Lucas Lamata


I am an Associate Professor (Profesor Titular de Universidad) of Theoretical Physics at the Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear, Facultad de Física, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain (3 sexenios, 1 quinquenio, 4 trienios). 

My research up to now has been focused on quantum optics and quantum information, including pioneering proposals for quantum simulations of relativistic quantum mechanics, fermionic systems, and spin models, with trapped ions and superconducting circuits. I am also interested in new approaches to quantum simulation, and in this respect, I created, with my collaborators, the concept of digital-analog quantum simulations, which takes advantage of the scalability of analog and the versatility and universality of digital quantum devices, and may be one promising way of achieving new knowledge of quantum systems via NISQ devices in the near term. I also analyze the possibility of combining artificial intelligence and machine learning protocols with quantum devices. I enjoy working with experimentalists, and have made proposals and participated in 16 experiments in collaboration with up to 17 prominent experimental groups in quantum science, with trapped ions, electrons in Penning traps, superconducting circuits, cold atoms, quantum photonics, and nuclear magnetic resonance. Up to 19 of my theoretical proposals for implementations have been carried out in experiments by top-flight groups.

Before working in Sevilla, I was a Staff Researcher (Investigador Doctor Permanente) at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain (UPV/EHU). In Bilbao I started as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow and subsequently continued with a Ramón y Cajal position. Before that, I was a Humboldt Fellow and a Max Planck postdoctoral fellow for 3 and a half years at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany. Previously, I carried out my PhD at CSIC central campus, Serrano street, Madrid, defending my Thesis at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), with an FPU predoctoral fellowship. My PhD thesis was awarded the extraordinary prize for a PhD in Physics in 2007 in UAM. I have more than 19-year research experience in centers of Spain and Germany, having performed research as well with scientific collaborations in several one- or two-week stays in centers of all continents as Harvard University, ETH Zurich, University of California Berkeley, Google Santa Barbara, University of California Santa Barbara, Google LA, Shanghai University, Tsinghua University, Macquarie University, University of Bristol, Walther-Meissner Institut Garching, University of KwaZulu-Natal, IQOQI Innsbruck, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, among others. 

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Recent News

Glad to be talking on 24th May on Quantum Technologies at Bar La Tregua, in the charismatic Sevillian quarter of Triana, in the framework of Pint of Science 2023!

Honored to have taken part in the Bankinter Future Trends Forum on "The Silent Revolution of Quantum and AI" on past November. The report with the conclusions of the Forum is now published, as well as the interesting talks that took place in the event

Glad to be one of the invited international speakers for the 17th Granada Seminar on Computational and Statistical Physics, on the topic of 

Machine Learning and Physics: Quantum, Classical and Applications, in next September!

I have accepted the invitation to join the Editorial Board of Journal of Autonomous Intelligence, the first AI-only journal for which I am editorial board member (with no prior connection to quantum technologies, or physics in general).

I've just surpassed 7000 citations in my Google Scholar profile. Thanks to all my past and current collaborators for the cutting-edge research we developed!

My first paper of the year!      Y. Ding et al., Toward Prediction of Financial Crashes with a D-Wave Quantum Annealer, Entropy 25, 323 (2023).

It was rewarding to give, on February 10th, 2023 an invited seminar on Quantum Simulations and Machine Learning with Quantum Technologies, as part of the program of the Master  on Quantum Computing Technology of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Glad to contribute with the new generations of students!

Glad to have been part on January 17, 2023 of the PhD thesis committee in the defence of  Mr. Pablo Moreno Casares at  GICC group, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Interesting talk and subsequent discussion!

I am organizing, together with Prof. José Martín-Guerrero (University of Valencia) and Prof. Thomas Villmann (University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, and Saxon Institute for Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning, Germany) a Special Session on Quantum Artificial Intelligence at ESANN, one of the main conferences on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Europe, which will take place this year 4-5.10.2023 in Bruges, Belgium. After our very successful session on Quantum Machine Learning in this venue in 2020, here we are back with a broader topic. Submissions welcome!

Glad to have achieved the Prize for the Best Paper of the Month (April)  in the Facultad de Física of Universidad de Sevilla, in the year 2022, with the PLB article published with colleagues from my University and Huelva. This is the third year in a row that I achieve this Prize, having attained the one of January 2020 and the one of July 2021, in this latter case also recognized as the second best of the year. I am happy to contribute to the high-quality research carried out in my Faculty!

