Su YikaiDistinguished Professor


Phone: +86 21 34204356

Research Center:Photoelectric Materials and Devices Center

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Yikai Su received the Ph.D. degree in EE from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA in 2001. Subsequently he worked at Crawford Hill Laboratory of Bell Laboratories, where he conducted research on high-speed transmission at 40 – 160 Gb/s, and packet switching. He joined the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2004, where he is a now a full professor and the director of the Optical Transmission and Integrated Photonics group. His current research topics cover silicon photonic devices, and datacenter interconnects and switching. Recently his group proposed and demonstrated silicon photonic multiplexing and switching in wavelength, polarization and mode, and studied short reach transmission for datacenter interconnects. He has over 400 publications in international journals and conferences, with more than 5000 citations (scopus search). He gave >70 invited talks at international conferences. He holds 7 US patents and ~70 Chinese patents. Prof. Su is a senior member of IEEE and a Fellow of OSA.

He serves the Photonics Society as the Shanghai chapter chair. He also served the technical community as: guest editor of IEEE JSTQE (2008/2011), topical editor of Optics Letters (2008-2014), associate editor of APL Photonics (2016- ), program co-chair of Asia-pacific communications conference (APCC) 2009 and Asia Communications and Photonics Conference (ACP) 2011, general co-chair of ACP 2012, technical program committee member for Lasers and Electro-Optics society (LEOS) meeting 2005-2007, the Pacific-Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO PR) 2007, OptoElectronics Communications Conference (OECC) 2008, Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) conference 2011-2013, European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) 2013-2017, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) 2016-2018, and OFC 2020-2022.

Research Areas

Optical communications

Silicon photonics

Optical signal processing

Silicon photonic devices
Optical signal processing
Optical transmission and switching

Fellow of OSA, 2021

Best Ph.D. thesis award from CEEC (advisor), 2020

Best student paper of ACP (advisor), 2012

Best student paper of POEM (advisor), 2010
Top 10 IT youth in Shanghai, 2007
First class award of Natural Science Award from Ministry of Education, 2006
Xtreme Team Share Award, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, 2002
R&D news in Fiber Systems Magazine, 2002
Bell Labs press release -
Photonic transmission and switching
1.National Science Foundation of China "Highly nonlinear optical effects in silicon photonic nano structures" (61235007)
2.Doctoral Fund of Ministry of Education of China "Optical signal processing in micro-nano scale silicon-based surface plasmonic devices" (20110073110012)
3.Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality "Silicon photonic add-drop multiplexer for energy efficient optical network" (11530700400)
4.National Science Foundation of China "Photonics transmission and switching" (61125504)
5.National Science Foundation of China "Nanoscale optical devices using silicon based hybird plasmonic waveguide and its applications" (61077052)
Books and Patent
6 US patents and ~70 Chinese patents
Selected Publications