Dr Ashley Montanaro, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Computer Science, has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. These prestigious awards are intended to enable the most talented new researchers to establish an independent research career, shortly or immediately after completing a PhD. The Fellowship lasts for three years and will be held in the Department of Computer Science.
Ashley's research is in the exciting new field of quantum computing. A quantum computer is a machine built to use the mysterious principles of quantum mechanics to achieve dramatic speedups over any possible standard computer based only on classical physics. The research proposal for which the Fellowship was awarded is titled "New directions in quantum algorithms". The project aims to find new algorithms for quantum computers that take advantage of their unique properties, and simultaneously to improve our understanding of the limitations of quantum computers.
Ashley is a member of Bristol's internationally leading cross-departmental Quantum Computation and Quantum Information research group, where he will continue to work during his Fellowship.