Francisco Javier F. Alcazar

Francisco Javier F. Alcazar, Ph.D.

Quantum Application Scientist, Research

Javier Alcazar has a BS & MS in Aeronautical Engineering, BS in Physics, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Mathematics, MS in Computer Science, and held a Postdoc position at MIT. After working more than six years in technological institutes and academic institutions, as well as working at Airbus on stress check and certification of A380, he moved to Finance. Today he has more than a decade of experience in quantitative/trading roles across equity and FX asset classes. Javier is specialized in the High-Frequency FX market-making space and in building automated market-making strategies (pricing and auto-hedging algorithms), including working on systematic alpha models. In the past few years, Javier has explored relevant applications of Deep Learning and Quantum Computing in Finance.

Question & Answer

Why have you chosen a career in quantum?

For two interconnected sides: on one hand, the theoretical side, as I have always been fascinated by the beauty and “traditionally paradoxical” nature of Quantum Mechanics, but also, on the other hand, because from the beginning I became impressed and fully captivated with the immense computational power that collaborating with the low-level laws of nature (at least as far as we know them today) may bring, and I believe that learning how to enhance these latent capabilities in nature encloses a tremendous potential in world enriching practical applications.

What is a quantum problem you dream of solving?

Again, two entangled  parts: from a theoretical point of view, clarifying the link between Quantum Mechanics and human consciousness (if any), and clearly establishing the emergence of space-time out of quantum entanglement; from a practical perspective, finding solutions clearly showing  quantum advantage in some real-world problem applications, for instance, trading and diverse optimizations in Finance, solving the Navier-Stokes equations in fluid dynamics, or some significantly meaningful application in medicine.

What are a few of your favorite things?

Music!, hearing and playing. Art!, most generally, I love painting and literature. I love swimming and, of course, playing football!

What’s your superpower?

Honesty, true respect for humanistic values and perseverance – in a GHZ kind of state,

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.