Barry Sanders

Professor Barry Sanders



Scientific Director of Quantum City

Vice President Research Office

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Educational Background

D.Sc. Quantum Information Science, Imperial College London, 2016

Diploma of Imperial College Physics, Imperial College London, 1988

PhD Physics, University of London, 1987

Diploma of Imperial College Mathematical Physics, Imperial College London, 1985

BSc Physics Honours, University of Calgary, 1984


Barry Sanders is Scientific Director of Calgary’s “Quantum City”, hosted by the University of Calgary and tasked with building a strong quantum ecosystem in Alberta. Barry was awarded two Diplomas of Imperial College in 1985 and 1987 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1988 from the University of London plus a Doctor of Science from Imperial College London in 2018 in recognition of career achievement in quantum optics and quantum information. His postdoctoral positions were in Australia and New Zealand, and he was a professor at Macquarie University Sydney for 12 years before moving back to his Alma Mater University of Calgary in 2003. Barry’s theoretical research includes quantum sensing and metrology, quantum and quantum-resilient communication, quantum computing and quantum optics. He has held numerous distinguished international visiting professorships and affiliations in Canada, the USA, China, India, Israel, Austria and elsewhere, and is a Scientist with the Creative Destruction Lab sites at the Universities of Toronto and Calgary. Sanders served as an Expert with the Canadian Council of Academies and is a member of the Scientific Board for the Banff International Research Station. He is a former member of the Open Quantum Institute Incubation Advisory Board of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator and is co-lead of the International Research Network: Canada-France Quantum Alliance involving France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He served as Editor-in-Chief of New Journal of Physics and was an editor of Optics Communications, Physical Review A, and Mathematical Structures of Computer Science. Barry serves on expert panels in Canada, the USA and Europe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics, of the American Physical Society, and of Optica, and he received the City of Calgary International Achievement Award in 2022.


Areas of Research

Implementations of quantum information, Nonlinear quantum optics , Algorithmic quantum simulation, Long-distance quantum key distribution, Evolutionary algorithms and swarm intelligence for quantum control and metrology, Coherent quantum transport in protein complexes


  • Killam Annual Professor, The University of Calgary. 2017
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, 2010
  • Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, 2010
  • Faculty of Science Award of Excellence in Research, University of Calgary, 2008
  • American Physical Society, 2006
  • Optical Society of America, 2005
  • Affiliate, Centre for Information Security and Cryptography, Unversity of Calgary, 2004
  • Affiliate, Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control, University of Toronto, 2004
  • Appointed Associate of CIAR Program on Quantum Information Processing, 2004
  • Associate, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Canada, 2004
  • Associate of CIFAR Quantum Information Program, 2004
  • Elected Fellow in the Australian Institute of Physics, 2004
  • Elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (U.K.), 2004
  • Elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America, 2004
  • Institute of Physics (U.K.), 2004
  • Optical Society of America, 2004
  • Affiliate, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2003
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Physics, 2001
  • Australian Institute of Physics, 2000
  • Elected Fellow in the Australian Institute of Physics, 2000
  • Certificate in Leadership Program for Heads, Deans and Administrative Managers, 1999
  • Member - Canadian Association of Physicists, 1998
  • Certificate in Learning and Management Strand, 1997


  • Robustness of Learning-Assisted Adaptive Quantum-Enhanced Metrology in the Presence of Noise. Barry C Sanders; Peter Wittek; Pantita Palittapongarnpim*. IEEE. 294-299. (2017)
  • Some examples of sum uncertainty relations for compact classical Lie algebra. Namrata Shukla*; Barry C Sanders; Hubert de Guise; Lorenzo Maccone. 104090S-1 to 104090S-7. (2017)
  • Coincidence rates and permutation symmetry. Hubert de Guise; Barry Cyril Sanders. SPIE. 1040903-1 to 1040903-8. (2017)
  • Reinforcement Learning for Quantum Metrology via Quantum Control. Pantita Palittapongarnpim*; Seyed S Vedaie*; Barry C Sanders. IEEE. 163-164. (2018)
  • Reinforcement Learning for Adaptive Optical Quantum-Enhanced Metrology. Pantita Palittapongarnpim*; Seyed S Vedaie*; Barry Cyril Sanders. Optical Society of America. STu5H.4. (2018)