We are pleased to welcome speakers from across the industry to present at TOP Conference. Read on to find out more about the speakers you will hear from in 2024.
Harald Bock, VP Network Architecture, Infinera
Harald Bock is responsible for Network Architecture at Infinera. Previously, he worked for Coriant, Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, Marconi and Siemens after earning his PHD in Physics at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. During more than 20 years in the optical networking industry, Harald has held various positions in the CTO office, product management, systems design, R&D as well as sales. Harald is an IEEE member and serves on the board of stakeholders of European Technology Platforms on Photonics (Photonics21).
Ben Puttnam, Chief Senior Researcher, Photonic Network Laboratory at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Ben Puttnam is Chief Senior Researcher with the Photonic Network Laboratory at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Tokyo, Japan. He received the M.Phys. degree in physics from the University of Manchester, U.K, and the Ph.D. degree from University College London, U.K in 2008. In between, he was a switch design engineer at T-mobile, U.K. After research visits to NICT, supported by JSPS and the Photonics group at Chalmers University, Sweden, supported by the Ericsson research foundation, he re-joined NICT, with current research interests focusing on space-division multiplexing and multi-band WDM technologies including devices, systems, and networking.
Dominic O'Brien, Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Professor Dominic O’Brien is a Professor of Engineering Science at Oxford and leads the optical communications group. He is the Director of the UK National Hub in Quantum Computing and Simulation. This is one of the four Quantum Technology Hubs funded as part of the UK National Quantum Technologies programme. He also leads the recently funded EPSRC Hub in All-Spectrum Connectivity. The group has a wide range of experience in free space optical communications and optical wireless, demonstrating integrated optical wireless transceivers, full room-scale systems at 300Mbit/s, integrated visible light communications systems, Tbit/s optical wireless links, retro-reflecting communications both indoors and outdoors, novel transmitters and receivers, and indoor quantum key distribution.
Graham Reed, Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton.
Reed is recognised as one of the founders of the field of Silicon Photonics, having established his Silicon Photonics Research Group in 1989. The Group is now approximately 55 people strong, have provided a series of world leading results since its inception, and currently hold two world records for data rates for silicon modulators/transmitters. The group has also been at the forefront of emerging applications of Silicon Photonics such as LiDAR, mid-IR Silicon Photonics, programmable photonics, and silicon photonics for space to name but a few. Reed is a regular invited and contributing author to major Silicon Photonics conferences around the world. He has served on numerous international conference committees, and has also chaired many others. He has authored more than 670 publications in the field of Silicon Photonics, including 185 invited/keynote/plenary talks. In 2013 he was the recipient of the IET Crompton Medal for Achievement in Energy, and in 2014 he was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. In 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 2019 he was awarded an industry prize (PIC award) for his contribution to the Silicon Photonics field. In 2023 he was awarded the “Sir Frank Whittle Medal” by the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as the SPIE Gold Medal.
With over two decades of experience in various operational, engineering, and architectural roles within the Cloud and Service Provider industry, Melchior a seasoned architect currently contributing to the Global Service Provider Architecture team at Juniper Networks. In his role, he collaborates closely with many customers to craft innovative network designs and facilitate the evolution of their infrastructures. Melchior his journey has led him to develop a keen interest in the intersection of quantum technology and network security, and since 2018, he has been actively exploring applications of quantum technology in this domain and driving the Quantum Security and Networking strategy in Juniper. Beyond his focus on quantum technology, he is deeply passionate about routing protocols standards development, routing security, and network architectures.
Steven Alleston is a Senior Director for Business Development at OpenLight Photonics who have developed an open silicon photonics platform with integrated lasers and other active components to address the needs of multiple applications including Datacom, High Performance Compute and LIDAR. Steven has held a number of engineering, product management and strategy roles within the optics industry including designing and developing DWDM systems for core and metro applications as well as managing client optics and developing strategies for IP and optical integration. Prior to joining OpenLight, Steven worked as a Senior Product Manager and Director of Engineering for Juniper Networks and has held similar roles at Ericsson and Marconi. Steven holds a PhD from the University of Essex in the UK and is based in the San Francisco bay area.
