Lab News


03/03/2023: Bhavin gave a seminar at Boston University on "Silicon photonics for artificial intelligence and neuromorphic computing."

02/28/2023: Weipeng paper on an integrated photonic processor for blind source separation has been published in Nature Communications. Congratulations Weipeng!

02/26/2023: Bhavin gave a talk at on “Neuromorphic silicon photonics and applications from classical to quantum” at Silicon Photonics for High-Performance Computing (SPHPC). Thanks to Prof. Mahdi Nikdast (CSU) and Dr. Kaveh Rahbardar Mojaver (McGill) for the invitation!

02/23/2023: Bhavin gave a talk at the Optica Webinar on "Neuromorphic Silicon Photonics: Inference and Training, Classical and Quantum.''

02/23/2023: Bhavin was interviewed by Aether publication. Read the interview here.

02/09/2023: Bhavin gave a talk on "Neuromorphic silicon photonics: inference and training, classical to quantum," at the Rank Prize Symposium. Honoured and humbled.

01/30/2023: Jacob's work on "Imperfect Quantum Photonic Neural Networks" for near-deterministic quantum operations has been published in Advanced Quantum Technologies. Congratulations, Jacob, on your first paper!

01/23/2023: Our paper Towards a high-density photonic tensor core enabled by intensity-modulated microrings and photonic wire bonding has been published in Scientific Reports

01/19/2021: Jacob won a Top Poster Award at Quantum Days 2023 for his poster "Imperfect quantum photonic neural networks." Congratulations Jacob!

01/09/2023: Our perspective paper between Queen's and NIST on photonic online learning has been published in Nanophotonics!

12/16/2022: Bhavin is a recipient of the 2022 iCANX Young Scientist Award.

12/09/2022: Bhavin gave a talk at the IEEE Optoelectronics Global Conference (OGC) on silicon photonic neural networks for training and inference. 

11/22/2022: Our paper on Silicon photonic architecture for training deep neural networks with direct feedback alignment has been published in Optica. Congratulations to Matthew and Zhimu for this excellent work!

11/01/2022: Our paper on Dynamic precision analog computing for neural networks has been accepted in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congratulations Sahaj (Luminous Computing)!

10/18/2022: Bhavin has been featured in Curiosity Creates

10/12/2022: Marcus was awarded The Queen Elizabeth ll Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST). Congratulations Marcus!

10/07/2022: Our Invited paper on Multi-wavelength photonic neural network for compensating inter- and intra-channel distortions in WDM optical communication systems has been accepted in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congratulations Benshan (Huang Lab @CUHK)!

10/05/2022: Our paper on A silicon-based XOI wafer: most general electronics-photonics platform for computing, sensing, and communications has been accepted in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.

10/05/2022: Our paper on Scalable networks of neuromorphic photonic integrated circuits has been accepted in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congratulations Lei (Pruncal Lightwave Lab @Princeton)!

09/23/2022: Bhavin gave a talk at the Raytheon RTX 6th Processing & Photonics Workshop.

09/20/2022: Bhavin gave a talk at ECOC on silicon photonic neural networks for training and inference. 

09/18/2022: Bhavin gave a talk and served as a panelist at a workshop at ECOC . Thank you Francesca Parmigiani (Microsoft), Nikos Pleros (AUTH), and Angelina Totovic (Celestial AI) for the invitation!

09/13/2022: Bhavin has joined the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports.

09/06/2022: Reza's paper on Packaging and interconnection considerations in neuromorphic photonic processors has been published in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congratulations Reza and team!

09/06/2022: Marcus paper on Inducing optical self-pulsation by electrically tuning graphene on a silicon microring has been published in Nanophotonics! Congrats Marcus!

08/12/2022: Zhimu's paper on Multi-level encoding and decoding in a scalable photonic tensor processor with a photonic general matrix multiply (GeMM) compiler has been accepted in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congratulations Zhimu!

08/12/2022: Hsuan-Tung's paper on A photonic-circuits-inspired compact network: toward real-time wireless signal classification at the edge has been accepted in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congrats HT!

08/12/2022: Hamed's paper on Sinusoidal and rectangular Bragg grating filters has been published in Journal of Applied Physics. Congratulations Hamed!

08/03/2022: Bhavin gave a talk on silicon photonics for training deep neural networks at Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electrooptics (CLEO-PR) 2022.

07/27/2022: Bhavin gave a talk on silicon photonic neural networks for training and inference at Optica Advanced Photonics Congress (APC) 2022.

