I’m passionate about innovation and driven by impact.
I therefore really enjoy working on cutting-edge projects and developing enabling new technologies in the hope that these will one day translate back to the real world and have a direct impact to our lives. I also enjoy being surrounded by brilliant people that share my vision of “technology for good” and I’m truly humbled by their support in me. Meanwhile, I’m excited by the ever-growing challenges I’m faced with as my career unfolds, and keen to taking them on.
My background is a bit like a mixed salad.
The base is Mathematical Physics, the toppings are Engineering and Computer Science, and the dressing, well, the dressing will depend on the project that I’m working on at the time. Right now, at Ultrahaptics, our mission is to make the way we interact with computers a bit more magical using ultrasound.
What this means is that we are advancing ultrasonic technology in creative and enabling new ways. To give you an example, typically, we are used to interacting with computers and machines through interfaces like keyboards, touchscreens and so on. At Ultrahaptics however, we’re developing a new type of interface. One made up of invisible small vibrations in the air that we can generate and you can touch and feel with your bare hands and without having to wear or hold anything. A touchable hologram if you like.
So, my background in Mathematical Physics and Engineering certainly comes in handy in the development of this technology, but, at the same time in past two years I’ve learnt so much about user-centred design, the psychology of touch, and how to stimulate our senses to create immersive multi-sensory experiences.
Influence and Trajectory
My BSc is in Mathematical Physics (University of Nottingham 2007), and my PhD in Applied Mathematics (University of Bristol 2011) supervised by Carl P. Dettmann. I then joined the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS) in Dresden, Germany, as a Research Fellow where I worked primarily with Eduardo G. Altmann, Achilleas Lazarides, and Arseni Gouessev on low dimensional quantum transport, diffusion and escape dynamics. In 2012, I moved back to Bristol to work at Toshiba's Telecommunications Research Laboratory as a Senior Research Engineer to work with Justin Coon with a focus on large scale wireless networks. Since 2017 I am Director of Research at Ultrahaptics Ltd, a haptics company that uses focused ultrasound to deliver tactile feedback without needing to wear or touch anything. In 2019, I also joined the IRIDA Research Centre for Communications to work with Ioannis Krikidis on the development of energy neutral wireless sensor networks.
Expertise and Specialisations
Stochastic Point Processes
Wireless Sensor Networks
LoRa and IoT Networks
Wireless Indoor Localisation
Airborne ultrasound manipulation
Gesture controlled human machine interfaces
Wireless Power Transfer
1-D Quantum Transport