CUDOS researcher named among top tech innovators in Asia and Australasia


CUDOS researcher Dr Simon Gross from Macquarie University has been named as one of the region’s top tech innovators by MIT Technology Review, in recognition of his outstanding research.

Simon Gross

Dr Simon Gross has been named as one of the region’s top tech innovators by MIT Technology Review

Dr Simon Gross is one of ten honourees of the regional MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 for Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.

With this honour, he automatically qualifies for the 2017 Global List of the world’s top Innovators Under 35 – a global list for research and entrepreneurial talents, which includes honourees like Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Spotify’s Daniel Ek.

Dr Gross is an emerging researcher in the field of integrated optics. He developed a fabrication process that enables integrated optics access to the third dimension, using a laser to sculpt optical circuits embedded in a block of glass. This novel laser based process is similar to 3D printing and is being used to develop the next generation of ultra-high bandwidth optical communication networks.

“Everyone should benefit from the unlimited knowledge the Internet has to offer. However, a capacity crunch is imminent. Global data demand will soon be reaching the fundamental capacity limit of our fibre optic communication networks,” Dr Gross said.

“For the first time, these 3D circuits unlock access to the many degrees of freedom of a photon for scaling the fibre optic transmission capacity and avoiding the capacity crunch.”

In February 2017, Gross will join fellow honourees at EmTech Asia in Singapore where he will introduce his work. Later in the year, MIT Technology Review will review all finalists from around the world and announce the Global Innovators Under 35 List.

Since 1999, MIT Technology Review has identified the top young innovators under the age of 35 whose inventions and research promise to change the world, ranging from medicine, biotechnology, computing, energy, materials, transportation to the web.

Simon Gross

Dr Simon Gross is an Early Career Researcher at the Macquarie University CUDOS node (Credit: Chris Stacey)

Modular Photonics

Gross is also the co-founder of the start-up Modular Photonics that is providing the novel 3D photonic circuits