22 January 2021

Research in trustworthy quantum technologies

Research grant

Laura Mančinska has received a Villum Young Investigator-grant of DKK 6 million to develop new quantum mathematics. Laura is an associate professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences’ QMATH Centre.

Laura Mančinska

Quantum technologies allow for improvements in key modern domains such as communication, computation, and data security. Yet quantum systems are hard to observe directly. Thus, to build future trustworthy quantum technologies, we must understand how to verify that a quantum device functions properly.

Laura Mančinska’s project will put in place a general mathematical theory describing, what can and cannot be certified, and how efficiently. The grant will fund two PhD students and a postdoc.

Laura is originally from Latvia, where she did her undergraduate degree in computer science. She did her graduate studies and her PhD (in Quantum Information) at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Prior to Laura’s move to Copenhagen, she held postdoctoral positions at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore and the School of Mathematics, University of Bristol.

In September 2017, she was employed as an associate professor at the Department of Mathematical Science, University of Copenhagen, affiliated with the Villum Centre for the Mathematics of Quantum Theory.

The Villum Young Investigator program

Talent, tiptop professionalism and ambition for a research career is the substance that the Villum Young Investigators is created from - according to the VILLUM FOUNDATION.

The program gives great Danish and foreign research talents the opportunity to pursue their ideas and build up their own research groups at Danish universities. The researchers will have the opportunity to be part of a special Villum Young Investigator community with networks and seminars on, for example, research management.

The VILLUM FOUNDATION received 161 applications for the program. The 19 researchers who came through the eye of the needle have been through a process of professional assessment and interview with the foundation's scientific committee as well as final approval by the foundation's board.