Hannes Hübel
Coordinator of UNIQORN
Update on Uniqorn Project / Session 2 / Wednesday, Nov 4
Dr. Hannes Hübel received his Ph.D. in 2004 at the Queen Mary University in London. In 2004 he joined the Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information Group, headed by Prof. A. Zeilinger, as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2008, he became senior Post-Doc at the same institution, where he led the development of an entanglement based QKD system for the EU-FP6 SECOQC and EU-FP6 QAP projects. He also realised novel sources for quantum communication applications in the national Trans-Q project. In 2010, he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Institute of Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Canada. In this group, he led the effort for the first direct generation of photon triplets and collaborated with space hardware manufacturer COMDEV on a satellite QKD study, funded by Defense Research and Development Canada. In 2011 he became assistant professor at the University of Stockholm, Sweden focusing on long distance fibre and free space quantum communication. As member of the Linnaeus Center in Advanced Optics and Photonics (ADOPT), he worked also on the implementation of nano-photonics for quantum experiments. Since 2015 he is the leader of the Optical Quantum Technology group at AIT, aiming to bring quantum communication applications to market. He is coordinating national projects and international projects in areas such as coexistence schemes for QKD and classical communication, high rate generation of entangled photons, as well as an industrial projects on CV-QKD.

About the project

UNIQORN is a well-orchestrated design and manufacturing framework aiming to advance the quantum communication technology for DV and CV systems by carefully laying out each element along the development chain from fabrication to application.

George Kanellos
Senior Lecturer in High Performance Networks Group at the University of Bristol.
Use Cases in Quantum Technologies Session / Thursday, Nov 5
Dr George T. Kanellos is currently a Senior Lecturer in High Performance Networks Group at the University of Bristol. He received his BSc in ECE/CS and his Ph.D. from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) - Photonics Communications Research Laboratory (PCRL), in 2002 and 2008 respectively. Dr. Kanellos research focus on exploiting the advancements of photonic technology to reshape the architectural concepts on Data Centers, Edge Compute Networks and Quantum Networks. He has previously led the technical efforts in several EU and National funded projects, including EU projects FET-ICT-RAMPLAS and H2020-ICT-STREAMS, while he is currently engaged with EU-H2020-UNIQORN and the EPSRC UK-National Quantum Communications hub projects. Dr. Kanellos has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals and international conferences including several invited contributions.
Paolo Villoresi
Padua Quantum technologies Research Center, Italy
Use Cases in Quantum Technologies Session / Session 1 / Thursday, Nov 5
Paolo Villoresi is a Full Professor (Ordinarius) of Physics at the University of Padova, Department of Information Engineering. He studied Physics and Applied Mathematics at University of Padova, where he is permanent faculty since 1994. He proposed in 2002 and then realized the first single photon exchange with a satellite. He founded a research group on Quantum Communication (QC) and Quantum Optics, that demonstrated the first QC in Space using orbiting retroreflectors, adopting polarization and temporal modes. His group also have shown the first use of OAM modes in QC, the generation of random numbers using DV and CV quantum processes at tens of Gbps, the study and mitigation of turbulence in free-space QC in the Canary Island links, as well the implementation of novel QKD protocols and of fundamental tests of Quantum Mechanics both in Space and in the Lab. The latest result of the QuantumFuture Group is the daylight free-space quantum QKD using integrated photonics circuits.His past research topics include the Atomic Physics in the attosecond domain, multiphoton ionization, ultrafast optics in extreme ultraviolet and X-rays, often exploiting adaptive optics. He served as coordinator in several national and international research projects, including basic research as well as industrial and medical applications of lasers and photonics technologies, exploiting also his 12 industrial patents and patent applications.
Peter A. Limacher
Senior Researcher, SAP Security Research
Use Cases in Quantum Technologies Session / Session 1 / Thursday, Nov 5
Dr. Peter Limacher is a senior researcher at SAP Security Research. He obtained his PhD degree at ETH Zurich in the field of Quantum Chemistry in 2010. After that, he was conducting his post-doctoral research at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology funded by fellowships of the Swiss National Science Foundation. He joined SAP in 2018, where he drives research on quantum technologies with a specific focus on security relevant aspects.
Marc Porcheron
Senior Research Engineer, EDF Research and Development, EDF Lab Paris-Saclay
Use Cases in Quantum Technologies Session / Session 1 / Thursday, Nov 5
Frank Wilhelm Mauch
Coordinator of OpenSuperQ
Progress on OpenSuperQ / Session 1 / Wednesday, Nov 4
Education and career: 1991-96 studies of physics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, graduated with a Diploma; 1996-99 doctoral studies at KIT (supervisor Prof. Dr. Gerd Schön), graduated as Dr. rer. nat.; 1999-2001 postdoctoral research (supervisor Prof. Dr. Johan E. Mooij) at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands; 2001-2005 senior researcher (supervisor Prof. Dr. Jan von Delft) at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich, Germany; Habilitation 2004 and appointment as Privatdozent (lecturer) at LMU; 2006-2011 associate professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Canada continuing as full professor on leave (2011-13) and adjunct professor (2013-16); since 2011 full chair professor at Saarland University

About the project

The 10 international partners from academia and industry involved in the European FET Flagship project OpenSuperQ aim at designing, building and operating a quantum information processing system of up to 100 qubits and to sustainably make it available at a central site for external users.

