Shastri Lab

Team Members

Professor & Principal Investigator

Bhavin Shastri Profile PhotoBhavin J. Shastri is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics at Queen's University, Canada. He earned the Honours B.Eng. (with distinction), M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering (photonics) from McGill University, Canada, in 2005, 2007, and 2012, respectively. He was an NSERC and Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2016) and an Associate Research Scholar (2016-2018) at Princeton University. With research interests in silicon photonics, photonic integrated circuits, neuromorphic computing, and machine learning, he has published more than 65 journal articles and 80 conference proceedings, 4 book chapters, and given over 40 invited talks and lectures including 2 Keynotes. He is a co-author of the book, Neuromorphic Photonics (Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, 2017).

Dr. Shastri is the winner of the 2020 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics "for his pioneering contributions to neuromorphic photonics" from the ICO. He is a Senior Member of the OSA and IEEE, a recipient of the 2014 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Government of Canada, the 2012 D. W. Ambridge Prize for the top graduating Ph.D. student, an IEEE Photonics Society 2011 Graduate Student Fellowship, a 2011 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, a 2011 SPIE Scholarship in Optics and Photonics, a 2008 NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, including the Best Student Paper Awards at the 2014 IEEE Photonics Conference, 2010 IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, the 2004 IEEE Computer Society Lance Stafford Larson Outstanding Student Award, and the 2003 IEEE Canada Life Member Award.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Bicky Marquez Profile PhotoBicky Marquez
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. (Physics/Optics) Bourgogne-Franche-Comté University, France

Bicky Marquez received her Ph.D. in Optics/Photonics from Bourgogne-Franche-Comté University, France in 2018, where she worked for Professor Laurent Larger. She also holds a Bachelor's (2012) and Master's (2014) degrees from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), respectively. Her interests and directions are focused on nonlinear and complex dynamical systems, machine learning & AI photonic hardware. Additionally, she likes to spend her free time travelling and painting/drawing. Check out her website for more information.



PhD Students

Hugh Morison Profile PhotoHugh Morison
Ph.D. Candidate

B.A.Sc. (Engineering Physics), Queen's University

Hugh is pursuing his graduate degree at Queen’s researching neuromorphic silicon photonic systems. He received the B.A.Sc from Queen's in Engineering Physics with an option in Computing. His undergraduate thesis was on the simulation of silicon photonic neural network architectures. His interests are in novel computing systems and artificial intelligence.




Maryam Moridsadat
Ph.D. Candidate

M.Sc. Photonics Engineering (Nanophotonics), University of Tabriz, Iran

Maryam Moridsadat holds a master degree in Photonics Engineering (nanophotonics) from University of Tabriz, Iran (2017) with a focus on semiconductor plasmonic at THz range. She also received her Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering from Shahid Chamran University, Iran (2012). During her PhD journey she works on neuromorphic photonics systems. Furthermore, she likes to spend her free time hiking, skiing and travelling.




Masters Students

Matthew Filipovich Profile PhotoMatthew Filipovich
Accelerated M.A.Sc. Candidate (Engineering Physics)

B.A.Sc. (Engineering Physics), Queen's University

Currently in his fourth year of Engineering Physics specializing in Computing at Queen’s University, Matthew is also pursuing an Accelerated Master’s degree in Applied Physics. He is very interested in the future implications and associated ethics of AI and machine learning in our society. Matthew is the incoming Technical Captain of the Queen’s Hyperloop Design Team and will be competing at the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition this summer in Hawthorne, California. His other interests include travel, hiking, programming, and eating.




Zhimu Guo Profile PhotoZhimu Guo
Accelerated M.A.Sc. Candidate (Engineering Physics)

B.A.Sc. (Engineering Physics), Queen's University

Zhimu is accelerating from his B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics, Computing option at Queen's University. Zhimu has a strong interest in working at the junction of the hardware and software for computer systems. He is also looking forward to exploring new technologies in the quantum computing realm, including integrated neuromorphic photonic processors for deep learning.




Jagmeet Singh
M.Sc. Candidate (Physics)
BS-MS (Physics), IISER Mohali, India

Jagmeet is a graduate student at Queen's University. He received the BS-MS dual degree from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali, India with a major in Physics (2019). He previously worked on a classification problem using deep learning techniques in Belle II collaboration, Japan. He is interested in building new computer architectures using photonics, particularly neuromorphic computing that has application in deep learning problems. His research interests include AI, machine learning and cloud computing. In his spare time, he likes programming, reading history, listening to Punjabi folk music and playing basketball.



Marcus Tamura
M.A.Sc. Candidate (Physics)
B.A.Sc. (Engineering Physics), University of Alberta

Marcus is pursuing a Master’s of Applied Science at Queen’s University. His B.A.Sc is in Engineering Physics with a Nanotechnology specialization, Mathematics minor and Co-op option at the University of Alberta. He is interested in neuromorphic systems, quantum neural networks, atomic scale devices and nanofabrication. His hobbies include playing board games, videogames, and 3D printing.




Ahmed Khaled
M.A.Sc. Candidate (Engineering physics)

B.A.Sc. (ECE), Ain Shams University, Egypt

Ahmed is an M.A.Sc. student at Queen's University. In 2018, he obtained his B.A.Sc. degree from the ECE department, faculty of engineering, Ain Shams University with a focus on Optics and Electromagnetics. He joined Si-Ware Systems in 2018, a Cairo based startup working on the world's smallest FTIR spectrometer, and worked on MEMS sensors development, optical coupling solutions and optical signal processing. He is currently interested in silicon photonics and photonic integrated circuits. In his free time, he likes to relax by watching movies and playing video games.




Karanpreet Singh
M.Sc. Candidate (Physics)

B.Sc. (Honors) (Physics), Lovely Professional University, India

Karanpreet is an M.Sc. student at Queen's University with research interests in neuromorphic photonic integrated circuits. He received his B.Sc. (Honors) Physics degree with Distinction from Lovely Professional University, India. During his undergraduate program, he worked on nonlinear light-matter interactions, studying the impacts of ultra-intense laser beams on metallic nanoparticles. He also ardently follows astronomical research and has been part of multiple international winter schools on astronomy. Outside academics, Karanpreet is enthusiastic about quizzing and has conducted quiz events as quizmaster. His other interests include traveling, reading, and playing video games.



Jacob Ewaniuk (co-advised with Prof. Nir Rotenberg)
Accelerated M.A.Sc. Candidate (Engineering Physics)
B.A.Sc (Engineering Physics), Queen’s University

Jacob is currently in his fourth year of his undergraduate Engineering Physics degree with a specialization in Electrical Engineering. Simultaneously, he is working toward an Accelerated Master’s degree in Engineering Physics. Jacob has become fascinated by Quantum Computing and hopes to positively impact society via research of the technologies of the future. He is a two-time NSERC USRA recipient stemming from his strong passion for learning and driven nature. Before he found physics, Jacob was a successful child actor having voiced main characters in many cartoons including Catboy in PJ Masks. He maintains an interest in the film industry, enjoys snowboarding, and is an avid fan of the Toronto Raptors.



Students at Princeton University

Thomas Ferreira de Lima
Ph.D. Candidate (Electrical Engineering)

Bachelor's (Physics) and Ingenieur Polytechnicien Master's degree, École Polytechnique, France

Hsuan-Tung Peng
Ph.D. Candidate (Electrical Engineering)
B.S. (Physics), National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Philip (Yechi) Ma
Ph.D. Candidate (Electrical Engineering)
B.S. (Physics), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China