QTech 2018 conference will gather high-profile Quantum Technology experts to deliver plenary speeches:

Prof. Eleni Diamanti

University Pierre and Marie Curie, France

Eleni Diamanti is a researcher at the French National Research Centre (CNRS) LIP6 laboratory, at University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France. She received her Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2000 and her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA, in 2006. She then worked as a Marie Curie post-doctoral scholar at the Institute of Optics in Palaiseau, before joining the CNRS in 2009. Her research focuses on experimental quantum cryptography and communication complexity, and on the development of photonic resources for quantum networks. She is a recipient of an ERC Starting Grant, vice director of the Paris Centre for Quantum Computing, steering committee member of the French national network on Quantum Technologies, and elected member of the Board of Stakeholders of the European Public Private Partnership in Photonics. She also serves at the Editorial Board of IOP Quantum Science and Technology.

Speech title: Coming soon


Prof. Akira Furusawa

University of Tokyo, Japan

Professor Akira Furusawa received his Ms Degree in applied physics and Ph.D. Degree in physical chemistry from The University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1986, and 1991, respectively. His research interests cover the area of nonlinear optics, quantum optics and quantum information science. Professor Furusawa has authored more than 100 papers in leading technical journals and conferences, which include the first realizations of continuous-variable quantum teleportation (A. Furusawa et al, Science 282, 706 (1998)), quantum teleportation network (H. Yonezawa et al., Nature 431, 430 (2004)), generation of nine-party quantum entanglement and its application to quantum error correction (T. Aoki et al., Nature Physics 5, 541 (2009)), quantum teleportation of Schrödinger’s cat state (N. Lee et al., Science 332, 330 (2011)), adaptive homodyne measurement in the non-classical level (H. Yonezawa et al., Science 337, 1514 (2012)), deterministic quantum teleportation of optical qubits (S. Takeda et al., Nature 500, 315 (2013)), generation of 10000-wavepacket quantum entanglement or CV cluster state for large-scale quantum computing (S. Yokoyama et al., Nature Photonics 7, 982 (2013)), generation and verification of CV quantum entanglement on a chip (G. Masada et al., Nature Photonics 9, 316 (2015)), and synchronization of two quantum optical memories (K. Makino et al., Science Advances 2, e1501772 (2016)). Professor Furusawa received the Ryogo Kubo Memorial Award in 2006, the JSPS Prize and the Japan Academy Medal in 2007, the International Quantum Communication Award in 2008, the Palacky University Medal in 2011, the Toray Science and Technology Prize in 2015, and the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2016.

Speech title: A time-domain multiplexed measurement-based large-scale optical quantum computer


Prof. Eugene Polzik

Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark


Eugene Polzik is a professor of physics at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen and Head of the Quantum Optics Division. His research interests are centred around quantum physics of matter and light and quantum information technologies. Among the results he has achieved are demonstrations of the quantum teleportation between material objects, a quantum memory for light, an optical detection of radio waves using a nanomechanical oscillator, a quantum optical interface with a one dimensional atomic crystal, and measurement of motion not restricted by the Heisenberg uncertainty. Dr. Polzik is Distinguished Invited Professor at the Institute for Photonic Sciences in Barcelona. He is a Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He is a recipient of several awards. including the Gordon Moore Distinguished Scholar award, the Scientific American Research Leadership award, the European Research Council Advanced Grant award and the Danish Association of Academics award.

