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.
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). It has now been accepted for a talk in Quantum Information Processing (QIP ‘20)!
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.
Jan. 2019: We have unified certain diagonal gates in the Clifford hierarchy (arXiv) with the symplectic representation of the Clifford group by extending binary symplectic matrices to rings of integers.
Using the automorphism group of classical Kerdock codes, we have simplified the construction of the unitary 2-design by Cleve et al. (2016).
I presented both papers as posters in QIP 2019; the Kerdock paper is in preparation.
June 2018: I presented our logical Clifford synthesis work in ISIT 2018.
June 2018: I mentored three Duke Math undergraduates, as part of the Duke Opportunities in Mathematics (DOmath) program, on a quantum computing project lead by
Prof. Robert Calderbank and Prof. Henry Pfister. The students performed randomized benchmarking experiments on the IBMQX4 machine. Report available here.
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!