Dr. George Y. Chen
I will present some of my latest results in the field of femtosecond-laser material processing (BK7, silica, ZBLAN, eye tissue), in addition to some breakthroughs in humidity sensing (fastest in the world) and fiber-defect sensing (unique capability). I will also give a brief overview of the research activities of the Laser Physics and Photonic Devices Labs.
Dr. Chen graduated with a 4-year MEng from Imperial College London (QS World University Ranking #2 in 2015) in 2009, in the field of electronics and electrical engineering with computer science. He was awarded his PhD from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (one of the most prestigious in photonics) at the University of Southampton in 2014. He worked in an industrial research lab as a postdoctoral research fellow for SPI Lasers Ltd. (one of the largest high-power fiber-laser manufacturers) from 2013 to 2015. He joined the University of South Australia (strongest enterprising university in Australia) as a research fellow in 2015, and played a critical role in establishing the Laser Physics and Photonic Devices Laboratories. He serves as a lab coordinator and a research-degree supervisor. His current multi-disciplinary research is inspired by real-world challenges and opportunities, partnered with and responsive to industry and its end-users. Existing collaborators include ForestrySA Corp., SMR Automotive Ltd., Ellex Medical Ltd., Tsinghua University and the Shandong Academy of Sciences. Dr. Chen has published/submitted 37 refereed journal papers (25 as first + corresponding author, 2 as corresponding author, 7 invited), and gave 4 invited talks, despite a 2-year gap in publishing due to commercial-in-confidence with SPI Lasers Ltd, and a further 10-month gap due to engineering work when he joined the then-brand-new photonics labs at UniSA. He and his collaborative team have reported the world’s fastest hygrometer, demonstrated the first-ever practical fully distributed water/humidity sensor, and presented an unreported fundamental optical effect leading to novel metrology. He has filed 1 provisional patent and 1 PCT patent. He has received a total of $1.2M in research funding as lead CI ($140k) or CI ($1016k). He is in the technical committee for the Advanced Photonics Congress, which hosts the largest conference in his field. He is also in the technical committee for the World Congress of the International Measurement Confederation. He has been a guest editor of Advances in Optoelectronics, and co-authored a book chapter published by CRC Press. Currently, he co-supervises 7 PhD students, with 1 PhD completion.