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Dr. Brian Robertson

email: br249

Brian Robertson is an optical physicist with nearly twenty years academic, consulting, and industrial experience in applied photonics technology. He studied physics at Heriot-Watt University (BsC Hons and PhD), and is currently a member of the Institute of Physics.

He specialises in physical optics, optical design, holograms, optomechanics, diffractive elements, fibre optics, femtosecond optics, THz technology, and optoelectronics, and has broad experience in both modelling and experimental techniques, with particular emphasis on the development of prototype or demonstrator systems. During his career he has gained experience in the commercialization of university research, and in taking industrial products from conception to market.

Brian Robertson has published over thirty refereed journal papers and fifty conference papers in areas ranging from holography to optical telecommunications, and he has also been involved in the generation of five patents, with two pending. During 1996 he prepared and presented half a course in optical systems design at McGill University.

His current research interests include:

  • Optical system design techniques
  • Alignment technology
  • Adaptive optics
  • Optical interconnects
  • Applications of LCOS spatial light modulators

Projects worked on at the Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED):

  • ROSES (Reconfigurable Optical Switches for Aerospace and Telecommunication Systems)
  • ADOPSI (Adaptive Optics for System Integration)
  • CAPE projects TOPS.
  • CIKC project PASSBACK-3.


Peter Wilkinson

email: pjw79

Peter Wilkinson is an embedded researcher in the P&S group, and is also a part-time PhD student, supervised by Prof Daping Chu.

He received his MEng from Cambridge in 2011, specialising in mechanics. His MEng research project involved designing and building a small wind turbine, suitable for indoor operation, as an undergraduate teaching aid.

Upon graduating he joined The Technology Partnership as a consultant in the Medical Devices group. Here he worked on and lead a variety of projects, primarily related to drug delivery systems, for clients ranging from big pharma to newly formed startups. The majority of these projects were conducted according to the quality standard ISO 13485.

Peter joined Roadmap Systems in 2014 as the team's mechanical engineer, embedded into the P&S group. Roadmap Systems is a company set up to commercialise optical wavelength selective switching technology developed by the P&S group. Peter is responsible for the mechanical design and packaging of the company's optical systems, and also works on system level concept development and design. His PhD is based on his research into novel optomechanical design methods for optical switch systems.

His areas of expertise include:

  • laser micro-machining
  • mechanism failure analysis
  • design verification testing
  • parenteral drug delivery mechanisms
  • low cost functional prototyping
  • high performance mechanical test rig design
  • 3D printing optomechanics


Dr. Haining Yang

Email: hy268

Haining Yang is an embedded researcher at P&S Group.