Ashwin Nayak

Faculty, Professor
Ashwin Nayak
  • Email: anayak@uwaterloo.ca
  • Office: RAC1 2119
  • Office: MC 4034
  • Office: QNC 3124
  • Office Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 33601
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Ashwin Nayak is a professor in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization. He studied theoretical computer science at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (BTech, 1995) and at University of California, Berkeley (PhD, 1999). After holding post-doctoral positions at DIMACS Center (Rutgers University) and AT&T Labs-Research (2000) and California Institute of Technology (2001-02), he joined the University of Waterloo in 2002. He was Associate Faculty, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, from 2003-11.

Research interests

  • Quantum computation and quantum information
  • Computational complexity
  • Design and analysis of algorithms

Degrees

  • PhD in Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley (1999)
  • BTech in Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1995)

Awards & honours

  • Discovery Accelerator Supplement, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Canada, 2008
  • Early Researcher Award, Province of Ontario, 2006

Major positions

Title Location When
Professor Department of Combinatorics & Optimization and the Institute for Quantum Computing, the University of Waterloo 2013-present
Associate Professor Department of Combinatorics & Optimization and the Institute for Quantum Computing, the University of Waterloo 2007-2013
Associate Member Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 2003-2011
Assistant Professor Department of Combinatorics & Optimization and the Institute for Quantum Computing, the University of Waterloo 2002-2007