Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Panel Discussion: Quantum Communication, What can Quantum Technology do for a data hungry society?

02 April 2019, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

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Leaders in the fields of Quantum technology and Communications Systems will come together to discuss the impact of Quantum Technologies on Communications applications. This will be an interesting evening of discussion and debate with plenty of time for questions from the floor. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Event Information

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Jeremy Bentham Room
University College London
Gower St
United Kingdom

Faster, ultra-reliable, low-power and secure communications are the gold standard of Communications Systems that will support our ever data reliant society. As our hunger and reliance on data increases do we need to look for new technologies to reach this gold standard, is Quantum Technology the answer?

Bringing together experts in the fields of Quantum Technology and Communications Systems, this will be an accessible and engaging evening of discussion and debate. 

Pioneers from both academia and industry will introduce Quantum Technology providing perspectives on the current state of the art of along with a forward-looking view of the development, deployment and potential impact of Quantum Technologies in the Communications domain. 

This is an open event and will be accessible to all with an interest in the field. Pre-booking is essential.


18:00 arrival & registration

18:15 Welcome & Talks
    Directors' welcome & Introductory presentation, Professor Izzat Darwazeh, Professor John Morton
    State-of-the-Art presentations
        Professor Tim Spiller, UK Quantum Communications Hub
        Iain Monteath, British Telecom (BT)
        Professor Lajos Hanzo, Southampton University
        Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro, UCL Physics

19:15 Panel Discussion, "What can Quantum Technology do for a data hungry society?"
Moderator: Professor Izzat Darwazeh
    Panel: Professor John Morton, Iain Monteath, Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro, Professor Tim Spiller, Professor Lajos Hanzo.

20:00 Networking and drinks reception, UCL Cloisters

21:00 Close

About the Speakers

Professor Izzat Darwazeh

Director at UCL Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Prof Darwazeh

Co-hosting the event Professor Darwazeh is the director of UCL's Institute of Communications and Connected Systems, he also currently holds the University of London Chair of Communications Engineering and leads the Information and Communication Engineering research group of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. 

Over his extensive career, Izzat has authored or coauthored more than 250 book chapters and papers in the areas of optical and wireless communications and monolithic microwave integrated circuits and high-speed/frequency circuits.

Professor Darwazeh acts as a consultant/advisor to various academic and industrial organisations and to commercial, governmental and legal bodies in the UK and overseas.

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Professor John Morton

Director at UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute

Prof Morton

Co-hosting the event Professor Morton is Director of the UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute, holding a professorship in Nanoelectronic and Nanophotonics at UCL.

Based in the London Centre For Nanotechnology and the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, his research focuses on the control of fundamental physics phenomena exhibited in materials with a focus on quantum technologies. 

 The material systems John studies include donors in silicon as well as custom-designed molecules which exhibit particular spin interactions.

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Iain Monteath

Head of The Cyber Assessment Lab at British Telecom (BT)

Iain Monteath BT
Bringing a key perspective on the application of Quantum technology to wider Industry and consumer impact Iain is based within the BT Security CTO Office at BTs Innovation labs in Ipswich. 

 Iain heads the Cyber Assesment Lab within the CTO team with a remit to conducts detailed reviews of vendor capability, enabling the business to select the best capability for our corporate sales portfolio and internal use.

Iain is also a Security Innovation Consultant within the CTO office, and a Technology Innovation scout. He explores start-up innovations with a focus on Israeli Hi-tech environment along with the UK and Europe, bringing start-up technology into BT's showcase environments.

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Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro

Professor of Physics at UCL Physics

Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro

With the rise of biologically inspired technology Professor Olaya-Castro will help us understand how the quantum world exists within biological systems.

Professor Olaya-Castro’s work falls within the emergent field of Quantum Biology and aims to understand and exploit quantum phenomena taking place at the biomolecular, nanometre scale, under conditions of physiological relevance.

Professor Olaya-Castro will speak on quantum biophotonics including photosynthesis and bring her insight to the panel discussion.

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Professor Tim Spiller

Director at UK Quantum Communications Hub

Prof Spiller

Director of the UK Quantum Communications Hub Professor Spiller is based in York holding a professorship in Quantum Information Technologies. 

Tim has held research positions in both academic and industrial institutions including the University of Sussex, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, University of Leeds and since 2014 the University of York.

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Professor Lajos Hanzo

Professor of Wireless Telecommunications at University of Southampton

Prof Hanzo

During Professor Hanzo's 42-year career in telecommunications, he has held research and academic posts in Hungary, Germany and the UK.

Since 1986 he has been based at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, where he currently holds the Chair in Telecommunications and is head of the Communications Research Area. He is also a former Chaired Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. 

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