Dr Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz

Advisor & Scientist

Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz joined NASA Ames Research Center in 2012 as a research scientist, where his latest research involves the design of quantum algorithms to solve hard optimization problems and machine learning applications.

Alejandro received a master’s degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard University. Before joining Harvard, he held research assistant positions at Clemson University, the University of Florida, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Since 2012 and building on his years of prior experience programming the D-Wave quantum computer, Alejandro has worked in the implementation of several applications of interest to NASA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL). He also developed a tuning strategy for quantum computing devices that achieved up to two orders of magnitude enhancement in the performance of the quantum algorithms for certain problem instances. Over the past nine years, he has worked on several foundational methods to implement robust quantum annealing algorithms; from physics-based approaches towards a better fundamental understanding of the device, to the validation and verification of these quantum technologies, and in the code development and implementation of several applications across a broad spectrum of application domains, with quantum machine learning and fault diagnosis being his current foci.

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