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Daniel A. Lidar

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


  • 2000, Other, Theoretical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1997, PhD, Physics, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem
  • 1995, Masters, Physics, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem
  • 1989, Bachelors, Mathematics, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem
  • 1989, Bachelors, Physics, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem


Daniel Lidar is the Viterbi Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He holds join appointments in Chemistry and Physics. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997. He did his postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining USC in 2005 he was a faculty member at the University of Toronto. His main research interest is quantum information processing. He is the Director of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology, and is the Scientific Director of the USC-Lockheed Martin Center for Quantum Computing. Lidar is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, is a Fellow of the AAAS, APS, and IEEE, and is a Moore Distinguished Scholar (Caltech).

Research Summary

Lidar's research focuses on quantum control, 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.


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