Dr Miriam Backens

Dr Miriam Backens

School of Computer Science
Lecturer in Computer Science

Contact details

School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Miriam Backens is a Lecturer in Computer Science and a member of the Theoretical Computer Science group. Their research interests are in quantum computing, particularly the properties and applications of graphical formalisms for reasoning about quantum computations, and in algorithms and computational complexity, particularly the complexity of counting.


  • PhD in Computer Science, University of Oxford, 2016

  • MMath and BA in Physics, University of Cambridge, 2011


Miriam Backens studied Physics and Mathematics at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Physics and an MMath. They went on to do their PhD research in quantum computing at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.

During a postdoc at the University of Bristol, Miriam became interested in algorithms and computational complexity beyond quantum computation, leading them to return to Oxford as a postdoc in the Theory and Algorithms group. In 2019, they became a Career Development Fellow in Computer Science at Balliol College, before moving to Birmingham as a Lecturer in Computer Science.


Please see a list of my publications (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5418-1084)