Bob Coecke
Professor
Bob
Coecke
Professor of Quantum Foundations, Logics and Structures
Fellow,
Wolfson College
coecke(a)cs.ox.ac.uk
+44 1865 273829
+44 785 5298183
Room 210, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD 
Interests
I am interested in the Foundations of Physics, in particular the structures involved, with a strong structural bias towards Logic, Order and Category Theory, and their applications e.g. arXiv. I am also active on compositional distributional models of natural language meaming e.g. arXiv. Some popural writing on my work are `The quantum linguist' and `Quantum mechanical words and mathematical organisms'. Older work includes information domains e.g. arXiv, dynamic epistemic logic e.g. arXiv, and even longer ago, contextual hidden variable models and quantum logic. I currently have twenty plus PhD students; links to them are below. I jointly lead a multidisciplinary research group, the Quantum Group, which now has 40 plus members. More details on my research and links to publications and talks are on my extremely outdated old informal webpage.
NOT SO RECENT ANYMORE STUFF:
 [Aug'11] The paper with Raymond Lal underpinning my FQXi grant entitled Timeasymmetry of probabilities versus relativistic causal structure: an arrow of time is now available.
 [Jul'11] I am retrospectively awarded the title of Professor of Quantum Foundations, Logics and Structures, starting October 2010.
 [Jun'11] The interdepartmental project "Quantum Nanoscience: Fundamental Physics, Emerging Structures, and Implications for our Ultimate Reality" has now started. It involves Computer Science (PI myself, RA Jamie Vicary), Materials (Experiments: PI Andrew Briggs, RA TBC  Theory: PI Simon Benjamin, RA Erik Gauger), Philosophy (PI Chris Timpson, RA Owen Maroney), and Physics (Vlatko Vedral,Dieter Jaksch), and is jointly funded by the CQT in Singapore and JTF.
 [May'11] Our "quantum physics > natural language processing"research (cf. this paper and this New Scientist coverage) is the cover feature of this summer's issue of our departments industry newsletter. The article is an easy read for those interested.
 [Mar'11] My 80 page paper with Ross Duncan entitled Interacting Quantum Observables: Categorical Algebra and Diagrammatics is the first categorytheory related paper to appear in the New Journal of Physics. It starts with a 40 page tutorial on categorical quantum mechanics.
 [Jan'11] I obtained an FQXi Large Grant entitled A relativistic universe of interacting quantum processes, jointly written with my student Raymond Lal.
 [Jan'11] My paper Quantum Picturalism is in the top 10 of most downloaded papers of the journal Contemporary Physics.
 [Dec'10] Some of our research features in the 11 December 2010 issue of New Scientist. It made the cover heading as Quantum Linguistics Leap forward for artificial intelligence. Here is the paper jointly written with Stephen Clark and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh which it talks about, and here is a scan of that New Scientist issue.

[Nov'10] The 1000 page volume New Structures For Physics (B. Coecke, Ed., SpringerVerlag) is now available. Here, here, here and here are some example chapters, this is the editorial.
Biography
My previous affiliations are: the Free University of Brussels where I obtained my Doctorate in Theoretical Physics, Imperial College in London where I was a postdoc in the Theoretical Physics Group, and the Mathematics and Statistics Department of McGill University in Montreal where I was a postdoc in the Category Theory Group. I was also formally affiliated to the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics of Cambridge University, on a research grant of the European TMR network Linear Logic in Computer Science. I have been offered a Long Term Visiting Scientists position at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, which I took up for a period of 3 months in 2009. I held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow entitled The Structure of Quantum Information and its Ramifications for IT Aug 2006  Jul 2011, and University Lecturer of Quantum Computer Science Jun 2007  Sept 2010, until I became Professor of Quantum Foundations, Logics and Structures, a title awarded retrospectively in July 2011 to take effect from October 2010. I am a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College since Jun 2007. I coordinated the EC FP6 STREP Foundational Structures in Quantum Information and Computation (QICS)  I also hold/held several EPSRC, ONR, JTF and FQXi grants.
Links
My informal personal page with links, Papers at arXiv, DBLP, Google Scholar, and other
Selected Publications
Reasoning about Meaning in Natural Language with Compact Closed Categories and Frobenius Algebras Dimitri Kartsaklis‚ Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh‚ Stephen Pulman and Bob Coecke In A. Chubb J. Eskandarian and V. Harizanov, editors, Logic and Algebraic Structures in Quantum Computing and Information. Cambridge University Press. 2013. To appear 
A new description of orthogonal bases Bob Coecke‚ Dusko Pavlovic and Jamie Vicary In Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science. Vol. 23. No. 3. Pages 555–567. 2013. Details  BibTeX  DOI (http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0960129512000047)  Link 
Lambek vs. Lambek: Functorial Vector Space Semantics and String Diagrams for Lambek Calculus Bob Coecke‚ Edward Grefenstette and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh In Annals of Pure and Applied Logic. 2013. 
Info
Themes 
Foundations, Logic and Structures  Security  Information Systems 
Activities 
Quantomatic  Compositional Distributional Models of Meaning  Computational Linguistics  Quantum Group  Epistemic Logics 
Completed Projects 
Quantum Information and its Ramifications for IT  The Road to a New Quantum Formalism  QICS  Structures at the Interface of Physics and Computer Science 
Current Students 
(Imperial College London Imperial College London)

Past Students 
