14 February 2017

Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant to QMATH postdoc


Jed Kaniewski, postdoc at QMATH, has won a competitive Marie Curie-Fellowship, which he will carry at our department during the next two years.

Jed KaniewskiThe Faculty of Science was awarded nearly half of all individual Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship grants in Denmark in January, when the EU Commission invited 27 of SCIENCE’s applicants for contract negotiations.

Jed Kaniewski’s project is about self-testing of quantum devices. This refers to the problem of deducing properties of quantum systems based solely on the statistics observed in an experiment. This relation is fundamental, because it provides a direct link between the macroscopic world in which the experiment is performed and the microscopic world in which quantum states are represented by vectors in Hilbert spaces. In other words, it allows us to catch a glimpse of the mysterious world of quantum mechanics.

On top of its foundational importance self-testing has relevant practical applications, e.g. efficient verification of quantum devices under minimal assumptions or device-independent cryptography. The latter allows two players to share a secret, even if they are forced to use devices produced by an untrusted party, a task which is not possible in the classical world.

“The project builds up on my recent work on self-testing and the main goal is to derive robust statements which can be applied even in the presence of noise and other experimental imperfections”, says Jed.

Jed has an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a Master's in applied mathematics from Cambridge University (UK). Jed's PhD was on "Relativistic quantum cryptography" and was conducted at National University of Singapore under the supervision of Stephanie Wehner (currently at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands). He is now employed as postdoc at the Villum Centre for the Mathematics of Quantum Theory, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Check out Jed’s webpage at qmath.ku.dk