Dr. Xiaoyi Bao is a Canada Research Chair professor in Fibre Optics and Photonics at the Physics Department, University of Ottawa. Her research interests include: development and applications of distributed fiber sensors in civil structural health-monitoring, dynamic polarization mode dispersion monitoring in aerial, buried and submarine fibers, impairments in high-speed communication systems, and mode locked laser developments. She received the University of New Brunswick Merit Award in 1997, Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2001, Ontario Distinguish Researcher Award in 2002, the University of Ottawa Inventor of the Year Award for 2003, and Researcher of Year Award from Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa in 2004. In 2006 she received the NCE (National Centers of Excellence) Chair’s Medal. She has published over 145 referred journal papers with over 150 conference proceeding papers. Her group has transferred 4 applied photonics technologies to industry.