We welcome our new W1 professor, Dr.-Ing. Riccardo Bassoli, at the Cluster of Excellence CeTI. He started his junior professorship in quantum communication networks at TU Dresden in May 2022. Dr. Bassoli has authored and co-authored around 40 research articles, including books, journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. Among them, the book entitled “Quantum Communication Networks”, published by Springer-Verlag, is worth mentioning. On this occasion we asked him some questions about himself and his work at CeTI.

What is your research focus?
My research is focused on the design and realisation of future quantum communication networks and their integration with future 6G communication networks. 6G networks, which are expected to be deployed from 2030, face some intrinsic technological limitations in achieving ther envisioned goals. Therefore, new and different resources/technologies are required. That is why quantum communication and computing are the means identified to make 6G objectives achievable in a sustainable manner.

What do you value most about your work at CeTI?
Being part of the CeTI Cluster of Excellence and its teams is very valuable for my ongoing research on quantum communication networks and 6G. The range of interdisciplinary skills in CeTI will help me in the future to look at the complex challenges I will be tackling from both a broader and more detailed perspective. This is essential to get a realistic view of the feasibility of communication systems and their development. In addition, CeTI’s collaboration with various industrial projects can be very beneficial to get a picture of how the solutions proposed for quantum communication and 6G can be used to improve industrial scenarios and future production. CeTI also offers a very positive and collaborative working atmosphere that helps researchers to work constructively with each other.

What else would you like to research?
In the specific context of CeTI, I would like to investigate not only how quantum communication technologies can improve the classic tactile internet from an infrastructure perspective, but also from the perspective of humans as end users. In particular, I would like to explore whether quantum technologies can enhance human remote perception and skill acquisition in ways that classical technologies cannot.

How do you spend your free time?
In my spare time, I enjoy reading books on various topics and authors from the fields of classical poetry, ancient languages, philosophy, philosophy of science, economics, mathematics and physics. When I have the opportunity, I also like to go sailing, skiing and hiking.