Maria Quadeer (PhD student at UTS)
I am working on a problem in quantum thermodynamics, as the third year of Ph.D. dawns upon me. The basic program is to characterise thermodynamic processes involving partial thermalisation which can be roughly defined as finite-time interactions between the system and the bath that leave the system not exactly in the Gibbs state but “somewhere” near it. Previously, I worked on minimax quantum state estimation with Bregman divergence as the metric generalising the corresponding results for Relative entropy. However, more broadly, I am interested in Quantum Information theory. To justify the interest and aspiration I work out portions of the book on the subject by John Watrous when feeling exceptionally pumped over weekends. When bored I read fiction by Franz Kafka and anthropological works by Noam Chomsky and David Graeber.
Akram Youssry (PhD student at UTS)
I am a communication systems engineer who loves to do research in quantum information processing. My MSc research was about developing classical image processing algorithms inspired by quantum mechanics. Now, in my PhD, I am doing it the reverse direction! I work on using machine learning techniques such as deep learning to solve problems in characterization and control of quantum systems. I was lucky to have collaborations with experimentalists so I can learn more about the actual challenges they face and try to address them. In my spare time I love to walk around to explore the city or learn a new cooking recipe!