Nikos Chrisochoides

Workforce Development in Quantum Information Sciences and Engineering.

Nikos Chrisochoides

Center for Real-Time Computing (CRTC)

Old Dominion University (ODU)

Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Abstract: Identifying use cases with quantum advantage and training or upskilling the workforce is as challenging as building the hardware/software stack for quantum computing. This talk aims to initiate a dialogue for workforce development in Quantum Information Sciences and Engineering (QISE). The objective is to identify use cases with possible quantum advantage –in areas where CRTC can contribute–and develop project-driven learning activities for graduate students. In addition, to help build a steady pipeline of skilled students, create learning-by-doing activities for undergraduates inside and outside the classroom. The vision of the QISE workforce development initiative at ODU is to create an environment for students to choose a degree that gives them a solid basis in their discipline while providing options in QISE. Examples of project-driven learning activities for graduate and undergraduate students will be described in the context of ongoing research projects at CRTC and students’ interests.

Short Bio: Nikos Chrisochoides is the Richard T. Cheng Endowed Chair Professor of Computer Science and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University. In addition, he is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in Medicine & Health in the US and Canada, and he was elected a Nuclear Femtography Fellow in the US and Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK. Nikos received his Ph.D. in 1992 from Computer Science at Purdue University. From 1992 to 1997, he worked in Upstate NY, where he was the inaugural Alex Nason Fellow at Northeast Parallel Architectures Center in Syracuse and a Research Scientist at the Advanced Computing Research Institute at Cornell University. In 1997, he joined the Computer Science & Engineering Dept. at Notre Dame, where he received his NSF CAREER Award. In 2000, he joined the College of William and Mary, where he was awarded the Alumni Memorial Professorship. He has held visiting positions at MIT, Harvard Medical School, and Brown University. He participated as PI, Co-I, and Senior Personnel on projects with more than $16 million (with more than $10M as a PI) in high-performance scientific and medical image computing, and he has about 250 publications.