I was born and raised in the southern Indian coastal city named Chennai (fondly called Madras). I am currently pursuing my doctoral studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Henry Pfister and
Prof. Robert Calderbank in the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD). Prior to this, I completed my Master of Science (M.S.) degree at Texas A&M University, where I worked on the construction of Cyclic Polar Codes. I was a graduate research intern during the summer of 2015 at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Stuttgart, Germany, where I worked on the analysis of Spatially-Coupled LDPC ensembles over burst erasure channels, under the supervision of Dr. Laurent Schmalen and Dr. Vahid Aref.
My research interests are in the realms of information and coding theory (both classical and quantum), compressed sensing, and general inference problems. Currently, I am working on the construction of quantum codes and synthesis of their fault-tolerant logical operators for quantum computing. I am also interested in codes and decoding algorithms for quantum communications. I am a Student Member of the IEEE and the Information Theory Society.
I love pencil sketching and like to read about science, philosophy and life. I play cricket, volleyball and bowling. I am a novice writer and hope to disseminate productive thought and knowledge through this powerful platform called internet. My old blog is here.
May 10, 2020: I have been officially conferred the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree!
March 18, 2020: I successfully defended my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Duke! My dissertation is called Classical Coding Approaches to Quantum Applications and my defense talk is on YouTube!
March 2020: Our paper on a quantum message passing (BPQM) receiver for free-space laser communications is now posted on arXiv. We think this points to a new and exciting application for a small, special-purpose, photonic quantum computer!
Feb. 2020: I gave a graduation day talk and poster in the 2020 Information Theory and Applications (ITA) workshop about our work on a belief-propagation with quantum messages (BPQM) algorithm.
Our shorter paper emphasizing the new classical coding open problem from quantum T gates is now posted on arXiv.
Dec. 2019: Our paper on adaptive strategies for discriminating tensor-product quantum states is now posted on arXiv.
Oct. 2019: Our paper characterizing all stabilizer codes that support physical transversal T is now posted on arXiv. I presented this work as a poster earlier in the 5th International Conference on Quantum Error Correction (QEC ‘19).
Aug. 2019: Our paper on Quadratic Form Diagonal (QFD) gates in the Clifford hierarchy has been published in Physical Review A!
July 2019: I presented our work on Kerdock unitary 2-designs in ISIT 2019.
I presented our work on Kerdock unitary 2-design and diagonal gates as posters in TQC 2019.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate in the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) group at Duke University
Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) in Electronics and Communication Engineering at Amrita University, Coimbatore, India
Drop me an email if you are interested in my work or want to collaborate or to even say hello!