Talk Title: “The World of Photonics, Entering the Era of Light”  by Dr. William Kao

Date: Oct 19, 2022 (Wednesday)  6:30 - 8:30 PM 

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Talk Abstract:  

Photonics is the science of the photon, the fundamental particle of light. While the 20th century was the century of the electron, the 21st century will be the century of the photon. We are now entering the era of light and photonics.

In this seminar Dr. Kao will present an overview of the world of photonics. He will start with the fundamentals and properties of photons and light such as wave-particle duality, then talk about the many photonic’s applications: from lasers, LEDs,  optical fibers, to most recently lidar (used in self driving cars), holography, and silicon photonics.

Speaker Bio: 

Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems. 

 Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers on IC CAD at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight US Software and IC design patents. He was an

Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design. 

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter. 

Dr. Kao currently teaches Clean Technology and Emerging Technology courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.  

He has given numerous seminars on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data and Data Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities,  Innovation, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, AI / Machine Learning, 5G, 3D Printing. the Metaverse and Satellite Communications.

Dr. Kao is a Technology Watcher, Learner and Teacher.