The EPSRC Quantum Communications Hub

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

Quantum technologies (QT) are new, disruptive information technologies that can outperform their conventional counterparts, in communications, sensing, imaging and computing. The UK has already invested significantly in a national programme for QT, to develop and exploit these technologies, and is now investing further to stimulate new UK industry and generate a supply of appropriately skilled technologists across the range of QT sectors.
All QT exploit the various quantum properties of light or matter in some way. Our work is in the communications sector, and is based on the fundamental effect that measuring or detecting quantum light signals irreversibly disturbs them. This effect is built into Nature, and will not go away even when technologies (quantum or conventional) are improved in the future. The fundamental disturbance of transmitted quantum light signals enables secure communications, as folk intercepting signals when they are not supposed to (so-called eavesdroppers) will always get caught. This means Alice and Bob can use quantum light signals to set up secure shared data, or keys, which they can then use for a range of secure communications and transactions - this is quantum key distribution (QKD). The irreversible disturbance of light can also be used to generate random numbers - another very important ingredient for secure communications, cryptology, simulation and modelling.
In the modern world where communications are so ubiquitous and important, there is increasing demand for new secure methods. Technologies and methods widely used today will be vulnerable to emergent quantum computing technologies, so encrypted information being sent around today which has a long security shelf-life will be at risk in the future. New "quantum safe" methods that are not vulnerable to any future QT have to be developed. So QKD and new mathematical encryption must be made practical and cost effective, and soon.
The grand vision of the Quantum Communications Hub is therefore to pursue quantum communications at all distance scales, to offer a range of applications and services and the potential for integration with existing infrastructure. Very short distance communications require free space connections for flexibility. Examples include between a phone or other handheld device and a terminal, or between numerous devices and a fixed receiver in a room. The Hub will be engineering these "many-to-one" technologies to enhance practicality and real-world operation. Longer distance conventional communications - at city, metropolitan and inter-city scales - already use optical fibres, and quantum communications have to leverage and complement this. The Hub has already established the UK's first quantum network, the UKQN. We will be extending and enhancing the UKQN, adding function and capability, and introducing new QKD technologies - using quantum light analogous to that used in conventional communications, or using entanglement working towards even longer distance fibre communications. The very longest distance communications - intercontinental and across oceans - require satellites. The Hub will therefore work on a new programme developing ground to satellite QKD links.
Commercial QKD technologies for all distance scales will require miniaturisation, for size, weight and power savings, and to enable mass manufacture. The Hub will therefore address key engineering for on-chip operation and integration.
Although widely applicable, key-sharing does not provide a solution for all secure communication scenarios. The Hub will therefore research other new quantum protocols, and the incorporation of QKD into wider security solutions.
Given the changing landscape worldwide, it is becoming increasingly important for the UK to establish national capability, both in quantum communication technologies and their key components such as light sources and detectors. The Hub has assembled an excellent team to deliver this capability.

Planned Impact

As the mission of the Hub is research-led development of quantum communications technologies and their widespread adoption, this should lead to new industries, new applications and new services for new markets. We expect the benefits and therefore the impacts of these to become pervasive, affecting all from government and UK PLC to consumers. To ensure maximum impact of the Hub's work, we will work with a wide range of partners in the public and private sectors, and the different mechanisms they provide for effecting impact. For example:
1. Regular consultation with our Hub Advisory Board, which will include industry leaders with extensive experience in development for market and effective translation of prototype systems into products.
2. Standards, plus active promotion of IP generation, protection and exploitation, directly or through licensing. We will encourage university spin-outs and pre-revenue start-ups. Examples of each from Phase 1 are the highly successful KETS Quantum Security Ltd (commercialisation of chip-based quantum communication technologies), and Arqit (commercialisation of satellite QKD).
3. Direct involvement of industry within the expanding Quantum Technologies (QT) sector to ensure effective translation of research-led systems to market-led products. For example, we will continue working with the main QKD systems manufacturers -ID Quantique and Toshiba - to demonstrate systems and their integration on our UK Quantum Network, for eventual deployment in commercial networks provided by operators including in the UK, BT.
4. Working with industry and commerce to promote commercialisation of technologies stimulated by Hub research ("tech transfer"). For example through demonstration, but also through consortia put together explicitly for the purpose of commercialisation or prototype development - either through private finance, or co-financed with the public sector. The Hub has played a leading part in recent IUK/ISCF competitions to this end, and will continue to do so.
5. Consultation and collaboration with industrial and commercial stakeholders new to QT who are ready to exploit the technology themselves, as well as in a position to lead or promote exploitation in their own sectors. Examples include Energy and Finance where even marginal improvements have disproportionate commercial benefits.
6. Identification of new areas of QT research with potentially very high impact for the UK - for example satellite quantum communications. We have been instrumental in bringing together public stake-holders (e.g. the UK Space Agency, RAL Space, InnovateUK/KTN), relevant UK research strengths (in terrestrial quantum communications) and commercial interests (Arqit, BT). This has resulted in momentum for research-led development of new UK industries with potentially global impact.
7. Promotion, demonstration and engagement, notably on Science/Innovation parks. These provide (often sector-specific) concentrations of industry and commerce, responsive to targeted approaches.
8. Active networking and training to produce skilled scientists through our own support for PhDs / PDRAs; working with the QT CDTs to support turning scientific interest into entrepreneurial endeavour and injection of both into companies and markets.
9. Further expand our extensive public engagement activities and continue the Quantum Ambassadors programme, for impact with the general public and in school education.
Our aim across all fronts will be to maximise impact by the most effective means. Our experience to date indicates that what works best depends upon multiple factors. We will therefore put together bespoke programmes determined by the specifics of the requirement and opportunity, and using the appropriate means selected from a wide array of options--from large events tailored to demonstrate value to focused sessions with leaders of particular industries; from media interviews and articles, to dynamic promotion via social media.

