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Jamie Vicary

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Jamie Vicary

Senior Research Fellow

T: (01865 6)10775

Room 208, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD


My work is on higher category theory and its applications in computer science and mathematics, particularly in areas related to quantum structures.

Other things

Here's some other things I'm doing at the moment.

  • I co-organize the Oxford Advanced Seminar in Informatic Structures (OASIS), with Chris HeunenClare Horsman, Aleks Kissinger and Sam Staton.
  • I'm part of the Centre for Quantum Mathematics and Computation (QMAC), an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Oxford's Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics departments.
  • I maintain two popular mailing lists, one for international quantum foundations announcements with over 950 subscribers, and another for quantum computing and quantum foundations events taking place in Oxford with around 100 subscribers. Please get in touch if you'd like to be added to either of these.
  • I am the lecturer for Categorical Quantum Mechanics (with Dan Marsden, and originally with Chris Heunen). These notes are being turned into a textbook with OUP, to be published soon.
  • I frequently supervise DPhil, MSc and undergraduate students on topics related to the mathematical foundations of quantum computing. If you'd like to work on a project with me, get in touch.


I did an undergraduate degree in Physics at Mansfield College, Oxford, followed by the Part III mathematics course at DAMTP and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. I then did a PhD in category theory and the foundations of quantum information with Chris Isham at Imperial College London, which was awarded in 2009. Since then I have been based in Oxford, becoming a Senior Research Fellow in 2013. In the period 2011-2014 I also held a Senior Research Fellow position at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore.

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