Student profiles

Begumya profile
Samuel Begumya
OIST PhD student in rotation
samuel.begumya2 at

Samuel Begumya has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Makerere University Uganda, and a Master of science in Physics from Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University India. He also did research internship at OIST where he worked on Femtosecond laser writing on nitrogen-vacancy defects in diamond project.

He joined NetQ Unit as a rotation student focusing on Quantum Key Distribution and is actively looking forward to improving his research skills. In his free time, he likes to play football, Volleyball and Basketball. He also like making new friends and exploring the island.

Casapao profile
Joshua Carlo Aparicio Casapao
NetQ PhD student
joshuacarlo.casapao at

I obtained both my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from the University of the Philippines Diliman, where I mainly focused on entanglement detection theory. I also received a pre-PhD diploma in condensed matter and statistical physics from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Currently, I am working on the XZZX surface code. Outside physics, I enjoy reading anything about history and economics, playing PC and console games, as well as restaurant-hopping.

Pagan profile
Javier Pagan
OIST research intern
javier.pagan at

My name is Javier Pagan, I'm Spanish and 22 years old. I recently graduated from a Masters in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics at the University of Manchester and I have a particular interest for Fundamental and Information Theory. I have participated in 2 particle physics experiments: one by the Joint Institute for Nuclear research, where we used relativistic hydrodynamics to measure the QCD phase transition temperature from Heavy Ion Collisions data; and another at CERN, where we developed different machine learning techniques to study the top-photon coupling in proton-proton collisions. On top of that, in my last year of high school I used Shor's algorithm and an optical set up to factorise number 15 in polynomial time; and developed a deep neural network for time series analysis during my Masters. Physics aside, I enjoy playing the guitar, card magic, scuba diving and above all, travelling.