SCIENTIFIC TEAMS

In the text bellow you can find basic information about scientific teams involved in the RAQUEL project.

 

MASARYKOVA UNIVERSITA

Faculty of Informatics

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First of all let me introduce the Project Coordinator. Faculty of Informatics is one of nine faculties of Masaryk University, located in Brno. MU is the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic and the leading higher education institution in Moravia. Recognized as one of the most important teaching and research institutions in the Czech Republic and a highly-regarded Central European university, it has been infused with a strong democratic spirit ever since its establishment in 1919. The university also plays a major role in the social and cultural life of the South Moravian Region.

The Raquel Project is one of the many activities of Faculty of Informatics. But it does not mean it lacks quality. On the contrary! Scientists involved in this project are carefully selected. So that is the reason why in team are not only Czech specialists. As a scientific leader was appointed Dr. Jan Bouda. Other team members are Dr. Mario Ziman, Dr. Matej Pivoluska, Dr. Martin Plesch and Dr. Frederic Dupuis. All of them are experienced professionals with many successes behind them. More in the list of publications.

 

UNIWERSYTET GDANSKI

National Quantum Information Centre

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Gdansk node of RAQUEL is located in National Quantum Information Centre (KCIK)  at Gdansk University - largest educational institution in the region of Pomerania.

Gdansk quantum information group, whose leaders include Robert Alicki, Michal Horodecki, Ryszard Horodecki, Marek Zukowski (University of Gdansk) and Pawel Horodecki (Gdansk University of Technology) has laid the foundations for entanglement theory, and belongs now to world leading groups in quantum information. This resulted in establishing National Quantum Information Centre of Gdansk (KCIK) in 2007 (http://www.kcik.univ.gda.pl/en).

Within the project RAQUEL, we have employed two PhD students: Piotr Cwikliński and Jan Borkala. We decided  also to  employ pure mathematicians: Prof. Tomasz Szarek and Dr Hanna Wojewodka –  specialists in probability theory. Their task was in particular to foster the research on  randomness extraction.

UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Faculty of Physics

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 The Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, is the largest and most prestigious under- and postgraduate school in physics in Austria. In terms of research it uniquely covers the most comprehensive range of important experimental and theoretical research fields. The department “Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information” has become an internationally renowned centre of excellence in the domain of quantum optics and the physics of quantum information.

Close cooperation with leading figures within the discipline all over the world, numerous publications in top scientific journals and many international awards make the department a key player in the groundbreaking field of quantum physics. The theoretical group of the PI Caslav Brukner covers the foundations of quantum physics, research on quantum entanglement and non-locality, the investigation of the relationship between information theory and physics in general, and of quantum-to-classical limit in particular, as well as the development of quantum causal structures. It consists of 2 Post-Docs and 5 PhDs.

 

LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE

Faculty of Computing

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University of Latvia is the leading research university in Latvia. It hosts 13 faculties that conduct studies and research in wide range of disciplines in sciences and humanities. Quantum information research at University of Latvia takes place in Center for Quantum Computer Science at the Faculty of Computing, with professor Andris Ambainis as the scientific leader. Research topics of the Center include quantum algorithms, quantum complexity theory, quantum non-locality, randomness in quantum computing and selected topics in classical computer science which are related to quantum computing.

Researchers of the Center (most notably, Andris Ambainis and Aleksandrs Belovs) are highly regarded both within Latvia (with Andris Ambainis being awarded the Grand Medal of Latvian Academy of Sciences) and internationally. The group is most well known for its work on quantum walks, methods for proving quantum lower bounds and the recent results on the maximum gap between classical and quantum computing. Currently, the Center has 17 researchers, with Andris Ambainis, two postdocs (Ashutosh Rai and Raqueline Santos) and two students (Krišjānis Prūsis and Jevgēņijs Vihrovs) working on the RAQUEL project.

 

 UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Department of Physics: Quantum Information Group
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The Quantum Information Group at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (GIQ @ UAB) is one of the larger, and one of the leading, groups in that subject in Spain. It has five permanent plus one emeritus staff members (Emili Bagan, John Calsamiglia, Ramón Muñoz-Tapia, Anna Sanpera and Andreas Winter, as well as Albert Bramón), and currently four postdocs (Sara Di Martino, Yoshifumi Nakata, Krishnakumar Sabapathy and Michalis Skotiniotis), as well as seven PhD students.
The group is known for its leading work on almost all subareas of quantum information, including entanglement, quantum foundations, cryptography, Shannon theory, cold atoms, quantum phase transitions, metrology, and algorithms. Within RAQUEL, the GIQ activities are led by Andreas Winter, and the project has involved as postdocs in the past Miguel Navascués and Giannicola Scarpa, and lately Sara Di Martino.
The former two contributed mostly to Bell inequalities and their applications, the latter to the characterisation of entanglement of distinguishable and indistinguishable particles. Furthermore, Yoshifumi Nakata became an affiliated member of RAQUEL, due to his collaboration of Andreas Winter and PhD student Christoph Hirche on 2- and t-designs.
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Department of Physics
The Berlin node of RAQUEL is located at the Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems at the physics department of the Freie Universitaet Berlin. The institution is one of the only nine German universities that have been awarded the attribute of Excellent Universities in the framework of the federal government’s excellence initiative.The quantum information group in Berlin led by Jens Eisert is one of the leading German groups in this field of research, having made significant contributions to quantum information theory and the study of complex quantum systems with many degrees of freedom.

Within the project RAQUEL, we have employed the student Emilio Onorati and the postdocs Martin Kliesch and Winton Brown for some time. All are distinguished experts in the study of randomness in quantum information processing and the study of disordered quantum many-body systems.

SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Department of Physics

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ETH Zurich, the Swiss university for science and technology, dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a centre of innovation and knowledge. Since then, physics has been an important discipline at ETH. The first chair in Physics was held by Rudolf Clausius (from 1855 to 1867), who is famous for his contributions to thermodynamics. Other chairs included Albert Einstein (from 1912 to 1914), Peter Debye (from 1920 to 1927), and Wolfgang Pauli (from 1928 to 1958). The department covers all major areas of physics, and since recently is very active in the quantum information sciences.
The Quantum Information Theory group headed by Renato Renner is since 2007 part of the physics department. A main research topic of the group is the “Physics of Information”, which also touches on quantum thermodynamics and the foundations of quantum theory. The group has also a strong track record in quantum cryptography, with PD Dr. Joseph Renes and Dr. Christopher Portmann as experts.