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Zizheng Cao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His PhD research (funded by NWO project ‘SOWICI’) mainly focused on energy-efficient access/indoor optical networks empowered by integrated optics, low-complexity digital signal processing, and flexible optical network design. Zinzheng’s current research interests include modeling and design of integrated photonics circuits, microwave photonics, advanced DSP, and physical layer design of optical network.

Practical application examples include cascaded aperture optical receivers which overcome capacitance limitations inherent to traditional photodiode designs and can provide the basis for an indoor optical wireless communication system.

Academic background

Zizheng Cao received his BSc in electronic information science and technology from Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China, and his Master of Engineering on telecom engineering (awarded ‘Outstanding thesis of master degree’ of Hunan Province, 2010) from Hunan University, Changsha, China. In 2015, he obtained his PhD with highest honors from TU/e. Zizheng was also a student member of the IEEE Photonics Society.

Zizheng has published 15 first-author peer-reviewed IEEE/OSA journal articles, including an invited paper in IEEE JLT and an invited review in IEEE JQE and gave a series invited talks at international conferences such as PIERS2014, WOCC2016, ACP (2015/2017), PhotonicsWest 2017, and MWP2017. Currently, his research articles have been cited for 1162 times, with H-index of 17 and 'i10' factor of 31 (source: google scholar). He serves as an active reviewer for many top IEEE/OSA journals. He is a recipient of a Graduate Student Fellowship from the IEEE Photonics Society 2014. He holds two granted Chinese patents and one US provisional patent.

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Projects 2014 2023

Zwaartekracht ECO Research Centre for Integrated Nanophotonics

Koonen, T., van Zantvoort, J., Kurtic - Brajic, M., Kurtic - Brajic, M., Smit, M., Croes, S., Cao, Z., Mohammed, M., Zhang, X., Trinidad, A., van der Heide, S., Mamun, M. & Shi, B.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2011 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)

Ultrahigh throughput indoor infrared wireless communication system enabled by a cascaded aperture optical receiver fabricated on InP membrane

Cao, Z., Jiao, Y., Shen, L., Zhao, X., Stabile, R., Van Der Tol, J. & Koonen, T., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Lightwave Technology. 36, 1, p. 57-67 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

wireless communication
36 Citations (Scopus)

Advanced Integration Techniques on Broadband Millimeter-Wave Beam Steering for 5G Wireless Networks and Beyond

Cao, Z., Ma, Q., Smolders, B., Jiao, Y., Wale, M., Oh, J., wu, H. & Koonen, T., 2015, In : IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. 52, 1, 20 p., 060020

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

beam steering
Millimeter waves
millimeter waves
integrated circuits
Integrated circuits
18 Citations (Scopus)
beam steering
delay lines
millimeter waves
insertion loss
1 Citation (Scopus)

A multifunctional photonic integrated circuit for diverse microwave signal generation, transmission and processing

Zou, X., Zou, F., Cao, Z., Lu, B., Yan, X., Yu, G., Deng, X., Luo, B., Yan, L., Pan, W., Yao, J. & Koonen, A. M. J., 10 May 2019, In : Laser & Photonics reviews. 13, 6, 10 p., 1800240

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Wave transmission
integrated circuits
Integrated circuits

Broadband and continuous beamformer based on switched delay lines cascaded by optical ring resonator

Trinidad, A. M., Cao, Z., van Zantvoort, J. H. C., Tangdiongga, E. & Koonen, A. M. J., 22 Apr 2019, 2019 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, OFC 2019 - Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 3 p. 8696828

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Optical resonators
Indium phosphide
indium phosphides
Electric delay lines


Student theses

Building a complex simulation platform for mode locking laser for radio- over-fiber in-home communication

Author: Huang, X., 30 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Cao, Z. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Channel estimation and equalization in FBMC/OQAM systems

Author: Zhao, X., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Koonen, A. (Supervisor 1) & Cao, Z. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

FMBC realization and synchronization

Author: Chen, Z., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Koonen, A. (Supervisor 1) & Cao, Z. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Investigation of motor unit recruitment pattern during low level isometric contraction with superimposed vibration

Author: Xu, Y., 26 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Xu, L. (Supervisor 1) & Cao, Z. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master