Key Team Members

Professor Kin K. Leung (PI)


Kin K. Leung is the Tanaka Chair Professor in Internet Technology at Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Computing Departments at Imperial. His research focuses on networking, distributed computing, optimisation and learning. He has 335 publications and 50+ U.S. patents with Google Scholar h-index of 67. He has received major awards: Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow, Member of Academia Europaea, Royal Society Wolfson Research Merits Award, IEEE ComSoc L.G. Abraham Prize, IEEE ComSoc Best Survey Paper Award, Honorable Mention Award of Frederick W. Lanchester Prize, AT&T Bell Labs Distinguished Member of Technical Staff Award and several best paper awards. Parts of his results were used and implemented in communications products and networks for civilian and defence applications. He chaired the IEEE Fellow ComSoc Evaluation Committee. He has led large research projects funded by AT&T, EU, Dstl and EPSRC.

Professor Myungshik Kim (co-PI)


Myungshik Kim is Professor of Quantum Information Theory. He actively researches a wide range of topics in Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) and has a long history of working with experimentalists. He is known for his works on the generation, characterisation and control of non-classical quantum states in various physical systems including photons, atoms and mechanical oscillators. He has recently been working on quantum simulation, optimisation of quantum circuits and quantum ML in relation to this project. Regarding his research leadership, he has successfully run Doctoral Training Programmes in Controlled Quantum Dynamics and Skills Hubs for Quantum Systems Engineering at Imperial College since 2010. Over 100 researchers got their PhDs through these programmes and over 40 students are currently being trained. His h-index is 70 (Google scholar).

Professor Ian Walmsley (co-I)

Ian Walmsley is Provost and Professor of Experimental Physics. His research covers a broad range of optical science and engineering, from fundamental physics to commercial applications, with major contributions over three decades in the area of quantum optics and its application to QIST, including pioneering work in quantum tomography, multiphoton quantum optics and quantum technologies. Professor Walmsley has significant experience in managing large-scale research projects, having recently directed the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub and an EPSRC Programme Grant Building Linear Optical Quantum Systems. He has 5 licensed patents and is the co-founder of a spin-out company, ORCA Computing, based on his research.

Professor Georgios Zervas (co-I)

Georgios Zervas is a Professor of Optical Networked Systems and EPSRC Fellow at UCL. He is leading a group of researchers on optical networks for data centres and high performance computing (HPC). His work has been published in more than 250 peer-reviewed papers with more than 4,500 citations and has an h-index of 35. He is the PI and Co-I in numerous national (EPSRC) and European (H2020) projects worth more than £2.75 M and £8.5 M, respectively, to his institution and in many industrial-funded projects. He is featured on the world Top 2% scientists for 2019 published on Mendeley Data by Stanford University researchers. He has been acting as a TPC member on international conferences such as OFC, ICC, PSC, Globecom, ONDM, ACP, among others. He is associate editor of IEEE Networking Letters.

Dr Antoine Jacquier (co-I)

Antoine Jacquier is a Reader in Mathematical Finance in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial and a Visiting Researcher at the Alan Turing Institute. He previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Technische Universitat Berlin - a leading centre in Stochastic Analysis and Large Deviations. His research now spans a wide range of techniques, from numerical stochastics to deep learning and quantum computing, with financial applications to volatility modelling and option pricing. He has written around 50 papers, published in leading journals in Mathematical Finance and Applied Probability, including Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics, Finance and Stochastics, Mathematical Finance, Stochastic Processes and Applications and SIAM Journal on Financial Mathematics. His Google Scholar h-index is 22, his i10-index is 36, and he has 1,548 citations. His research has been supported by EPSRC grants (EP/T032146/1 and EP/M008436/1, both as PI and a recent Innovate UK Smart Grant as a co-I), with recent focus on applications of QC, natural language processing and ML to financial problems. He is also the Director of the MSc in Mathematics and Finance at Imperial, a world-leading programme in the field, and maintains close collaboration with the financial industry.

Professor Sylvain Laizet (co-I)

Sylvain Laizet is a Professor in Computational Fluid Mechanics in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial and leads the Turbulence Simulation Group. He is the chair of the UK Turbulence Consortium (EP/R029326/1), the CCP Turbulence (EP/T026170/1) and the ExCALIBUR DDWG dedicated to turbulence at the exascale (EP/V000942/1). Understanding, predicting and controlling turbulent flows for engineering applications is the motivation behind SL's research. Supported by EPSRC (EP/M022676/1 & EP/T021144/1) and thanks to several successful PRACE projects to use EU Tier-0 supercomputers, he is currently investigating wake-to-wake interaction in wind farms, active flow control solutions for drag reduction and mixing enhancement, uncertainty quantification for simulations of turbulent flows, and neural networks applied to computational fluid dynamics (see outputs). In the last 15 years, he has successfully developed and used Xcompact3d, a high performance computing framework of high-order flow solvers designed to study turbulent flows on supercomputers. Xcompact3d currently has over 400 active users worldwide.

Dr Mario Berta (co-I)

Mario is a Visting Reader in the Department of Computing at Imperial and Professor of Quantum Information at the Department of Physics RWTH Aachen University. Previously, he was a Senior Research Scientist in the Quantum Algorithms Team at the Amazon Web Services Center for Quantum Computing and a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Quantum Information and Matter at the California Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in theoretical physics from ETH Zurich. Dr. Berta's research interests are in quantum information science, where he made fundamental contributions to the mathematics of quantum information. He is working on the theory of quantum communication and quantum algorithms and holds the ERC Starting Grant "Entropy for Quantum Information Science" in computer science.

Project Management and Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Athanasios (Thanos) Gkelias (Project Manager)


Thanos received his MEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and his MSc and PhD degrees from King's College London. Currently, he is a Research Fellow and project manager at Imperial. In the past he served as the project manager of the University Defence Research Centre (UDRC) in Signal Processing at Imperial College sponsored by the U.K. Dstl. He has been involved and made significant research contributions to several and diverse ICT projects funded by the EU, EPSRC, U.K. Dstl and U.S. Army. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal, conference papers and book chapters. He was the co-recipient of the Best Student Paper Award in PIMRC 2012 and the IEEE Communications Society Best Survey Paper Award in 2022. He has served in the organizing or technical-program committee and chaired technical sessions for several major international conferences and workshops in communications, networking and signal processing.

Dr Michael Hanks (Postdoctoral Researcher)


Michael Hanks received his PhD in 2019 from the School of Multidisciplinary Sciences, Sokendai Graduate University, Japan, with the dissertation ‘Quantum Resource Engineering’. He continues his studies at Imperial College London, as a postdoctoral research associate in the Quantum Information Theory Group of Professor Myungshik Kim. Research interests include the identification of scalable schemes for distributed quantum information processing, and also lowering quantum error correction resource requirements.

Dr Peter Brearley (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Peter is based in the Department of Aeronautics working on the application of quantum computing to solve partial differential equations for engineering problems. He is particularly interested in quantum algorithms for computational fluid dynamics. His PhD research was on the simulation and analysis of turbulent combustion at Newcastle University.

Dr Mykyta Shevchenko (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Mykyta is a research fellow at University College London (UCL). He received his BSc degree (Hons) in physics in 2008 and MSc degree (Hons) in applied physics in 2009 from Donetsk National University, Ukraine. Then, he has been working for four years as a postgraduate researcher in condensed matter physics with the Donetsk Institute for Physics and Engineering of the NAS of Ukraine, with a focus on theoretical investigations in nonlinear optics. He obtained a PhD degree in optical communications in the Optical Networks Group, EEE Department, UCL, UK. He then worked as a postdoctoral research associate with the Photonics & Nanotechnology Group, King’s College London, UK. Since 2019 he has been working for three years as a research associate with the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK. His main research interests include optical communications, optical networks, signal processing, information theory, as well as photonic systems, and nonlinear optics.

Irene Caceres Munoz (Research Fellow)

Irene received her MSc in Quantum Technologies from University College London, with a dissertation on modelling quantum dot spin chains for high fidelity information transfer. She also worked as a quantum machine learning engineer in the industry before joining the team.

Dr Sarah Thomas (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Dr Rita Ahmadi (Postdoctoral Researcher)

PhD Students

Samson Wang (PhD Student)

Samson works on the mathematical development and rigorous complexity analysis of quantum algorithms for the early fault-tolerance regime. Here, quantum processing units feature a limited number of logical qubits allowing to run small size digital schemes. The idea is to (i) allow for strong parallelization of quantum routines (ii) complement these quantum efforts with extensive use of classical pre- and post-processing, and (iii) avoid or minimize the use of quantum random access memory.

Felix Burt (PhD Student)

Felix completed his MSci in Physics and Philosophy at the University of Bristol in 2022, with a project investigating thermal fluctuations in interacting qubit chains. Felix joined Kin's team in October 2023, to begin his PhD investigating task partitioning for distributed quantum computing systems. Effective task partitioning requires optimal use of available quantum processing resources in the face of varying limitations and strengths of different systems.

Josh Dees (PhD Student)