José Ignacio Latorre

One of the most renowned Spanish scientists in the field of quantum mechanics. He has made crucial contributions to quantum field theory and entanglement, which he has accompanied with valuable work as a communicator.

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José Ignacio Latorre (Barcelona) is chair professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona and Long-Term Visiting Professor at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore. He leads the Quantic group for the construction of a quantum computer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, and he is also coordinating manager of the Pedro Pascual Science Centre in Benasque.

He has researched theoretical physics, artificial intelligence apps and quantum information theory. He holds a PhD in elementary particle physics, and has collaborated as post-doctoral researcher at centres of prestige such as the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and at the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark. He later created the group NNPDF, which uses artificial intelligence to analyse the data of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research).

As for his facet as a quantum mechanics science communicator, he has written three books: La Nada, o el vacío cuántico (Batiscafo, 2016), Cuántica, tu futuro en juego (Ariel, 2017) and Ética para máquinas (Ariel, 2019). He has produced two documentaries, one of which contains the recollections of Roy Glauber, the Manhattan Project’s last living scientist. He has also participated as scientific advisor for the exhibition “Quantica” at the CCCB.

Update: 31/01/2019 12:00 am


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