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 (supervisor Prof. Nicolas Gisin). He was then postdoctoral scholar at Caltech (Prof. Jeff Kimble), where he worked on light-matter interaction at the quantum level by interfacing 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 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given over 55 talks, both in international conferences and in invited seminars. He is the recipient of a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).