Derek Abbott obtained his BSc (HONS) in Physics at Loughborough University of Technology, UK, and completed his PhD, with recommendation for distinction, in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He worked for 9 years at the GEC Hirst Research Centre, London, on infrared and visible image sensors -- requiring discipline in VLSI design, optoelectronics, device physics, semiconductor noise, fabrication and testing. He has worked with both novel and standard technologies including nMOS, CMOS, CCD, SOS, GaAs and vacuum microelectronics. Since emigrating to Australia, he worked for Austek Microsystems, Technology Park, SA, has been with the University of Adelaide since 1987 and is a Lecturer within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has been an invited speaker at a number of international institutions and has appeared on international radio and television. He is a founder member and deputy director of the Centre for High Performance Integrated Systems and Technologies (CHiPTec), Adelaide, instituted in 1987. He has been consultant to various UK and Australian defense and industry organizations. His current research interests are in the areas of VLSI, GaAs, photodetectors, smart sensors, imaging devices, device physics and noise. His most recent contribution is the discovery of a new photovoltaic self-biasing internal gain effect within planar GaAs MESFETs. He has been an invited speaker at the University of Geneva; EPFL, Lausanne; CSEM, Neuchatel; University of Las Palmas, Spain; Motorola, Tempe, Arizona; MIT, Cambridge, MA; Los Alamos National Laboratories, NM; Seoul National University (SNU), Korea; Chonnam National University (CNU), Korea, K-JIST, Korea; Cambridge, UK; Technion, Israel and Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU). He was an invited keynote speaker at the SPIE Photonics East conference in Philadelphia, 1995 and was an invited speaker at UPoN '96, Szeged, Hungary and Micro '97, Melbourne, Australia. He is on the international scientific advisory committee for UPoN and on the technical program committees for SPIE Photonics East and the IEEE GaAs IC Symposium. He is on the executive organizing committee for the SPIE `97 Smart Materials, Structures and MEMS and is the conference director for UPoN '99 to be hosted in Adelaide, Australia. He is co-authoring a text on noise for Cambridge University Press (CUP).

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