Speech title: Sensing of motion beyond the standard quantum limit


Prof. Tobias Kippenberg

École Polytechnique Fédéreale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Tobias J. Kippenberg is ordinary Professor in the Institute of Physics at EPFL in Switzerland since 2013 and joined EPFL in 2008 as Tenure Track Assistant Professor. Prior to EPFL, he was Independent Max Planck Junior Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching. While at the MPQ he demonstrated radiation pressure cooling of optical micro-resonators, and developed techniques with which mechanical oscillators can be cooled, measured and manipulated in the quantum regime that are now part of the research field of Cavity Quantum Optomechanics. Moreover, his group discovered the generation of optical frequency combs using high Q micro-resonators, a principle known now as micro-combs or Kerr combs. For his early contributions in these two research fields, he has been recipient of the EFTF Award for Young Scientists (2011), The Helmholtz Prize in Metrology (2009), the EPS Fresnel Prize (2009), ICO Award (2014), Swiss Latsis Prize (2015), as well as the Wilhelmy Klung Research Prize in Physics (2015) and the 2018 ZEISS Research Award. Moreover, he is 1st prize winner of the “8th European Union Contest for Young Scientists” in 1996 and is listed in the 2015 Thomson Reuters List of 1% most cited Physicists in 2014-2017. He is founder of the startup LIGENTEC SA, an integrated photonics foundry.

Speech title: Quantum optomechanics with nano-mechanical oscillators


Prof. Pascale Senellart-Mardon

CNRS – C2N, France

Pascale Senellart obtained her PhD from University Paris 6 in 2001 for her studies on microcavity polaritons. She joined the CNRS end of 2002 where she started a research line on cavity quantum electrodynamics with semiconductor quantum dots. In 2008, she invented a technology to control at will the spontaneous emission of a single quantum dot. With this technique, her team addresses key challenges for the scalability of optical quantum technologies, such as the fabrication of efficient sources of single or entangled photons and the development of efficient photon-photon gates. She has co-authored 130 papers in refereed journals and given more than 105 invited talks in international conferences and workshops. She was awarded of an ERC starting grant in 2011, she was laureate of the CNRS silver medal in 2014 and elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America in 2018. In 2017, she co-founded the spin-off company Quandela, commercializing single-photon sources.

Speech title: Generating and manipulating single photons with semiconductor devices


Prof.  Philippe Bouyer

Institut d’Optique, CNRS, France


Philippe Bouyer is research director at CNRS and deputy director of the Institut d’Optique Graduate School in Bordeaux. He received his doctorate at Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1995 and was then a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford during which he worked on atom interferometer-based inertial sensor experiments. He joined CNRS and the Institut d’Optique Graduate School in 1996, where he worked on atom lasers and Anderson localization with cold atoms. He is the co-founder of MUQUANS, a company selling atomic gravimeters and atomic clocks. His current interests are the study of quantum simulators with ultracold atoms and the development of atom interferometers for testing general relativity in space or detecting gravity fields and gravitational waves underground. He is the recipient of the 2012 Louis D award of the French academy, APS fellow and OSA senior member.

Speech title: Quantum sensors with matter waves: from fundamental physics to applications


Prof. David Lucas

University of Oxford, UK


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Prof. Michel Brune

Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Collège de France, ENS, Sorbonne Université, CNRS, France

Dr Michel Brune, Director of Research,
Laboratoire Kastler Brossel
Collège de Fance, ENS, Sorbonne Université, CNRS.

Michel Brune is leading together with Jean-Michel Raimond the Cavity QED team at Laboratoire Kastler Brossel. After a PhD on the realization of a two-photon micromaser directed by Serge Haroche, he joined the LKB Cavity QED team in 1989 as permanent researcher. Using circular Rydberg atoms interacting with trapped photons in a superconducting cavity, he performed textbook experiment on the most fundamental aspects of quantum measurement. He achieved quantum nondemolition photon counting, he observed quantum jumps of light and the decoherence of Schrödinger cat states of radiation. The Nobel Prize awarded in 2012 to S. Haroche gave a wide recognition to this work. Michel Brune was recently awarded an ERC advanced grant for developing a quantum simulator based on the deterministic trapping of circular Rydberg atoms ensembles. The system should allow for simulation of the manybody physics of interacting spins over unprecedented timescale.