Patrick Anderson received his PhD from the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton in 2014. From 2014 to 2017 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford, before moving to Microsoft Research in Cambridge. He is particularly interested in the creation, measurement and application of ultrafast laser pulses and high-resolution optical microscopy.
Dr David Benton is a Senior Research Fellow in the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies. His research career has been shared between industry and academia having previously been a Senior Scientist at QinetiQ, working on various technologies including free space quantum key distribution, and as Chief Scientist for L-3 TRL. Current interests are free space optical communications, laser detection systems and novel applications of micromirror arrays.
Ultan Daly is a Ph.D student in the Structured Photonics Research Group at the University of Glasgow. He graduated with a MPhys from the University of Bath in 2019. His research project focuses on developing free-space optical communication technologies for turbulent environments. This project is supported by BT through the CDT in Applied Photonics.
Jörg-Peter Elbers is VP Advanced Technology, Standards & IPR at Adtran and globally responsible for technology strategy, applied research, standardization, and intellectual property. He directs Adtran’s research and innovation activities in areas such as software-defined networking, network function virtualization, network security, packet-optical networking, data center connectivity, optical access, high-speed optical transmission, and photonic integration. Previously, Jörg held technical expert and management positions at ADVA, Ericsson, Marconi and Siemens. He holds a Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree in Electrical Engineering from TU Dortmund, Germany, and has more than 25 years of experience in packet-optical networking and communication technologies. Jörg serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonic Society, the Board of the Information Technology Society (ITG) of the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE), the Steering Board of the European Technology Platform Networld Europe, the Steering and Long Range Planning Committees of the OFC conference as well as the Management Committee of the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC). He has authored and co-authored more than 150 publications, 5 book chapters and 20 patents.
Martyn Fice is Associate Professor at University College London and Deputy Director of the UKRI-EPSRC National Dark Fibre Facility. He received the PhD from the University of Cambridge and has over 30 years of experience in photonics and communications research in both industry and academia, with over 140 journal and conference papers published. His current research interests include THz communications, photonic integrated circuits, fibre and free-space optical communications, and convergence of optical and wireless communications.
Pedro J Freire
Pedro J. Freire holds Bachelor's and master's degrees in electronic engineering from the Federal University of Pernambuco, complemented by a one-and-a-half-year stint at the State University of New York and the State University of San Francisco. He attained his PhD degree in Optical Communication and Photonics through a Marie-Curie doctoral fellowship at the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies in the United Kingdom. Throughout his doctoral studies, Pedro was honored with the prestigious 2022 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Scholarship Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the application of machine learning in optical communications, specifically in nonlinear channel equalization. Currently, Pedro serves as a senior machine learning associate at Ofcom and holds a co-leadership role in the Machine Learning Group at the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies.
Lidia Galdino is a System Engineering Manager at Corning, responsible for defining and driving optical fiber and cable product strategy. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Lightwave Technology, and serves on several technical program committees, including OFC and ECOC. She has authored > 100 peer-reviewed papers on optical fiber communication systems.
Professor Nathan Gomes
Professor Nathan Gomes obtained his BSc(Eng) from the University of Sussex and his PhD from University College London. He undertook a Science Exchange Fellowship at Telecom Paris, before a 30-year plus academic career at the University of Kent. He is now a Professor at University College London, and an Honorary Professor of Optical Fibre Communications at the University of Kent. Professor Gomes’s research has been primarily in the areas of radio over fibre and mobile fronthaul, areas in which he has led a number of national and international projects, and published over 300 refereed journal and conference papers. He was the Technical Program Chair of IEEE International Conference on Communications in London (ICC2015), and has been on the technical program and organizing committees of a number of other conferences and workshops. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and Fellow of the IET.
Dr Vladimir Gordienko is a Research Fellow at Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies. Vladimir is leading research on nonlinear fibre optic devices for optical communications such as fibre optic parametric amplifiers, wavelength converters and optical phase conjugators. He has authored and co-authored around 40 papers and provided breakthroughs and novel concepts in areas of ultra-wide, Raman-assisted, polarisation insensitive, and phase-sensitive operation of fibre optical parametric amplifiers.
