Shelby Kimmel

About Me

I am a Hartree Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland at QuICS - the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science. Previously, I earned a PhD in physics from MIT and a BA in astrophysics from Williams College.

I study quantum computers, which take advantage of the laws governing small physical systems in order to solve computational problems. I design algorithms for quantum computers and try to prove that their performance is better than the best classical algorithms. I also create efficient and accurate ways of characterizing errors in experimental quantum computers. I sometimes dabble in quantum complexity theory and quantum information theory.

When I'm not thinking about quantum computing, you can often find me playing traditional Korean percussion with the group Washington Samulnori.

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