Michelle Simmons

Michelle Simmons
Professor of Physics and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology
University of New South Wales

Professor Michelle Simmons was named 2018 Australian of the Year in recognition of her pioneering research and inspiring leadership in quantum computing.

Professor Simmons is a UNSW Scientia Professor of Physics, and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, CQC2T, based at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

As Centre Director, she leads a team of more than 200 researchers at eight Australian universities who are developing a suite of technologies for quantum computing, information storage and communications.

Professor Simmons’ research group is the only one in the world that can manipulate individual atoms to make atomically precise electronic devices. Her team at CQC2T is leading the world in the race to develop a quantum computer in silicon.

Last year, she also established Australia’s first quantum computing company, bringing together representatives of governments, industry and universities in a unique $83 million consortium based at UNSW to develop and commercialise the Centre’s world-leading research.

In July 2018, she was the first ever female quantum physicist admitted to the Royal Society of London in its 358 year history.

Recent Events and Presentations

September 25, 2018

Quantum computing offers the extraordinary potential to analyze in minutes problems a conventional computer could take thousands of years to solve. It represents “the space race of the computing era,” and few people understand it as well as Professor Michelle Simmons.