People

ORCID iD

Timothy Spiller (Principal Investigator)
Carlos Antonio Perez Delgado (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3536-2549
John Rarity (Co-Investigator)
Andrew John Vick (Co-Investigator)
Gerald Buller (Co-Investigator)
Luke Russell Wilson (Co-Investigator)
Jon Heffernan (Co-Investigator)
Julio Hernandez-Castro (Co-Investigator)
Chris Erven (Co-Investigator)
Daniel Kuan Oi (Co-Investigator)
Ciara Marie Rafferty (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3670-366X
Pieter Kok (Co-Investigator)
Ross James Donaldson (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6450-1889
Mark Fox (Co-Investigator)
Adrian Kent (Co-Investigator)
Richard Penty (Co-Investigator)
Erika Andersson (Co-Investigator)
Reza Nejabati (Co-Investigator)
Douglas J Paul (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7402-8530
Maurice Skolnick (Co-Investigator)
Stefano Pirandola (Co-Investigator)
Roger Colbeck (Co-Investigator)
Alessandro Fedrizzi (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5089-3148
Dimitra Simeonidou (Co-Investigator)
Dominic O'Brien (Co-Investigator)
Robert Hugh Hadfield (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8084-4187
Dondu Sahin (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8293-352X
Máire O'Neill (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6865-6212
Ian Hugh White (Co-Investigator)
Ayesha Khalid (Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4815-6966
Ke Guo (Researcher) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9698-5208
Dmitry Morozov (Researcher) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4018-4054
Ittoop Vergheese Puthoor (Researcher) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0649-5924
Stephen Thoms (Researcher)
Luca Mazzarella (Researcher)
Anthony Ross Vaquero-Stainer (Researcher) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4388-729X
Robert Ian Woodward (Researcher) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5026-494X
Adrian Wonfor (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2219-7900
Djeylan Vincent Ceylan Aktas (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Rupesh Kumar Parapatil Subramanian (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6813-6401
Damian Pitalua Garcia (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7579-578X
Georgios Kanellos (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8579-6463
David Lowndes (Researcher Co-Investigator)
Emilio Hugues Salas (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3618-1395
Siddarth Koduru Joshi (Researcher Co-Investigator) orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4987-457X

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description AIRQKD
Amount £5,791,335 (GBP)
Funding ID 45364 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 06/2023
 
Description Airbus: Viable Satellite Free Space Optical Quantum Key Distribution Technologies (ViSatQT) (D. Oi, University of Southampton)
Amount £104,706 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2020 
End 10/2021
 
Description Airguide Photonics, Airguide Quantum Communications (R. Donaldson, Heriot Watt University - related to EP/P030181/1)
Amount £65,212 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2021
 
Description Assurance for quantum random number generators
Amount £2,753,822 (GBP)
Funding ID 49229 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 08/2023
 
Description EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account - University of York 2017 (Spiller T., "Northern Quantum Network")
Amount £2,247,310 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R51181X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Description Hollow core fiber for quantum secured MEC interconnection (G. Kanellos, University of Bristol)
Amount £36,302 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 02/2021
 
Description Next Generation Satellite QKD - Creating a UK Sovereign Capability for Manufacturing Satellite QKD Payloads
Amount £4,505,983 (GBP)
Funding ID 41172 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 06/2023
 
Description QFoundry (Jon Heffernan, University of Sheffield)
Amount £5,800,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2020 
End 08/2023
 
Description Quantum-Enhanced Interferometry for New Physics
Amount £608,642 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/T005920/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description ReFQ(JADE): Modular WCP Sources & RFI Protocols for Space-based QKD Demonstrations (University of Bristol, University of Southampton)
Amount £388,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2020 
End 10/2023
 
Description Responsive Operations for Key Services (ROKS PAYLOAD FLIGHT MODEL - DISCOVERY PHASE, University of Bristol, University of Strathclyde)
Amount £442,000 (GBP)
Organisation UK Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2020 
End 05/2021
 
Description Single Photon Imaging, Detection and Ranging (SPIDAR) (University of Glasgow, Heriot Watt University)
Amount £5,720,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description Towards a Federated Satellite Quantum Key Distribution System
Amount £385,843 (GBP)
Organisation UK Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2020 
End 03/2021
 
Title Bounds on amplitude damping channel discrimination: supplementary material and code for figures 
Description This zip file contains the code used to generate the figures in the paper: "Bounds on amplitude damping channel discrimination". See the README for more details on the files. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
URL https://zenodo.org/record/4281118
 
Title Bounds on amplitude damping channel discrimination: supplementary material and code for figures 
Description This zip file contains the code used to generate the figures in the paper: "Bounds on amplitude damping channel discrimination". See the README for more details on the files. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
URL https://zenodo.org/record/4281117
 
