In May 2019 Dr. Claudio Porzi from “Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna”, Italy, was invited to give a course of lectures for the SMARTNET students at Aston University, named “Photonic Integrated Circuits for Microwave Photonics”.

Claudio Porzi received the MSc degree in Electronics Engineering from University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, and the PhD in Telecommunications from “Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna”, Pisa, Italy, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Institute of Communication, Information, and Perception Technologies (TeCIP) of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, within the Digital and Microwave Photonics research area, working on the design and characterization of photonic integrated circuits for telecom/datacom and microwave photonics applications. Since 2009 he is co-lecturer of the “Photonic Technology” course at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. Dr. Claudio Porzi co-authored more than 100 research papers published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at international conferences in the fields of optical communications, microwave photonics, and photonic integrated circuits and six international patents.

The course consisted of four 2-hour lectures, during which Claudio discussed his research and gave an overview of integrated microwave photonics as well as the basic ingredients of photonic-integrated circuit design. The design strategies for the realization of miniaturized functional devices within a photonic-integrated chip exploiting different technological platforms were also addressed. The students, by attending this course became familiar with the topic of integrated microwave photonics, the current research trends, the open challenges, and the main application fields, with a special emphasis on the opportunities for practical deployments for commercial applications.