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. He was also a Reader in Photonics in the Computer Science and Technology, University of Bedfordshire, Luton in United Kingdom. Prior to these posts, he was a lecturer in Optic Communication at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.

He was a Telecomm CEO in partnership with Cable & Wireless Communications Ltd (C &W), a British multinational telecommunications company, and Monaco Telecom International (MTI). He has extensive expertise in Telecom management, he successfully led the company and increased the number of mobile and broadband subscribers by over 50% and also drove an increase of inbound/outbound traffic by over 40%. Additionally, increased ARPU by 20% and improved both the QoS and customer satisfaction. He has achieved EBITDA growth from €60.2 million (2010) to €76.5 million (2011) with only €0.63M of investment funds. He led successfully projects in IPTV, Fiber to School, and restructure and re-engineered the company. In addition to this, he has eradicated traffic leakage using illegal routes (known as SIM2SIM) and led a 50% reduction in OPEX. He has also participated in due diligence privatization of telecom operators and worked closely in a team with the CEO of Austria Telecom, T-Mobile CFO, Ernst & Young partners, and CEO of C&W and MTI. 

Dr Haxha has published in leading journals such as IEEE, Optics Express, Applied Optics (OSA), IET, Springer and Elsevier. His research expertise is focused on designing and optimizing, photonic and microwave devices, and systems for applications in Sensor Technology (Medical and Environmental), Nanotechnology and Telecommunication 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, and Optical MIMO systems. He has developed and demonstrated RF over fiber transmission systems for aviation industry, including cyber security protection for commercial and defense applications. 

He a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Senior MIEEE), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal.


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 Lelonardo  MW (£38K) (September 2018-Januar 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 an 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.



  • Title: High dynamic range by removing distortion with stimulated (dynamic) Brillouin scattering

Authors (s): Mohammed Alom, Ian Flint and Shyqyri Haxha

Patent Application Number: 1717084.6

Filing date:  October 2017.

Joint patent application funded by Industry; Leonardo - Electronics, Defence & Security Systems.


  • 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  

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