2015 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Light. Matthew’s talk will explore how light is used to bring us the internet that we know today and discuss the potential challenges that threaten to put us consumers at risk. Join us on an exciting journey through the advances of light-based technologies.
Matthew Posner is a PhD research student at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton. During his work in research centres and industry in Britain, France and China, he became interested in electromagnetic theory as applied to telecommunications and nanofabrication in electronics.
The numerous crossovers between the fields of optics and electronics led him to embark on a postgraduate degree; his current area of research is the development of integrated optics for communications and quantum technology.
Matthew is the director of the Universityâ€™s Lightwave Outreach programme for which he coordinates photonics and optoelectronics workshops for children aged 5 to 18 across the South of England. It was in this role that he was invited to attend the International Year of Light Opening Ceremony.
Matthew is also an award winning 2015 RHS â€œscientific garden designerâ€ and enjoys cycling in his spare time.