Our Team

Brian A.A. Antao, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University, 1993) – CEO & CTO – The New Venture Company -- TundraSystems Global Ltd.


You will see that Dr. Antao has a really good and diverse experience – Dating back to his Undergraduate Days at V.J.T.I. (University of Mumbai) where for his Bachelor’s Thesis he designed and fabricated an Universal EEPROM Programmer, working with the Intel 8085 and programming in 8085 Assembly and PL/M80 also by interning at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa. For his Postgraduate Studies at Vanderbilt, he worked in depth with Analog-Digital Integrated design and Design Automation Tools to support the design endeavour also interning during this time at Bell Laboratories. He continued working on various niche Integrated Circuit Problems at the University of Illinois—Urbana Champaign, Motorola Semiconductor products Sector (Now known as Freescale Semiconductors) etc. On relocating to the UK, he has been actively working with the Java Eco-System, and worked on significant Java Projects ranging from Cloud Computing, Social Media and Enterprise Internet based Communications using the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). With this broad as well as deep experience in Computing Technologies, He has a good Vision for Developing the Next Frontier computing Technologies in the Optical and Quantum Domains.

Technical Advisory Board:


Prof. Xinliang Zhang received the B.S. degree and the Ph.D. degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China, in 1992 and 2001. He became a full professor of School of Optical and Electronic Information, HUST in 2004, and now he is also a full professor of Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics(WNLO). Currently, he is the dean of School of Optical and Electronic Information, HUST, and also the director of Division of Optoelectronic Devices and Integration (OEDI) in WNLO. He is the head of research group “Photonic Interconnection and Information Processing:Devices and Subsystems”. His research areas cover semiconductor optoelectronic devices for optical interconnection and optical signal processing. He has over 160 publications in prestigious international journals and conferences, including over 80 IEEE Letters / Journals, Optics Letters or Optics Express papers and 16 OFC/ECOC papers. He holds 6 Chinese patents with 4 Chinese patents pending. He is a member of IEEE and also a member of OSA.


Professor Diana Huffaker — currently holds the Welsh Government Ser Cymru Chair in Advanced Materials and Engineering. She is Scientific Director of the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) at Cardiff University.  Her appointment as Professor at Cardiff University is held jointly between School of Engineering and School of Physics.  She maintains Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles where she directs the Integrated NanoMaterials Laboratory.  Professor Huffaker (h-index=54) has co-authored over >300 refereed journal publications with more than 11000 citations and many invited presentations world-wide. Her research interests includes integrated optoelectronic devices, nanostructures, quantum technologies.  She is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE and the Humboldt Society along with Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer. She is an active participant in the technical community and in many international societies including IEEE, SPIE, SWE, WISE, MRS, OSA and TMS and involved in local and national community programs.


Prof. Anna Baldycheva completed her BSc(Hons) at Saint-Petersburg University in 2008 and PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2012. After Postdoctoral Position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she led the thin film integration and CMOS laser Integration teams, she took a position of an Assistant Professor in 2D Optoelectronic materials at the University of Exeter in 2014, where she is currently leading a highly interdisciplinary research group, Opto-Electronics Systems Laboratory, www.baldychevalaboratory.com

Dr. Baldycheva’s research group works in the areas of CMOS photonics, flexible and fluid opto-electronics. The research interests span from the development of the new photonic composite materials to the engineering of the integrated hybrid electronic-photonic devices for application in communications, energy harvesting, and bio-chemical sensing.

She has extensive expertise and an international reputation in the design, fabrication and testing of integrated Si micro-photonic systems. Since 2011 she has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, invited talks and conference proceedings. Prof Baldycheva is an associate editor of the Nature Scientific Reports and is serving on board of the Royal Microscopy Society Engineering Section. She is currently a visiting professor at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and ITMO University, Russia.


Dr Tsjerk Hoekstra gained a PhD in Quantum Optics/Physics and performed his research at the pioneering Photonics and MEMS group from the University Twente in the Netherlands. He has profound expertise in material science, nano/micro technologies, signal processing and systems frameworks & integration. He successfully traversed three times the route from start-up to exit in the Optical Telecommunications and Consumer Electronics market sectors. He is an expert in bringing new advanced technologies into volume production and onto the market by solving problems down to the quantum level. He has built multiple photonics and MEMS volume production lines and has led technology transfers into several Tier 1 CMOS foundries and conducted business development into most major Optical Network Companies and the top tier Smartphone Manufacturers. While working at the cutting edge of technologies in commercial environment his interest remained in the interaction of light and matter on the quantum level and branching recently into Machine Learning. Dr Hoekstra holds over 40 Patents/Inventions/Applications and more than 25 publications, conference contributions and is regularly invited for key note presentations. Currently Tsjerk Hoekstra holds the position of Engineering Director of Effect Photonics to bring pioneering fully monolithically integrated Indium Phosphide photonic integrated circuits into volume production. In addition he is Principal Consultant at State of Matter Ltd supporting and advising start-ups with his expertise to transfer their prototypes to volume production while meeting yield, reliability, quality and cost requirements.

