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Professor Andrew Ellis

Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)

Prof andrew ellis

Andrew D. Ellis received the B.Sc. degree in physics with a minor in mathematics from the University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K., in 1987. He received the Ph.D. degree in electronic and electrical engineering from The University of Aston in Birmingham, Birmingham, U.K., in 1997 for his study on all optical networking beyond 10 Gbit/s.

He previously worked for British Telecom Research Laboratories as a Senior Research Engineer investigating the use of optical amplifiers and advanced modulation formats in optical networks and the Corning Research Centre as a Senior Research Fellow where he led activities in optical component characterization. From 2003, he headed the Transmission and Sensors Group at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland, where he was also a member of the Department of Physics, University College Cork and his research interests included the evolution of core and metro networks, and the application of photonics to sensing. 

Position: Professor of Optical Communications
Room: NW711
Phone: 0121 204 3075
Email: 
andrew.ellis@aston.ac.uk

He is now Professor of Optical Communications at Aston University where he is also deputy director of the Institute of Photonics Technologies (AIPT). He has published over 170 journal papers and over 25 patents in the field of photonics, primarily targeted at increasing capacity, reach and functionality in the optical layer.

Prof. Ellis is a member of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Engineering Technology, and is a Chartered Physicist. He is an associate editor of the journal Optics Express. Prof Ellis is a member of the Technical Program Committee of ECOC, chairing sub-committee 3 devoted to digital and optical signal processing in 2014.

  • Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, 1994-1997
    Industrial PhD in Electronic Engineering and Applied Physics (viva August 1997). 
  • University of Sussex, Falmer, East Sussex, 1984-1987
    Physics with a Minor in Mathematics, BSc (Hon’s, 1st Class).
  • Holgate Comprehensive School, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, 1976-1984
    4 ‘A’ Levels, 1 ‘O/A’ Level, 8 ‘O’ Levels
  • 2012 – present, professor of Optical Communications, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, UK
  • 2011 – 2012, founding director, Pilot Photonics, 63 Newvale, Shankill, Co Dublin, Ireland
  • 2015 – present, adjunct Professor of Physics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
  • 2010 – present, adjunct Professor of Engineering, Dublin City University, Ballymun Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
  • 2003 – 2012, Senior Research Fellow and Group Leader, Photonic Systems Group, Department of Physics/Tyndall National Institute, UCC, Ireland
  • 2000-2003, Team Leader & Research Associate, High Speed Systems Laboratory, Corning Research Centre, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk,
  • 1996-2000, Team Leader & Senior Research Engineer, BT Network Technology, BT Laboratories, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk
  • 1990-1996, Professional Research Engineer, Main Optical Networks, Submarine Systems Section, BTRL, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk
  • 1987-1990, Research Engineer, Main Optical Networks, Submarine Systems Section, BTRL, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk
Deliver UG and PG teaching. Chair of Undergraduate Programme Committee.

RESEARCH FUNDING AS PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (active grants bold italics)

Dates

 

Agency

Project

Type of Grant

Funds Managed

Total Grant

03-07

SFI

Photonic System Research

PI

€3,857k

€11,100k

05

SFI

Equipment supplement.

 

€409k

€490k

07-12

SFI

PSR-II

PI

€4,988k

€9,928k

08-11

EI

Hybrid Full Field EDC

CFTD

€455k

€455k

06-09

EU

FP6 – TRIUMPH

STREP

€406k

€2,749k

08-11

EU

FP7 – PHASORS

STREP

€292k

€2,699k

10-15

EU

FP7 – MODE-GAP

IP

€1,739k

€8,330k

12-15

EU

FP7 – FOX-C

STREP

€339k

€2,567k

13-17

EPSRC

UNLOC

Programme

£200k

£4,803k

13-18

Roy.Soc

TEST

WRMA

£90k

£90k

13-16

EU

InSpace

STREP

€428k

€2,793k

14-18

EU

ICONE

ITN

€882k

€4,097k

14-19

EPSRC

PEACE

Fellowship

£1,164k

£1,164k

15-19

EPSRC

UPON

Grant

£400k

£900k

 

 

 

 

~£13,254k

 


RESEARCH FUNDING AS COLLABORATOR (projects over €150k shown)

Dates

 