07/18/2022: Excited to share that Iman and Maryam's review on polymer modulators in silicon photonics has been published (in Nanophotonics). Congrats!

07/04/2022: Aashu's paper on a nanobeam cavity a photonic synapse for neural networks has been published in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Congrats Aashu!

07/01/2022: Bhavin has been Cross-Appointed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

06/27/2022: Bhavin gave a talk on Photonic Neural Networks at the Germanium Materials and Detectors Advancement Research Consortium (GEMADARC). Thanks to Prof. Ryan Martin for the invitation.

06/20/2022: Bhavin gave a talk on silicon photonic for machine learning: training and inference at NEWCAS 2022. Thanks to Profs. Wei Shi and Benoit Gosselin for the invitation!

05/27/2022: Bhavin gave a tutorial on photonics and AI at the International Conference on Magnetics, Plasmonics, and Optical Technologies (ICAPMOT).

05/26/2022: Alex and Bhavin have been featured by the Queen's Gazette for their decade long collaboration on neuromorphic photonics. Check it out here!

05/26/2022: Bhavin gave a talk on in situ training of neural networks enabled by silicon photonics at the Photonics North Conference. Thanks to Profs. Antonio Calà, Wolfram Pernice, and Lora Ramunno for the invitation!

05/19/2022: Weipeng's paper "Silicon microring synapses enable photonic deep learning beyond 9-bit precision" has been published in Optica. Congratulations Weipeng!

05/10/2022: Jabob (co-advised with Rotenberg) has been awarded a Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence! Congratulations to Jacob!

05/10/2022: Connor is a recipient of the Charles Allan Thompson Undergraduate Student Research Award. Congrats Connor!

05/10/2022: Tristan has been awarded an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). Congratulations Tristan! 

05/09/2022: Shastri Lab welcomes Tristan Austin and Connor Legg (co-advised with Rotenberg) as new Accelerated Master's students. Welcome folks!

05/04/2022: Bhavin has been featured as a CMC Microsystems Success Story.

04/26/2022: Congratulations to Jagmeet for his article “Neuromorphic photonic circuit modeling in Verilog-A" being featured on the cover of April 2022 issue of APL Photonics!

04/25/2022: Bhavin gave a talk at the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC). Thanks to Prof. Sudipto Chakraborty (IBM) and Prof. Shih-Chii Liu (U. Zurich) for the invitation!

04/24/2022: Bhavin gave a talk at PhotonIcs and Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS). Thanks to Prof. Nathan Youngblood (U. Pittsburgh) for the invitation!

04/14/2022: Thomas' paper on "Design automation of photonic resonator weights" has been accepted to be published in Nanophotonics. Congratulations Thomas!

04/14/2022: Bhavin gave a talk on silicon photonics neural network applications at the 2022 Optical/Photonic Interconnects for Computing Systems (OPTICS) workshop. Thanks to Yeyu Tong (IMEC) and Luca Ramini (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) for the invitation!

04/14/2022: Bhavin gave a seminar at the Queen's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

04/08/2022: Jagmeet's paper on Neuromorphic photonic circuit modeling in Verilog-A has been published in APL Photonics. Congrats, Jagmeet on this excellent work!

04/08/2022: Jabob (co-advised with Rotenberg) has been awarded an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program! Congratulations to Jacob!

03/17/2022: Bhavin gave a talk at Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE) Conference. Thanks to Dr. Aida Todri-Sanial (CNRS) for the invitation!

03/08/2022: Irene Estébanez has joined Shastri Lab as a Visiting Ph.D. student from Prof. Ingo Fischer's group at Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Welcome, Irene!

03/01/2022: Chaoran's paper "High-capacity space-division multiplexing communications with silicon photonic blind source separation" has been accepted in the Journal of Lightwave Technology. Congrats, Prof. Huang!

02/08/2022: Al-Qadasi's perspective paper "Scaling up silicon photonic-based accelerators: challenges and opportunities" has been published in APL Photonics. Congratulations, Al-Qadasi on your first paper!

02/08/2022: Aashu's paper on "Photonic spiking neural networks and graphene-on-silicon spiking neurons" has been accepted to be published in the Journal of Lightwave Technology. Congrats, Aashu!

01/25/2022: Bhavin gave a talk at the University of Colorado Boulder, ECEE Department Seminar Series. Thanks to Prof. Sean Shaheen for the invitation!

