Dr John Williams

Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)
Head of Electrical, Electronic and Power Engineering

Phone number: 0121 204 3543
Email: j.a.r.williams@aston.ac.uk 
Room Number: NW311


John Williams received his B.Sc in Physics in 1986 and PhD on the development, characterisation and optimisation of various new modelocked laser sources in 1990 from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.

He has been working in the Photonics Research group, Aston University since 1992 and has been a Reader there since 2000.

He has authored and co-authored over 130 journal and conference papers in photonics related fields.

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  • 1999 Pg. Cert. in Teaching and Learning , Aston University
  • 1990 Ph.D, Femtosecond Optics Group, Physics, Imperial College
  • 1986 B.Sc. Hon. in Physics., Physics Department, Imperial College


  • 2001-now Reader, Electronic Engineering, Aston University
  • 1996-2001 Lecturer, Electronic Engineering,Aston University
  • 1992-1996 Research Fellow , Photonics Research Group, Aston University
  • 1991-1992 Teaching Company Associate, South Bank University/Delli Delti Ltd.
  • 1989 Research Assistant, Physics, Imperial College, Femtosecond Optics Group


  • EE4000: Telecommunications Perspectives
  • EE4024: Distributed Network Applications
  • EE3WSN: Wireless Sensor Networks
  • EE2SSM: Sequential State Machines
  • EE4019: Masters Project Preparation
  • EE4006: Masters Project
  • EE3IFP/EE4IFP Individual FInal Year Project


As a member of the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies research interests include the design and fabrication of in-fibre Bragg Gratings and their application as sensors, for the control of short pulses and for the processing and control of sub-carrier multiplexed microwave signals. 


My other research interests include wireless sensor networks -  using theoretical, experimental and CAD design techniques used to investigate novel architectures and protocols through to implementation on hardware and field trials. I have a particular interest in developing simulation and test bed frameworks to robustly compare and measure the bounds on reliability and responsiveness for wireless sensor networks including both physical process and realistic radio channel models with an aim to extend the applicability of WSN to meet safety critical application requirements.


CEng, FIET: Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
CPhys; MIOP: Chartered Physicist, Member of the Institute of Physics
FHEA: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
ARCS: Associate of the Royal College of Science