Xiang Zou 鄒翔

  • Scholarship in 2023 at University of Toronto

About Xiang Zou’s work

Xiang Zou specializes in the field of Quantum Information, with a research focus that aims to enhance our understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of quantum information and quantum computation. His research includes comprehensive studies of quantum cryptography and the attainment of quantum computation using cluster state strings.

His inaugural and ongoing project explores a novel approach to achieving Symmetric Private Information Retrieval (SPIR) within the realm of quantum information. The objective of this project is to achieve SPIR while safeguarding information from potential third-party eavesdroppers through the utilization of quantum mechanical effects. These include Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), entanglement distillation, and privacy amplification. This new methodology has the potential to significantly augment the privacy protection of both clients and servers in the evolving era of quantum communication.

Zou's forthcoming project contemplates the achievement of quantum computation on cluster state strings. Traditional quantum computation largely relies on quantum circuits, which have raised several concerns. Zou proposes an innovative approach to quantum computation, which entails constructing chains of entangled strings that can facilitate immediate quantum computation. The generation of such cluster state strings is currently the limiting factor in this process. Consequently, Zou intends to investigate and enhance the production process of these cluster state strings.

In this way, Xiang Zou's work continues to push the boundaries of our understanding of quantum information, contributing to the development and enhancement of this burgeoning field.


Xiang Zou completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Hong Kong, graduating with a BSc in Physics and Computer Science minor. While there, he received the Innovation and Technology Scholarship, the HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Scholarship, the Li Po Kwai Scholarship, and also the Lam Fang Kwong Prize in Physics 2022-2023. In 2019, he was awarded the Lam Chi Him Memorial Prize in Physics and in 2022 he was a Summer Research Fellow at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN). 

He is currently carrying out his PhD research and studies in Canada, at the University of Toronto.