2 May 2018

Marie Curie grant to research in secure communication


Giacomo De Palma from the QMATH Centre has received one of the very rare Individual Fellowships from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme (MSCA).

Giacomo De PalmaMSCA is a programme under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020, disseminated by the Danish Ministry of Education and Research. The MSCA Individual Fellowship makes it possible for the Italian researcher Giacomo De Palma to carry out his project at the University of Copenhagen, where he is employed in a postdoctoral position at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, affiliated with the Villum Centre of Excellence for the Mathematics of Quantum Theory (QMATH).

His project has the title “Gaussian entropic inequalities and uncertainty relations for communication and secure quantum key distribution (GENIUS)”.

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are essential to modern society as the internet is pervading all aspects of our lives. Limitations to the communications rates possible in this regard are imposed by quantum mechanics. At the same time, given the significance of ICT, being able to communicate and send information securely via the internet is of ever-increasing importance. Determining the limitations of communication rates as well as gaining new insights into the maximum rate for secure communication that can be achieved by the forthcoming generation of Quantum Key Distribution devices and thus proving their perfect security are the two challenges that this project addresses.

Giacomo’s supervisor will be Professor Jan Philip Solovej. The MSCA funding is EUR 200.194 over two years.