Professor Hogg’s research spans developing epitaxial processes, device designs and processing, through to devices for system applications. This includes quantum dot devices, quantum cascade lasers, resonant tunnelling diode THz emitters, super-luminescent diodes, and photonic crystal surface emitting lasers. Professor Hogg has 28 years post-doctoral experience in compound semiconductor technologies, spanning research, development, and manufacturing. This includes; • Three years experience in a key foundry management role (Manager of Materials Characterisation) at Agilent Technologies, Ipswich, which was the highest volume III-V facility in Europe, at the time (2000-2003). • Five years experience in corporate R&D laboratories (NTT, Toshiba) developing advanced device concepts and technologies. • Twenty years in University R&D (Universities of Sheffield, Glasgow, and now Aston) where he has built a research group developing novel light sources; their manufacture (epitaxial growth, device fabrication), device physics and engineering, and applications. His research has resulted in two new ventures in 2020 – Vector Photonics Ltd (commercialising photonic crystal surface emitting lasers), and III-V Epi Ltd (a small-medium supplier of epitaxial wafers and services).
Siddarth is an expert in quantum communication. He has worked for several different quantum satellite missions and pioneered quantum networking technologies. He obtained his PhD from Singapore in 2014, did postdocs in Vienna and Bristol and now leads his own group in QET Labs. He is a close collaborator of the Smart Internet Lab. His current research focus is on improving the scalability, distance, and number of supported applications of quantum internet technologies.
Vasileios Karavias is a PhD student in Quantum Network Security at the University of Cambridge. He graduated with a BA and MSci in Physics from the University of Cambridge in 2020. His main fields of interest are quantum key distribution (QKD), quantum network design and optimisation methods. His PhD focusses on the optimisation of quantum networks and investigating the benefits of switching in quantum networks. This work is done in collaboration with BT.
Dr. Maxim Kuschnerov joined Huawei in 2016 and is leading the optical research laboratories in Munich and Jena as Director of R&D, Germany focusing on the topics of FTTx, data center networks, coherent optical transceivers, optical switching, quantum security as well as optical design for automotive subsystems. He has more than 17 years of experience in optical research, development and product management, having started his career at Siemens and then working for Nokia Siemens Networks and Coriant before joining Huawei.
Mehul Malik is a Professor of Physics and Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he leads the Beyond Binary Quantum Information Laboratory (BBQ Lab). He currently holds an ERC Starting Grant and co-leads an EPSRC centre-to-centre collaboration with JPL Caltech. His research interests include quantum information processing and communication, fundamental studies of entanglement, and complex scattering media. Prior to moving to the UK in 2018, Mehul held postdoctoral positions at the University of Vienna and the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), Vienna, including a Marie Curie Fellowship in the group of Prof Anton Zeilinger. Mehul’s work includes the creation of the first three-particle entanglement in high dimensions, the development of efficient methods for measuring complex forms of quantum entanglement, and the unprecedented transport of entanglement through a complex medium. Mehul completed his PhD in 2013 with Prof Robert Boyd at the University of Rochester, New York.
Iain joined Innovate UK in October 2021 to expand Innovate UK’s work in electronics, sensors and photonics as a key enabling and cross-cutting technology and develop competition themes and application areas. His role involves helping to build collaborations between industry, academia and government, developing strategy, and overseeing programme delivery. After obtaining an Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree and PhD specialising in glass integrated optics he joined the research staff at University of Strathclyde before joining OptoSci, a photonics systems and sensors SME as Engineering Director. His expertise covers many areas including design and manufacture of systems for photonics education, training and research, and fibre optic sensing systems for harsh and industrial environments. He has successfully commercialised over twenty major product lines.
