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Biography

Tom is an American physicist who works in quantum computing, and he primarily investigates how quantum computers search for information in databases and networks. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at UT Austin under Dr. Scott Aaronson.

Previously, Tom was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Latvia under Dr. Andris Ambainis. He earned his PhD in theoretical physics from UC San Diego in 2014 under the guidance of Dr. David Meyer, and his dissertation was selected as the best thesis in the Division of Physical Sciences. Before that, he graduated from Santa Clara University in 2008, triple majoring in physics, computer science, and mathematics while minoring in urban education.

During graduate school, Tom was a highly-rated adjunct professor at the University of San Diego. Before graduate school, he held a teaching credential and taught mathematics at Downtown College Prep, an inner-city high school.

As a pedagogical tool, Tom created LectureVote.com, a free and simple student response system that's an alternative to proprietary "clickers." He additionally designed, built, and programmed a photo booth, which he turned into a successful business. Finally, while interning for IBM for two years, he created a system to manage test software for enterprise disk storage systems.

Finally, as an Eagle Scout, Tom enjoys backpacking and the outdoors. He also plays guitar, repairs automobiles, and enjoys open source software.

Publications

Research Mind Map

YearNo.Title. Authors. Journal.
2016 24 Stationary States in Quantum Walk Search
K. Prusis, J. Vihrovs, and T. G. Wong ABC
arXiv:1608.00136
2016 23 Oscillatory Localization of Quantum Walks by Classical Electric Circuits
A. Ambainis, K. Prusis, J. Vihrovs, and T. G. Wong ABC
arXiv:1606.02136
2016 22 Engineering the Success of Quantum Walk Search Using Weighted Graphs
T. G. Wong and P. Philipp
Physical Review A 94, 022304 (2016) | arXiv:1605.04862
2016 21 Irreconcilable Difference Between Quantum Walks and Adiabatic Quantum Computing
T. G. Wong and D. A. Meyer
Physical Review A 93, 062313 (2016) | arXiv:1603.05423
2016 20 Quantum Walk Search on Johnson Graphs
T. G. Wong
Journal of Physics A 49, 195303 (2016) | arXiv:1601.04212
2015 19 Laplacian versus Adjacency Matrix in Quantum Walk Search
T. G. Wong, L. Tarrataca, and N. Nahimov
Quantum Information Processing (2016) | arXiv:1512.05554
2015 18 Doubling the Success of Quantum Walk Search Using Internal-State Measurements
K. Prusis, J. Vihrovs, and T. G. Wong ABC
arXiv:1511.03865
2015 17 Quantum Walk on the Line through Potential Barriers
T. G. Wong
Quantum Information Processing 15, 675 (2016) | arXiv:1509.07112
2015 16 Faster Quantum Walk Search on a Weighted Graph
T. G. Wong
Physical Review A 92, 032320 (2015) | arXiv:1507.07590
2015 15 Correcting for Potential Barriers in Quantum Walk Search
A. Ambainis and T. G. Wong ABC
Quantum Information and Computation 15, 1365 (2015) | arXiv:1505.02035
2015 14 Quantum Walk Search with Time-Reversal Symmetry Breaking
T. G. Wong
Journal of Physics A 48, 405303 (2015) | arXiv:1504.07375
2015 13 Quantum Walk Search through Potential Barriers
T. G. Wong
arXiv:1503.06605
2015 12 Completeness is Unnecessary for Fast Nonlinear Quantum Search
D. A. Meyer and T. G. Wong ABC
arXiv:1502.06281
2015 11 Quantum Search with Multiple Walk Steps per Oracle Query
T. G. Wong and A. Ambainis
Physical Review A 92, 022338 (2015) | arXiv:1502.04792
2015 10 Grover Search with Lackadaisical Quantum Walks
T. G. Wong
Journal of Physics A 48, 435304 (2015) | arXiv:1502.04567
2015 9 Spatial Search by Continuous-Time Quantum Walk with Multiple Marked Vertices
T. G. Wong
Quantum Information Processing 15, 1411 (2016) | arXiv:1501.07071
2014 8 Diagrammatic Approach to Quantum Search
T. G. Wong
Quantum Information Processing 14, 1767 (2015) | arXiv:1410.7201
2014 7 Connectivity is a Poor Indicator of Fast Quantum Search
D. A. Meyer and T. G. Wong ABC
Physical Review Letters 114, 110503 (2015) | arXiv:1409.5876
2014 6 Nonlinear Quantum Search (PhD Dissertation)
T. G. Wong
ProQuest Dissertation 3630473 (2014) | arXiv:1506.04388
2014 5 Global Symmetry is Unnecessary for Fast Quantum Search
J. Janmark, D. A. Meyer, and T. G. Wong ABC
Physical Review Letters 112, 210502 (2014) | arXiv:1403.2228
2013 4 Quantum Search with General Nonlinearities
D. A. Meyer and T. G. Wong ABC
Physical Review A 89, 012312 (2014) | arXiv:1310.7301
2013 3 Nonlinear Quantum Search Using the Gross-Pitaevskii Equation
D. A. Meyer and T. G. Wong ABC
New Journal of Physics 15, 063014 (2013) | arXiv:1303.0371
2011 2 Optimal Asset Allocation for Passive Investing with Capital Loss Harvesting
D. N. Ostrov and T. G. Wong
Applied Mathematical Finance 18, 291 (2011)
2009 1 Treatment of ion-atom collisions using a partial-wave expansion of the projectile wavefunction
T. G. Wong, M. Foster, J. Colgan, and D. H. Madison
European Journal of Physics 30, 447-452 (2009) | LASS Student Paper (2007)

