Dr Aleks Kissinger

DPhil (Oxf)

Profile

Dr Kissinger is an Associate Professor of Quantum Computing in the Computer Science Department and a Supernumerary Fellow at St Hilda’s College.

He completed his Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Afterwards, he spent just under a decade in Oxford in various roles (visiting student, MFOCS, DPhil, postdoc) and colleges (St Catherine's, Wolfson). This was followed by four years as an Assistant Professor of Quantum Structures and Logic at Radboud University in Nijmegen, NL before Dr Kissinger returned to Oxford in 2019.

His hobbies are playing the guitar and banjo and (every once in a while) dancing tango.

Teaching

Dr Kissinger is teaching a second and third-year course: Quantum Information in HT 2019-20. He is also assisting with Quantum Computation (aka. “Picturing Quantum Processes”), a course he co-designed with the current lecturer, Prof Bob Coecke.

Research

Dr Kissinger’s research focuses primarily in two areas: quantum foundations: understanding the fundamental assumptions or pieces that make the quantum world “tick”; and quantum software: writing the code that runs on quantum computers. More accurately, he designs software that makes that code better, namely:

1. tools that transform quantum programs in ways that run faster, need less memory, or generate less noise

2. tools that verify that quantum software is error-free and/or find bugs when they exist

Publications

For a complete, updated list of publications, see: http://cs.ox.ac.uk/people/Aleks.Kissinger