Liyang SHAO--Associate Professor

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Prof. SHAO Liyang received his Ph.D. in Optical Engineering in 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 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 79 papers are SCI Included, 1 invited review for Laser & Photonics Review, 8 invited talks on international conferences, total other citation over 1200 times (other citation over 1000 times according to SCI database) and 7 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 “ZHAN Tianyou Railway Scientific Awards for Young Scholars” in 2016. Currently, Prof.Shao is the principal investigator for 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.


Ph.D. (joint program with Hong Kong Polytechnic University) 2008 Optical Engineering, Zhejiang University   Sep.2003-Jun. 2008

B.A. Optoelectronic Information Engineering, Zhejiang University Sep.1997-Jun. 2001

Working Experiences

Aug.2017---Present  Associate Professor & Researcher  Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology of China

Sep. 2013-Jul. 2017 Professor  School of Information Science and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University

May 2016-May 2017 Senior Advisor & Deputy Chief Engineer Southwest Jiaotong University Railway Development Cooperation

Aug.2011-Aug.2013 Postdoctoral Fellow  Department of Electrical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University    

Mar.2012-Sep.2012 Senior Visiting Scholar  Photon Crosslink Laboratory, The University of Sydney, Australia 

Aug.2009-Aug.2011 Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Electrical Engineering, Carleton University, Canada   

Aug.2006-Jun. 2009 Research Assistant Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University     

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

Research Introduction

Novel Micro-Structure Fiber and Its Application 

Distributed Brillouin Time Domain Sensing Technology

Phase Sensitive Optical Time Domain Reflection Techniques

Microwave Photon Sensing Measurement

Laser Radar Security Application

Applied research of optical information and sensing technology on rail transit, perimeter precaution, earthquake monitoring, bridge safety monitoring, etc.

Awards & Honors

2016 ZHAN Tianyou Railway Scientific Awards for Young Scholars

2015 SUSTech Distinguished Young Scholars recipients

2014 Sichuan Provincial a Thousand Talent Plan Program

2014 Star of Yanghua (Talent Program)

2012 “Endeavour Scholarship & Fellowship”by Australian Department of Education


  1. H. He, L.-Y Shao*, H. Li, W. Pan, B. Luo, X. Zou, and L. Yan, "SNR enhancement in phase-sensitive OTDR with adaptive 2D bilateral filtering algorithm," IEEE Photonics Journal PP, 1-1 (2017) DOI: 10.1109/JPHOT.2017.2700894.
  2. H. He, L.-Y Shao*, H. Qian, X. Zhang, J. Liang, B. Luo, W. Pan, and L. Yan, "Novel birefringence interrogation for Sagnac loop interferometer sensor with unlimited linear measurement range," Optics Express 25, 6832-6839 (2017).
  3. L.-Y. Shao*, M. Zhang, K. Xie, X. Zhang, P. Wang, and L. Yan, "The Longitudinal Force Measurement of CWR Tracks with Hetero-Cladding FBG Sensors: A Proof of Concept," Sensors 16, 2184 (2016).
  4. L.-Y. Shao*, J. Zhang, X.P. Zhang, W. Pan, and L.S. Yan “Refractive Index Sensing using Dual-Wavelength Fiber Laser Based on Thinned FBG”, IEEE Sensors Journal, 16 (23), 8463-8467(2016)
  5. L.-Y. Shao*, Y. P. Zhang, Z. L. Li, Z.Y. Zhang, X.H. Zou, B. Luo, W. Pan, and L.S. Yan, “Enhanced performance for differential detection in coherent Brillouin optical time-domain analysis sensors”, Opt. Eng. 55(11), 117101 (2016)
  6. L.-Y. Shao*, X. Zhang, H. He, Z. Zhang, X. Zou, B. Luo, W. Pan, and L. Yan, "Optical Fiber Temperature and Torsion Sensor Based on Lyot-Sagnac Interferometer," Sensors 16, 1774 (2016).
  7. H. He, L.-Y. Shao*, Z. Li, Z. Zhang, X. Zou, B. Luo, W. Pan, and L. Yan, "Self-Mixing Demodulation for Coherent Phase-Sensitive OTDR System," Sensors 16, 681 (2016).
  8. H. He, L.-Y. Shao*, B. Luo, Z. Li, X. Zou, Z. Zhang, W. Pan, and L. Yan, "Multiple vibrations measurement using phase-sensitive OTDR merged with Mach-Zehnder interferometer based on frequency division multiplexing," Optics Express 24, 4842-4855 (2016).
  9. L.-Y. Shao*, Y. Luo, Z. Zhang, X. Zou, B. Luo, W. Pan, and L. Yan, "Sensitivity-enhanced temperature sensor with cascaded fiber optic Sagnac interferometers based on Vernier-effect," Optics Communications 336, 73-76 (2015).
  10. L.-Y. Shao*, J. Canning, T. Wang, K. Cook, and H. Y. Tam, "Viscosity of silica optical fibres characterized using regenerated gratings," Acta Materialia 61, 6071-6081 (2013).
  11. L.-Y. Shao*, M.J. Yin, H.-Y. Tam, J. Albert, “Fiber Optic pH Sensor with Self-Assembled Polymer Multilayer Nanocoatings”, Sensors 13, 1425-1434 (2013).
  12. J. Albert, L.-Y. Shao, and C. Caucheteur, “Tilted Fiber Bragg Gratings Sensors,” Laser & Photonics Reviews 7, 83-108 (2013).

Recruitment Announcement

Recruitment for Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Assistant, Ph.D..

Requirements as below:

  1. Ph.D. in Optics, Physics, Signal Processing and related disciplines;
  2. Self-motivated research capability and team-work spirit;
  3. The candidate should be the technical expertise in some areas. The candidates good at micro structure fiber research, distributive sensing technology, digital signal processing technology or other cutting-edge technologies are preferred.
  4. Published papers as first author on journals (SCI cited) in the related field; Good command of writing in English.

Contact Information

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