Electronic Engineering Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Prof HUANG, Chaoran 黃超然


Assistant Professor
B.Eng. (HUST, China), Ph.D. (CUHK)
homepage Rm 227, Ho Sin Hang Engineering Building phone Tel: +852 3943 8605 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Research Interests:

Silicon photonics, nanophotonics, photonic integrated circuits, nonlinear optics, and related applications in neuromorphic computing, computing security, real-time information processing, and data interconnects.


hyperlink http://www.ee.cuhk.edu.hk/~crhuang




Resume of Career

Chaoran Huang received the B.Eng. Degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China in 2012, and the Ph.D. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China in 2016. Before joining CUHK, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University in 2017 to 2021. She was the recipient of 2019 Rising Stars Women in Engineering Asia, and was nominated by Princeton University to compete for Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists. She has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed research papers, three book chapters, and one US patent. She has been a TPC member of several international conferences and is a frequent reviewer for different journals in IEEE, OSA, and the Nature Publishing Group.

Research Interest

My research interests include silicon photonics, photonic integrated circuits, and nonlinear optics, serving applications including neuromorphic computing, computing security, real-time information processing, and optical interconnects. My current research focuses on developing neuromorphic photonic platforms, including novel devices, photonic integrated circuits, and complementary algorithms, for high-performance AI computing. We target overcoming the bandwidth and speed bottleneck in digital electronics and exploring new computing and application regions that require AI hardware with over GHz frequency response.

Selected publications from the last 3 years:

  1. C. Huang, S. Fujisawa, T. F. de Lima, A. N. Tait, E. Blow, Y. Tian, S. Bilodeau, A. Jha, F. Yaman, Batshon, H.-T. Peng, Y. Inada, B. Shastri, T. Wang, and P. R. Prucnal, “Silicon photonic neural network for fiber nonlinearity impairment compensation.” (Accepted by Nature Electronics)
  2. S. Fujisawa, F. Yaman, H. G. Batshon, M. Tanio, N. Ishii, C. Huang, T. F. de Lima, Y. Inada, P. Prucnal, N. Kamiya et al., “Weight pruning techniques towards photonic implementation of non- linear impairment compensation using neural networks,” Journal of Lightwave Technology, 2021
  3. A. Jha, C. Huang, H.-T. Peng, B. Shastri, and P. R. Prucnal, “Photonic spiking neural networks and cmos-compatible graphene-on-silicon spiking neurons,” arXiv preprint arXiv:2109.13797, 2021
  4. M. A. Nahmias, H.-T. Peng, T. F. de Lima, C. Huang, A. N. Tait, B. J. Shastri, and P. R. Prucnal, “A laser spiking neuron in a photonic integrated circuit.” (Nature Photonics in revision)
  5. H.-T. Peng, J. Lederman, L. Xu, T. F. de Lima, C. Huang, B. Shastri, D. Rosenbluth, and P. Prucnal, “A photonic-circuits-inspired compact network: Toward real-time wireless signal classification at the edge,” arXiv preprint arXiv:2106.13865, 2021
  6. C. Huang, V. J. Sorger, M. Miscuglio, M. Al-Qadasi, A. Mukherjee, S. Shekhar, L. Chrostowski, L. Lampe, M. Nichols, M. P. Fok, D. Brunner, A. N. Tait, T. F. d. L. Lima, B. A. Marquez, P. R. Prucnal, and B. J. Shastri, “Prospects and applications of photonic neural networks,” arXiv preprint arXiv:2105.09943, 2021 [Invited]
  7. W. Zhang, C. Huang, S. Bilodeau, A. Jha, T. F. De Lima, and P. Prucnal, “Microring weight banks control beyond 8.5-bits accuracy,” arXiv preprint arXiv:2104.01164, 2021.
  8. P. Y. Ma, A. N. Tait, W. Zhang, E. A. Karahan, T. F. de Lima, C. Huang, B. J. Shastri, and P. R. Prucnal, “Blind source separation with integrated photonics and reduced dimensional statistics,” Optics Letters, vol. 45, no. 23, pp. 6494–6497, 2020
  9. C. Huang, A. Jha, T. F. de Lima, A. Tait, B. J. Shastri, and P. Prucnal, “On-chip programmable nonlinear optical signal processor and its applications,” IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 2020 [Invited] (cover article)
  10. C. Huang, S. Bilodeau, T. Ferreira de Lima, A. N. Tait, P. Y. Ma, E. C. Blow, A. Jha, H.-T. Peng, B. J. Shastri, and P. R. Prucnal, “Demonstration of scalable microring weight bank control for large- scale photonic integrated circuits,” APL Photonics, vol. 5, no. 4, p. 040803, 2020
  11. A. Jha, C. Huang, and P. R. Prucnal, “Reconfigurable all-optical nonlinear activation functions for neuromorphic photonics,” Optics Letters, vol. 45, no. 17, pp. 4819–4822, 2020 (Spotlight Article)
  12. C. Huang, P. Y. Ma, E. C. Blow, P. Mittal, and P. R. Prucnal, “Accelerated secure key distribution based on localized and asymmetric fiber interferometers,” Optics Express, vol. 27, no. 22, pp. 32 096– 32 110, 2019
  13. C. Huang, T. F. de Lima, A. Jha, S. Abbaslou, A. N. Tait, B. J. Shastri, and P. R. Prucnal, “Programmable silicon photonic optical thresholder,” IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 2019
  14. C. Huang, P. Y. Ma, B. J. Shastri, P. Mittal, and P. R. Prucnal, “Robustness of optical steganographic communication under coherent detection attack,” IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 327–330, 2019