January 25, 2011 —
Daniel Lidar has recently been elected vice chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Topical Group on Quantum Information (GQI), the leading national organization promoting the advancement and diffusion of knowledge concerning the physics of quantum information, computing, fundamental concepts, and foundations. This leadership appointment continues for several years, as he will become chair elect next year and chair the following year.
Prof. Lidar received the B.S. in mathematics and physics from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, in 1989, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in physics in 1995 and 1997 respectively from the same institution. He was a post-doctoral research associate at UC Berkeley from 1997 through 2000, and was assistant professor at the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2004. He was associate professor at the University of Toronto from 2004 to 2005, when he joined USC. He was promoted to Professor in 2010, and also has a joint appointment in the USC Departments of Physics and Chemistry in addition to his appointment as in electrical engineering. Within EE, Prof. Lidar is a member of the Communication Sciences Institute (CSI).
His research focuses on various aspects of quantum information theory, including quantum algorithms, the theory of open quantum systems, quantum phase transitions and entanglement. Among his awards, Lidar was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2007 for his contributions to the theory of quantum information processing,
is a Senior Member of the IEEE, was awarded a Sloan Foundation Fellowship in 2003, and was named one of the Top 20 Researchers Under 40 by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in 2002. Lidar is the Director and co-founding member of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology (CQIST).
Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Chair of the Ming Hsieh EE-Systems Department, commented: "Our department joins me in congratulating Daniel on this recognition of his professional stature and service to the quantum information processing research community."