Please join us for a one day seminar looking into the future potential of Quantum technologies. We will be highlighting the basics of Quantum technologies and giving an insight into the research activities undertaken by the Quantum Technology Hubs. Key note presentations will include the Directors of Quantum Technology Hubs at Glasgow and Birmingham University.

As a global leader in research, Cranfield University is currently looking further into future opportunities in Quantum technologies and how to address potential Quantum research problems both in the academic and commercial sector.



Professor Steve Beaumont, Glasgow University, UK

Steve joined QuantIC in November 2014 as our Director. Steve is Vice Principal Emeritus at the University of Glasgow and has a portfolio of responsibilities including academic lead for the Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS); chairing and holding non-executive directorships on the boards of a number of the university’s spinout companies; principal investigator on strategic research grants and leading on projects associated with Glasgow’s campus development. He is a member of the Innovation Scotland Forum. Steve is a Chartered Engineer (CEng). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2000, and more recently (July 2007) a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng).

Professor Kai Bongs, University of Birmingham, UK

Professor Kai Bongs leads the Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre at the University of Birmingham. He is working in the field of cold atom quantum sensors and quantum gas mixtures. He coordinates a collaborative European Project “iSense” with nine partners with the aim to realise a portable atom interferometric gravity sensor. He also coordinates the EPSRC Cross Disciplinary Technology programme GG-TOP, which spans across the disciplines of Physics, Civil and Electrical Engineering and Archaeology. The aim of this programme is the development of a complete portfolio of gravity gradient sensing technology – from the sensor to the 3D visualization. The focus is on applications in underground mapping from urban areas (infrastructure detection) to rural areas (archaeological artefacts). His work has been disseminated through both invited and peer-reviewed presentations at international conferences and through high-impact publications with over 56 publications in total. His work has been cited over 2000 times and he has an h-index of 21. His publications include one Science, one Nature Physics, 16 Physical Review Letters and one Report on Progress in Physics.

Dr Plamen Petrov, University of Birmingham, UK

Plamen Petrov obtained his PhD from the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. He worked on the non-destructive characterisation of cold atomic samples in optical traps by off-resonant phase shift measurement in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. 
In 2006 he started a postdoctoral position at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. There he designed, built and operated an atom chip setup for the generation of Bose-Einstein Condensates. He also did a feasibility study of carbon-nanotube based magnetic trap for ultra-cold atoms.

At the end of 2008, Plamen joined the Centre for Cold Matter at the Imperial College London. There he worked on the interaction of cold atoms with photonic waveguides in an integrated array of atom-photon junctions, combining magnetic fields for trapping and light fields for detection and manipulation.

Event Programme

Cranfield Applied Quantum Technologies Research Seminar
Quantum Technologies: Fundamentals, Its impact and Future

Date: 20 June 2017
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue: SC2, Stafford Cripps, Cranfield University

Chair: Professor Rajkumar Roy, Director of Manufacturing

10:00-10:30 Refreshments and networking Meet with guest speakers, SATM senior management and Faculty
10:30-10:40 Welcome Speech Prof Rajkumar Roy, Cranfield University, UK: Welcoming the guest from Quantum Hubs and explain the interest of Cranfield in the research of Quantum Technologies
10:40-11:50 1st Talk Prof Steve Beaumont, Director QuantIC, Quantum Technology Hub of Imaging at Glasgow: “Quantum Research at QuantIC” Q&A session (Hosted by Dr Muhammad Khan, Senior Lecturer SATM)
11:50-13:00 2nd Talk Prof Kai Bongs, Director, Quantum Technology Hub of Sensors and Metrology at Birmingham: “Quantum Research in Sensors and Metrology” Q&A session (Hosted by Dr Muhammad Khan, Senior Lecturer SATM)
13:00-14:00 Lunch and networking
14:00-15:15 3rd Talk Dr Plamen G Petrov, Research Fellow in the Cold Atoms Group, Quantum Technology Hub of Sensors and Metrology at Birmingham: “Fundamental of Quantum Technologies and Case Study on Quantum Light Source” Q&A session (Hosted by Dr Muhammad Khan, Senior Lecturer SATM)
15:15-15:45 4th Talk Dr Muhammad Khan, Senior Lecturer, Through-Life Engineering Services Institute at Cranfield: “Quest of Answers for Applied Engineering Problems”
15:45-16:00 Event Closing

Location and travel details

Vincent Building, Cranfield University. 

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles) 


Free to attend