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GOTL Members

From left to right, Ashish Kumar, Kalliopi Spanidou, Mu Chieh Lo (now at University College London), Jessica Cesar, Daniel Gallego (now at LeapWave Technologies), Robinson Guzmán, Alberto Zarzuelo, Guillermo Carpintero, Miguel Sánchez, Horacio Lamela, Luis González & Daniel Headland.

Full Professors

  • Lamela Rivera, Horacio received his degree in Industrial Engineering from the UPM in 1980. He continued his studies at the University of Paris XI, where he received his DEA in 1981 and later at the Conservatoire d'Arts et Metiers in Paris, where he obtained his PhD. in 1985. From May 1985 to November 1987, I worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as a Post-Doctorate in the EE & CS department and as a visiting professor through the Fullbright-MEC commission in the RLE, Laboratory also of the MIT. He is currently a Full Professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid, where in addition to having directed a dozen doctoral theses and end-of-career projects, he leads the Optoelectronics and Laser Technology Group (GOTL). He has published more than 200 scientific articles in the field of semiconductor laser dynamics, millimeter wave generation and terahertz, optoacoustic, interferometric sensors and biomedical engineering, and has supervised 11 doctoral theses, 20 master theses and 4 patents. He also has experience in Participating and Leading National and International 50 Research Projects, including the Coordination of the European Projects: OILTEBIA, MITEPHO, MONOPLA and FALCON
  • Carpintero del Barrio, Guillermo is Full Professor at the Electronics Technology Department of Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M). Earned his engineering degree at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and his PhD at UC3M. He has been visiting researcher at the Center for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) at University of Cambridge, Visiting Professor at University College London and Osaka University.  Was awarded the “Heather WilliamsonYoung Investigator Award'' in 2000 from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), Award of Excellence Social Council of UC3M in 2009 and the Award for Best European R&D Project in Cooperation MadrI+D Foundation in 2011. He is on the editorial board of the IET Optoelectronics journal.



  • Guzmán Martínez, Robinson Cruzoe was born in Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia. He received his Electronics Engineering degree and the Industrial Electronic specialist degree from the Universidad del Norte de Barranquilla, Colombia in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He also holds an Informatics and Telematics specialist degree from the Universidad del Area Andina in 2006. He holds a Master degree in Advanced Electronics Systems and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation from Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) in 2011 and 2016, respectively. He joined the Optoelectronics and Laser Technology Group (GOTL) at UC3M in 2009. Since 2009, his research activities and interest has been focused on microwave photonics (MWP), photonic integrated circuits (PICs) design, millimeter-wave, and terahertz signal generation based on photonic integrated circuits for high data rate wireless communication, low-frequency microwave signals generation based on photonic integrated circuits, wireless link transmission system design.
  • González Guerrero, Luis (Marie-Curie fellow) received the B.Sc. degree in materials engineering from the Technical University of Madrid in 2013; the M.Sc. degree in photonics and optoelectronics devices jointly from the University of St. Andrews and Heriot-Watt University in 2014; and the Ph.D. degree in THz communications from University College London (UCL) in 2019. In 2018 he became a research fellow at UCL as part of the European project TERAPOD, focused on the implementation of high-speed wireless links in data centers. In 2020 he was awarded a Marie-Curie fellowship at Carlos III University of Madrid, where he is currently working on the design, characterization, and implementation of photonic integrated chips for broadband coherent sub-THz communication systems. His objective is to achieve the full integration of the components used in such systems, with particular emphasis on the filter used for comb line demultiplexing.
  • Headland, Daniel Jonathan received a Ph.D. from The University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2017. Dr Headland’s thesis, which was titled “Efficient terahertz-range micro-beam control using flat optics,” was awarded the Doctoral Research Medal and a Dean’s Certificate of Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Thereafter, he completed an Endeavour Research Fellowship with the University of Wuppertal, Germany, where he sought to expand the functionality of advanced terahertz-range CMOS circuits using classical optics techniques. From 2018 to 2021, Daniel was at Osaka University, Japan, exploring integrated passive photonic devices and integrated optics implemented in an all-intrinsic-silicon microphotonic platform. He has recently completed a short-term postdoc at his Alma Mater, The University of Adelaide, prior to undertaking a CONEX-Plus Research Fellowship at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. His current research activities pertain primarily to integrated terahertz devices for lab-on-a-chip sensing applications.
  • Delgado Mendinueta, José Manuel was born in 1980 in Zamora, Spain. He received the Professor Degree (M.A.) in piano performance from the Valladolid Music Conservatory, in 2002, the M.Sc. degree in telecommunications engineering from the University of Valladolid, Spain, in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom, in 2011. From October 2005 to June 2006, he carried out his M.Sc. thesis at the Technical University of Eindhoven in The Netherlands. From February 2012 to October 2022, he was with the Photonic Network Laboratory (PNL) at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Tokyo, Japan. In December 2022, he joined the Carlos III University of Madrid where he currently holds a Visiting Lecturer position. His research interests include the investigation of high spectrally efficient modulation formats and digital signal processing for beyond-5G applications.


