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Daniel Amihud Lidar

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Viterbi Professorship in Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy


  • Doctoral Degree, Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Master's Degree, Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Bachelor's Degree, Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Bachelor's Degree, Mathematics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Daniel Lidar is the holder of the Viterbi Professorship of Engineering at the University of Southern California, and researches quantum information processing. He holds join appointments in the departments of Chemistry and Physics, is the Director of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology, and is the co-Director of the USC-Lockheed Martin Center for Quantum Computing. He did his postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley after receiving his Ph.D. in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997. Prior to joining USC in 2005 he was a faculty member at the University of Toronto for five years. Lidar is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Physical Society (APS), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and was a Moore Distinguished Scholar in Physics at Caltech.

Research Summary

Lidar's research focuses on quantum information processing, with a particular emphasis on quantum computation and quantum computers. He works on quantum error correction, the theory of open quantum systems, quantum algorithms, quantum phase transitions and entanglement, and theoretical as well as experimental adiabatic quantum computation and quantum annealing.


  • 2017 California Institute of Technology Moore Distinguished Scholar in Physics
  • 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2014 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow
  • 2012 American Physical Society Topical Group on Quantum Information (GQI) Past Chair
  • 2012 American Association of Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Fellow
  • 2009 Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society
  • 2007 American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
  • 2003 Sloan Foundation Research Fellow
  • 2002 Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Top Twenty Researchers under Age 40
  • Dir-Center, Scientific Director of the USC-LM Quantum Computing Center
  • Dir-Center, USC-IBM Quantum Innovation Center (QIC)
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Systems
  • Chemistry
  • Physics and Astronomy

  • SSC 609
  • Frank R. Seaver Science Center
  • 920 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 482

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-0198
  • lidar@usc.edu


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