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Jay Gambetta

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Jay Gambetta is a practical quantum computing physicist, co-leading the team at IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center,[1] which is working to be the first in the world to deliver a large-scale quantum computer. Such an achievement would revolutionise computing, as it could solve certain classes of large numerical problems much faster than any conventional computer.[2]

Education[edit | edit source]

Following his Bachelor of Science and Honours degree at Griffith University in 1999 (gaining four awards, including a University medal), Gambetta began a PhD under the supervision of Howard Wiseman in quantum foundations and non-Markovian open quantum systems. After graduating in 2004, Gambetta turned his research to the then-nascent field of superconducting quantum computing. He gained a post-doctorate post at Yale. In 2007, he moved to a similar group in Waterloo, where he gained a Fellowship from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

Career[edit | edit source]

In 2011 he moved to private industry, joining the IBM effort to build a quantum computer based on superconducting qubits. Gambetta has been manager of the quantum computing theory team at IBM since 2013. He has done work on quantum validation techniques, quantum codes, improved gates and coherence, and near term applications of quantum computing. In addition, he was a leader of the team to create the "IBM Quantum Experience".[3]

Gambetta's honours include being elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society[4] and being elected as the Vice Chair of the Quantum Information Division of the APS in 2017,[5] as a Board Member of the Nature partner journal Quantum Information.

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2018: Chair of the Quantum Information Division of the APS[5]
  • 2017 IEEE Senior member[6]
  • 2017: Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Griffith University Science Group
  • 2014: Fellow of the American Physical Society[4]
  • 2009: CIFAR Junior Fellowship
  • 2000: Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 1999: Griffith Award for Academic Excellence
  • 1998: Coherent Scientific Laser Science Prize
  • 1998: Griffith Award for Academic Excellence

Patents[edit | edit source]

  • YOR820161858 “Proximity effect junction for improved qubits” David W. Abraham and Jay M. Gambetta
  • YOR820161477 “Weakly tunable qubit based on two coupled disparate transmons” B. Abdo, J. Hertzburg, Jay M. Gambetta, and Easwar Magesan, YOR820161477
  • YOR920161676US1 L. S. Bishop, Jay M. Gambetta, and H. Paik, “System and method for building a quantum communication link using frequency transducers and polarization encoding”
  • YOR920161225US1 “Efficient reduction of resources for the simulation of fermionic hamiltonians on quantum hardware” S. Bravyy, Jay M. Gambetta, A. Mezzacapo, P. K. Temme,
  • YOR920161677US1 “Optimizing physical parameters in fault tolerant quantum computing to reduce frequency crowding” Jay M. Gambetta and Easwar Magesan,
  • YOR920160389US2 “Understanding and improving the cross resonance gate in superconducting qubits” Jerry M. Chow, Jay M. Gambetta, Easwar Magesan, and Sarah Sheldon,
  • YOR820151993 “A method to read out quantum states of microwave frequency qubits with optical frequency photons” Lev S. Bishop, Jay M. Gambetta, Jason S. Orcutt, Hanhee Paik, and Jim Rozen,

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Jay M. Gambetta - IBM". researcher.watson.ibm.com. 25 July 2016.
  2. "Quantum Computing Is Out To Solve the Unsolvable". 14 June 2017 – via www.bloomberg.com.
  3. "Google and IBM Battle for Quantum Supremacy - TOP500 Supercomputer Sites". www.top500.org.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "APS Fellow Archive". www.aps.org.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Executive Committee". www.aps.org.
  6. "Newly Elevated Senior Members - IEEE Member and Geographic Activities". www.ieee.org.


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