Quantum Computing

Research Team

The team works primarily with NASA Ames Quantum AI Laboratory led by Eleanor G. Rieffel under the NASA Academics Mission Service Contract. It is supported as well by the National Science Foundation SpecEES and Expeditions in Computing program and by the DARPA ONISQ program.

  • Davide Venturelli
  • Associate Director, Quantum

  • Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, Condensed Matter Theory, Mesoscopic Physics, Planning and Scheduling
  • dventurelli@usra.edu
  • Aaron Lott
  • Program Manager, Quantum

  • Program & Product Management, Quantum Computation & Technologies, Physics-based solvers, Machine Learning, Optimization, Materials Science, Numerical Linear Algebra, Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • plott@usra.edu
  • Zhihui Wang
  • Senior Scientist

  • Condensed Matter Theory, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Computation
  • zwang@usra.edu
  • Jeffrey Marshall
  • Associate Scientist

  • Open Quantum Systems, Quantum Computation, Quantum Annealing, QAOA
  • jmarshall@usra.edu
  • Stuart Hadfield
  • Scientist

  • Quantum Computation, Quantum information, Open Quantum Systems, Quantum Annealing
  • shadfield@usra.edu
  • Kyle E. C. Booth
  • Associate Scientist

  • Operations Research, Constraint Programming, Combinatorial Optimization, Quantum Computing, Scheduling
  • kbooth@usra.edu
  • Filip Wudarski
  • Scientist

  • Quantum Information, Open Quantum Systems, Quantum Computation, Quantum Machine Learning, Quantum Chemistry
  • fwudarski@usra.edu
  • David Bell
  • RIACS Director

  • Data Sciences, Aviation, Autonomous Systems, Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, Quantum Computing
  • dbell@usra.edu
  • Irina Patrikeeva
  • Software Engineer

  • User Interfaces, Human Centered Design, Software Engineering
  • ipatrikeeva@usra.edu
  • Zoe Gonzalez Izquierdo
  • Associate Scientist

  • Quantum Computing, Quantum Optimization, Benchmarking
  • zgonzalez@usra.edu
  • James Sud
  • Research Assistant

  • Quantum Algorithms, Benchmarking Quantum Computers
  • jsud@usra.edu




  • Listed below the publications from the team in the last 12 months:



  • Quantum annealing speedup of embedded problems via suppression of Griffiths singularities
  • Physical Review B, 2020-12-10     Sergey Knysh, Eugeniu Plamadeala, Davide Venturelli


  • Classical symmetries and QAOA
  • arXiv preprint arXiv:2012.04713, 2020-12-08     Ruslan Shaydulin, Stuart Hadfield, Tad Hogg, Ilya Safro


  • Quantum algorithms with local particle number conservation: noise effects and error correction
  • arXiv preprint arXiv:2011.06873, 2020-11-13     Michael Streif, Martin Leib, Filip Wudarski, Eleanor Rieffel, Zhihui Wang


  • Towards Hybrid Classical-Quantum Computation Structures in Wirelessly-Networked Systems
  • HotNets '20: Proceedings of the 19th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, 2020-11-04     Minsung Kim, Davide Venturelli, Kyle Jamieson


  • Towards Quantum Gate-Model Heuristics for Real-World Planning Problems
  • IEEE Transactions on Quantum Engineering, 2020-10-13     Tobias Stollenwerk, Stuart Hadfield, Zhihui Wang


  • Integer programming techniques for minor-embedding in quantum annealers
  • Integration of Constraint Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Operations Research. CPAIOR 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12296. Springer, Cham., 2020-09-21     David E Bernal, Kyle EC Booth, Raouf Dridi, Hedayat Alghassi, Sridhar Tayur, Davide Venturelli


  • Comparing relaxation mechanisms in quantum and classical transverse-field annealing
  • arXiv preprint arXiv:2009.04934, 2020-09-10     Tameem Albash, Jeffrey Marshall


  • Quantum-accelerated global constraint filtering
  • Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming. CP 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12333. Springer, Cham., 2020-09-07     Kyle EC Booth, Bryan O’Gorman, Jeffrey Marshall, Stuart Hadfield, Eleanor Rieffel


  • Target Search on Road Networks with Range-Constrained UAVs and Ground-Based Mobile Recharging Vehicles
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2020-08-11     Kyle EC Booth, Chiara Piacentini, Sara Bernardini, J Christopher Beck


