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Optical Engineer

Redmond, Washington, United States
February 10, 2018

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Intern Microsoft Research Jan 2018-present

Computational optical imaging

Research Assistance CREOL, UCF Fall 2013 – Fall 2017

Coherent noise reduction at SNR 1dB, Active computational optical sensing and imaging

Coherent sensing, low-light imaging, complex dynamic objects characterization, phase and amplitude imaging Research Intern University of Tehran Summers 2011

Photonics Research Lab.

Implemented a real-time software interface for Fabry-Perot optical pressure and temperature sensor

Reduced noise and enhance repeatability using Fourier filtering in LabVIEW and MATLAB EDUCATION

Orlando, FL, USA CREOL, UCF Fall 2013 – Fall 2017

Ph.D. in Optics, Dec 2017, GPA: 3.975

M.Sc. in Optics and Photonics, Dec 2015, GPA: 3.975 Tehran, Iran ECE, University of Tehran Fall 2007 – Summer 2013

M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, May 2013, GPA: 4.0

B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Sep 2011, GPA: 3.81

Graduate Coursework: Wave propagation - Interference, Diffraction and Coherence - Geometrical optics and imaging systems - Stochastic processes - Laser engineering - Fundamentals of optoelectronic devices TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE

Experimental Optics

Computational imaging. Correlation imaging using randomly structured light in low-light condition.

Amplitude and phase imaging. Encoding complex image information in the state of polarization.

Tracking hidden object. Real-time tracking objects behind thick obscurants using a single laser beam of light.

Stochastic optical sensing. Sensing statistical properties of a complex object using stochastic light.

Coherent noise reduction. Using spatial coherence properties to extract image at SNR level as low as 0.1 dB. Experimental and Theoretical Optics

5+ years hands-on experience in designing, developing and aligning optical imaging and sensing systems

5+ years of experience in mathematical and physical analytical modeling of optical systems

Optical imaging and sensing, free space and fiber optic setup, mathematical and physical analytical modeling

Diffraction, Fourier optics, interference, coherence, polarization and diffractive ray and wave optics

Interferometry, polarimetry, microscopy, computational imaging and sensing, statistical optics

Light Coherent and Incoherent Sources: CW and pulsed lasers, tunable lasers, LED, SLD, supercontinuum,

Light Analyzers: CMOS, CCD, PMT, APD, SPAD, photodiode, spectrometer, monochromator, fast oscilloscope

Spatial Light Modulators: LCoS SLM, Digital Micromirror Device (DMD)

Nanofabrication: E-beam writing, UV lithography, PECVD, reactive ion and wet etching Software Skills

Zemax: sequential and non-sequential (1+ year), Comsol (2+ years), HFSS (3+ years), ADS momentum (2+ years)

MATLAB (8+ years), LabVIEW (6+ years), C++ (2+ years), Python (2+ years), Verilog (2+ years)

Neural networks, tensor decomposition, support vector machine (SVM), unsupervised/supervised learning ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES AND AWARDS

Instructor (summer and fall 2011): Taught MATLAB programming to undergrad and graduate students.

Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant: Awarded to 10 presenters out of hundreds at FiO conference, 2015.

Distinguished Undergraduate Thesis Award: Awarded to the best thesis in EE-telecommunication, 2011.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Awarded to the best TA in ECE school at University of Tehran, 2011.

