Speakers

The flagship conference in optics and photonics for the UK and Ireland region includes talks from leading experts and stakeholders from industry, academia and government.

Speakers from across the UK and Ireland, as well as international speakers,  will present the latest advances in optical and photonic technologies.

Plenary Speakers:

Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is a space scientist whose passion is presenting science to a general audience.  Her programme “Do We Really Need the Moon?” earned Maggie the talkback Thames new talent award.  She went on to present “Do We Really Need Satellites?” and Channel 4’s “Brave New World”.  She is currently Presenter of  ‘Sky at Night’.  Maggie studied at Imperial College where she obtained her degree in Physics and PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

 

 

 

Graham Reed
Prof Graham Reed (University of Southampton)

Graham Reed (FIET, CEng) is a pioneer of Silicon Photonics and acknowledged as the individual who initiated the field in the UK, where he established his Silicon Photonics Research Group in 1989. The Group moved to Southampton University in 2012, and have provided a series of world-leading results, including the first published design of a GHz modulator, the first design of a depletion mode optical modulator, and the first 50Gb/s modulator. Reed is a Board member of the MIT Micropotonics Center, and the European Optical Society, and a visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has authored almost 500 journal and conference papers.  In 2013 he was awarded the IET Crompton Medal, in 2014 he was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, and in 2017, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Invited Speakers:

Prof Harald Haas
Prof Harald Haas (University of Edinburgh/LiFi Research and Development)

Harald Haas received the PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2001. He currently holds the Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh and is the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of pureLiFi Ltd. He is also the Director of the LiFi Research and Development Center at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interests are in optical wireless communications, hybrid optical wireless and RF communications, spatial modulation, and interference coordination in wireless networks. He first introduced and coined spatial modulation and LiFi. LiFi was listed among the 50 best inventions in TIME Magazine 2011.

Professor Haas holds 43 patents and has more than 30 pending patent applications. He has published more than 400 conference and journal papers including a paper in Science. In 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious Established Career Fellowship from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) within Information and Communications Technology in the UK.  Prof. Haas is a recipient of the Tam Dalyell Prize 2013 awarded by the University of Edinburgh for excellence in engaging the public with science.  In 2014, he was selected by EPSRC as one of ten RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) Leaders in the UK. In 2016, he received the outstanding achievement award from the International Solid State Lighting Alliance which was awarded to him by Prof. Shuji Nakamura. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in 2017. In the same year, he was elevated to IEEE Fellow.

 

Dr Benn Thomsen (Microsoft UK)
Dr Benn Thomsen (Microsoft UK)

Benn Thomsen joined Microsoft Research in Cambridge in 2017 where he works on optical systems for networking and storage in next-generation cloud computing systems.

Before joining Microsoft, he was a Reader in Optical Communications and a member of the Optical Networks Group at UCL from 2004-2017. His research at UCL focused on the physical layer implementation of dynamic optical networks and optical transmission. With a particular focus in the area of digital signal processing for burst mode optical receivers, optical networking for data centres and the use of MIMO techniques for transmission over multimode optical fibres. He moved to the UK in 2002 to join the Optoelectronics Research Centre, Southampton University, U.K., as a research fellow, where he carried out research on ultra-short optical pulse generation and characterisation, optical packet switching based on optically coded labels, all optical pulse processing, high power short pulse amplification and optical noise suppression. He obtained a BTech (Optoelectronics) with first class honours, an MSc (with distinction) and a PhD in physics (2001) at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. His PhD research involved the development and characterisation of short optical pulse sources suitable for high-capacity optical communication systems.

 

Richard Penty
Prof Richard Penty (University of Cambridge)

Richard Penty is Professor of Photonics at the University of Cambridge, where he is the Site Director and Programme Director for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems.

