Principal Investigator


Bhavin Shastri's Photo

Bhavin J. Shastri
Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics

Queen’s University
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Stirling Hall
64 Bader Lane
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 78714
Fax: 613-533-6463

Photo credit: Ishana Gopaul

Research Interests

Nanophotonics • Silicon Photonics • Artificial Intelligence • Neuromorphic Computing • Quantum Information

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Employment and Experience

July 2018 – present: Assistant Professor, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada
Dec. 2020 – present: Faculty Affiliate, Vector Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada
July 2018 – present: Visiting Researcher Scholar, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
May 2016 – June 2018: Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Jan. 2012 – Apr. 2016: Banting and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA


2012: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Photonics), McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
2007: M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering (Photonics), McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
2005: Honours B.Eng. with distinction in Electrical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada


Research Awards (Selected)

Paper Awards (Selected)

Teaching Awards

Academic Honours (Selected)

Professional Activities

Editorial Activities

  • Editorial Board Member, JPhys Photonics (2019–present)
  • Primary Guest Editor, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (2021–2023)
  • Guest Editor, Optics Materials Express (2021-2022)
  • Guest Editor, JPhys Photonics (2020-2021)
  • Co-Primary Guest Editor, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (2018-2020)

Technical Program Committee Memberships

  • Committee Member, SPIE Optics & Photonics Congress, San Diego, CA, USA (2022, Aug.)
  • Sub-committee Member, OSA Advanced Photonics Congress (APC), Integrated Photonics Research (IPR) (2022, Jul.)
  • Sub-committee Co-Chair, IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC), Vancouver, BC, Canada (2021, Oct.)
  • Sub-program Committee Member, Congress of the International Commission on Optics (ICO) and International Conference on Optics in the Life Sciences (OWLS), Dresden, Germany (2021, Sep.)
  • Committee Member, SPIE Optics & Photonics Congress, San Diego, CA, USA (2021, Aug.)
  • Sub-committee Member, OSA Advanced Photonics Congress (APC), Integrated Photonics Research (IPR), Montreal, QC, Canada (2021, July)
  • Sub-committee Member, Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC), San Francisco, CA, USA (2021, Mar.)
  • Workshop Organizer, “Photonics for Neuromorphic and High-Performance Computing”, European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC), Brussels, Belgium (2020, Dec.)
  • Committee Member, SPIE Optics & Photonics Congress, San Diego, CA, USA (2020, Aug.)
  • Sub-committee Member, Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO Pacific Rim), Sydney, Australia (2020, Aug.)
  • Sub-committee Member, Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC), San Diego, CA, USA (2020, Mar.)
  • Review Committee Member, Cognitive Computing, Volkswagen Foundation, Hannover, Germany (2018, Dec.)
  • Sub-committee Member, IEEE Group IV Photonics, Cancun, Mexico (2018, Aug.)
  • Session Chair, BEYOND! von Neumann Computing, Max Planck Society, Harnack-Haus, Berlin, Germany (2016, May)

Society & Research Council Activities

  • Member, FWO Review College, Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) (2021–2023)
  • Committee Member, IEEE Photonics Society Technical Affairs Council (2019–present)
  • President, McGill University OSA Student Chapter (2010–2011)
  • Vice-President and Co-Founder, McGill University OSA Student Chapter (2008–2010)

Society Memberships

  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Senior Member, Optica (OSA)
  • Member, International Society of Optical Engineers (SPIE)

Journal Referee

  • Science
  • Science Advances
  • Nature Communications
  • Scientific Reports
  • Optics Express
  • Optics Letters
  • IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
  • Journal of Applied Physics
  • Journal of Lightwave Technology
  • IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
  • IEEE Photonics Journal
  • Electronic Letters
  • IEEE Access
  • Journal of the Optical Society of America B



  • 3rd International Conference on Optics, Optoelectronics and Measurement (ICOM), scheduled for (2022, May); online.
  • 3rd International Conference on Applied Photonics & Electronics (InCAPE), (2021, Oct.); online.
  • OSA Photonics in Switching and Computing Conference (PSC) (2021, Sep.); online.
  • TU Dresden, cfaed Colloquium, Dresden, Germany (2019, Sep.)
  • International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (IWANN) Grand Canaria, Spain (2019, June)


  • Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP), scheduled for (2021, Nov.); online.
  • IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topical Meeting Series (SUM) (2021, July); online
  • European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) (2020, Dec.); online

