Dr. Trevor Hall
Founder, Director, Photonic Technology Laboratory
Dr. Trevor Hall is a Professor and University Research Chair in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also cross-appointed as a Professor in the Physics Department, Faculty of Science, University of Ottawa.
He studied general engineering, specializing in electrical sciences, at Christ's College, Cambridge University, UK (1974-1977), where he was elected a scholar in 1976 and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 and a Master of Arts degree in 1981. He conducted his postgraduate research in fibre optics at University College London where he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1980.
In 1979 he joined Cambridge Consultants Limited, UK, as an optical physicist and then in 1980 joined Queen Elizabeth College London, University of London, UK, as a lecturer in Physics; moving to King's College London, University of London, UK, in 1984 following a merger. He was promoted to Reader in Physics in 1990. In 1993 he transferred to the Electronic Engineering Department of King's College London, to take up a position as Head of the Physical Electronics Research Group, and was subsequently promoted to Professor of Optoelectronics in 1994. He spent the year 1997-98 on sabbatical leave as a visiting professor at Cambridge University Engineering Department where he initiated his research into photonic packet switches. In 2002, he joined the University of Ottawa to take up a Canada Research Chair Tier I which he held for two seven year terms 2003-2016. He was appointed to the SISCom International Chair in his sabbatical year 2010/11 at Telecom Bretagne France supported by the Université Européenne de Bretagne. He was also honoured the same year as a Distinguished Scholar of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Photonics co-ordinated by Ghent University.
He has pioneered systems implementations of photonic device technologies. He has conducted research in the fields of fibre optics; electromagnetic scattering and inverse problems; synthetic aperture radar signal processing, image processing and neural networks; non-linear and diffractive optics; optoelectronic information processing; optoelectronic circuit and packet switching systems; optical communications and microwave photonics. He has also made contributions to device physics and technologies including micro-fabrication, semiconductor optoelectronics; and photonic integrated circuits. He has over 470 publications (335 referred) He has initiated 10 patents. The emphasis of his current research is on photonic devices and integration. Research validation includes the co-founding of Opera systems limited in 1996, OneChip Photonics Inc. in 2005; D&T Photonics in 2012; Boaphotonics Photonics and Millview Photonics in 2017.
In addition to his research contributions, he has made contributions to academic leadership and management particularly in the areas of strategic planning; financial, physical and human resources. From 1993-1996, he was a member of the Executive of the Electronic Engineering Department, King's College London, with responsibility for resources. He was also a member of the College-wide Staffing Policy Committee and Chairman of the Technical Staff Panel. He was Chair of the Governing Body of a large locally managed secondary school in London UK from 1985-2002. As the founding director of the Centre for Research for Photonics at the University of Ottawa (CRPuO), serving two five year terms 2003-2013 his leadership produced one of the top photonics research and training centres in Canada and internationally, as well as laying the groundwork for the Advanced Research Complex which now houses the CRPuO.
He has served on numerous UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) committees and panels in the Information Technology & Computer Science; Photonics; and Atomic & Molecular Physics programme areas. He has been involved in many national (UK & Canada) and European-wide industry / academic collaborations both as a technical contributor and as a project manager. In the UK he provided consultancy services to the telecommunications, aerospace and defence industries (Plessey, STC, QinetiQ), to the DTI as a project monitoring officer, and to EPSRC as an advisor on public awareness of science. He has provided expert advice to legal counsel in the UK & Canada. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the Centre of Excellence of Next Generation Networking since its foundation in September 2014 and a member the Optical Research Advisory Board of Huawei Canada since its inception in 2017. Currently he provides consultancy services to Nanowave Technologies Ltd. (2017- ) and POET technologies (2018- ).
He is a Chartered Scientist (C.Sci), Chartered Physicist (C.Phys) and Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP), UK; and a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) UK; and is licensed as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in Ontario. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (SMIEEE) and a member of the Optical Society of America. He is an Emeritus Professor of Optoelectronics, King’s College London, University of London, UK.