Lucas Lamata


I am an Associate Professor (Profesor Titular de Universidad) of Theoretical Physics at the Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. See a recent talk for an overview of our research at Sevilla and, before, at Bilbao.

Previously, I was a Staff Researcher (Investigador Doctor Permanente) at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, leading the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Team, a research group inside the QUTIS group of Prof. Enrique Solano at UPV/EHU. I continue collaborating with QUTIS, from my position at Sevilla.

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, as with our novel concept of embedding quantum simulators, and in the emulation of biological behaviours with quantum controllable systems, in the research line that we call quantum biomimetics. 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 15 experiments in collaboration with up to 15 prominent experimental groups in quantum science, with trapped ions, electrons in Penning traps, superconducting circuits, quantum photonics, and nuclear magnetic resonance. Up to 16 of my theoretical proposals for implementations have been carried out in experiments by top-flight groups.

Before working in Bilbao, first as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow and subsequently with a Ramón y Cajal position, 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, working in Prof. Ignacio Cirac Group. Previously, I carried out my PhD at CSIC, Madrid, and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), with an FPU predoctoral fellowship, supervised by Prof. Juan León. My PhD thesis was awarded with the First Extraordinary Prize for a PhD in Physics in 2007 in UAM, out of more than 30 theses. I have more than 16-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. 

I have about 100 articles, among published and submitted, in international refereed journals, including: 1 Nature, 1 Reviews of Modern Physics, 1 Advances in Physics: X, 3 Nature Communications, 2 Physical Review X, 1 APL Photonics,  2 Advanced Quantum Technologies, 1 Quantum Science and Technology, and 19 Physical Review Letters, two of them Editor's Suggestion. Overall I have 24 articles in Nature Publishing Group journals, and 48 in American Physical Society journals. 26 articles in first decile (D1) journals.

My h-index according to Google Scholar is of 33, with more than 3900 citations. i10 index of 70 and i100 index of 8.

I am or have been Principal Investigator in four projects, two Spanish (one from Proyectos I+D, MINECO, of 107 kEuros, the other my Ramón y Cajal grant with 310 kEuros), one German (from the Humboldt Foundation, for a short stay in Germany), and one from the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU. 

I have also been Co-Principal Investigator of a Grant funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and led by Dr. Pavel Lougovski at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country and University of Washington. From the Bilbao node, Prof. Solano is PI and I was Co-PI. The Grant budget for the Oak Ridge-Bilbao collaboration amounts to $290k which is funding postdoctoral researchers supervised by Bilbao. See the press releases at Oak Ridge and University of the Basque Country

I have also been Co-Principal Investigator of the EU Quantum Technologies Flagship Project OpenSuperQ. This is a Project coordinated by Prof. Frank Wilhelm at Saarland University, Germany, being at the Bilbao node Prof. Enrique Solano the PI and myself the Co-PI. The budget assigned to UPV/EHU is of about 430 kEuros. See the press releases at the European Commission and University of the Basque Country.

I have also been Co-Principal Investigator of the EU FET Open Project Quromorphic. This is a Project coordinated by Prof. Michael Hartmann at Heriot Watt University, UK, being at the Bilbao node Prof. Enrique Solano the PI and myself the Co-PI. The budget assigned to UPV/EHU is of about 300 kEuros. See the press release at the Heriot Watt University

I am also Co-Principal Investigator, since January 2019, of a Spanish national grant from MCIU, for which Prof. Solano is the PI (until 2021). 

I also participate as Management Committee Substitute in a COST Action on trapped-ion physics. 

Including the individual fellowships which I obtained throughout my career in competitive calls, I have raised more than 1.7 MEuros in funding (either as PI/Co-PI or individual fellowship holder).

I have been official cosupervisor, together with Prof. Solano, of one PhD thesis, one Master thesis, and one bachelor thesis, all successfully defended. I have also been official single supervisor of a Master thesis successfully defended.  I also am or have been day-to-day (extraofficial) supervisor (with Prof. Solano as the official supervisor) of additional 7 PhD theses (5 of them already successfully defended), 4 master theses (all already defended), one bachelor thesis, and of short visits of graduate students and postdocs from China (5), Italy, Chile (2), and Peru. 

I have been coorganizer or member of the scientific committee of three international, two Spanish and one Basque workshops, including the Co-Chair of the Spanish Quantum Information Conference (ICE-2), together with Prof. Íñigo Egusquiza. I also coorganized the International Workshop on Quantum Machine Learning and Biomimetic Quantum Technologies, which was held 19-23 March 2018, UPV/EHU Bilbao. I am also member of the CLEO 2019 and 2020 Committees, conferences celebrated in San José, California, USA, in May 2019 and May 2020. I also organize, together with Prof. José Martín-Guerrero (University of Valencia, Spain), a Special Session at the 28th European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning, which will take place in Bruges, Belgium from 22 to 24 April 2020.

I have given 38 invited talks in international and national conferences in countries including USA, China, UK, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany, as well as 58 invited seminars in top institutions, as Harvard University, Max Planck Society, ETH Zürich, Google Santa Barbara, Google LA, IBM Client Center, IE Business School, University of California Berkeley, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Cambridge, NASA Ames, Tsinghua University, Shanghai University, NIST, IQOQI Innsbruck, University of Bristol, University of Massachusetts Boston, and D-Wave Systems, Inc.