He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Engineering and Electrical Sciences in 1986 and a PhD for research into nonlinear optical fibre devices in 1990. Richard was then a SERC IT research fellow at Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College, until taking up a lectureship in physics at the University of Bath in 1990. In 1996 he moved to the University of Bristol as a lecturer in electrical and electronic engineering, subsequently being promoted to Professor of Photonics. In 2001 he moved to the Cambridge University Engineering Department. He was elected to a fellowship of Sidney Sussex College in 2002 and to the Mastership of the College in 2013. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the IET in 2012. He is editor-in-chief of the IET Optoelectronics Journal and member of the Board of Directors of the Tyndall National Institute, Ireland.

 

Dr Ir Bernard Lee
Dr Ir Bernard Lee (SENKO Advanced Components)

Bernard Lee is a senior telecommunications and business strategy professional with more than 15 years of global experience in telecommunication & data communications arena especially in the field of optical fibre communications. He is currently the Regional Technology Director at SENKO Advanced Components.

He started his career in optical communications when he was a Senior Research Office for the European Union IST project known as DAVID in 2000. In 2003, he joined Telekom Malaysia R&D where he has held various technical and management positions there including the Head of Photonic Network Research and also Head of Innovation and Communications. Bernard then joined the parent company, Telekom Malaysia (TM) in 2010 as the Assistant General Manager at the Group Business Strategy Division. Bernard is an Expert at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) accredited by the Engineering Council of UK, a Professional Engineer (PEng) registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and also a BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD). In the past 15 years, Bernard has designed, commission and audited numerous communications networks.

Lidia Galdino
Lidia Galdino (AVP, IEEE’s Women in Photonics Initiative)

Lidia Galdino received the M.Sc. and PhD degrees in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Campinas, Brazil, in 2008 and 2013, respectively. Dr Galdino commenced a lectureship and a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship in September 2018 on the topic of “Capacity-approaching, Ultra-Wideband Nonlinear optical Fibre Transmission System”, and is a co-investigated in the EPSRC TRANSNET programme grant. She previously worked as a Senior Research Associate on the EPSRC UNLOC programme grant.

Dr Galdino was a co-recipient of the RAEng Colin Campbell Mitchell Award in 2015 for pioneering contributions to optical communications technology and named as one of the 2017 “Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35” by The Telegraph and Women in Engineering Society which features the U.K.’s top rising female stars of engineering. She is the recently appointed and current AVP of the IEEE’s Women in Photonics Initiative.

Ruth Mackey
Dr Ruth Mackey (mBryonics Ltd)

Ruth Mackey (MPhys, PhD) is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer at mBryonics Ltd, a technology development company that specialises in bringing photonics technologies through to industrial application.

Ruth’s background training in optoelectronics and laser systems was at Heriot-Watt University, where she received her Master’s degree and was awarded the 2002 Watt Club Medal in Physics. She has a PhD in adaptive optics from the National University of Ireland Galway, where she developed adaptive optics for terrestrial and satellite free space optical communication. She was a core member of the Science Foundation Ireland funded Applied Optics Group led by Professor Chris Dainty at the National University of Ireland Galway, where she had an opportunity to work on diverse research projects from microscopy and biomedical imaging to large astronomical telescopes. She co-founded mBryonics in 2014 to commercialise photonics products for the satellite communication industry. The company has a strong focus on space photonics systems and free space optical communication and is pioneering the application of photonic integrated circuits for next-generation satellite communication networks.

 

Andrew Lord
Mr Andrew Lord (BT)

Andrew Lord joined BT in 1985 after a BA in Physics from Oxford University. He has helped design a wide range of optical network systems and technologies, including long-haul subsea and terrestrial DWDM networks. He has been responsible for optical fibre and systems specifications. He currently leads BT’s optical core and access research including optical access, high-speed transmission, Software Defined Networking and Quantum Communications. He regularly speaks at conferences and was Technical Program Chair for OFC 2015 and General Chair for OFC 2017. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT), Visiting Professor at Essex University, Senior Member of the IEEE and a Chartered Engineer with the IET. He currently is the lead project manager for the EU Horizon 2020 project ‘Metro-Haul’.

