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New staff strengthen the expertise of the Optical Networks Group

The Optical Networks Group (ONG) is pleased to welcome a number of new staff and students

These appointments further strengthen the group’s expertise only shortly after welcoming Dr Zhixin Liu in September.

Dr George Zervas

George Zervas is a newly appointed Senior Lecturer and member of ONG within the UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining UCL in December 2016, he held the position of Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol.

George’s research interests include:

  • Optical systems and networks
  • Data Centre technologies and architectures
  • Software/hardware defined networks
  • Reconfigurable computing


He has published over 190 refereed papers in journals and conferences. Over the years he has held roles on the Technical Programme Committees for prominent conferences including OFC, ICC, GLOBECOM, and ReConFig.

During the last few years, George and his team pioneered a system made of modular and disaggregated optical engines that created a new area of research.

George led and demonstrated the first proof-of-concept space-division multiplexing (SDM) network using multi-core fibres to address the ever-increasing Internet and Cloud computing traffic.

His team also demonstrated a protocol independent switch, a stepping-stone towards open hardware Internet infrastructure.

Currently he is focusing on dRedBox, a project funded by the EU H2020 Scheme. dRedBox is investigating and prototyping an optically interconnected rack-scale data centre. George’s target is to develop technologies, algorithms and protocols to maximize the use of disaggregated pools of components including computing, memory, network, and accelerators.

George joins ONG together with three researchers, Hui Yuan, Qianqiao Chen and Vaibhawa Misha. All three work on the dRedBox project.

Hui is conducting his PhD studies on theoretical investigation of space-division multiplexed and disaggregated data centre networks.

Qianqiao has recently developed one of the first protocol independent low-latency switches using network on-chip and partial reconfiguration.

Vaibhawa has developed a reliable protocol to remotely repurpose an FPGA-based accelerated network function virtualization system.

When asked his thoughts on joining the group, George said “ONG is a leading international group widely recognized for the pioneering work on optical communications for future scalable networks.  My team and I are thrilled to join, complement the existing work, contribute to the on-going success and further the achievements of ONG and the department as a whole.”

Dr Domaniҫ LaveryDom Lavery

Domaniҫ Lavery, a Senior Research Associate on the UNLOC Programme, commences a 5-year Research Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Dom will continue to develop novel DSP algorithms that simplify transceiver systems in optical networks thus expanding their capacity while reducing their cost and energy consumption. Read more about Dom’s fellowship on the UNLOC website.