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Bhavin Shastri

Faculty Affiliate

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University

Bhavin J. Shastri is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics at Queen’s University. He received a PhD from McGill University in 2012 and was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. With research interests in photonic computing at the intersection of silicon photonics, neuromorphic computing, and quantum neural networks, Bhavin is developing photonic processors to enable applications in artificial intelligence and neuromorphic computing that are intractable at present by conventional computing techniques.

Bhavin is the recipient of the 2022 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award and the 2020 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics “for his pioneering contributions to neuromorphic photonics.” He has published more than 90 journal articles and 120 conference proceedings, seven book chapters, and given over 80 invited talks and lectures, five keynotes and four tutorials. He is a co-author of the book Neuromorphic Photonics, a term he coined with Prof. Prucnal.

Research Interests

  • Quantum Computing
  • Physics
  • Photonics


  • iCANX Young Scientist Award, 2022 [international award; 10 awarded annually].
  • SPIE Early Career Achievement Award – Academic, 2022 [international award; 1 or 2 awarded annu-
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Young Scientist Prize in Optics “for his pioneering contributions to Neuromorphic Photonics,” The International Commission of Optics (ICO), 2020 [international award; 1 awarded annually].
  • Optica Senior Member, Optica (formerly The Optical Society (OSA)), 2020.
  • IEEE Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2019.
  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, Government of Canada, NSERC, 2014–2016.
  • D. W. Ambridge Prize, McGill University, 2012 [top graduating Ph.D. student in Physical Sciences and Engineering].
  • IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship, 2011 [international award; 10 awarded annually].
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011–2013.