 

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Dr Tom Harvey (Centre for Process Innovation)

Tom Harvey is Healthcare Photonics Lead at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI). He is responsible for CPI’s National Centre for Healthcare Photonics, which will open in December 2018 at NETPark, Sedgefield in North East of England.

A Fellow of the Institute of Physics, with many years of experience of product development in industry, Dr Harvey is an expert in the fields of photonics, large area electronics and microfluidics.

 

 

 

Takaaki Ishigure
Dr Takaaki Ishigure (Keio University)

Takaaki Ishigure is currently an Associate professor of Keio University, Faculty of Science and Technology, the department of applied-physics and physic-informatics. He graduated Keio University, the department of applied chemistry in 1991, and received his PhD degree in material science from Keio University, Japan in 1996.  In 2005, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, as a Visiting Research Scientist. His current research interests are in on-board optical interconnections realized with multimode / single-mode polymer optical waveguides.

He published more than 60 original journal papers and 200 international conference papers including several invited papers. He is currently a senior member of IEEE from 2018 and works as a committee member of IEEE and SPIE conferences.  He is currently the vice chair of the IEEE CPMT Symposium Japan (ICSJ2018). He and his group were awarded the outstanding session paper award in the 64th ECTC conference in 2015, and the outstanding poster paper award in the 61st ECTC conference in 2012.

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Mark Stevenson (Toshiba Research Europe Limited)

Mark Stevenson leads the Quantum Devices research team at Toshiba Research Europe Limited, which is part of the Quantum Information Group headed by Andrew Shields. His current research focuses on the development of quantum light emitters and their application for quantum networking. Notable achievements include establishing entangled photon pair emission from semiconductor quantum dots, the realisation of an entangled-LED, and electrically driven quantum teleportation of photonic qubits. He has accumulated ~8000 citations to publications as co-author, including his previous PhD research at the University of Sheffield on light-matter interactions in microcavities and photonic crystals.

 

 

Henning Schröder
Henning Schröder (Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM))

Henning Schröder was born in 1967 and received his M.Sc. degree in applied physics from the University of Magdeburg, Germany, in 1994 and his PhD degree at the Technical University of Berlin in 2000. Currently, he is with Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM), Berlin, heading the Optical Interconnection Technologies Group. His main fields are R&D of photonic packaging and optical interconnection technologies for printed circuit boards and photonic modules. The research focus lies on the design, fabrication and performance enhancement of optical glass waveguides and micro-optics for PCB and optical sensors, their characterization, and on reliable micro-optical assembling and packaging technologies for photonic modules including optical fiber attachment. He holds a lot of patents in photonic packaging technologies. Henning Schröder is a member of the German Physical Society, German Society of Applied Optics, and the European Optical Society.

 

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Bardia Pezeshki (Kaiam Corporation)

Bardia Pezeshki is the founder and CEO of Kaiam, a ten-year-old California head-quartered company with operations in the UK developing and manufacturing high performance multi-wavelength optical transceivers for datacentre applications.  The factory in the UK supplies optical modules to most large tier-1 datacenters in the world, using proprietary internal MEMS and optical waveguide technology to achieve high density and integration.  Prior to Kaiam, Bardia started and managed the technology at Santur Corporation (2000-2008) which used MEMS to form an array-based tunable laser.  This architecture dominated the transition of long-haul and metro networks from fixed-wavelength lasers to tunable.  He obtained his PhD from Stanford University, partially working on a MEMS-based tunable laser that received significant attention in the early 2000’s, with multiple companies pursuing the technology.  Bardia has approximately 30 patents and 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

Spiros Mikroulis
Spiros Mikroulis (Huawei German Research Center)

Spiros Mikroulis joined Huawei German Research Center in Munich in 2016, where he is a project manager on Graphene & 2D materials in photonics & photonic technologies for 5G. He also works on subsystems for continuous-variable quantum-key distribution (CV-QKD).

Before joining Huawei, he was a Principal Researcher & Marie Curie Research Fellow at University College London (UCL) from 2012-2016. His research in UCL was in the area of mm-wave radio over fiber & photonics-enabled communications for 5G. As a part of this work, he focused on spectrally efficient modulation schemes and multimode fiber optics for mm-wave radio over fiber.

