Management Team

Our cross-institutional management team, together with the research group leaders, provide a world-class teaching and learning centre for doctoral training in photonics. Our academics are recognised international experts in their fields and actively engaged in current photonics research. Many also have experience in large companies and have founded successful commercial start-ups.
Director: Professor Alwyn Seeds (UCL)
Prof Alwyn Seeds

Prof Alwyn Seeds FREng, FIEEE, is Head of the Photonics Group at UCL. His key technical innovations have been in microwave photonics and he is the author of some 250 papers in this research area, inventor on some 14 patents and has been Conference Chair/Programme Chair for many international photonics conferences. 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 Richard Penty (Cambridge)
Prof Richard Penty

Prof Richard Penty studied for his doctoral research in the Cambridge University on optical fibre devices for signal processing applications, receiving his PhD in 1989. Having been a Professor at the University of Bristol he returned to Cambridge in 2001. 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 authored over 400 refereed journal and conference papers, is Editor-in-Chief of IET Optoelectronics, co-founder of Zinwave and Master of Sidney Sussex College.

Assistant Director: Professor Cyril Renaud (UCL)
 Prof Cyril Renaud Prof Cyril Renaud is a lecturer 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.
 Programme and Centre Manager: Dr Michael Crisp (Cambridge)
 Dr Michael Crisp Dr Michael Crisp is a Lecturer in Photonic and RF Systems at Cambridge University. He completed both his MEng and PhD on Radio over Fibre Systems at Cambridge.   His current research interests include radio over fibre systems, ultra low power RF devices and RFID. He is an inventor on a number of patents which are currently being commercially exploited, and is a founder of PervasID.
Site Director: Dr Chin-Pang Liu (UCL)

Dr Chin-Pang 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.

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

Prof Daping Chu has a Doctorate in Physics and is currently the Director of Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors and the Director of the CAPE at Cambridge. Daping is a CDT Director of Research, a Fellow and Director of Studies in Selwyn College, and holds Nanjing Chair of Technology and Innovation at Cambridge and a number of professorships in China.

Centre Manager and Administrator: UCL

Vicki McGrath is the CDT Manager, 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

Kam Lundin is the Cambridge Centre Administrator, providing local support to Centre Directors at Cambridge and deals with site-specific administration such as taught course and elective registration, exam entry and viva arrangement.