July 21, 2010 —
Daniel Lidar has been promoted to Professor of Electrical Engineering and Chemistry, effective immediately.
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. In addition to his appointments in electrical engineering and chemistry, he also has a joint appointment in the USC Department of Physics. Within EE, Prof. Lidar is a member of the Communication Sciences Institute (CSI).
Prof. Lidar's research is in quantum information processing (QIP), a recently emerging field with enormous potential for applications in communications, cryptography, information security, and the solution of computationally difficult problems. His specialty within QIP involves the development of techniques for understanding the dynamics of open quantum systems and methods of controlling them. He works on methods for reducing the effects of noise (decoherence) in these systems and devising control strategies for making quantum systems resistant to noise and the imperfect nature of practical devices. His research on decoherence-free subspaces is an example of such a technique and he is particularly known for this work. Overcoming the effects of noise is an extremely important necessary step for the application of QIP in the communications, storage and processing of quantum information.
Prof. Lidar is a key faculty member in QIP, and is part of a major interdisciplinary program in QIP through his leadership of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology (CQIST), which has members from several different schools and academic departments.
He has received several important awards and honors, including election as Fellow of the American Physical Society, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. He was elected one of the top 20 researchers under age 40 by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and was very recently listed as one of the top 20 authors of the decade in Quantum Computers, by Thomson Reuters' Science Watch (see http://sciencewatch.com/ana/st/quantum/10maySTQuanLida/)
Alexander A. (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, said, "Our department joins me in congratulating Daniel Lidar on his promotion and its recognition of his many research and academic accomplishments."