Professor Dominic O'Brien

Professor O’Brien is a Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and leads the optical communications group. He is the Director of the UK National Hub in Quantum Computing and Simulation. This is one of the four Quantum Technology Hubs funded as part of the UK National Quantum Technologies programme, running from 2019-2024. He was co-director for systems integration of the NQIT hub, which ran from 2014-2019, and a member of the Blackett review of quantum technologies.

His research is in optical wireless communications, with a particular focus on system demonstration, with a number of world-firsts in this area. Recent demonstrations, together with industrial and academic partners, include Quantum Key Distribution, free-space links between handheld devices, between UAVs and ground stations, and Terabit/s wireless links within buildings.