Key Team Members

Professor Kin K. Leung (PI)


Kin K. Leung is the Tanaka Chair Professor in Internet Technology and Head of Communications & Signal Processing Group in EEE at Imperial. His research focuses on networking, distributed computing, optimisation and learning. He has 320 publications and 50+ U.S. patents with 18,900+ Google Scholar citations. He has received major awards: 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. His work was applied to AT&T products and U.S. Army military networks. 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.

Sylvain Laizet (co-I)

Sylvain Laizet is a Reader 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 Berta is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Imperial and is a Senior Research Scientist in the Quantum Algorithms Team at the Amazon Web Services Center for Quantum Computing located at the California Institute of Technology. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Quantum Information and Matter at the California Institute of Technology, and 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. In his academic and industrial roles, he is working on the theory of quantum algorithms and quantum cryptography. Dr. Berta holds the ERC Starting Grant "Entropy for Quantum Information Science" in computer science, to be started in Oct. 2022.

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.

Michael Hanks (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Mykyta Shevchenko (Postdoctoral Researcher)

PhD Students

Josh Dees

John Carter