Tuesday, 10 Nov @ 7:30 PM


The internet is built on the world’s current secure communications infrastructure. However, we know that aspects of this are under threat from the emergence of quantum computers. This vulnerability provides a driver for the engineering of new, future-proof, practical, secure communications — with commercialisation potential and compatibility with existing infrastructure. Work is underway to deliver such technologies, by developing existing prototype quantum-secure technologies beyond their current limitations and combining these with new cryptographic techniques resistant to quantum computer threat. This work is establishing new, “quantum safe” communications technologies and services in the UK, feeding their future expansion, competitiveness, diversification and sustainability.

Tim Spiller will explain the role of the Quantum Communications Hub, part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, in the development of these new technologies and services. Jonathan Legh-Smith will give BT’s perspective on the commercial imperative for quantum-secured communications.


1. Professor Tim Spiller

Professor Tim Spiller moved to York in 2014 as founding Director of the York Centre for Quantum Technologies and he is now also Director of the UK Quantum Communications Hub. Prior to this he was at the University of Leeds in the roles of Head of the Quantum Information Group and Director of Research for the School of Physics and Astronomy. Prior to 2009 Spiller was Director of Quantum Information Processing (QIP) Research at HP Labs Bristol – an activity that he established in 1995 – and a Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Scientist. He has spent 40 years researching quantum theory, superconducting systems and quantum hardware and technologies. He led HP’s strategy on the commercialisation of QIP research, is an inventor on 25 patents linked to quantum technologies and applications, and was additionally a consultant inside HP on networking, communications and nanotechnology.


2. Jonathan Legh-Smith
     Head of Scientific Affairs

Jonathan Legh-Smith is Head of Scientific Affairs for BT. He leads engagement with national research & innovation priorities such as the National Quantum Technologies Programme and strategic engagement with UK Research & Innovation. He is based at BT’s global R&D Headquarters at Adastral Park, Suffolk. Jonathan’s background is in technology strategy and IT-related research. He directed BT’s Strategic Research programme for over 10 years and managed BT’s collaborative research partnerships. Key outcomes from the Strategic Research programme include G.FAST, Networks functions Virtualisation – the defining architecture for 5G networks, and BT’s AI-based cyber-defence capabilities. He was previously based in Silicon Valley, California as the VP, Technology working with early-stage technology companies. Jonathan was also BT’s Head of Standards, responsible for engagement in national and international standards organisations such as ETSI, 3GPP and the IETF. He is a member of the EPSRC Science, Engineering & Technology Board and the National Quantum Computing Centre Technical Advisory Group and is a regular chair for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship programme.

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