Committee Members

Chapter Chair


Richard Pitwon is the Managing Director of Resolute Photonics specialising in optical and photonic integration at system, board and chip level.

He is a Senior member of the IEEE, Fellow of the IET (FIET) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) with over 17 years’ experience in advanced photonic interconnect, system architecture and integration. He holds 51 patents and has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications including journals, conference proceedings, book chapters and international standards and given over 60 talks and guest lectures at international conferences and universities.

He is the Chair of the IEC international standards subcommittee on fibre optic interconnecting devices and passive components (SC86B) as well as the secretary of IEC optical circuit boards standards group and principal UK expert on international standards groups (IEC/BSI) for optical interconnect, photonic integrated circuits and electronic assembly.

Vice Chair


Aytun Erdentug is the currently the Director of Branscan. In 1993, he set up Branscan Limited as a subsidiary and division of Parascan. In 1994, he carried out management buyout of Parascan and Branscan.

By 1998, Parascan had grown into US 10 Million turnover employing 70 people and had attracted venture capital injection of US 4 Million by July 2000.

Aytun Erdentug left Parascan through a management buyout of Branscan from Parascan in June 2001. From 1993 to 2002, Branscan served solely the milling and baking industry, however, Aytun Erdentug has been expanding the technology and the application base of Branscan to include the major industrial activities such as starch, dairy, chemical, sugar and paper industries.

Branscan is now represented in over 40 countries and is currently at the front line of the digital imaging technology application in the industry for monitoring and on line measurement applications.

Chapter Treasurer/Committee Member


Filipe Ferreira received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal in 2014 for his work on high capacity optical transmission systems based on mode division multiplexing.

He previously worked for the Optical Networks Research & Technology division of Coriant (former Nokia Siemens Networks) as a Research Engineer. During that period, he led activities in the EU-FP7 research project MODEGAP, including few-mode fibres nonlinear modelling and profile design, advanced optical links design and simulation.

He is now a Research Fellow at Aston University leading the development of new cost-reduced approaches to high capacity optical networks under the EU-FP7 research project INSPACE.

Recently, he was awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship to carry out research on space division multiplexing at Aston University.

Media and Outreach Officer/Committee Member


Akhil Kallepalli is a researcher, currently pursuing his PhD in optical imaging and laser systems applications at the Electronics Warfare, Information and Cyber Centre at  Cranfield University, based at the Defence Academy of the UK. His primary focus is on remotely sensing biophysical and medically relevant ‘markers’ using lasers and imaging systems.

He obtained his B. Tech. (Geoinformatics Engineering) degree from Andhra University (2012) and MSc (Geo-information Science and Earth Observation) degree through a joint program of Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, India and ITC, University of Twente, The Netherlands (2014). The research experience acquired through these degrees includes coastal sea level rise monitoring and advanced hyperspectral image processing. His current research interests include multi-modal medical imaging systems, biomedical applications of lasers and hyperspectral image processing.

Mr Kallepalli is also an active member of the IoP, SPIE and is actively participating in the research community through participation in science fairs and reviewing journal articles. In addition to his role managing the Chapter’s online presence, he is also the webmaster for the Chapter and the BICOP websites.

Committee Member


Dr Kin Kee Chow has more than 15 years’ experience in the research of fibre-optics and photonics. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer in School of Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

He received his B. Eng. (Hons), M. Phil., and Ph. D. degrees in electronic engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He was with Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, The University of Tokyo, Japan, as a Research Fellow, specialised in advanced fibre materials and structures as well as carbon nano-materials for applications in photonics areas.

Prior to the current appointment, he was an Assistant Professor in School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Since 1999, Dr Chow has more than 110 publications in top-tier international refereed journals and conferences in the research field. He is the recipient of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship in 2006-2008 and Young Scientist Award from the Hong Kong Institution of Science in 2004.

Dr Chow is a Senior Member of IEEE Photonics Society, a Member of IET, a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Access.

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Past Committee Members thank-you-ribbon

We will forever be grateful for services rendered by our past committee members and the impact they have had on the Chapter’s growth. This section features their experiences …