Our People

Centre team

  • Professor Harald Haas

    Director, Li-Fi Research and Development Centre, Chair of Mobile Communications, School of Engineering

    Harald's main research interests are in interference management in heterogeneous wireless networks, energy and spectrum efficient wireless transmission techniques and optical wireless communications. He is co-founder and chief scientific officer of pureLiFi Ltd, a University of Edinburgh spin-out company.

  • Professor Nigel Topham

    Chair of Computer Systems, School of Informatics and Member, Institute for Computing Systems Architecture (ICSA), School of Informatics

    Nigel’s main research area is computer architecture, particularly the development of next-generation microarchitectures for high-performance embedded systems. His current research projects focus on the automated synthesis of processors, and the interactions between the synthesis of architecture, micro architecture and physical design.

  • Dr Stefan Videv

    Experimental Officer

    Stefan’s research focus is on visible light communications and his interests include prototyping communication systems, smart resource allocation, and energy efficient communications. He was awarded his PhD for his thesis, ‘Techniques for Green Radio Cellular Communications’ in 2013 from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Dobroslav Tsonev

    Research Associate

    Dobroslav undertakes research work with other academic partners on the UP-VLC project and is completing his PhD research in optical wireless communications with a focus on visible light communications at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Dr Oscar Almer

    Research Associate

    Oscar researches the digital algorithm and design for Li-Fi communications chips, and works on the PASTA2 project, focusing on digital high-speed SoC and PCB design, development, and verification. His PhD research was on the automatic application-specific optimisation of the interconnect in embedded many-core systems.

  • Freddie Qu

    Research Associate

    Freddie is an experienced embedded architect and system engineer focusing on HW-SW co-design, and has experience in making accelerator-enhanced MPSoC for DSP. He was behind the creation of EnCore processors, and was pivotal in implementing LiFi modem's computational platform, a 32-core MPSoC chip.

  • Adean Lutton

    Research Support Officer

    Adean provides a complete range of research and project support for the Centre members and partners, and is the first point of contact for enquiries. With a MPhil in Publishing and extensive experience of collaborative projects and networks, her specialist areas are knowledge transfer and dissemination and technical copy editing.

  • Tom Higgison

    IP Projects Manager, Edinburgh Research and Innovation Ltd

    Tom provides business support for technology transfer projects at the University of Edinburgh, including securing several high value outcomes through spin-out companies. He is involved in technology and IP areas, including: Li-Fi; MEMS; communications technologies; reconfigurable circuits and sensors; in a wide range of markets, including: oil and gas; electronics; and manufacturing.

  • Mark Chapman

    International Business Development

    Mark provides business support for International Partner development. He is a business strategist, with 25 years experience in strategic planning, product development and marketing of advanced products, semiconductors and systems in the wireless market. Mark is based in California where he has held executive positions in both public and private companies, including several start-ups.

Research Collaborators

Company Collaborators

  • pureLiFi Ltd

    pureLiFi Ltd

    pureLiFi is the world leader in Li-Fi commercialisation and development. The company develops and delivers Li-Fi enabled drivers for LED lights, and device attachments. pureLiFi is an original equipment manufacturer that also provides turn-key solutions through its unique Li-Fi product range.

  • National Instruments

    National Instruments

    National Instruments equips engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. National Instruments combines productive software and reconfigurable hardware platforms to enable engineers to simplify system development and arrive at solutions faster.

  • Alcatel Lucent

    Alcatel Lucent

    Alcatel Lucent are at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, and also ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access. Bell Labs, the technology research institute, is an integral part of the Group.

Key University of Edinburgh Researchers

  • Dr Wasiu O. Popoola

    Chancellor's Fellow, Institute for Digital Communications, School of Engineering, university of Edinburgh

    Popoola's area of research is communication systems engineering, fibre communication and free-space optics, and he provides support to the research members and projects.

  • Dr Robert Henderson

    Reader, CMOS Sensors and Systems Group, School of Engineering

    Robert’s research interests are CMOS integrated circuit design, imaging and biosensors. He has led research resulting in the first single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) in nanometer CMOS technology.

  • Dr Tharmalingam Ratnarajah

    Reader, Signal Processing and Communications, School of Engineering

    Tharm’s areas of research are: random matrix theory and its application to signal processing communications and information theory; massive MIMO; interference alignment; and physical layer secrecy. He is currently the co-ordinator of two EU FP7 projects, HARP researching highly distributed MIMO, and ADEL researching dynamic spectrum access.

  • Dr Majid Safari

    Lecturer in Digital Communications, School of Engineering

    Majid’s research areas include novel MIMO and cooperative/relaying techniques for energy-efficient, and high-speed atmospheric optical links suitable for terrestrial or satellite applications. His research has also addressed unconditionally secure communication through quantum cryptography.

  • Professor John Thompson

    Professor, Signal Processing and Communications, School of Engineering

    John’s research interests are: rapid prototyping of MIMO detection algorithms; combining MIMO and relay concepts for wireless; cognitive radio concepts for future wireless systems; and green communications systems and networks. John is coordinator for a new European Marie Curie training project ADVANTAGE.

  • Professor Ian Underwood

    Chair of Electronic Displays, and Head of the Integrated Micro and Nano Systems Research Institute (IMNS) School of Engineering

    Ian is a co-founder of Micro Emissive Displays (MED) and co-inventor of its P-OLED micro display technology, and he is recognised worldwide as an authority on micro display technology, systems and applications.

  • Dr Philip Hands

    Chancellor's Fellow, Integrated Micro and Nano Systems Research Institute (IMNS) School of Engineering

    Philip's research areas are applied photonic materials: tuneable liquid crystal lasers, adaptive liquid crystal lenses; and applied electronic materials: metal-polymer composites, adaptive-focus lenses and holography, which he is working on integrating with future Li-Fi technologies and biomedical applications.

  • Professor Michael O’Boyle

    Director, Institute for Computing Systems Architecture (ICSA),, School of Informatics

    Michael’s research interests include adaptive compiler techniques which allow the compiler to learn about the underlying parallel architecture by exploring a transformation based optimisation space, and machine learning based optimisation.

  • Dr Björn Franke

    Reader, Institute for Computing Systems Architecture (ICSA), School of Informatics

    Björn ‘s research focuses on software tools for embedded systems, in particular optimising and parallelising compilers, instruction set simulators, design space exploration and performance estimation tools.

  • Dr Elham Kashefi

    Reader, Quantum Computing, School of Informatics

    Kashefi's research area covers the potential of quantum information theory from its formal and foundational aspects to actual cryptographic experiments. She is the co-founder of the Quantum Information Scotland Network, and a patent holder in the fields of feasible quantum verification and quantum cloud computing.

Steering Group

  • Professor Lesley Yellowlees

    Head of College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh

  • Professor Hugh McCann

    Head of School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

  • Professor Johanna Moore

    School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh

  • Professor David Robertson

    Dean of Special Projects, College of Science and Engineering, The University of Edinburgh

  • Professor Harald Haas

    Director, Li-Fi Research and Development Centre, Chair of Mobile Communications, School of Engineering

  • Bruce Nelson

    College Registrar, College of Science & Engineering, The University of Edinburgh

  • Derek Waddell

    Chief Executive, Edinburgh Research and Innovation Ltd

  • Tom Higgison

    IP Projects Manager, Edinburgh Research and Innovation Ltd