## Biography

Tom is an American physicist who researches quantum computing at the intersection of physics and computer science. He is best known for exploring how quantum computers search for information in databases and networks, and for introducing a new type of quantum computer that utilizes effective nonlinearities. As a pedagogical tool, Tom created Qubit Touchdown, a quantum computing board game that teaches single-qubit gates, and he created an introductory course on quantum computing that is accessible to non-science majors.

Tom is a tenure-track assistant professor of physics at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, but he is currently a visiting professor at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland College Park during Summer 2021. Tom also serves on the editorial board of Quantum Information Processing, a quantum computing journal published by Springer Nature.

Prior to joining Creighton, Tom was a postdoctoral researcher in computer science at the University of Texas at Austin under Dr. Scott Aaronson. Before that, he was a postdoctoral researcher in computing at the University of Latvia under Dr. Andris Ambainis. Tom 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.

While in graduate school, Tom designed, built, and programmed a photo booth, which he turned into a successful business. While in undergrad, Tom interned for IBM for two years, where 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, renovates homes, and enjoys open source software.

## Publications

Year | No. | Title. Authors. Journal. |
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2021 | 37 |
Equivalent Laplacian and Adjacency Quantum Walks on Irregular GraphsT. G. Wong and J. Lockhart arXiv:2107.05580 |

2021 | 36 |
Simplifying Continuous-Time Quantum Walks on Dynamic GraphsR. Herrman and T. G. Wong arXiv:2106.06015 |

2020 | 35 |
Unstructured Search by Random and Quantum WalkT. G. Wong arXiv:2011.14533 |

2020 | 34 |
Search on Vertex-Transitive Graphs by Lackadaisical Quantum WalkM. L. Rhodes and T. G. Wong Quantum Information Processing 19, 334 (2020) | arXiv:2002.11227 |

2019 | 33 |
Isolated Vertices in Continuous-Time Quantum Walks on Dynamic GraphsT. G. Wong Physical Review A 100, 062325 (2019) | arXiv:1908.00507 |

2019 | 32 |
Search by Lackadaisical Quantum Walk with Nonhomogeneous WeightsM. L. Rhodes and T. G. Wong Physical Review A 100, 042303 (2019) | arXiv:1905.05887 |

2018 | 31 |
Quantum Walk Search on the Complete Bipartite GraphM. L. Rhodes and T. G. Wong Physical Review A 99, 032301 (2019) | arXiv:1812.06079 |

2018 | 30 |
Optimal Quantum Walk Search on Kronecker Graphs with Dominant or Fixed Regular InitiatorsA. Glos and T. G. Wong ^{ABC}Physical Review A 98, 062334 (2018) | arXiv:1809.01249 |

2018 | 29 |
Quantum Walk Search on Kronecker GraphsT. G. Wong, K. Wünscher, J. Lockhart, and S. SeveriniPhysical Review A 98, 012338 (2018) | arXiv:1804.10560 |

2017 | 28 |
Faster Search by Lackadaisical Quantum WalkT. G. WongQuantum Information Processing 17, 68 (2018) | arXiv:1706.06939 |

2017 | 27 |
Coined Quantum Walks on Weighted GraphsT. G. WongJournal of Physics A 50, 475301 (2017) | arXiv:1703.10134 |

2016 | 26 |
Equivalence of Szegedy's and Coined Quantum WalksT. G. WongQuantum Information Processing 16, 215 (2017) | arXiv:1611.02238 |

2016 | 25 |
Exceptional Quantum Walk Search on the CycleT. G. Wong and R. A. M. SantosQuantum Information Processing 16, 154 (2017) | arXiv:1610.06075 |

2016 | 24 |
Stationary States in Quantum Walk SearchK. Prusis, J. Vihrovs, and T. G. Wong ^{ABC}Physical Review A 94, 032334 (2016) | arXiv:1608.00136 |

2016 | 23 |
Oscillatory Localization of Quantum Walks Analyzed by Classical Electric CircuitsA. Ambainis, K. Prusis, J. Vihrovs, and T. G. Wong ^{ABC}Physical Review A 94, 062324 (2016) | arXiv:1606.02136 |

2016 | 22 |
Engineering the Success of Quantum Walk Search Using Weighted GraphsT. G. Wong and P. PhilippPhysical Review A 94, 022304 (2016) | arXiv:1605.04862 |

2016 | 21 |
Irreconcilable Difference Between Quantum Walks and Adiabatic Quantum ComputingT. G. Wong and D. A. MeyerPhysical Review A 93, 062313 (2016) | arXiv:1603.05423 |

