I am a Quantum Computing enthusiast and a PhD candidate at the Quantum Optics and Quantum Many-Body Systems group at Strathclyde University, working on applications of Variational Quantum Algorithms (VQAs) to Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) as well as Counterdiabatic (CD) driving of many-body quantum states. I am also a member of the International Graduate School for Quantum Technologies.
I completed an Integrated MSc in Computational Physics at the University of Edinburgh in 2019, during which I worked with Elham Kashefi and the lovely team of the Edinburgh-Paris Virtual Quantum Lab. For my Bachelor’s thesis I simulated a Quantum Fully Homomorphic Encryption scheme on the IBM 16 qubit chip and for my Master’s I developed a Quantum Machine Learning (QML) method: the Continuous Variable Born Machine. I also spent a summer in 2018 working at Kai Dickemann’s group in the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore calculating properties of 6Li40K molecules for their experiment.
Apart from my research I also enjoy contributing to science communication through writing and editing articles, giving interviews and curating scripts as well as via a largely science-based blog. I’m an avid hillwalker of the scottish hills, a former debater, a former comedy writer (don’t ask), somehow aware of and interested in Category Theory and generally prone to bouts of philosophy concerning the Digital Universe.
Latest blog posts
- COLD: Counterdiabatic Optimised Local DrivingRecently, my paper Counterdiabatic Optimised Local Driving (which I will refer to as COLD 🧊) finally got published in PRX Quantum! I figured one of the best ways to communicateContinue reading “COLD: Counterdiabatic Optimised Local Driving”
- Fusion-based Quantum Computing 1: Building BlocksIn January of 2021, a bunch of people from Palo-Alto-based quantum startup PsiQuantum posted a paper on the arXiv introducing “fusion-based quantum computation” (FBQC), a brand new quantum computing paradigm and aContinue reading “Fusion-based Quantum Computing 1: Building Blocks”
- What on Earth is counterdiabatic driving? (Or: the waiter and the glass of wine (water) example that’s been done to death)Rambling Pre-Amble So I’m rubbish at writing blogs. This is something I’ve now truly proven to myself. Not for lack of trying! In any case, here’s a new entry I’dContinue reading “What on Earth is counterdiabatic driving? (Or: the waiter and the glass of wine (water) example that’s been done to death)”
- What is a Quantum Algorithm? (Part 2: “It” from “Qubit”)I’ll begin this post with and addendum to the previous part of this series: originally I began this with the intent to sum up (in abstraction) how I understand theContinue reading “What is a Quantum Algorithm? (Part 2: “It” from “Qubit”)”