Thomas Monz
Coordinator of AQTION
Progress on AQTION / Session 1 / Wednesday, Nov 4
Dr. Thomas Monz was born in 1981 in Hall in Tirol, Austria, finished his PhD at the University of Innsbruck in experimental physics in the group of Prof. Rainer Blatt in 2011. Since 2012 Dr. Monz is working as a senior scientist with a permanent position at the University of Innsbruck. The research interests of Dr. Monz are the realization of quantum algorithms, the verification and validation of quantum objects, and the implementation of quantum error correction. For his work and more than 30 publications, he has received several awards, among others the Thesis award of the European Physical Society and the highest award by the Austrian Physical Society – the Fritz-Kohlrausch award. From 2016 to 2017, Dr. Monz was working as Senior Product Specialist and Scientific Advisor for M Squared Lasers in Scotland, UK. In 2017 Dr. Monz returned to the University of Innsbruck to work on his habilitation. Dr. Monz is known for holding the world-record on the largest entangled state – consisting of 14 qubits – and implementing Shor’s algorithm in a scalable manner.

About the project

The AQTION project will realise a scalable European quantum computer that is based on the manipulation of single-charged atoms. Here, each charged atom or ion corresponds to a quantum bit – the smallest unit of quantum information. We will realise registers with up to 50 qubits, control each of the quantum bits individually with high performance, to realise a device that can achieve a computational advantage over all known classical computers.


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.

David Hunger
Coordinator of SQUARE
Update on SQUARE – Scalable Rare Earth Ion Quantum Computing Nodes / Session 1 / Wednesday, Nov 4
Prof. David Hunger will coordinate the project and lead WP4. He received his PhD in 2010 working on ultracold atoms and Bose Einstein condensates coupled to micromechanical oscillators. In parallel, he developed fiber-based high-finesse optical microcavities, a cavity platform that has become a widespread tool for cavity QED, spectroscopy and sensing. As a group leader with Nobel laureate Ted Hänsch, he used these cavities to demonstrate a scanning cavity microscope, cavity-enhanced Raman hyperspectral imaging, and fluorescence enhancement of various solid-state quantum emitters. In June 2016 he accepted a W3 Professor position at the faculty of Physics of the KIT.

About the project

This project aims at establishing individually addressable rare earth ions as a fundamental building block of a quantum computer, and to overcome the main roadblocks on the way towards scalable quantum hardware. The goal is to realize the basic elements of a multifunctional quantum processor node, where multiple qubits can be used for quantum storage, quantum gates, and for coherent spin-photon quantum state mapping. Novel schemes and protocols targeting a scalable architecture will be developed. The central photonic elements that enable efficient single ion addressing will be engineered into deployable technologies.

Nikolay Vitanov
Coordinator of MicroQC
Update on MicroQC– Microwave driven ion trap quantum computing / Session 1 / Wednesday, Nov 4
Prof. Nikolay V. Vitanov is the the coordinator of MicroQC. He received his PhD in physics in 1994 at Sofia University. He was postdoc at Imperial College London (1994-1995), Helsinki Institute of Physics (1995-2001), and Technical University of Kaiserslautern (2002-2003). Associate Professor (since 2004) and Full Professor (since 2009) at the Department of Physics of Sofia University, Corresponding Member (since 2014) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has published about 200 articles in scientific journals, including three major reviews, with over 7000 citations. His main interests are in quantum optics, quantum control, quantum computation, semiclassical and classical optics. He pioneered the theoretical development of new adiabatic and composite quantum control techniques in quantum systems with two, three and more states, many of which have been experimentally demonstrated. His theoretical work is directed toward several physical platforms: trapped ions, trapped atoms, doped solids, classical optics.

About the project

MICROwave-driven ion trap Quantum Computing (MicroQC) will build a scalable quantum computer which outperforms the best classical computers in certain computational tasks.

This project addresses the long-term vision of making large-scale quantum computing feasible with truly scalable microwave-driven quantum logic on a chip. MicroQC is a high-risk and high-return visionary project that belongs to topic (a) Fundamental Science of this Call. Its results are directly linked to three other thematic areas: (b) Quantum Computing Systems, (c) Quantum simulation, (d) Quantum Metrology and Sensing. The project will mature the novel, challenging and very thriving area of microwave-driven quantum logic towards the development of a truly transformative approach to quantum computation. One of the key advantages of this approach is that it is possible to replace pairs of laser beams previously required for quantum gate implementation with the application of voltages to a microchip. Considering one would have needed potentially billions of such pairs of laser beams to construct a large scale quantum computer, developing this new approach may be critical in building large scale machines. This project will provide a major push in this direction with numerous long-term implications.

