Télécom ParisTech    
Quantum Information and Applications Group
Networks and Computer Science Department

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23, avenue d'Italie

75013 Paris, France
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E-mail: romain.alleaume at telecom-paristech.fr

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Research interests:

My research is centered on quantum information and quantum cryptography, with a particular focus on optical quantum communications and quantum key distribution (QKD).

I am currently working on three main research projects

* Quantum coherent optical communications, with an emphasis on continuous-variable quantum key distribution, experimental system development and optical networking.

* Hybrid (quantum/computational) security models in quantum cryptography. The objective is to develop new protocols capable of offering long-term security guarantees - inaccessible with computational-only techniques - while presenting higher versatility, better performances and lower implementation complexity than QKD.

* Quantum information processing with multimode photonic technologies  The objective is to leverage on some existing components developped for the telecom industry to process high-dimensional quantum states, encoded over frequency modes. Targeted applications range from quantum computing and quantum metrology to quantum cryptography.

Current Research grants:

* QCALL (Quantum Communications for all). 2017-2020
 European Innovative Training Network (project 675662) funded by the Marie Sklodowska Curie Call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015.

* CiViQ (Continuous Variable Quantum Communications). 2018-2021
Research and Innovation Action, Quantum Technology Flagship / Q communications pillar, (project No 820466).

* OPENQKD (Open European Quantum Key Distribution Testbed). 2019-2022
Research and Innovation Action, Quantum Technology Flagship (project granted).

* Télécom ParisTech / Télécom Alumni: PhD grant on the convergence of classical and quantum coherent communications ( PhD applicant: Raphaël Aymeric, co-supervised with Cédric Ware). 2018-2021


After graduating from ENS Paris, Romain Alléaume has completed his PhD at University Paris VI and ENS Cachan in 2004, on experimental quantum cryptography with single-photon sources, he was the co-recipient of “magazine La Recherche” scientific prize 2004. He then joined Telecom ParisTech to coordinate of the work on QKD networks performed within the European FP6 project SECOQC that culminated by the first demonstration of a QKD network in Europe. Romain Alléaume co-founded the start-up company SeQureNet in 2008, who has developped the first commercial continous-variable QKD product, Cygnus, released in 2012. He participated to two national projects on quantum key distribution PROSPIQ (2006-2009) and SEQURE (2007-2010), as well as the French-Canadian project FREQUENCY dedicated fundamental research on quantum cryptography. Romain Alléaume then coordinated national and european projects, with an emphasis on QKD implementation security (FP7 Q-CERT, 2008-2012) and on the optical integration of QKD in telecommunications networks (French ANR Quantum-WDM, 2012-2015). He is also a member of the ETSI QKD Industry Standardization Group, and an active contributor to the international scientific and technical effort on QKD technology, and quantum cryptography.


Publications in quant-ph

Publications on Google Scholar

Recent publications:

Hao Qin, Rupesh Kumar, Vadim Makarov and Romain Alléaume,  Homodyne detector blinding attack in continuous-variable quantum key distribution, , Accepted for publication in Phys Rev. A., (2018)

Adrien Marie and Romain Alléaume, Self-coherent phase reference sharing for continuous-variable quantum key distribution, Phys. Rev. A 95, 012316 (2017)

Hao Qin, Rupesh Kumar, Romain Alléaume. Quantum hacking: saturation attack on practical continuous-variable quantum key distribution, Phys. Rev. A 94, 012325 (2016)

Rupesh Kumar, Hao Qin, Romain Alléaume, Coexistence of continuous variable QKD with intense DWDM classical channels, New Journal of Physics, 17(4), 043027. (2015).


Romain Alléaume, Adrien Marie, Phase reference sharing schemes for continuous-variable quantum cryptography, European patent demand 16305551, May 11 2016

Romain Alléaume, Communications with everlasting security from short-term-secure encrypted communication, PCT patent demand 15305017.4 (under priority of patent demands15187905.3 and 15187905.3), January 9, 2016

Romain Alléaume, Practical Quantum Cryptography with everlasting security, patent demand  15187905.3 (extension under priority,of patent 15187905.3), October 15, 2015.

Romain Alléaume, Hybrid Classical Quantum Cryptography, European patent demand  15187905.3, January 9 2015

Professional activities

* PC member of QCrypt 2016
* PC member of Qcrypt 2014,
* PC member of QCrypto 2012
* Chair of Workshop on Post-Quantum Security Models, Paris, Oct 2010
* Organizing committee QCrypt 2014 (Paris), Chair of the Industry session

* Member of the Scientific Committee of the QT Flagship project CiViQ (2018-2021)

Member of the ETSI QKD Industry Standardization Group: Co-founder, Responsible of the work item QKD Deployment

* Member of the Conseil Scientifique "Technologies Quantiques" at French Ministry of Research and Higher Education, 2017-2018.

* Expert for the European Commission (DG CNECT) on Quantum Communications and  Quantum Networks. 2017-2018-2019.

* Reviewer: Physical Review A, New Journal of Physics, Journal of Physics A, Optics Express, Quantum Information and Computation, Npj Quantum Information, Journal of Quantum Electronics, Journal of Lightwave Technologies, Quantum Information and Computation.


* Quantum computing and quantum information, ACCQ206, Master1 course at Telecom ParisTech (2016-2019)

* Quantum communications, Option of Masters 2 OMP and LuMi, (2013-2019)

* Introduction to Quantum cryptography and quantum computing, Master Cybersecurity, (2016-2019).

* Security services and cryptographic mechanisms, SR2I202, M1 course at Telecom ParisTech, (2010-2019)

* Micro-Nano-Physics, MNP, First year (L3) course on quantum mechanics and statistical physics at Telecom ParisTech, (2012-2019)

* Introduction to Quantum information and quantum computing, Formation des Ingénieurs du Corps des Mines (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)

* Quantum Computation and Communications, SI349, M1 course at Telecom ParisTech (2006-2012)

* Quantum Cryptography, quantum coding and quantum information theory, MDI 344 , Master 1 course at Telecom ParisTech(2009, (2010).

* Information Theory, COMMDI225, M1 course at Telecom ParisTech (2006, 2007)

* Error Correcting Codes, within the Master Spécialisé Radio Mobile (2005, 2006, 2007)


Nov. 20 and 21, 2018: Visit and invited Talks at Orange Labs (on QKD) and at ENSSAT (on Quantum Technologies), Lannion, France.

Oct. 10-11 2018: CiViQ Kick-off
in Barcelona.  Quantum Technology Flagship

June 21- 23 2018: Keynote talk at the workshop "Quantum Internet, charting the  critical path", Toronto.

May 2018: Article on Homodyne blinding attack published in arXiv

Jan 20-26 2018: Invited lecturer on CV-QKD, IdQuantique 10'th Winter school.

July 2017: Invited talk at CEQWO industry session
Slides here

29-30 April 2017: Workhop Frontiers of Quantum-Safe Cryptography, FOQUS,  organized in Paris