insideQuantum tells the human stories behind cutting-edge developments in quantum technology, with the aim of highlighting the diverse range of people behind the amazing discoveries powering the quantum revolution. Each episode features a different guest, chosen from a wide variety of backgrounds, jobs and career stages, including guests from both academia and industry. Over the course of a 30-40 minute chat we'll hear all about their story, and how they got to where they are now. What got them interested in quantum physics? Where did they start, what has their journey so far been like, what advice do they have for others interested in getting into the field, and what do they think the future holds for quantum technologies?
S2E12 - Quantum Thermodynamics with Jake Xuereb
How is quantum information connected with thermodynamics, and what can it tell us about the inner workings of quantum computers? Take a listen to Season 2, Episode 12 of insideQuantum to find out!
This week, Jake Xuereb, a PhD student at the Technical University of Vienna, tells us all about his work in quantum thermodynamics and the deep links with quantum information and computing, as well as the importance of geographic diversity in science.
Jake Xuereb obtained his Bachelors degree from the University of Malta, followed by a Masters at the University of Malta with visits to University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, and is now a PhD student in the group of Marcus Huber at the Technical University of Vienna.
S2E11 - Quantum Cryptography with Dr Mina Doosti
How can we use quantum mechanics to generate unbreakable encryption? Take a listen to Season 2, Episode 11 of insideQuantum to find out!
This week, Dr Mina Doosti, a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, tells us all about her work in quantum cryptography, and what it will take to make the communications systems of the future quantum secure.
Dr Doosti obtained her undergraduate degree from the Sharif University of Technology, followed by a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, and she is now a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Informatics.
S2E10 - Quantum Communications with Dr Sumeet Khatri
How could quantum mechanics revolutionalise our communications? Take a listen to Season 2, Episode 10 of insideQuantum to find out!
This week, Dr Sumeet Khatri, a postdoctoral researcher at Freie Universität Berlin, tells us all about the fast-paced research area of quantum communications, and explains to us how science-fiction-sounding concepts like teleportation actually arise in real-life quantum communication systems.
Dr Sumeet Khatri obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo, followed by a PhD at Louisiana State University and a postdoctoral position at Freie Universität Berlin.
S2E9 - Practical Quantum Computing with Dr Alex Moylett
What are the obstacles on the path towards finding practical uses for quantum computers? Take a listen to Season 2, Episode 9 of insideQuantum to find out!
This week, Dr Alex Moylett, a Senior Quantum Scientist at Riverlane, tells us all about their work in determining what current-generation quantum computers are good for, and which problems might see a computational advantage on quantum hardware.
Dr Alex Moylett obtained an MEng in Computer Science from the University of Bristol, followed by a PhD at the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training, also at the University of Bristol. They then joined Riverlane, where they are now a Senior Quantum Scientist working on applications for near-term quantum computers.
S2E8 - Quantum Complexity with Dr Henry Yuen
What can complexity theory tell us about the capabilities of near-future quantum devices? Take a listen to Season 2, Episode 8 of insideQuantum to find out!
This week, Dr Henry Yuen, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University tells us all about his work in complexity theory, how concepts from complexity theory can be modified to be applicable to quantum systems, and how these concepts can be used to tell us what near-term quantum computers can and can’t do.
Dr Henry Yuen obtained a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Southern California, followed by a PhD in Computer Science from MIT. He has since held positions as a Postdoctoral Associate in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and is now an Assistant Professor at Columbia University in the Department of Computer Science.
This episode was hosted by Dr Yihui Quek, and primarily edited by Jonáš Fuksa.
S2E7 - Quantum Machine Learning with Dr Kosuke Mitarai (御手洗光祐)
What can quantum mechanics bring to machine learning? Take a listen to Season 2, Episode 7 of insideQuantum to find out!
This week, Dr Kosuke Mitarai (御手洗光祐) tells us about his experience at the cutting edge of quantum machine learning, the development of quantum circuit learning and being a co-founder of the startup QunaSys.
Dr Kosuke Mitarai obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Osaka University, followed by a Masters degree and a PhD at the same university, and is now an assistant professor at Osaka University.
Interesting and inspiring stories from the industry
I’ve really enjoyed the episodes so far. As a young researcher trying to get into the industry, I’ve found the guests’ stories inspiring and appealing. Changing academic interests can be challenging and one can easily get discouraged; however, listening to their success stories in a humble and down to earth fashion, is always motivating. The host, Steven, is also quite good as an interviewer and always tries to make the content as friendly as possible, which it is not an easy task when you’re deeply knowledgeable in the technical aspects. I hope we can hear Steven’s story soon.