About the Editors


Professor Michelle Simmons 
Director, Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology, The University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Simmons is the Director of the Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Professor Simmons received a double degree in physics and chemistry and a PhD in Physics in 1992 from the University of Durham, UK. She was a research fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge where she gained an international reputation for her work in quantum electronics and mesoscopic physics. In 1999, she was awarded a QEII Fellowship and moved to Australia where she was a founding member of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology. She has since been awarded two Australian Research Council Federation Fellowships in quantum science and is currently an ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor in the Department of Physics at UNSW becoming Director of the Centre of Excellence in 2010. 

As Director she oversees an interdisciplinary research group in both optical and silicon based quantum computation and its integration with a secure communications network. Their work focusses on developing both optical and silicon based quantum computer prototypes and repeater technologies for quantum communications. She and her team have developed a radical new technology for realising atomically precise devices in silicon and germanium developing the world’s first single atom transistor and the thinnest conducting doped wires in silicon. They are currently working towards developing a scalable donor based silicon quantum computer.

Professor Simmons has received numerous awards for her research. She is an Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the UK Institute of Physics, Royal Society of New South Wales and the Australian Academy of Science. In 2005 she was awarded the Pawsey Medal by the Australian Academy of Science becoming one of the youngest elected Fellows of this Academy in 2006. In 2012 she was named NSW Scientist of the Year.

Associate Editors

Professor Yu-Ao Chen
Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences, Microscale University of Science and Technology, People's Republic of China

Yu-Ao Chen is a Professor of Experimental Physics at the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences. His research interests include quantum information processing based on linear optics, multi-photon entanglement, quantum communication with linear optics and atomic ensembles, quantum memory, quantum simulation with ultra-cold atoms, and optical lattices.

Associate Professor Andrew Childs
Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland, USA
Andrew Childs, co-director of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science, is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.
Andrew's research interests are in the theory of quantum information processing, especially quantum algorithms. He has explored the computational power of quantum walk, providing an example of exponential speedup, demonstrating computational universality, and constructing algorithms for problems including search and formula evaluation. Childs has also developed fast quantum algorithms for simulating Hamiltonian dynamics. His other areas of interest include quantum query complexity and quantum algorithms for algebraic problems.

Dr. Audrey Cottet
Department de Physique de l'Ecole Normale Superieure, Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain, France
Audrey Cottet is a permanent CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire Pierre Aigrain (LPA) of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris (ENS Paris). She works on the theory of hybrid quantum electronic circuits. Her research interests include Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics with hybrid nanocircuits, spin-dependent transport in nanostructures, superconducting proximity effects and Majorana devices. She also has a strong experimental background since she performed an experimental PhD on Josephson circuits, which led to the first superconducting quantum bit with a microsecond lifetime (Quantronium).

Dr. Jay Gambetta
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, IBM, USA

Jay Gambetta is the Manager of the Theory of Quantum Computing and Information Group at IBM's TJ Watson Research Center.

Dr. Matthew G. House
Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Matthew House is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at The University of New South Wales. As a member of the atomic precision lithography team, his research focuses on cryogenic microwave control and measurement techniques for silicon spin qubits.

Professor Kae Nemoto
Quantum Information Sciences Group, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Kae Nemoto is a Professor in the newly formed Quantum Information Sciences group at NII. Her research interests and efforts are currently focused around the requirements for true quantum computation, the generation of optical nonlinearities, schemes for quantum computation and information processing, quantum/atom optics and quantum nonlinear dynamics, and the foundations of quantum mechanics.

Professor Philip Walther
Head of the Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics & Quantum Information Group, University of Vienna, Austria

Philip Walther is a Professor and Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna, Austria. From 2005–2008 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Physics at Harvard University, USA. In 2007 he became a member of the German Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina. His research areas are quantum computing, quantum cloud computing, quantum simulation experiments, the investigation of quantum correlations as resource, and multi-photon generation and manipulation and light-matter interactions. He is an associate member of the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, and a member of the American Physical Society, Chemical-Physical Society and the European Physical Society.

Professor Amir Yacoby
Department of Physics, Harvard University, USA
Amir Yacoby is a Professor of Physics at Harvard University. He is also a Professor of Applied Physics at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and a visiting Professor at the University of Waterloo. His current interests are in understanding the behavior of low-dimensional systems and their applications to quantum information technology. His research topics include: Spin based quantum computing and metrology using semiconducting quantum dots and color centers in diamond; Topological quantum computing using HgCdTe quantum wells and fractional quantum Hall states; and interacting electrons in graphene multilayers.