David Sutter

I am a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich working on mathematical aspects of quantum information theory.

I obtained my PhD degree from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at ETH Zurich under the supervision of Renato Renner. My PhD thesis can be found here.

I am the author of the book "Approximate Quantum Markov Chains" published by SpringerBriefs in Mathematical Physics

Curriculum vitae [pdf]


  • Thomas M. Cover Dissertation Award 2019
  • ETH medal for outstanding doctoral thesis 2018 [picture]
  • Jack Keil Wolf Student Paper Award at ISIT 2016 [picture]
  • Jack Keil Wolf Student Paper Award finalist (shortlisted) at ISIT 2013

Publications and Preprints

See the arXiv and Google Scholar or see Publications

Selected Talks

  • "Quantum information theory", IBM Research, 2019 [pdf] and EPFL, 2019 [pdf]
  • "A new approach to prove entropy inequalities", Cambridge, 2019 [pdf]
  • "Generalized maximum entropy estimation", Imperial College, 2019 [pdf]
  • "Approximate quantum Markov chains", PhD defense, ETH Zurich, 2018 [pdf]
  • "Approximate quantum Markov chains", University of Waterloo, 2017 [pdf]
  • "Logarithmic trace inequalities and approximate quantum Markov chains", ISIT, 2017 [pdf]
  • "Strenghtened monotonicity of relative entropy via pinched Petz recovery map", ISIT, 2016 [pdf]
  • "Multivariate trace inequalities", QIP, 2017, Stanford 2016, Caltech, 2016, Beyond iid 2016, and IFA, ETH, Zurich, 2016 [pdf] [QIP talk]
  • "Universal recoverability in quantum information theory", QIP 2016, MIT 2016, GBMS 2015 [pdf] [QIP talk (part I)] [QIP talk (part II)]
  • "Approximate degradable quantum channels", QIP 2016, Beyond iid 2015, ISIT 2015, ICITS 2015 [pdf] [talk beyond iid] [QIP talk (part I)] [QIP talk (part I)]
  • "Alignment of polarized sets", ISIT 2015, ICITS 2015 [pdf]
  • "Efficient approximation of quantum channel capacities", Delft 2015
  • "Efficient approximation of discrete memoryless channel capacities", ISIT 2014 [pdf]
  • "Universal polar codes for more capable and less noisy channels and sources, ISIT 2014 [pdf]
  • "Efficient secret key distillation over quantum channels", QCrypt 2014, ISIT 2013 [pdf]
  • "Efficient one-way secret-key agreement and private channel coding via polarization", ASIACRYPT 2013 [pdf]
  • "Achieving the capacity of any DMC using only polar codes", ITW 2012