Description Spiller T. gave a talk on the UKNQTP and the work of the Hub at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore in Feb. 2020 as part of a scientific visit there to attend the advisory board meeting of the SpeQtre UK/Singapore joint mission project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Director Spiller gave a talk on the UKNQTP and the work of the Hub at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore in Feb. 2020 as part of a scientific visit there to attend the advisory board meeting of the SpeQtral UK/Singapore joint mission project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description A. Fedrizzi, Experimental demonstration of multi-party conference key agreement, QCrypt, contributed talk, August 10-14 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub co-investigator Fedrizzi gave a contributed talk (Experimental demonstration of multi-party conference key agreement) at the QCrypt 2020 virtual conference, August 10-14 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://2020.qcrypt.net/
 
Description Alfonson Tello gave a contributed talk (Time-bin quantum key distribution receiver designs for free-space channels.) at the virtual Photon 2020 international conference (03/09/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub PhD student Tello gave a contributed talk (Time-bin quantum key distribution receiver designs for free-space channels.) at the virtual Photon 2020 international conference (03/09/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/frontend/reg/absViewDocumentFE.csp?documentID=30615&eventID=1255
 
Description Anthony Vaquero-Stainer gave a contributed talk (Concurrent transmission of time and QKD signals over a single optical fibre) at the Photon 2020 virtual international conference (03/09/20) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub researcher Vaquero-Stainer gave a contributed talk (Concurrent transmission of time and QKD signals over a single optical fibre) at the Photon 2020 virtual international conference (03/09/20)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/frontend/reg/absViewDocumentFE.csp?documentID=30615&eventID=1255
 
Description C. Lupo gave a contributed talk (The quantum limit to incoherent imaging is achieved by linear interferometry) at the 24th IMEKO TC4 International virtual Symposium 14 - 16 October 2020 Palermo, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact C. Lupo gave a contributed talk (The quantum limit to incoherent imaging is achieved by linear interferometry) at the 24th IMEKO TC4 International virtual Symposium 14 - 16 October 2020 Palermo,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.imeko-tc4-2020.org/
 
Description Contributed presentation by Damián Pitalúa-García ("Practical quantum tokens without quantum memories: towards a proof-of-principle experimental demonstration". Work in collaboration with Adrian Kent, David Lowndes and John Rarity). Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Cryptography, Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations, DAMTP, University of Cambridge. Date of presentation: February 13, 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Contributed presentation by Damián Pitalúa-García ("Practical quantum tokens without quantum memories: towards a proof-of-principle experimental demonstration". Work in collaboration with Adrian Kent, David Lowndes and John Rarity). Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Cryptography, Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations, DAMTP, University of Cambridge. Date of presentation: February 13, 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Contributed presentation by Damián Pitalúa-García, ("One-out-of-m spacetime constrained oblivious transfer"). Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Crptography, Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations, DAMTP, University of Cambridge. Date of presentation: February 14, 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Contributed presentation by Damián Pitalúa-García, ("One-out-of-m spacetime constrained oblivious transfer"). Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Crptography, Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations, DAMTP, University of Cambridge. Date of presentation: February 14, 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Contributed talk by Adrian Kent (S-money: virtual tokens for a relativistic economy, work in collaboration with Damian Pitalua-Garcia) at the Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Cryptography, Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations, DAMTP, University of Cambridge. Date of presentation: February 13, 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Contributed talk by Adrian Kent (S-money: virtual tokens for a relativistic economy, work in collaboration with Damian Pitalua-Garcia) at the Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Cryptography, Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations, DAMTP, University of Cambridge. Date of presentation: February 13, 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Contributed talk by Damián Pitalúa-García (Practical quantum tokens without quantum memories: towards a proof-of-principle experimental demonstration. Work in collaboration with Adrian Kent, David Lowndes and John Rarity) at the Quantum Frontiers and Fundamentals, Bangalore, India, 13-18 January 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Damián Pitalúa-García gave a contributed talk (Practical quantum tokens without quantum memories: towards a proof-of-principle experimental demonstration. Work in collaboration with Adrian Kent, David Lowndes and John Rarity) at the Quantum Frontiers and Fundamentals, Bangalore, India, 13-18 January 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.rri.res.in/~qff2020/
 
Description Contributed talk by Erika Andersson, "Quantum Oblivious Transfer". Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Cryptography, Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations, DAMTP, University of Cambridge. Date of presentation: February 13, 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Contributed talk by Erika Andersson, "Quantum Oblivious Transfer". Workshop on Relativistic Quantum Cryptography, Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations, DAMTP, University of Cambridge. Date of presentation: February 13, 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Daniel Oi gave a short presentation on Strathclyde/UK space quantum communications research as part of the Waterloo-Strathclyde Virtual Research Colloquium on Quantum Technologies, 12/11/2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub investigators Daniel Oi gave a short presentation on Strathclyde/UK space quantum communications research as part of the Waterloo-Strathclyde Virtual Research Colloquium on Quantum Technologies, 12/11/2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Daniel Oi gave a talk on the (partially) Hub sponsored, ROKS CubeSat project at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore (30/10/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Daniel Oi gave a talk on the (partially) Hub sponsored, ROKS CubeSat project at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore (30/10/2020). Some 50 people attended the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://youtu.be/7sPkKEVXbd4
 