Valerio Pruneri
Coordinator of Project
An update on CiViQ - Continuous Variable Quantum Key Distribution / Session 2 / Wednesday, Nov 4
ICREA Prof. at ICFO Valerio Pruneri, project coordinator for CiViQ, is an ICREA Industrial Professor, Corning Inc. chair and group leader at ICFO. Previously he worked in industry, Avanex Corporation, formerly Corning OTI and Pirelli Optical Technologies. He has over 50 granted or pending patent families and 70 invited talks at major international conferences in the field of photonics, optical materials, multifunctional surfaces and quantum optics. His research at ICFO has so far lead to two spin-offs (www.quside.com and www. sixsenso.com). For his research and technology transfer effort, he received the Philip Morris Prize, the Pirelli Research Fellowship, the IBM Faculty Award, the Paul Ehrenfest Best Paper Award, the Duran Farell Prize and the Corning Inc. Chair.

About the project

The goal of the CiViQ project is to open a radically novel avenue towards flexible and cost-effective integration of quantum communication technologies, and in particular Continuous-Variable QKD, into emerging optical telecommunication networks. CiViQ aims at a broad technological impact based on a systematic analysis of telecom-defined user-requirements.

Stephanie Wehner
Coordinator of QIA and vice-chair of the SEB
Update on QIA – Quantum Internet Alliance / Session 2 / Wednesday, Nov 4
Stephanie Wehner is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor at QuTech, Delft University of Technology. Her passion is communication in all its facets, and she has written numerous scientific articles in both physics and computer science. Stephanie is one the founders of QCRYPT, which has become the largest conference in quantum cryptography. She is Roadmap Leader of the Quantum Internet and Network Computing efforts at QuTech, and is the coordinator of the European Quantum Internet Alliance project. From 2010 to 2014, her research group was located at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, where she was first Assistant and later Dean’s Chair Associate Professor. Previously, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology in the group of John Preskill. In a former life, she worked in the classical internet industry and as a professional hacker.

About the project
Update on QIA – Quantum Internet Alliance

The Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA) targets a Blueprint for a pan-European Quantum Internet by ground-breaking technological advances, culminating in the first experimental demonstration of a fully inThe Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA) targets a Blueprint for a pan-European Quantum Internet by ground-breaking technological advances, culminating in the first experimental demonstration of a fully integrated network stack running on a multi-node quantum network.tegrated network stack running on a multi-node quantum network.

Hugo Zbinden
Coordinator of QRANGE
Update on QRANGE / Session 2 / Wednesday, Nov 4
Prof. Hugo Zbinden obtained his PhD at the University of Berne in 1991, for his work on rare-earth solid-state lasers. In 1993, he joined the group of applied physics of the University of Geneva. His research has spanned various areas from optical sensors, single photon detectors, quantum communication and the foundations of quantum mechanics. He has been involved in EU projects, QuComm, RamboQ, SECOQC, Sinphonia, Q-Cert. He is leading the Quantum Technologies group, which is working on quantum cryptography, single photon detection and metrology. In 2001, he co-founded ID Quantique, a company active in the field of QKD and quantum random number generation. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers with an h-index of 50 (ISI).

About the project
QRANGE - Quantum Random Number Generator

Quantum random number generation (QRNG) devices are now commercially available, which arguably represents one of the most successful developments of quantum technologies so far. QRANGE wants to push the QRNG technology further, allowing for a wide range of commercial applications of QRNG.

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.

Dmitri Efetov
Coordinator of 2D·SIPC
Update on 2D-SIPC – Two-dimensional quantum materials and devices for scalable integrated photonic circuits / Session 3 / Wednesday, Nov 4
Prof. Dmitri K. Efetov is a professor and group leader at ICFO, whose research program concentrates on the development of novel composite materials known as “van der Waals (vdW) hetero-structures”, which consist of graphene and other 2D materials. His group aims to use the enhanced quantum effects in these materials to enable applications for quantum technologies and provide new types of quantum systems with which to encode, sense and control quantum information. Prior to joining ICFO in 2017, he had worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA) in the Research Laboratory for Electronics (RLE). During this time he initiated a collaboration with BBN Raytheon Technologies to work out a single photon detector device which is based on graphene’s unique hot electron properties, which allowed to extend single photon detection to THz and even GHz frequencies. Dmitri received a Diploma (M.Sc.) in Physics from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2007. He then earned a M.A., M. Ph. and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University (USA) in 2014, working under the supervision of one of the pioneers of graphene Prof. Philip Kim. Dmitri received the Charles H. Towns Award for his outstanding research achievements during his PhD.

About the project

2D-SIPC will search to bring solutions to quantum communications by providing on-chip quantum devices for quantum integrated photonic circuits to enable secure communication protocols, scaling of quantum computers and development of novel quantum sensing applications. The proposed project aims at developing scalable quantum networks, based on photonic chip integration of novel 2D material quantum devices, with the main goal to demonstrate all-optical on-chip quantum processing. The recent demonstration of effortless integration of 2D materials onto photonics and CMOS platforms will result in a breakthrough in the development of on-chip quantum networks. 2D-SIPC will take full advantage of the huge variety of 2D materials and heterostructures and prototype novel quantum devices with revolutionary functionalities. In particular, we will develop electrically driven and entangled single photon emitters, broadband and high temperature single photon detectors, ultra-fast waveguide integrated optical modulators and non-linear gates.