Ben Mills is a Principal Research Fellow at the Optoelectonics Research Centre, where he leads a research group focussed at the interface of machine learning and high precision laser-based fabrication. He is the holder of a 5-year Early Career EPSRC Fellowship (EP/N03368X/1, £780k, 2016-2021), the UK PI for an EU FETOPEN (£525k, 2018-2022) project investigating the precise fabrication of flexible nanosubstrates substrates, and the PI for EPSRC grant (EP/T026197/1, £778k, 2020-2023) for integrating machine learning with laser processing. Ben manages the FAST lab, a £1m laser facility at the University of Southampton, which includes a wide range of high-spec laser systems. He has over ten years of experience working with pulsed lasers and their application to high-precision fabrication, with over 150 journal and conference papers, including authorship in Light: Science and Applications, and Nature Photonics.
Coherent Beam Combination
Current PhD Students
Laboratory demonstrator for MSc Photonic Technologies (OPTO6023)