Dr. Alan Pak Tao Lau obtained the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (Electrical Option) and M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2003 and 2004 respectively. He then obtained the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University in 2008. He also worked at NEC Labs America in 2006 as a research associate in the Optical Networking Division. He joined the Electrical Engineering Department at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2008. His current research interests include system designs and signal processing techniques for coherent fiber-optic communication systems, Optical Performance Monitoring (OPM) and next generation fibers for optical communications. He also collaborate extensively with the Industry on various aspects of fiber-optic communication systems

Optical Communications and Networking
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Photonics Research Center, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
M.Phil./Ph.D. students
Qi Sui received his B Sc degree in Electronic Engineering at Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2007. He joined the Photonics Research Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2008 as a Research Assistant. His current research interest includes OSNR monitoring using polarization diversity and DSP
Dr. Florence Chan received the B.Sc. degree in applied physics, M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from the City University of Hong Kong. She joined the Photonics Research Centre, Department of Electrical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2010. Her research interests include optical waveguide theory, coupled-mode theory, fibre and waveguide gratings, optical couplers, and optical sensors.
Post-doctoral fellows
Research Associates/Research Assistants
Ryan YiLiang Gao received his B.E and M.E degrees from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2008 and 2011. He joined the Photonics Research Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2010 as a Research Assistant. His current research topic is Carrier Phase Recovery in Coherent Detection Systems
Zhenhua Dong received B.Sc degree in Communication Engineering at South-Central University for Nationalities in 2007 and obtained M.Sc degree at Wuhan Research Institute of Post and Telecommunications (WRI) in 2011. During 2009 to 2011 he was working at Accelink as a R&D engineer working on the Long-haul Repeater-less Fiber-optic Communication Systems and Optical Performance Monitor. He joined the Photonics Research Centre at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2011. His current research topic is Optical Performance Monitoring for Next Generation Fiber-optic Communication Networks and coherent unrepeated transmission systems.
Thomas Shunrong Shen received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China, in 2009. He was the recipient of Outstanding Student of Faculty of Engineering 2009 and the Hong Kong SAR Governmental Scholarship. He completed his MPhil degree in 2011 and his research on signal processing for optical performance monitoring and transmission impairment compensation. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.
Faisal Nadeem Kahn received his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Electrical Engineering in 2002 and 2006 respectively. Since 2008 he is working towards his PhD degree. His research interests include Performance monitoring in dynamic optical networks and High speed fiber-optic communication systems. He was a senior lecturer at School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He has been in PolyU again since Sept. 2015
Tao Gui received his BS degree in 2011 from Xidian University and M.Sc. degree in 2014 from Jinan University, China. Now, he is a PhD student majoring in optical communication engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He worked at China State Key Laboratory of Optical Comm. Technologies and Networks at Wuhan in 2013 on long haul and large capacity optical transmission using superchannel OFDM techniques. His current research interests are DSP in optical transmission system and Nonlinear Fourier Division Multiplexing system for fiber communication.