Marc Timme (TU Dresden) for the invitation for being a great host!

09/18/2019: Mitch's paper "Photonic multiply-accumulate operations for neural networks" has been accepted for publication in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congrats Mitchell!

09/13/2019: Bicky's paper "Takens-inspired neuromorphic processor: a downsizing tool for random recurrent neural networks via feature extraction" has been accepted for publication in Physical Review Research. Amazing stuff! Congratulations Bicky!

09/13/2019: Viraj's undergraduate thesis will be published as a first-authored paper "Digital electronics and analog photonics for convolutional neural networks (DEAP-CNNs)" in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Significant effort! Congrats Viraj!

09/05/2019: Hugh Morison has returned to do his Masters with the Shastri Lab to work on Neuromorphic Silicon Photonics. Welcome back Hugh!

08/08/2019: Zhimu Guo has been chosen to receive the Susan Near Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic session. Outstanding effort! Congrats Zhimu!

08/01/2019: Thomas' paper "Noise analysis of photonic modulator neurons" has been accepted for publication in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congrats Thomas!

07/28/2019: Our joint paper "ITO-based electro-absorption modulator for photonic neural activation function" with Sorger (GWU) and Prucnal (Princeton) groups has been accepted for publication in APL Materials. Congrats team!

07/31/2019: Hsuan-Tung's paper "Temporal information processing with an integrated laser neuron" has been accepted for publication in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congrats HT!

07/17/2019: Bicky's recently posted arXiv article that proposes a method to reduce the number of neurons in recurrent neural networks, has received media coverage in TechXplore. Way to go Bicky!

07/16/2019: Shastri Lab is part of a team (8 co-applicants) led by Prof. David Skillicorn that has been awarded a $1.65M NSERC CREATE grant "Cybersecurity Training for Defending Canada's Government, Critical Infrastructure, Businesses, and Citizens"
Media: Queen's Gazette • YouTube Video

07/09/2019: Bhavin gave an invited talk on "Neuromorphic Photonic Processor Applications,” at IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topical Meeting Series (SUM), Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA. Thanks to the organizers (Prof. Wim Bogaerts, Prof. Jose Capmany, Prof. David Miller, Prof. Lukas Chrostowski, Prof. Paul Prucnal) for the invitation.

06/23/2019: Bhavin gave an invited talk on "Multiwavelength Neuromorphic Silicon Photonics" at Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (CLEO/Europe), Munich, Germany.

06/18/2019: Alex's paper on "Silicon photonic modulator neuron", has been published in Optics Express. Congrats Alex!

06/17/2019: Philip's paper on "Photonic principal component analysis using an on-chip microring weight bank", has been published in Optics Express. Congrats Philip!

06/13/2019: Bhavin gave a keynote talk at the International Workshop on Artificial Neural Networks (IWANN) in the Artificial Intelligence in Nanophotonics workshop, Grand Canaria, Spain. Thanks to the Co-Chairs Prof. Nikolay Zheludev (University of Southampton and NTU Singapore) and Prof. Cesare Soci (NTU Singapore) for the invitation and for organizing this special workshop!

05/31/2019: Bhavin gave an invited talk on "Neuromorphic Computing Hardware with Silicon Photonics" at EIPBN, Minneapolis, MN. Thank you Prof. Qiangfei Xia (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Prof. Regina Luttge (Eindhoven University of Technology) for the invitation.

05/27/2019: Viraj Bangari is the recipient of the Engineering Physics Design Award given to the graduating student with the best performance in the Engineering Design thesis course (ENPH 455/456/457). Significant achievement! Congratulations Viraj!

05/18/2019: Our Accelerated Masters students, Matthew Filipovich and Zhimu Guo, are the winners of the 2019 Geoff Lockwood Memorial Summer Studentship! Only two awards were given this year and both were won by our group members. Congratulations guys! Note: this studentship has been set up in honour of Geoff Lockwood, who was a Professor in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy from 1999 to 2015. For more information regarding the life and work of Prof. Lockwood, please click here.

05/14/2019: Dr. Bicky Marquez has been awarded the Queen's Post-Doctoral Fellowship! Way to go Bicky!

05/13/2019: Physics Undergraduates Anne Xie (Annie), Yashpreet Masson (Yash), and Ken Kato have joined the Shastri Lab as Summer Interns. Exciting! Welcome folks!

05/09/2019: Bhavin gave an invited talk on “Multiwavelength Neuromorphic Photonics” as part of the Special Symposium on Machine Learning Photons at Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), San Jose, CA, USA. Thanks to Prof. Zongfu Yu (University of Wisconsin - Madison) and Prof. Darko Zibar (Technical University of Denmark) for the invitation.

04/29/2019: Matthew Filipovich and Zhimu Guo have joined Shastri Lab as Accelerated Masters students in Engineering Physics to work on Neuromorphic Silicon Photonics. Welcome Matthew and Zhimu!

04/22/2019: Bhavin has been elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member by the IEEE. 

04/16/2019: Bhavin gave a talk on "Photonics for AI Hardware" at the National Research Council Canada (NRC), Ottawa, ON, Canada. Thanks to Dr. Mohsen Kamandar and Dr. Dan-Xia Xu for the invitation and being great hosts!

