A researcher based in The University of New Mexico School of Engineering is leading one of 15 projects across the country receiving $11 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

These projects, announced Aug. 10, are focused on exploratory research for extreme-scale science that will leverage emerging trends and advances in high-end computing, massive datasets, scientific machine learning, artificial intelligence, and novel computing architectures.

“There is a wide expanse of exciting opportunities as we reach beyond exascale computing,” said Ceren Susut, Department of Energy Acting Associate Director of Science for Advanced Scientific Computing Research. “These projects will help us find promising directions to realize the full potential of scientific computing from emerging technologies.”

Milad Marvian, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC) at UNM, is receiving $500,000 for a project called “Bridging Between Quantum Circuit Model and Constrained Hamiltonian-based Computation.”

Marvian said that quantum computers hold the potential to offer a substantial advantage compared to classical computers for certain high-impact computational tasks. This project will investigate optimal methods to translate quantum algorithms between various models of quantum computation, motivated by current hardware capabilities, which will facilitate the implementation of practical applications on near-term quantum devices.

“New Mexico has always been at the forefront of scientific advancements,” said U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, who represents New Mexico. “This federal investment will continue to expand that leadership by leveraging our unique assets, supporting UNM’s leading role in maximizing the benefits of emerging quantum computing technology to solve important scientific and engineering challenges.” Earlier this year, Marvian received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for “Design and Analysis of Low-Overhead Fault-Tolerant Quantum Circuits,” which explores the minimum requirements for reliable quantum computation and also aims to develop low-overhead quantum error correction and fault-tolerant schemes.

The Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC) is an interdisciplinary research center located at UNM, with activities across the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Research at CQuIC is focused on quantum information science, including quantum computation, quantum simulation and complexity, quantum control and measurement, quantum metrology, and quantum optics and communication.

Quantum information science has strong roots in New Mexico. UNM has been one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of quantum information science, with major contributions to research and education for over 30 years.