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The UK’s most advanced quantum computer
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We partner with some of the most renowned universities, startups and companies. This unique approach will ensure that our technology is at the heart of tomorrow’s quantum revolution.
Meet Our Team
Ultimately, Ilana makes sure that OQC remains at the forefront of the quantum revolution. Thanks to her academic background, having gained a PhD in quantum physics from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she spent most of her PhD as a student in industry at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, she’s also providing technical input in the design of our quantum computer.
Ilana’s ambitions can be summed up in a single word that comes up a lot in a conversation with her: impact. Not just in the fledging quantum computing industry, but in the world writ. She believes in pushing the boundaries and doing things that have never been done before, thanks to quantum computing.
Ilana takes pride in breaking grounds on multiple levels: as a pioneer in quantum physics and as an executive woman in tech. When she’s not roadmapping, speaking at an event, reporting to the Board, pitching investors, hiring more ninjas or giving interviews, you might find her playing the piano, enjoying live music nights or boxing at the gym.
Prior to joining OQC, Anne-Claire was Strategic Partnership Director at what3words, another groundbreaking tech startup. Previously she had led the work of a United Nations’ agency on environmental and social sustainability; and helped established the corporate social responsibility program of the French national lottery. She also worked as a consultant to multiple CAC40 companies to address their technological gaps.
Anne-Claire holds a Masters degree in International Relations from La Sorbonne, Paris and a Law degree (LLB) from Rennes University (France). She also attended Harvard Extension School’s Business Communications curriculum. She’s a keen sailor and skier.
Phil completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Surrey, UK. He started his career as the CTO of an early stage startup and then went onto setting up a successful VR content company. In both these roles Phil was responsible for leading software design and architecture. His experience in successfully creating and deploying software solutions in startup companies is now applied to the OQC software stack.
Convinced by OQC’s unique technological approach, and inspired by the can-do and forward-thinking attitude of the team, Andy joined as OQC’s first Quantum Engineer.
His first success, in cooperation with our partners, was to develop a prototype interface allowing an open-source quantum language to execute on our prototype processors. Since then, Andy has spent much of his energy developing our software stack for a much more powerful control system; more capable, flexible and extendable than ever previously developed. Andy also works on the development of the components of a robust, integrated solution for the design and simulation of superconducting circuits.
Having joined OQC at a transition time, from a research-focused organisation to a commercially successful business, Andy enjoys getting stuck-in with the challenges facing start-ups. He has always enjoyed tinkering with software programming, which led him to write web games and build electronics from a young age. That’s why, in his own words, “this all makes helping to build the quantum computers of the future at OQC feel not at all like a chore!”
Originally from the United States, Brian moved to the UK in 2017 where he has served as a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Oxford focusing in superconducting quantum circuits. Previously a research staff scientist for IBM, Brian helped develop their large-scale quantum computing platform. He was also a part of the founding team for the ‘IBM Quantum Experience’, the first publicly-accessible quantum computer.
Brian received his PhD in experimental physics at Yale University with work that showed the largest ‘Schrodinger cat states’ to date using microwave photons. Since moving to the UK, Brian has enjoyed running (slowly) through the muddy trails along the Thames and is a self-proclaimed transit nerd.
Prior to joining OQC, Peter worked for multi-national, blue-chip organisations including ARM, Imagination Technologies and Ensilica and has led multiple COTS products from the ground up, including an ATX motherboard and an extended temperature, rugged SATA controller.
Peter has contributed in the development of multiple large scale, SOC products including a spectrography based gas detector, fingerprint recognition system and a radar-based, MIMO system for autonomous vehicles. Peter has also designed various IP products from the ground up, including a novel, power-aware SPI controller, an I2C controller, a memory controller and a parametrically scalable IIR filter.
Peter has a range of extracurricular qualifications in FPGA design, verification and RF engineering. In his spare time, Peter enjoys rock-climbing and producing music.
Lydia holds a PhD in solid state physics from Orsay University (France). Her main expertise includes superconductor and semiconductor thin films and devices design, fabrication and characterization. She also has experience in process development, reliability and data analysis.
Lydia has worked at IBM Almaden Research in California, as well as at Maxtor and STMicroelectronics. She also co-founded various tech startups. She was CEO of Optim’Match, a startup developing recommendations for web retail based on machine learning. She was also the COO of Encapsulix, a startup designing, building and selling Atomic Layer Deposition equipment for semiconductor manufacturing.
Joseph obtained his PhD in physics from the University of Oxford for the development of the coaxial superconducting circuit architecture upon which OQC is building on, and this work formed part of the core initial demonstration of the technology. He is now putting his experience of design, development and characterisation of these quantum devices to work for OQC.
Prior to his doctoral work, Joseph also acquired two years of software development experience with various roles at education and business intelligence startups. Outside of the office, Joseph is a keen rock-climber.
Prior to joining OQC, Shaun received no corrections on his PhD in quantum physics from Royal Holloway, University of London and, joined the National Physical
Laboratory. His work was in developing a novel near-field scanning microwave microscope designed to investigate atomic-scale defects in superconducting quantum technologies.
In the past, Shaun has also worked as a software engineer in Manchester where he received a Master's from the University of Manchester.
In his spare time, he enjoys bouldering and attending CrossFit classes.
As a Junior Software Engineer, Kajsa is responsible for a number of quantum and development infrastructure projects around quantum chip simulation and data management systems.
Kajsa holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Lund University (Sweden) and a dual M.Sc. in Space Instrumentation and Technology from Université Paul Sabatier (France) and Luleå University of Technology (Sweden). Originally from Sweden, Kajsa loves the outdoors and takes any opportunity for alpine skiing. When there's no place to ski, she is quite content going for a hike or building a camp in some remote forest. This is fortunate as Oxfordshire doesn't have any mountains and seldom any snow.
Having grown up in South Africa, Toni moved back to the UK where she worked with a number of start-ups and HNW companies and individuals managing their day-to-day lives and businesses. When not managing Ilana’s diary, Toni has a hectic homelife including trying to manage two teenagers and an 18 month old Jack Russell / Shitzu nightmare!
Prior to joining OQC, John worked at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) where he was technical lead for autonomous systems, and Manager of the NPL East of England Hub at University of Cambridge.
His research focused on perception systems, ultrafast optoelectronics, and developing novel THz sources for research & industrial applications of THz technology with the Photonics and Quantum Sciences Group, University of Surrey, where he was a visiting Research Scientist.
After several years in a data storage solutions start-up, John moved to the UK in 2009 to complete his M.Sc “Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices” jointly from the University of St. Andrews and Heriot-Watt University. Following a further spell in industry, manufacturing laser sources, he returned to academia to complete his Eng.D “Applied Photonics” at Heriot-Watt University in 2017.
John comes from a long line of weavers and cloth merchants in Ireland where his family continue to operate a successful mill. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors in particular mountaineering and sailing.
Peter’s move to Oxford in 2012 was a boost to the UK quantum circuits scene, and he has grown his group to be globally recognised. He now heads the UK’s Superconducting Quantum Computing development at the Leek Lab. There he developed OQC’s core IP - the Coaxmon - a quantum bit (qubit) developed from first principles with commercial scalability in mind and liberated from the constraints of 2D technology.
Peter has won over £3M in research council funding for his group and is the lead academic in the UK’s national quantum computing research hub. He continues to play a prominent role in the national programme as it transitions to its next phase in 2020.
His most recent executive role was as the founding chief executive of the Royal Society Enterprise Fund, a unique early-stage technology investment fund set up by the Royal Society and supported by philanthropy. Andrew holds a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.