Dr. Matthew Saul Leifer


Address
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
31 Caroline Street North
Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5
Canada
Telephone +1 519 569 7600
Fax +1 519 569 7611
Cellphone +1 905 872 0048
E-mail
Website http://mattleifer.info

Work Experience

Academic Positions

Long Term Visitor Aug. 2013 - Present
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Not working due to illness Jan. 2012 - Aug. 2013
Part Time Research Associate Dec. 2010 - Dec. 2011
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, London, UK
Not working due to illness Apr. 2008 - Nov. 2010
Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantum Information Theory Jan. 2007 - Apr. 2008
Institute for Quantum Computing/Department of Applied Math, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada
Associate Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantum Foundations Jan. 2007 - Apr. 2008
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Research Associate in Quantum Information Theory and Quantum Foundations Oct. 2006 - Jan. 2007
Centre for Quantum Computing, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantum Information Theory and Quantum Foundations Jan. 2004 - Sep. 2006
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Research Assistant in Quantum Information Theory Nov. 2003 - Dec. 2003
School of Mathematics, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Teaching Experience

Graduate Lecturing
  • Introduction to Bayesian Networks (three lectures), University of Queensland, Australia, Oct. 2005
Undergraduate Lecturing
  • MATH137 (Intro. Calculus for Math Hons.), University of Waterloo, Canada, Sep. 2007 — Dec. 2007
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics (two lectures covering for lecturer's absence), University of Waterloo, Canada, Sep. 2006
  • Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: Current Status and Future Directions (guest lecture on Quantum Logic), University of Waterloo, Canada, Mar. 2005
Undergraduate Tutoring
  • Mathematics 1A (Math for 1st year Physics, Chemistry and Economics Students), University of Bristol, UK, Oct. 2000 — June 2003
Undergraduate Computer Lab Demonstrating
  • Mathematics 1A (Maple and MATLAB), University of Bristol, UK, Oct. 2001 — June 2003

Research Student Supervision

T. Waterhouse Jan. 2008 - Apr. 2008
visiting Ph.D. student from University of British Columbia

Project: Temporal Joint Measurements

O. Dahlsten July 2007 - Sep. 2007
visiting Ph. D. student from Imperial College

Project: Unentangled Bit Commitment in Generic Probabilistic Models

R. Morris June 2007 - Aug. 2007
University of Waterloo Undergraduate Research Student

Project: Distinguishability as a Resource Theory

Education

Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics Oct. 2003
University of Bristol (Bristol, United Kingdom)
Research area: Quantum Information Theory
Thesis Title: Entangled Quantum Dynamics. Advisor: Prof. Noah Linden.
Master of Advanced Studies in Mathematics (Maths Tripos Part III) July 2000
University of Cambridge (Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Passed with distinction
B.Sc. in Physics with Theoretical Physics July 1999
University of Manchester (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Passed with 1st class hons.

Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Preprints

Book Reviews

Essay Contest Entries

Newsletter Articles

Talks and Poster Presentations

Invited Talks at Conferences and Workshops

  • Information and Interactions Workshop. Cambridge, UK. Mar. 2014.
  • APS March Meeting. Denver, USA. Mar. 2014.
  • ColLoQuI (Colleges of London Quantum Information Meeting). Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. June 2011.
  • Pictures, Quanta, Probability. Oxford, UK. Aug. 2010.
  • Mini-Workshop on Quantum Foils. Pavia, Italy. Dec. 2007.
  • Quantum Information Theory in Quantum Gravity. Perimeter Institute, Canada. Dec. 2007.
  • Operational Probabilistic Theories as Foils to Quantum Theory. Cambridge, UK. July 2007.
  • Operational Quantum Physics and the Quantum-Classical Contrast. Perimeter Institute, Canada. June 2007.
  • Foundations of Physics and Probability—4. Växjö, Sweden. June 2006.
  • Being Bayesian in a Quantum World. Konstanz, Germany. Aug. 2005.
  • Quantum Information, Computation and Logic. Perimeter Institute, Canada. July 2005.
  • QuICT Network Meeting. Abingdon, UK. July 2003.

Contributed Talks at Conferences, Workshops and Summer Schools

  • APS March Meeting. Denver, USA. Mar. 2007.
  • Operator Structures in Quantum Information. Banff, Canada. Feb. 2007.
  • Cats, Kets and Cloisters. Oxford, UK. July 2006.
  • Quantum Structures 2006. Malta. July 2006.
  • APS March Meeting. Baltimore, USA. Mar. 2006.
  • Summer School on Philosophy, Probability and Physics. Konstanz, Germany. Aug. 2005.
  • Quantum Structures 2004. Denver, USA. July 2004.
  • 4th European QIPC Workshop. Oxford, UK. July 2003.
  • Informal Quantum Information Gathering. Imperial College, London, UK. Sep. 2002.
  • Winter School on "QuEnt" Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Information. Les Houches, France. Mar. 2001.