Invited Seminars & Talks

  • PhotonIcs and Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS), Hangzhou, China, scheduled for (2022, Apr.); online.
  • DATE 2022, Designing Brain-Inspired Chips, scheduled (2022, Mar.); online.
  • CU Boulder, ECEE Department Seminar, scheduled for (2022, Jan.); online.
  • H2020 EU Projects, 1st Workshop on Neuromorphic Photonics, Thessaloniki, Greece, scheduled for (2021, Dec.); online.
  • POST-DIGITAL ETN European H2020 Project Summer School, Novel Nonlinear Substrates for Neural Networks, Besancon, France, Sep. 2021; online.
  • Fraunhofer HHI, Summer School on AI for Optical Networks & Neuromorphic Photonics for AI Acceleration, Berlin, Germany (2021, Sep.); online.
  • Institute for Neural Computing (INC), University of California, San Diego, INC Chalk Talk Series, San Diego, CA scheduled for (2021, Aug.) ; online.
  • OSA Optoelectronics Technical Group, Campfire Session on Neuromorphic Photonics—Directions and Future Prospects (2021, June); online
  • 11th Optoelectronics and Photonics Summer School: Neuromorphic Photonics, Trento, Italy (2021, June); online
  • IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) and IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC), Atlanta, GA (2021, June); online
  • (x2) Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) (2021, June); online
  • Photonics North (PN) Conference (2021, June); online
  • International Conference on Light and Light-based Technologies (ICLLT), Ankara, Turkey (2021, May); online
  • Workshop on Optical/Photonic Interconnects for Computing Systems (OPTICS) (2021, April); online
  • CPIC/Photons Canada, Quebec City, QC, Canada (2021, Mar.); online
  • University of Toronto, Photonics Innovation Centre Seminar Series, ON, Canada (2021, Jan.); online
  • Material Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting (2020, Nov.); online
  • Nature Quantum and Optical Technology Community, London, UK (2020, Nov.); online
  • International Conference on Future Technology and Disruptive Innovation, Hangzhou, China (2020, Oct.); online
  • Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP), Beijing, China (2020, Oct.); online
  • (x2) OSA Advanced Photonics Congress (APC), Montreal, QC, Canada (2020, July); online
  • Photonics North Conference, Niagara Fall, ON, Canada (2020, May); online
  • (x2) SPIE Photonics West (OPTO), San Francisco, CA, USA (2020, Feb.)
  • Toyota Research Institute of North America, Photonics Processing Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI, USA (2020, Jan.)
  • IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topical Meeting Series (SUM), Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA (2019, July)
  • Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (CLEO/Europe), Munich, Germany (2019, June)
  • Conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN), Minneapolis, MN (2019, May) 
  • Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), San Jose, CA, USA (2019, May)
  • National Research Council Canada (NRC), Ottawa, ON, Canada (2019. Apr.)
  • IEEE-IRDS Beyond CMOS Workshop: Emerging Architectures and Devices, Monterey, CA, USA (2019. Mar.)
  • Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Lecture Tour: University of Ottawa (ON), Polytechnique Montréal (QC), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (QC), Carleton University (ON), Ryerson University (ON), and Western University (ON), Canada (2019, Feb.-Mar.)
  • Huawei Canada, Advanced Optical Communication Systems Workshop, Quebec City, QC, Canada (2018, Oct.)
  • SPIE Active Photonic Platforms X, SPIE Nanoscience + Engineering, San Diego, CA, USA (2018, Aug.)
  • The University of British Columbia (UBC), CMC Microsystems Passive Silicon Photonics SiEPIC Workshop, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2018, Aug.)
  • Novel Frontier of Optics for Computing, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Tokyo, Japan (2018, July)
  • NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Seminar, Atsugi, Japan (2018, July)
  • George Washington University, NSF/SRC E2CDA e-Kickoff Meeting, Dulles, VA, USA (2018, Mar.)
  • RMIT University, BITS: Brain-Inspired Technologies and Systems, Melbourne, Australia (2017, Oct.)
  • University of California, San Diego, Integrated Optical Computing Accelerator Workshop, San Diego, CA, USA (2017, Oct.)
  • OSA Advanced Photonics Congress (APC), New Orleans, LA, USA (2017, July)
  • Queen’s University, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy, Departmental Colloquium, Kingston, ON, Canada (2017, July)
  • City University of Hong Kong, Seminar, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong (2017, Apr.)
  • The University of British Columbia, Seminar, Kelowna, BC, Canada (2017, Apr.)
  • OSA Advanced Photonics Congress (APC), Vancouver, BC, Canada (2016, July)
  • IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topical Meeting Series (SUM), Newport Beach, CA, USA (2016, July)
  • Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, BEYOND! von Neumann Computing, Harnack-Haus, Berlin, Germany (2016, May)
  • York University, Seminar, Toronto, ON, Canada (2016, Mar.)
  • Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Seminar, Montreal, QC, Canada (2016, Mar.)
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal, Engineering Physics Seminar, Montreal, QC, Canada (2015, Nov.)
  • University of Oxford, Engineering Science Lecture, Oxford, UK (2015, Sep.)
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,ECE Seminar, Champaign, IL, USA (2015, Apr.)
  • McMaster University, Engineering Physics Seminar Series, Hamilton, ON, Canada (2015, Apr.)
  • University of Cambridge, Lecture, Cambridge, UK (2015, Apr.)
  • Harvard University, Electrical Engineering Seminar Series, Cambridge, MA, USA (2015, Mar.)
  • City College of City University of New York, Seminar, New York, NY, USA (2015, Mar.)
  • The Johns Hopkins University, ECE Seminar, Baltimore, MD, USA (2015, Feb.)
  • International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Application (NOLTA), Luzern, Switzerland (2014, Sep.)
  • IEEE North Jersey Section Computer Chapter and Signal Processing Chapter, Teaneck, NJ, USA (2013, Sep.)
  • Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent Green ICT Summit, Murray Hill, NJ, USA (2013, Jan.)
  • SPIE Photonics West (OPTO), San Francisco, CA, USA (2011, Jan.)