Reviewer: Optics Letters, Optics Express, Applied Optics, J. of Optical Communications and Networking SELECTED COURSES

Light Matter Interaction, Interference, Diffraction and Coherence, Geometrical Optics and Imaging Systems, Optical Wave Propagation, Laser Engineering, Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Devices

Probability and Statistics, Stochastic Processes, Signal and Systems, Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Artificial Neural Networks


M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Computational Compressive Stochastic Optical Sensing," Optica, prov. accepted

M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Single-Shot Coherent Noise Suppression by Spatial Interferometric Heterodyning," Opt. Lett. 42, 2378 (2017)

M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Tracking Hidden Objects Using Stochastic Probing," Optica 4, 447 (2017)

M. I. Akhlaghi and S. Sukhov, "Non-Iterative Instantaneous Knowledge Fusion in Feedforward Artificial Neural Networks," Neural Processing Letters (2017)

M. I. Akhlaghi, L. Cilenti, A. S. Zervos, and A. Dogariu, "Dynamic Biological Systems Characterization Using non- Stationary Stochastic Optical Probe," IPC, TuE2 (2017)

S. Cui, M. I. Akhlaghi, and A. Dogariu, "Quantitative Phase Imaging Through Encoding Phase into the State of Polarization," IPC, WH3 (2017)

M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Coherent Noise Suppression Using Interferometric Cross-Correlation," COSI, CTu1B. 3 (2017)

M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Compressive Stochastic Characterization of Scattering Media," COSI, CM4B. 3


M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Tracking Objects Surrounded by Scattering Media," CLEO, SF2M.1 (2017)

M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Coherent Noise Reduction Using Heterodyne Detection," CLEO, SF2M.3 (2017)

M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Stochastic Optical Sensing," Optica 3, 58 (2016)

M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Sensing Thorough Obscurants - Using Fluctuations in Stochastic Coherent Scattering," CLEO: Applications & Technology, AM4K.3 (2016)

M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Compressive Correlation Imaging with Random Illumination," Opt. Lett. 40, 4464 (2015)

M. I. Akhlaghi, T. Kohlgraf-Owens, and A. Dogariu, "Low-Light Reflective Correlation Imaging," CLEO: Science and Innovations, STu2K-1 (2015)

M. I. Akhlaghi, and A. Dogariu, "Computational Optical Density-Density Correlation Sensing," CLEO: Science and Innovations, STh3O-7 (2015)

M. I. Akhlaghi, T. Kohlgraf-Owens, and A. Dogariu, "Active Illumination Low-Light Computational Correlation Microscopy," Frontier in Optics/Laser Science, LM2H.2 (2015)

M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, "Stochastic Characterization of Optical Scattering Potentials," Frontier in Optics/Laser Science, FTh4D.5 (2015)

C. Lantigua, Sha He, M. I. Akhlaghi, W. Hayenga, N. J. Johnson, A. Almutairi, and M. Khajavikhan, "Engineering Upconversion Emission Spectra Using Plasmonic Nanocavities," Opt. Lett. 39, 3710 (2014)

W. E. Hayenga, M. I. Akhlaghi, P. J. Delfyett, and M. Khajavikhan, " High Finesse Silicon Ring Resonators for Monolithic Mode-Locked Lasers," Proc. SPIE Vol. 9170, pp. 91700O-1 (2014)

M. I. Akhlaghi, and M. Dehmollaian, "Buried Object Adaptive Shape Reconstruction and Ground Parameters Estimation Using Differential Evolution," Microwave, Antenna and Propagation IET 3, 157 (2013) MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

Making Sensing of Incoherence, J. Fleischer, Nature Photon. 10, 211 (2016)

Non-Imaging Statistical Method for Characterizing Scattering Media, M. I. Akhlaghi and A. Dogariu, SPIE Newsroom, July 2016 (2016)

By Listening to Optical Noise, Researchers Discover New Way to Track Hidden Objects, OSA news, April 2017

(also picked up by Yahoo! Eurek Alert!, Science Daily, business wire, etc.)

Seeing Through Fog Using Noisy Light,, April 2017

Scattered light reveals hidden objects, Nature research highlight, April 2017

Fluctuations in Optical "Noise" Used To Track Hidden Objects, J. Enriquez, Photonics online, April 2017

Changes in Optical Noise Lead to Hidden Target Detection, Photonics Media, July 2017

Cutting through the Fog, Prachi Patel, Nature American scientific 317, 16 (2017)

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