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Giovanni Carù

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Giovanni Caru

Doctoral Student

Leaving date: 5th November 2019



My research interests involve the application of general, abstract mathematical methods to the theory of quantum computation, with a specific orientation towards algebraic topology and category theory. In particular, I am currently studying non-locality and contextuality by adopting the sheaf-theoretic framework developed by Abramsky and Brandenburger, with the intention of fully characterise the topological properties of these key features of quantum mechanics. I have recently been working on methods to detect contextuality in no-signaling empirical models based on sheaf cohomology and All vs Nothing arguments.


September 2011 - July 2014

BSc in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics,  École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

My Bachelor dissertation, entitled A Categorical Viewpoint on Pointless Topology, was completed under the supervision of Kathryn Hess-Bellwald. I worked as a teaching assistant of Kathryn Hess-Bellwald and Justin Young for the courses Topology I-II.


October 2014 - September 2015

MSc in Mathematics and Foundations of Computer Science (MFoCS), Mathematical Institute and Department of Computer Science,  University of Oxford.

I wrote my Masters dissertation Detecting Contextuality: Sheaf Cohomology and All vs Nothing Arguments under the supervision of Samson Abramsky. I obtained a distinction and I was awarded the MFoCs certificate of excellence for the best overall performance in the MFoCS.


October 2016 - December 2016

Participant of the Logical Structures and Computation research program at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, UC Berkeley (see my personal page). 


October 2015 - 

DPhil in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.

Quantum group, supervised by Samson Abramsky and funded by EPSRC and the Oxford-Google DeepMind Graduate Scholarship.

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