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Niayesh Afshordi (PhD Princeton, 2004) is jointly appointed with the University of Waterloo. He was the
Institute for Theory and Computation Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics from 2004
to 2007, and a Distinguished Research Fellow at Perimeter Institute from 2008 to 2009. Professor Afshordi
joined Perimeter as an Associate Faculty member in 2010. He specializes in interdisciplinary problems in
fundamental physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. In 2010, he was awarded a Discovery Accelerator
Supplement from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Alex Buchel (PhD Cornell, 1999) is jointly appointed with the University of Western Ontario. He
held research positions at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB (1999-2002) and the Michigan
Center for Theoretical Physics, University of Michigan (2002-2003) before joining Perimeter’s faculty
in 2003. Buchel’s research efforts focus on understanding the quantum properties of black holes and
the origin of our universe, as described by string theory, as well as developing analytical tools that
could shed new light on strong interactions of subatomic particles. In 2007, he was awarded an Early
Researcher Award from Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation.
Cliff Burgess (PhD University of Texas at Austin, 1985) joined Perimeter’s faculty as an Associate
member in 2004 and was jointly appointed to McMaster University’s faculty in 2005. Prior to that,
he was a Member in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton
and a Faculty member at McGill University. Over two decades, Burgess has applied the techniques of
effective field theory to high energy physics, nuclear physics, string theory, early universe cosmology,
and condensed matter physics. With collaborators, he developed leading string theoretic models
of inflation that provide its most promising framework for experimental verification. Burgess’ recent
honours include a Killam Fellowship, Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada, and the CAP-CRM
Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics.
Richard Cleve (PhD University of Toronto, 1989) joined Perimeter’s faculty in 2004, jointly appointed
with the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), where he holds the IQC Endowed Chair in Quantum
Computing. Prior to coming to Waterloo, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley’s International
Computer Science Institute and then a Faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at
the University of Calgary. Cleve has made numerous important contributions to quantum algorithms
and information theory. He is a Founding Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
(CIFAR) Quantum Information Processing program, winner of the CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and
Mathematical Physics, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
David Cory (PhD Case Western Reserve University, 1987) is jointly appointed with the Institute for
Quantum Computing and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo. He held research
positions at the University of Nijmegen in The Netherlands, the National Research Council at the Naval
Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., and MIT. He also led research and development activities
in nuclear magnetic resonance at Bruker Instruments. Since 1996, Cory has been exploring the
experimental challenges of building small quantum processors based on nuclear spins, electron spins,
neutrons, persistent current superconducting devices and optics. In 2010, he was named the Canada
Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing. Cory chairs the advisory committee for
CIFAR’s Quantum Information Processing program.
Adrian Kent (PhD Cambridge, 1996) is jointly appointed with the University of Cambridge. Prior to
joining Perimeter’s faculty, he was an Enrico Fermi postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago,
a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and a Royal Society University Research Fellow
at the University of Cambridge. Kent’s research focuses on the foundations of physics, quantum
cryptography, and quantum information theory, including the physics of decoherence, novel tests of
quantum theory and alternative theories, and new applications of quantum information.