Professor Andrew Briggs is the inaugural holder of the Chair of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford. His research interests focus on materials and techniques for quantum technologies and their incorporation into practical devices. Current hot topics include vibrational states of nanotubes and charge transport through single molecules in graphene nanogaps, and machine learning for measuring and tuning quantum devices. He has more than 600 publications, with over 26,000 citations.

Recently Published


  • Eight Oxford Questions: Quantum Mechanics Under a New Light. N Ares, AN Pearson, GAD Briggs. Springer, (2021) [PDF]
  • Experimental evidence of disorder enhancedelectron-phonon scattering in graphene devices. C Evangeli, E McCann, JL Swett, S Tiwari, X Bian, J Thomas, GAD Briggs, OV Kolosov and JA Mol. Carbon, (2020) [PDF]
  • Quantum device fine-tuning using unsupervised embedding learning. NM van Esbroeck, DT Lennon, H Moon, V Nguyen, F Vigneau, LC Camenzind, L Yu, DM Zumbühl, GAD Briggs, Dino Sejdinovic, N Ares. New J. Phys., (2020). [PDF]
  • Machine learning enables completely automatic tuning of a quantum device faster than human experts. H Moon, DT Lennon, J Kirkpatrick, NM van Esbroeck, LC Camenzind, Liuqi Yu, F Vigneau, DM Zumbühl, GAD Briggs, MA Osborne, Dino Sejdinovic, EA Laird, N Ares. Nat. Commun, (2020) [PDF]
  • Sensitive radiofrequency readout of quantum dots using an ultra-low-noise SQUID amplifier. FJ Schupp, F Vigneau, Yutian Wen, A Mavalankar, J Griffiths, GAC Jones, I Farrer, DA Ritchie, CG Smith, LC Camenzind, L Yu, DM Zumbühl, GAD Briggs, N Ares, EA Laird. JAP, (2020) [PDF]

Ethics in AI: Open Democracy in the Age of AI

How to make popular rule smarter and more accessible.

Part of the Colloquium on AI Ethics series presented by the Institute for Ethics in AI

This event is also part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.

Citizenship in a Networked Age

What does it mean being human in a Machine learning Age?‘, read the blog based on Citizenship in a Networked Age written by Professor Andrew Briggs which was recently published on CRPA.

Beijing CiNA Virtual Launch Event on 20th September 2020

Citizenship in a Networked Age hosted by Tsinghua University, Beijing in China. Click here to watch.

Technology can help us, but people must be the moral decision.

Prof Andrew Briggs has written an article which can be read by clicking on the link below.

Templeton World Charity Blog

Digital networking and algorithms are transforming the ways we make decisions and interact with one another. In 2018, scholars at the University of Oxford launched a research project to promote human flourishing in this evolving technological landscape.

Today, the choice is not between citizens and machines, it is about identifying and protecting humans’ uniqueness as moral decision-makers.

These ideas and goals are at the heart of the Citizenship in a Networked Age report.
Learn about the report

Read the executive summary

Download the full report

Film of Andrew’s flying adventures around the Mediterranean

View the two-part documentary film of The Penultimate Curiosity which Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs made. The film includes sequences flying to locations in Europe and beyond, as well as in Galloway, Cambridge, and Oxford.

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The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions

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It Keeps Me Seeking: The Invitation from Science, Philosophy and Religion

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Obituaries of David Briggs

David Briggs, father of Professor Andrew Briggs, died on 16 March 2020 at the age of 102. He sang in the first BBC broadcast of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve 1928. Ninety years later he spoke about that experience in a BBC broadcast on Christmas Day 2018. His obituary in the Telegraph on 24 March is available here.

His obituary in The Times on 18 May is available here.

His obituary in Church Times on 29 May is available here.