Neil J McRae
Neil McRae is Chief Architect at BT and Chair of the UKTIN Core Networking Technologies Expert Working Group. Neil has significant experience in submarine, fixed, wireless, broadcast, satellite, cloud, systems & applications and platform technology enabling our world to connect, educate, entertain and transact. He is recognised for building the best networks all over the world and always looking for ways to challenge the tried and tested and drive radical thinking. He sees what others don't and drives ideas to reality whilst creating and driving strategic direction. Neil believes in creating an environment for technologists to perform at their best and reach their full potential and he creates, motivates and engages the very best of teams focused on business outcomes, generating demand and value.
Nick is an experienced CTO at Huber + Suhner and Chair of the UKIN Optical Communications & Photonics Expert Working Group. Nick has a demonstrated track record of innovation in the telecommunications and aerospace industries. A systems engineering professional skilled in optical networks, photonic devices, R&D and business development. Neil led the growth of product portfolio at optical switching start-up Polatis from initial concepts through to company acquisition.
Jose Pozo is member of the Executive Board of Optica (former OSA) as the Chief Technology Officer, since 1 March 2022. Originally from Spain, Jose Pozo has spent more than 25 years working in photonics. Before joining Optica, Jose was already well-known in Europe for his role as CTO of EPIC, European Photonics Industry Consortium. During his 6 years as CTO, EPIC grew from 200 to 800 corporate members, was the organization number 21 in Europe receiving funding from the commission in the Horizon 2020 program, and grew from 2 employees to 15. Before that, Jose was a Senior Photonics Technology Consultant with PNO Consultants, with some of the main accounts such as CERN, Thales or TE Connectivity. He has worked at TNO, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, and as a post-doctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He earned a PhD in quantum physics from the University of Bristol, UK, and an M.Sc. and B.Eng. in telecom engineering from UPNA, Spain / VUB, Belgium.
Prof. Georg Rademacher received the Dipl.-Ing and Dr.-Ing degrees from Technische Universitaet Berlin in 2011 and 2015, respectively. From 2016 to 2023, he was a senior researcher at NICT, Japan. Since 2023, Georg is a professor of integrated photonic systems and the director of the institute of electrical and optical communications at the University of Stuttgart. He is also heading the group “Space-Division Multiplex” at Fraunhofer HHI in Berlin. His research focuses on systems and subsystems for high-capacity optical fiber transmission systems. He authored and co-authored more than 200 papers, published at international conferences and journals. Georg Rademacher is a senior member of the IEEE photonics society and a member of the VDE.
Following a 40 year career at BT, Andy Reid is currently combining the role of the ‘Standards Champion’ within the UK Telecoms Innovation Network (UKTIN) with studying for a PhD at Bristol University. At BT he worked both developing new technologies as well as the strategy, network architecture and planning needed to successfully introduce these new technologies into the BT network. Most recently, he has been working on optical switching technologies as an effective alternative to packet switching. Before that, he was a major contributor to the original concepts of Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) including the performance of the virtualisation environment and the management of orchestration enabling operational flexibility. He then set out the changes needed to BT’s network architecture and design needed to deploy NFV into the network. More generally, Andy has spent much of his career developing and deploying transport technologies including optical networking, carrier ethernet, MPLS, and early in his career, was a major contributor to SONET/SDH.
André Richter has worked at VPIphotonics for 25+ years. He led international teams in application engineering, product management, and R&D before being appointed General Manager in 2013. He has co-authored more than 140 publications, including two book chapters. His research interests focus on modeling and design aspects of optical communications, fiber optics, and integrated photonics and on developing professional software solutions addressing these fields. He invoked an industry training program, contributed to numerous collaborative research projects, and served on several technical program committees, including OFC, ACP, and IEEE Summer Topicals.
Professor Simon Saunders is an independent advisor and researcher with deep technical expertise and wide commercial and regulatory experience. Simon is Chair of the UKTIN Expert Working Group on Wireless Networking Technologies, Honorary Professor at University of Bristol, Visiting Professor at King’s College London, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Trustee of the charity Music for All.An expert and enthusiastic public speaker and communicator of technological ideas and commercial propositions to specialists and laypeople alike.
