Silicon Photonics for LiDAR, Augmented Reality, and Beyond

Jelena Notaros


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Date: February 9, 2022


By enabling the integration of millions of micro-scale optical components on compact millimeter-scale computer chips, silicon photonics is positioned to enable next-generation optical technologies that facilitate revolutionary advances for numerous fields spanning science and engineering. In this talk, I will highlight our work on developing novel silicon-photonics-based platforms, devices, and systems that enable innovative solutions to high-impact problems in areas including augmented-reality displays, LiDAR sensing for autonomous vehicles, free-space optical communications, quantum engineering, and biophotonics.

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Jelena Notaros is the Robert J. Shillman (1974) Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2020 and 2017, respectively, and B.S. degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015. Her research interests are in integrated silicon photonics devices, systems, and applications. Jelena was one of three Top DARPA Risers, a 2018 DARPA D60 Plenary Speaker, a 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 Listee, a 2021 MIT Robert J. Shillman (1974) Career Development Chair recipient, a 2020 MIT RLE Early Career Development Award recipient, a 2015 MIT Herbert E. (1933) and Dorothy J. Grier Presidential Fellow, a 2015-2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a 2019 OSA CLEO Chair’s Pick Award recipient, a 2014 IEEE Region 5 Student Paper Competition First Place Award recipient, a 2019 MIT MARC Best Overall Paper Award and Best Pitch Award recipient, a 2018 MIT EECS Rising Star, a 2014 Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Award recipient, and a 2015 CU Boulder Chancellor’s Recognition Award recipient, among other honors.

Created: Wednesday, February 16th, 2022