Editor’s note: Hannes Bernien is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering. He studies quantum many-body physics and quantum information processing, and seeks to develop new ways of engineering large, complex quantum systems.

The winners of IOP Publishing’s International Quantum Technology ‘young scientist’ and ‘emerging researcher’ awards have been announced.

The awards, which received nearly 50 nominations, were introduced to recognise and support scientific excellence and development of quantum technology researchers at the early stages of their career. The judging panel selected the winners based upon their significant achievements and exceptional promise for future contributions in the field.

The winners were announced at a live-streamed ceremony which marked the closing of the Quantum 2020 conference, hosted by IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics (IOP) in partnership with the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and the Chinese Physical Society (CPS). The conference brought together nearly 4500 researchers from across the globe from industry, academia and government to discuss some of the most cutting-edge directions in quantum science and technology.

International Quantum Technology Young Scientist Award

Hannes Bernien, University of Chicago, USA

Hannes Bernien’s contributions to quantum science and technology have had a transformational impact across the field. He was nominated for “the development of methods to control quantum systems over long distances and scaling them to large qubit numbers.

Highly commended in this category:

  • Philipp Hauke, University of Trento, Itay
  • Joel Wallman, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Erez Zohar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Chen Wang, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Read more