  • System and method to hardcode interger linear optimization problems on physical implementations of the Ising model
  • US Patent 10,691,771, 2020-06-23     Davide Venturelli, Immanuel Trummer


  • Ferromagnetically shifting the power of pausing
  • arXiv preprint arXiv:2006.08526, 2020-06-15     Zoe Gonzalez Izquierdo, Shon Grabbe, Stuart Hadfield, Jeffrey Marshall, Zhihui Wang, Eleanor Rieffel


  • Augmented fidelities for single qubit gates
  • arXiv preprint arXiv:2006.03086, 2020-06-04     Filip Wudarski, Jeffrey Marshall, Andre Petukhov, Eleanor Rieffel


  • Experimental investigation of Markovian and non-Markovian channel addition
  • Physical Review A, 2020-05-11     SA Uriri, F Wudarski, I Sinayskiy, F Petruccione, MS Tame


  • Erratum to “Channel Coding of a Quantum Measurement”
  • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 2020-05-06     Spiros Kechrimparis, Chahan M Kropf, Filip Wudarski, Joonwoo Bae


  • Discriminating Non-Isomorphic Graphs with an Experimental Quantum Annealer
  • arXiv, 2020-05-04     Zoe Gonzalez Izquierdo, Ruilin Zhou, Klas Markström, Itay Hen


  • Perils of embedding for sampling problems
  • Physical Review Research, 2020-04-09     Jeffrey Marshall, Andrea Di Gioacchino, Eleanor G Rieffel


  • Entanglement Production and Convergence Properties of the Variational Quantum Eigensolver
  • arXiv preprint arXiv:2003.12490, 2020-03-27     Andreas JC Woitzik, Panagiotis Kl Barkoutsos, Filip Wudarski, Andreas Buchleitner, Ivano Tavernelli


  • Solving the Graph Isomorphism Problem on a Quantum Annealer
  • Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 2020-03-04     Zoe Gonzalez Izquierdo, Itay Hen, Ruilin Zhou


  • Optimizing annealing parameters using genetic algorithms
  • Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 2020-03-04     Samuel Stromswold, Filip Wudarski, Eleanor Rieffel


  • Small-parameter and operator series approaches for quantum approximate optimization
  • Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 2020-03-04     Stuart Hadfield, Tad Hogg, Eleanor Rieffel


  • QAOA for Optimal Flight Gate Assignment
  • Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 2020-03-04     Tobias Stollenwerk, Stuart Hadfield, Zhihui Wang


  • Effectiveness of quantum annealing pause and partial gauges on embedded degree-bounded minimum spanning tree problems
  • Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 2020-03-03     Shon Grabbe, Zoe Gonzalez Izquierdo, Stuart Hadfield, Jeffrey Marshall, Zhihui Wang, Eleanor Rieffel, Nicholas Cramer


  • Testing a quantum annealer as a quantum thermal sampler
  • arXiv, 2020-02-29     Zoe Gonzalez Izquierdo, Tameem Albash, Itay Hen


  • Characterizing local noise in QAOA circuits
  • SciNotes, 2020-02-26     Jeffrey Marshall, Filip Wudarski, Stuart Hadfield, Tad Hogg


  • Synchronously-pumped OPO coherent Ising machine: benchmarking and prospects
  • Proc. SPIE 11299, AI and Optical Data Sciences, 112990J, 2020-02-24     Ryan Hamerly, Takahiro Inagaki, Peter L McMahon, Davide Venturelli, Alireza Marandi, Dirk R Englund, Yoshihisa Yamamoto


  • Planning for Compilation of a Quantum Algorithm for Graph Coloring
  • arXiv preprint arXiv:2002.10917, 2020-02-23     Minh Do, Zhihui Wang, Bryan OGorman, Davide Venturelli, Eleanor Rieffel, Jeremy Frank


  • Branch-and-check methods for multi-level operating room planning and scheduling
  • International Journal of Production Economics, 2020-02-01     Vahid Roshanaei, Kyle EC Booth, Dionne M Aleman, David R Urbach, J Christopher Beck


  • Channel coding of a quantum measurement
  • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 2020-01-24     Spiros Kechrimparis, Chahan M Kropf, Filip Wudarski, Joonwoo Bae