01/11/2022: Bhavin is the winner of the 2022 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award "in recognition of his pioneering efforts in the field of neuromorphic photonics and his contributions to interdisciplinary research across nanophotonics, unconventional computing, and silicon photonics to push the frontiers of machine learning."

01/07/2022: Our Nature Electronics paper "A silicon photonic-electronic neural network for fibre nonlinearity compensation" in a 10,080 km submarine fibre communication system has been featured in TechXplore.

Pinned; 11/24/2021: Our work on "Silicon photonic-electronic neural network for fibre nonlinearity compensation" in a 10,080 km submarine fibre communication system is published in Nature Electronics. A step toward a real-world application! Congratulation on a successful collaboration! Preprint available on arXiv.

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

12/16/2021: Congratulations, Jagmeet, for successfully defending his MASc thesis!

12/07/2021: Bhavin gave a talk at the 1st Workshop on "Neuromorphic photonics" as part of the H2020 EU projects PLASMONIAC, NEBULA and NEOTERIC. Thanks to Prof. Nikos Pleros (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) for the invitation!

11/18/2021: Our review article paper on "Prospects and applications of photonic neural networks" has been published in Advances in Physics: X. Congratulations to all!

11/16/2021: Our preprint "Monolithic silicon photonic architecture for training deep neural networks with direct feedback alignment" is available on arXiv:2111.06862v1 [cs.LG].

10/21/2021: Weipeng presents his Postdeadline paper "Broadband blind source separation by Integrated photonics" at IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) 2021. Congratulations Weipeng!

10/19/2021: Prof. Prucnal gave a plenary talk on our work on "Photonics for neuromoprhic computing" at the IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) 2021!

10/19/2021: Chaoran and Thomas are giving invited talks on our collaborative work on “Neuromorphic photonics for intelligent signal processing” at the IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) 2021!

10/05/2021: Bhavin gave a Keynote at the 3rd International Conference on Applied Photonics & Electronics (InCAPE). Thank you for the invitation!

10/05/2021: Bhavin served as a panelist and helped organize the Conversations in Photonics, Oxford, UK. Thanks to Harish Bhaskaran (Oxford), Wolfram Pernice (Munster), David Wright (Exeter) and Paul Prucnal (Princeton) for this excellent workshop!

10/01/2021: Shastri Lab welcomes Ashley McCambley and Andrew Hayman to pursue their Undergraduate Engineering Physics Thesis. Welcome folks!

09/29/2021: Bhavin gave a Keynote at OSA Photonics in Switching and Computing Conference (PSC). Many thanks to the Co-Chairs (Kiyo Ishii, S. J. Ben Yoo, Wim Bogaerts, Ken Morito, Marco Fiorentino and Bert Offrein) for the invitation!

09/16/2021: Congratulations to Matthew for successfully defending his MASc thesis!

09/16/2021: Bhavin gave a talk at the POST-DIGITAL ETN_European H2020 Project Summer School “Novel Nonlinear Substrates for Neural Networks." Thanks to Dr. Daniel Brunner (FEMTO-ST) for the invitation!

09/09/2021: Bhavin gave a 2-hour lecture at the Fraunhofer HHI, Summer School on "AI for Optical Networks & Neuromorphic Photonics for AI Acceleration." Thanks to Dr. Behnam Shariati (Fraunhofer HHI) for the invitation!

09/07/2021: Shastri Lab welcomes Adam Grace and Adam McCaw (co-advised with Rotenberg) as new Master's students. Welcome both Adams!

08/20/2021: Bhavin gave a talk on "Photonics for Neuromorphic Computing and Artificial Intelligence" at the Institute for Neural Computing (INC), University of California, San Diego, as part of the INC Chalk Talk Series. View recorded talk. Thanks to Gert Cauwenberghs and Fréderic Broccard for the invitation!

08/19/2021: Congratulations to Zhimu for successfully defending his MASc thesis! Onwards and upwards to the Ph.D. programme!

08/13/2021: Bhavin was a Panelist at the US DOE Workshop on Manufacturing and Integration Challenges for Analog and Neuromorphic Computing — Third Workshop in AMO Series on Semiconductor R&D for Energy Efficiency. 

08/02/2021: Bhavin was a Panelist on SPIE Emerging Topics in Artificial Intelligence (ETAI) I: Hardware for AI. Thanks to Dr. Brunner and Dr. Volpe for organizing this panel discussion and for the invitation!

