QuICS Welcomes Two New Fellows to the University of Maryland

Oct 26, 2020

Two physicists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have joined the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) as the center’s newest Fellows.

Victor Albert (left) and Michael Gullans (right) arrived this fall and are now embedded within the QuICS research community. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, both researchers—as is most of QuICS—are currently working offsite through telecommuting.

When the University of Maryland campus fully reopens, the two NIST scientists will collaborate daily with QuICS faculty, postdocs, graduate students and visitors who are collectively focused on advancing research and education in quantum computer science and quantum information science.

Albert’s research interests include the theory of quantum error correction and open quantum systems, and their applications to quantum computing and atomic, molecular and optical physics. He received his doctorate in physics from Yale University in 2017.

Gullans’s research interests center on the theoretical study of noise and disorder in many-body quantum systems, and the development of quantum simulators for investigating these questions. He received his doctorate in quantum optics and condensed matter theory from Harvard University in 2013.

“We’re glad to welcome Victor and Michael to QuICS,” says Yi-Kai Liu, the center’s co-director representing NIST. “They are among the best in this field. Their ideas will help us advance quantum information science, and realize the potential advantages of quantum devices for computation, communication and metrology.”

Detailed research profiles of both Albert and Gullans will be forthcoming on the QuICS website. Check back for further updates.