• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Personal profile


    Andrew D. Ellis received the B.Sc. degree in physics with a minor in mathematics from the University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K., in 1987. He received the Ph.D. degree in electronic and electrical engineering from The University of Aston in Birmingham, Birmingham, U.K., in 1997 for his study on all optical networking beyond 10 Gb/s. He previously worked for British Telecom Research Laboratories as a Senior Research Engineer investigating the use of optical amplifiers and advanced modulation formats in optical networks and the Corning Research Centre as a Senior Research Fellow where he led activities in optical component characterization. From 2003, he headed the Transmission and Sensors Group at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland, where he was also a Member of the Department of Physics, University College Cork and his research interests included the evolution of core and metro networks, and the application of photonics to sensing.

    Research Interests

    He is currently 50th anniversary professor of optical communications at Aston University where he is also the Deputy Director of the Institute of Photonics Technologies, and he holds adjunct professorships from University College Cork (Physics) and Dublin City University. He has published more than 200 journal papers and more than 30 patents in the field of photonics, primarily targeted at increasing capacity, reach and functionality in the optical layer. He currently manages projects investigating; optical superchannels for mutli-terabit/s optical transponders, advanced passive optical networks for the delivery of Tbit/s class broadband, and the compoensation of nonlinear effects for the extension of transmission reach.

    Professional/editorial offices

    He is a Life Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist. He served for 6 years as an Associate Editor of the Journal Optics Express.

    He was a Member of the Technical Program Committee of ECOC form 2004 to 2018 and served two three year terms on the TPC of OFC, chairing sub-committee 3 at ECOC devoted to digital and optical signal processing in 2014. He has also been TPC member for Photonics ireland, CLEO Europe, and OECC. He is currently participating in the organization of ECOC 2019 as co-chair of the Technical Programme Committee.

    He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, and reviews international project proposals within Europe and worldwide. He acts as an expert reviewer for Nature Publishing Group, the Optical Society of America, and the IEEE, and was an Associate Editor of Optics Express from 2009 to 2015.


    2012-now50th Anniversary Professor of Optical CommunicationsAston UniversityAston Triangle, Birmingham UK
    2011-2012Founding DirectorPilot PhotonicsInvent Centre, Dublin Ciy University, Dublin, Ireland.
    2010-presentAdjunct Professor of EngineeringDublin City UniversityBallymun Road, Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland
    2003-2012Group LeaderTyndall National Institute, University College CorkCollege Road, Cork, Ireland
    2000-2003Team LeaderCorning Research CentreMartlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
    1996-2000Senior Research EngineerBT LaboratoriesMartlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
     1990-1996 Professional Research Engineer BTRLMartlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
    1987-1990Research EngineerBTRLMartlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK

    Teaching Activity

    June/July 2020

    EE3MAD: Measurement, Automation, and Data Processing

    EE3DOC: Digital Optical Communication Systems

    June/July 2019

    EE3AMD: Automation, Measurement, and Data Processing

    EE3DDT: Digital Transmission and Communication Systems

    Previous Years

    PY3101: Electromagnetism

    PY4108: Introduction to Lasers and Photonics

    PY4052: Optoelectronics

    PY6056: Photonics MSc

    PhD Supervision

    PhD Students Graduated (showing date graduated, name, thesis title, and first employment)

    • 2007, Tadhg Healy, “Coherent Wavelength Division Multiplexing”, Intune Networks.

    • 2009, Arvind Mishra, “Application of tunable laser in spectrally efficient high speed optical packet switched networks”, Athens Information Technology.

    • 2010, Mary McCarthy, “Phase Estimation Receiver for Full Field Detection”, Ericson.

    • 2011, Ruwan Weerasuriya, “Data retiming for multi-wavelength regeneration”, University of Moratuwa.

    • 2012, Danish Rafique, “Electronic Signal Processing in Optical Communications”, NSN.

    • 2012, Paola Frascella, “High capacity direct detected CoWDM”, NSN.

    • 2014, M. Rutowska, “Bio sensors using photonic crystal fibre”, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics

    • 2014, Naoise Mac Suibhne, “High speed optical communication systems”, Aston University

    • 2015, Anthony Walsh,“Optimising the Efficiency of Coherent Optical Packet Sw. Networks”, Intel Dublin

    • 2016, Simon Fabbri, “All optical systems for terabit network era”, Swiss Fed. Inst. of Technol. in Lausanne

    • 2016, Fernando Gutierrez, “High-Capacity Multicarrier Electro-Optical Transceivers based on Analogue Signal Processing”, Thales Alenia Sace

    • 2018, Mohammad Al-Khateeb, “Expt. demo. of performance…in nonlinearity limited…systems”, Infinera.

    Contact Details

    Room:  NW711
    Phone:  0121 204 3075 
    Email:  [email protected]


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