My paper on "Digital quantum simulation of an extended Agassi model: Using machine learning to disentangle its phase-diagram", Phys. Rev. C 106, 064322 (2022), with collaborators from Sevilla and Huelva, has just been published. It is my first PRC, and the 9th distinct American Physical Society journal in which I have published. Maybe the number of APS journals in a CV can be regarded as a metric of breadth of topics and collaborators, for which I am thankful!

I have just accepted joining the Board of Frontiers in Physics, in the section Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. This is the eight editorial position in my career!

It was great to take part as one of the international experts in quantum AI at the Bankinter Future Trends Forum "The Future of Computing", Madrid!

On 16 November 2022, I gave a dissemination talk in the Facultad de Física, Universidad de Sevilla, on the Nobel Prize in Physics 2022, entitled

"Premio Nobel de Física 2022: Experimentos cuánticos con fotones y los orígenes de las tecnologías cuánticas" 

I have been included in the Stanford University: World’s Top 2% Scientists List for the second consecutive year. I am ranked, in the last year ranking, 369 of a total 70,970 in General Physics!                     I also appear in the whole career ranking for the first time, in position 1181 of 70,970!              (v5, November 2022 update).

The Master's Degree in Quantum Technologies by QTEP-CSIC, UIMP, and lecturers from several Spanish Universities, including Universidad de Sevilla, will be launched soon. I will teach part of the subject "Machine Learning and Quantum Computers"

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2022 has been awarded in the field of quantum information and quantum technologies, to Alain Aspect, John Clauser, and Anton Zeilinger, "for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science"

Congratulations to the three awardees!

I have recently been proposed by the Council of Instituto Carlos I de Física Teórica y Computacional, Granada, Spain, for an adscription as member of this Institute, additionally to my position of Profesor Titular at Universidad de Sevilla. Therefore, I will join colleagues from Universities of Sevilla, Granada, Málaga and Almería, in this prestigious interuniversity Institute!

It was fun to give an invited seminar on the Wiley Artificial Intelligence & Quantum Technology Symposium !

I am Guest Editor of a Special Issue "Quantum and Optoelectronic Devices, Circuits and Systems" in the Section Quantum Electronics of the MDPI journal Electronics. Submissions are welcome!

Our Perspective on Quantum Brain Networks has been selected as Cover Article of the May 2022 Issue in Electronics! 

Quanta Magazine's Podcast is now online, on the occasion of the publication sometime ago of the article in quantum speedups in machine learning. I talk in the minute 16:30, roughly.

Invited talk "Estado del arte de la computación cuántica; retos de investigación actuales", at the Jornada técnica CTA- “La era cuántica; tan lejos tan cerca”, organized by the Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía as a private event for the member companies of the consortium. 

Our paper "Digital quantum simulation of the Agassi model" , a collaboration between Sevilla and Huelva,  is now online in Phys. Lett. B!

My News and Views Article in  Nature Photonics  is online, on the occasion of the publication of the experimental photonic quantum memristor in the Vienna lab. Based on proposal by Mikel Sanz, Enrique Solano and myself in APL Photonics in 2018. Access available in this read-only link. The experiment has also been cover of the April 2022 Issue in Nature Photonics.

I was interviewed for Quanta Magazine on the topic of quantum speedups in machine learning. Here is the link

The talk I gave in December for the Spanish Network of AI for Condensed Matter Systems is now available in Youtube!

Glad to have been included in the list of top "InfluSciencers", Spanish scientists whose papers have a significant social and mediatic impact.  In 2023 I am the 16th in Physics, in Spain!

I have been awarded the Second Prize for the Best Paper of the Year in the Physics Faculty of Universidad de Sevilla! Thanks to the Equipo Decanal, the selecting Committee, and Vicerectorate for Research for the support to these awards!

I have been included in the Stanford University: World’s Top 2% Scientists List. I occupy the position 637 of a total 71.123 researchers in General Physics!

My group at Universidad de Sevilla will participate in the Quantum Spain project, which aims at building a Spanish quantum computer and developing new quantum algorithms for machine learning. We will contribute in this last part: the quantum software, in coordination with 25 Universities from 14 Spanish regions.

My second invited lecture for the e-learning platform SheQuantum, on Quantum Artificial Life in a Cloud Quantum Computer, is now available in YouTube! 

Honored to have been part of the Committee for the Quantum Techniques in Machine Learning Conference, Riken, Japan, 9-12 November 2021.

It was a pleasure to give an invited talk on Quantum Machine Learning and Quantum Biomimetics, organized by QuantumMadrid

Honored to have given the opening, plenary talk in the Curso de Computación Cuántica organized by Universidad de Castilla La Mancha in Albacete, Spain (online format)

Glad to have contributed to the SheQuantum E-learning platform to motivate young women to enter into technology fields, more specifically quantum technologies, with a seminar talk on quantum simulations!

Glad to have been a member of the Committee for the ESANN Workshop 2021, 6-8 October 2021!

New preprint on "Quantum Simulation of the Agassi Model in Trapped Ions" in collaboration with Pedro Pérez-Fernández, José Miguel Arias,  

and José Enrique García-Ramos is submitted to arXiv!

Since 2021, I am a Section Editor-in-Chief for the Section "Quantum Electronics" in the MDPI journal Electronics!

Honored to have been a member of the Academic Committee for the Spanish PLANCKS Preliminaries 2021, the Spanish selection of teams for the PLANCKS 2021 international physics student competition. As such, I produced one of the four problems to be solved by the candidate teams.

I have been selected by the American Physical Society as APS Outstanding Referee for 2021!

My invited seminar in the UAM-CSIC Condensed Matter Seminar Series is now available in Youtube!

My invited Review for Photonics on Quantum Reinforcement Learning with Quantum Photonics is already published!

My invited Perspective for EPL on Quantum simulations of light-matter interactions in arbitrary coupling regimes is now published!

Youtube video on the FET Academy Week, in which I participated as one of the FET international experts, talking about quantum computing and artificial intelligence

On 2 November 2020 I gave an invited talk at the Virtual Workshop on Strongly Coupled Light-Matter Interactions: Models and Applications

Glad to have participated on 27 October 2020 on a panel discussion at the FET Academy week, as one of the international experts, 

speaking about quantum tecnologies and AI!

The Spanish Network of AI for Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science has been announced online! Glad to have my group as one of the founding members!

My invited Perspective article on quantum machine learning and quantum biomimetics for Machine Learning: Science and Technology is published and available in the journal webpage

I was in the Committee for the Quantum Techniques in Machine Learning Conference, Boston, USA, 9-12 November 2020

Invited Talk in the Workshop on "Geometric Resources for Quantum Engineering", on March 5-6, 2020, Universidad de Sevilla

First articles in the journal Machine Learning: Science and Technology (IOP) published, including our own Reinforcement learning for semi-autonomous approximate quantum eigensolver

Inaugural Talk of a Postgraduate Course on Quantum Computing at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain, June 8, 2020 (it has been postponed)

Inaugural Talk of the PhD Program in Physics from Universidad de Sevilla, for the academic year 2019/20, December 16, 2019

 Selected as a Panelist for the MIT Technology Review Global Panel, since 2019.

Interview for El Cultural, "Enchufados a la Supremacía Cuántica", together with other colleagues, in relation to the Nature paper from Google

Interview for El Periodico, on the occasion of the Nature paper from Google with the claim of "quantum supremacy"

Invited to a Trendington in Madrid, 13-14 November 2019, as one of the top experts in emerging scientific and technological areas including ICT, Health & Life Sciences, Environment & Climate Change, RRI, ethics of technology, together with architects, artists, CSOs, designers, and futurologists to discuss about the future FET European Union funding priorities in emerging science and technology, in the framework of the PREFET CSA European Grant. 

Invited talk at the I Workshop Quantum Computers and High Performance Computing, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, which took place 27 November 2019

I organized, with Prof. José Martín-Guerrero (University of Valencia) a Special Session on Quantum Machine Learning at the 28th European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning, which took place in online format from 2 to 4 October 2020.

Interview for Advanced Science News on our recent experiment of a quantum autoencoder in the Rigetti quantum computer

3rd Basque Quantum Science and Technologies Workshop, nanoGUNE, 23 May 2019, Donostia

Invited talk at the Workshop Quantum Processing of Big Data: From Quantum Computing to Earth Observation, organized by the European Space Agency and the University of Rome

Invited Tech Talk in quantum computing at Instituto de Empresa,  the 8th business school worldwide according to World Economic Forum

Invited Piece for The Conversation, "Así será OpenSuperQ, el ordenador cuántico más avanzado de Europa"

Special Issue on Symmetry in Quantum Optics Models

News article about the IBM Client Center Universities Event 2018, where I took part in a round table and gave an invited talk on our scientific contributions employing IBM Quantum Experience.

Highlight in MIT Technology Review and interview in Newsweek of our experiment on Quantum Artificial Life

which is also the most downloaded paper in Physics in 2018 for Scientific Reports


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