On the morning of August 14, Professor Rao Yunjiang was appointed by Zhejiang Lab as the chief scientist of optical fiber sensing at the lab’s Research Center of Super-Perception. As Director at the MOE (Ministry of Education) Key Laboratory of Optical Fiber Sensing and Communications, Professor Rao has long been engaged in the research on optical fiber sensing. With a worldwide reputation, he is the first scholar in his field to be designated as a fellow both by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Optical Society of America (OSA), as well as by the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE).
Professor Rao said that he will guide Zhejiang Lab to develop and build a number of high-precision and advanced scientific apparatus and platforms in the field of optical fiber sensing. Centering around China’s national strategy of deep earth, deep sea, and deep space exploration, his team will carry out research in three major areas including special fiber-optic cables, core fiber-optic devices, and fiber-optic sensing systems. By solving key technical problems such as the sensitivity and spatial resolution of optical fiber sensors, the team will strive to achieve world-leading research outcomes and build a world-class research center of optical fiber sensing.
At the appointment ceremony, Director of Zhejiang Lab Zhu Shiqiang said that as big data is fundamental to the development of artificial intelligence, a key technology for acquiring data is the sensor technology, which has built technical obstacles for China to overcome. Zhu believes that Professor Rao will lead and guide young researchers to achieve original breakthroughs in the field of optical fiber sensing. Meanwhile, through platform development and engineering applications, they will also take scientific research to real-life scenarios and realize significant demonstrative applications of certain outcomes in relevant industries.
Optical fiber sensing is a technology with high sensitivity, strong interworking capability, and low construction costs, able to resist extreme environments. It has broad prospects of being applied in important fields such as energy mining and earthquake prediction. After joining Zhejiang Lab, Professor Rao will play a critical role in the lab’s efforts to consolidate projects, organize research activities, and cultivate talents in the field of super-perception. In addition, he will undertake other responsibilities such as preparing his current employer, the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, for building a joint research center of optical fiber sensing with the Lab.
Profile of Professor Rao Yunjiang
Rao Yunjiang, IEEE, OSA, and SPIE fellow, currently works as Director at the Key Laboratory of Optical Fiber Sensing and Communications, the Ministry of Education, China. In 2000, he was selected as a winner of China’s National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. In 1998, he was designated as one of the first Distinguished Professors by the Changjiang Scholars Program. Before that, he first worked at the University of Strathclyde as a postdoctoral fellow and then a senior research fellow at the University of Kent. He has been in charge of many national projects, including one NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) project supported by the Special Fund for Research on National Major Research Instruments, one NSFC major program, two NSFC key programs, one innovative team development project supported by the Ministry of Education, and one Higher Education Discipline Innovation Project (also known as the 111 Project).
Rao Yunjiang has published an English monograph on optical fiber sensing and is licensed to hold more than 60 patents. Under his leadership, his faculty team and research teams have won the second prize of the National Teaching Achievement Award, the first prize of the MOE Natural Science Award, and the first prize of Sichuan Provincial Award for Science and Technology. His academic achievements have enabled him to be included in the Elsevier List of Most Cited Chinese Scholars for four consecutive years. His major research interests include optical fiber sensing, optical fiber laser, photonic devices, optical fiber communications, and fiber-optic Internet of Things.