Frank Deppe
Coordinators of QMICS
Update on QMiCS– Quantum Microwave Communcation and Sensing / Session 1 / Tuesday, Nov 3 & Thursday, Nov 5
Frank Deppe is Junior Group Leader at the Walther-Meißner-Institut (WMI) in Garching near Munich, Germany. Since 2017, he is also private lecturer (“Privatdozent”) at Technische Universität München (TUM) with the official right to supervise Bachelor, Master, and PhD theses. During his PhD studies, he performed experiments on superconducting flux quantum circuits, partly in the group of Kouichi Semba at NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Japan and partly in the group of Rudolf Gross at TUM. After holding a personalized postdoc position within the Collaborative Research Center 631 on “Solid Sate Quantum Information Processing” of the German Research Foundation, he became a permanent scientist at the WMI in 2014. Frank Deppe was/is principal investigator in several national and EU projects. Specifically, he is principal investigator in the German excellence cluster ‘Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology’ (MCQST) and coordinator of the Quantum Flagship project “Quantum Microwaves for Communication and Sensing” (QMiCS). Frank’s main areas of expertise are superconducting quantum circuits, ultrastrong light-matter coupling, and propagating quantum microwaves for communication and sensing.

About the project

QMiCS sets up a quantum microwave local area network cable over a distance of several meters. We will use this architecture to implement quantum communication protocols such as teleportation between two superconducting quantum nodes.

Since our approach does not require any of the notoriously loss‑prone frequency conversion techniques, our platform will be highly beneficial for distributed quantum computing.

In addition, we take first steps towards the ambitious goal of radar-style quantum sensing with microwaves. Major milestones here are the implementation of microwave single photon detectors and the development of a roadmap towards commercial applications in later phases of the Flagship.

Florian Schreck
Coordinator of iqClock
Progress on iqClock | Use Case in Sensing / Session 1 / Tuesday, Nov 3 & Thursday, Nov 5
Prof. Florian Schreck (University of Amsterdam) works on quantum sensors, simulators and computers based on ultracold strontium gases. These devices exploit quantum properties to perform tasks that are out of reach for classical devices. He is coordinator of the Quantum Flagship project iqClock, which aims to bring the best clocks in the world closer to the market. Within this project his research group is developing a new generation of optical clocks, superradiant clocks. Related to this project his group recently created the first Bose-Einstein condensate of ultracold atoms in steady-state, a great starting point for future continuous atom lasers that are useful for quantum sensing. His group has also built a quantum simulator based on single Sr atoms loaded into an array of optical tweezers. These atoms can be used as qubits, and will be the basis of quantum simulations, optimizations and computations. Finally his group is exploring ultracold Rb-Sr mixtures with the goal of creating an ultracold gas of RbSr molecules, suitable for the quantum simulation of systems with dipolar interactions.

About the project

The iqClock project aims to boost the development of optical clocks using quantum technology to be ultra precise and affordable. These clocks will improve technological developments and scientific applications that are beneficial to the society.


The main objective of the iqClock project is to kick-start a competitive European industry for optical clocks as well as to strengthen and accelerate the pipeline of clock development. These clocks, making use of quantum technology, will be ultra-precise and have many applications in science, technology and society. For most applications, transportable, simple-to-use and affordable, optical clocks are needed and we expect our project to make a significant step towards providing them.

Philippe Chomaz
International Cooperation Chair - Quantum Flagship & Executive Scientific Director of CEA
International Cooperation / Session 3 / Monday, Nov 2
Philippe Chomaz, former student of Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris), has been CNRS researcher at Orsay, visiting scientist at Berkeley and CEA researcher at Caen. He next served as deputy director of GANIL (Large Heavy Ion National Accelerator) and director of CEA-Irfu (Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe) at Saclay.Since 2016, he is the executive Scientific Director of CEA fundamental research division (50 laboratories and 6270 staff). He published about 200 papers in nuclear, quantum and statistical physics and gave over 100 invited talks, as well as radio and television interviews. He has been President of SFP nuclear physics division, of European Center ECT, of the Physics committee in the French research agency, of the large laboratories at CERN and Secretary of the last CERN European Strategy.