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Dr Aleks Kissinger

BSc Tulsa, MSc DPhil Oxf


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.

Dr Kissinger taught Quantum Information in 2019/20, and co-designed the Quantum Computation (aka. “Picturing Quantum Processes”), paper with Professor Bob Coecke.

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

For a complete, updated list of publications, see:


  • Fellow in Quantum Computing


  • Computer Science