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Dr Alexander R. May

Research Staff

Dr Alexander R. May is a Research Engineer at the IT Innovation Centre, a part of the University of Southampton’s department of Electronics and Computer Science. Prior to joining the IT Innovation Centre he worked immediately post-PhD as a Development Engineer at the venture capital funded start-up company WaveOptics Ltd where he developed computational techniques for the design of diffractive optical elements (DOEs) for the Augmented Reality (AR) market e.g. Google Glasses. He has authored a selection of publications on the topics of optical waveguide and fibre design, as well as teaching methodology in information theory, all with a focus on computational science, which is his passion. Over the years he has also been involved in a broad variety of mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines as well as having had some experience in the merchant navy.  Outside of work he is involved in his local community where he is the Chair of Trustees at his village nursery school.


Research interests

My research interests are all guided by my interest in computational physics and mathematics in simulating and predicting phenomena. At present I am working on computational lingustics and natural language processing (NLP), but I retain an interest in topics ranging from the simulation of guided-wave optical devices to topics in fluid dynamics.



PhD Optoelectronics, University of Southampton, 2015

MSc Communications Systems Engineering, University of Portsmouth, 2011

BSc Mathematics, University of Southampton, 2007

Professional Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

Professional Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP)

Professional activities

Reviewer for IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics

Reviewer for OSA Journal Optics Express


Research Engineer in the IT-Innovation Centre


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