Chair Person of the Non-Executive Board.


Ms. Antonella Rubicco — Having spent more than 15 years at the forefront of high-performance computing, Antonella Rubicco has leveraged her experience and knowledge about the markets, strategies and trends of the industry to lead several companies to prominence internationally. Through both consultancy and in senior-level executive positions, she has implemented successful company strategies, including coordinating complex projects, developing key partnerships and forging business relationships with other companies, universities and research institutes for the HPC hardware and high-speed interconnection markets. As co-founder and CEO of A3CUBE Inc., Rubicco is in charge of the execution of the company’s line of solutions designed to leverage the power of parallelism to interconnect networks, server and storage architectures for big data applications, HPC and cloud/datacenters. Previously, she served as COO and CIO of several new and established corporations, responsible for coordinating analysis, research and development, engineering and marketing of complex projects within the HPC field. Her knowledge of the industry enabled her to be the point person and main advisor for the acquisition of an innovative startup by an internationally renowned conglomerate. She has in depth experience in the coordination of R&D and marketing teams, customer and supplier relationships and in-depth knowledge of the HPC hardware and high-speed interconnection markets.

Director of Artificial Intelligence


Dr. Patricia Charlton – co-founder of Creative Digital Solutions, is a knowledge engineer and a researcher on artificial intelligence, cognitive science, education and technology-enhanced learning. She is the author of several papers on artificial intelligence, education, ubiquitous computing, learning analytics and intelligent context-aware designs. Patricia has over 25 years of management, business, and research and development experience in the field of Computer Science and in particular Artificial Intelligence in the creation of intelligent systems and applications to support and deliver smart digital solutions. These experiences cover all aspects from project inception and proposal, through design and implementation, on to end user studies and field trials of the systems developed. Patricia has received a number of standards and invention awards, while working in industry for contributions to the field of computer science research As well as an expert in AI, she is a senior consultant in designing resources for teaching and learning for all sectors, evaluating digital learning experiences and designing and executing impact evaluation studies. Patricia, in partnership with education stakeholders, designs, develops and shares innovative and effective teaching and learning experiences.

Publications and details: https://creatingtodiscover.wordpress.com

Creative Digital Solutions: http://creativedigitalsolutions.org

Patricia actively participates in the local women in engineering community, outreach STEM work with schools and collaboration with Industry and Humanitarian Sector.

Chief Processor Architect


Dr. Steven R. Hutsell – is a microprocessor architect with over 15 years of experience in microprocessor design at Intel Corporation, starting with the Pentium III. For the last 5 years, Steven worked as an architect in the high-performance supercomputing group (The “Knights” Xeon-Phi product line) focusing on optimized many-core interconnects and high-speed memory architecture to feed tomorrow’s exascale computing needs. Steven holds a Ph.D in ECE with a focus in Quantum Computing. Steven graduated with an MS with highest honors in ECE in 2001, and a BS in ECE and Physics with high honors in 1999. Steven worked as a research assistant in graduate school researching adaptive neural network control systems.

Agile Coach

Ms. Margaret Morgan – a highly experienced Agile consultant and coach with over 12 years experience of both using Agile and helping other individuals, teams and organisations to use Agile for the successful delivery of IT.  30+ years of experience in IT, from a variety of technical roles through to program management, helps to communicate and coach effectively at all levels and understand the impact of Agile working on all functions within and beyond the IT sphere in large and complex organisations.  A recognised expert in using agile practices with distributed and remote teams. An active member of the Agile community and enjoy presenting at conferences and events, most recently at the Agile Coaching Exchange on ‘Are you still waiting for the Green Man?’

Technical Team

Dr. Chris Morrison – Is a Visiting Fellow, in the University of Warwick Nano-Silicon Group and the Condensed Matter Physics group at the University of Leeds, Department of Physics. He has over 10 years of research experience in magnetism, superconductivity and semiconductor physics. CM has published 26 articles in international journals and presented 14 papers at international conferences, in the fields of thin film magnetism, data storage, spintronics, semiconductor electronics and superconductivity. His recent projects include the quantum spin Hall effect in compound semiconductor heterostructures and the discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect in germanium.


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