Peter graduated with the Ph.D. degree in Physics at the University of Strathclyde, Institute of Photonics in 2011. He joined Fraunhofer Uk Research Ltd in 2014 at the Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP) in Glasgow, where his work is focussed on research and development of laser-based systems, spanning from the deep UV to the long wave mid-IR spectral range and operating in the cw or pulsed regimes. Target applications address requirements in sectors such as Quantum Technologies, Communications, Space, Medical, Defence and more. He has an established track record that includes collaborative research, funded by direct industrial contracting, government innovation funds (UK, EU), and ESA projects.
Egor Sedov is a PhD candidate at Aston University, specializing in Machine Learning in Optical Communication. He received his Bachelor's degree from Novosibirsk State University in 2016, followed by a Master's degree in 2019. Egor also holds an engineering degree from École des Ponts ParisTech, achieved in the same year. His work focuses on integrating software development with advanced research in optical communication systems, contributing to projects that improve the efficiency of light-based data transmission. Egor's technical expertise includes Python, C++, and various machine learning frameworks, complemented by a solid foundation in mathematics and physics.
Dr Andy G Sellars is Strategic Development Director at Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult, has been appointed to the UK Government’s Semiconductor Advisory Panel and is Co-Chair of the UKTIN Semiconductor Expert Working Group. Andy is a strategic leader, pioneering innovative technologies into new markets. He is involved in high-level stakeholder management, including investor communities, business, government and academia. Dr Sellars early career was spent leading R&D teams with Rolls Royce, Spirent PLC, and Abbott Diagnostics.
Dimitra Simeonidou is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Co-Director of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Director of Smart Internet Lab. Her research is focusing on the fields of high-performance networks, programmable networks, Future Internet, wireless-optical convergence, 5G/6G and smart city infrastructures. In the past few years, she is increasingly working with Social Sciences and Humanities on topics of climate change and digital transformation for society and businesses. Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the CTO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open. She is currently leading the Bristol City/Region 5G and Open RAN pilots. Dimitra is a member of the DSIT Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council, a founding member of UKTIN and has led major research projects funded by UKRI and the EC. She is currently coordinating the DSIT REASON project developing blueprint architectures and technologies for 6G. She is the author and co-author of over 700 publications, numerous patents and several contributions to standards. She has been co-founder of three spin-out companies developing solutions for connected smart infrastructures. Dimitra is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE), Fellow of WWRF, a Royal Society Wolfson Scholar and member of UKCRC.
Sebastian Skacel is Head of Applications Engineering, Support and Services at Vanguard Automation GmbH, overseeing customer engagements including technical demonstrations, delivery of products and solutions as well as customer success. He also spearheads many of Vanguard’s business development and strategic marketing efforts. Prior to joining Vanguard, Sebastian worked in academia as well as in the automotive industry (Harman International) in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Russia. Sebastian holds a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) degree in Physics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technologies (KIT) for which he was granted a scholarship of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. His PhD was in the field of superconducting quantum circuits such as qubits.
Prof. Radan Slavík is the head of the Coherent Optical Signals group at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton, UK. His group deals with the generation, control, and detection of optical signals and their precise characterisation. It also deals with use of hollow core optical fibres (HCFs) in next-generation fibre systems, especially those sensitive to changes in optical phase or signal distortion. Radan is a former EPSRC Early Career Fellow and current holder of the RAEng Research Chair, he is Topical Editor of the journal Optics Letters and Fellow of Optica Society.
Abderrahmen Trichili is a UK IC Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow at the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford. His awarded research project, titled ``Where does light fit within the wireless future?'' focuses on optical wireless channel sounding and physical layer security modelling. He is also an elected research fellow of the Wolfson College. He authored several papers in highly reputed journals on optical wireless communication and free space optics and filed four international patent applications. Prior to joining the University of Oxford in December 2022, he was a research scientist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
Michael (Mike) Wale is Professor of Integrated Photonics at University College London and Full Professor Emeritus at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands, where he was previously part-time Professor of Photonic Integration - Industrial Aspects. He is also Honorary Professor of Photonic Communications at the University of Nottingham. Mike received his B.A., M.A. and D. Phil. degrees in physics from the University of Oxford. He subsequently spent more than 35 years in industry, most recently as Director Active Products Research at Oclaro (now Lumentum), a major supplier of photonic components for optical communications. His experience encompasses many different aspects of research, development and manufacturing of photonic devices and systems, with emphasis on photonic integrated circuit technology. He is author or co-author of more than 250 scientific and technical papers. Professor Wale is a member of the Executive Board of the European Technology Platform, Photonics21, and chair of its Core Photonics Working Group. He is a Member of Optica and a Life Member of IEEE.
