External Research and Innovation Advisory Board
The role of the External Research and Innovation Advisory Board is to assess the direction of the AQuRA project and give advice and support on project wide activities of research, development, innovation, implementation, collaboration and dissemination. The Board consists of the following members:
Dr. Yasser Omar - Portugese Quantum Institute
Yasser Omar studied Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, and did his PhD on Quantum Information at the University of Oxford. Currently, he is professor at IST, University of Lisbon, where he leads the Physics of Information and Quantum Technologies Group. His research interests are focused on quantum computation, quantum networks, and quantum thermodynamics. Over the last decade, he won a dozen European projects and one American project in these domains. In 2019, he founded the Quantum Technologies Laboratory, where free-space QKD was implemented for the first time in Portugal. In 2020, he founded the consulting startup Why Quantum Technologies, Ltd. In 2022, he launched, together with colleagues in more than 70 countries, the World Quantum Day – 14 April. He has been involved in the creation and the coordination of the Flagship in Quantum Technologies, is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of CERN’s Quantum Technology Initiative, and is the president of PQI – Portuguese Quantum Institute.
Dr. Eamonn Murphy - European Space Agency
Eamonn Murphy graduated in Experimental Physics at University College Dublin, followed by postgraduate research on high resolution spectroscopy. In 1991 he started as junior researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and became research fellow at Trinity College Dublin in 1998.
During the 17 years at the European Space Technology Centre (ESTEC), his function has been technical interface for R&D developments between the European Space Agency, in the Directorate of Engineering, and industry/academia.
In this role, he functions as a physicist/engineer between the newest developments in research and the goal for possible implementation in future space hardware. Sometimes this involved the need to investigate radical, technology-disruptive approaches.
From 2005, there has been a concentration on the newest research developments in optical atomic frequency standards. Specific goals included system and sub-system approaches leading to reduced-complexity designs and enhancement and simplification through the newest research in integrated photonics and quantum optics. Distribution, as well as the generation, of ultra-stable optical frequency signals is included. Preparation of early flight opportunities such as in-flight technical demonstrations, having a clear science impact, became possible.
Lessons from previous efforts in the past are leading to a transformation in the way ESA will prepare technology for future space missions. Flight qualification experience for the laser on BepiColombo (surface profiling by laser altimetry) spanned R&D on the early laser development directly to flight qualification in 6-7 years. Such experience will be invaluable for the newest challenges.
Prof. Dr. Yeshpal Singh - University of Birmingham
Professor Yeshpal Singh is a Professor at the University of Birmingham and leads the cold atoms based Sr group. As an experimentalist, he is greatly interested in the field of atom optics with a particular emphasis on ultra-cold atoms and degenerate gases. He has been involved in relevant projects. He is very well versed in building consortia, funding acquisition and running grants. Dr Singh has published 26+ research articles in internationally reputed journals, including Science, Nature Physics, and PRL.
Dr. Gwendoline Pajot-Métivier - Researcher at the Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière
Dr. Jasper Krauser - Airbus
Dr. Jasper Krauser is the Central Coordinator of Quantum Technologies in the Airbus Group, preparing the adoption of quantum technologies for aerospace. As part of Airbus Central Research & Technology, his organization is currently running research projects in the fields of quantum communication, quantum computing, and quantum sensing. Jasper joined Airbus in 2015, where he was leading a team to explore the next generation of optical instruments in Space before his current assignment. Prior to joining Airbus, Jasper was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Optical Quantum Technologies in Hamburg and worked on macroscopic quantum systems manipulated on ultrafast time-scales. He acquired his PhD degree in Physics from the University of Hamburg, where he conducted his doctoral research on ultracold atoms and investigated fermionic spin dynamics in the group of Prof. Sengstock
Dr. Luigi Cacciapuoti - European Space Agency
Luigi's research focuses on precision measurements and fundamental physics tests based on quantum sensors. It includes both experimental and theoretical studies. His core activity is represented by the ACES (Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space) mission, to which he is contributing as project scientist. ACES is developing high stability and accuracy clocks that will be deployed on-board the International Space Station (ISS). From there, the ACES clock signal will be compared to the best clocks on the ground to perform a precision measurement of the Einstein's gravitational time dilation and for Standard Model Extension tests.
In parallel, he is working on developing the next generation of atomic clocks based on the optical transition of Sr atoms. This clock is going to improve the stability and accuracy delivered by ACES by 1 to 2 orders of magnitude.
Finally, Space Quest is an experiment designed for the ISS to provide the first constraints on decoherence effects introduced by gravity on pairs of entangled photons.
Dr. Dominico Vicinanza - Clonets.eu
Having received his MSc and PhD degrees in physics, Domenico worked as a scientific associate at CERN for seven years. His research there mainly focused on the development of an innovative time-of-flight detector for one of the biggest High-Energy Physics experiments for the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. The detector design was based on Multi-gap Resistive Plate Chambers (MRPC), reaching a sensitivity of 70 picoseconds (the highest ever reached) and its use in a large-scale experiment marked an important milestone for particle physics.
As a music composer and researcher in auditory display, Domenico worked with organisations like CERN and NASA, creating music from scientific data. He has been involved in the application of grid technologies for science and the arts since the late 1990s, chairing the ASTRA (Ancient instrument Sound/Timbre Reconstruction Application) project for the reconstruction of musical instruments by means of computer models using the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI.eu).
Domenico's research has been featured on several international peer-reviewed magazines (Physics Letters B, Nuclear Instruments and Methods, European Physics Journal) and in interviews for (among the others): Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, BBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, Discover magazine, New Scientist and Scientific American.