Simone Severini

Department of Computer Science and
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University College London
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom


I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow and a Reader in Physics of Information.

I obtained my PhD from Bristol University, in the then newly created Quantum Computation and Information Group. My advisor was Richard Jozsa, whose advisor was Roger Penrose. I was a visiting student at UC Berkeley (and MSRI), and previously I studied Chemistry at the University of Siena and Philosophy (Logic) at the University of Florence. I was a Newton International Fellow at UCL, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo, mentored by Michele Mosca, and a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics at the University of York. My long term scientific visits include CRI, CWI, MIT, Nankai, NUS and RISC-Linz.

My links at UCL are Intelligent Systems Group, UCL Quantum, CoMPLEX Research Group, UCL Institute of Origins, and London Center for Nanotechnology.

I am currently interested on:


My research papers can be found in arXiv, MathSciNet, MPRA, PubMed, and IRIS.




Professional service

Quantum information and graphs (Oct2011)

Useful references


Current: Octavio Zapata (PhD), Nadish de Silva (postdoc), Daniel Temko (PhD; Awarded a Bogue Fellowship at Franziska Michor's Laboratory, Harvard University.), Josh Lockhart (PhD), Fabiano Andrade (scientific visitor, The State University of Ponta Grossa, Brazil, 2014-15), David Roberson (postdoc; from Nov 2015), James Townsend (PhD, joint with Mark Herbster).

Past: Nadish de Silva, PhD, visiting student, University of Oxford at UCL, Josh Lockhart, MRes, UCL, Adrea Casaccino, PhD, University of Siena / MIT (then at General Electrics). Alessandro Cosentino, Laurea Magistrale, University of Pisa (then PhD at University of Waterloo with John Watrous). James West, PhD, UCL (then at a hedge fund). Janos Hodsagi, MRes, UCL. Lourdes Sriraja, MRes, UCL. Tommaso Gagliardoni, Laura Magistrale, University of Perugia (then at the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt). Soomin Kim and Emma Rahman (Nuffield Research Placement Scheme). [CPs CoMPLEX: Thomas Wyatt, Sophie Atkinson , Janos Hodsagi, Andrew Maher, Tim Lucas, Robert Bentham, Teresa Attenborough], Si Bing MSci, University of Bristol. Walter Vinci, postdoc, UCL (then postdoc at University of Southern California), Chris Banerji, MRes and PhD, Awarded the UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Postgraduate Prize for outstanding achievements during the MRes year at CoMPLEX; Recipient of the INBIOMEDvision Training Challenge Prize 2012. Hairu Xu: Visiting Student from Guangdong University of Technology, February 2014-April 2014, Banghai Wang: Academic Visitor from Guangdong University of Technology, April 2013-March 2014, Zhihao Ma: Academic Visitor from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, October 2011-October 2012. Abdul Bhutto, Nuffield Research Placement Scheme, Summer 2015, Zahra Najib, Nuffield Research Placement Scheme, Summer 2015, Tianyu Ye, postdoc. Arthur Guerard, MRes, Yu-Ching Yang, MRes (together with Marco Grimaldi, HarperCollins).

Research students applications: Computer Science: here (PRISM); Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies: here; Centre for Mathematics, Physics and Engineering in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX): here.

Module PHASGQ03 Quantum Communication and Computation for Quantum Technologies (Strand 2: Quantum Computation and Algorithms), 2015

Strand 1: Quantum Cryptography (Fernando Brandao and Lluis Masanes); Strand 3: Quantum Error Correction and Fault Tolerance (Dan Browne); Strand 4: Lab: Quantum Key Distribution (Jeroen Elzerman). Notes: reviewing Strand 1, Quantum Information Theory, from “PHASGQ01 Physics and Foundations of Quantum Technologies” thought by Jonathan Oppenheim is useful.