Team

Our team at River Lane Research come from various backgrounds in Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics and Quantum Computing.

Together, we are passionate about making the next steps in quantum computing technology possible.


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Dr Steve Brierley

CEO

Steve has over a decade of research experience in quantum information, most recently as a Senior Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. The focus of his research is algorithms and architectures for quantum computers, and he is a member of the Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations.

Dr Jonathan Bean

Consultant

Dr Jonathan Bean is computational scientist working in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. His main research focus is on determining the properties of amorphous and crystalline systems from atomistic simulations. The research approach involves both method development and using of existing methods to expand knowledge of interesting material systems. He also has a strong interest in academic and industrial collaboration to accelerate research progress.

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Ophelia Crawford

Research Scientist

Ophelia graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA and MSci in Physics having studied a wide range of topics, including quantum information. Her PhD on Computational and Theoretical Geophysics at Cambridge saw her study post-glacial sea level change and developed her interest in numerical algorithms. Ophelia is a persistent problem solver spending her weekends baking, knitting and doing crosswords.

Amy Flower

Personal Assistant to Dr Steve Brierley

Amy joined River Lane Research to assist Steve and the team with administration, recruitment, marketing and event management. Amy also spends some of her time as an office and community manager, supporting high-impact start-ups within a sub-division of the University of Cambridge. She has recently graduated with an English Language and Literature degree with The Open University.

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David Headley

Research Scientist

David obtained his Masters degree in theoretical physics and quantum computing at Durham University, where his work focused on creating protocols for long term memory in ion trap-based quantum computers. His research interests include quantum algorithms & applications, technological progress in quantum information processing and quantum error correction. Outside of work, David enjoys rock climbing in places less flat than Cambridge.

Oscar Higgott

Research Scientist

Oscar joined River Lane Research in 2017 as a Research Scientist, and has been developing algorithms for near-term quantum computers. Prior to working at River Lane Research, Oscar obtained an MPhys from Durham University, specialising in Quantum Information. He has also previously worked in research and development at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and at Morgan Stanley as a software developer. When he’s not programming qubits, Oscar enjoys hiking, photography and skiing.

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Tom Parks

Research Scientist

Tom recently finished his MPhil in computer science at the University of Cambridge, where he investigated quantum simulation methods using novel classical hardware architectures. He also holds a BSc in Theoretical Physics from Royal Holloway, University of London and has worked as a software developer in a variety of research fields including fusion energy and microscopy. Outside of work, Tom enjoys hill walking and photography.

Dan Underwood

Research Scientist

Dan obtained a PhD in Physics from University College London, where his work involved the development and usage of high-performance quantum chemistry methods to investigate the properties of atmospheric molecules. He has worked in a mixture of industrial and academic roles, most recently as a Research Associate in the Cambridge University Department of Computer Science and Technology. Outside of work Dan enjoys cycling, reading and music - though not all at the same time.

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Daochen Wang

Research Scientist

Daochen grew up in a superposition of China and England before completing a MMath degree at Cambridge University where he studied both quantum mechanics and number theory. He is very interested in understanding the source of the quantum advantage, thinking that this will help him design better algorithms - so things like Gottesman-Knill gets him excited. A daily 5K run is essential to his normal functioning.