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Dr Viv Kendon



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Reader in the Department of Physics106 
Member of the Quantum Light and Matter  


Dr Viv Kendon joined Durham University Physics Department in August 2014. She is a member of the Quantum Light and Matter (QLM) Research Section and the Joint Quantum Centre (JQC) Durham-Newcastle. She held an EPSRC established career fellowship on Hybrid Quantum and Classical Computation from 2014-2019. Prior to Durham, she was part of the Quantum Information Group at the University of Leeds, where she held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship from 2004 to 2012. Dr. Kendon was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh, and initially researched in the area of Soft Condensed Matter, before switching to quantum information theory via postdoctoral positions held at the University of Strathclyde and Imperial College. Previous to her research career, Dr Kendon was active for over 10 years in global electronic networking and computer support in the voluntary sector. Her current main research interests are the computational physics of quantum information theory, and interfacing quantum and classical computational architectures.

Research interests

  • Quantum Computation
  • Quantum Information Theory
  • Computational Physics

Research groups

  • Quantum Light and Matter

Awarded Grants

  • 2020: CCP-QC: Collaborative Computational Project - Quantum Computing(£163420.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2020: RF040663: Hub for Quantum Computing and Simulation, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, £102764.00, 2020-04-01 - 2021-03-31
  • 2019: Quantum Local Searching in Complex Energy Landscapes(£20298.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2018: Testing hybrid quantum-classical algorithms on D-Wave Systems(£13855.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2014: RF040391: Hybrid quantum and classical computation: exploiting the best of both paradigms, EPSRC, 2014-08-01 - 2019-07-31

Esteem Indicators

  • 2020: Chair of CCP-QC: Chair of the collaborative computational project in quantum computing - an EPSRC-STFC supported network linking computational scientists and quantum computing experts. ;Funded to 2024.

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Computers: Quantum computing - using quantum systems to provide faster computing, and how to integrate them with our current high performance computers.


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