Poster Presentations at Conferences and Workshops

  • The Seventh International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing. Glasgow, UK. July 2004.
  • Reference Frames and Superselection Rules in Quantum Information Theory. Perimeter Institute, Canada. July 2004.
  • MaPhySto/QUANTOP Workshop on Quantum Measurements and Quantum Stochastics. Aarhus, Denmark. Aug. 2003.
  • The Sixth International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing. MIT, Cambridge, USA. July 2002.
  • Quantum Information: Conceptual Foundations, Developments and Perspectives. Oviedo, Spain. July 2002.

Upcoming Seminars

  • Quantum Foundations Seminar. Perimeter Institute, Canada. Feb. 2014.
  • Theoretical Physics Seminar. Imperial College, UK. Mar. 2014.
  • Philosophy of Physics Seminar. University of Bristol, UK. Apr. 2014.

Scholarships and Awards

  • First prize, FQXi essay contest. Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi.org), 2013
  • Mary Higgins Postgraduate Scholarship. Girton College, Cambridge, 2000
  • C. B. West Postgraduate Prize in Mathematics. Girton College, Cambridge, 2000
  • Platt Prize in Physics. University of Manchester, 1999
  • Heginbottom Exhibition for best performance in first year exams in Physics. University of Manchester, 1997

Academic Service

Committees

  • Postdoc Representative, Postdoc Hiring Committee, Perimeter Institute, Canada, Nov. 2004 - June 2005
  • Postdoc Representative, Quantum Information Faculty Hiring Committee, Perimeter Institute, Canada, Jan. 2004 - June 2005

Refereeing for Journals

  • Foundations of Physics, Information, Journal of Physics A, Nature Physics, New Journal of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Physical Review A, Physical Review Letters, Physics Essays, Quantum Information and Computation, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Synthese

Refereeing for International Conferences

  • IEEE International Symposium on Information Thoery, Quantum Information Processing

Refereeing for Academic Book Publishers

  • Springer

Editorial Work

  • Editorial board member, "The Quantum Times", newsletter of the APS Topical Group on Quantum Information, Jan. 2008 - present

Confereces, Workshops and Summer Schools Organized

  • London Foundations Connection, Imperial College, London, UK (advisory committee member), May 2012
  • London Foundations Connection, University of London, UK (co-organized with A. Caulton), Apr. 2012
  • Invited Session on Quantum Information Meets Gravitation, APS March Meeting, New Orleans, USA (co-organized with L. Viola), Mar. 2008
  • Quantum Foundations Summer School, Perimeter Institute, Canada (co-organized with H. Burton and L. Hardy), Aug. 2007
  • Workshop on Quantum Information, Computation and Logic: Exploring New Connections, Perimeter Institute, Canada (co-organized with H. Barnum), July 2005

Seminar Series Organized

  • Q+ hangouts: Online seminars on quantum information and quantum foundations (co-organized with D. Burgarth). See http://qplus.burgarth.de and http://gplus.to/qplus for details, Aug. 2011 - present

Discussion Groups Organized

  • Contextuality Workgroup of Perimeter Institute Experts (CoWPIE), Perimeter Institute, Canada, 2004 - 2005
  • Quantum Information Journal Club, University of Bristol, UK, 2002 - 2003

Additional Items

Research Grants

  • 2013 - 2015: 119,888USD FQXi award (Foundational Questions Institute http://www.fqxi.org) for project on Thermodynamic vs information theoretic entropies in probabilistic theories — Role: Co-Investigator (PI: J. Barrett, University of Oxford)
  • 2011: 1,500USD FQXi mini-grant (Foundational Questions Institute http://www.fqxi.org) for London Foundations Connection — Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2008: 7,500USD FQXi mini-grant (Foundational Questions Institute http://www.fqxi.org) for APS Invited Session: Quantum Information Meets Gravitation — Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2007 - 2011: 70,000USD FQXi award (Foundational Questions Institute http://www.fqxi.org) for project on Abstract Quantum Probability — Role: Principal Investigator

Summer Schools Attended

  • Aug. 2005: Summer School on Philosophy, Probability and Physics, Konstanz, Germany
  • July 2004: Summer School on Foundations of Physical Theories, Urbino, Italy
  • Mar. 2001: Winter School on "QuEnt" Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Information, Les Houches, France

Last updated: Feb. 3, 2014