2016 | 20 |
Quantum Walk Search on Johnson GraphsT. G. WongJournal of Physics A 49, 195303 (2016) | arXiv:1601.04212 |

2015 | 19 |
Laplacian versus Adjacency Matrix in Quantum Walk SearchT. G. Wong, L. Tarrataca, and N. NahimovQuantum Information Processing 15, 4029 (2016) | arXiv:1512.05554 |

2015 | 18 |
Doubling the Success of Quantum Walk Search Using Internal-State MeasurementsK. Prusis, J. Vihrovs, and T. G. Wong ^{ABC}Journal of Physics A 49, 455301 (2016) (In Collection: Highlights of 2016) | arXiv:1511.03865 |

2015 | 17 |
Quantum Walk on the Line through Potential BarriersT. G. WongQuantum Information Processing 15, 675 (2016) | arXiv:1509.07112 |

2015 | 16 |
Faster Quantum Walk Search on a Weighted GraphT. G. WongPhysical Review A 92, 032320 (2015) | arXiv:1507.07590 |

2015 | 15 |
Correcting for Potential Barriers in Quantum Walk SearchA. 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 BreakingT. G. WongJournal of Physics A 48, 405303 (2015) | arXiv:1504.07375 |

2015 | 13 |
Quantum Walk Search through Potential BarriersT. G. WongJournal of Physics A 49, 484002 (2016) (In Special Issue: Emerging Talents) | arXiv:1503.06605 |

2015 | 12 |
Completeness is Unnecessary for Fast Nonlinear Quantum SearchD. A. Meyer and T. G. Wong ^{ABC}arXiv:1502.06281 |

2015 | 11 |
Quantum Search with Multiple Walk Steps per Oracle QueryT. G. Wong and A. AmbainisPhysical Review A 92, 022338 (2015) | arXiv:1502.04792 |

2015 | 10 |
Grover Search with Lackadaisical Quantum WalksT. G. WongJournal of Physics A 48, 435304 (2015) | Corrigendum | arXiv:1502.04567 |

2015 | 9 |
Spatial Search by Continuous-Time Quantum Walk with Multiple Marked VerticesT. G. WongQuantum Information Processing 15, 1411 (2016) | arXiv:1501.07071 |

2014 | 8 |
Diagrammatic Approach to Quantum SearchT. G. WongQuantum Information Processing 14, 1767 (2015) | arXiv:1410.7201 |

2014 | 7 |
Connectivity is a Poor Indicator of Fast Quantum SearchD. 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. WongUC San Diego (2014) | arXiv:1506.04388 |

2014 | 5 |
Global Symmetry is Unnecessary for Fast Quantum SearchJ. Janmark, D. A. Meyer, and T. G. Wong ^{ABC}Physical Review Letters 112, 210502 (2014) | arXiv:1403.2228 |

2013 | 4 |
Quantum Search with General NonlinearitiesD. 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 EquationD. 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 HarvestingD. N. Ostrov and T. G. WongApplied Mathematical Finance 18, 291 (2011) |

2009 | 1 |
Treatment of ion-atom collisions using a partial-wave expansion of the projectile wavefunctionT. G. Wong, M. Foster, J. Colgan, and D. H. MadisonEuropean Journal of Physics 30, 447-452 (2009) | LASS Student Paper (2007) |

## Research Presentations

Month/Year | Title. Event. Location. |
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Jul. 2021 |
Equivalent Laplacian and Adjacency Quantum Walks on Irregular Graphs (Invited Talk).Algebraic Graph Theory Seminar. University of Waterloo (Virtual) |

Apr. 2021 |
Tutorial on Quantum Walks (Invited Tutorial Talk, Video).Sixth International Conference for Young Quantum Information Scientists (YQIS 6). Michigan State University (Virtual) |

Feb. 2021 |
Search on the Complete Graph by Lackadaisical Quantum Walk (Invited Talk, Video).University of Waterloo Course on Combinatorics and Quantum Walks. Waterloo, CA (Virtual) |

Oct. 2020 |
Quantum Search on Vertex-Transitive Graphs (Invited Talk).University of Nebraska Omaha Physics Gateway Course. Omaha, NE |

Mar. 2020 |
Isolated Vertices in Continuous-Time Quantum Walks on Dynamic Graphs (Talk, Video, Slides).American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting. Moved from Denver, CO to a virtual meeting due to COVID-19 |

Jan. 2020 |
Spatial Search using Lackadaisical Quantum Walks (Invited Talk, Video).9th International Conference on Quantum Simulation and Quantum Walks. Marseille, France |

Dec. 2019 |
Searching the Complete Bipartite Graph using Coined and Lackadaisical Quantum Walks (Invited Talk).Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) Winter Meeting 2019. Toronto, Canada |