07/24/2021: Bhavin gave a Tutorial on "Silicon Photonics for artificial intelligence and neuromorphic computing" at the IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topical Meeting Series (SUM). Many thanks to Prof. Oussama Moutanabbir (Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal) for the invitation and Prof. Richard Soref (UMass Boston) for co-hosting the session.

07/12/2021: In collaboration with Prof. Nir Rotenberg, our project on quantum neural networks has been selected as one of the winners of the Wicked Ideas Competition at Queen's!

07/01/2021: Bhavin presented his views on the directions and prospects of Neuromorphic Photonics at the OSA Optoelectronics Technical Group, Campfire Session on Neuromorphic Photonics. Thank you Dr. Daniele Melati (C2N, CNRS, Université Paris Saclay) for the invitation and exciting format!

06/23/2021: Bhavin and collaborators taught at the11th Optoelectronics and Photonics Summer School: Neuromorphic Photonics. Thank you, Prof. Lorenzo Pavesi (University of Trento), for the invitation to teach at this exciting summer school!

06/20/2021: Bhavin gave an invited talk (virtual) at the workshop on "Machine Learning and AI Techniques with Intelligent Systems for Wireless Communication, Sensing, and Computation" at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium and IEEE Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC). Thank you SungWon Chung (Neuralink), Markus Gardill (Universtität Würzburg), Young-Kai Chen (DARPA) for the invitation!  

06/07/2021: Shastri Lab and collaborators will give two invited talks on "neuromorphic photonics" with "applications to optical communication systems" and join as a panelist at the "Neuromorphic Computing and Quantum Information Processing" Workshop at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC). Come listen to us!

06/02/2021: Bhavin gave an invited talk (virtual) on "Photonic Neural Networks Applications" at the Photonics North Conference. Thank you, Prof. Winnie Ye (Carleton University), for the kind invitation!  

05/26/2021: Bhavin gave an invited talk (virtual) on “Silicon Photonics for Machine Learning and Neuromorphic Computing” at the International Conference on Light and Light-based Technologies (ICLLT), Ankara, Turkey. Thanks to Prof. Yashar Azizian (Gazi University) for the invitation!

05/10/2021: Our work has been covered by ExplainingComputers in the YouTube video "Photonic Neuromorphic Computing: The Future of AI?". Excellent review of our Nature Photonics Review article!

05/08/2021: Shastri Lab welcomes Jacob Ewaniuk (co-advised with Rotenberg) as an Accelerated Master's student in Engineering Physics. Welcome, Jacob!

05/01/2021: Marcus and Adam M. (co-advised with Rotenberg) have been awarded an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program! Congratulations to both!

04/15/2021: Bhavin gave a talk on “Neuromorphic Silicon Photonics and Applications” at the 2021 Workshop on Optical/Photonic Interconnects for Computing Systems (OPTICS). Thanks to Luca Ramini (Hewlett Packard Labs), Mahdi Nikdast (Colorado State University), and Ulf Schlichtmann (TU Munich) for the invitation!

03/31/2021: Bicky has been appointed as a Postgraduate Affiliate at the Vector Institute, Toronto. Congratulations Bicky!

03/31/2021: Bhavin gave an invited talk on Photonics for AI at CPIC/Photons Canada. Thanks to Nikki Bulgarea for the invitation.

03/23/2021: Bicky has been awarded a Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellowship in neuromorphic silicon photonics! Congratulations Bicky!

03/15/2021: Hugh passed the Ph.D. Promotion Exam with flying colours and has been promoted to the Ph.D. Program at Queen's. Congratulations Hugh!

02/09/2021: Bicky's paper "Photonic pattern reconstruction enabled by on-chip online learning and inference" has been accepted 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 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!

01/22/2021: Bhavin gave a talk (virtual) on "Neuromorphic Silicon Photonics and Applications" at the Photonics Innovation Centre Seminar Series, University of Toronto. Check out the video of talk here. Thanks to Prof. Joyce Poon and Prof. Li Qian for the invitation!

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

01/05/2021: Shastri Lab has two open positions for the Queen's accelerated master's 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 an 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 the 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 photonic training networks to photonic LSTMs to secure communications microrings based on 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, a new Master's student, joins the Shastri Lab from the Prairies, adding 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 in MRS Advances. Congratulations folks!

07/25/2020: Our article "Roadmap on emerging hardware and technology for machine learning" has been accepted in Nanotechnology. Thanks 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 the 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 Master's 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 a Master's Candidate from the 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 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"
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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 Prof. Lockwood.

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 for 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. 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)!
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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!