Description Daniel Oi gave an invited presentation at the Curtin University (Australia) as part of the IEEE Computer Society Seminar Series (9/7/2020, online) on "Space, Quantum Technologies, and CubeSats" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub Co-Investigator Daniel Oi gave an invited presentation at the Curtin University (Australia) as part of the IEEE Computer Society Seminar Series (9/7/2020, online) on "Space, Quantum Technologies, and CubeSats"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYqdEH4QEfI&t=1s
 
Description David Lowndes presented a contributed talk (Low cost, short range quantum key distribution) at the Photon 2020 virtual international conference (03/09/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub researcher Lowndes presented a contributed talk (Low cost, short range quantum key distribution) at the Photon 2020 virtual international conference (03/09/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/frontend/reg/absViewDocumentFE.csp?documentID=30549&eventID=1255
 
Description Director Spiller gave an invited outreach webinar on the Quantum Communications Hub, organised by the Manchester and District branch of the IoP (15/12/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Director Spiller gave an invited outreach webinar on the Quantum Communications Hub, organised by the Manchester and District branch of the IoP (15/12/2020). The webinar was live and followed by a Q&A session. The feedback was very positive and there were lots more questions forwarded to Spiller after the event by the organisers, which were all responded to and forwarded to the relevant delegates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7266096614890733327
 
Description Director Spiller gave an invited webinar on the Quantum Communications Hub, organised by the IET Quantum Engineering Technical Network (10/11/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Director Spiller gave an invited webinar on the Quantum Communications Hub, organised by the IET Quantum Engineering Technical Network (10/11/2020). The event was delivered jointly with Jonathan Legh-Smith representing Hub partner BT and was followed by a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?
 
Description Director Spiller took part in an online discussion panel on quantum technologies as part of the virtual Let's Get Physical 2020 conference organised by the Tommy Flowers Institute (15/10/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Director Spiller took part in an online discussion panel on quantum technologies as part of the virtual Let's Get Physical 2020 conference organised by the Tommy Flowers Institute (15/10/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://tommyflowersnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/2020-autumn-conference-lets-get.html
 
Description Director Spiller took part in an online international discussion panel as part of the pre-recorded YouTube screening of the 10 shortlisted films from the 2020 Quantum Shorts competition (25/02/2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Director Spiller took part in an online discussion panel as part of the pre-recorded YouTube screening of the 10 shortlisted films from the 2020 Quantum Shorts competition (25/02/2021). The event was organised by the Hub in collaboration with the competition organisers Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.quantumcommshub.net/event/screening-of-quantum-shorts-festival-finalists/?return=https%3...
 
Description Elliott Hastings presented a poster (Cube Satellite base Quantum Key Distribution) at the BQIT2020 conference (27/04/2020, online) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Elliott Hastings presented a poster (Cube Satellite base Quantum Key Distribution) at the BQIT2020 conference (27/04/2020, online)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Friederike Jöhlinger et. al presented a poster (Trojan Horse Attack on Chip-Scale Quantum Key Distribution) at the 2020 online QCrypt conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Friederike Jöhlinger et. al presented a poster (Trojan Horse Attack on Chip-Scale Quantum Key Distribution) at the 2020 online QCrypt conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://2020.qcrypt.net/accepted-papers/
 
Description George Kanellos presented novel use cases for quantum networks beyond QKD in the Quantum Technologies Use-Cases session of the European Quantum Week, organized by the European Quantum Flagship with the collaboration of the European Commission (5/11/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact George Kanellos presented novel use cases for quantum networks beyond QKD in the Quantum Technologies Use-Cases session of the European Quantum Week, organized by the European Quantum Flagship with the collaboration of the European Commission (5/11/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://eqw.qt.eu/speakers/thursday/#george-kanellos
 
Description Hastings E. gave a poster presentation (Cube Satellite base Quantum Key Distribution) at the PHOTON 2020 conference (1/9/2020 - 4/9/2020, online) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hastings E. gave a poster presentation (Cube Satellite base Quantum Key Distribution) at the PHOTON 2020 conference (1/9/2020 - 4/9/2020, online)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Hub PDRA Joshi S.K. gave a presentation on Quantum Communication with CubeSats at the 2020 virtual National Quantum Technologies Showcase (06/11/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub PDRA Joshi S.K. gave a presentation on Quantum Communication with CubeSats at the 2020 virtual National Quantum Technologies Showcase (06/11/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://web-eur.cvent.com/event/e042ae20-0da6-425a-bd9d-d62e517503c4/websitePage:645d57e4-75eb-4769-...
 
Description Hub PDRA Kumar R. gave a contributed talk on quantum communications technologies as part of the BT/UCL Quantum Comms Focus Week (15-19/02/2021) organised by the UCL Quantum CDT. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Kumar R. gave a contributed talk on quantum communications technologies as part of the BT/UCL Quantum Comms Focus Week (15-19/02/2021) organised by the UCL Quantum CDT.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/quantum/news/2021/feb/bt-and-ucl-quantum-comms-focus-webinars-0
 
Description Hub PDRA Wonfor A. gave a talk on quantum networks during the BT/UCL Quantum Communications Focus Week (online, 15-19/02/2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Hub PDRA Wonfor A. gave a talk on quantum networks during the BT/UCL Quantum Communications Focus Week (online, 15-19/02/2021)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/quantum/news/2021/feb/bt-and-ucl-quantum-comms-focus-webinars-0
 
Description Hub PDRAs Guo K. and Hebdige T. gave a presentation on Quantum Random Number Generators at the 2020 virtual National Quantum Technologies Showcase (06/11/20) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub PDRAs Guo K. and Hebdige T. gave a presentation on Quantum Random Number Generators at the 2020 virtual National Quantum Technologies Showcase (06/11/20)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://web-eur.cvent.com/event/e042ae20-0da6-425a-bd9d-d62e517503c4/websitePage:645d57e4-75eb-4769-...
 
