I am Hector, also known as Hex,
and I am a post-doctoral researcher in Graphical Calculi and Quantum Computing.
My doctoral work included the creation, alteration, and generalisation
of graphical calculi, and the theoretical groundwork
for the automated generation of theorems using these calculi.
I have also helped develop the software Quantomatic,
as well as a website on the ZX calculus,
which contains tutorials, demos, and accessibility information.
I used to chair the ZX-calculus workshop (now run by Cole Comfort)
and I am the admin for the ZX-calculus Discord server.
My academic work extends beyond graphical calculi,
including synthesising music with quantum computers,
and exploration of trust in human-computer interactions.
I also work part time as a senior data scientist for Stonehaven.
Despite chronic illness, especially when that illness affected my hands,
I am a flautist, pianist, and choral singer.
Research, talks, and publications
- Software: The pqca (Partitioned Quantum Cellular Automata)
packages for Python, part of the QuTune Project, July 2021
- Website, session chair, and programme committee: Quantum Physics and
Logic, July 2021
- Paper: There and back again: A circuit extraction tale,
published in Quantum March 2021,
(Miriam Backens, Hector Miller-Bakewell, Giovanni de Felice, Leo Lobski, John van de Wetering)
- DPhil thesis: Graphical Calculi and their Conjecture Synthesis,
ORA, November 2020
- Talk: Quantum Graphical Calculi and their Algebraic Underpinnings,
Slides, TallCat Seminar, August 2020
- Paper: Entanglement and Quaternions: The graphical calculus ZQ,
- Talk: Phase homomorphisms, slides,
ZX Workshop 2020-02-03
- Talk: Phase-Ring Calculi, slides,
ZX Workshop 2019-12-09
- Talk: ZQ, slides, ZX Workshop
- Talk: Conjecture Intuition
and Verification for Diagrammatic
Languages, ACT 2019
- Talk: Finite Verification for Infinite Families of Diagram Equations,
recording, QPL 2019
Empowering People with Informed Consent, Data for Policy 2019
(Anirban Basu, Stephen Marsh, Tessa Darbyshire*, Natasha Dwyer, Hector Miller-Bakewell)
- Website: zxcalculus.com, an introduction to the ZX-calculus and demo of
- Paper: Finite Verification for Infinite Families of Diagram Equations,
DOI, March 2019
- Software: Quantomatic, a program for manipulating spider
In the event that this list lags behind reality you can also check
on the arXiv
or the publication list
I have, by now, far too many drawings of hedgehogs (among other things, but mostly hedgehogs),
which you can find on my instagram
The reason for the name "sometimes my hands work" is because disability left me without full
use of my hands for around five years, and drawing became part of the recovery process from that.
It has only strengthened my resolve to try and improve accessibility
in academia and work I do.