Robert Koenig

(Picture: A. Heddergott/TUM)

Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track

Technical University of Munich

Mathematics - Theory of Complex Quantum Systems

Focus Group
Theory of Complex Quantum Systems

Short CV

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

Research Interests

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.


  • König, Robert; Smith, Graeme: Limits on classical communication from quantum entropy power inequalities. Nature Photonics, 2013, 142-146 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Bravyi, Sergey; König, Robert: Disorder-Assisted Error Correction in Majorana Chains. Commun. Math. Phys. 316, 2012, 641-692 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Koenig, Robert; Kuperberg, Greg; Reichardt, Ben W.: Quantum computation with Turaev–Viro codes. Annals of Physics 325 (12), 2010, 2707-2749 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • König, Robert; Renner, Renato; Bariska, Andor; Maurer, Ueli: Small Accessible Quantum Information Does Not Imply Security. Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 (14), 2007 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Christandl, Matthias; König, Robert; Mitchison, Graeme; Renner, Renato: One-and-a-Half Quantum de Finetti Theorems. Commun. Math. Phys. 273, 2007, 473-498 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )