Invited speakers



Dr Audrey Cottet, Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain, France

After an experimental PhD on superconducting quantum bits (Saclay, France, 1999-2002), Audrey became a theorist of hybrid mesoscopic and nanoscopic structures. She did post-docs in Basel, Orsay and Paris (2002-2008), working on spin dependent transport in quantum dots and superconducting or ferromagnetic proximity effects in hybrid structures. Audrey is now a permanent CNRS researcher at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris. She works in close collaboration with the experimental "Hybrid Quantum Circuits" team of Takis Kontos. She is presently focusing on the development of Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics with hybrid nanocircuits.


Professor Huiyun Liu, University College London, UK

Huiyun Liu received the PhD in Semiconductor Science from the Institute of Semiconductor, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001. In 2007, he was awarded Royal Society University Research Fellow and started his academic career in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL, where he is currently a Professor of Semiconductor Photonics. He has co-authored over 300 papers in the area of semiconductor materials and devices. His general interest concentrates on the nanometre-scale engineering of low-dimensional semiconductor structures (such as quantum dots, quantum wires, and quantum wells) by using molecular beam epitaxy and the development of novel optoelectronic devices including lasers, detectors, and modulators by developing novel device process techniques. He will present the development of InAs/GaAs quantum-dot lasers on silicon platform at UCL.



Professor Rinaldo Trotta, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Rinaldo Trotta received the PhD in Materials Science in 2008 from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where he also stayed as a postdoc for one year. In this period he developed a new method for the fabrication of site-controlled quantum dots using the surprising effects of hydrogen incorporation in dilute nitride semiconductors. His work was recognized with the “G. Turilli” price for the best Italian PhD thesis in material science. In 2010 he joined the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences (IFW Dresden, Germany), first as postdoc and then as head of a research group working on the effects of external perturbations on the optical properties of self-assembled quantum dots. In 2012 he moved to the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria), where he is currently Assist. Professor and head of the Nanophotonics group. His research activity focuses on the possibility of using self-assembled quantum dots in quantum information science and technology. To make this possibility a reality, he has developed a novel class of semiconductor-piezoelectric devices which allows arbitrary quantum dots to be used as sources of single and entangled photons. Rinaldo Trotta received the ERC starting grant 2015 and the F. Kohlrausch price 2016 for the experimental work performed in Austria.



Professor Ferdinand Kuemmeth, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Ferdinand Kuemmeth was trained as an experimental physicist at Cornell University, studying spin-orbit coupling in different types of quantum dots under supervision of Dan Ralph. Following his work on spin dynamics in carbon nanotubes and semiconducting nanowires at Harvard University with Charlie Marcus, his current experiments focus on the implementation of encoded qubits. Such qubits – including multi-spin qubits and topological qubits in group IV and III/V semiconductors – are robust to environmental noise but remain fully controllable by voltage signals. Ferdinand’s overarching goal is to understand the interplay of semiconductors and superconductivity in low-dimensional systems, and harness the resulting spin-electronic properties for quantum information applications.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline extended:
    25 November 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    7 December 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    4 January 2017