Prof José Ignacio Latorre

Prof. Dr José Ignacio Latorre

Chief Researcher
Quantum Research Centre

Prof. José Ignacio Latorre is the Chief Researcher of the Quantum Centre at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), a cutting-edge UAE-based scientific research centre. In this role, he is helping both to construct the first quantum computer in the region and to develop a new generation of quantum technologies.

A Full Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona (on leave), Prof. Latorre is a founder of Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, an institution that fosters high-level international scientific events. He also was a founder of the NNPDF collaboration, which develops artificial intelligence technology for the treatment of all data coming from the high-energy physics laboratory LHC, at CERN. 

Prof. Latorre has written over 130 research papers in international journals on particle physics and quantum information, and has directed 13 PhD theses. He has produced two documentaries; one of them, ‘That’s the Story’, covers the life of Nobel Laureate and last living scientist from the Manhattan Project Professor Roy J. Glauber. He has written three books on quantum mechanics and the ethics of artificial intelligence. He has curated large exhibitions and given many scientific outreach talks.

Prof. Latorre has been involved in a number of start-ups, and a spinoff from the University of Barcelona. He also is an advisor to national research agencies.

Prof. Latorre obtained his PhD in Particle Physics from the University of Barcelona. In addition, he was a Fulbright Fellow at MIT (Boston) and did his postdoctoral research at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. He has spent extended research time at CQT (Singapore), CERN (Geneva), Nikhef (Amsterdam) and MIT.