Computational Modelling Group

Quantum Computation

Quantum computation, following the postulates of quantum mechanics, unlocks powerful capabilities in computing.

The smallest unit of information is a quantum bit or qubit. In contrast to the classic bit which may take the values 0 or 1, a qubit may also be in any superposition of 0 and 1 as long as it has not interacted with its environment. It may be thought as a spinning coin in a black box. The coin is simultaneously Heads and Tails, until we open the box after it has settled down and we observe it to be either Heads or Tails. The capabilities of computing that are offered by taking many of these spinning coins at the same time and interacting with them while they are spinning are vast.

The capabilities of quantum computation, such as quantum parallelism, tunnelling and quantum entanglement, do not exist in our every day world, verifying the non-intuitive nature of quantum computation. Quantum computation has already found various applications in quantum error correction, quantum cryptography and quantum search and combinatorial optimization problems. In 2011, the quantum computing company D-Wave Systems announced the creation of a task specific quantum processor, which employs an adiabatic quantum optimization algorithm, the quantum annealing algorithm, to find the index of a function that minimizes it.

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Desiging Near-Capacity Quantum Error Correction Codes

Lajos Hanzo (Investigator), Zunaira Babar

Design efficient quantum error correction codes to correct the errors encountered in a quantum transmission; thus, increasing reliability and robustness of the future quantum systems.

Fidelity optimisation in an atomic quantum computer

Timothy Freegarde (Investigator), Jack Saywell

Development of optimised composite pulses for atomic quantum computers with the aim of reducing systematic errors in information processing caused by variations in laser intensity and environment.

Investigation into the Interfacial Physics of Field Effect Biosensors

Nicolas Green, Chris-Kriton Skylaris (Investigators), Benjamin Lowe

This interdisciplinary research aims to improve understanding of Field Effect Transistor Biosensors (Bio-FETs) and to work towards a multiscale model which can be used to better understand and predict device response.

Quantum Computation for Signal Detection in Multiple-Input Multiple-Output Communication Systems

Lajos Hanzo (Investigator), Panagiotis Botsinis

Optimal, classic optimization processes in communication systems, such as signal detection, introduce an extremely high computational complexity in the system. Quantum computation offers the optimal equivalent algorithms in the quantum domain, with at least a quadratic degradation in complexity. Since quantum computers have still not been physically realized though, the quantum algorithms' simulation's complexity is higher than that of the optimal classic equivalents. Use of Iridis is essential in facilitating their simulation.

Self Organized Network Routing using Quantum Evolutionary Methods

Lajos Hanzo (Investigator), Dimitrios Alanis

Self Organized Networks (SON) may consist of a large number of nodes, which could be fully interconnected. Optimizing its performance satisfying various Quality of Service (QoS) requirements is a quite complex procedure and the optimization problem belongs to the family of the Travelling Salesman Problems (TSP) which has been proven to be NP-hard as the number of nodes increases. In this project, various suboptimal methods are used in order to tackle this multi-objective optimization problem; in particular, the Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) and its quantum inspired counterpart (QACO) are being employed in order to reduce complexity.


Lajos Hanzo
Professor, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Nicolas Green
Reader, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Timothy Freegarde
Senior Lecturer, Physics & Astronomy (FPAS)
Chris-Kriton Skylaris
Lecturer, Chemistry (FNES)
Jia Huo
Research Fellow, Chemistry (FNES)
Panagiotis Botsinis
Postgraduate Research Student, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Evander DaCosta
Postgraduate Research Student, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Benjamin Lowe
Postgraduate Research Student, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Juraj Mihalik
Postgraduate Research Student, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Maximillian Phipps
Postgraduate Research Student, Chemistry (FNES)
Jack Saywell
Postgraduate Research Student, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Ashley Setter
Postgraduate Research Student, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Valerio Vitale
Postgraduate Research Student, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
George Winstone
Postgraduate Research Student, Physics & Astronomy (FPAS)
Jess Jones
Technical Staff, iSolutions
Dimitrios Alanis
None, None
Zunaira Babar
None, None