Professor and Co-Director

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Andrew Childs, co-director of QuICS, is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS).

Childs's research interests are in the theory of quantum information processing, especially quantum algorithms.

He has explored the computational power of quantum walk, providing an example of exponential speedup, demonstrating computational universality, and constructing algorithms for problems including search and formula evaluation. Childs has also developed fast quantum algorithms for simulating Hamiltonian dynamics. His other areas of interest include quantum query complexity and quantum algorithms for algebraic problems.

Before coming to UMD, Childs was a DuBridge Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech from 2004-2007 and a faculty member in Combinatorics & Optimization and the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo from 2007-2014. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Childs received his doctorate in physics from MIT in 2004.

“The Bose-Hubbard model is QMA-complete”, Proceedings of the 41st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2014), vol. 8572, pp. 308-319, 2014. ,

“Exponential improvement in precision for simulating sparse Hamiltonians”, Proceedings of the 46th ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2014), pp. 283-292, 2014. ,

“Quantum computation of discrete logarithms in semigroups”, Journal of Mathematical Cryptology, vol. 8, no. 4, 2014. ,

“Constructing elliptic curve isogenies in quantum subexponential time”, Journal of Mathematical Cryptology, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1 - 29, 2014. ,

“A framework for bounding nonlocality of state discrimination”, Communications in Mathematical Physics, vol. 323, no. 3, pp. 1121 - 1153, 2013. ,

“Interpolatability distinguishes LOCC from separable von Neumann measurements”, Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol. 54, no. 11, p. 112204, 2013. ,

“Easy and hard functions for the Boolean hidden shift problem”, Proceedings of TQC 2013, vol. 22, pp. 50-79, 2013. ,

“Universal computation by multi-particle quantum walk”, Science, vol. 339, no. 6121, pp. 791 - 794, 2013. ,

“Product Formulas for Exponentials of Commutators”, Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol. 54, no. 6, p. 062202, 2013. ,

“Levinson's theorem for graphs II”, Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol. 53, no. 10, p. 102207, 2012. ,

“Hamiltonian Simulation Using Linear Combinations of Unitary Operations”, Quantum Information and Computation, vol. 12, no. 11-12, pp. 901-924, 2012. ,

“The quantum query complexity of read-many formulas”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 7501, pp. 337-348, 2012. ,

“Levinson's theorem for graphs”, Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol. 52, no. 8, p. 082102, 2011. ,

“Quantum query complexity of minor-closed graph properties”, Proc. 28th Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2011), Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, vol. 9, pp. 661-672, 2011. ,

“Quantum property testing for bounded-degree graphs”, Proc. RANDOM, pp. 365-376, 2010. ,

“Quantum algorithms for algebraic problems”, Reviews of Modern Physics, vol. 82, no. 1, pp. 1 - 52, 2010. ,

“On the relationship between continuous- and discrete-time quantum walk”, Communications in Mathematical Physics, vol. 294, no. 2, pp. 581 - 603, 2010. ,