Since Sep. 2010, Hugues de Riedmatten is an ICREA Research Professor and group leader in quantum optics at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona. He obtained a Masters in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in 1999, and a PhD in experimental quantum optics from the University of Geneva in 2003, for his work on long distance quantum communication in optical fiber. He was then postdoctoral scholar at Caltech, where he worked on linitial demonstrations of quantum networks with cold cold atomic ensembles and single photons. In 2006, he was appointed senior researcher at the Univ. of Geneva, where he led the solid state quantum memory activities. He has published more than 85 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given over 60 talks, both in international conferences and in invited seminars. He was the recipient of the Barcelona City Prize 2017 , and of a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).