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
1981 – 1999: BT Research Laboratories
1999 – date Professor In Electronic Engineering, Aston University
Recent research funding
Membership of Professional Bodies
- Fellow, Institute of Physics
- Hon Sec, Signal Processing, Electronics and Communications group, Institute of Physics
- 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)
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