Photonic Systems Group
University of California San Diego
Nikola Alic received the B.S. degree in optoelectronics from the Belgrade School of Electrical Engineering, Belgrade, Serbia in 1998. After graduation, he served as a Junior Scientist at the "Vinca" Institute of Nuclear Sciences in Belgrade, Serbia, where he worked on solitonic pulse compression in nonlinear fiber arrays. He received the MS and PhD degrees in Photonics from the University of California San Diego, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2001 and 2006, respectively, for his pioneering work on the role of electronic equalization in optical communications. Dr Alic is currently a research scientist at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies (CALIT2) in charge of the UCSD Photonics Systems Laboratory and Testbed. His research interests include equalization and coding theory in optical communications; high-speed transmission, detection theory, fiber optic parametric amplifiers and all-optical signal processing. Dr Alic has been a co-author of more than 50 peer reviewed journal publications and has served on Technical Program Committees of OFC, FiO, PhotSoc, as well as IEEE Topical Meetings.
BILL P.-P. KUO
Bill P.-P. Kuo received the B.Eng. degree (with first-class honors) in electronic and communications engineering and the M. Phil degree in electronic engineering from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2006 and 2008 respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego in 2011. Bill was awarded by Marcony Society in 2011 and selected as a Marconi Young Scholar because of his key work in ultra-fast signal processing based on parametric mixers. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Photonic Systems Group. His research interests include parametric processes in optical fibers and their applications in communication and sensing.