Description Hub PDRAs Schreier A. and Lowndes D. gave a talk on Consumer QKD at the 2020 virtual National Quantum Technologies Showcase (06/11/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub PDRAs Schreier A. and Lowndes D. gave a talk on Consumer QKD at the 2020 virtual National Quantum Technologies Showcase (06/11/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://web-eur.cvent.com/event/e042ae20-0da6-425a-bd9d-d62e517503c4/websitePage:645d57e4-75eb-4769-...
 
Description Hub investigators (incl. Spiller T.) have contributed to the Quantum Technologies report by the US Government Accountability Office (May 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub investigators have contributed to the Quantum Technologies report by the US Government Accountability Office (May 2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-20-527SP
 
Description Hub investigators and industry partners coordinated the UK quantum community response to the 2020 Quantum Security Technologies NCSC White Paper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Hub investigators and industry partners coordinated the UK quantum community response to the 2020 Quantum Security Technologies NCSC White Paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.quantumcommshub.net/news/community-response-to-the-ncsc-2020-quantum-security-technologi...
 
Description Hub investigators have contributed to the 'Future Horizons for Photonics Research 2030 and beyond' report (Sept. 2020) published by The Photonics Leadership Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group in Photonics and Quantum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Photonics Leadership Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group in Photonics and Quantum have released a report on the 'Future Horizons for Photonics Research 2030 and beyond' which aims to outline what will be possible in photonics in the next decade and beyond, and the substantial opportunities for the photonics industry in the UK.
Numerous Quantum Communications Hub investigators and advisory board members were among the 26 leading photonics academics in the UK that were invited to participate in the horizon scanning exercise, which required them to consider what the focus of photonics research will be, a decade and more from now. The report defines 70 research topics that will be the focus of photonics research, including established research topics and new research fields, organised into four broad categories: materials, optical and physical phenomenon, future manufacturing processes and devices and systems. Also identified within the report are the nine 'great challenges' representing major societal trends and concerns which will influence and motivate future photonics innovation: data, health and ageing, physical pollution, mobility and transport, climate change, defence and security, economic patriotism, scale and food production photon. The report recognises that the photonics industry is well established and is fundamental to many advanced technologies and industries, however, it also highlights that photonics innovation needs to undergo a 'step change' in order to combat the challenges indentified to be facing photonics in the future.

Finally, the report makes seven recommendations which include researchers, research agencies, funding agencies, policy makers and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Directors taking action in order to enable the identified topics to become research activity within the UK and for the potential benefits of photonics to be realised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.quantumcommshub.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Future-Horizons-for-Photonics-Research_PL...
 
Description Hub investigators have organised jointly with NCSC a 2-day workshop on Quantum Communications and Cyber Security for industrial partners of the Hub and national quantum technologies programme stakeholders from BEIS, NPL, Satellite Catapult etc. (24/11 & 08/12/20) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub investigators have organised jointly with NCSC a 2-day workshop on Quantum Communications and Cyber Security for industrial partners of the Hub and national quantum technologies programme stakeholders from BEIS, NPL, Satellite Catapult etc. (24/11 & 08/12/20). This is part of an initiative for closer collaboration between the quantum and classic cryptography communities. A report will follow in 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Hub investigators participated with many demos in the 2020 online national quantum technologies showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The annual UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase, organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Innovate UK, took place virtually for the first time, on Friday 6 November 2020. The event, which is usually held in London and attended by over 700 people from industry, government and media, was held online with a record 1200 delegates registered to attend. The virtual nature of the event meant that the expertise, capabilities and advances of quantum technologies in the UK and its real-world impact, along with the progress made so far in the second phase of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, could be shared with a global audience. The Quantum Communications Hub had three virtual stands at the Showcase and two virtual booths, through which, investigators gave technical demonstrations of our work, including some of our core technologies and technologies created through funded collaborations and partnerships. Across the two booths, the Hub showcased five demonstrations including: Consumer Quantum Key Distribution; Quantum Networking; Quantum Random Number Generators; Satellite QKD Ground-Based Receivers; and Quantum Communication with CubeSats. The Hub's virtual stands, which include a plethora of resources including leaflets and videos, are still available on the exhibitor section of the event website and will remain there for three months. Delegates were able to book one-to-one meetings with Hub colleagues to discuss our technologies and potential collaborations further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.quantumcommshub.net/news/quantum-communications-hub-exhibits-at-first-ever-virtual-uk-na...
 
Description Hub researcher Joshi SK wrote a piece in online magazine The Conversation highlighting Hub's work on an entanglement-based quantum network (2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Hub researcher Joshi SK wrote a piece in online magazine The Conversation highlighting Hub's work on an 8-user, entanglement-based quantum network and based on this paper: Joshi et al., "A trusted node-free eight-user metropolitan quantum communication network." Science Advances 6, no. 36 (2020): eaba0959
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://theconversation.com/our-quantum-internet-breakthrough-could-help-make-hacking-a-thing-of-the...
 
