E. Altman and his group at the Weizmann Institute of Science bring the expertise, tools and the vision of theoretical condensed matter physics to the present collaboration. With a background and key papers in quantum magnetism and high temperature superconductivity, he is an expert in strongly correlated many-body physics. As a representative of the young generation of condensed matter theorists who turned to atomic gases, he has provided key insights with his work on noise correlations as a measurement tool, and in recent years has focused on exotic quantum phases, non-equilibrium physics and quantum noise. His work is traditionally linked to experiment, and has provided the motivation and inspiration for experiments, e.g. the recent observation of string order in optical lattices by I. Bloch. He will be responsible for conceiving experimental scenarios as well as the development of theoretical tools to address questions of correlated quantum phases and Hamiltonian dynamics.