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Bob Coecke

Professor Oxford University, Former researchers


Bob Coecke (born 1968) is a Belgian theoretical physicist and logician who was professor of Quantum Foundations, Logics and Structures at Oxford University till 2020, and is now Chief Scientist of Cambridge Quantum Computing. He is a pioneer of categorical quantum mechanics (now an entry in Mathematics Subject Classification 2020), Quantum Picturalism,[3] ZX-calculus, DisCoCat model for natural language,[4] and quantum natural language processing (QNLP). He is a founding father of the Quantum Physics and Logic community and conference series, of the Applied category theory community, conference series and diamond-open-access journal Compositionality.

Coecke obtained his Doctorate in Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1996, under the supervision of then CLEA director Diederik Aerts.