Group leader

Dimitris Angelakis is a tenured Associate Professor at School of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete and jointly a Principal Investigator  at Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore leading the Quantum Optics and Quantum Technologies Group.

His background is in theoretical quantum physics and quantum optics. His research interests are in quantum optical implementations of quantum computation and quantum simulation, quantum many-body physics and quantum technologies. He quite enjoys discussing science at all levels, sampling good wine and tries to learn play the Cretan Lyra. He is married with three children. See below for his brief CV and click here for a full CV.


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He recently was awarded the Google Quantum Innovation Prize 2018.  Earlier awards he has received include the “Greek Outstanding Scholar Abroad 2004” by Greek Ministry of Defense,   the “Institute of Physics, Quantum Electronics and Photonics Thesis Prize” in 2002 for the best PhD thesis in UK in the field if Quantum Electronics and Photonics, the  “St Catharine’s College Cambridge JRF in Physics” in 2001,  the “Valerie Myescrough  Prize 2000” for graduate students performance, and has been an IKY (Greek State Scholarship Foundation) scholar for the consecutive years 1993-1997 (undergraduate), and 1998-2001(postgraduate).

Education and academic posts

Dr Angelakis studied physics in Crete, Greece for his undergraduate and MSc studies and then moved to UK and Imperial College for his PhD. Throughout his studies he has been supported by competitive scholarships by the Greek State scholarship foundation (IKY). While in Imperial, Dr Angelakis received the “UK Quantum Electronics PhD thesis prize” from the Institute of Physics UK, as well as the “Valerie Myescrough Prize” from the University for excellence in research. At the third year of his PhD studies he was awarded a highly competitive postdoctoral research fellowship in St Catharines College Cambridge (JRF). The latter he held in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the Centre for Quantum Computation Cambridge until 2007. In 2007 he moved to Technical University of Crete initially a lecturer position now an associate professor with tenure. In parallel to his position in Crete, he has been leading a research group in the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT), National University of Singapore. He has also held visiting professor positions in various prestigious institutions such as the Kavli Institute of the Theoretical Physics in the University of California in Santa Barbara (autumn 2015) and the Quantum Information Group in NUS for several years.

Research output

Angelakis is known as one of the pioneers in a novel area merging quantum optics, condensed matter and quantum information science now known as “Quantum Simulations and Many-Body Physics with Light”

He has published more 50 papers,  with a total of more than  2000 citations and , Η=23, i10=40 including papers in Science and several in Physical Review Letters. His works have attracted the interest of experimentalists  and high-tech companies. Among his current collaborations are with Quantum Lab of Google for quantum simulations with interacting photons in their superconducting qubits chips.has written an invited review article for IOP Reports in Progress in Physics,  and also edited two volumes for Springer in the area of Quantum Computing and  Quantum Simulations (2017), and two focus issues in the area of Quantum Simulations in New Journal of Physics and EPJ: Quantum Technologies

International visibility

He has also been invited to deliver more 45  talks in international meetings including the annual American Physical Society meeting, the KITP workshops in theoretical physics, and the ICTP workshops and the Fermi Schools of Physics in Lake Como. He has also delivered more than 50 invited seminars in universities and research institutions worldwide.

His work has been highlighted in numerous science news articles and in TV interviews in Singapore (the  Straits Times), Greece (SKY Greece, Crete TV in Greek) and worldwide including EurekalertSciencedaily, (Greek), asian scientist,  and  New ScientistNature Research Highlights,  The Innovation MagazinePhysics World and BIMA Science among others. He has organised several international conferences as chairman or member of the organizing and program committee. He

Funding and service

For his research activities, he has raised the equivalent of more than  2.5 million Euros in UK, Greece and Singapore. He has served as evaluator of research proposals for  the ERC Starting and Consolidator Grant scheme, European Young Investigator Award Scheme, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the Polish Research Council and the  Swiss Research Council among others. He has also  served in various faculty committees in St Catharine’s College,-University of Cambridge, the Technical University of Crete and the Centre for Quantum Technologies Singapore.

He is serving at National Quantum Network for the preparation of the European Flagship in Quantum Technologies representing Greece. He is also in the Core group and the Management Committee of the of the EU COST Action “Nanoscale Quantum Optics” . He has  refereed for most physics journals including PRL, Nature, Science  and currently serves in the editorial board of  Springer EPJ Quantum Technology where he  also was the lead guest editor of a special issue on “Quantum Simulations” published in 2014. He has also edited a focus issue of New Journal of Physics in Many body physics with Photons and Polaritons

He has successfully supervised  a number of MSc students, several postdoctoral scholars, two  PhD students  and currently advising three more PhDs and two postdocs.

Some recent talks and interviews:

Colloquium on quantum simulation with interacting photons in Centre for Quantum Technologies, NUS, Singapore, July 2017

Invited Talk on the joint work with the Google group at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, September 2017

Interview in Sky Greece on our recent work with Google published in Science (in Greek)

Interview in Crete TV on our recent work with Google published in Science (in Greek)

Interview in Zougla TV on quantum computers and the quantum butterfly (in Greek)