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Robust Quantum Control of Ultracold Atoms


Research Field
Formal sciences



Quantum technologies promise major performance enhancements across a wide range of applications, including networking, simulation and computing. Quantum control provides methods to steer the dynamics of quantum systems, enabling to realise specific operations on a quantum device. However, decoherence, arising from unwanted interactions of a device with the environment, and fabrication and control signal uncertainties must be overcome to realise this potential.

Our recent results investigate robust quantum control schemes for quantum computing and information transfer in spin-1/2 networks, akin to feedback control employed by operational amplifier circuits and steam engine governors. The aim of this project is to investigate the robustness of these controls computationally and experimentally on an ultracold atom platform. The work will involve theory on novel concepts of robustness for controlling quantum systems, computational approaches to find such controls efficiently, incorporating optimal control and reinforcement learning algorithms, and working with the experimentalists to realise and test these robust control schemes with an ultracold atom trap.

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What is funded

Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics is currently offering funding a 3 year PhD scholarship, starting in October 2020.  Overseas applicants must self-fund the difference between UK/EU and Overseas fees. 

Stipend equivalent to Research Council rates (£15,285 per annum in 2020/21), plus travel/conferences, support, consumables/equipment.

Tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,407 per annum in 2020/21).

Overseas applicants must self-fund the difference between the above UK/EU rate and the Overseas rate (£21,950 per annum in 2020/21) each year. Indicate how you will cover this in the Funding Source field.

Students earn additional income supporting the School’s teaching (but not sufficient to fund the Overseas tuition fees).


A 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree or a master’s degree, in computing or a related subject.

For this project, you need strong mathematical skills in control theory, computing skills in optimisation, simulation and machine learning, and a good understanding of the underlying quantum physics.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate proficiency by obtaining an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each skills component.

How to Apply

Contact relevant staff to refine and align your research proposal with the research strategy of the School before applying. Follow our guidance online, submit your research proposal of approximately 500 words and enter “PhD Scholarship in Computer Science & Informatics” in the Funding field.

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Informatics with a start date of October 2020:

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select ’I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from ’Robust Quantum Control of Ultracold Atoms’.



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