Professor Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney, founding Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) and co-Director of the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN) an initiative of the NSW Government in Australia. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney in 1996. He then spent seven years at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies - the last 2 years as Director of Photonic Devices Research. He returned to the University of Sydney in 2003 as full Professor and ARC Federation Fellow. He has published 450 journal papers, with over 17,000 citations and is Fellow of the AAS, ATSE, IEEE Photonics and OSA. He is Editor-in-Chief of APL Photonics.
Air Quality and Coal-Particulate Monitoring in AustraliaThis talk will review our progress in developing reliable, low-cost, low-power, inter-connected sensors that generate data about air quality at an unprecedented spatial-temporal resolution. Unlike existing bulky, costly air monitoring stations that in some cases measure hourly or even daily at a handful of selected sites, the newly developed sensors can be deployed by the thousands: on the side of the road, in the middle of the class room, on the bus and even worn by individuals. Real time streams of data will provide valuable information for planners, engineers, health workers and transport professionals about the air they are breathing. Individuals will have the information to assist their daily lives, while decision-makers and businesses will be guided by an exceptional pool of data. The advanced photonic science and electrical engineering leads to on-chip and smart device technology meaning that the real time knowledge of air quality will be a real part of the Smart Cities and Internet of Things paradigms.