Agency

Project

Type of Grant

Funds Managed

Total Grant

07-12

SFI

PiFAS

Cluster

€240k

€5,598k

11-16

SFI

CTVR-II

Centre

€746k

€15,022k

03-07

SFI

Tunable laser applications

PI

€187k

€1248k

10-14

SFI

Tunable lasers in metro

PI

€207k

€773k

14-16

MSC

SOLAS

PIEF

€222k

€222k

 

 

 

 

€1,602k

 

PhD Students Graduated (showing date graduated, name, thesis title, and first employment)

  • 2007, Tadhg Healy, “Coherent Wavelength Division Multiplexing”, Intune Networks.
  • 2009, Arvind Mishra, “…wavelength tuneable lasers”, Athens Information Technology.
  • 2010, Mary McCarthy, “Phase Estimation Receiver for Full Field Detection”, Ericson.
  • 2011, Ruwan Weerasuriya, “Synchronisation in …Networks”, University of Moratuwa.
  • 2012, Danish Rafique, “Electronic Signal Processing in Optical Communications”, NSN.
  • 2012, Paola Frascella, “High capacity direct detected CoWDM”, NSN.
  • 2014, M. Rutowska, “Bio sensors using photonic crystal fibre”, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics
  • 2014, Naoise Mac Suibhne, “High speed optical communication systems”, Aston University
  • 2015, Anthony Walsh,“Optimising the Efficiency of Coherent Optical Packet Switched Networks”

 

Current Group Members; S. Sygletos, M.E. McCarthy, N.MacSuibhne, C. Sanchez-Costa, F.M.Ferreira, L.Sadeghioon

Current PhD Students; UCC; S.Fabbri, Aston; M. Al-Khateeb, T. Zhang, DCU ; F. Gutierrez

Other academic alumni (with first destination); E.Bravi Intune Networks, C-W.Chow National Chiao Tung University, B. Cuenot JDSU, J. O’Dowd Intune Networks, S.K. Ibrahim Intune Networks, C. O’Riordan Nualight, J. Zhao SFI  SIRG award, V. Bessler FazTech, T. Kanesan Telekom Research and Development (Malasia), F.C.Garcia Gunning UCC, D. Hillerkuss KTH, A.Perentos, S. Fabbri,

All alumni have 1st placements in Photonics (90% communications, 70% industry)

  • Member of Institute of Physics (IoP) and Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • Academic: Deliver UG and PG teaching. Chair of Undergraduate Programme Committee.
  • Led growth of Photonic Systems Group (UCC, 2003-12).
  • Deputy Director of Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies.
  • Editorial board memberships; Optics Express (2009-2015),  IET Optoelectronics (2007-2010), 
  • Reviewer for: Nature Photonics, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., IEEE J. of Lightwave Technol., J. of Quantum Electron., Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, Opt. Exp., J.OSA B etc.
  • Conference Organisation; Photonics Ireland LOC 2009. TPC member OFC(2002-4, 2010-2012, SC9 chair 2011), ECOC(2005-date, SC3 chair 2014), CLEO-EU(2007), OECC(2012,14). General Chair ECOC 2019.
  • Proposal Reviewer: ANR (France), EI (Ireland), EPSRC (Peer Review & Grant Prioritisation panel member) (UK), RGC of Hong Kong, ISF (Israel), European Commission, SSF (Sweden), Mitacs (Canada)
  • External PhD examiner: Australia(2), Denmark(1), Ireland(1), UK(4), France(2), Netherlands(1), Singapore (1).
  • Published
    > 9 Invited Papers (4 as first author) and >60 Invited Presentations (>28 presented). 
    > 240 ISI-listed publications, (> 100 citations per year since 1998).
    H-index 31 (Web of Science).
  • 26 Patent families published.
  • Pioneered study of high speed optical amplifier signal processing (1993), high capacity super-channels (2005) and the analytical study of the non-linear Shannon limit (2009).
  • Development of international high speed testing facilities (Corning).
  • European Industrial interactions are often managed via EU projects resulting in for example commercialisation of narrow line-width and long wavelength lasers by Eblana Photonics.
  • Novel digital signal processing approach commercialised via an EI CFTD project.
  • Coherent WDM accepted as feasible by IEEE 802.3 and receiving widespread commercial interest.
  • EI project TopCat (with DCU) exploiting a selection of coherent WDM patents.
  • Spatial multiplexing intellectual property taken up by NSN in 2011.
  • Former director of UK start up UQUIX (2010) and founding director of Pilot Photonics (2011).