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 have also been 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.
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 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.
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.
- [December 2020] Invited talk at the Quantum Systems session of the Quantum Computing Day of the 11th Colloquium of the GDR IQFA.
- [November 2020] Watch my talk at the QuantX and Aristote webinar “QC hardware in France: startups in sight“.
- [September 2020] I am delighted to announce that I have officially joined the photonic quantum computing startup Quandela as Head of Quantum Algorithms, where I am looking forward to developing the company’s activities in applications, theory and software!
- [August 2020] Read my latest work with Pierre-Emmanuel Emeriau and Mark Howard on Quantum Advantage in Information Retrieval: arXiv:2007.15643
- [June 2020] Invited talk at the Fourth Workshop on Algebraic Structures in Quantum Computation, Vancouver. [Video]
- [June 2020] Watch Pierre-Emmanuel Emeriau’s presentation of our joint work with Mark Howard at QPL 2020. [Video]
- [June 2020] I co-organised the 17th International Conference on Quantum Physics and Logic (QPL) 2020 which has migrated fully online.
- [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.