Prof Edik Rafailov received his Ph.D. degrees from the Ioffe Institute, St Petersburg. Since 1987, Prof. Rafailov has been engaged in the research and development of different light sources. He was responsible for the first demonstration of novel high-power Al-free laser diodes. He was also responsible for the first demonstration of femtosecond pulse generation directly from laser diodes. In 2005 Prof. Rafailov moved to University of Dundee, UK, and established the new group and later in 2014 he moved to Aston University (UK). He has authored and co-authored over 450 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings, including two books (WILEY), ten invited chapters and numerous invited talks to SPIE, LEOS and CLEO. He also holds 11 UK and two US patents. In 2014 he has been awarded the Lebedev Medal of the Russian Optical Society. Prof. Rafailov coordinated a €14.7M FP7 IP FAST-DOT and the €12.5M NEWLED projects. Recently he was awarded the H2020 FET project Meso-Brain (€3. 3M) and EPSRC UK) (£1M). He also leads other projects funded by EU FP7H2020 and UK EPSRC. His current research interests include high-power CW, ultrashort-pulse lasers; generation of UV/visible/IR/MIR and THz radiation, nano-structures; nonlinear and integrated optics; and Biophotonics.