About the Authors
Gus Gutoski
Gus Gutoski
Postdoctoral Scholar
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Gus Gutoski was born in Kitchener, Ontario, twin city of Waterloo, Ontario. After completing a BMath at the University of Waterloo he briefly escaped the Region of Waterloo for a MSc at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. Unfortunately, his graduate advisor, John Watrous, subsequently took a position at the University of Waterloo. Gus reluctantly followed his advisor back to his hometown and completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo and he cannot get enough of Waterloo. Gus's research interests include quantum complexity theory, quantum cryptography, and, lately, Bitcoin.
Patrick Hayden
Patrick Hayden
Professor of Physics
Department of Physics, Stanford University
Stanford, California, USA
Patrick Hayden received his D.Phil.\ in Physics from the University of Oxford in 2001 under the supervision of Artur Ekert. Subsequently he was a postdoc at Caltech before joining the faculty at McGill University, where he spent nine happy years before moving to Stanford in 2013. Like many computer scientists, Hayden developed an interest in complexity theory because of its possible relevance to black hole physics. His other research interests include skiing and backcountry camping. Outside of work, Hayden enjoys proving theorems in quantum communication theory and studying the emergence of spacetime.
Kevin Milner
Kevin Milner
Ph.D. student
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Kevin Milner did his undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta where he developed an interest in complexity theory before joining McGill University to study quantum information for his M.Sc., under the supervision of Patrick Hayden. His hobbies include breaking and fixing the Internet, which he now studies as a D.Phil. student supervised by Cas Cremers at the University of Oxford, and not worrying about the Internet, which he now studies whenever he can.
Mark M.~Wilde
Mark M. Wilde
Assistant Professor
Hearne Institute for Theoretical Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Center for Computation and Technology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Mark M. Wilde was born in Metairie, Louisiana, USA. He received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 2008, and was advised by Todd Brun. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Computation and Technology at Louisiana State University. His current research interests are in quantum Shannon theory, quantum optical communication, quantum computational complexity theory, and quantum error correction. He has elected not to include any humor in his bio because he finds the above three bios to be about as unfunny as “unfunny” can be and fears that any attempt of his would be worse. He also recognizes that this is the first time he has roasted his coauthors in the second-to-last sentence of a published scientific paper.