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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.

“Quantum algorithm for multivariate polynomial interpolation”, Proceedings of The Royal Society A, vol. 474, no. 2209, 2018. ,

“Toward the first quantum simulation with quantum speedup”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, p. 201801723, 2018. ,

“Quantum algorithm for systems of linear equations with exponentially improved dependence on precision”, SIAM Journal on Computing, vol. 46, no. 6, pp. 1920-1950, 2017. ,

“Quantum algorithm for linear differential equations with exponentially improved dependence on precision”, Communications in Mathematical Physics, vol. 356, no. 3, pp. 1057-1081, 2017. ,

“Efficient simulation of sparse Markovian quantum dynamics”, Quantum Information and Computation, vol. 17, pp. 901-947, 2017. ,

“Optimal quantum algorithm for polynomial interpolation”, 43rd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2016), vol. 55, p. 16:1--16:13, 2016. ,

“Optimal state discrimination and unstructured search in nonlinear quantum mechanics”, Physical Review A, vol. 93, no. 2, p. 022314, 2016. ,

“Complexity of the XY antiferromagnet at fixed magnetization”, Quantum Information and Computation, vol. 16, no. 1-2, pp. 1-18, 2016. ,

“Momentum switches”, Quantum Information and Computation, vol. 15, no. 7-8, pp. 601-621, 2015. ,

“Simulating Hamiltonian dynamics with a truncated Taylor series”, Physical Review Letters, vol. 114, no. 9, p. 090502, 2015. ,

“Hamiltonian simulation with nearly optimal dependence on all parameters”, Proceedings of the 56th IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, pp. 792-809, 2015. ,

“Spatial search by continuous-time quantum walks on crystal lattices”, Physical Review A, vol. 89, no. 5, 2014. ,

“The computational power of matchgates and the XY interaction on arbitrary graphs”, Quantum Information and Computation, vol. 14, no. 11-12, pp. 901-916, 2014. ,