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Carlo Maria Scandolo

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Carlo Maria Scandolo

Doctoral Student


Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD


I am interested in the foundations of quantum theory, and in general in quantum information theory. I am currently working on the information-theoretic foundations of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, using the framework of general probabilistic theories, which are general physical theories admitting probabilistic processes. This allows one to treat quantum theory, classical theory, and a variety of hypothetical post-quantum theories in a unified way, to discover analogies and differences between different physical theories and how thermodynamics is related to information.

Besides my academic interests, I am interested in baroque music and baroque musical philology. I prepared an urtext edition of the "First Book of Ayrs for the Violin" by the Italian baroque composer and violinist Nicola Matteis (fl. 1650 - 1700), published by Edition Walhall in two volumes. Here is a link to the first volume, and to the second volume.


From 2009 to 2012, I read for Bachelor's degree in Physics at the University of Padua, Italy, where I graduated in 2012 with 110/110 summa cum laude (full marks with honours), with a Bachelor's thesis on the foundations of special relativity ("A critical analysis of the postulates of special relativity", supervisor: Prof. Kurt Lechner).

After that, from 2012 to 2014, I read for a Master's degree in Theoretical Physics at the University of Padua, Italy, where I graduated in 2014 with 110/110 summa cum laude (full marks with honours), with a thesis on the foundations of quantum mechanics and general probabilisitc theories ("Entanglement and thermodynamics in general probabilistic theories", supervisor: Prof. Giulio Chiribella, internal supervisor: Prof. Pieralberto Marchetti).

From 2009 to 2014, I was part of an excellence programme at the University of Padua, Italy, the Galilean School of Higher Education. Every year, the Galilean School of Higher Education admits 14 fresher students in the whole area of sciences. Admission is subjected to passing a demanding entrance examination. Students are then required to maintain a high GPA for their entire degree course and to take additional and specially dedicated courses, otherwise they are expelled. Students are granted free meals, free accommodation, plus a yearly book allowance. At the end, a dedicated Master’s degree is awarded upon successful completion of all the Galilean degree course. I graduated in 2015 with 100/100 summa cum laude (full marks with honours), with a thesis on resource theories in general probabilistic theories ("A generalized approach to resource theories", supervisor: Prof. Pieralberto Marchetti).

Before coming to Oxford as a DPhil student, I did one year of doctoral research at IIIS, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, under the supervision of Prof. Giulio Chiribella.

In Michaelmas Term 2016 I was class tutor and teaching assistant of the course "Quantum Computer Science" at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.

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