I'm David J. Bruton Centennial Professor of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin, and director of its Quantum Information Center. Prior to coming here, I taught for nine years in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. My research interests center around the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, and computational complexity theory more generally.
Book
Personal
Research
Pedagogy
 CS395T Quantum Complexity Theory (UT Austin, Spring 2019)
 CS378 Introduction to Quantum Information Science (UT Austin, Fall 2018)
 CS378 Introduction to Quantum Information Science (UT Austin, Spring 2017)
 CS395T Quantum and Classical Complexity Theory (UT Austin, Fall 2016)
 The Complexity of Quantum States and Transformations: From Quantum Money to Black Holes (Bellairs Research Institute, Spring 2016)
 6.045 Automata, Computability, and Complexity (MIT, Spring 2016)
 6.S899 Seminar on Computation and Physics (MIT, Fall 2015)
 6.045 Automata, Computability, and Complexity (videos) (MIT, Spring 2015)
 6.845 Quantum Complexity Theory (MIT, Fall 2014)
 6.045 Automata, Computability, and Complexity / GITCS (MIT, Spring 2013)
 6.845 Quantum Complexity Theory (MIT, Fall 2012)
 6.045 Automata, Computability, and Complexity / GITCS (MIT, Spring 2012)
 6.893 Philosophy and Theoretical Computer Science (MIT, Fall 2011)
 6.045 Automata, Computability, and Complexity / GITCS (MIT, Spring 2011)
 6.845 Quantum Complexity Theory (MIT, Fall 2010)
 6.045 Automata, Computability, and Complexity / GITCS (MIT, Spring 2010)
 6.045 Automata, Computability, and Complexity / GITCS (MIT, Spring 2009)
 6.896 Quantum Complexity Theory (MIT, Fall 2008)
 6.089 Great Ideas In Theoretical Computer Science (MIT, Spring 2008)
 Quantum Computing Since Democritus (University of Waterloo, Fall 2006)
 Teaching Statement
 The Complexity Zoo
Students
 Andrew Drucker: PhD, graduated MIT August 2012, now Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago
 Michael Forbes: graduated MIT April 2014, now Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign (coadvised with Amir Shpilka)
 Alex Arkhipov: PhD, graduated MIT June 2017, now in industry
 Adam Bouland: PhD, graduated MIT June 2017, now a postdoc at UC Berkeley
 Shalev BenDavid: PhD, graduated MIT June 2017, now Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo
 Luke Schaeffer: PhD, in progress
 Saeed Mehraban: PhD, in progress
 Daniel Grier: PhD, in progress
 Patrick Rall: PhD, in progress
 Daniel Liang: PhD, in progress
 William Kretschmer: PhD, in progress
 Jiahui Liu: PhD, in progress
Postdocs
Contact
The best way to reach me is via email:
aaronson at cs dot utexas dot edu
Office: GDC (Gates Dell Complex) 4.422
Office phone: (512)4717797
Administrative assistant: Monica Aguilar
GDC 4.318
(512)4719515
