Dr. Trevor J. HALL

Director of the Centre for Research in Photonics at the University of Ottawa
Canada Research Chair in Photonic Network Technology
Professor Emeritus of Optoelectronics, University of London, U.K.
University of Ottawa School of Information Eechnology and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Green ICT and Sustainable ICT
  • Photovoltaics
  • Photonic Networks and Switches
  • Material, Device and Component Technologies
  • Dynamics & Control of Complex Systems

My research program keeps evolving with emerging needs, both societal and technological. Its over-arching societal goals are:
  • to promote equality of opportunity for ICT through lower-cost broadband network access;
  • to contribute to reduced overall green house gas emissions through network, system and device solutions that reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

These goals translate into the following specific technical objectives:
  • to develop/prototype new energy-efficient switching approaches applicable at all scales;
  • to reduce energy consumption within networks by retaining data in the optical domain;
  • to develop novel wired and wireless digital signal processing (DSP)-empowered coherent optical transmission architectures specifically tailored to meet the challenging networking and power consumption requirements of access and sensor networks; and,
  • to develop enabling �green� photonic device technologies applying recent developments in nanotechnology and integration technology towards reducing cost and energy consumption.

My research agenda innovates by introducing energy consumption reduction as a design objective, combining architecture and systems concepts with device integration platforms for volume manufacture at low-cost. This is critical for widespread adoption of ubiquitous and embedded networks, and by offering sustainable solutions to providing widespread broadband access, will contribute to the economic and social well-being of developed and developing societies. Embedded optical wireless-networked microsensors also offer capability for remote monitoring and optimisation of many parameters (environment, temperature, security, domestic equipment, biomedical etc) related to our quality of life.
�Personal Profile

Trevor Hall studied general engineering, specialising in electrical sciences, at Christ's College, Cambridge University, UK (1974-1977), where he was elected a scholar in 1976 and was awarded a BA degree in 1977 and MA in 1981.

He conducted his postgraduate research in fibre optics at University College London where he was awarded a PhD degree in 1980.

He was a Lecturer (1990-1994), a Professor (1994-2002), a Deputy Head of Department (2000-2002) and now is an Emeritus Professor of King's College London, University of London, U.K.

He has been a Professor at the University of Ottawa since 2002, as well as Canada Research Chair Tier 1 and Director of the Centre for Research in Photonics since 2003.

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