External Partners

Prof. Benjamin Eggleton,The University of Sydney

Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney, Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), and Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney. He obtained the Bachelor's degree (with honors) in Science in 1992 and Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney in 1996.

Prof.John Bowers,University of California, Santa Barbara


John Bowers is a world-leading researcherin the areas of siliconphotonics, optoelectronics,energy efficiency and the development of novel low power optoelectronic devices for the next generation of optical networks. His research interests include silicon photonics and integrated circuits, fiber optic networks, thermoelectrics, high efficiency solar cells, and optical switching. Optical switches have thepotential to reduce the energy required to switch data by factor of 10,000. Silicon photonics have the potential to reduce the energy require to transmit data on and off chips by a factor of ten or more. A recent collaboration with Intel led to the development of hybrid silicon lasers, which led to a prototype 50 Gbps high-speed optical data link, which is integrated onto silicon.

Prof.Roel Baets,Ghent University


Roel Baets is full professor at Ghent University (UGent). He is also associated with IMEC. He has management responsibilities within the Photonics Research Group of UGent, the Center for Nano- and Biophotonics (NB Photonics) of UGent, the international Erasmus Mundus MSc program in Photonics and the joint UGent-IMEC research program on silicon photonics.
Roel Baets received an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Ghent University in 1980 and a second MSc degree from Stanford University in 1981. He received a PhD degree from Ghent University in 1984. From 1984 till 1989 he held a postdoctoral position at IMEC (with detachment to Ghent University). Since 1989 he has been a professor in the Engineering Faculty of UGent where he founded the Photonics Research Group. From 1990 till 1994 he has also been a part-time professor at the Technical University of Delft and from 2004 till 2008 at the Technical University of Eindhoven.

Prof.Siddharth Ramachandran,Boston University


Siddharth Ramachandran obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1998. Thereafter, he joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of the Technical Staff and subsequently continued with its spin-off, OFS Laboratories. After a decade in industry, Dr. Ramachandran has moved back to academics, and is now an Associate Professor in the department of Electrical Engineering at Boston University.

Prof.Siyuan Yu,University of Bristol


Professor Siyuan Yuspecializes in the research of integrated optoelectronics devices and their applications in optical information systems. His research interests straddle the physics of semiconductor optoelectronic devices, optoelectronic materials and micro/nano-fabrication, integrated optics, integrated photonic component technologies and their applications in optical information systems and networks. The emphasis of his research lies in the invention of innovative new engineering devices and technologies based on fundamental physical principles. He has led and participated many projects on integrated optoelectronic devices and components and their applications that have strategic importance in future optical information systems and networks. He has achieved internationally leading innovations in particular in the areas of integrated photonic orbital angular momentum chips, integrated quantum optics chips, high-speed optical switches and integrated micro-ring semiconductor lasers.

Prof.Gerhard Kramer,Technische Universität München

Gerhard Kramer is Alexander von Humboldt Professor and Chair for Communications Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1991 and 1992, respectively, and the Dr. sc. techn. degree from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, he was with Endora Tech AG in Basel, Switzerland, and from 2000 to 2008 he was with the Math Center at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ. He joined the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. He joined TUM in 2010.

Dr. Colin McKinstrie,Applied Communication Sciences


Colin J. McKinstrie received BSc and PhD degrees from the Universities of Glasgow and Rochester, in 1981 and 1986, respectively. From 1985 to 1988 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was associated with the Applied Physics Division and the Center for Nonlinear Studies. In 1988 Dr McKinstrie returned to the University of Rochester as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Scientist in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. While there, his main research interests were laser fusion and nonlinear optics. Since 2001 Dr McKinstrie has been a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, where his research concerns the amplification and transmission of optical pulses in communication systems, and applications of parametric devices in quantum information science.