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Research Interests

My main research interests are in quantum computation and quantum foundations.  I investigate what makes quantum theory different to other plausible theories and how these differences can be exploited in the realm of computer science.  Quantum theory is quite difficult to understand, and a large part of my work involves using category theory to get at the important aspects of quantum theory.  Category theory also provides a beautiful graphical language which makes quantum systems easier to understand.  For this reason, I'm also interested in reasoning in graphical languages and inm particular automated reasoning.


  • quantum computation
  • category theory
  • graphical reasoning
  • logic
  • semantics

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Projects 2014 2022

Industrial Case Account - University of Strathclyde 2019 | Fontana, Enrico

Duncan, R., Weir, G. & Fontana, E.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship Case - Internally allocatedResearch Studentship CASE (Internally Allocated)

Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Dunne, Kevin

Duncan, R., Ghani, N. & Dunne, K.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 2009 2019

Open Access

On the qubit routing problem

Cowtan, A., Dilkes, S., Duncan, R., Krajenbrink, A., Simmons, W. & Sivarajah, S., 1 May 2019, 135, 32 p., 5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Networks (circuits)

Activities 2015 2016

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Organiser of major conference
  • 1 Organiser of special symposia
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Computer & Information Sciences Christmas Lecture for Schools

Ross Duncan (Participant)
9 Dec 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Categories Logic and Physics

Ross Duncan (Organiser)
14 Apr 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia