Lorenzo Catani is a Research Fellow at the Quantum and Linear-Optical Computation group at INL.
His research is mostly focused on the intersection between quantum foundations and quantum computation. In particular, he aims to identify the features of quantum theory that really constitute a departure from the classical worldview and to show how these can be resources for quantum computational advantage in information processing tasks. He also works on developing a new mathematical framework that provides a realistic and interpretational unproblematic account of quantum theory.
Lorenzo holds a BSc in Physics (2012) and an MSc in Theoretical Physics (2014) from the University of Bologna, where he was also a student of the Collegio Superiore, one of the Superior Graduate Schools in Italy. He also holds an MRes (2015) and a PhD (2018) from University College London, obtained as part of the doctoral training program in delivering quantum technologies. His doctoral thesis was titled Nonclassicality as a computational resource. Before moving to INL, he held postdoctoral positions at Chapman University in California (2018–2021) and Technische Universität Berlin (2021–2023).