Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Computing

Senior Lecturer in Quantum Computing



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The goal of my research is to understand how quantum computing and machine learning can help us solve hard computational problems that occur in science and engineering, in particular combinatorial optimization problems and the simulation of quantum systems.

I have a PhD in theoretical physics from UPMC Paris, and in the early stages of my career I worked on the study of topological phases of quantum matter at the universities of Cologne and Oxford. My work aimed at the design of novel materials for electronics and for quantum computing. I then moved to Qualcomm AI research to work on quantum machine learning and the application of AI to design optimization problems. At Qualcomm, I developed a theory of quantum neural networks for photonic quantum computers, and I led a team of machine learning researchers applying Bayesian optimization, reinforcement learning and graph neural networks to the design of chips and compilers. In 2023 I joined the department of computing at Imperial College London as a senior lecturer in quantum computing. I am also a member of Imperial X.

Some of my ongoing research projects are: machine learning for simulating quantum physical systems; machine learning for quantum error correction; quantum algorithms for combinatorial optimization. 

I currently have two PhD openings in Quantum AI. For more information, please see the department of computing scholarships

You can find my papers at my scholar page.