17 April 2008 ICFO welcomes a new tenured group leader

Prof. Antonio Acín

Prof. Antonio Acín awarded tenure at ICFO. Prof. Antonio Acín has been awarded tenure at ICFO by the Board of Trustees of the institute, following the recommendations by the ICFO promotion committee chaired by ICFO\'s Director.

Antonio Acín is a Telecommunication Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and has a degree in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). He got his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 2001 from the UB. After a post-doctoral stay in Geneva, in the group of Prof. Gisin (GAP-Optique), he joined ICFO as a post-doc in 2003. He became Assistant Professor there in 2005. He got a Ramon y Cajal fellowship in 2004 and is an ICREA Junior fellow since 2007. Recently, his application for an ERC Starting Grant has been ranked in position 303 among more than 9000 applications.

Antonio Acín leads the Quantum Information Theory group. His research interests range from abstract concept to applied problems in this field, with an emphasis in Quantum Cryptography and Entanglement Theory. More recently, the group activities have been enlarged to other areas, such as Quantum Optics and Many-Body Physics. Antonio Acin has published more than 60 articles, which includes one paper in Nature Physics, one in Review of Modern Physics and 26 articles in Physical Review Letters. He has given more than 20 talks (14 Invited) in international conferences.

Antonio Acín\'s scientific plans for the next years are inter-disciplinary and cover different problems in several fields. Two main directions can be highlighted. On the one hand, a significant effort will be devoted to the characterization of quantum correlations. The group has very recently developed efficient numerical techniques to tackle the study of this fundamental problem. It is also planned to exploit these techniques to design Device-independent Quantum Information tasks. More in general, these techniques can be seen as an optimization tool over the set of quantum correlations, which can have applications in many areas, for instance in the study of many-body systems. On the other hand, the analysis of the distribution of quantum resources over general quantum communication networks will also be analyzed. A special emphasis will be given to entanglement and to cryptographic scenarios.