Research Presentations

Month/YearTitle. Event. Location.
Mar. 2016 Laplacian versus Adjacency Matrix in Quantum Walk Search (Talk).
Half-Day Workshop on Theoretical Computer Science.
Riga, Latvia
Mar. 2016 An Irreconcilable Difference Between Quantum Walks and Adiabatic Quantum Computing (Poster).
Aspen Winter Conference on Advances in Quantum Algorithms and Computation.
Aspen, CO
Feb. 2016 Quantum Walks through Potential Barriers (Talk).
University of Latvia's 74th Annual Conference.
Riga, Latvia
Jan. 2016 Quantum Walks through Potential Barriers (Poster).
19th Conference on Quantum Information Processing (QIP 2016).
Banff, Canada
Dec. 2015 Introduction to Quantum Algorithms, Grover Search and Quantum Walks, and Spatial Search by Quantum Walk (Three Invited Talks).
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI).
Daejeon, South Korea
Sept. 2015 Grover Search with Lackadaisical Quantum Walks (Talk).
QALGO Project Meeting.
Riga, Latvia
May 2015 Grover Search with Lackadaisical Quantum Walks (Talk).
Latvian-Brazillian Informal Workshop.
Riga, Latvia
May 2015 On the Breakdown of Quantum Search with Spatially Distributed Marked Vertices (Poster).
Theory of Quantum Computation, Communication, and Cryptography (TQC 2015).
Brussels, Belgium
Mar. 2015 Quantum Search with Better-than-Quadratic Speedup over Classical Random Walk (Talk).
NASA Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) Seminar.
Mountain View, CA
Feb. 2015 Quantum Computing with Bose-Einstein Condensates and Effective Nonlinearities (Talk).
Santa Clara University Physics Colloquium.
Santa Clara, CA
Feb. 2015 Degenerate Perturbation Theory as a Tool for Quantum Search (Poster).
Southwest Quantum Information and Technology Workshop (SQuInT).
Berkeley, CA
Feb. 2015 Connectivity is a Poor Indicator of Fast Quantum Search (Talk).
University of Latvia's 73rd Annual Conference.
Riga, Latvia
Feb. 2015 Quantum Search with Better-than-Quadratic Speedup over Classical Random Walk (Talk).
University of Latvia, Faculty of Computing.
Riga, Latvia
Feb. 2015 Quantum Search with Better-than-Quadratic Speedup over Classical Random Walk (Talk).
University of Cambridge, Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations (CQIF) Group Meeting.
Cambridge, UK
Feb. 2015 Quantum Computing with Bose-Einstein Condensates and Effective Nonlinearities (Talk).
University of Cambridge, Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations (CQIF) Seminar.
Cambridge, UK
Nov. 2014 Quantum Computing with Bose-Einstein Condensates and Effective Nonlinearities (Talk).
University of Latvia, Quantum Physics Seminar.
Riga, Latvia
Oct. 2014 Degenerate Perturbation Theory as a Tool for Quantum Search (Talk).
Estonian-Latvian Theory Days.
Ratnieki, Latvia
Sept. 2014 Quantum Computing with Bose-Einstein Condensates and Effective Nonlinearities (Talk).
Rice University Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics Seminar.
Houston, TX
June 2014 Nonlinear Quantum Search (Talk).
UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
San Diego, CA
Mar. 2014 Nonlinear Quantum Search (Poster).
Aspen Winter Conference on Advances in Quantum Algorithms and Computation.
Aspen, CO
Feb. 2014 Nonlinear Quantum Search (Poster).
Southwest Quantum Information and Technology Workshop (SQuInT).
Santa Fe, NM
Feb. 2013 Nonlinear Quantum Search (Talk).
Southwest Quantum Information and Technology Workshop (SQuInT).
Santa Barbara, CA
Feb. 2011 Speeding up Grover's algorithm by evolving via the nonlinear Schrödinger equation. (Poster)
Southwest Quantum Information and Technology Workshop (SQuInT).
Boulder, CO
Aug. 2007 Calculation of Differential Cross Sections for Proton-Helium Collisions Through the Use of High Peformance Computing (Poster).
Los Alamos National Laboratories Student and Postdoc Symposium.
Los Alamos, NM

In the Press

Month/YearTitle. Source.
Sept. 2015 Boosting database performance for quantum computers
LU Faculty of Computing Press Release
Mar. 2015 Quantum Information Takes the Connectedness Out of Search
Motherboard
Mar. 2015 Data structures influence speed of quantum search in unexpected ways
UC San Diego Press Release | Phys.org
May 2014 Some Quantum Computing to Go with Your Enterprise?
IT Business Edge
May 2014 Quantum Computing: Global Symmetry Not Required to Speed Up Quantum Search.
International Business Times
May 2014 New analysis eliminates a potential speed bump in quantum computing.
Phys.org | reddit
July 2013 Our nonlinear quantum search results were included in Wikipedia.
Wikipedia: Grover's Algorithm
June 2013 Quantum Computing May Make Big Data Unstructured Search Lightning Fast.
33rd Square
June 2013 A quantum computing solution for unstructured search.
Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence
June 2013 New Scheme for Quantum Computing.
UC San Diego Press Release | Phys.org | reddit

Teaching

Professor Reviews at the University of San Diego

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Physics 1A – Mechanics (Spring 2011)

Physics 1AL – Mechanics Laboratory (Fall 2009)

Contact

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Twitter: @thomasgwong

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