Work Package Leaders

The QComm Hub is led by Professor Tim Spiller, founding Director of the York Centre for Quantum Technologies. He previously led the QI Group at Leeds and has fifteen years of industrial experience as Director of Quantum Information Processing Research at HP Labs, Bristol. There he led the development of HP’s quantum technologies intellectual property portfolio and translation strategy. Professor Spiller has responsibility for overseeing the theoretical analyses underpinning all four work packages (WP).
Professor John Rarity is Head of the Photonics Group in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol, ranging in skills from high speed communications systems to foundational quantum photonics. He is the founding father of quantum technologies, including the first experiments in path entanglement, QKD, multiphoton interference and quantum metrology, recognised by the 1994 IoP Thomas Young Medal. He has been reviewer/advisor for prestigious international projects, has contributed to the formation of quantum technologies research in Europe through various advisory panels, and holds a prestigious ERC Advanced Fellowship. He and colleagues were awarded the Descartes Prize in 2004 for the project QuComm. Professor Rarity has responsibility for leading on WP1 (Short-range, free-space, QKD technologies).
Professor Mark Thompson is Director of the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training at Bristol and Deputy Director of the Centre for Quantum Photonics. He holds an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship and is pioneering the emerging field of silicon quantum photonics. He has over five years industrial experience in photonics, working with Corning Cables Ltd, Bookham Technology Ltd and Toshiba, and was awarded the 2009 Toshiba Research Fellowship. He is world-leading in the development of advanced integrated quantum circuits, and was awarded the 2013 IET researcher award for his contribution to this field. Professor Thompson has responsibility for leading on WP2 (Chip-scale QKD technology).
Dr Andrew Shields is Assistant Managing Director at TREL Cambridge Research Laboratory. He directs Toshiba’s R&D in Quantum Information Technology, leading a world-leading team of around 30 scientists/engineers. He has extensive experience of co-founding and leading large EU programmes in quantum technologies, and in particular QKD network technology development and quantum-device work for long-distance quantum communications. He is the Chair and co-founder of the Industry Specification Group for Quantum Key Distribution of ETSI (the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute). In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and awarded the Mott Medal by the IoP. Dr Shields has responsibility for leading on WP3 (Quantum communication networking).
Professor Gerald Buller is Head of the Photonics and Quantum Sciences Research Institute at Heriot-Watt University. He has worked in single-photon physics for well over 20 years and in quantum communication systems for over 15 years, leading experimental teams which demonstrated the first fibre-based GHz QKD scheme in 2004 and the first quantum digital signatures scheme in 2012. He has been PI on a range of collaborative research projects funded by the EU, European Space Agency, DSTL, QinetiQ, CERN, etc., including the EQUIS European collaboration. Professor Buller has responsibility for leading on WP4 (Next generation quantum communications).

Lead Investigators

Professor Erika Andersson, Heriot-Watt University, proposed the first practical quantum digital signature schemes and initiated their realisation funded by EPSRC Big Pitch EP/K022717/1. She has held several prestigious research fellowships, including an individual Marie Curie fellowship and a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship. She is co-holder of UK patent GB2400252 on quantum source coding.
Professor Samuel Braunstein, University of York, holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He has edited three books on quantum information and is a Founding Managing Editor of the Quantum Information and Computation journal. He has made important contributions to quantum information, technology and communication, including QKD.
Dr Roger Colbeck is a lecturer in mathematics, University of York, previously at ETH Zurich and Perimeter Institute. He has made many important contributions to the understanding and development of device-independent quantum cryptography, including pioneering studies in DI-QRG.
Professor Brian Gerardot, Heriot Watt, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, has made important contributions investigating single photon and single spin coherence in III-V quantum dots. Via funding from an EPSRC Challenging Engineering award and an ERC Starting Grant, he is currently working towards realisation of a scalable quantum photonic platform with applications in quantum communications and linear optical quantum computing.
Dr John Jeffers is Director of Research for Physics at Strathclyde University. He has researched widely in quantum optics for over 20 years, including attenuating and amplifying dielectrics and quantum retrodiction. More recently he has worked with the Single Photon Group at Heriot-Watt University on digital signatures and state comparison amplification in fibres.
Dr Pieter Kok is Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Physics at Sheffield. His expertise is in optical quantum information processing.
Dr Reza Nejabati is a Senior Lecturer in High Performance Networks Group, SMIEEE and Fellow of HEA at University of Bristol. He has been PI/Co-I of several EPSRC and EU funded grants focusing on disruptive new transport technologies for future optical networks. He has done pioneering work on development of new techniques for optical network slicing, isolation and virtualisation.
Professor Kenny Paterson is an EPSRC Leadership Fellow in the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway. His research has been recognised through an Internet Research Task Force Prize (2014).
Professor Richard Penty is the Professor of Photonics at Cambridge. His research includes high-speed optical communications systems and photonic integration. He is Programme Director of the Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems Centre for Doctoral Training.
Stefano Pirandola is a Professor of quantum information at Computer Science (York). In the past, he has been Leverhulme fellow (2013-2015) and Marie Curie outgoing international fellow (2007-2010). He started to work on quantum cryptography and quantum networks since he was a fellow at MIT.
Dr Mohsen Razavi has held an MIT-HP Alliance Fellowship and a Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant on Multiple Access QKD Networks. He has researched widely in quantum communications through Waterloo (Canada) and Leeds. He has organised and chaired the first International Workshop on Quantum Communication Networks in 2014.
Dr Alastair Sinclair is a principal scientist in the Quantum Detection Group at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), leading R&D activity in atomic and optical quantum technologies. He collaborated with TREL in a recent Technology Strategy Board project, resulting in a world-first demonstration of quantum-secured DWDM transmission over a single installed fibre, using a traceably-calibrated QKD system.
Professor Dimitra Simeonidou leads the High Performance Networks group (HPN) at Bristol. She has been the PI/Co-I of numerous Optical Networking grants (including EPSRC Platform and programme grants) and has made major contributions to standards.
Professor Ben Varcoe (Leeds) made the first microwave-region observations of intra-cavity Fock states, photon-photon blockade and single photons on demand. He currently has two quantum technologies spinout companies, contracts with Quantum Imaging Ltd, Cryptographiq/IPGroup and Airbus Defence and Space QKD technologies, plus collaborative arrangements with L3-TRL to develop cryptographic systems.
Professor Ian White is van Eck Professor of Engineering at Cambridge and Master of Jesus College. He leads the Photonics activity in the Electrical Engineering Division.

