Young Investigator Award

The IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award was established to honor an individual who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics (broadly defined) prior to his or her 35th birthday. Nominees must be 35 years of age or younger on Sept. 30th of the year in which the nomination is made. Funding for this award is sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society. The award consists of a certificate of recognition and an honorarium of $2000.

2021 Honoree



Xi (Vivian) Chen

For outstanding contributions to high-speed and high-capacity fiber-optic communications.

Dr. Xi Chen received the Ph.D. degree in 2012, from The University of Melbourne, Australia. From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Chen worked as a Research Fellow in The University of Melbourne, where she received Discovery Early Carrier Research Award (DECRA) grant from Australian Research Council. Dr. Chen is currently a Member of Technical Staff in Nokia Bell Labs, New Jersey, United States. 

Dr. Chen’s research interests include fiber transmission, advanced modulation formats and digital signal processing for high-speed optical telecommunication systems. She has made contributions to generation and detection of ultra-high symbol rate (e.g. 195 GBaud and beyond) optical signals, generation and detection of ultra-high order modulation formats (e.g. 16384-ary QAM) for coherent optical systems. Dr. Chen has also contributed to advanced modulation formats and advanced signal processing for short-reach direct detection systems.

: September 30

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