Professor |College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, |School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Prof. SHAO Liyang received his Ph.D. in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2008. He worked in many world-leading universities and research institutions, like Carleton University, The University of Sydney, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Nanyang Technological University. Prof. Shao’s main research areas are distributed optic fiber, fiber grating, fiber laser, photonic crystal fiber devices, micro-Nano fiber devices and sensing, microwave photon sensing measurement, etc.

He has published more than 180 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, more than 130 papers are SCI Included, 1 invited review for Laser & Photonics Review, more than 20 invited talks on international conferences, total other citation over 4100 times (other citation over 2500 times according to SCI database) and more than 10 China patents. His research “Microfiber Vector Tiltmeter” has been reproduced by Nature Photonic as Research Spotlight. He was selected as the Star of Yanghua(Talent Program) in Southwest Jiaotong University in 2014. He won the “ZHAN Tianyou Railway Scientific Awards for Young Scholars” in 2016.

Currently, Prof.Shao is the principal investigator for the Ministry of Science and Technology International Cooperation Program, Recruitment Program for Young Professionals grant, General Program of National Natural Science Fund Foundation, Major Program of Guangdong Science and Technology Department, Shenzhen Municipal Government Scientific and Research Start-up Fund, etc.

Personal Profile

Honors & Awards

2021: Selected by Stanford University "Top 2% of the World's Top Scientists" list

2020: China Industry-University-Research Collaboration Award

2019: Shenzhen Industrial Development and Innovative Talent Award

2018: Outstanding Young Scholar of SUSTech

2017: Overseas High-Caliber Personnel  (Level B) in Shenzhen

2017: Selected as Sichuan Province Outstanding Contribution Expert

2016: Zhan Tianyou Railway Science and Technology Award Youth Award

2015: Selected as Youth Thousand Talents Plan

2014: Selected as Sichuan Province High-level Talent Introduction Plan

2012: Australian Ministry of Education Endeavour Scholar Award


Academic Qualifications

Sep 2003–Jun 2008 (Ph.D.) Optical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China (co-trained by Hong Kong Polytechnic University).

Sep 1997–Jun 2001 (B.S.) Optoelectronic Information Engineering, Zhejiang University, China.  


Working Experience

Apr 2020 – Present  Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Nov 2020 – Present   Member of Industry-University-Research Working Committee, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Aug 2018 – Present   Vice Dean, School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Aug 2018 – Present   Director, Master of Engineering Education Center, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Aug 2017 – Present   Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Aug 2018 – Sep 2018 Visiting Professor, School of Electronics and Data Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Sep 2013 – Jul 2017   Professor, School of Information Science and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

Jul 2015 – Aug 2015   Visiting Professor, School of Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada

Aug 2011 – Aug 2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Electrical Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Mar 2012 – Sep 2012 Senior Visiting Scholar, University of Sydney, Australia

Aug 2009 – Aug 2011 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Electronic Engineering, Carleton University, Canada

Aug 2006 – Jun 2009 Research Assistant, Department of Electrical Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Jul 2001 – Jul 2003 R&D Engineer, Shenzhen O-Net Technologies and Hangzhou Focused Photonics Inc.


Distributed optical fiber sensing;

Fiber grating and fiber laser;

Photonic crystal fiber;

Micro-nano fiber optic devices and sensing;

Microwave photon sensing measurement;


Advanced Topics in Electronic Science and Technology

Laser Principle

Optical Fiber Communication Principle and Technology

Spectroscopy Technology and Application

Innovation experiments in electronic science

Integrated design

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More than 180 academic papers have been published in major international journals and conferences, including 130 SCI papers (59 papers by the first author and corresponding author), including Nat.Comm. Light Sci. Appl.Laser Photon. Rev.Adv Electron. Mater.NanoscaleBiosen. and Bioelectron, etc. 7 articles, total citation/other citation: 4100/2500, H factor 37;

Invited to write 3 review articles, give keynote speeches at important international conferences such as IEEE ICCT, CLEO PR, APOS, and other important international conferences 2 times, and specially invited lectures for nearly 20 times, served as TPC Chair/Organizing Committee member of international conferences for more than 20 times; authorized invention patent 10 More items.

1) Novel structures and designs of fiber Bragg grating and long-period grating have been achieved for EDFA gain flattening, dispersion compensator, triangular edge filter, and temperature-referenced refractometer. 

“Unstrained detection”, Nature Photonics, Vol 4, July 2010, is featuring “Compact fiber-optic vector inclinometer,” Opt. Lett. 35 (7), 1034-1036, March 2010 by L.Y. Shao and J. Albert.

2) Developed an ultra-short polarimetric DBR fiber laser, which has been implemented to measure strain, temperature, lateral force, hydrostatic pressure, ultrasound, etc, and comprehensively investigated the tunability of beat frequency of the laser and its application for microwave photonics.

3) Investigated Plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor based on gold-coated tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG), which have been employed to measure DNA, protein, polymer formation process monitoring, and the thickness and morphology of metal nanoparticles

Invited Review in Laser & Photonics Reviews 7, 83-108 (2013)

4) Have undertaken several industrial projects using fiber optic sensing systems, including structural health monitoring systems in Tsing Ma Bridge, KCRC (HK) rail tracks, MRTC (HK) civil structure, and liquid level sensors in oil tanks.

5) Experienced in fiber post-processing include chemical etching, tapering (sub-micrometer), side-polishing, splicing of specialty fibers, which are essential to developing novel fiber optics devices and sensors.

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