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Ben Wu


Ben Wu graduated from Nankai University, China with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. He finished his Ph. D. in electrical engineering at Princeton University in which he explored the transmission of secure information within amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise. Ben graduated with numerous awards, including an Excellence in Teaching Award, the Wu Prize in Engineering, the Newport Graduate Award for Photonics, and the IEEE Photonics Society 2015 Graduate Student Fellowship. He is currently a postdoc in the Lightwave Communications Research Laboratory.

Research Interests: 
  • Photonic Layer Security
  • Optical Steganography

Bhavin J. Shastri


Bhavin J. Shastri received the Honors B.Eng. (with distinction), M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 2005, 2007, and 2011, respectively.

He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Lightwave Communications Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. His research interests include ultrafast cognitive computing---neuromorphic engineering with photonic neurons, high-speed burst-mode clock and data recovery circuits, optoelectronic-VLSI systems, optical access networks, machine learning, and computer vision.
Dr. Shastri has garnered the following research awards: 2012 D. W. Ambridge Prize for the top graduating Ph.D. student, nomination for the 2012 Canadian Governor General Gold Medal, IEEE Photonics Society 2011 Graduate Student Fellowship, 2011 Postdoctoral Fellowship from National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2011 SPIE Scholarship in Optics and Photonics, a Lorne Trottier Engineering Graduate Fellow, and a 2008 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship from NSERC. He was the recipient of the Best Student Paper Awards at the 2010 IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), the co-recipient of the Silver Leaf Certificate at the 2008 IEEE Microsystems and Nanoelectronics Conference (MNRC), the 2004 IEEE Computer Society Lance Stafford Larson Outstanding Student Award, and the 2003 IEEE Canada Life Member Award. Dr. Shastri was the President/Co-Founder of the McGill OSA Student Chapter.
He is currently supported by the highly prestigious Banting postdoctoral fellowship.

For more information, please visit Dr. Shastri's website at

Research Interests: 
  • Photonic neuron---analog-digital signal processing
  • Burst-mode clock and data recovery circuits
  • Machine learning and computer vision