Oct. 2019 |
Introduction to Quantum Computing: From Qubits to Teleportation (Invited Talk).University of Nebraska Omaha Physics Gateway Course. Omaha, NE |

Feb. 2019 |
Quantum Walk Search on Kronecker Graphs (Poster).Southwest Quantum Information and Technology Workshop (SQuInT). Albuquerque, NM |

Feb. 2018 |
Faster Search by Lackadaisical Quantum Walk (Poster).Southwest Quantum Information and Technology Workshop (SQuInT). Santa Fe, NM |

Oct. 2017 |
Faster Search by Lackadaisical Quantum Walk (Invited Talk).Grinnell College Physics Seminar. Grinnell, Iowa |

June 2017 |
Degenerate Perturbation Theory as a Tool for Quantum Search (Invited Talk).Canadian Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics Conference (CanaDAM). Toronto, Canada |

Apr. 2017 |
Faster Search by Lackadaisical Quantum Walk (Poster).Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Spring Meeting. Dayton, OH |

Feb. 2017 |
Oscillatory Localization of Quantum Walks (Poster).Southwest Quantum Information and Technology Workshop (SQuInT). Baton Rouge, LA |

Jan. 2017 |
Irreconcilable Difference Between Quantum Walks and Adiabatic Quantum Computing (Poster).20th Conference on Quantum Information Processing (QIP 2017). Seattle, WA |

Dec. 2016 |
Challenges and Successes in Quantum Search on Graphs (Talk).UC San Diego, Department of Mathematics San Diego, CA |

Dec. 2016 |
An Open Problem in Quantum Walk Search (Talk).Sacred Heart University, Department of Computer Science Fairfield, CT |

Dec. 2016 |
Quantum Computing with Bose-Einstein Condensates and Effective Nonlinearities (Talk).Creighton University, Department of Physics Omaha, NE |

July 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/Year | Title. Source. |
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July 2021 |
Qubit Touchdown with Tom WongQuantum Computing Now Podcast |

Mar. 2021 |
Could Time Travel Ever Work?Gizmodo |

Feb. 2021 |
Tom Wong - Quantum ComputingThe Blunt Report Podcast | The Blunt Report YouTube |

Oct. 2019 |
Google and IBM Clash Over Milestone Quantum Computing ExperimentQuanta Magazine | The Atlantic |

May 2019 |
The Physics of Avengers EndgameMedium |

Apr. 2019 |
A New Approach to Multiplication Opens the Door to Better Quantum ComputersQuanta Magazine |

Apr. 2018 |
Quantum Computing: A Soccer AnalogyMedium |

Apr. 2017 |
Tunneling in quantum search: an Emerging Talents Lab Talk with Thomas WongJPhys+ Blog |

Sept. 2016 |
Meet the meQuanics - E19 - Dr. Tom Wong (UT Austin)YouTube: meQuanics E19 |

Sept. 2016 |
Ambainis's Gravitational Field (in Latvian)Ir Magazine (in Latvian) |

Sept. 2015 |
Boosting database performance for quantum computersLU Faculty of Computing Press Release |

Mar. 2015 |
Quantum Information Takes the Connectedness Out of SearchMotherboard |

Mar. 2015 |
Data structures influence speed of quantum search in unexpected waysUC 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 SearchInternational Business Times |

May 2014 |
New analysis eliminates a potential speed bump in quantum computingPhys.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 Fast33rd Square |

June 2013 |
A quantum computing solution for unstructured searchKurzweil Accelerating Intelligence |

June 2013 |
New Scheme for Quantum ComputingUC San Diego Press Release | Phys.org | reddit |

## Teaching

### Professor Reviews at the University of San Diego

### TA Reviews at UC San Diego

### Curricula as a High School Teacher

## Resources

### BibTeX Styles for LaTeX

I made several custom BibTeX styles that mimic some physics and quantum computing journals. They include the titles of articles in the references.

File | Journal or Publisher | Last Updated |
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aps.bst | American Physical Society (APS) (e.g., Physical Review A, Physical Review Letters) | February 8, 2017 |

iop.bst | Institute of Physics (IOP) (e.g., Journal of Physics A, New Journal of Physics) | March 2, 2016 |

qic.bst | Quantum Information and Computation (Rinton Press) | February 17, 2016 |

springer.bst | Springer (e.g., Quantum Information Processing) | April 7, 2015 |

To use a style, download the .bst file (Right-Click, Save link as...) to the folder that contains your .tex document. Then change \bibliographystyle{aps} in your .tex document accordingly.

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