PhD students

  • César Cuello, Jessica was born in Aremisa, Cuba. She received the degree in Telecommunication and Electronics Engineering from the Technological University of Havana in 2011, and the M Sc. degree in Engineering of Electronic Systems and Applications from the University Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) in 2018. She worked from 2011 until 2017 in the Telecommunications sector, more specifically in the area of Private Telephone Centers installing and programming them. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the UC3M where her research interest includes the field of microwave photonics and the design of Photonics Integrated Circuits.
  • Sánchez Rodas, Miguel received the B.S degree in Telecommunications Engineering and his M.S degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Miguel is currently doing a PhD in new laser sources for optoacoustic imaging on biomedical environment. His research interests include telecommunication, photonics/optics, optoelectronics, high power diode lasers and optoacoustic applications. His current research is related with the designing and developing of diode laser source systems for optoacoustic using high power diode lasers (HPDL) and high current short pulse drivers in order to replace solid state lasers commonly used in optoacoustic imaging techniques for biomedical applications.
  • Zarzuelo García, Alberto was born in Spain. He received the bachelor's degree in Industrial Electronics and Automation Engineering in 2016 and the Master in Electronic Systems Engineering in 2017 both from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). During this time, he was involved in a national project called DIFRAGEOS where he worked on fiber Bragg gratings (FBG). He joined the Optoelectronics and Laser Technology Group (GOTL) in 2018. From 2019 to 2022, he did an industrial PhD hired by the company SENER Aerospace, developing low phase noise sources for satellite flexible payloads. His research interests include photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for microwave, millimeter and THz wave generation techniques. He is currently working on a European Space Agency (ESA) funded project called THORMUX.
  • Spanidou, Kalliopi (Marie Curie Fellow) received her B.Sc. in Physics in 2019 and her M.Sc. in Physics and Materials Technology in 2021, both at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.), Greece. Her previous research work at the WinPhos (Greece) research group was focused on the active and passive performance of the output beam of an optical phased array integrated on a SiN platform. Also, she has developed training skills in several characterization techniques of optical spectroscopy and has completed a project in the Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) laboratory of A.U.Th, Greece. She is now a Ph.D. student within the TERAOPTICS training network, focusing on optical heterodyne THz generation techniques for communication applications.
  • Kumar, Ashish  (Marie Curie Fellow) received his Master’s in Optical Engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NJUST), China and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Vel Tech Dr. Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, India. He works in the areas of Terahertz system design, simulation, analysis, and Polarization parametric indirect microscopy (PIMI). He has already published four papers in the field of terahertz and polarization parametric indirect microscopy (PIMI). He is now a Ph.D. student within the TERAOPTICS training network, focusing on, “Photonic integrated light engines for THz spectroscopy with frequency and phase scanning”.

Former Members

  • Daniel Gallego received the B.S degree in physics and the M.S degree in optoelectronics from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from UC3M in 2016. His research interest includes among others optoacoustic imaging systems, optical fibre sensors for ultrasound detection and optoacoustic signal generation using diode lasers for biomedical applications. He has participated as researcher in 3 national research projects and in the European Project FP5-IST-MONOPLA, FP7 ITN-MITEPHO and ITN-OILTEBIA.He joined to LeapWave Technologies in november 2022.
  • Mu-Chie Lo received the B.Eng. degree from the National Taiwan University, the M.Sc. degree from the Technische Universität Berlin and the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, and the Ph.D. degree from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. His research interests include the design, realization, and demonstration of high-speed photonic integrated circuits for optical communication systems. Dr. Lo is currently Marie Curie Fellow at University College London.
  • Muhsin Alí received a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Engineering from FAST-NUCES in 2011 and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from NUST in 2013, both in Pakistan. His professional experience includes working as an RF Engineer in Saudi Arabia for deployment of Huawei’s 4G/LTE network. Since April 2016 he is working towards a PhD in the department of Electronics Technology, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain funded by EU Horizon 2020 ITN titled FiWiN5G. His research activities antenna-integrated photonic millimetre-wave and terahertz sources, Schottky diode-based detectors, wireless communication and photonic phased array antenna for beamforming. He joined to LeapWave Technologies in november 2022.