Todd A. Brun

Work Address

Communication Sciences Institute
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Southern California
3740 McClintock Ave, EEB 502
Los Angeles, CA 90089
phone: (213) 740-3503

FAX: (213) 740-8729
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Ph.D. in Physics, California Institute of Technology, April 1994.
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Murray Gell-Mann
Thesis Title: Applications of the Decoherence Formalism.
M.S. in Physics, Caltech, June 1991.
A.B. Cum Laude in Physics, Harvard University, June 1989.

Research Interests:

Quantum information theory and quantum computation, especially the effects of noise and decoherence on quantum information processing; detailed modeling and numerical simulation of physical implementations; quantum entanglement; applications of quantum computers to simulations of quantum systems.

Work Experience:

Associate Chair, Ming-Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, USC, 2007-Present

Associate Professor, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, USC, 2006-Present

Communication Sciences Institute
University of Southern California
3740 McClintock Ave, EEB 502
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Systems, USC, 2003-2006

Communication Sciences Institute
University of Southern California
3740 McClintock Ave, EEB 502
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Member, School of Natural Sciences, 2000-2003

Institute for Advanced Study
Einstein Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540

Postdoctoral Researcher 1998-2000

Department of Physics
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Griffiths

Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher 1996-1998

Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4030
Supervisor: Prof. James B. Hartle

Postdoctoral Fellow 1994-96

Department of Physics
Queen Mary and Westfield College
London E1 4NS, UK
Supervisor: Prof. Ian Percival

Research Assistant, 1990-94

Department of Physics
Pasadena, CA 91125
Supervisor: Prof. Murray Gell-Mann

Teaching Assistant, 1990-94

Department of Physics
Pasadena, CA 91125

Research Assistant, summers of 1986, 1987, 1988

Laboratory of Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics
Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC

Computer Programmer, school years of 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89

Neuroendocrinology Laboratory
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Scholarships, Prizes, and Awards:

Harvard College Scholarship, John Harvard Scholarship. Caltech Graduate Fellowship. Nominated for Stemple Prize, for best research by a physics grad student at Caltech. Martin A. and Helen Chooljian Membership in Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study. Zumberge Grant for Innovation, USC. NSF Early Career Award. Senior Member of IEEE.


Invited Talks and Lectures:

Talk at the Third Santa Fe Workshop on Complexity, Entropy and the Physics of Information, 15-19 May 1994, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Talks at the One-day Meeting on Quantum Theory, Imperial College, 1 April 1996, London, England, and at the Mini-Workshop on Information Physics, University of New Mexico, 30 April 1997.

Talk at 1997 Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of America, Long Beach, California.

Colloquium at the University of Missouri (Columbia), 1998.

Colloquium at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale), 1998.

Talk at 1999 workshop on Complexity, Computation and the Physics of Information, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge University.

Colloquium at the University of Chicago, 2000.

Talk at 2nd International Conference on Probability and Physics, Växjö, Sweden, June 2002. Talk at QCMC 2002, MIT, July 2002.

Talk at DICE, Piombino, Italy, September 2002.

Colloquium at University of Southern California, 2004.

Colloquium at University of Arkansas, 2004.

Talk at QCMC 2004, Strathclyde, July 2004.

Talk at 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Quantum Information Science, 2004.

Lectures at SQuInT Student Summer School and Retreat, July 2005. (Local organizer).

Talk at BBQW 2005, Konstanz, Germany, August 2005.

Talk at QUEST 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 2005.

Colloquium, CSU Long Beach, October 2005.

Talk at CQIQC-II, Toronto, August 2006.

Co-organizer of First International Conference on Quantum Error Correction, December 2007 (QEC07). (Also gave a talk.)

Invited tutorial, APS March Meeting 2008.

Numerous other talks and seminars at many locations, including Caltech, The Naval Research Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, The University of New Mexico (Albuquerque), The University of California at Santa Barbara, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Imperial College, Oxford University, Royal Holloway College, The University of Geneva, L'Ecole de Physique Théorique des Houches, The Institute for Theoretical Physics (Santa Barbara), Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Oregon (Eugene), The Institute for Advanced Study, The Santa Fe Institute, The University of Southern California, National Taiwan University (Taipei, Taiwan), National Cheng-Kung University (Tainan, Taiwan), and Tsinghua University (Beijing, China).

Last updated: 30 December 2008.

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