a brief note on my career

Danial received his BSc in electronics engineering from Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran, in 2007, an MSc in Microelectronics and system engineering from the University of Bristol in 2009, and a DPhil in engineering science from the University of Oxford in 2013. During his DPhil studies his work was based on various designs for Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) arrays. He designed and tested SPADs for CMOS imaging, fluorescent measurements, and optical communications. He made the first analogue SPAD arrays which had compatible readout mechanism with conventional CMOS image sensors. His thesis on single photon avalanche diodes for optical communications demonstrated that a SPAD receiver can achieve faster data rates than their deadtime. In 2013, he then joined the UCL Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering to develop wearable optical brain imaging systems. He used sensitive photo detection and compact digital systems to achieve high-density multi-wavelength source-detector arrays. In 2017, he joined School of Engineering at The University of Edinburgh as a Chancellor’s Fellow in Electronics. He is part of the co-investigator team at QuantIC, the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging, developing detector arrays and systems for variety of applications from fundamental quantum physics to consumer cameras.

My Academic Journey

Work and education

2017 – present

Chancellor's Fellow in Electronics: exploring applications for SPAD arrays with a focus on time-of-flight sensors for biomedical applications.

2013 – 2017

Research Associate: Development of wearable diffuse optical tomography systems for near infrared spectroscopy.

2009 – 2013

DPhil in Engineering Science: Design and implementation of Single Avalanche Photodiodes (SPAD) based arrays for CMOS imaging, healthcare and optical communications.

2007 – 2008

MSc in Advanced Microelectronic System Engineering: Designing and simulation of an Field Programmable Analogue Array (FPAA) based on Analogue Lookup Tables (A-LUT)

2002 – 2007

BSc in Electronic Engineering: Implementation of a live text overlay system for PAL/NTSC video signals using Xilinx Spartan-3E FPGA as my final undergraduate project. (Ahvaz, IRAN)

1997 – 2001

Diploma in Maths and Physics: So far the most productive period of my academic life! I did various projects including software simulation for Fractal based mathematics, Single BJT amplifiers, wired and wireless networks (no Wi-Fi existed then!) , (Ahvaz, IRAN)