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.
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.
RESEARCH FUNDING AS PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (active grants bold italics)
Type of Grant
Photonic System Research
Hybrid Full Field EDC
FP6 – TRIUMPH
FP7 – PHASORS
FP7 – MODE-GAP
FP7 – FOX-C
RESEARCH FUNDING AS COLLABORATOR (projects over €150k shown)
Tunable laser applications
Tunable lasers in metro
PhD Students Graduated (showing date graduated, name, thesis title, and first employment)
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)