Research Team

The programme for QuantIC builds upon the portfolio of the research team, who collectively hold an ESPRC grants portfolio exceeding £50M, complemented by a range of other substantial grants including 5 ERC grants, an STFC consolidated grant and awards from the EU, Royal Society, DSTL and DARPA. The investigating team and their groups represent over 120 full-time researchers in Quantum Technology.


Miles Padgett FRS, FRSE is QuantIC’s Principal Investigator and Technical Co-ordinator. He holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow and is one of the world’s most highly-cited researchers in the field of optics (Google≈15,000 citations, h-index63). His group concentrates on the practicality of systems delivery and his inventions have led directly to commercial products for IBM, Siemens, Shell and most recently Boulder Nonlinear Systems. He is the winner of the IOP’s Young Medal, the Royal Society of Edinburgh Kelvin Medal and a Royal Society/Wolfson Merit Award. He holds both an EPSRC Programme Grant (EP/I012451/1) and ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (TWISTS).

Stephen Barnett FRS, FRSE is Professor of Quantum Theory at the University of Glasgow. He is a pioneer of quantum information, publishing his earliest work on the subject in the 1980s. He has worked closely with experimentalists and technologists, including those at BT Labs and also NTT in Japan, where he was a visiting professor in the 1990s. He held, until recently, a Royal Society/Wolfson Merit Award and in 2013 was awarded the IoP’s Dirac Medal and Prize.

Adrian Bowman FRSE  is Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Glasgow. His research interests with QuantIC involve the development of inferential tools for flexible models, to allow for evidence for the presence and nature of effects to be assessed quantitatively and expressed graphically.

Gerald Buller FRSE is Head of Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University. He has worked in the field of single-photons since 1990, pioneering many developments in single-photon imaging, SPAD sensors and quantum communications, and leads an EPSRC Platform grant in this field. In 2002 he founded University spin-out company Helia Photonics Ltd. of which he remains a director.

David Cumming FRSE is Professor of Electronic Systems, Head of Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering at the University of Glasgow and holder of a Royal Society/Wolfson Merit Award. He has a worldwide reputation in delivering integrated sensor systems for biomedical and imaging markets, founded University spin-out Mode Diagnostics and consulted for Ion Torrent, which commercialised his CMOS sensor technology for the personal genome machine. He is PI on EPSRC Programme Grant (EP/K021966/1).

Animesh Datta is an EPSRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick, focusing on real-world quantum enhancements (EP/K04057X/1) (h-index 18, >2000 citations). His interests lie in the limits that quantum mechanics sets on information processing and the unique advantages that it enables in such tasks.

Martin Dawson FRSE has 30 years’ research experience in academia and industry and is both Director of Research at Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics and inaugural Head of the UK’s first Fraunhofer Centre (Centre for Applied Photonics, CAP). His contributions span basic optical materials through semiconductor optoelectronics to lasers and optical microsystems, and he is currently PI of EPSRC Programme (EP/K00042X/1) and Platform (EP/I029141/1) grants.

Daniele Faccio FRSE, formerly of Pirelli Labs, is Professor of Physics at Heriot-Watt University. Since 1998 he has worked in top universities and companies worldwide in the fields of nonlinear photonics, optical telecommunications and imaging technologies. He currently holds an ERC Starter Investigator Grant (Light in Moving Media) and directs the HORIZONS laser facility at Heriot-Watt.

Erdan Gu is an associate director and research team leader at the Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde. His current interests focus on nitride based micro/nano optoelectronic devices and micro-systems, the development of diamond photonic devices. These novel devices have a wide range of applications in quantum imaging, quantum information, sensing and visible light communications.

Robert Hadfield is Professor of Photonics at the University of Glasgow, leading the Quantum Sensors research group. Before returning to the UK in 2007 he spent four years at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is a leading international authority on infrared superconducting single-photon detectors and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers, including 6 in Nature journals. He was awarded the 2012 J&E Hall Gold medal by the Institute of Refrigeration, and the Institute of Physics Superconductivity Group’s 2013 Brian Pippard Prize.

