Ben Reichardt, assistant professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This prestigious award supports the early career-development activities of faculty who most effectively integrate research and education within their academic institutions.
Prof. Reichardt received the B.S. in mathematics from Stanford University in 2001, and the Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Quantum Information, California Institute of Technology from 2006 to 2008, and was assistant professor at the School of Computer Science and Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, from 2008 until he joined USC in January 2012.
Prof. Reichardt's NSF Career project is entitled "Fundamental Principles of Computation and Physics," and involves fundamental research on procedures for quantum computation, including techniques for designing and implementing quantum algorithms and their ultimate limits. The work explores coding and decoding algorithms, security, secrecy and allocation issues in distributed systems. A goal of this work is to extend the span program and learning graph framework that he has previously developed to finding quantum query algorithms that are time-efficient as well as query-efficient. The results of this work are central to understanding and advancing the efficiency, security, robustness and reliability of quantum computation, and the transmission and storage of information.
Sandeep Gupta, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering said "our faculty joins me in congratulating Ben Reichardt on his selection as an NSF CAREER awardee and its recognition of his research accomplishments in quantum computation and information processing."