Management Team

The cross-institutional team who manage the Centre is led by the PI and Director, Professor Alwyn Seeds (UCL), the Director, Research Strategy, Professor Ian White (Cambridge), the Centre Manager and Programme Director, Professor Richard Penty (Cambridge), the Director of the Cambridge Site, Professor Daping Chu (Cambridge) and the Assistant Director, Dr Cyril Renaud (UCL). Together with the Research Group Leaders, who provide specialist skills across the technology base required for the Centre, they provide a strong international profile across the full remit of the programme. Our academics have received a range of research honours and have large research activities. They are also recognised international experts and many have direct experience of engagement in large companies or in founding successful start-up companies. The team provide a world class Doctoral Training Programme for our students in photonics
Director: Professor Alwyn Seeds (UCL)
Professor Alwyn Seeds

Professor Alwyn Seeds FREng, FIEEE, is Head of the Photonics Group at UCL. The Department's photonics activities were highlighted by the 2014 REF Panel as being of "undoubted international excellence". His key technical innovations have been in microwave photonics, an area now enjoying worldwide sales of >$0.3B He is the author of some 250 papers in this research area, over 60 of them invited, inventor on some 14 patents and has been Conference Chair/Programme Chair for many international conferences in photonics. Among his leadership roles he is the Vice-President for Technical Affairs of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-optics Society, the lead society for photonics within the IEEE. He is the founder/co-founder of three technology companies including Zinwave. 

Director (Research Strategy): Professor Ian White (Cambridge)
Ian White

Professor Ian White FREng, FIEEE is the van Eck Professor of Engineering, and Master of Jesus College. He leads the Photonics activity in the Electrical Engineering Division. Ian White's current research interests are in the area of high speed communication systems, optical datacommunications, laser diodes for communications and engineering applications and RF over fibre systems. He is heavily involved in policy development and administration of research and sits on a number of International Conference Committees. He is on the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network and the UK Phontonics Leadership Group. He is currently an honorary editor of Electronics Letters. He has published in excess of 900 publications and 40 patents. His key technical innovations in the field of high bandwidth multimode fibres have been adopted by both the IEEE GbE and 10GbE standards. He is a co-founder of Zinwave and PervasID. 

Director (Programme and Centre Manager): Professor Richard Penty (Cambridge)
Professor Richard Penty

Professor Richard Penty studied for his doctoral research in the Cambridge University Engineering Department on optical fibre devices for signal processing applications, receiving his PhD in 1989. He returned to Cambridge in 2001, having been a Professor at the University of Bristol. His research interests include high-speed optical communications systems, high brightness lasers, optical amplifiers, high speed and high power semiconductor lasers and radio over fibre and LAN systems. He has been an author of in excess of 400 refereed journal and conference papers and is Editor-in-Chief of IET Optoelectronics. He is a co-founder of Zinwave and Master of Sidney Sussex College. 

Director (Cambridge Site): Professor Daping Chu (Cambridge)
Professor Daping Chu

Professor Daping Chu is the Director of Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors and the Director of the CAPE. Daping is a Director of Research and also a Fellow and Director of Studies in Selwyn College, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Physicist and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He holds a number of professorships in China. He was a member of staff in the Theoretical Physics Group of the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing from 1986 to 1991. Subsequently he moved to England, working as a Research Fellow at Warwick University until 1998, and received his Doctorate in Physics in 1994. Between 1994 and 1995, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Antwerp in collaboration with IMEC at Louven. He joined Cambridge Engineering Department in 1998 and Cambridge Research Laboratory of Epson in 1999, where he was the Executive Researcher.

Assistant Director: Professor Cyril Renaud (UCL)
Dr Cyril Renaud Professor Cyril Renaud is a lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL leading research on components and systems for THz photonics, where he is the holder of the record for the highest power extracted from a photodetector at 1 THz. He has also worked and studied within some of the most prestigious institutions involved in Photonics in Europe (Institut d’Optique, Ecole Normale Superieur Optoelectronics Research Centre). He is an inventor on 3 patents in photonics.
Site Director: Dr Chin-Pang Liu (UCL)

Dr Liu is an associate professor in the UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He obtained both his BEng degree and PhD from UCL, and has over 20 years of experience in photonic devices, microwave and MIMO over fibre systems. His current research interests include photonic sampling of broadband microwave signal using an optical comb generator.

Centre Administrator: UCL

Vicki McGrath is responsible for centre administration including recruitment and admissions, business development and marketing. She has previously worked for membership organisations and education providers in both the commercial and third sectors.


Centre Administrator: Cambridge

Victoria provides local support to the Director (Research Strategy) Professor Ian White and Director (Programme and Centre Manager) Professor Richard Penty and deals with site specific administration at Cambridge such as taught course and elective registration, exam entry and viva arrangement.