Scott Aaronson

David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science - The University of Texas at Austin

Scott Aaronson is David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his bachelor's from Cornell University and his PhD from UC Berkeley. Before coming to UT Austin, he spent nine years as a professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Aaronson's research in theoretical computer science has focused mainly on the capabilities and limits of quantum computers. His first book, Quantum Computing Since Democritus, was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. He received the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, the United States PECASE Award, and the Tomassoni-Chisesi Prize in Physics.

Quantum Computing Introduction and Q&A

I'll give a quick introduction, as hype-free as I can manage, to the basic concepts, main known applications, and current state of quantum computing, and then I'll be happy to take your questions.