Description Hub researchers Aktas D. et al. gave a presentation on Quantum Networking at the 2020 virtual National Quantum Technologies Showcase (06/11/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub researchers Aktas D. et al. gave a presentation on Quantum Networking at the 2020 virtual National Quantum Technologies Showcase (06/11/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://web-eur.cvent.com/event/e042ae20-0da6-425a-bd9d-d62e517503c4/websitePage:645d57e4-75eb-4769-...
 
Description Hub researchers and PhD students took part in a Catalyst Online Training workshop, delivered by QTEC (University of Bristol) and focused on commercialisation of quantum technologies (May 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub researchers and PhD students took part in a Catalyst Online Training workshop, delivered by QTEC (University of Bristol) and focused on commercialisation of quantum technologies (May 2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Igor Konieczniak gave a poster presentation (Increasing loss-budget of a free-space CVQKD system) at the 2020 QCrypt virtual international conference (13/08/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub researcher Koniczniak gave a poster presentation (Increasing loss-budget of a free-space CVQKD system) at the 2020 virtual QCrypt international conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://2020.qcrypt.net/accepted-papers/
 
Description Ittoop Puthoor gave a poster presentation (Unambiguous elimination of pairs of quantum states for quantum communication) at the 2020 virtual QCrypt international conference (13/08/20) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub researcher Puthoor have a poster presentation (Unambiguous elimination of pairs of quantum states for quantum communication) at the 2020 virtual QCrypt international conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://2020.qcrypt.net/accepted-papers/
 
Description Joshi SK gave a presentation on quantum communications at QTech 2020 - (02 - 04 November 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Joshi SK gave a presentation on quantum communications at QTech 2020 - (02 - 04 November 2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://qtech2020.exordo.com/programme/presentation/305
 
Description Ke Guo presented a contributed talk (Assessment of a quantum random number generator based on photon number statistics) at the Photon 2020 virtual international conference (04/09/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub researcher Ke Guo presented a contributed talk (Assessment of a quantum random number generator based on photon number statistics) at the Photon 2020 virtual international conference (04/09/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/frontend/reg/absViewDocumentFE.csp?documentID=30393&eventID=1255
 
Description Kumar R. gave a presentation on "Satellite QKD Ground-Based Receivers" during the 2020 virtual international National Quantum Technologies Showcase (06/11/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub PDRA Rupesh Kumar gave a presentation on "Satellite QKD Ground-Based Receivers" during the 2020 virtual international National Quantum Technologies Showcase (06/11/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://web-eur.cvent.com/event/e042ae20-0da6-425a-bd9d-d62e517503c4/websitePage:645d57e4-75eb-4769-...
 
Description Naomi Solomons, poster presentation at Q-Turn 2020 (23/11/2020- 27/11/2020) (Virtual): Poster P1.7 "Scalable authentication in a quantum network". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Naomi Solomons, poster presentation at Q-Turn 2020 (23/11/2020- 27/11/2020) (Virtual): Poster P1.7 "Scalable authentication in a quantum network".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mgi8_zYgQhrCkVSEDadwZ0mRNqYiJtmN/view
 
Description Nejabati has organised a "Security Solutions Enabled by Physics in Fiber" workshop at the ACP 2020 conference (Oct. 2020, Beijing, China) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nejabati has organised a "Security Solutions Enabled by Physics in Fiber" workshop at the ACP 2020 conference (Oct. 2020, Beijing, China)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.acpconf.org/Home/Details?M_Id=Meeting-20200421-MBL2HU4S&N_Id=News-20200617-LX9YXIWO#3
 
Description O. Alia et al. poster presentation ("Wavelengths assignment of entangled photons pairs for quantum networks") at the Quantum 2020 Virtual Conference. October 2020. Poster Reference No. 31136. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact O. Alia et al (E. Hugues-Salas, R. Stange Tessinari, R. Wang, G. T. Kanellos, R. Nejabati and D.Simeonidou) gave a poster pressentation ("Wavelengths assignment of entangled photons pairs for quantum networks") at the Quantum 2020 Virtual Conference. October 2020. Poster Reference No. 31136.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Oral presentation by Damián Pitalúa-García, ("Fichas cuánticas sin memorias cuánticas: hacia una demostración experimental". Work in collaboration with Adrian Kent, David Lowndes and John Rarity). Virtual presentation delivered to the Institute of Physics, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, September 30, 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation by Damián Pitalúa-García, ("Fichas cuánticas sin memorias cuánticas: hacia una demostración experimental". Work in collaboration with Adrian Kent, David Lowndes and John Rarity). Virtual presentation delivered to the Institute of Physics, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, September 30, 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Peide Zhang presented a poster (Timing and Noise Tolerant Absolute Pulse Numbering) at BQIT2020 conference (27/04/2020, online) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Peide Zhang presented a poster (Timing and Noise Tolerant Absolute Pulse Numbering) at BQIT2020 conference (27/04/2020, online)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Peide Zhang, Poster presentation "Timing and Noise Tolerant Absolute Pulse Numbering for CubeSat QKD) at QCrypt 2020 conference (10/08/2020, online) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Peide Zhang gave a poster presentation "Timing and Noise Tolerant Absolute Pulse Numbering for CubeSat QKD) highlighting the work of the Hub at QCrypt 2020 conference (10/08/2020, online)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://2020.qcrypt.net/accepted-papers/
 
