OSC Colloquium: Shanhui Fan

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Virtual Via Zoom

    Open to campus and public.


    Speaker: Shanhui Fan  

    Topic: Computing with photonic structures

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    Photonic structures naturally compute. In particular, any linear photonic structure performs matrix-vector multiplications. This capability is becoming increasingly important in recent years, due in particular to the interests in implementing neural network algorithms, where the cost of matrix-vector multiplication dominates in the total computational costs. In this talk, I will discuss the use of photonic structures to perform computation, both in implementing neural networks, and in image processing. As examples I will present the use of compact photonic structures for edge detection which is important for image processing. I will also comment on various aspects of wave-physics implementations of feed-forward and recurrent neural networks.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Shanhui Fan is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, a Professor of Applied Physics (by courtesy), a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Director of the Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory, at Stanford University. He received his Ph. D in 1997 in theoretical condensed matter physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research interests are in fundamental studies of solid state and photonic structures and devices, especially photonic crystals, plasmonics, and meta-materials, and applications of these structures in energy and information technology applications. He has published over 550 refereed journal articles, has given over 350 plenary/keynote/invited talks, and was granted 62 US patents. Prof. Fan received a National Science Foundation Career Award (2002), a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2003), the National Academy of Sciences W. O. Baker Award for Initiative in Research (2007), the Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America (2007), and a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from the U. S. Department of Defense (2017).  He is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in Physics since 2015,  and a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America,  and the SPIE.


    Colloquium will start at 3:30pm, following will be a meet and greet with Shanhui Fan.