Giles Hammond is Reader at the Institute of Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow. His research under QuantIC involves the development of ultra-sensitive MEMS gravimeters, which have significant industrial spin- offs in the fields of oil and gas prospecting, environmental monitoring and defence.

Robert Henderson is Reader at the University of Edinburgh and has industrial experience with VLSI Vision Ltd/STMicroelectronics. He leads single-photon-avalanche detector (SPAD) sensor design programmes (e.g. EU MEGAFRAME and SPADNET) that have resulted in new products for STMicroelectronics. As part of an EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Centre (EP/K03197X/1) he is exploring SPADs for in vivo molecular sensing. He holds an ERC Advanced Grant (TOTALPHOTON) to develop high-resolution SPAD cameras.

Stefan Hild is a Reader at the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on the development of techniques to enhance ground-based laser-interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors, such as Advanced LIGO.

Jim Hough FRS is Research Professor in Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. His research interests are centred on Gravitational Wave Detection on ground (GEO 600 in Germany and Advanced LIGO in the USA and in space (LISA).

Jonathan Leach is Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences; Photonics & Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He is part of the Experimental Quantum Optics group whose interests include the development of direct and indirect methods for the measurement of quantum states, the fundamental limits of super-resolution imaging and the development of ultra-sensitive photonic sensors.

Jonathan Matthews is an EPSRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Bristol and is a pioneer in the emerging field of Integrated Quantum Photonics where his research now specialises in the development of quantum-enhanced sensors for interferometry and spectroscopy.

Roderick Murray Smith is a Professor of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He works in the overlap between machine learning, interaction design and control theory and his research includes multi-modal sensor based interaction with mobile devices, mobile spatial interaction, Brain Computer interaction and non-parametric machine learning.

Douglas Paul FRSE is Director of the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at the University of Glasgow, which has an unparalleled reputation for component/system delivery. He is the coordinator for capital expenditure in the Hub. His research covers semiconductor devices for computation, quantum computing, Si photonics and sensing and he has been PI of >£14M of grants. He is a member of the Cabinet Office High Impact Threats Expert Group and previously sat on MOD DSAC, Home Office CBRN Scientific Advisory Committee and the NATO CBP Panel. He has worked in collaborative projects with over 50 companies.

Sheila Rowan FRSE is Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research based at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests are directed at gravitational wave detection on the ground and in space. Professor Rowan’s research programme currently includes studies of ultra-sensitive mechanical systems; investigation of materials of ultra-low mechanical loss and construction of mechanically-stable optical systems for interferometric applications.

John G Rarity FRS is Professor of Optical Communications Systems at the University of Bristol, has over 120 publications on quantum optics (h-index 50, >9000 citations). He is a father of quantum sensing, publishing the pioneering papers in solid-state single-photon detection, quantum interferometry, quantum range finding and sub shot-noise measurement. His work led to the award of the IoP Young Medal in 1994 and he developed quantum key demonstrators, which led to the launch of the first quantum technology company (ID Quantique). He holds an ERC Advanced Grant (Quantum optics in wavelength scale structures).

Michael Strain is a lecturer in Photonic Semiconductor Devices at the Institute of Photonics, based at the University of Strathclyde. His current research interests cover Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) for application from all-optical signal processing and sensing, to cavity enhanced non -linear interactions.

Ian Walmsley FRS is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) and Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Oxford He also leads the Ultrafast Quantum Optics Group at the university, which explores the application of ultrafast optics to study quantum phenomena in light and matter and at the interface between them.

Matthew Walters is a Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow. His research interests involve the evaluation and treatment of disordered cerebral perfusion.

Ian Watson is Research Team Leader at the Institute of Photonics, based at the University of Strathclyde. His research centres on the materials science, microfabrication and device applications of wide bandgap materials from the gallium nitride (GaN) materials family which have great potential in visible light communications and integrated microsystems for bio-science and materials processing.