Dr. Lucas Lamata


I am a Ramón y Cajal staff researcher at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain. 
I lead the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Team (QAIT-Bilbao), a research group inside the QUTIS group of Prof. Enrique Solano at UPV/EHU. 

The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Team (QAIT-Bilbao) at the University of the Basque Country carries out cutting-edge research on quantum-enhanced protocols in artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as in the use of machine learning techniques to better understand and control quantum systems. We are highly interested in establishing analogies between previously unconnected fields, and in trying new research avenues, which may later on provide useful applications. Further ramifications of our research involve quantum biomimetics, bioinspired quantum technologies, and quantum artificial life designs. We always aim to connect novel theoretical ideas with practical quantum implementations. See a recent talk for an overview of our research at QAIT-Bilbao.

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 14 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 currently with my 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), 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 14-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 more than 90 articles, among published and submitted, in international refereed journals, including: 1 Nature, 1 Advances in Physics: X, 3 Nature Communications, 2 Physical Review X, 1 APL Photonics,  1 Quantum Science and Technology, and 19 Physical Review Letters, two of them Editor's Suggestion. Overall I have 73 published articles in first quartile journals (Q1), of which 24 in Nature Publishing Group journals, and 44 in American Physical Society journals.

My h-index according to Google Scholar is of 27, with more than 2700 citations. My i10 index is of 52.

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 am also Co-Principal Investigator of a Grant funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and lead 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 am 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 am also Co-Principal Investigator of the EU Quantum Technologies Flagship Project OpenSuperQ. This is a Project coordinated by Prof. Frank Wilhelm at Saarland University, 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 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 1.4 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 have given 35 invited talks in international and national conferences in countries including USA, China, UK, Switzerland, and Germany, as well as 54 invited seminars in top institutions, as Harvard University, Max Planck Society, ETH Zürich, Google Santa Barbara, Google LA, IBM Client Center, 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 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. Mikel Sanz and Prof. Enrique Solano, of a Special Issue on Quantum Machine Learning, to be published in Advanced Quantum Technologies (Wiley).

Guest Editor for the journal Symmetry (MDPI) of a Special Issue on Symmetry in Quantum Optics Models, now open for submissions!

I am referee for 43 ISI-Indexed scientific journals, including 6 journals with Impact Factor > 8 (WoS, 2017): 
Nature, Nature Communications, npj Quantum Information, 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.

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 1.9 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 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, for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 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), and of scientific projects for Chilean universities, via the National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research of Chile (CONICYT).

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  • Address: Departamento de Química Física, Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU,                             
           Apartado 644, 48080 Bilbao, Spain
  •  email address:  lucas.lamata%at%gmail.com

     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:  

  • 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) 


Selection of Artistic Drawings   Instagram

Special Issue on Symmetry in Quantum Optics Models, now open for submissions!

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

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