I was born and raised in the southern Indian coastal city named Chennai (fondly called Madras). I am currently a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Bane Vasic at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA. I completed 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 at the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke (iiD). My dissertation is here.
Prior to this, I completed my Master of Science (M. S.) degree at Texas A&M University, where I worked with Prof. Henry Pfister 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 Master’s thesis discusses cyclic polar codes as well as my internship work. Earlier, I completed my Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering at Amrita University, Coimbatore, India.
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 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.
Nov. 2020: A double blow to the arXiv on the same day! One paper on mitigating coherent noise passively using stabilizer codes, another on approximate unitary 3-designs from transvection Markov chains and Kerdock codes
Sep. 2020: I joined Prof. Bane Vasic’s lab at University of Arizona as a postdoctoral research associate!
July 2020: Our paper connecting robust quantum metrology and classical weight distributions is posted on arXiv
June 2020: Our paper on unraveling the Clifford hierarchy using Weyl expansions is posted on arXiv
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!
I turned out to be the first ever student in Duke Engineering to give the Ph.D. defense fully online
March 2020: Our paper on a quantum message passing (BPQM) receiver for free-space laser communications is 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
Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. Bane Vasic at University of Arizona
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!