I joined IT in 2017, when I started my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering...
By that time, we had begun working on an experimental implementation of a complete quantum key distribution (QKD) system based on polarization encoding. This ambitious and overarching goal set the conditions that allowed me to deepen my understanding of a variety of different topics, such as experimental quantum optics concepts, algorithm development for simulation purposes, and hardware programming to drive optical system components.
This journey ended in February 2022, when I decided to take a new challenge and move abroad to join the Quantum Group at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) as a scientist. Currently, I am pursuing a similar path of research as the one I took at the beginning of my PhD, mostly focused on experimental work related to QKD. Additionally, I also grabbed the chance to enter the promising field of Quantum communications that I believe will drive a major portion of research in the industry of photonic integration for the next 5 years. Apart from the joyful experience of doing scientific research, AIT also gives us the chance to gain experience in project management. One year after I joined this institution, I already took the responsibility of leading a privately funded project with a leading US company, and stepped forward as an AIT representative to manage the work packages related to the photonic integrated circuits, electronic circuits, signal and post-processing of a European project (the EU QT Flagship project QSNP).
Looking back, I feel fortunate to have joined the Optical Quantum Communications group as it provided me with what I believe were essential tools for my current professional development and laid the foundations for a very fruitful partnership that still holds until this day.