Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
Address: P.O. Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 (0)56 123 5810
Dr. Simon J.D. Phoenix graduated from Imperial College, London, with a PhD in Theoretical Quantum Optics under the supervision of Professor Sir Peter Knight, Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). He joined British Telecommunications (BT) Research Laboratories in 1989, where his initial work focused on the application of the quantum theory of light to telecommunications. During this time, he helped develop the quantum theory of light in optical fiber and applied it to the non-linear interactions in a Kerr medium. He was also able to show that squeezed states of light are the most correlated states of light possible for a field of given energy, and was part of the team that demonstrated the world’s first quantum key distribution (QKD) in optical fiber. In his work on QKD he developed several novel protocols including a technique for utilizing the Bell inequalities as security measures for single particle systems.
In 1995, he joined the Cryptography Research group in BT where he worked on novel key escrow and digital signature mechanisms and was BT’s cryptography liaison with external organizations. After a spell as BT’s technical design authority for BT TrustWise – BT’s certification authority (CA) business – where he designed CA solutions for some of BT’s largest customers, he rejoined BT’s Research Department in the Mobile Systems Research team. In 2005, he joined the Security Research Centre where he returned to an investigation of quantum cryptography. After developing several new techniques for the implementation of QKD on commercial networks he changed the focus of his work to investigate novel methods of ensuring the regulatory and security compliance of IT business processes.
Dr. Phoenix has been a visiting Professor of Strathclyde University, UK, and visiting lecturer of Imperial College London, UK. His work at BT won him many awards including several BT company awards, the Gordon Radley Prize four times, and the BT Technology Journal (BTTJ) and the Journal of Institution of British Telecommunications Engineers (IBTE) best paper award.
In 2010 Dr. Phoenix joined the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), which became part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in 2017.