Andriy received a M.Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology from University College London in 2016. He was a recipient of the Best Final Year Project Award within the EEE Department at UCL for his master’s project implementing Forward Error Correction with a quantum annealer. He subsequently worked as a Design Engineer with Zano Controls Ltd. Then as a Hardware and an Embedded Software Engineer with the University of Reading as part of a Knowledge Partner Tranship in collobration with Redwave Labs, Harwell, U.K. While working with Redwave Labs he coauthored a paper in the IEEE journal: "Transactions on Consumer Electronics". He is currently a PhD student at the CDT for Quantum Engineering at Bristol University. His hobbies include hiking and cycling.
Ben graduated from the University of Southampton in 2017 with a first class MPhys degree. During his time as an undergraduate he worked with research groups on solid-state quantum optics, and on FPGA systems for integrated laser spectroscopy. His final year project involved using Fortran to simulate particle collisions at the LHC to explore the existence of extra dimensions, and ways to indirectly detect the theorised Graviton. On joining the CDT, Ben is excited to get back into the lab for some more experimental work. Outside of the lab Ben enjoys video games, photography, and travelling.
Elliott graduated from the University of Bristol in 2018 with an MSci in Mathematics. In his final year of undergraduate study, Elliott undertook a project focusing on the Hamiltonian dynamics of polyhedra within Loop Quantum Gravity, but was captivated by the courses on Quantum Information Theory and Quantum Computation available in Bristol University's School of Maths. Combining this with an existing love of cryptography, he chose to critique some literature surrounding Quantum Zero Knowledge Proofs of Knowledge as coursework and is keen to develop his interest in this area. As a trained theorist, he is keen to engage with the experimental side of this CDT, and take a hands on approach. Elliott has chosen to engage in teaching roles whenever possible in his undergraduate degree, and hopes to continue this in his later years here at the CDT. He is also a volunteer for St. John Ambulance and a connoisseur of puns.
Alex graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2015 with an MPhys in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, with an emphasis on group theory and quantum physics. Their final year project looked at incorporating and identifying retardation effects in quantum states interacting with each other via a bath of states. Alex worked in the hospitality industry for three years following their graduation before joining the CDT. Their main research interests are in the practical applications of quantum theory, especially the revolutionary potential of quantum computers. In their spare time, Alex enjoys dancing, board games and climbing.
Marija studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. During her undergraduate studies, her main focus was applied physics – ranging from semiconductor physics and quantum devices to photonics and optoelectronics. After completing her courses, Marija joined Nano-Photonics and Quantum Optics Laboratory at Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, where she did her project for bachelor thesis – ‘Critically coupled on-chip fiber ring resonator’. Although her whole undergraduate studies were focused on theoretical aspects, after her experience in Canada, Marija is leaning more towards experimental work.
She is one of the founders of University of Belgrade’s OSA Student Chapter and is actively working on Photonics outreach in Serbia. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, photography and arts. She is hoping that one day she will invent a ‘time-turner’ and will manage to fit all of her interests into already very busy calendar.
David graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2017 with an MSci in Physics. Throughout his degree he completed modules from various areas in Physics, with an emphasis on applications of Quantum Mechanics that include: Quantum Optics, Superconductivity, Nanophotonic and Semiconductor Optoelectronics. His final year project involved investigating the polarisation instabilities of light within the optical fibre network of an atom interferometer, which forms part of a portable quantum gravimeter – a device for measuring gravity to a precision not possible with classical methods. During the time between graduating and joining the QE-CDT, David worked in industry as a Python programmer; where, aside from the learning Python, gained experience of working in Agile-driven teams. David enjoys an active lifestyle: running several times a week and training in jiu-jitsu, both the Japanese and Brazilian variants.
Reece graduated from the University of Liverpool with a first class MPhys degree in 2018. Throughout his degree Reece became captivated by the 'weirdness' of quantum mechanics, and how the underlying principles could be utilised for future applications. In his final year, he undertook a project named 'Deep Learning Techniques for Neutrino Event Identification at SBND' where a Convolutional Neural Network was implemented through Google's TensorFlow Machine Intelligence Library to allow for automated particle tagging of LArTPC images, in a similar manner to the way Facebook recognises people automatically in photos. Coming from an experimental background, Reece is now keen to dive into theoretical aspects such as Quantum Error Correction and Quantum Cryptography during his PhD. Away from his studies, he enjoys going to techno nights and watching too much Come Dine With Me.
Cecile Skoryna Kline
Cecile graduated from the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) with a BSc in Physics. During her undergraduate degree she was involved in particle astrophysics research focused on studying charged cosmic rays and gamma rays detections from the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Gamma-Ray Observatory. For two summers she worked at the Research Center for Optics (CIO) in Mexico on developing an algorithm for automated noise-level detection and noise-related uncertainty determination in terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. During her first year in Rochester Cécile was part of a group project working on an experiment to obtain polarisation-entangled photons. This experience sparked her interest for quantum physics and now is looking forward to exploring applications of quantum entanglement such as Quantum Key Distribution. On her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, finding the best coffee spots and travelling.
Cyril graduated from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France) with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a Masters in Optics and Photonics. After studying quantum mechanics during his 2nd and 3rd year of his bachelor’s degree he decided to dig further into the larger field of optics. He did two projects during his master’s involving Quantum Metrology including an experimental demonstration for the public audience with a two-photon interference. His second project was completed in QETLabs, Bristol, demonstrating the role of non-local correlations for quantum imaging. Although his main interest is quantum metrology, he is also keen to investigate topics in liquantum cryptography. Cyril likes also to drink (local) beer, cooking, travelling, riding his motorbike, and, of course, complaining about UK is one of his favourite activities.