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Principal Investigator :

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Hamed Dalir (He/His)

Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
University of Florida

PD, University of California – Berkeley, USA  2016
Ph.D., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan 2014
M.Sc., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan 2011


Email: hamed (dot) dalir (at) ufl (dot) edu

Dr. Hamed Dalir is a researcher who specializes in quantum AI, Semiconductor Laser, and high-speed photonics computing. He was the co-founder and CEO of Optelligence LLC from 2020 to 2023, where he oversaw the development, construction, and validation of a variety of cutting-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence devices, ASICs, D/A converters, blockchains, and secure hashing algorithms. Dr. Dalir has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the field, including the prestigious Yoshida Foundation Award for the Development of Future Leaders for Changing Times and the JSPS “Young Scientist Fellowship” in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Dr. Dalir’s research has been supported by a range of organizations, including AFWERX, AFOSR, NASA, Army, AFRL, NIST, ONR, BAH, Broadcom, and private investors. He has published over seventy scholarly articles in high-impact journals such as Nature Communications, Light Science & Applications, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Optica, Laser Photonics Review, and Applied Physics Review. In addition, Dr. Dalir has delivered over a hundred keynote addresses, invited talks, and topic lectures at universities and international conferences.

Editorships:  EPJ Quantum Technology |  Frontiers in Electronics |  APL Photonics

Postdoc:

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Haoyan Kang

Ph.D., The George Washington University, USA 2023
MSc., The George Washington University, USA 2019

Dr. Kang has significantly expanded his expertise through a pivotal role, delving deep into advanced fields such as free-space optics, Fourier Optics, optical computing, optoelectronics, nano-photonics, photonics integrated chips, and optical convolutional neural networks. In 2023, he was the first author of a groundbreaking article in the Applied Physics Review that highlighted the potential of optical cryptography. He is also a proud and active member of esteemed professional organizations in the optics and photonics domain, including IEEE, OSA, and SPIE.

Ph.D. Students:

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Jiachi Ye

MSc., The George Washington University, USA 2020
BSc.,  Shenyang Aerospace University, China 2018

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Jiachi is an Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) doctoral student at the University of Florida. Jiachi possesses a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in ECE, with an emphasis on image processing, micro-control unit (MCU) programming, convolutional neural network (CNN) training, and free-space optical system design. His main objective is to investigate the physics and uses of orbital angular momentum (OAM) beams in optical computing. This emerging optical research topic has significant promise for enhancing the capacity of optical data links. He is a member of IEEE, OSA/Optica, and SPIE as a student.

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Salem Altaleb

MSc., Wayne State University, USA 2021
BSc.,  Al Jouf University, Saudi Arabia 2016

Salem is an Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) doctoral student at the University of Florida. Salem possesses a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in ECE, with an emphasis on practical abilities in computer languages and hardware design. His significant laboratory expertise has enabled him to specialize on convolutional neural network accelerators and optical system projects. In addition, he has extensive experience constructing field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), very large-scale integration (VLSI), and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). His research interests include 2D materials and optoelectronic devices. He is a member of IEEE, OSA/Optica, and SPIE as a student.

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Belal Jahannia

MSc., Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran 2021
BSc., Shahid Beheshti University, Iran 2018

Belal is a doctoral student in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Florida. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in ECE. Belal specializes in the efficient hardware implementation of neural networks, focusing on reducing memory requirements for storing neural network weights. His expertise includes techniques such as quantization, memory sharing, model compression, in-memory computing, and hardware-specific optimizations. Belal aims to enhance the efficiency of neural network implementations on platforms like FPGA and ASIC neural network hardware accelerators, bridging the gap between AI algorithms and hardware deployment.

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Joseph Crandall

MSc., George Washington University, USA 2019
BSc.,  George Washington University, USA 2017

Joseph Crandall is a Software Engineer II at Microsoft, specializing in areas such as SQL Virtual Machines and Service Fabric performance. With over four years of experience in software engineering and data science, he is proficient in Python, C++, and Java, enabling him to contribute effectively to Microsoft Azure. Simultaneously, Joseph is pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering with a focus on quantum sensing and computing. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering and dual BS degrees in Computer Science and Physics, as well as a private pilot certificate. Dedicated to advancing the field of software and quantum engineering, Joseph aims to develop technologies that benefit society and the environment. His personal website, josephcrandall.com, provides further details on his work and projects.

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Byeongjin Kim

BSc.,  Korea Military Academy, South Korea 2019

Byeongjin is a prospective master's student in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Florida. He holds a bachelor's degree in Applied Physics and Computer Engineering. His primary research interests lie in quantum computing, quantum information, and MEMS. He aspires to research 2D materials applicable to quantum computers and practical quantum algorithms for cryptography. Upon the successful completion of the ECE master's program at the University of Florida, he will serve as a Quantum Weapon Systems Development Officer at the Army Headquarters in South Korea.

Undergraduate Students:

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John Loyer

BSc., The University of Florida, USA 2025

John is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, with aspirations of obtaining a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. His research interests encompass a diverse range of topics, including photonic integrated circuits, and hardware security. Eager to delve deeper into these fields, John is driven by a passion for innovation and a commitment to advancing technology for the betterment of society.

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Michael Markus

BSc., The University of Florida, USA 2025

Michael is a bachelor’s student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida. Following the completion of his bachelor’s degree he aims to complete his master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), also at the University of Florida. His research interests include Quantum and Photonics Integrated Circuits (PICs), where he aspires to contribute to the advancement of these technologies.

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Isaac Yu

BSc., The University of Florida, USA 2025

Isaac is a second-year Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the University of Florida, is exploring interests in photonic integrated circuits, analog computing, IoT, and audio engineering. He also brings diverse skills in coding, engineering, design, and music production allowing him to work with various team throughout different projects. Isaac's goal is to innovate and design technologies that enhance user experiences, blending photonic technology with user experience in IoT.

Sponsors and Collaborators

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Dr. Albert Davydov
Dr. Babak Nikoobakht

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