Prof. Chen Lian-Kuan 陳亮光教授

Professor (SMIEEE, MOSA)
Education:BSc (Nat. Taiwan Univ.), MSc, MPhil, PhD (Columbia Univ.)
Research Area: Optical Communications
Tel: (852) 3943-8389
Fax: (852) 2603-5032
Address: Rm 816 SHB
Email: lkchen [@] ie.cuhk.edu.hk

Prof. Chen's personal website

Research Interests

  • Next Generation Access Networks
  • Advanced Modulation Formats and Signal Processing
  • Optical Performance Monitoring and Management
  • Network Optimization, and
  • Biophotonics

Courses Taught

  • Signals and Systems
  • Principles of Communication Systems
  • Microprocessor and Computer Systems
  • Optical Communications
  • Lightwave Networks
  • Advanced Topics in Optical Communications


Lian-Kuan Chen received his BSc degree from National Taiwan University in 1983 and MSc and PhD degree from Columbia University in 1987 and 1992 respectively, all in electrical engineering. He worked at Jerrold Communication, General Instruments (GI), USA in 1990-1991 and engaged in research on linear lightwave video distribution systems, with contributions on the distortion reduction schemes for various optical components.

He joined the Department of Information Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1992 and initiated the Lightwave Communications Laboratory. He served as the Department chairman from January 2004 to July 2006. His current interests include Next Generation Access Networks, Advanced Modulation Format and Signal Processing, Optical Performance Monitoring and Management, Network Optimization, and Biophotonics. He has published more than 250 papers in international conferences and journals. He is currently the director of Centre for Advanced Research in Photonics (CARP). He has been an Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters from 2005 to 2011 and an Associate Editor of OSA/IEEE Journal of Optical Communications and Networking from 2012 to present. For his name's sake (in Chinese), he believes he will continue to engage in research related to Light in the foreseeable future.

Recent Selected Publications

(Full publication list: http://www.lightwave.ie.cuhk.edu.hk/publication.php )


  • Y. Hong, X. Guan, L.K. Chen, J. Zhao, "Experimental Demonstration of an OCT-based Precoding Scheme for Visible Light Communications," IEEE/OSA Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) , Paper M3A.6, Anaheim, California, United States, Mar. 2016.
  • Y. Hong, T. Wu, L.K. Chen, "On the Performance of Adaptive MIMO-OFDM Indoor Visible Light Communications," IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 28, no. 8, pp. 907-910, Apr. 2016.


  • L.K. Chen, H.T. Luk, "Proactive Performance Monitoring in Software Defined Networking," Asia Communications and Photonics Conference and Exhibition (ACP) , Paper ASu3H.1 (Invited), Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Nov. 2015.
  • J. Zhao, L.K. Chen, "Improved Offset-QAM OFDM Scheme with Enhanced Dispersion Tolerance," Asia Communications and Photonics Conference and Exhibition (ACP) , Paper ASu1F.3, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Nov. 2015.
  • L.K. Chen, M. Li, S.C. Liew, "Optical Physical-Layer Network Coding, Recent Developments, and Challenges," IEEE Photonics Journal, (Invited) vol. 7, no. 3, Jun. 2015.
  • H.T. Luk, L.K. Chen, "Active Probing assisted Monitoring for Software Defined Networks," IEEE/OSA Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), Paper W4J.2, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2015.
  • M. Li, J. Zhao, L.K. Chen, "Multi-symbol QPSK partitioning for improved frequency offset estimation of 16-QAM signals," IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 27, no.1, pp. 18-21, 2015.


  • M. Li, J. Zhao, L.K. Chen, "Least-squares carrier frequency offset estimation for coherent optical QPSK receivers ," "Least-squares carrier frequency offset estimation for coherent optical QPSK receivers," 9th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks & Digital Signal Processing (CSNDSP2014), Manchester, UK, 2014.
  • H.T. Luk, L.K. Chen, "Time caliper method with enhanced accuracy using an arbitrary waveform generator and time demultiplexer with fine clock offset," OSA Optics Letters, vol. 39, no. 20, 2014.
  • L.K. Chen, M. Li, S. C. Liew, "Optical physical-layer network coding – another dimension to increase network capacity?," IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC), Paper (invited) 2014, Oct. 2014.
  • M. Li, Y. Wu, L.K. Chen, S.C. Liew, "Common-Channel Optical Physical-Layer Network Coding," IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, vol. 26, no. 13, pp. 1340-1343, July 1, 2014.