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Yurii A. Vlasov , Ph.D.

Professor, John Bardeen Endowed Chair


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of BioEngineering

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Neuroscience Program

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Department of Physics
Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

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     Dr. Yurii Vlasov is a John Bardeen Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Since 2016, his Integrated Neuro Technology lab is focused on development of advanced engineering approaches aimed at reverse engineering of the brain circuits. The major themes include development of silicon-based nanofluidic and nanophotonic neural probes, in-vivo neurobiological experiments with massive recording and manipulation of brain activity, and, lastly, development of machine-learning algorithms to analyze large neural datasets.

     Prior to joining UIUC, Dr. Vlasov held various research and managerial positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in N.Y. where he led broad company-wide efforts in integrated silicon nanophotonics and more recently in neuromorphic computing architectures. He initiated the Silicon Nanophotonics project in 2001 and managed it for over 15 years from its early fundamental research stage up to commercial manufacturing of optical transceivers for large-scale datacenters and supercomputers. The technology has been fully qualified and deployed for commercial production at GlobalFoundries

    Prior to joining IBM in 2001, Dr. Vlasov developed semiconductor nanophotonics at the N.E.C. Research Institute in Princeton, N.J. and at the Strasbourg IPCMS Institute in France. For over a decade, he was also a Research Scientist with the Ioffe Institute of Physics and Technology in St. Petersburg, Russia working on optics of nanostructured semiconductors. He received his M.S. from the University of St. Petersburg (1988) and Ph.D from the Ioffe Institute (1994), both in physics.

     Dr. Vlasov is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the APS, the IEEE, and the OSA. He has published over 300 papers, filed over 100 patents, and delivered over 100 invited, plenary, and tutorial talks. He received the IBM CEO Corporate Award, the “Best of IBM” Award, and several IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, as well as was named “Scientist of the Year” by the Scientific American journal. Dr. Vlasov and his work has been covered in numerous major newspapers, including New York Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and others. It has been featured on television news programs including The Tonight Show, ABC, CBS, etc. It has also been highlighted in review columns on Science Daily, Scientific American Journal, New Scientist, etc.

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