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Professor Keith Blow

Kieth Blow

Head of Adaptive Communications Research Group


Phone number
0121 204 4973

Email
  

Room number
NW707

Profile

I studied at Cambridge University where I was awarded a BA in Physics and Theoretical Physics in 1978. I then joined the Theory of Condensed Matter Group of the Cavendish Laboratory and received a Ph.D. for studies on Deep Impurities in Semiconductors in 1981.

I joined the optics division of BT Labs in 1981 and worked on the theory of non-linear optical propagation effects in fibres, principally solitons. This work developed into optical switching and the first demonstration of soliton switching in non-linear optical loop mirrors. In 1990 I set up a group working on quantum optical properties and non-linear spatial optics as well as continuing work on all-optical processing which is currently concerned with ways of using and manipulating the information that can be sent over the enormous bandwidth of optical fibres.

In 1999 I moved here to the Photonics Research Group at Aston to continue working on optical networks and optical computation.

In 2003 I formed the Adaptive Networks Communications Research Group to study ad-hoc sensor networks, applications of dynamic hardware and mobile systems.

Qualifications & Education  

  • BA with First Class Honours in Physics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University, 1978

  • PhD in Solid State Physics, Cambridge University, 1981

Employment  

  • 1981 – 1999: BT Research Laboratories

  • 1999 – date  Professor In Electronic Engineering, Aston University

Teaching activity 

Programme Director of the Erasmus Mundus MAPNET programme

Modules:

Research interests 

Institute of Photonics Technology:

  • Optical Networks

  • Optical Processing

  • OOFDM Transmission 
Adaptive Communications Networks Research Group:
  • Ad-hoc Sensor Networks

  • Energy aware communication protocols

  • Internet Traffic Modelling
  • Wireless over free-space optical links

Recent research funding 

Active:

  • Determine (EU IRSES)

Completed:

  • HIPNET (DTI)
  • Applications of Photonic Crystal Fibres (EPSRC)

  • Undersea Transmission Systems (Azea)

  • WDM systems (Marconi)

  • Adaptive Hardware (BT)

PhD Supervision

Cureent
Azeez Olaid, Routing in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

Completed

James Harrison, All-optical processing using cross-phase modulation

Nigel Johnson, All-optical regenerative memory using a single device

Siham Muhyaldin, Investigation of EDFA Power Transients in Circuit-Switched and Packet-Switched Optical Networks

Halim Wahid, Application of SOA-NOLM in All-Optical Processing

Dimitrios Georgoulas, An Intelligent Approach for Deploying Applications in WSN's

Ahmed Shaikh, Modelling Data and Voice Traffic over IP Networks using Continuous-Time Markov Models

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow, Institute of Physics
  • Member, Optical Society of America
External engagement
  • I represent Aston in the MAPNET (Masters in Photonic Networks) consortium involving: Scuola Sant'Anna Superiore, Pisa; Technical University of Berlin; Osaka University; Aston University.

  • Editorial board member, Journal of Modern Optics.

  • Programme sub-committee chair, Nonlinear Photonics 2012 (USA)

  • Member of technical programme committee, NeoFusion 2012 (Australia)

Selected publications

Detailed list of publications >>

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