Dr. Mark J. Furlong is the Executive Vice President of Business Development with responsibility for IQE’s Photonics and Infrared Business Units as well as the Group’s III-V and II-VI substrate manufacturing operations located in the UK and US. Prior to this he has held various commercial and technical roles within IQE, his career in compound semiconductors commencing in the late 1990’s at Epitaxial Products International Limited in South Wales in the UK. Previously he was in Paris and worked for the CNRS on the development of semiconductor materials for next generation photovoltaic cells was awarded an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Society in London to pursue this work. He holds a Ph.D. degree in semiconductor science and technology from the University of Bath and a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Chemistry from the University of London. He also holds a Diploma in Management with distinction from the Open University, U.K.
In recent years there has been increasing interest in sensor technologies across a wide range of applications. Whilst industrial and consumer applications have driven the first wave of sensor activities, the acceleration of connected autonomous vehicles is focussing attention on advanced sensor technologies such as LiDAR. Dr Furlong's presentation shines a light on the key materials developments that provide the underpinning technologies that are essential to make LiDAR enabled autonomous vehicles a reality in terms of both cost and performance.