Description Poster presented by Damián Pitalúa-García, "One-out-of-m spacetime constrained oblivious transfer". Quantum Frontiers and Fundamentals, Bangalore, India, 13-18 January 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presented by Damián Pitalúa-García, "One-out-of-m spacetime constrained oblivious transfer". Quantum Frontiers and Fundamentals, Bangalore, India, 13-18 January 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.rri.res.in/~qff2020/
 
Description Puthoor I. - contributed talk "Unambiguous quantum state elimination of pairs of quantum states for quantum communication" at the virtual Quantum 2020 conference (20/10/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Puthoor I. gave a contributed talk "Unambiguous quantum state elimination of pairs of quantum states for quantum communication" at the virtual Quantum 2020 conference (20/10/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/frontend/reg/absViewDocumentFE.csp?documentID=30820&eventID=1552
 
Description Rafferty and other QUB colleagues have participated in the ETSI TC CYBER QSC WG (Quantum Safe Cryptography Working Group). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Rafferty and other QUB colleagues have participated in the ETSI TC CYBER QSC WG (Quantum Safe Cryptography Working Group).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.etsi.org/technologies/quantum-safe-cryptography#:~:text=The%20ETSI%20Cyber%20Quantum%20S...
 
Description Reza Nejabati gave an invited talk about "Quantum network test-bed and use cases in Bristol", in Quantum Exchange institute in Chicago University, USA, Dec 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Reza Nejabati gave an invited talk about "Quantum network test-bed and use cases in Bristol", in Quantum Exchange institute in Chicago University, USA, Dec 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Roger Colbeck gave a tutorial on device-independence at the International Telecommunications Union Focus Group on Quantum Information Technology for Networks (FG-QIT4N), Jinan, China, December 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Roger Colbeck gave a tutorial on device-independence at the International Telecommunications Union Focus Group on Quantum Information Technology for Networks (FG-QIT4N), Jinan, China, December 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Rupesh Kumar, Poster Presentation (Improving the performance of CV-QKD with multi-mode signals) at the 2020 QCrypt international conference (11/08/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub researcher Kumar gave a poster presentation (Improving the performance of CV-QKD with multi-mode signals) at the 2020 QCrypt virtual international conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://2020.qcrypt.net/accepted-papers/
 
Description Siddarth Joshi gave a contributed talk (A trusted-node-free eight-user metropolitan quantum communication network) at the virtual Photon 2020 international conference (03/09/20) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub researcher Joshi gave a contributed talk (A trusted-node-free eight-user metropolitan quantum communication network) at the virtual Photon 2020 international conference (03/09/20)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/frontend/reg/absViewDocumentFE.csp?documentID=30393&eventID=1255
 
Description Siddarth Koduru Joshi gave a contributed talk "A trusted-node-free eight-user metropolitan quantum communication network"CLEO USA 2020 (Virtual, 10/05/2020 to 15/05/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Siddarth Koduru Joshi gave a contributed talk "A trusted-node-free eight-user metropolitan quantum communication network"CLEO USA 2020 (Virtual, 10/05/2020 to 15/05/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.osapublishing.org/abstract.cfm?uri=cleo_si-2020-STh4G.1&origin=search
 
Description Siddarth Koduru Joshi gave an invited talk ("A trusted-node-free eight-user metropolitan quantum communication network") at SPCOM 2020 (Virtual) 19/07/2020 to 24/07/2020, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Siddarth Koduru Joshi gave an invited talk ("A trusted-node-free eight-user metropolitan quantum communication network") at SPCOM 2020 (Virtual) 19/07/2020 to 24/07/2020,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ece.iisc.ac.in/~spcom/2020/thematic_workshop.html
 
Description Spiller T. - Participation in panel discussion "Commercialisation of Quantum Technology" during 2020 virtual SPIE Security and Defence Digital Forum (23/09/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub Director Spiller took part in panel discussion "Commercialisation of Quantum Technology" during 2020 virtual SPIE Security and Defence Digital Forum (23/09/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.spiedigitallibrary.org/conference-proceedings-of-spie/11573/1157301/Commercialisation-of...
 
Description Spiller T. - Participation in the 2019 Quantum Technologies Expert Mission to US 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Spiller took part in the latest Innovate UK Global Expert Mission for Quantum Technologies to the US. Between the 18th and 22nd of November, a delegation of all four Hub Directors, senior industrialists from BT, Teledyne/e2v, Riverlane and the National Physical Laboratory, along with representatives from the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, visited a number of sites discussing opportunities for collaboration. Washington DC, Boulder and the University of Colorado, Santa Barbara, the University of California and CalTech, San Francisco, Stanford and National Laboratories as well as Google, were all key destinations for the group, whose main mission objective was to inform the UK's international strategy for quantum technologies by providing a deeper understanding of the opportunities and barriers to building collaborations and partnerships with US organisations. The mission sought to achieve this objective by providing an evidence base as to a) the existing US landscape for quantum science and technologies; and b) the priorities for US policy and investment in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://admin.ktn-uk.co.uk/app/uploads/2020/03/0183_KTN_USA-QuantumTechnologiesReport_v4.pdf
 
