I am a theoretical physicist working at the Centre for Quantum Computer & Communication Technology at the University of Queensland, Australia.
I went to high school at Armidale High School, Australia, and graduated as Dux of the school. Following this I obtained a first class Honours degree in computer systems and electrical engineering at the University of Queensland, Australia, with a thesis titled “Non-idealized models in linear optics quantum computing”. I then obtained a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Queensland, with my thesis “Towards optical quantum information processing”. Subsequently I moved to the University of Oxford as a post-doctoral researcher in quantum computing and quantum information theory. I worked briefly as a software engineer and bio-informatician, before returning to the world of physics as a post-doctoral researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Germany. I then returned to the University of Queensland as a post-doctoral researcher.
My research interests include quantum computing, quantum information theory and quantum optics. In particular, I have focussed my research efforts on liner optics quantum computing, the spectral structure of photons, photo-detection and photon engineering, the characterization of photons, cluster state quantum computing, quantum fault tolerance issues, and, more recently, quantum random walks and their application to implementing quantum algorithms. I work closely with experimental groups to design and optimize experimental implementations of quantum information processing protocols.
Outside of physics I’m a keen mountaineer and rock climber, drummer, DJ, composer, singer, debater and public speaker, traveller, adrenaline junkie, and general trouble-maker. I’m heavily involved in liberal politics in both Australia and Germany and speak regularly at political functions in youth politics. I have also worked on the election campaigns for several politicians at the federal, state and local levels in Australia, and contribute articles to the Australian Libertarian Society.