Mark Thompson is a senior lecturer and researcher fellow at the University of Bristol within the departments of Physics and Electrical Engineering, and deputy director of the Centre for Quantum Photonics. He holds a master degree in Physics from University of Sheffield and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. Prior to his PhD he was a researcher scientist at Bookham Technology Inc developing silicon-based integrated photonic components for the telecommunications industry. His previous interests focused on semiconductor laser dynamics and ultra-short pulse generation in quantum-dot mode-locked lasers diodes, and in 2006 he was appointed a research fellowship position at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the 2009 Toshiba Fellowship and held a visiting researcher position at the Toshiba research headquarters in Japan, developing silicon photonic components for computing applications. Since 2008 he has held a permanent position at the University of Bristol where he leads a team of researchers developing integrated quantum photonic technologies for applications in quantum communications, sensing, computation and simulation. He has been involved in many national and international projects, and is coordinator of the EU-FP7 project "QUANTIP".