Phil Ward presently holds the position of VSFF Strategic Market Manager at SENKO Advanced Components. Armed with a wealth of expertise exceeding two decades, he stands as a seasoned professional in the realm of fiber management systems. His acumen extends to the intricacies of Very Small Form Factor (VSFF) connectivity, renowned for its transformative influence on the landscape of next-generation networks. Phil recognizes connectivity's intrinsic role in kindling innovation. His profound comprehension of its multifaceted applications speaks volumes about his influence in shaping the future. Notably, Phil has extensively traversed the Data Center and FTTH markets, donning various hats such as market developer, product specialist, and solutions architect. With a Bachelor of Law LLB degree complementing his technical background, Phil Ward exemplifies a holistic approach to industry leadership.
Dr. Feng Wen is an Associate Professor at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), who has built and led the Optical Signal Processing Laboratory (OSPLAB) since 2019. Dr. Feng received the Ph.D. degree in optical engineering from UESTC in 2014. He was a Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiPT), Aston University from 2016 to 2018. He works on optical signal processing technologies, including the all-optical signal processing, the photonics neural networks in single-, few- or multi-mode fibers-based optical transmission networks, or the free-space networking systems. As a PI/Co-PI, he has led over 10 projects, such as NSFC, National Key R&D Program of China, Sichuan Science and Technology Program. He has published over 140 journal and conference papers and delivered invited talks at ICTON, ICOCN, PIERS, ICAIT, IEEE SUM. He serves as a guest editor of the journals MDPI Photonics, Sensors and Nanomaterials.
Dr. Tianhua Xu is an Associate Professor in School of Engineering at University of Warwick, UK. He received his PhD degree in School of Information and Communication Technology, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research interests include optical communication systems and networks, intelligent signal processing, optical sensing systems and opto-electronics. He is a Senior Member of the American Physical Society (APS), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Access and Journal of the European Optical Society-RP. He has been the Chair of Optics in Digital Systems Technical Group in Optical Society of America (Optica), and the TPC co-chair/members of over 20 IEEE conferences, e.g. GLOBECOM, ICC etc. He has published over 160 journal and conference papers (including over 30 invited) and 2 invited book chapters.
Nadhum Zayer is Senior Director, R&D Engineering at Coherent corporation. He holds a PhD in Physics from Loughborough University. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Southbank Bank university researching OLED and at Kent University researching “in-fibre acousto-optic modulators”. He joined Nortel networks in 2000 (subsequently Bookham, Oclaro, II-VI, currently Coherent) as R&D design engineer. He is responsible for the design and development of industry leading, high performance pump lasers and other optical components. He has many publications and patents covering a wide range of technologies.
George Zervas is an EPSRC Fellow and Professor of optical networked systems at UCL. George has made significant contributions to optical switching and networking as well as architectures and control of data centers and telecommunication networks. His work has contributed to over 275 peer-reviewed papers. Professor Zervas is leading the Optical Networked Systems research team that focuses on optical switching and networking technologies for large-scale computing systems, as well as compute & network co-design. He has been acting as a TPC member and chair on leading conferences such as OFC, ICC, Globecom, ONDM. George has been participating as PI/Co-I in numerous funded collaborative research projects
Ning is the principal engineer in CSA Catapult's Future Telecoms Hub. She earned a PhD in electronic engineering from the University of Bristol, UK, and has been deeply involved in the UK's photonics industry since then. With experience in research institutions, plasma equipment suppliers, and startups such as Zero Point Motion, Ning is now leading R&D collaborations in the Future Telecoms Hub with academic researchers and SMEs to boost the commercialisation of research results and support the establishment of the UK's semiconductor supply chain.