Speech title: Toward a trapped circular Rydberg atom quantum simulator


Prof. Hans J. Briegel

University of Innsbruck, Austria

HANS J. BRIEGEL received his doctorate (1994) and habilitation (2002) in physics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. He held postdoctoral positions at Texas A&M, Innsbruck, and Harvard University. He has been a Full Professor of Theoretical Physics with the University of Innsbruck since 2003, and a Research Director at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences from 2003 until 2014. His main fields of research are quantum information and quantum optics where he has authored and co-authored papers on a broad range of topics, including work on noise reduction and microscopic lasers, quantum repeaters for long-distance quantum communication, quantum entanglement and cluster states, and measurement-based quantum computers. His recent research has focussed on physical models for classical and quantum machine learning, artificial intelligence and its applications in quantum experiment, and the problem of learning and agency in general.

Speech title: Learning and artificial intelligence in the quantum domain


Prof. Andreas Wallraff

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Since January 2012 Andreas Wallraff is a Full Professor for Solid State Physics in the Department of Physics at ETH Zurich. He joined the department in January 2006 as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in January 2010. Previously, he has obtained degrees in physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, U.K., Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, Germany and did research towards his Masters degree at the Research Center Jülich, Germany. During his doctoral research he investigated the quantum dynamics of vortices in superconductors and observed for the first time the tunneling and energy level quantization of an individual vortex for which he obtained a PhD degree in physics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. During the four years he spent as a research scientist at Yale University in New Haven, CT, USA he performed experiments in which the coherent interaction of a single photon with a single quantum electronic circuit was observed for the first time. His research is focused on the experimental investigation of quantum effects in superconducting electronic circuits for performing fundamental quantum optics experiments and for applications in quantum information processing. His group at ETH Zurich engages in research on micro and nano-electronics, with a particular focus on hybrid quantum systems combining superconducting electronic circuits with semiconductor quantum dots and individual Rydberg atoms, making use of fast and sensitive microwave techniques at ultra-low temperatures.

Speech title: Deterministic Quantum State Transfer and Remote Entanglement using Microwave Photons.


Prof. Stephanie Wehner

TU Delft, Netherlands


Stephanie Wehner works towards a large scale quantum internet as Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor at QuTech, Delft University of Technology. Her passion is communication in all its facets, and she has written numerous scientific articles in both physics and computer science. Stephanie is one the founders of QCRYPT, which has become the largest conference in quantum cryptography. She is Roadmap Leader of the Quantum Internet and Network Computing efforts at QuTech, has served on the steering committees of QIP, QCMC and QCRYPT, and is presently QCN for the Netherlands to the EU flagship CSA. From 2010 to 2014, her research group was located at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, where she was first Assistant and later Dean’s Chair Associate Professor. Previously, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology in the group of John Preskill. In a former life, she worked in the classical internet industry and as a professional hacker.

Speech title: Coming soon


Prof. Leonardo Fallani

University of Florence, Italy

Leonardo Fallani is Professor of Physics at University of Florence (Italy) and Research Associate of LENS European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy. He received his PhD in 2005 for early experimental studies of atomic Bose-Einstein condensates in optical lattices and disordered systems. His research experience is in the field of experimental atomic and optical physics, in particular on the topics: precision spectroscopy, ultracold quantum gases, disordered atomic systems, many-body atomic physics, quantum simulation with ultracold Bose and Fermi gases in optical lattices. Among his research achievements, there is the first observation of Anderson localization of matter waves (2007) and the first observation of edge states in neutral fermionic matter (2015). At University of Florence he is leading a research group focusing on quantum simulation with ultracold two-electron fermions, merging many-body physics and metrological techniques of quantum control. He has been author of >60 publications on international journals and books, and invited speaker at >60 international conferences. In 2015 he was awarded with an ERC Consolidator Grant for the investigation of topological states of matter with synthetic ultracold systems.

Speech title: Engineering synthetic quantum systems with ultracold atoms and light