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Dr. Chen graduated with a 4-year MEng (Bachelor’s and Master’s joint degree) from Imperial College London (QS World University Ranking #9 in 2019) in 2009, in the field of electronics and electrical engineering with computer science. He was awarded his PhD from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (one of the most prestigious in photonics) at the University of Southampton in 2014. He worked in an industrial research lab as a postdoctoral research fellow for SPI Lasers Ltd. (one of the largest high-power fiber-laser manufacturers) from 2013 to 2015. He joined the University of South Australia (one of the strongest enterprising Australian universities) as a research fellow in 2015, and played a critical role in establishing the Laser Physics and Photonic Devices Laboratories. He works with the MinEx CRC (world’s largest collaboration on minerals exploration with $218M investment). He serves as a lab coordinator and a research-degree supervisor. His research moves away from traditional/conventional sensing technologies and focuses on new sensing techniques and new applications (e.g. distributed chemical sensing, distributed shape sensing), driven by specialty fibers and functional materials. His multi-disciplinary research is inspired by real-world challenges and opportunities, partnered with and responsive to industry and its end-users. He has published 42 refereed journal papers (26 as first & corresponding author, 2 as corresponding author, 1 as first author, 7 invited), and has given 5 invited talks. He has published as first/corresponding author in high-impact journals such as Materials Horizons (IF 14.4), Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical (IF 6.4) Journal of Lightwave Technology (x4, IF 4.2), Optics Letters (x4, IF 3.9), and New Journal of Physics (IF 3.8). His team has reported the fastest humidity sensor (at the time), and an unreported fundamental diffractive effect leading to novel metrology. He has received a total of $1.8M in research funding as principle investigator ($108k) or co-investigator ($1,709k). He is an editorial board member of Scientific Reports (Nature), and a guest editor of Sensors (MDPI). He has co-authored a book chapter published by CRC Press, and he is a co-inventor of 1 PCT patent. He was in the technical program committee for Optical Sensors, and the International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, which host two of the largest conferences in his field. He was interviewed by German National Radio. Currently, he co-supervises 6 PhD students, with 2 PhD completions.