Research Themes

My research interests evolve over time. Some of the current core themes are:

  • Emergence - phase changes in computational complexity, gravity from quantum entanglement
  • Algorithmic Complexity - universality, expressibility, fractals, tensor networks
  • Artificial General Intelligence - recursive self-improvement, artificial life, explainable neural networks
  • Quantum Computation - quantum Hamiltonian complexity, quantum optimization, quantum learning theory
  • Soft-computing - hardness of approximate, neuro-evolution

Current Projects

  • Quantum-accelerated estimation of algorithmic information (Ph.D. dissertation)
  • Near-term quantum optimization and learning algorithms
  • Evolutionary quines on gene expressions for recursive self-improvement systems
  • Spiking neural network based associative memory neuro-evolution

… interested in a research collaboration (or master’s thesis) within QCA lab on related topics? Contact me over LinkedIn.

Mind Map

… of all things I live to keep myself updated about, and associated contributor to those ideas,…

The blue boxes and their 1-hop neighbours are my core interests.

Mind map

Past Projects

  • Quantum algorithms for pattern-matching in genomic sequences (M.Sc. thesis)
  • Quantum Innovation Environment (QuInE), a PyQT based IDE for quantum programming
  • Brain-inspired robotic mapping and navigation using time-series of hexagonal grid and place cells
  • System design of warehouse automation using multi-agent collaborative box-pushing strategies
  • Human brain simulation in GPU with Inferior Olive model in OpenCL and CUDA
  • GATK based human genome sequencing for distributed Spark platform in Scala
  • Fuzzing and concolic execution on RERS-2016 problems using AFL and KLEE
  • Optimizing a SoC using ρ-VEX VLIW processors
  • Enhancing the Plasma processor IP core
  • Accelerating object tracking in OMAP3530 application processor
  • Solar energy forecasting using ORCA system
  • Earthquake occurrence analysis and aftershock prediction using MATLAB and Tableau
  • Elevation mapping using stereo vision enabled heterogeneous multi-agent network (B.Tech. thesis)
  • Computer vision based centralized multi-agent system on MATLAB and Arduino
  • Self-configuring classical logic gate circuits using genetic programming in Java
  • Multi-vehicle path planning in dynamically changing environments using genetic optimised TSP


2021-01-09: Quantum Computing - Towards the second quantum revolution (Webinar by IIST Alumni Association, India)

2020-07-14: Quantum-accelerated genomics - prospects and impacts (MeetUp by Quantum for Healthcare, UK)

2020-04-28: QX Simulator and quantum programming (Electronics for Quantum Computing lecture at TU Delft)

2019-01-25: Genomics algorithms on digital NISQ accelerators (at Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain)

2019-01-23: HiPEAC’19 Tutorial on Quantum algorithms using QX (at València, Spain)

2018-06-22: Quantum algorithms for pattern matching in genomic sequences (M.Sc. thesis defence at TU Delft)

Presentations from QCA team

2020-07-03: From qubits to Quantum Accelerator - The Full Stack Vision - Koen Bertels (Quantum Software Engineering workshop)

2020-06-18: Quantum Computing and Sequencing the Genome - Koen Bertels (QUECWA)

2020-05-26: Quantum Accelerators-The next step in computer architecture - Koen Bertels (Harrisburg Quantum Quantumapalooza)

2019-01-23: Quantum Computing: From Qubits to Quantum Accelerators - Koen Bertels (HiPEAC conference Keynote)

2018-06-22: Quantum genome sequencing: current investigation - Koen Bertels (Future of Computing conference)

2018-06-22: From qubit to company: is that possible? - Koen Bertels (Future of Computing conference)

2018-06-22: What is quantum computing all about? - Carmen Garcia Almudever (Future of Computing conference)

2017-09-30: Introduction to Quantum Computing - Koen Bertels (TEDxAntwerp)

2017-09-13: An Experimental Micro-Architecture for a Superconducting Quantum Processor - Koen Bertels, Carmen Garcia Almudever (Arm Research Summit)

Curriculum vitae


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