Graham Reed, BSc, PhD, FIET, CEng, is Professor of Silicon Photonics at the University of Southampton, UK. He has recently joined Southampton from the University of Surrey, where he was Professor of Optoelectronics, and was Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering from 2006 to 2012.
Professor Reed is a pioneer in the field of Silicon Photonics, and acknowledged as the individual who initiated the research field in the UK. He established the Silicon Photonics Research Group at the University of Surrey in 1989. The first Silicon Photonics company in the world, Bookham Technology Inc., was founded by Prof. Reed’s PhD student, Dr Andrew Rickman, and adopted the research developed in the Group. Bookham (recently renamed Oclaro Inc, after a merger with Avanex) is now one of the top optical component companies in the world. The Silicon Photonics Group has provided a series of world-leading results since its inception, and is particularly well known for its work on silicon optical modulators. For example, the Group produced the first published design of an optical modulator with a bandwidth exceeding 1 GHz, and was the first to publish the design of a depletion mode optical modulator, which is now a technology standard device. More recently the team was responsible for the first all-silicon optical modulator operating at 40 Gb/s with a high extinction ratio (10 dB), as well as a second modulator design (also operating at 40 Gb/s) that operates close to polarisation independence. They have now reported the first device operating at 50 Gb/s.
Prof. Reed is a regular invited and contributing author to the major Silicon Photonics conferences around the world. He has served on numerous international conference committees, and has also chaired many others. To name but two, he has been co-chair of the Silicon Photonics symposium at Photonics West since it was first established in 2006, and in 2011 he was co-chair of the most prestigious Silicon Photonics conference, IEEE Group IV Photonics, held at the Royal Society in London, the latter being the most well supported conference in the history of the event. He is currently a member of 5 international conference committees, and has published over 250 papers in the field of Silicon Photonics.Prof. Drexler is one of the Pioneers of Optical Coherence Tomography and currently head of the Centre of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at the Medical University of Vienna. Prof. Drexler brings to MedLumics more than 15 years of expert focus in OCT and an extensive tracked record of fundamental and translational research in the field. He began his professional career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where, as a Max Kade grant holder, he devised and built the first ultra-high-resolution OCT unit. Prof. Drexler later received his qualification as lecturer in medical physics at the University of Vienna and went on to become the Director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Laser Development and their Application in Medicine.
In 2001, Prof. Drexler won a prestigious START Award from the Austria Science Fund, allowing him to build an international scientific reputation. In 2006, he became head of the Biomedical Imaging department at the University of Cardiff in Wales, where he had been serving as one of the members of the governing research council with responsibility for 80 employees as the director of Investigation of the Optometry and Vision Science Department.