Computer scientist Gilles Brassard is interested in all aspects of quantum information, which lies at the intersection of computer science and quantum theory.
His list of research achievements is extensive: quantum cryptography, quantum teleportation, quantum entanglement distillation, pseudo-telepathy, the classical simulation of quantum entanglement, loss-tolerant quantum coin flipping and key distribution schemes à la Merkle, capable of resisting the onslaught of a quantum eavesdropper. Some of these concepts are still theoretical, but others have been implemented in the laboratory and are even commercially available.
Together with his former student Paul Raymond-Robichaud, he has established that any reversible-dynamics non-signalling theory of physics (including unitary quantum theory) can have a purely local realistic interpretation, Bell’s Theorem notwithstanding. Brassard has received honorary doctorates from the ETH in Zürich, the University of Ottawa and the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.
- Micius Quantum Prize, 2019
- Wolf Prize for Physics, 2018
- Officier, Ordre national du Québec, 2017
- Officer, Order of Canada, 2014
- Fellow of the Royal Society of London, 2013
- Killam Prize for Natural Sciences, 2011
- Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, 2009
- Brassard, G., & Raymond-Robichaud, P. (2019). Parallel lives: A local-realistic interpretation of “nonlocal” boxes. Entropy, 21(1), 87.
- Brassard, G., Høyer, P., Kalach, K., Kaplan, M., Laplante, S., & Salvail, L. (2019). Key establishment à la Merkle in a quantum world. Journal of Cryptology, 32(3), 601-634.
- Brassard, G., Devroye, L., & Gravel, C. (2019). Remote sampling with applications to general entanglement simulation. Entropy, 21(1), 92.
- Aïmeur, E., Brassard, G., & Gambs, S. (2006, June). Machine learning in a quantum world. In Conference of the Canadian Society for Computational Studies of Intelligence (pp. 431-442). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
- Brassard, G. (1996). Teleportation as a quantum computation. arXiv preprint quant-ph/9605035.
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