Scott Aaronson |

Is Scott Aaronson a “theoretical computer scientist” or just a moderately clever guy with a blog? --Someone on TwitterI'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.
- Introduction to Quantum Information Science (undergraduate, 2016)
- Barbados Notes: The Complexity of Quantum States and Transformations, from Quantum Money to Black Holes (2016)
- Rio de Janeiro notes: Complexity Theory and Quantum Optics (2013)
- Great Ideas in Theoretical Computer Science (undergraduate, 2008)
- Quantum Complexity Theory (graduate, 2008)
- Quantum Computing Since Democritus (graduate, 2006)
- CS378 Introduction to Quantum Information Science II (UT Austin, Spring 2022)
- CS358H Introduction to Quantum Information Science (UT Austin, Fall 2021)
- CS395T Quantum Complexity Theory (UT Austin, Spring 2021)
- CS358H Introduction to Quantum Information Science (UT Austin, Fall 2020)
- CS378 Introduction to Quantum Information Science (UT Austin, Fall 2019)
- 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)
- 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, Urbana-Champaign (co-advised 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 Ben-David: PhD,
**graduated**MIT June 2017, now Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo - Luke Schaeffer:
**graduated**MIT August 2019, now a postdoc at the University of Waterloo - Saeed Mehraban:
**graduated**MIT June 2019, now a postdoc at Caltech - Daniel Grier:
**graduated**MIT August 2019, now a postdoc at the University of Waterloo - Patrick Rall:
**graduated**UT Austin November 2021, now at IBM Yorktown Heights - Daniel Liang: PhD, in progress
- William Kretschmer: PhD, in progress
- Jiahui Liu: PhD, in progress
- Justin Yirka: PhD, in progress
- Shih-Han Hung (UT Austin, current)
- Jason Pollack (UT Austin, current)
- Andrea Rocchetto (UT Austin)
- Yosi Atia (UT Austin); now a postdoc at UC Berkeley
- Han-Hsuan Lin (UT Austin); now a professor at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
- Chunhao Wang (UT Austin); now a professor at Penn State
- Nai-Hui Chia (UT Austin); now a professor at Indiana University Bloomington
- Thomas Wong (UT Austin); now a professor at Creighton University
- Zak Webb (UT Austin)
- Supartha Podder (UT Austin); now a postdoc at University of Ottawa
- Robin Kothari (MIT): co-advised, now at Microsoft Research
- Alexander Belov (MIT): now at University of Latvia
- Xiaodi Wu (MIT): now a professor at University of Maryland
- Thomas Vidick (MIT): now a professor at Caltech
- Avinatan Hassidim (MIT): co-advised, now a professor at Bar-Ilan University
The best way to reach me is via email:
Office: GDC (Gates Dell Complex) 4.422 Administrative assistant phone: (512)-471-9595 |