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Nicolas Cerf


Email: ncerf (at) ulb.ac.be

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Adress: ULB - FSA - QuIC
Av. F.D. Roosevelt 50 - CP165/59
B-1050 Bruxelles

Short biography

Nicolas Cerf was born in 1965. He received an Engineering Degree (1987), a M.Sc. in Physics (1988), and a Ph.D. in Physics (1993) with highest honors from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He was then awarded a Marie Curie fellowship from the European Commission, and worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the Division of Theoretical Physics in Orsay (France) for two years. His research mainly concerned quantum many-body systems and quantum Monte Carlo methods, but also extended to the statistical physics of combinatorial problems. In 1995, he joined the research faculty of the California Institute of Technology (USA) to work on quantum computation and information theory, which then became his main research interest. In 1998, he was appointed as an associate professor at ULB, in charge of teaching classical and quantum information theory, and kept since then occasional visiting appointments at Caltech and JPL/NASA. He was promoted to professor in 2006, and currently heads the Centre for Quantum Information and Communication (QuIC).

In 2006, he received a Marie Curie Excellence Award. He also had earned the Caltech President's Fund award in 1997 and the Alcatel-Bell prize awarded by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) in 1999. He was member of the steering committee of the 5-year programme entitled “Quantum Information Theory and Quantum Computation” funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF). He is member of the coordination action QUROPE (Quantum Information Processing and Communication in Europe) and was member of the network of excellence QUIPROCONE (Quantum Information Processing and Communications Network of Excellence). He is or has been involved in several European projects under the 5th Framework Program, Information Society Technology domain, EQUIP (Entanglement in Quantum Information Processing and Communication), CHIC (Consortium for Hamiltonian Intramolecular Computing), and RESQ (Resources for Quantum Computation), as well as under the 6th Framework Program, SECOQC (Development of a Global Network for Secure Communication based on Quantum Cryptography), COVAQIAL (Continuous Variable Quantum Information with Atoms and Light), and QAP (Qubit Applications).

Research interests

  • Quantum Information Theory
  • Quantum Cryptography
  • Quantum Computation