Aston Inaugural - Professor Andrew Ellis, 30th April

Making light work of the internet: How photonics has powered the information revolution 

Professor Andrew Ellis
Professor Andrew Ellis

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Andrew Ellis, from the School of Engineering and Applied Science 

Date: Thursday 30th April 2015

Time: 6.30pm start with tea and coffee from 6.00pm. 

A free buffet will follow the lecture.

Venue: Sumpner Lecture Theatre, 6th Floor, Main Building, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET (Just a short walk from Birmingham City Centre)

About the lecture 

How does the internet work? We think about tablets, smart phones and computers, but they are all connected together by optical fibre. This lecture will examine the history and future of optical communications, tracing its evolution from Greek mythology to the immense web of fibres used today to transport information ranging from social media to financial transactions, from entertainment to government systems. 

However, a victim of its own success, significant problems lie just around the corner and we shall investigate their causes, and discuss potential solutions, and likely outcomes if solutions are not found.

About the speaker

Andrew is Professor of Optical Communications. Before pursuing a career in academia, he previously worked for British Telecom Research Laboratories as a Senior Research Engineer. He is a  member of the Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America and the Institute of Engineering Technology, and is a Chartered Physicist. 

He has published over 150 journal papers and over 24 patents in the field of Photonics.

Reasons to attend 

  • Hear from a renowned speaker in the area of photonics
  • Learn about the impact Aston’s research has on society
  • Network over a complimentary buffet with local business professionals and academics from the School of Engineering and Applied Science 

Use the ticket button below to book your free place now or click here to register

For further information please contact Emma Tromans on 0121 204 4542 or email 

The lectures are open to the general public and there is no entry charge.