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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    20132020

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    Personal profile

    General

    I joined the School of Engineering and Applied Science as a lecturer in February 2017, having previously held the position of lecturer at Birmingham City University and Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise fellow at the University of Bristol.

    I started my research career at the University of Bristol by developing novel high-speed and high-resolution timing instruments for Quantum Key Distribution systems being developed (the “cheap and cheerful” BB84 system and the reference frame independent system that was developed in conjunction with Nokia). This work has now been taken further and is progressing towards a more multi-purpose timing system and the development of novel applications.

    Funded PhD opportunity in photon counting systems and techniques: https://jobs.aston.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=R190276

    Please get in touch to discuss this further.

    Research Interests

    Novel Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based instrumentation (primarily photon counting), time-to-digital converters, LiDAR, Quantum Key Distribution and The Internet of Things.

    Teaching Activity

    • Module leader - EE2EDP (Electronics Group Design Project) - 2017 to 2019.
    • Module leader - EE3IOT/EE4IOT (Internet of Things) - 2017 to present.
    • Module leader - EE3AES (Advanced Embedded Systems) - 2020 onwards.
    • Project supervision - EE3PRJ/EE4PRJ (Final Year Project) - 2017 to present.

    Administrative Roles

    • FInal year tutor for all EAS EEPE programs.

    Qualifications

    • PGCert in learning and teaching in higher education with distinction (2017) , Aston University.
    • Entrepreneurial training "Ignite" (2015), Cambridge Judge Business School.
    • PhD "Flexible precision timing instrumentation and Quantum Key Distribution" (2014), University of Bristol.
    • MSc "Communication Systems and Signal Processing" (2007), University of Bristol.
    • BSc "Computing and Electronics" (2006), University of Central England.

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • “NeXt Generation of Time to Digital Converters – NXGTDC” (2019), Attract project (H2020).
    • “Low cost multichannel time tag technology” (2017), UK Quantum Technology Hub (QuantIC).
    • “Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship” (2014). Was awarded based upon the photon counting instruments developed during my PhD.

    Awards

    • Staff-Student partnership Academic Award (2019), Aston University Student Union.
    • “Precision event timing for today and tomorrow” (2014), awarded by Bristol University Research and Enterprise Development (RED). 3rd prize, awarded funds and support.
    • Texas Instruments European Analog Design Contest (2013). Team member of a group representing the University of Bristol in a project titled "Automotive anti-collision lidar". The project ranked No. 12 out of 200+ submissions. The prize of €1000 was donated to cancer research UK.

    Contact Details

    Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 4402

    Email: r.nock@aston.ac.uk

    Room number:NW 312

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Bristol

    Award Date: 17 Jul 2014

    MSc, University of Bristol

    Award Date: 23 Nov 2007

    BSc

    Award Date: 14 Jun 2006

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    Research Output

    • 3 Article
    • 1 Conference contribution

    FPGA based time-to-digital converters

    Nock, R. W., Ai, X., Lu, Y., Dahnoun, N. & Rarity, J. G., 30 Mar 2020, Quantum Technologies 2020. Diamanti, E., Ducci, S., Treps, N. & Whitlock, S. (eds.). SPIE, 1134719. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; vol. 11347).

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  • Analysis of a random modulation single photon counting differential absorption lidar system for space-borne atmospheric CO2 sensing

    Ai, X., PÉREZ-SERRANO, A., Quatrevalet, M., Nock, R., Dahnoun, N., Ehret, G., ESQUIVIAS, I. & Rarity, J., 1 Sep 2016, In : Optics Express. 24, 18, p. 21119-21133

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Reference-Frame-Independent Quantum-Key-Distribution Server with a Telecom Tether for an On-Chip Client

    Zhang, P., Aungskunsiri, K., Martín-López, E., Wabnig, J., Lobino, M., Nock, R., Munns, J., Bonneau, D., Jiang, P., Li, H. W., Laing, A., Rarity, J. G., Niskanen, A. O., Thompson, M. G. & O'Brien, J. L., 2 Apr 2014, In : Physical Review Letters. 112, 13, 130501.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Experimental characterization of universal one-way quantum computing

    Bell, B. A., Tame, M. S., Clark, A. S., Nock, R., Wadsworth, W. J. & Rarity, J. G., 1 May 2013, In : New Journal of Physics. 15, 053030.

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