- [February 2020] My perspective article on topological approaches to contextuality appeared in the journal Quantum.
- [January 2020] Ricardo Faleiro visits for a three-month doctoral internship.
- [December 2019] Attended the Lorentz Centre workshop on Logical Structures in Computer Science and Beyond associated with a forthcoming volume of the Springer series Outstanding Contributions to Logic in honour of Samson Abramsky.
- [December 2019] Mark Howard visits as part of our PHC Ulysses project.
- [November 2019] Congratulations to my student Pierre-Emmanuel Emeriau for his organisation of the first Pan-European Quantum Hackathon, as covered here by Le Monde.
- [November 2019] PHC Ulysses visit to Mark Howard at NUI Galway.
- [June 2019] Presented A comonadic view of simulation and quatum resources at QPL 2019 at Chapman University, while Pierre-Emmanuel Emeriau presented our work on Continuous variable nonloclality and contextuality.
- [May 2019] Talk at Quantum Contextuality in Quantum Mechanics and Beyond Workshop, Prague.
- [May 2019] My paper on Continuous variable nonlocality and contextuality with Rui Soares Barbosa, Tom Douce, Pierre-Emmanuel Emeriau and Elham Kashefi has been accepted to QPL 2019.
- [May 2019] Visit to Freie Universität Berlin.
- [April 2019] My work was featured in the cover article of the May edition of Science et Vie, Europe’s leading science magazine.
- [March 2019] Talk at the LIP6 QI team seminar on Revisiting the Double-Slit Experiment.
- [March 2019] My article on simulating quantum resources with Samson Abramsky, Rui Soares Barbosa and Martti Karvonen has been accepted to LICS.
- [February 2019] Awarded a PHC Ulysses grant to fund collaborative research with Mark Howard (NUI Galway).
- [February 2019] Visit to Oxford University Department of Computer Science.
- [December 2018] Talk at the IQOQI Mini-Workshop on the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, Vienna.
- [November 2018] My article with Dan Browne, Lorenzo Catani, Luciana Henaut and Anna Pappa on a single-system analogue of the CHSH game has been accepted to appear as a Rapid Communication in Physical Review A.
- [November 2018] Talk at CHoCoLa seminar, Université Paris Diderot.
- [November 2018] Talk at Journées d’Informatique Quantique, LORIA Nancy.
- [October 2018] My article with Elham Kashefi exploring a new form of contextuality for transformations has been accepted to appear in Physical Review Letters.
- [October 2018] “Contextuality: from impossible staircases to quantum correlations”. Poster presentation with Pierre-Emmanuel Emeriau [English version/French version] and other fun with the QI team at the Fête de la science, Sorbonne Université, Oct 12-13
- [September 2018] Invited talk: University of Campinas, Brazil. Physics & Mathematics seminar, IMECC
- [September 2018] Invited talk: University of Campinas, Brazil. Congresso Nacional de Matemática Aplicada e Computacional 2018
- [September 2018] Congratulations to Pierre-Emmanuel Emeriau who this summer successfully defended his master’s degree internship report, co-supervised by me and Elham Kashefi, and begins his doctoral studies with us this month.
In broad terms, my main research interests are in applying structural and logical methods from mathematics and theoretical computer science to physics, and beyond. My present focus is largely on enhancing our understanding of the foundations of quantum theory, and on harnessing this for the development of quantum technologies.
Much of my research looks at the key non-classical aspects of quantum theory, such as non-locality and contextuality. From a foundational perspective, these lie at the root of many of the conceptual issues arising from quantum theory, while from a practical perspective they also underpin the utilisable advantages of quantum systems and the huge potential of quantum technologies.
Prior to that I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow based at Sorbonne University, Paris. There I led a research project on Resource-Sensitive Quantum Computing (ResQu) as a member of the Quantum Information team in the computer science laboratory LIP6*. I have previously held fellowships and postdoctoral research positions at the University of Oxford, Paris Diderot University and the University of Edinburgh.
From January to August 2017 I was a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Informatics, Edinburgh, in the group of Professor Elham Kashefi. In 2016 I held a postdoctoral fellowship from the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris, for my project Contextual Semantics for Quantum Theory, working with Christine Tasson at IRIF, Paris Diderot University. Prior to that I held postdoctoral positions at Oxford, working first on the Oxford Martin School’s programme for Bio-inspired Quantum Technologies and later for the Networked Quantum Information Technologies hub of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies programme. I was based primarily in the Quantum Group at the Department of Computer Science, while also being associated with the QuNaT Group at the Department of Materials. During this time, I was an Oxford Martin Fellow and a Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College (2013-16), where I was organiser of the meetings of the Quantum Foundations Research Cluster.
I completed my DPhil [doctorate] in Computer Science at the University of Oxford in 2013 with Samson Abramsky and Bob Coecke with a thesis entitled The Mathematical Structure of Non-locality and Contextuality. My examiners were Lucien Hardy and Jamie Vicary. I also hold an MASt in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (Part III Mathematics) from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Physics (numerical relativity), supervised by Niall Ó Murchadha, and a BSc (joint honours) in Physics & Mathematics, both from University College Cork. I was awarded a National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship for my doctoral studies in 2010.
*This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 750523.