UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Prof Georgios Zervas

Prof Georgios Zervas

Professor of Optical Networked Systems

Dept of Electronic & Electrical Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2016

Research summary


Optical switching, networking and control

Data centres and high-performance computing

Software/hardware-defined networks

Reconfigurable computing and programmable hardware

 Recent research funding:

  • PI: DYNAMOS: Dynamic and Reconfigurable Data Centre networks with modular optical subsystems, 2022-26, Horizon Europe - UKRI HEU Guarantee
  • PI: The quantum data centre of the future, 2022-24, Innovate UK 
  • PI: OptoCloud: Ultra-fast optically interconnected heterogeneous Data Centers, 2021-26, EPSRC Fellowship EP/T026081/1
  • PI: Space Division Multiplexed Networks: Where, when and how, 2020-24, EPSRC iCASE & BT
  • PI: Towards 1000-times capacity increase for Self-x Cloud network infrastructure, 2019-2022, EPSRC CASE & HUBER+SUHNER Polatis
  • PI: Optical fabric for zero-latency memory disaggregation at Pb/s cluster scale network, 2019-2022, Microsoft Research Cambridge
  • CoI: TRANSNET: Transforming networks - building an intelligent optical infrastructure, 2018-2024, EPSRC Program Grant
  • PI: dRedBox: Disaggregated Data Center in a Box, 2016-2018, EU H2020

Current PhD students:

Xun Mu

Alessandro Ottino

Christopher Parsonson

Zak Shabka

Hadi Alkharsan

Yanwu Liu

Current research associates:

Mykyta Shevchenko

Joshua Benjamin

Former PhD students and research associates:

Joshua Benjamin (PhD)

Hui Yuan (PhD), now with Huawei

Paris Andreades (PhD), now with ORCA Computing

Qianqiao Chen (PhD)

Adaranijo Peters (PhD)

George Saridis (PhD), now with Semtech

Bijan R. Rofoee (PhD), now with Google

Arsalan Saljoghei (RA), now with Lumenisity

Teaching summary

ELEC0010: Digital Design (BEng/MEng Year 2)

ELEC0049: Optical Transmission and Networks (MSc & MEng Year 4)

ELEC0137: Cloud, Data Centres and Edge Computing (MSc & MEng Year 4)


University of Essex
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
University of Essex
Other higher degree, Master of Engineering (Honours) | 2003


George Zervas is a Professor of Optical Networked Systems. He has made significant contributions to optical switching, networking, and architectures of data centers and telecommunication networks. 

He is the author and co-author of over 230 international peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and received best paper awards. He has also given over 30 invited talks at several international conferences. George has been involved in several EC, EPSRCand industrial funded projects as principal and co-investigator. He has been acting as a TPC member and chair on international conferences such as OFC, ICC, Globecom, ONDM, ACP, among others. He is associate editor of IEEE Networking Letters and has been serving as guest associate editor on IEEE JOCN. Dr. Zervas has been involved in Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Open Grid Forum (OGF) standardization fora. He has been serving as an expert reviewer on various funding bodies.