Talks and Outreach
Talks and Seminars
In July 2019, I presented a short introduction on quantum computation to the Data Science team at Tesco. Slides can be found here
In February 2019, I gave a talk on the foundations of probability theory for the UCL Quantum Foundations reading group. The slides can be found here.
In August 2018, I gave a lecture for the CDT in Quantum Technologies on Markov chains. Markov chains are a random process that is memoryless, that is, the next state of the system at hand only depends on the current state. My written notes can be found here.
In July 2018, I gave a seminar to the Quantum CS group on Szegedy quantum walks. Szegedy walks are the most general modern description of discrete-time quantum walks, the generalisation of classical random walks (Markov chains). My written notes can be found here.
In April 2018 I gave a talk at the American Mathematical Society Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting on my paper on lifted Markov chains and quantum walks.
I try to involve myself in teaching at UCL as much as I can.
In March 2017, I gave a guest lecture for the Quantum Computation course in the CDT in Quantum Technologies on the HHL algorithm. This is a quantum algorithm for solving linear systems of equations that under certain conditions is exponentially faster than any classical method. My typed notes can be found here.
In the 2017/18 academic year I demonstrated for the Principles of Programming course for the UCL Computer Science Department. This course is a first introduction to programming for undergraduates, using C.
In the 2016/17 academic year I demonstrated for the
MATLABcourse for the UCL Computer Science Department. This course is designed to help graduate students unfamiliar with programming to be able to carry out and analyse the experiments for their research using
I’m a big fan of communicating science to non-specialists. Here are some of the projects I’ve been involved with in public engagement.
In February 2018, I gave a talk to year 9 students about careers in science, as part of the TechGirls Challenge 2017. The talk was a small part of a larger event, in which the students got to experiment with the IBM Quantum Experience.
In February 2017, I gave a talk to a group of A-level students at Graveney School in Tooting, London. The talk was a general introduction to Quantum Computation, titled The Future of Computing in a Quantum Age. The slides can be found here.
Quantum Secrets of Photosynthesis
My colleagues in Alexandra Olaya-Castro’s Group in the Physics department at UCL have an outreach programme for their research, the Quantum Secrets of Photosynthesis. They describe what they do most elegantly:
Our research aims to elucidate fundamental quantum principles underlying energy capture, transfer and conversion at the biomolecular level.
In the summer of 2016, I volunteered at their exhibit for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, where we wowed the public with interactive displays illuminating how plants and bacteria use quantum mechanics to absorb and transfer energy more efficiently than thought possible.
In fact, the exhibition was such a success that it continued on to Glastonbury Festival the next year (2017). It was fun.