04/01/2019: Bhavin is serving as a Guest Editor and Prof. Prucnal is the Primary Guest Editor for IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (JSTQE) Special Issue on Photonics for Deep Learning and Neural Computing. Click here for Call for Papers. Submission Deadline: April 1, 2019.

03/30/2019: Bhavin and Prof. Prucnal (Princeton) gave a joint invited (online) talk on “Neuromorphic Silicon Photonics” at the IEEE-IRDS Beyond CMOS Workshop: Emerging Architectures and Devices, Monterey, CA, USA. Thanks to Dr. Geoffrey Burr (IBM Almaden Research Center) and Dr. Sapan Agarwal (Sandia National Laboratories) for the invitation.

03/13/2019: Shastri Lab has been awarded a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)!
Media: Queen's Gazette

03/13/2019: Shastri Lab has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Launch Supplement for Early Career Researchers (DGECR)!

03/07/2019: Our invited tutorial "Machine learning with neuromorphic photonics" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Lightwave Technology. Congrats Thomas!

02/25/2019: Three papers have been accepted for presentation at CLEO 2019 in San Jose, CA, USA, including our invited paper on "Multiwavelength neuromorphic photonics". Thomas and Hsuan-Tung will be presenting "Enhancing SOI waveguide nonlinearities via microring resonators" and "Autaptic circuits of integrated laser neurons". Way to go!

02/12/2019: Our joint paper "Neuromorphic photonics with electro-absorption modulators" with Prof. Prucnal (Princeton) and Profs. Sorger and El-Ghazawi (GWU) has been published in Optics Express.

02/05/2019: Bhavin has joined as a Committee Member of the IEEE Photonics Society Technical Affairs Council.

02/01/2019: Bhavin will be giving a CAP Lecture Tour on "Brain-inspired artificial intelligence (AI) hardware using light" at University of Ottawa (Feb. 14), Polytechnique Montréal (Feb. 21), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Feb. 22), Carleton University (Mar. 5), Ryerson University (Mar. 20), and Western University (Mar. 21).

01/06/2019: Chaoran's paper "Robustness of optical steganographic communication under coherent detection attack" has been accepted for publication in IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. Congrats Chaoran!

01/04/2019: Bhavin has joined the Editorial Board of Journal of Physics: Photonics (JPhys Photonics).


12/21/2018: Our joint paper "Photonic neuromorphic processors and convolutional neural network accelerator" with Prof. Prucnal (Princeton) and Profs. Sorger and El-Ghazawi (GWU) at the Cognitive Computing Conference, Hannover, Germany was awarded the Highest Expected Future Impact Prize. Congrats Team!

12/06/2018: Chaoran's paper "Giant enhancement in signal contrast using integrated all-optical nonlinear thresholder" has been accepted to be presented at Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) 2019. Congrats!

12/01/2018: Our paper on "Steganographic communication via spread optical noise" has been published in Journal of Lightwave Technology. Congrats Philip!

11/15/2018: Dr. Bicky Marquez joins Shastri Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead our efforts on Machine Learning with Silicon Neuromorphic Photonics. Welcome Bicky!

11/01/2018: Our invited paper on "Neuromorphic photonic integrated circuits" has been published in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congrats Hsuan-Tung! 

10/05/2018: Engineering Physics Undergraduates Viraj Bangari and Hugh Morison join Shastri Lab to pursue their final year Thesis. Welcome guys!

10/01/2018: Our paper on "Feedback control for microring weight banks" has been published in Optics Express. Congrats Alex!

10/01/2018: Hsuan-Tung and Mitchell presented papers "Temporal dynamics of an integrated photonic neuron" and "A TeraMAC neuromorphic photonic processor" at the IEEE Photonic Conference (IPC), Arlington, VA, USA.

09/24/2018: Prof. Paul Prucnal gave an invited tutorial on our collaborative work on “Photonics for Neuromorphic Computing” at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC), Rome, Italy.

08/24/2018: Bhavin gave an invited talk on Integrated Neuromorphic Photonics” at the SPIE Active Photonic Platforms X by SPIE Nanoscience + Engineering, San Diego, CA, USA. Thanks to the Co-Chairs, Dr. Stavroula Foteinopoulou (The University of New Mexico) and Dr. Ganapathi Subramania (Sandia National Laboratories) for the invitation.

08/18/2018: Bhavin gave a lecture on “Silicon Neuromorphic Photonics” at the Passive Silicon Photonics SiEPIC Workshop by CMC Microsystems and The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC, Canada. Thanks to Prof. Lukas Chrostowski and Prof. Sudip Shekhar for being great hosts!

08/01/2018: Our paper on "Simultaneous excitatory and inhibitory dynamics in an excitable laser" has been published in Optics Express. Congrats Philip!

07/18/2018: Bhavin gave an invited talk on "Multi-Wavelength Neuromorphic Photonics" at the Novel Frontier of Optics for Computing workshop by Japan Science and Technology Agency, Tokyo, Japan. Thanks to Prof. Ken-ichi Kitayama-san (NICT) for the invitation.

07/17/2018: Bhavin gave an invited seminar at NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Atsugi, Japan. Thanks to Dr. Masaya Notomi-san (NTT) for the wonderful visit. 

07/01/2018: Shastri Lab receives an NSERC Discovery Grant!

07/01/2018: Shastri Lab receives a Research Initiation Grant from Queen's!

07/01/2018: Shastri Laboratory starts at Queen’s University!