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Lei Wang, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Lei-WangLei Wang got his Bachelor’s degree from Nanjing University in 2006 and Ph.D. from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. He did postdoctoral research on computational quantum physics at ETH Zurich in the next few years. Lei Wang joined the Institute of Physics in 2016. His research interest is at the cross-section of machine learning and quantum many-body computation.

What is the focus of your research at the moment?

My research focuses on in interface of generative AI and condensed matter physics. Generative AI aims at modelling, learning, and sampling from high-dimensional probability distributions. It has a natural connection to many topics in condensed matter physics which focuses on emergent phenomena of many-particle systems in Nature. In the past, I have worked on minimizing nature’s cost function — the variational free energy — with the help of generative models. At the moment, I am crafting a generative model for crystalline materials with space group symmetries.

What do you consider to be the biggest advancement in quantum science to date?

To me, the biggest advancement in quantum science is the combination of a few very simple quantum mechanical principles with computational tools to predict the complex world, ranging from semiconductors, superconductivities, magnetism, chemistry, etc.

In your opinion, what could be the next big breakthrough for the field of quantum science and technology?

Hard to predict. In my biased view, I would bet on an agent that automates the exploration of the materials space, which may give better superconductors.

What role does the journal Machine Learning: Science and Technology play in supporting research in the field?

It creates a town square for interdisciplinary works to be displayed to scientists with vastly different backgrounds. Fast dissemination of information, especially across language barriers between fields is important to today’s technical advances. MLST has done a great job.

Xi-Wen Guan, Innovation Academy for Precision Measurement Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Xi-Wen Guan

Xi-Wen Guan graduated from Jilin University, China in 1998, and then undertook postdoctoral research in Germany and Brazil for about three years. He was a research fellow at the Australian National University (ANU) during the period from 2002 until October 2008. He was promoted to a fellow at ANU in 2009. Since 2012, he is a full professor of physics at Innovation Academy for Precision Measurement Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Science. He currently also holds an honorary professor of the ANU, the Executive Board Editor of Journal of Physics A. He has published more than 140 SCI papers, including Science, Review Modern Physics, Report on Progress in Physics, Physical Review Letters etc. for research in universal thermodynamics, critical phenomena and correlation functions of exactly solvable models, ultracold atoms, strongly correlated electronic and spin systems and quantum metrology etc.

What is the focus of your research at the moment?

I currently focus on developments of quantum integrable models in ultracold atoms, spin materials and quantum metrology. I am really fascinated by the decades-old quantum integrable models, which have uncovered experimentally testable many-body phenomena in a wide range of fields, such as quantum liquid, quantum criticality, universal thermodynamics, quantum transport and quantum metrology.

What do you consider to be the biggest advancement in quantum science to date?

I believe that superfluity and superconductivity are the most significant phenomenon in quantum physics and have led to important advancement in quantum science for decades. I personally think that the high precision optical atomic clock is the biggest advancement in quantum science in the last decade. In this regard, advances in our ability to realize genuine quantum many-body phenomena with ultracold atoms have led to new frontiers in quantum control, quantum optics, quantum gases, quantum metrology, precision measurements etc. Such developments confront mathematical and physical theories with experimental study on novel quantum many-body phenomena in these fields.

In your opinion, what could be the next big breakthrough for the field of quantum science and technology?

High precision measurement and quantum computations with many-body systems of cold atoms, spins and electrons are possibly next breakthroughs for the field of quantum science and technology.

What role does the journal Journal of Physics A play in supporting research in the field?

Journal of Physics A is a fundamental research journal not only with links to mathematical and physical theories but it also provides a unique aspect in supporting international leading edge research fields.

Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties: Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2023

Outstanding Reviewers

Dr Laurent Marot, Universitat Basel, Switzerland
Dr Mina Choi, US Food and Drug Administration, United States of America
Dr Jimmie Miller, UNC Charlotte, United States of America
Dr Stefano Siboni, Universita degli Studi di Trento, Italy
Dr Ashish Ajit Kulkarni, Veeco Instruments Inc, United States of America
Dr Hao Yu, University of North Texas, United States of America
Dr K. Ram Mohan Rao, GITAM, India
Dr Martin Munz, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy, Germany
Mr Henry Lancashire, University College London, United Kingdom
Dr Changjun Wu, Changzhou University, China
Dr Dr Xérviar Esebamen, Mittuniversitetet, Sweden
Dr Murugan Sellamuthu, SESHASAYEE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, India
Dr Jacob Andrade Arvizu, Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya, Spain
Professor Dr Randa Abdel-Karim, Cairo University, Egypt
Dr Vincenzo Cotroneo, INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Italy
Dr Piyush Solanki, Saurashtra University, India
Mr Manas Pattnayak, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
Dr Wu Ouyang Wuhan University of Technology China
Dr Karim Ouaras, Ecole Polytechnique, France
Dr Hetal Maharaja, Clemson University, United States of America
Professor Michal Wieczorowski, Politechnika Poznanska, Poland
Dr David Necas, Vysoke uceni technicke v Brne, Czech Republic
Dr Weesiong Chiu, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Dr Aidin Bordbar-Khiabani, Aalto-yliopisto, Finland
Dr Magdalena Valentina Lungu, Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Inginerie Electrica ICPE-CA, Romania
Dr Yuvaraj K P, Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, India
Mr Wu Pan, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Dr Saravanan Somasundaram, Annamalai University, India
Dr De-Quan Yang, Solmont Technology Wuxi Co., Ltd, China
Dr Majid Ghandchi, Islamic Azad University Ahar Branch, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Dr Wenbo Peng, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Professor Dr Crhistian Baldo, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
Mr Kaustubh Samvatsar, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
Dr Thiago de Assis, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
Dr Yixiang Gan, The University of Sydney, Australia
Mr Sheikh Saleem, National Institute of Technology Srinagar, India
Dr Yuanwei Lin, Peking University, China
Dr Chi-Vinh Ngo, AlchLight LLC, United States of America
Dr Aydin Bordbar Khiabani, Aalto-yliopisto, Finland
Professor Viorel Paleu, Universitatea Tehnica Gheorghe Asachi din Iasi, Romania
Dr Siddhartha KAR, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, India
Dr Baskaran Selvam, Madanapalle Institute of Technology and Science, India
Dr Jagadeesha Kumar, KLA-Tencor Corporation, United States of America

Superconductor Science and Technology: Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2023

Outstanding Reviewers

Reviewer of the year: Dr Ekta Bhatia, NY CREATES and University at Albany, SUNY, United States of America

Dr Ian Pong, University of California Office of the President, United States of America
Dr Pablo Cayado, Universite de Geneve, Switzerland
Dr Songyuan Zhao, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Professor Oded Millo, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Dr Takayuki Kubo, Daigaku Kyodo Riyo Kikan Hojin Ko Energy Kasokuki Kenkyu Kiko, Japan
Dr Andrea Floris, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany
Dr Wei Chen, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dr Anand Pal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
Professor Benoit Vanderheyden, Universite de Liege, Belgium
Dr Marc A. Galí Labarias, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
Dr Phillip Michael, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Japan
Professor Dr Guangtong Ma, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Mr Benjamin Parkinson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Dr Nestor Haberkorn, Centro Atomico Bariloche, Argentina
Dr Jeseok Bang, University of Florida, United States of America
Dr Pasquale Fabbricatore, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy

Semiconductor Science and Technology: Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2023

Outstanding Reviewers

Reviewer of the year: Dr Zeheng Wang, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

Professor Dr Álvaro del Prado, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Dr Roberta Nipoti, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Dr Robert Wheatley, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
Dr Shin-Ichiro SATO, Kokuritsu Kenkyu Kaihatsu Hojin Ryoshi Kagaku Gijutsu Kenkyu Kaihatsu Kiko, Japan

Smart Materials and Structures: Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2023

