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Daniel Amihud Lidar

Viterbi Professorship in Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy


  • Doctoral Degree, Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Master's Degree, Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Bachelor's Degree, Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Bachelor's Degree, Mathematics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Daniel Lidar is the holder of the Viterbi Professorship of Engineering at the University of Southern California and researches quantum information processing. He holds joint appointments in the departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics & Astronomy. He is the Director of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology, the Director of the USC-IBM Quantum Innovation Center, and the co-Director of the USC Center for Quantum Computing. He did his postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley after receiving his Ph.D. in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997. Prior to joining USC in 2005, he was a faculty member at the University of Toronto for five years.

Research Summary

Lidar's research focuses on quantum information processing, with a particular emphasis on quantum computation and quantum computers. He works primarily on quantum error correction, open quantum systems, quantum algorithms, quantum machine learning, quantum control, superconducting qubits, quantum phase transitions, adiabatic quantum computation, and quantum annealing.


  • 2024 Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) Fellow
  • 2017 California Institute of Technology Moore Distinguished Scholar in Physics
  • 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2014 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow
  • 2012 American Physical Society Topical Group on Quantum Information (GQI) Past Chair
  • 2012 American Association of Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Fellow
  • 2009 Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society
  • 2007 American Physical Society (APS) Fellow
  • 2003 Sloan Foundation Research Fellow
  • 2002 Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Top Twenty Researchers under Age 40
  • Dir-Center, Scientific Director of the USC-LM Quantum Computing Center
  • Dir-Center, USC-IBM Quantum Innovation Center (QIC)
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Systems
  • Chemistry
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • SSC 609
  • Frank R. Seaver Science Center
  • 920 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 482
Contact Information
  • (213) 740-0198