Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS)Bill Fefferman
3100E Atlantic Building
College Park, MD 20742.

E-Mail: wjf AT umd DOT edu

Curriculum Vitae

Research Statement

I’m currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in QuICS.

As of Autumn 2016, I am on the academic job market!

Previously, I defended my Ph.D. in Computer Science in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences and the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech, co-advised by Alexei Kitaev and Chris Umans.

My research interests are quantum computation and computational complexity theory.  I am interested in understanding the power of quantum computation.  The goal is not only to understand the theoretical power of quantum computers of the indefinite future, but also to develop the foundations of computational complexity to rigorously analyze the capabilities and limitations of present-day and near-term quantum devices which are not yet fully scalable quantum computers.

Furthermore, I am interested in using these capabilities and limitations to better understand the potential for cryptography in a fundamentally quantum mechanical world.