PEOPLE

Principal investigators, senior research staff, post-docs, graduate students, group alums, undergraduate students, and visting researchers.

Principal Investigators

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Professor Isaac Chuang

MIT Professor of Physics and EECS; Principal Investigator, MIT RLE Quanta Group.

Prof. Chuang is a pioneer in the field of quantum information science. His experimental realization of two, three, five, and seven quantum bit quantum computers using nuclear spins in molecules provided the first laboratory demonstrations of many important quantum algorithms, including Shor's quantum factoring algorithm. The error correction, algorithmic cooling, and entanglement manipulation techniques he developed provide new ways to obtain complete quantum control over light and matter, and lay a foundation for possible large-scale quantum information processing systems.

Prof. Chuang came to MIT in 2000 from IBM, where he was a research staff member. He received his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Hertz Foundation Fellow. Prof. Chuang also holds two bachelors and one masters degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author, together with Michael Nielsen, of the textbook Quantum Computation and Quantum Information. [ichaung_[at]_mit.edu]

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Dr. John Chiaverini

Senior Technical Staff at Lincoln Laboratory; Principal Investigator at MIT.

John Chiaverini is a Senior Technical Staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he leads the trapped-ion team, and he is a Principal Investigator in MIT's RLE. His current research interests include architectures, integrated technologies, and new methodologies for trapped-ion quantum information processing. John did postdoctoral research at NIST in Boulder and was a staff member at Los Alamos National Lab before coming to Lincoln and MIT. He received his PhD in physics from Stanford University and his BS in physics from Case Western Reserve University. [jo21916_[at]_mit.edu]

Post-Doctoral Researchers

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Dr. Yuan Liu

MIT post-doctoral researcher.

Interests: quantum algorithms and quantum error correction, electronic structure theory, chemical physics.

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Dr. Sho Sugiura

MIT post-doctoral researcher.

Interests in condensed matter systems and the application of quantum information to ground state estimation by quantum computation.

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Dr. Susanna Todaro

MIT post-doctoral researcher with the Quanta Group.

Post-doc working on CVQC and metastable qubit experiments. B.S. Harvey Mudd (2012) / Ph.D. NIST Boulder (February 2020). Love to dig deep into the experimental weeds. In my free (?) time, I'm a fan of stress baking, kickboxing, and the X-Men. [stodaro_[at]_mit.edu]

Graduate Students

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Kyle DeBry

MIT PhD Student with the Quanta Group.

Focused in experiment (metastable qubits, trap-integrated state detection). I'm also interested in alternative qubit encoding schemes and new approaches to state detection. In my free time, I enjoy running, playing the saxophone, and watching Ohio State football.[debry_[at]_mit.edu]

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Arkopal Dutt

MIT PhD Student with the Quanta Group.

Interested in the theory of quantum computation and quantum computing assisted sensing. [arkopal_[at]_mit.edu]

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Felix Knollmann

MIT PhD Student with the Quanta Group.

I am an experimentalist focused on integrating photonic devices into ion traps and using quantum information techniques to enhance quantum sensing. Beyond the lab, I aim to improve scientific communication. In my free time, you will find me cycling, skiing or competing in triathlons. [fwk_[at]_mit.edu]

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John Martyn

MIT PhD Student with the Quanta Group.

Interested in theory - quantum algorithms, scientific machine learning.

I'm interested in quantum algorithms, especially regarding applications of NISQ devices, and the intersection of physics and machine learning. Outside of science, I enjoy skateboarding and filmmaking. [jmmartyn_[at]_mit.edu]

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Gabriel Mintzer

MIT Graduate Researcher with the Quanta Group.

I am a current EECS master’s student (and former physics/CS undergraduate student) at MIT with a concentration in AI and machine learning. In lab, I operate the room-temperature trapped-ion system with the goal of performing experiments on continuous-variable quantum computing (CVQC). Outside of lab, I enjoy practicing dance, teaching sections, learning languages, playing piano, solving puzzles, watching donghua, and biking on mountain trails. [gmintzer_[at]_mit.edu]

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Zane Rossi

MIT PhD Student with the Quanta Group.

Interests: quantum algorithms, computational complexity, and adversarial models in quantum computation.

I am interested in developing new classes of quantum algorithms and proving concrete complexity separations for useful computational problems with an eye on relevance in the near-term. I want to answer questions about how can a quantum computer can efficiently prove it is solving a quantum problem specified (as specified), to a lower-power verifier, and further convert quantum information theoretic results to constructive proofs. [zmr_[at]_mit.edu]

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Xiaoyang Shi

MIT PhD Student with the Quanta Group.

Interests in trapped ion experiment; AMO physics; Quantum computing. [shix_[at]_mit.edu]

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Jasmine Sinanan-Singh

MIT PhD Student with the Quanta Group.

Interests: continuous variable quantum computing experiment/theory. [jsinanan_[at]_mit.edu]

Group Alums

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Curtis Northcutt

MIT PhD Student with the Quanta Group.

Interests: Machine Learning, Weak Supervision, and Human Intelligence.

My research focuses on two goals: (1) dataset uncertainty estimation, (2) the synergy of artificial intelligence to augment human intelligence. To this end, I established confident learning, a family of theory and algorithms for characterizing, finding, and learning with label errors in datasets, and cleanlab, the official Python framework for machine learning and deep learning with noisy labels in datasets. Some of the places I've worked at include Google AI Research (2019), Oculus Research (2018), Amazon AI (2017), Facebook AI Research (2016), Microsoft Research (2014), MIT Lincoln Lab (2013), and NASA (2009). I enjoy mountaineering, hiking, biking, and rapping. My favorite rapper is PomDP the PhD rapper. [cgn_[at]_mit.edu]

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Garrett Simon

MIT Masters Student with the Quanta Group.

Interests: Experiment.

I am interested in identifying and measuring experimental noise sources in cryogenic trapped ion systems. [gsimon_[at]_mit.edu]

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Dr. Jules Stuart

(Graduated) MIT PhD Student with the Quanta Group.

Interests: Experiments (Lincoln Laboratory)

I'm interested in applying classical technology in quantum applications, and I'm always wondering what gadgets we will be able to cram into an ion trap next. Outside of the lab, I enjoy checking out concerts, running and playing video games. [jstuart_[at]_mit.edu]

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