Discovery earns NICTA student prestigious award
PhD student, Liang Chen has been awarded a prestigious Victoria Fellowship and $18,000 to support a visit to the United States and Europe to pursue research collaboration and industrial training with leading scientists in the optical communications field.
The Fellowship will help Chen build on his postgraduate work at the University of Melbourne's school of engineering, where he has developed his low-cost transmission option for shorthaul optical links. In his research, Chen has found that it is possible to extract useful information about transmitted data from the part of the signal that is 'thrown away' in conventional systems, and that by exploiting this additional information the performance of the system can be improved.
"This fellowship is definitely a memorable, ending chapter for my PhD and an unbeatable starting point for my career because of the access it will provide me to experts in the field. I'm also planning to use the Fellowship to explore opportunities for the commercial potential of my innovation.'
NICTA supports Chen's PhD through a NICTA-enhanced PhD program that includes supervision of students in a NICTA lab, access to scholarships, placement in a research group and practical industry experience.
Professor Rob Evans, director of NICTA's Victoria Research Laboratory, said 'Liang has undertaken inspiring and original research that promises to improve the reliability of fibrenetworks. This Fellowship win is richly deserved.'
Chen is one of six young scientists to receive a Victoria Fellowship, valued at $18,000. The fellowships were established in 1998 by the Victorian Government to recognise young researchers with leadership potential and to enhance their future careers, while developing new ideas which could offer commercial benefit to Victoria.
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