Graduate alumna seeks new ways for quantum computing to mature

Written by
Scott Lyon
March 21, 2019

Graduate alumna and Intel research scientist Sonika Johri has called for a more application-driven approach to designing quantum computers, which use quantum mechanics to solve problems beyond conventional computers’ capabilities.

In an article published March 1 in Physics Today, Johri and Intel colleagues Anne Matsuura and Justin Hogaboam argue that, as basic circuits of the new machines are developed, quantum designers need to reach across disciplines to create working systems. To advance the field, they write, researchers are beginning to ask "thought-provoking questions that cross the boundaries between physics, engineering, and computer architecture."

Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize computing by taking advantage of properties like quantum entanglement and superposition to solve problems too complex for classical machines. The development of quantum computing applications is thought to have major implications for fields including drug discovery, artificial intelligence and security.

Johri completed her Ph.D. in 2015, winning the department's Best Dissertation Award that year. She was advised by professor Ravindra Bhatt.