Optical Communications Group

The Optical Communications Group applies principles of photonics, signal processing, communications and information theory to advance the performance of communication or imaging systems. Experiments are performed in a state-of-the-art laboratory in the Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Building.


Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences, Room 230
(650) 725-2263

Research Areas

  • Current Research Topics
  • Photonic Devices and Subsystems
  • Single-Mode Fibers: Communications and Signal Processing
  • Multimode Fibers: Propagation Physics, Communications and Signal Processing
  • Multimode Fibers: Endoscopic Imaging
  • Free-Space Optical Communications
  • Multi-Input Multi-Output Radio Communications

    Group Leader

  • Joseph M. Kahn (Professor of Electrical Engineering)


  • Jiajia Chen (Visiting Professor, from Chalmers University of Technology)
  • Norman Swenson (Visiting Scholar)

    Current Ph.D. Students

  • Brandon Buscaino
  • Elizabeth Chen
  • Elaine Chou
  • Hrishikesh Srinivas
  • Michael T. Taylor
  • Anirudh Vijay

    Former Ph.D. Students

  • Sercan Arik (Google)
  • Daulet Askarov (Google)
  • Malik D. Audeh (Itron)
  • Daniel J. F. Barros (Google)
  • John R. Barry (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Jeffrey B. Carruthers (Boston University)
  • Karthik Choutagunta (Perceptive, Inc.)
  • Gwang-Hyun Gho (Samsung)
  • Ruo Yu Gu (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)
  • Keang-Po "Ricky" Ho (Apple)
  • John S. Hoch (Rasilient Systems, Inc.)
  • Ezra Ip (NEC Laboratories America)
  • Alan P. T. Lau (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • David C.M. Lee (Broadcom)
  • Wei Mao (Bosch Research)
  • Gene W. Marsh (Qualcomm)
  • Reza Nasiri Mahalati (Perceptive, Inc. and Stanford University)
  • Rahul A. Panicker (Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence)
  • Jose Krause Perin (Aeva, Inc.)
  • Ian Roberts (Ciena Corporation)
  • Milad Sharif (Barefoot Networks)
  • Anujit K. Shastri (Aayuna, Inc.)
  • Mahdieh Bagher Shemirani (Jefferies Group)
  • Da-Shan Shiu (MediaTek)
  • Jin Wang (AT&T)
  • Roy You (J. P. Morgan)
  • Lixia Zhou (Apple)
  • Xiaoming Zhu (ZTE)

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    Last modified: February 20, 2020.