Quantum Cybernetics

Quantum Cybernetics

In 1948, when there was a fruitful cross-fertilisation of ideas related to control, communications, biology and computation, Norbert Wiener, one of the most eminent mathematicians of the 20th century, wrote: “We have decided to call the entire field of control and communication theory, whether in the machine or in the animal, by the name Cybernetics, which we form from the Greek (word for steersman)”. 

Quantum cybernetics extends this notion to include quantum physics, forming a cornerstone of the emerging discipline of quantum engineering. Science and technology are rapidly developing at the nanoscale, where physical features are incredibly small. By exploiting the unique features of quantum mechanics, we can create new machines capable of outperforming today’s most advanced technology. Quantum technologies being developed around the world include quantum computers and communication systems, precision metrology, nanoscale electromechanical systems and quantum optical systems.

We conduct fundamental research, combining theory and experimentation, in the following areas: quantum control; quantum networks; quantum communications; quantum computation and processing systems; and quantum device engineering. We encourage students actively interested in the nexus between engineering, physics and mathematics to work with us on these next-generation challenges. 

Explore our available student research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Academic staff

Dr Andre Carvalho

Dr Andre Carvalho »

Postdoctoral Fellow

Professor Matt James »

Professor, Associate Director (research)

Dr Aline Maalouf »

Lecturer, Research associate

Dr Igor Vladimirov »

Fellow / Senior Research Associate


Mr Shi Wang

Mr Shi Wang »

PhD Student



Dr Jiri Janousek

Dr Jiri Janousek »

Visiting Fellow

7 Mar 2017
The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science was delighted to host students and academic staff from the University of Tokyo for a bi-lateral quantum technology...
Thien Nguyen
18 May 2016
A PhD student in the ANU Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering has won ...

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