Otto Muskens is a Professor of Physics at the University of Southampton. He received his PhD cum laude in 2004 from the University of Utrecht, on the topic of ultrashort acoustic solitons. Subsequently he worked as a research fellow at the CNRS/University Bordeaux, at Philips Research Eindhoven and AMOLF in Amsterdam. In 2009 he established his research group in Southampton. Since April 2012, he holds an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship to develop on-chip reconfigurable nanophotonic devices. He has contributed to over 70 peer-reviewed papers with over 3300 citations (h=30) and has given >30 invited talks at international conferences in the last 5 years.