Mr Edward Fisher

Research Associate



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1.08 Alexander Graham Bell building

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Research Institute: 

  • Digital Communications

Research Theme: 

  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Tomography
  • Sensors
Dr Edward M.D. Fisher Profile Image 2018
Dr Edward M.D. Fisher


Dr. Edward M. D. Fisher (M’08) [MEng Ph.D MIET MIEEE AMInstP] received the M.Eng. degree in electronic and electrical engineering from The University of Edinburgh, working with ST Microelectronics on automatic exposure algorithms for image sensors. After completing his Ph.D. in single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) arrays in CMOS for optical communications (University of Edinburgh), he began work on high-speed, parallel data acquisition systems as a member of the Agile Tomography Group (ATG) within the Institute of Digital Communications (IDCOM). This work aims to provide chemical species tomography diagnostics for aero-engines in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, Royal Dutch Shell, and academia within the FLITES project (Link). He was awarded a fellowship with The Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) in 2016, to promote best practices in code development. His research interests include mixed-signal instrumentation, digital signal processing, embedded systems and communications. He periodically revisits SPAD research with a 2017 book chapter on array readout topologies for optical communications and a book chapter on the early historical development of avalanche multiplication and SPADs. This covers the period of 1900 to 1969, however, he is currently conducting the historical analysis of the 1970s and 80s for future publication. He is a member of the IEEE, IET and IOP, and a reviewer for IEEE TCAS:1.

He has also been active within the IEEE, having served for two years on the IEEE Sensors Council UK&I Chapter and Young Professionals (YPs) committee. He has also been awarded funding by the ERASMUS Teaching Abroad scheme, with this taking place at TU Munich, Germany.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

Member of:

- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Specifically the Solid-State Circuits Society and the Instrumentation and Measurment Society

- The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

- Instituite of Physics (IOP)

Research Interests: 

  • Mixed-Signal PCB Design for Multi-Channel Data Acquisition
  • Embedded Digital Signal Processing using Verilog HDL
  • Embedded Control Systems
  • Digital ASIC Design using CMOS Technologies, Moor-than-Moore Technologies specifically image sensors, radiation detectors and single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs)
  • The Historical Development of SPADs/APDs and photodiodes, the internal photoelectric effect and photon detection using the avalanche gain mechanism. Specifically the period of 1900 to 1969

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