Dr Shyqyri Haxha

Personal profile

Dr Haxha received the MSc and PhD degrees from City University in London in 2000 and 2004, respectively. He has also obtained several world-class industrial trainings and diplomas such as Executive MBA Cambridge Judge Business School and Mini Telecom MBAs. He was awarded the SIM Postgraduate Award from The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers in Cambridge for his highly successful contribution in research.

Currently, he is a Reader at Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of Electronic Engineering Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom. Prior to this post, he was a lecturer in Optic Communication at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Dr Haxha has established and is the director of the Microwave Photonics and Sensors laboratory at the University.

Dr Haxha expertise is focused on designing and optimizing, photonic and microwave devices, and systems for applications in Sensor Technology (Medical and Environmental), Nanotechnology, Cybersecurity and Communication Systems. Dr Haxha research interests are in the areas of microwave photonics, photonic crystal devices, metamaterials, photonic crystal fibres, nano-sensors, optical sensors, surface plasmon polaritons (SPP), biosensors, ultra-high-speed electro-optic modulators, compact integrated optic devices, Optical CDMA, Optical FDM,  Optical MIMO systems, Speckle Pattern-based devices and systems for cybersecurity applications. He has developed and demonstrated RF over fibre transmission systems and devices for the aviation industry, including cybersecurity protection for commercial and defense applications. 

He is a  Fellow of IET (FIET), Chartered Engineer (CEng), Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Senior MIEEE), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Editorial Board Member for MDPI journals, Guest Editor of  MDPI Sensor Journal Special Issue: Optical and Photonic Sensors, and Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal. 

Dr Haxha published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals  (over 108 journals) and conferences such as Nature- Scientific Reports, IEEE transactions (33 IEEE Journals), Optics Express, Applied Optics (OSA), IET, Springer and Elsevier. He is the author of 7 patents, three of them are fully funded by Industry. 

As a Principal Investigator (PI), Dr Haxha has been awarded research funding for over £1 million from different funders including UKRI, the National Aerospace Technology Programme (NATEP), the Royal Society, charitable trusts and large industry partners.

Some Project Awards as Principal Investigator:

Dr Haxha has been awarded numerous research project awards such as:

- Microwave Photonic Mixer over Optics Communication Channel for 5G and beyond. Funded by Industry (£60K) (January 2019-May 2019)


- Automotive Industry (£1K) (January 2019-April 2019)


- National Aerospace Technology Programme (NATEP) funding £280K: Developing New Photonic Architectures using GaAs Modulators.


- The Royal Society International funding £12K in collaboration between UK and ETRI South Korea on designing of Novel Polymer Electro-optic Modulator. Including several EPSRC studentships.


- Rolls-Royce; Project funding £80K on Biosensor-biofilm development detection based on dual-channel planar waveguide Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) for aqueous environment applications.


- Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Innovate UK. Project funding £159K: Design of Advanced Emerging Technology Sensor System.


- Nuffield Award funding £5K: Novel Design of Polarization Controller based on GaAs. 


- Received funding of around £200K from industry on designing Non-Invasive Glucose Wearable Sensors for Continuous Monitoring of Glucose Levels in Blood, and novel Microwave Photonic Architecture with improved SFDR.


 He is author of several patents in the area of photonics, RF over fiber and sensors devices for health and environmental applications.




Granted Patent: 

Title: Apparatus and method for reducing distortion of an optical signal

Inventors: Mohammed Alom, Ian Flint and Shyqyri Haxha

Granted Patent Number: GB2567646

Filing date:  October 2017.

Joint patent application fully funded by Industry.


Title: A Radio Frequency Mixer Implemented with a Photonic Circuit.

 Author(s): Ian Flint, Shyqyri Haxha and Taimur Mirza

Patent Application Number: GB 2000605.2

Filing date: 15 January 2020 (Priority Filing date: 15 January 2019)

Publication Number: GB2580792

Publication Date: 29 July 2020

Joint patent application fully funded by Industry.


 Title: A method of driving an MZM, mixer and SSBs post manufacture to trim out intensity errors

 Author(s): Taimur Mirza, Shyqyri Haxha and Ian Flint

 Patent Application Number: GB1821175.5

 Filing date: 24 December 2018

 Joint patent application fully funded by Industry.


Title: A Radio Frequency Mixer Implemented with a Photonic Circuititle: 

Inventors: Ian Flint, Shyqyri Haxha and Taimur Mirza

Patent Application Number: PCT/EP2020/050916

PCT Filing Date: 15 January 20020 (Priority Filing date: 15 January 2019)

Publication Number: WO 2020/148337

Publication Date: 23 July 2020


Title: An Electro-Optical Modulator

Inventors: Ian Flint, Shyqyri Haxha and Taimur Mirza

Patent Application Number: GB1919484.4

Filing date: 24 December 2019 (Priority Filing date: 24 December 2018)

Publication Number: GB2582199

Publication Date: 16 September 2020

Link To File: https://www.ipo.gov.uk/p-ipsum/Case/PublicationNumber/GB2582199


 Title: Metamaterial Microlens Array (MMA) for 3D Imaging Systems

Authors(s): Shyqyri Haxha, Amar Aggoun and Fathi AbdelMalek

Published: May 2014

Patent Application No. 1407922.2



Title: Photonic Crystal Fibre

Author(s): Shyqyri Haxha

Published: 2008 February

Patent Application No. 0802983.7 



Title: Optical Biosensor

Author(s): Shyqyri Haxha, Gary Robinson

Published: 2008 January

Patent Application No. 0801606.5 


Title: Optical External Modulator 

Author(s): Shyqyri Haxha, Terry Gorman

Published: 2007 September

Patent Application No. 0717240.6  

ID: 29340082