About the Editors


Jianlin Cao, China

Jianlin Cao is Professor in Optics and former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. He graduated from the Department of Physics at Fudan University in 1982, and obtained his PhD degree from the joint-training program at the Changchun Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (CIOFM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and Tohoku University in Japan in 1989. From 1989 to 1992, he undertook postdoctoral research at CIOFM, later working as a research professor, supervisor of PhD students, Executive Deputy Director (legal representative) and Director of CIOFM, as well as Director of the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics. He served as an assistant to the President of CAS, head of the preparatory CAS Opto-Electronics Group, and President of the CAS Academy of Opto-Electronics. In January 2005, he was nominated for Vice President of CAS, President of the CAS Academy of Opto-Electonics, and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Applied Optics. In September 2006, he was appointed as Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Optics and Precision Engineering and holds editorial positions with several other academic journals.

Cao has been working in the area of soft x-ray multilayer technology research and has received recognition both domestically in China and internationally for his outstanding achievements. He was one of the first researchers to be selected for the “CAS 100 talents” in 1994; he received first grade awards for young scientists from CAS in 1995 and the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China in 1997.

Co-Executive Editors-in-Chief

Tianhong Cui, USA

Dr. Tianhong Cui is currently a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering and an Affiliate Senior Member of the graduate faculty in Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering. He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 2003. From 1995 to 2003, he held research or faculty positions at Tsinghua University, University of Minnesota, National Laboratory of Metrology in Japan, and Louisiana Tech University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Mayo Clinic, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and a Laureate of Blaise Pascal Chair from the ENS Foundation in France. He is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME).

His current research interests include MEMS and nanotechnology. He has more than 310 archived publications in scientific journals and prestigious conferences. He received awards including the STA & NEDO Fellowships in Japan, the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in Germany, the Research Foundation Award from Louisiana Tech University, the Richard & Barbara Endowed Chair and the Distinguished McKnight University Professorship from the University of Minnesota, the Distinguished Visiting Professorships from University of Paris East and Tsinghua University, the Blaise Pascal Chair for Excellence from ENS Foundation in France, the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering in UK, the Outstanding Editor Award from Chinese Academy of Sciences/ Nature Publishing Group, and numerous best paper awards. He is the founding Executive Editor-in-Chief for two Nature journals, Light: Science & Applications and Microsystems & Nanoengineering. He is also serving as the founding Editor-in-Chief for the first AAAS/Science Partner Journal titled Research.

Ping Jia, China

Ping Jia is a professor in Optics, the president of Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP), a well-known expert in aviation optoelectronic reconnaissance and the innovation team leader in key areas of the national innovative talent promotion plan. He received his master’s degree from University of Science and Technology of China in 1988 and Ph.D. degree from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. He held research position in CIOMP since 1988. From 1994 to 1995, he has been a scholar to University of Florence, Italy. From 1994-1998, he has been the deputy director of the aviation optical laboratory at CIOMP. In January 2015, he was appointed as the president of CIOMP.

As principle investigator, he has completed numbers of national research projects including National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program), and won the National Science and Technology Progress Award twice (first and second prize). He is also the editorial board chairman of the journal Optics and Precision Engineering. Prof. Jia has been engaged in aerospace optoelectronic imaging technology more than 20 years. He published over 49 scientific papers in journals and prestigious conferences. Also, he holds more than 19 patents.

Stefan Kaierle, Germany

Stefan Kaierle studied electrical engineering and pursued with his PhD in mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University. In 1998 he entered the Fraunhofer ILT as a department head for system technology. In 2012, he moved to Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and assumed responsibility for the department of Materials and Processes. In the same year he became lecturer at the Leibniz University of Hannover LUH. Since 2018, Stefan Kaierle is Executive Board Member of the LZH.

Stefan Kaierle published more than 300 scientific papers in journals and conferences. Also, he holds more than 10 patents. He had been appointed to two guest professorships at Changchun University (in 2005) and at Beijing University of Technology (in 2007), China. He has been the President of the European Laser Institute (ELI) for 10 years (2003-2013) and since 2013 he is member of the Board of Directors of the Laser Institute of America (LIA). Since 2014 he is Member of the Board of Stakeholders of the European Technology Platform Photonics 21. Besides numerous committee involvements he has been chairman and board member of many international conferences. Since 2011 he is Executive Editor in Chief of the SPRINGER NATURE Journal LIGHT: Science & Applications. His academic achievements have been honored by the Laser Institute of America (Fellow), the European Laser Institute (Fellow) and the CIOMP, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Honorary Professor).

Hongbo Sun, China

Hong-Bo Sun, currently the Changjiang-Scholar professor of optical engineering at Tsinghua University, China. He received the B.S. and the PhD degrees in electronics from Jilin University, Changchun, China, in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Satellite Venture Business Laboratory, the University of Tokushima, Japan, from 1996 to 2000, and then as an assistant professor in Department of Applied Physics, Osaka University, Japan. In 2004, he was promoted as a full professor (Changjiang Scholar) in Jilin University, and since 2017 he has been working in Tsinghua University. His research interests have been focused on ultrafast optoelectronics, particularly on laser nanofabrication and ultrafast spectroscopy: Fabrication of various micro-optical, microelectronical, micromechanical, micro-optoelectronic, microfluidic components and their integrated systems at nanoscale, and exploring ultrafast dynamics of photons, electrons, phonons, and surface plasmons in solar cells, organic light-emitting devices and low-dimensional quantum systems at femtosecond timescale. So far, he has published over 400 scientific papers in the above fields, which have been cited for nearly 15000 times with an impact factor of 60 according to ISI search report. He is IEEE, OSA, SPIE, and COS fellow.

Luc Thévenaz, Switzerland

Luc Thévenaz received the M.Sc. degree and the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. In 1988 he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) where he currently leads a research group involved in photonics, namely fiber optics and optical sensing. Research topics include fiber sensors, slow & fast light, nonlinear fiber optics and laser spectroscopy in gases. His expertise covers all applications of stimulated Brillouin scattering in optical fibers and he is known for his innovative concepts related to distributed fiber sensing.

During his career he stayed at Stanford University, at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), at Tel Aviv University, at the University of Sydney and at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. In 2000 he co-founded the company Omnisens that is developing and commercializing advanced photonic instrumentation based on distributed fiber sensing.

He was member of the Consortium in the FP7 European Project GOSPEL "Governing the speed of light", was Chairman of the European COST Action 299 "FIDES: Optical Fibres for New Challenges Facing the Information Society" and is now Coordinator of the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks FINESSE (FIbre NErve Systems for Sensing). He is member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors and General Chairman of this conference in 2018. He has served in the Technical Committee of several conferences, such as ECOC, CLEO-Europe, APC, etc. He is Fellow of both the IEEE and the Optical Society.