He obtained his BSc in Physics, specialized in Microelectronics & his MSc in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics from the University of Crete, & Foundation of Research & Technology Hellas (FORTH), Greece. He completed his PhD at the University of Athens (2007). His PhD research was in the area of integrated III-V microring devices for photonic functions in al-optical networks. He was a lecturer in the University of West Attica (2007-2012). He has been serving as a chair for Broadband Access Communication Technologies & photonics for 5G in Photonics West & an organizing committee of relevant activities in Photonics for 5G since 2012. He has published more than 80 papers & patents in the area of fiber & wireless communications devices & systems, quantum communications, mm-wave photonics & III-V integrated devices for electronics & photonics.

Folkert Horst
Folkert Horst (IBM Research)

Folkert Horst received the M.S. degree in applied physics and the Ph.D. degree in electronics engineering from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1992 and 1997, respectively. After completing his Ph.D., he joined the IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory in Switzerland and became Research Staff Member in 2000. Since 2016 he is a member of the Neuromorphic Devices and Systems group, where his research focuses on analog hardware for neuromorphic data processing.

 

 

 

 

Iwan Davies
Iwan Davies (Technology Director, IQE)

Iwan Davies obtained a B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry from Imperial College, London and a Ph.D. on MOVPE Studies in Compound Semiconductors from the University of Manchester. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. With over 35 years’ experience in III-V and II-VI semiconductor epitaxial growth by MOVPE, he has co-authored over 100 publications covering a very broad range of optoelectronic devices and material systems. Following a period of research and development at Plessey Research (Caswell) Ltd., he has managed the growth and characterization of epi-wafers, plant operations and product engineering, principally for GaAs and InP-based material systems at IQE. He is currently IQE plc Group Technology Director, with responsibilities for UK & European Research Project Co-ordination and corporate responsibility for chemical, safety and environmental issues.

 

 

Mike Wale
Mike Wale (TU Eindhoven)

Michael (Mike) Wale is Professor of Photonic Integration – Industrial Aspects at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. After receiving his DPhil degree in Physics from the University of Oxford in 1982, he joined Plessey at Caswell, Northamptonshire, UK, to develop integrated optics and photonic integration technology and this has remained a major focus of his career ever since.

Mike has over 35 years of industrial experience, encompassing a wide variety of activities relating to research, development and manufacturing of photonic devices and systems, most recently (until September 2018) as Director Active Products Research at Oclaro, a major global manufacturer of photonic components for communications systems. He was appointed as a Full Professor in Eindhoven in 2011 and is also Honorary Professor of Photonic Communications in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham, UK. Mike has played a prominent role in the European Technology Platform, Photonics21, as a member of the Executive Board and chair of the Working Group on Design and Manufacturing of Photonic Components and Systems. He is author/co-author of over 250 scientific and technical papers and is listed as an inventor on nine published patent applications. Mike is a member of IEEE and Optical Society of America.

Martin Dawson
Martin Dawson (VP Conferences, IEEE Photonics Society)

Martin Dawson is professor and director of research at the University of Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics, which he helped found over 20 years ago. He is also, since 2012, the Head of the UK’s first Fraunhofer research centre, Fraunhofer CAP. Martin is known for his work on lasers and compound semiconductors, especially including VECSELs, gallium nitride micro-LEDs, diamond photonics and various aspects of microfabrication. He holds fellowships of the IEEE, IOP, OSA and RSE and has received the IOP’s Dennis Gabor Medal and Prize and the IEEE Photonics Society’s Aron Kressel Award. He has served as Vice President Conferences for the IEEE Photonics Society since 2015.

 

 

Mark Gubbins
Mark Gubbins (Seagate Technology) 

Mark Gubbins is a development director at Seagate Technology, Northern Ireland. Over the past ten years, he has worked on writers for Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) and Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR). He has been author and co-author on over 20 patents, patent applications and papers in the areas of hard drive technology.