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Philip Schuster (PhD Harvard, 2007) joined Perimeter’s faculty in 2010. He was a Research
Associate at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory from 2007 to 2010. Schuster’s area of
specialty is particle theory, with an emphasis on physics beyond the Standard Model. He
has close ties to experiment and has investigated various theories that may be discovered
at experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. With members of the Compact
Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the LHC, he developed methods to characterize potential
new physics signals and null results in terms of ‘simplified models,’ facilitating more robust
theoretical interpretations of data. He is also a co-spokesperson for the APEX collaboration at
the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia.
Lee Smolin (PhD Harvard, 1979) is one of Perimeter Institute’s founding Faculty members. Prior
to joining Perimeter, Smolin held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the
Institute for Theoretical Physics (Santa Barbara), and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University
of Chicago, and was a professor at Yale, Syracuse, and Pennsylvania State Universities. Smolin’s
research is centred on the problem of quantum gravity, with particular focus on loop quantum
gravity and deformed special relativity, though his contributions span many areas. Smolin’s many
honours include the Majorana Prize, the Klopsteg Memorial Award, and election as a Fellow of both
the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Canada.
Robert Spekkens (PhD University of Toronto, 2001) joined Perimeter’s faculty in 2008, after holding
a postdoctoral fellowship at Perimeter and an International Royal Society Fellowship at the University
of Cambridge. His research is focused upon identifying the conceptual innovations that distinguish
quantum theories from classical theories and investigating their significance for axiomatization,
interpretation, and the implementation of various information-theoretic tasks. He is a previous winner
of the Birkhoff-von Neumann Prize of the International Quantum Structures Association.
Natalia Toro (PhD Harvard, 2007) joined Perimeter in 2010 after completing a postdoctoral
fellowship at Stanford University SITP. Toro has developed a framework for few-parameter models
of possible new-physics signals and has played a major role in integrating new techniques,
called “on-shell effective theories,” into the program of upcoming searches at the Compact Muon
Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. She is an expert in the study
of “dark forces” that couple very weakly to ordinary matter and is co-spokesperson for APEX,
an experiment searching for such forces at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.
Guifre Vidal (PhD University of Barcelona, 1999) joined Perimeter’s faculty in 2011 from the
University of Queensland in Brisbane, where he was an Australian Research Council Federation
Fellow and Professor in the School of Mathematics and Physics. He did postdoctoral fellowships
at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and the Institute for Quantum Information at Caltech
before joining the University of Queensland. He works at the interface of quantum information
and condensed matter physics, using tensor networks to compute the ground state of quantum
many-body systems on a lattice and to issue a classification of the possible phases of quantum
matter or fixed points of the renormalization group flow. His past honours include a Marie Curie
Fellowship, awarded by the European Union, and a Sherman Fairchild Foundation Fellowship.
Pedro Vieira (PhD École Normale Supérieure Paris and the Centro de Fisica do Porto, Universidade
doPorto, 2008) joinedPerimeter in2009 fromtheMaxPlanck Institute forGravitational Physics (Albert
Einstein Institute), where he was a Junior Scientist from 2008 to 2009. Vieira’s research concerns
the development of new mathematical techniques for gauge and string theories, ultimately aiming
at the solution of a realistic four-dimensional gauge theory. His research interests also include the
related areas of the AdS/CFT correspondence and theoretical calculations of scattering amplitudes.