The group develops and investigates a range of novel computational models (for example: quantum, neural, reservoir, analogue, and mechanical computing) and novel hardware and computational substrates (for example, FPGAs, magnetic materials, meta-materials).

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Professor Susan Stepney

Professor Susan Stepney

Non-Standard Computing Research Group lead

susan.stepney@york.ac.uk

We develop and investigate a range of novel computational models that complement the classical Turing/von Neumann approach used in your laptop and smartphone.  For example, we research quantum computing (using the power of quantum physics to solve certain problems faster), neural networks (inspired by how the brain works), and mechanical computing (using microscopic levers, rods, and gears to compute). 

We use novel hardware, such as FPGAs, a highly configurable and parallel computer chip, to simulate these novel models efficiently. 

We work with Material Scientists to develop novel non-silicon-based forms of computational material, such as magnetic materials, and meta-materials (materials patterned and engineered to have specific properties), to provide physical devices that naturally support these novel computational models, rather than needing to simulate them with conventional silicon. 

We aim to develop novel computers that can work using much lower power, in environments hostile to conventional electronics (such as in the body, underwater, in space), or with much greater sensitivity, for a new generation of “smart” devices.

The group develops and investigates a range of novel computational models (for example: quantum, neural, reservoir, analogue, and mechanical computing) and novel hardware and computational substrates (for example, FPGAs, magnetic materials, meta-materials).  The aims are (i) to understand what computation is, and what the physical constraints on computation are, at a fundamental level; (ii) to develop novel models and cutting-edge devices better suited to particular applications (for example, low power edge computing, high sensitivity quantum sensing).

  1. Theoretical computer science – new models of computation
  2. Philosophy of computing – deeper understanding of computation, and the relationship between abstract models and physical implementations
  3. Quantum technologies, quantum sensors – more powerful computers, more sensitive devices
  4. Materials science – engineering metamaterials for computational properties
  5. Embodied computation – combining computation and materials in a symbiotic relationship

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Group members

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Professor Sam Braunstein

Professor Sam Braunstein

Academic staff

sam.braunstein@york.ac.uk

Dr Simon OKeefe

Dr Simon O'Keefe

Academic staff

simon.okeefe@york.ac.uk

Professor Stefano Pirandola

Professor Stefano Pirandola

Academic staff

stefano.pirandola@york.ac.uk

Professor Susan Stepney

Professor Susan Stepney

Academic staff - group lead

susan.stepney@york.ac.uk

Dr Masoud Ghalaii 

Dr Masoud Ghalaii

Research Associate

masoud.ghalaii@york.ac.uk

Dr David Griffin 

Dr David Griffin

Research Associate

david.griffin@york.ac.uk

Panos Papanastasiou 

Panos Papanastasiou

Research Associate

panagiotis.papanastasiou@york.ac.uk

Jason Pereira 

Jason Pereira

Research Associate

jason.pereira@york.ac.uk

Rafael Afonso Rodrigues 

Rafael Afonso Rodrigues

Postgraduate Research Student

rar541@york.ac.uk

Taghreed Alqaisi 

Taghreed Alqaisi

Postgraduate Research Student

ta808@york.ac.uk

 

Reem Alqifari

Postgraduate Research Student

ra1003@york.ac.uk

 

Reem Alrashdi

Postgraduate Research Student

rmma502@york.ac.uk

Jess Park 

Jess Park

Postgraduate Research Student

jlp567@york.ac.uk

Justin Robertson 

Justin Robertson

Postgraduate Research Student

jr1513@york.ac.uk

Mohammed Terry-Jack 

Mohammed Terry-Jack

Postgraduate Research Student

mdtj500@york.ac.uk

Riv Waldegrave 

Riv Waldegrave

Postgraduate Research Student

rraw500@york.ac.uk

Chester Wringe 

Chester Wringe

Postgraduate Research Student

chester.wringe@york.ac.uk

Tian Gan 

Tian Gan

Affiliate

tg847@york.ac.uk

Dr Carlo Ottaviani 

Dr Carlo Ottaviani

Affiliate

carlo.ottaviani@york.ac.uk

Rinku Sebastian 

Rinku Sebastian

Affiliate

rs2224@york.ac.uk

 

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Professor Susan Stepney

Professor Susan Stepney

Non-Standard Computing Research Group lead

susan.stepney@york.ac.uk