Since 2019, I am a Panelist for the MIT Technology Review Global Panel.

Since 2019, I am Founding Editorial Board Member for the journal Machine Learning: Science and Technology (IOP).

Since 2019, I am Member of the Editorial Board for the journal Quantum Machine Intelligence (Springer).

Since 2019, I am Member of the Editorial Board for the journal Quantum Reports (MDPI).

Since 2019, I am Member of the Editorial Board for the journal Electronics (MDPI).

Since 2018, I am Academic Editor for the journal PLOS ONE (Physical Sciences Division).

Since 2017, I am Associate Editor for the journal Quantum Measurements and Quantum Metrology (De Gruyter).

Guest Editor, together with Dr. Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz (Zapata Computing, USA), and Prof. Francesco Petruccione (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) of a Topical Collection for the newly launched journal Quantum Machine Intelligence (Springer), on "Alternative Paradigms in Quantum Computing and Quantum Machine Learning Implementations"

Guest Editor, together with Dr. Mikel Sanz and Prof. Enrique Solano, of a Special Issue on Quantum Machine Learning,  published in Advanced Quantum Technologies (Wiley).

Guest Editor for the journal Symmetry (MDPI) of a Special Issue on Symmetry in Quantum Optics Models.

Guest Editor, together with researchers from a variety of Universities from USA and UK, including Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Caltech), University of Chicago, and King’s College London, of a Special Issue on Quantum Engineering, in the journal of Mechatronic Systems and Control of ACTA Press (Canada). Here the purpose is intriguing and exciting: aiming at incorporating quantum systems in engineering devices, such as robots and drones, in order to enhance security, communication, sensing and interaction.

I am referee for 50 ISI-Indexed scientific journals, including 10 journals with Impact Factor > 8 (WoS, 2018): 
Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, npj Quantum Information, Nano Letters, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Chemical Science, Physical Review X, and Physical Review Letters. See my Publons profile for a verified selection of my referrals (those for which I conserve the acknowledgment of referral emails of the corresponding journals employed by Publons to validate the information).

Publons Award 2018, for being in the top 1% reviewers in Physics in the academic year 2017/2018.
Publons Award 2019, for being in the top 1% reviewers in two categories: Physics and Cross-Field, in the academic year 2018/2019.

I am evaluator for the Spanish National Agency for Project Evaluation (ANEP), have evaluated projects from national and regional calls for a total amount of more than 2 MEuros, and have been member of the ANEP Commission that awarded the Ramón y Cajal tenure track grants of call 2014. I have been selected as evaluator for the French National Research Agency (ANR). I was evaluator of scientific grant proposals for United Kingdom Research and
Innovation (UKRI) programmes. I was also evaluator for the EU QuantERA 2019 call (various proposals) and the Spanish Torres Quevedo 2019 call.

I have also been evaluator for the periodic assessment of Staff Research Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, for Postdoctoral Fellowships funded by EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (3 different calls, several proposals), for the Research Fellowship (postdoctoral) program of Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), for the DOC predoctoral programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, of scientific projects for the Croatian Science Foundation, of scientific grants for public universities in Colombia, via the Colombian Science and Technology Observatory (in 2016 and 2018), of scientific projects for Chilean universities, via the National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research of Chile (CONICYT), and of scientific dissemination books from Editorial CSIC.

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  • Address: Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular,y Nuclear, Universidad de Sevilla, Apartado 1065, 41080 Sevilla, Spain                             
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     Research Interests:
  • Quantum Optics
  • Quantum Information
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Quantum Simulations
  • Trapped Ion Physics
  • Superconducting Circuits
  • Entanglement Classification
  • Entanglement Generation
  • Quantum Biomimetics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Embedding Quantum Simulators
  • Penning Traps 
  • Quantum Photonics


     Brief CV:  

  • Staff Researcher (Investigador Doctor Permanente), UPV/EHU Bilbao ('19/'19).
  • Researcher (SCALEQIT EU Project), UPV/EHU Bilbao (Prof. Enrique Solano´s Group) ('13/'13).
  • PhD FPU Fellow in Theoretical Physics, IMAFF/CSIC, Madrid (Prof. Juan León's Group) ('03/'07)

  • Undergraduate Researcher in Theoretical Physics, IMAFF/CSIC, Madrid (Prof. Juan León's Group)('01/'03)

  • Undergraduate Student in Theoretical Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid ('97/'03) 


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Recent News

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

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

Organizing, 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 will take place in Bruges, Belgium, from 22 to 24 April 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. 

Call for Papers on "Open quantum computation and simulation" at PLOS ONE!

 International Workshop on Quantum Machine Learning and Biomimetic Quantum Technologies, 19-31 March 2018, UPV/EHU Bilbao

 International Workshop on Ultra-Strong Light-Matter Interactions, 19-21 September 2016, UPV/EHU Bilbao

Basque Quantum Science and Technologies Workshop, nanoGUNE, 14 June 2016, Donostia 

Workshop ICE-2 Bilbao, UPV/EHU, 1-3 June 2015

Press Release

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, and for which we were awarded the World Technology Award 2018 in IT Software