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.
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
Programme Director of the Erasmus Mundus MAPNET programme
Institute of Photonics Technology:
Ad-hoc Sensor Networks
Energy aware communication protocols
Applications of Photonic Crystal Fibres (EPSRC)
Undersea Transmission Systems (Azea)
WDM systems (Marconi)
Adaptive Hardware (BT)
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