I am a researcher at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, developing photonic technologies to accelerate quantum and classical computing.
My research develops new methods to accelerate computing through a combination of photonics, quantum algorithms and machine learning; with equal emphasis on hardware development and applications.
I’m a passoinate communicator with experience in standup and improvised comedy; stage and screen science outreach; and writing. If you would like to collaborate on a project please reach out.
I’m an improv comedian and standup comic, and have performed across New England and Old England.
Confessions of a Clumsy Scientist brings together totally true, anonymous stories of monumental mess-ups by real life scientists.
I was a UK Finalist and Wales Winner in the international science communication competition FameLab.
I interviewed Turner prize winning artist Sir Anthony Gormley for Bloombergs ‘Brilliant Ideas’.
I gave a talk at the South West Futurists explaining how to build a quantum computer using light.
In a former life I studied Philosophy. Now, in collaboration with some great friends — Karim Thébault and Dominik Hangleiter — we’ve been giving a philosophical treatment to the emerging field of analogue quantum simulation. The arXiv paper can be found here, which we are turning into a book to be published by Springer in 2021. This project is the culmination of a chance meeting, unlimited enthusiasm and many, many Skype meetings. I’m deeply grateful to my collaborators for allowing an annoying experimentalist to join for the ride.
“This paper provides the first systematic philosophical analysis of an increasingly important part of modern scientific practice: analogue quantum simulation. We introduce the distinction between ‘simulation’ and ‘emulation’ as applied in the context of two case studies. Based upon this distinction, and building upon ideas from the recent philosophical literature on scientific understanding, we provide a normative framework to isolate and support the goals of scientists undertaking analogue quantum simulation and emulation. We expect our framework to be useful to both working scientists and philosophers of science interested in cutting-edge scientific practice.”
I developed the class How to Program a Quantum Computer for MIT’s Independent Activity Period. The class explores fundamental concepts in quantum computing through a series of hands-on tutorials, where participants interactively learn by programming a quantum simulator. We introduce state-of-the-art quantum algorithms, leading approaches to quantum hardware and an overview of error mechanisms alongside techniques for error correction. The course culminated in a group project where participants could run their own quantum algorithm on an actual quantum computer!
The course was open to everyone, especially those with no prior experience in quantum information. The lecture slides can be found here and the code to run the tutorials can be found on my GitHub, which can be easily launched via MyBinder.
MIT News features Variational Quantum Unsampling
Nature Review Physics features Variational Quantum Unsampling as a research highlight
Vice Motherboard features Universal Linear Optics
My Marie Skłodowska-Curie project ‘VLS-QPP’ was featured on the European Commission website Cordis.
Interviewed by Nature Photonics News and Views on integrated quantum technologies