Research Co-Investigators

Dr Chris Erven is a Lecturer in Quantum Engineering at the University of Bristol. He is a Co-Director of the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training and a researcher at the Centre for Quantum Photonics. His interests include photonic quantum technologies, in particular the development of integrated quantum cryptography devices and their commercial application.

Dr Anthony Laing is a lecturer and EPSRC research fellow in the Centre for Quantum Photonics and School of Physics at the University of Bristol. His interests include developing practical applications for photonic quantum technologies, such as quantum simulations, tomography, and communication.

Partner Researchers

Christopher ChunnilallNational Physical Laboratory
Andrew LordBT
Adrian WonforUniversity of Cambridge
Zhiliang YuanToshiba Research Europe Ltd.

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Arash BahramiUniversity of York
Richard CollinsUniversity of Bristol
Dr Collins’ current research interests are primarily associated with quantum communications, including quantum digital signatures, quantum key distribution and coherent state amplification. He has additionally previously researched quantum dots as single-photon sources and time–of–flight ranging and depth imaging. Dr Collins is an active researcher within the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Communications where he pursues innovative new technologies under the “Next Generation Quantum Communications” sub-project.
Andy HartUniversity of Bristol
Emilio Hugues SalasUniversity of Bristol
Jake KennardUniversity of Bristol
Ralph MaleinHeriot Watt University
Luca MazzarellaUniversity of Strathclyde
Carlo OttavianiUniversity of York
Dr. Rupesh Kumar is an experimentalist in Quantum Cryptography, currently working on the realization of the quantum communication network that connects Cambridge and Adastral Park. His research interests include Discrete Variable as well as Continuous Variable Quantum Key Distribution and Quantum Communication Networks.
Mark PearceUniversity of Sheffield
Sammy RagyUniversity of York
Ittoop VergheeseHeriot-Watt University

PhD Students

Ryan AmiriHeriot Watt University
Thomas CopeUniversity of York
Guillem Ballesteros-GarciaHeriot Watt University
Jonathan CrickmoreHeriot Watt University
Ross DonaldsonHeriot Watt University
Masoud Ghalaii is a postgraduate researcher in physics, University of Leeds. He holds a White Rose Research Studentship. He is interested in (Continuous-variable) Quantum Key Distribution and Quantum Communication Networks.
Klaudia KleczkowskaHeriot Watt University
Antonios KoutroumanisHeriot Watt University
Pragati KumarHeriot Watt University
Riccardo LaurenzaUniversity of York
Elizabeth NewtonUniversity of Leeds
Panagiotis PapanastasiouUniversity of York
Ryan ParkerUniversity of York
Xinke TangUniversity of Cambridge
Scott VinayUniversity of Sheffield
Freya WilsonUniversity of Leeds

Professional Support Staff

Klitos AndreaUniversity of York
Georgia is responsible for the overall project coordination. She provides support to the Hub Management Team and External Advisory Board, works with the Business Development Manager on industrial engagement and event organisation, monitors all project budgets, and is further responsible for website content. She is a member of the EPSRC Communications Group and also sits on the cross-hub Responsible Research & Innovation Committee.
Belinda SharpeUniversity of Bristol