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Dr Elham Kashefi Awarded EPSRC Quantum Technologies Fellowships

Congratulations to Dr Elham Kashefi who has been awarded an EPSRC Established Career Quantum Technologies Fellowship to develop her work on the verification of quantum technology.

The Quantum Technologies Fellowships are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and will support both the individuals and their teams to help realise the country’s potential.

Part of the £270 million National Quantum Technology Programme, the Fellowships are aimed at Early and Established career stage academics whose research focuses on the direct exploitation of quantum phenomena, such as superposition or entanglement, to address the challenges of translation of quantum science through technology to eventual application.  

These Fellowships are a key part of the UK’s national programme for Quantum Technologies; they will allow our current and future research leaders in the field to research, discover and innovate. They will push the quantum technologies agenda forward, make new collaborations both to source wider research expertise to overcome technical barriers, and to engage with the industry partners who will potentially utilise these technologies

Professor Philip Nelson,EPSRC’s Chief Executive

The UK has some of the world’s leading academic talent in the field of Quantum Technology research. It is science that tests us all to comprehend but developments in this area promise real world benefits that can affect technologies from healthcare to communications and finance to defence. Investing in those at the forefront of this revolution will put the country in pole position in the future.”

Jo Johnson Minister for Universities and Science

Quantum Technologies use the properties of quantum physics to gain a functionality or performance which is otherwise unattainable. They promise future dramatic changes in the technological capabilities in several key areas, including secure communications, metrology, sensor technologies, simulation and computation. The fellowships complement the other components of the national programme and EPSRC investments in Quantum Technology Hubs and Centres for Doctoral Training. The fellows will develop potentially transformative research that contributes to the development of novel quantum technologies, which is not being undertaken in the existing hubs.  

Dr Elham Kashefi, is one of 10 academics to be awarded a Quantum Technologies Fellowships. The project seeks to verify and validate potential quantum technologies, from full scale computers and simulators, to communication networks with devices of varying size and complexity, down to realistic gadgets based on quantum technology. This is a key challenge in the transition from theory to practice for quantum computing technologies.

Elham was the only computer scientist to have been awarded a fellowship. 

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