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.