Description Spiller T. - outreach talk on Quantum Communications Technologies during European Quantum Week for secondary school children around Europe (03/11/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Hub Director Spiller gave a pre-recorded outreach talk on Quantum Communications Technologies on YouTube to a number of secondary school kids around Europe as part of European Quantum Week. The recording is available on the project YouTube channel and as a result, a number of new subscribers have signed up to the project YouTube channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://eqw.qt.eu/eqw-education/
 
Description Spiller T. has contributed to the Emerging Technologies report published by Ofcom (published Jan. 2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Spiller T. contributed to the Emerging Technologies report published by Ofcom (published Jan. 2021), the UK's independent regulator of communications services. Ofcom's regulatory responsibilities encompass the monitoring of broadband and mobile services; TV; radio; video-on-demand services; post; and the airwaves used by wireless devices. It's imperative that Ofcom keeps abreast with technologies emerging within the field of communications and the impacts that they could have, so as to ensure that, when these technologies arrive, people benefit from them and are protected from any potential risks. An 'Emerging Technologies Programme' has been set up by Ofcom to investigate how the way people communicate and connect with each other is evolving across fixed and wireless networks for broadcast, broadband, mobile and satellite services and the report was produced as part of this. For each of the sectors, the report considers 'where we are now' and 'where we are going next', along with, in some cases, any barriers to adoption.

Quantum technologies and their applications, on which Hub Director, Professor Tim Spiller, was consulted, are highlighted within the fixed and optical communications chapter of the report, however, it is recognised that quantum technologies will have implications for connectivity too. The potential risks posed to secure communications by quantum computers is briefly discussed, along with the possibility for the deployment of Quantum Key Distribution to secure commercial networks and of quantum random number generators for use in encryption.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/emerging-technologies-shaping-future-o...
 
Description Spiller gave a talk on quantum communications technologies at the Financial Conduct Authority /Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub organised workshop on quantum computing and finance (December 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Spiller gave a talk on quantum communications technologies at the Financial Conduct Authority /Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub-organised workshop on quantum computing and finance (December 2020). A full report will be published in 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Spiller gave an invited talk ("Quantum Communications Hub - overview of Phase 2 work towards a future quantum internet".) at the online workshop on Quantum Internet organised by Innovate UK and the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (5/01/2021) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Spiller gave an invited talk ("Quantum Communications Hub - overview of Phase 2 work towards a future quantum internet".) at the online workshop on Quantum Internet organised by Innovate UK and the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (5/01/2021)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Tello A. et al - contributed talk "Prospects of time-bin quantum key distribution in turbulent free-space channels" at the 2020 virtual SPIE Security and Defence Digital Forum (21-24/09/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tello A. et al -gave a contributed talk "Prospects of time-bin quantum key distribution in turbulent free-space channels" at the 2020 virtual SPIE Security and Defence Digital Forum (21-24/09/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://spie.org/ESD/conferencedetails/emerging-imaging-sensing-technologies?SSO=1
 
Description The Hub team has launched a blog ("Quantumness, Randomness and Endless Possibilities") focusing on highlighted diverse career pathways in quantum technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hub team has launched a blog ("Quantumness, Randomness and Endless Possibilities") focusing on highlighted diverse career pathways in quantum technologies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.quantumcommshub.net/blog/site/wider-community-and-schools/
 
Description The Hub team have launched a new public engagement twitter feed (@Quantum_City) to disseminate the activities of the Quantum City outreach partnership to a wider audience (June 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hub team have launched a new public engagement twitter feed (@Quantum_City) to disseminate the activities of the Quantum City outreach partnership to a wider audience (June 2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/Quantum_City
 
Description Z. Huang gave a contributed talk (Encrypting quantum computation efficiently with random circuit samplers) at the Photon 2020 virtual conference, 1st September 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Z. Huang gave a contributed talk (Encrypting quantum computation efficiently with random circuit samplers) at the Photon 2020 virtual conference, 1st September 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.photon.org.uk/home
 
Description Z. Huang gave a contributed talk (Super-resolved entanglement-assisted estimation of range and velocity) at Beyond IID 8, 11th November 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Z. Huang gave a contributed talk (Super-resolved entanglement-assisted estimation of range and velocity) at Beyond IID 8, 11th November 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://sites.google.com/view/beyondiid8
 
Description Zhang C. et al - Contributed talk "Link loss analysis for a satellite quantum communication downlink" at the 2020 virtual SPIE Security and Defence Digital Forum (21-24/09/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Zhang C. et al gave a contributed talk "Link loss analysis for a satellite quantum communication downlink" at the 2020 virtual SPIE Security and Defence Digital Forum (21-24/09/2020)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://spie.org/ESD/conferencedetails/emerging-imaging-sensing-technologies?SSO=1
 
Description Zixin Huang gave a contributed talk (Encrypting quantum computation efficiently with random circuit samplers) at the Photon 2020 international (virtual) conference (01/09/2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hub researcher Huang gave a contributed talk (Encrypting quantum computation efficiently with random circuit samplers) at the Photon 2020 international (virtual) conference (01/09/2020) organised by the Institute of Physics (IoP)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/frontend/reg/absViewDocumentFE.csp?documentID=30549&eventID=1255