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Dan Yanson

Dan Yanson

Principal Laser Scientist / Start-up Founder


My career has been centered around both technology and product development in optoelectronics and photonics, with a strong focus on laser diodes. I have executed a range of R&D projects, from integrated optoelectronic circuits for telecommunications to high-power lasers for Defence and Space customers. I have prepared several project proposals that won funding and evolved into multi-year R&D programs. With over 60 scientific publications and conference presentations, I strive to stay at the forefront of photonics research as well as applied science. I have also authored 6 patents and patent applications.

I have also founded my own start-up company, TheWhollySee, to harness photonics for a human-free image annotation technology to supply terabytes of training data for supervised deep learning and neural networks in autonomous vehicle applications.

I also provide independent technical expertise to government bodies, perform project evaluation and monitoring, and peer review for international photonics-related conferences and publications.

Specialities: Bidding, management and execution of R&D projects. Laser diode design, fabrication and characterisation. Project / proposal evaluation and monitoring. Start-ups, Fundraising & entrepreneurship.


  • Senior Scientist (SCD - SemiConductor Devices)
  • Innovation Expert / Project Monitor / Evaluation Vice Chair (European Commission)
  • Post-doc (University of Glasgow)
  • Research Assistant (University of Glasgow)
  • Founder (TheWhollySee)
  • Principal Engineer (Intense)


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