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Achim Kempf graduated from the Universitaet Heidelberg and obtained his PhD from the Universitaet Muenchen, where his supervisor was Julius Wess. He worked for five years at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, first for two years as a postdoc with a fellowship from the German National Merit Foundation and then for three years as a Research Fellow of Corpus Christi College in the University of Cambridge. He then worked for three years at the Institute for Fundamental Theory in the University of Florida before joining the Department of Applied Mathematics in the University of Waterloo in summer of 2001. He is professor of mathematical physics and holds the Canada Research Chair in the Physics of Information.
- Main area: Quantum information in quantum gravity, in cosmology and in quantum computing
- Main methods: Functional analysis, generalized Shannon sampling theory in curved space-time
- Also: data compression, radar signal design, information theory in genetics, graph theory in QFT