IEEE NSW Photonics, Circuits & Systems, Solid-State Circuits & Electron Devices joint Chapter

Welcome to our joint Chapter’s website. We aim to provide current and prospective members with up-to-date information on our Chapter and its activities.

All interested NSW members of the following IEEE Societies are encouraged to participate in our activities as a member at large or a committee member:

2021 Chapter Officers

Chair – Saul S. Carroll
Vice Chair – Graham H. Smith
Secretary/Treasurer – Andrew P. West
Ordinary Member – Ediz Cretin

Past Chapter Officers

  • Dr Saul Carroll (Chair)
  • Dr Ediz Cetin (Vice Chair)
  • Dr Joe Mok (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Prof Graham Town (Past Chair)


Highlighted Previous Events

Lecture series: Smart Cities – enabling technologies
Venue: Lendlease, Level 14, Tower Three, International Towers Sydney, Exchange Place, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Date: 27 April 2017, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Seminar Overview: Imagine the smart city of the future, where high bandwidth wireless communications and optical networks allow congestion free connectivity for people, public services, building services and all manner of IoT devices. Where there are no longer any desk phones, and mobility means seamless access to data anywhere and everywhere. Where and data from a multitude of sensors and controllers monitor and manage the built environment efficiently and traditional building services like air conditioning systems communicate directly to access control systems to allow effective dynamic control of cool air flow through ingress and egress points at peak rush hours in a commercial building. A city where predictive analysis of people movements and events in public spaces automatically frees more server CPU cycles and increases bandwidth and internet access without human intervention. All the technology described above is either available today, or will be commercially deployed within the next 4 years. 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine to Machine (M2M) direct communication, Big Data, Artificial Neural Networks & AI.
· Smart Barangaroo – Lendlease (10 mins)
· IoT Devices and Sensors – Steve Dalton, Refractor (15 mins)
· Smart Lamp Posts – Bill Marlow, VRT (15 mins)
· RF connectivity for IoT – Dr Graham Smith, Omnivide (15 mins)

Lecture on: Interface between nonlinear optics & quantum technologies

Presenter:  Professor Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa
Venue: Harry Messel Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney, Camperdown
Date: 13 March 2017, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Overview: This presentation first reviews the historical development of the field of nonlinear optics, starting from its inception in 1961.  It then reviews some of its more recent developments, including especially how nonlinear optics has become a crucial tool for the developing field of quantum technologies.  Fundamental quantum processes enabled by nonlinear optics, such as the creation of squeezed and entangled light states, are reviewed.  We then illustrate these concepts by means of specific applications, such as the development of secure communication systems based on the quantum states of light.

– Lecture on: Extreme imaging and beyond
Presenter:  Professor Robert Boyd, University of Ottawa
Venue: Harry Messel Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney, Camperdown
Date: 13 March 2017, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
–  Site visit: Huawei Australia Datacentre
Presenter:  Sam, Huawei
Venue: Huawei Australia Datacentre, 799 Pacific Hwy, Chatswood.
Date: 2 March 2017, 6:00-7:00pm
– Site visit: Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology
Presenter:  Professor Andrew Dzurak and Professor Andre Morello, UNSW
Venue: CQC2T, UNSW
Date: 13 December 2016, 6:00-7:00pm

– Title:  Process Variability – A Curse or an Opportunity

Date and Time: Tuesday 16 February 2016.  17:30 (for 18:00 start)

Venue: Room G02, Ainsworth Building (Building ref: J17), University of New South Wales (UNSW), Kensington

Speaker: Prof Peter Y. K. Cheung, Department of EEE, Imperial College London


Process variation in VLSI circuits is expected to be a game changer.  Large stochastic variations could be the reason why continuing feature-size reduction may not bring any further advantages to the electronics industry in the future.  This talk describes the effort by the team at Imperial College to alleviate the large variability problem via configurability of systems.  Methods of self-characterising delays in VLSI circuits, particularly in FPGAs, will be explored.  Based on knowledge about delay variations on a per-chip basis, it is possible to adapt and optimise each chip to a given design.  Results on actual FPGA devices will be presented to support the efficacy of our approach to overcome the variability problem.


Peter Cheung is Professor of Digital Systems at Imperial College, and currently Vice Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Engineering.  He, together with Prof Wayne Luk, has for the past two decades built a strong research team at Imperial College in the area of reconfigurable systems.  He has published over 250 papers in journals and conferences in topics ranging from FPGA architecture, reconfigurable systems, runtime reconfigurability, reliability and tests.

– Lecture on: Extreme imaging and beyond

Presenter:  Keisuke Goda, Professor & Vice-Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Tokyo
Venue: Harry Messel Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney, Camperdown
Date: 16 November 2015, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Picture from the “ Extreme imaging and beyond” Event

Lecture:  Patent ‘mythbuster’ – Demystifying what you often hear about patents

Presenter:  Dr Joe Mok, Senior Associate, Freehills Patent Attorneys.
Venue:  Slade Lecture Theatre (Rm 217), School of Physics, The University of Sydney
Date: Thursday, 18 June, 2015, 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Hosted By: CUDOS, Sydney University and IEEE NSW
Details: See Flyer ESS 2015

– Lecture on space electronics and introduction to the Brazilian Space Program by visiting scholar Prof. Eduardo Bezerra from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

  • Venue: Room G3, Electrical Engineering Building, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Kensington
  • Date: Thursday, 5th March 2015
  • Time: 17:30 (for a 18:00 start)
  • Organiser: Dr Ediz Cetin

Pictures of the event:

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Previous Events

OECC/ACOFT, Melbourne (6-10 July 2014)

ISCAS, Melbourne (1 -5 June 2014)

AGM & social drinks

  • Event: AGM & casual drinks
  • Date: Thursday, 29 January 2015
  • Time: 6pm
  • Venue: The ArtHouse Hotel, 275 Pitt St, Sydney

Special panel seminar autonomous vehicles experts

Lecture by IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Prof David Sampson:

  • Title:  “Photonics enables a microscope in a needle for imaging deep in tissues” (Link to PDF Flyer)
  • Date: Friday 11 July 2014
  • Time: 4:00pm for a 4:30pm start
  • Venue: Charles Perkins Centre (Auditorium), University of Sydney, Camperdown

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Lecture by IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Prof Siddharth Ramachandran

  • Title:  “Nonlinear Optics with Bessel Beams in Fibers (can fibers replace all (most) lasers?)” (Link to PDF Flyer)
  • Date: Wednesday 25 June 2014
  • Time: 5:30pm (followed by Prof Ramachandran’s lecture starting at 6:30pm).
  • Venue: Freehills Patent Attorneys, Level 34, ANZ Tower 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Contact Us

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Email us at [email protected] with your suggestions (e.g. topic or activity of interest) on how we can run the chapter to better align with your IEEE needs.