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23 August 2023 (09:30 - 12:30)

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Our Quantum Communications Hub is partnering with QSium – a student-led initiative that aims to democratise education in quantum computing – to deliver an outreach event on basics principles around quantum communications. 

The event will be delivered online on 23 August 2023 and registration is free. The talks are tailored for A level students with a strong background in physics and/or maths, though anyone with an interest in the area is welcome to attend! There will be opportunity for questions after each talk. 

To register for this free event, visit the event Eventbrite listing.

The event will comprise talks by:

  • the Hub Director, Professor Tim Spiller (University of York), on the basic principles of quantum communications and the work of the Hub; 
  • Hub co-investigator, Dr Ayesha Khalid (Queen’s University Belfast), on post-quantum cryptography;
  • Hub research associate, Dr Jasminder Sidhu (University of Strathclyde), on networked quantum technologies


Summaries of the talks and short bios of the speakers are provided below: 

Introduction to UK Quantum Communications (Professor Tim Spiller, University of York): In this talk I’ll outline the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme and the role of the Quantum Communications Hub. I’ll present an introduction to quantum key distribution (QKD) and describe the QKD technologies that we are developing in the Hub.

Bio: Professor Tim Spiller is founding Director of the York Centre for Quantum Technologies and Director of the Quantum Communications Hub. Prior to this, he was at the University of Leeds in the roles of Head of the Quantum Information Group and Director of Research for the School of Physics and Astronomy. Prior to 2009, Spiller was Director of Quantum Information Processing (QIP) Research at HP Labs Bristol – an activity that he established in 1995 – and a Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Scientist. He has spent over 40 years researching quantum theory, superconducting systems and quantum hardware and  technologies.


Introduction to networked quantum technologies (Dr Jasminder Sidhu, University of Stathclyde)
Networked quantum technologies can provide secure communications, enhanced sensing, and improved computing. By delegating intensive tasks across shared systems, quantum networking not only improves the performance of technologies but heralds additional capabilities. Tune in to learn more!

Bio: Jas is a quantum theorist at the University of Strathclyde and part of the Quantum Communications Hub. His work on finite quantum information has introduced new insights and understanding into the performance of quantum technologies. By closely working with experimentalists and engineers across the Hub, Jas is helping push quantum technologies out of the lab and into the real world.


Introduction to post quantum cryptography (Dr Ayesha Khalid, Queen’s University Belfast): Within the next decade, all the public key cryptography the world will be using is very likely to be replaced by quantum-resistance alternative like the post quantum cryptography. This talk will give a general perspective of cryptography and basics of post quantum cryptography.  

Bio: Dr. Ayesha Khalid is a Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. She was the recipient of the prestigious DAAD scholarship award for doctoral studies in Germany. Her research interests include post quantum cryptography, hardware security and side channel attacks. She is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.


Location: Online