Following his studies in physics at ETH Zurich, Robert König received his PhD from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2007. He subsequently worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for Quantum Information, Caltech, as well as the IBM TJ Watson Research Center. Prior to joining TUM as a Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professor, he was an assistant professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing of the University of Waterloo.
2013 Discovery grant, NSERC Canada
2010 Fellowship for advanced researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation
2006 Smith/Rayleigh-Knight-Prize, University of Cambridge
2005 Fellowship of the Janggen-Pöhn Foundation (declined)
2003 ETH-Medal and Willi-Studer-Prize, ETH Zurich
2003 Pólya-Prize, Department for Mathematics and Physics, ETH Zurich
Robert König is interested in all physical, mathematical and computational aspects of quantum mechanics. Through his research, he aims to clarify the exact potential of physical systems when used to process information. He focuses on mathematical methods for quantum communication, cryptography and computation, as well as the application of operationally motivated concepts to the study of fundamental properties of matter.
- Quantum advantage with shallow circuits. Science 362 (6412), 2018, 308-311.
- Limits on classical communication from quantum entropy power inequalities. Nature Photonics, 2013, 142-146.
- Quantum computation with Turaev–Viro codes. Annals of Physics 325 (12), 2010, 2707-2749.
- Small Accessible Quantum Information Does Not Imply Security. Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 (14), 2007.
- One-and-a-Half Quantum de Finetti Theorems. Commun. Math. Phys. 273, 2007, 473-498.