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Prof. Emerson obtained his BSc in physics at McGill University, followed by a Master's degree in experimental nuclear physics and PhD degree in theoretical physics studying quantum chaos and quantum foundations, both from Simon Fraser University. After his PhD, Joseph held postdoctoral positions at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, where he studied the interface of randomness and decoherence in quantum computing and developed fundamental techniques for understanding and overcoming the challenges confronting the practical implementation of quantum algorithms.
- Theory and methods for characterizing quantum systems, in particular methods for the diagnosis and suppression of errors and validation of circuit performance in small-scale and large-scale quantum computers.
- Foundations of quantum theory and the power of quantum information, including, in particular understanding how contextuality and negativity of quasi-probability representations can characterize the resources required for quantum computing.
- Faculty Member, Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo
- Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
- Faculty Member, Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute
- Affiliate Member, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Awards & Honours
- Early Researcher Award from Ontario Government (2008-2013)
- Scholar, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2008-2013)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003-2005)
- SFU Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award (1999)
- Simon Fraser University Graduate Fellowship x 4 (1996-2000)
|Associate Professor||Department of Applied Mathematics and the Institute for Quantum Computing, the University of Waterloo||2010-Present|
|Assistant Professor||Department of Applied Mathematics and the Institute for Quantum Computing, the University of Waterloo||2005-2010|
|Visiting Professor||Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology||2008|
|Postdoctoral Fellow||Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics||2003-2005|
|Postdoctoral Fellow||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||2001-2003|
|PhD Student and Research Assistant||Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University||1995-2001|
|Masters Student and Research Assistant||TRIUMF Laboratory, Vancouver, BC and DESY Research Laboratory, Hamburg, Germany||1993-1995|