Dr. James Wootton received his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2010, for work on topologically ordered systems and their use for quantum computing. He then worked on topological quantum error correcting codes at the University of Basel until 2018, when he joined the Quantum Technologies group at IBM Research – Zurich.
Since 2016, he has been involved in outreach activities, aiming to help the public get involved in quantum computing. This began with Decodoku, a citizen science project supported by the University of Basel and the NCCR QSIT. The release of the IBM Q Experience and Qiskit then provided a new focus for this outreach work, culminating in a Basel–IBM collaboration to create the educational mobile game “Hello Quantum”.
The focus of his work at IBM is to develop tools to manage noise in near- and long-term quantum computers, and to use quantum error correction techniques to benchmark near-term devices. He will also continue to help and encourage the Qiskit community.