Outstanding Reviewers

Reviewer of the year: Professor Yingxiang Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Dr Jandro Abot, The Catholic University of America, United States of America
Professor Alessandro Airoldi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Mr Erik Usuda, Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais, Brazil
Professor Dr Elzbieta Pieczyska, Instytut Podstawowych Problemow Techniki Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Poland
Professor Dr Hongbin Fang, Fudan University, China
Mr Hendrik Holzmann, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung eV, Germany
Professor Di Peng, Nanjing Medical University, China
Ms Louise Wright, National Physical Laboratory, United Kingdom
Mr Alex Mazursky, Miami University, United States of America
Dr Maodan Yuan, Guangdong University of Technology, China
Dr Mohammad Salehi Najafabadi, Rice University, United States of America
Dr Moustafa Darwish, Tanta University, Egypt
Ms Maria Staszczak, Instytut Podstawowych Problemow Techniki Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Poland
Dr Norberto Arzate-Plata, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica AC, Mexico
Dr Olly Duncan, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
Dr Pierre Gasnier, Commissariat a l’energie atomique et aux energies alternatives Siege administratif, France
Dr Rahman Mahdi, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Dr Rahul Kambale, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India
Dr Sebastián Machado, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional Facultad Regional Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Dr Sunil Sharma, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India
Mr Yingzhi Wang, South China Agricultural University, China
Dr Mikail Lumentut, Curtin University, Australia
Professor Dr Kangqi Fan, Xidian University, China
Dr Guoliang Hu, East China JiaoTong University, China
Dr Amer Alomarah, Wasit University, Iraq
Mr Chongjing Cao, Chinese Academy of Sciences Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, China
Professor Hailing Fu, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
Dr Chao Tang, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Reports on Progress in Physics: Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2023

Outstanding Reviewers

Dr Diego Frezzato, Universita degli Studi di Padova, Italy
Mr Javier Rivera-Dean, ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Spain
Dr Orlando Luongo, Universita degli Studi di Camerino, Italy
Dr Kazuharu Bamba, Fukushima Daigaku, Japan
Mrs Claudia Merger, Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany
Dr Jeremy Ford, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, United States of America

Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics: Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2023

Outstanding Reviewers

Professor Bo Li, Shandong University Weihai, China
Dr Leping Li, National Astronomical Observatories, CAS, China
Professor Jianrong Shi, National Astronomical Observatories, CAS, China
Professor Ali Luo, National Astronomical Observatories, CAS, China
Professor Liyun Zhang, Guizhou University, China
Professor Jiacheng Liu, Nanjing University, China
Professor Anqing Chen, National Satellite Meteorological Center(National Center for Space Weather), China
Dr Guangwei Li, National Astronomical Observatories, CAS, China
Dr Tongjiang Wang, Catholic University of America and NASA-GSFC, Washington, DC, China
Professor Shengli Qin, Yunnan University, China

Quantum Science and Technology: Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2023

Outstanding Reviewers

Dr Tobias Haug, Centre for Quantum Technologies, Singapore
Dr Shi-Xin Zhang, Tsinghua University, China
Dr Thomás Fogarty, Gakko Hojin Okinawa Kagaku Gijutsu Daigakuin Daigaku Gakuen, Japan
Dr Marco Genovese, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, Italy
Professor Gui Long, Tsinghua University, China
Mr Chenfeng Cao, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
Dr Cai Zhang, South China Agricultural University, China
Mr Xiaogang Qiang, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Dr Matthias Degroote, University of Toronto, Canada

Plasma Science and Technology: Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2023

Outstanding Reviewers

Dr Rodion Zhukovskii, Limoges University, France
Dr Wei Tian, University of Michigan, United States of America
Dr Fabien Jaulmes, Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Professor Hongbin Ding, Dalian University of Technology, China
Dr Kai Jakob Brunner, Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics, Germany
Professor Haifeng Zhang, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Professor William Yeong Liang Ling, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
Professor Hyun-Ha Kim, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Professor Rodrigo Andrés Miranda Cerda, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Dr Kieran Joseph McCarthy, Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), Spain
Professor Colin Chrystal, General Atomics, United States of America
Dr Dennis Bolye, Princeton University, United States of America
Dr Vladimir Weinzettl, Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Professor Luiz Ziebell, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Dr Margarita Baeva, Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany
Dr Yusuke Takahashi, Hokkaido University, Japan
Dr Sarveshwar Sharma, Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), India
Professor Roderick Boswell, The Australian National University, Australia