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International award for distinguished optics pioneer

January 9 2019

Distinguished Professor Min Gu

Distinguished Professor Min Gu. Photo: RMIT University

Academy Fellow Distinguished Professor Min Gu, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship and director the Laboratory of Artificial-Intelligence Nanophotonics at RMIT University, has been awarded a top international prize named in honour of the Nobel-winning inventor of holography, Dennis Gabor.

The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) has announced Distinguished Professor Gu as the 2019 recipient of the Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Optics.

Distinguished Professor Gu said he was honoured to receive the Dennis Gabor Award, and accept it on behalf of his entire research team.

At the frontier of research

“Optics is a tremendously exciting field and nanophonotics is at the frontier of research in so many ways,” he said.

“Our work is driven by a desire to deliver real solutions to the real issues faced by industry and the community in conjunction with artificial intelligence.

“We seek industry input from the very start, to deeply understand the challenges and develop tailored technological solutions that can have a genuine impact, so it’s wonderful to receive this international recognition for our research.”

He gained a PhD degree in optics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, before moving to Australia in 1988.

Internationally renowned for his expertise in 3D optical imaging theory, Distinguished Professor Gu’s discoveries are helping drive the development of solutions to some of the biggest challenges in renewable energy, information technology and big data storage.

Major advancements

His research has led to major advancements in how data is stored, displayed and transmitted. This work has also radically decreased the amount of energy needed when it comes to using data, potentially unlocking major environmental benefits.

The Dennis Gabor Award is presented annually by SPIE, in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in diffractive wave front technologies, especially those that further the development of holography and metrology applications.

The award will be presented to Gu at an official ceremony in August this year in San Diego, California.

Distinguished Professor Gu is also an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.


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