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I am Head of Quantum Algorithms at the photonic quantum computing company Quandela. Prior to that I held a number of academic research fellowships and postdoctoral research positions at Sorbonne University, the University of Paris, the School of Informatics at Edinburgh, and the Department of Computer Science at Oxford.

As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow based at Sorbonne University, Paris, I led the research project on Resource-Sensitive Quantum Computing (ResQu)*. I was also a laureate of the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris, who funded my research project on Contextual Semantics for Quantum Theory.

At Oxford I was a Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford (2013-16). I worked as a researcher in the Networked Quantum Information Technologies hub of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies programme, and prior to that in the Oxford Martin School’s programme for Bio-inspired Quantum Technologies.

During my years of postdoctoral research I was also fortunate to work alongside many wonderful research leaders like Elham Kashefi, Christine Tasson, and Iordanis Kerenidis.

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. 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) 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.

Research Interests

My main research focus is on exploring the advantages quantum technologies can provide over classical ones. I am especially interested in informational perspectives on quantum theory and draw heavily from structural and logical methods from theoretical computer science in my work. 

Much of my work has also centred on the foundations of quantum theory, with a goal of pinpointing and elucidating its non-classical features, such as non-locality and contextuality. These lie at the root of many of the conceptual issues arising from quantum theory, but they also underpin the utilisable advantages of quantum systems and the huge potential of quantum technologies.

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