Fred Chong, the Seymour Goodman Professor of Computer Science at UChicago, received the Outstanding Researcher Award from Intel for his contributions to the field of quantum computing. Chong, who leads the multi-institutional Enabling Practical-scale Quantum Computation (EPiQC) project, was one of four winners in the 2018 class announced last week by the technology company.
The award is given each year, across all scientific disciplines relevant to Intel, to researchers who “have demonstrated a high-level of innovation at enabling the understanding or solving of major technology roadblocks.” The Intel announcement specified:
“Professor Fred Chong of the University of Chicago was recognized for his outstanding research in the architecture sector with his research into “Scalable Mapping & Scheduling of Fault-Tolerant Quantum Programs.” Chong’s research demonstrated excellence in developing scalable approaches to mapping and scheduling quantum computations on two-dimensional device topologies.”
With Intel’s support, Chong and his students invented a range of software techniques to more efficiently execute quantum programs on a coming crop of quantum hardware. For example, they developed methods that take advantage of the hierarchical structure of important quantum circuits that are critical to the future of reliable quantum computation (see short video synopsis).