Xiaoyan Liang is currently a professor in Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), China. She received the B.S. degree in physics from Shanxi University in China in 1988, and the Ph.D. in Laser Optics in 2001 from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science. From 2001 to 2003 she was a postdoctoral fellow in department of physics, University of Kaiserslautern in Germany, where her research was on solid state lasers and widely tunable optical parametric oscillator. She joined SIOM in 2003, and her current research interests involve exploring of ultra-intense and ultra-fast petawatt lasers and nonlinear optics. In 2012, she received the Shanghai First Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress for “Femtosecond petawatt (PW) Ultra-intense and Ultra-fast Ti:sapphire laser technology and important applications”. As a vice-chief engineer, she was joining the research and build of “Shang Ultra-intense and Ultra-short laser facility” which achieved high energy amplification for 10 PW in 2017.