CQuIC Recognized by NSF in Congressional Testimony

The House Subcommittees on Research & Technology and on Energy held a joint hearing on October 24 to assess American Leadership in Quantum Technology.  In his testimony , James Kurose, NSF Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, described how NSF is addressing the challenges in quantum information science.  He called out CQuIC for special mention in a bulleted point on the second page of his testimony: “Recognizing the inherent multidisciplinary aspects of QIS, which spans physics, engineering, computer science, and materials science, among other domains, NSF has long funded cross-disciplinary research centers integrated with early-career development activities. … These larger, more comprehensive research activities have served to create the next generation of quantum scientists for U.S. companies such as Google, Microsoft, and IBM.  Examples include the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at the California Institute of Technology, the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials at Harvard University, and the Center for Quantum Information (and) Control at the University of New Mexico, one of only four Research/Doctoral-Extensive institutions in the country to also be designated as Hispanic-serving.”   

Dr. Kurose also highlighted the recent NSF Ideas Lab at the Santa Fe Institute, which CQuIC faculty Ivan Deutsch and Akimasa Miyake participated in.  The Ideas Lab, called the Practical Fully-Connected Quantum Computer Challenge, “challenged the research community with building a practical quantum computer through advances in hardware, software, and quantum algorithms.”   


CQuIC Welcomes Sayonee Ray



Please join us in welcoming Sayonee Ray as a CQuIC Postdoctoral Fellow. Sayonee comes to us from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, where she recently completed her PhD under the supervision of Subroto Mukerjee. Sayonee’s PhD research employed techniques like bosonization and renormalization-group analysis and was focused on topology and quantum phases of low-dimensional fermionic systems. In preparation for her work at CQuIC, Sayonee began studying symmetry-protected topological order for entanglement-based quantum computation and tensor-network renormalization. Sayonee started at CQuIC on October 1, 2017, and is eager to participate in all aspects of quantum information research at CQuIC. She is looking forward to experiencing the Balloon Fiesta for the first time, to traveling widely in the US and to exploring different forms of dance practiced in New Mexico.

Visiting Doctoral Scholars

CQuIC welcomes Mariami (Mari) Gachechiladze and Davide Orsucci, Visiting Scholars who will be hosted by Professor Akimasa Miyake at CQuIC for the next three months.

Mari Gachechiladze is a Ph.D. student in Professor Otfried Guehne’s group at the University of Siegen in Germany, and working in theoretical quantum optics and quantum information.  Mari hopes to work on projects involving quantum computation with hypergraph states.

Davide Orsucci is a Ph.D. student in Professor Hans Briegel’s group at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.   He has been working on various projects, including quantum metrology, quantum error correction, and machine learning.  Davide is interested in extending his understanding and experience in quantum metrology and computation.



Welcome to CQuIC!


Please join us in welcoming Rafael Alexander  to CQuIC as a Postdoctoral Fellow.  Raf comes to us from the University of Sydney, where he recently completed his PhD under the supervision of Nicolas Menicucci and Stephen Bartlett.   Raf’s PhD research focused on exploring the requirements for fault-tolerant continuous-variable quantum computation; he spent the first part of 2017 as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia working with Olivier Pfister on implementing CV quantum computation.   Raf started at CQuIC on August 15, 2017.  He is interested both in continuing his previous research work and in expanding his research skills and portfolio.   He is looking forward to experiencing the Balloon Fiesta for the first time and visiting Santa Fe and Ojo Caliente in northern New Mexico.