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Eleanor Rieffel

Title: Senior Researcher for Advanced Computing and Data Analytics

Organization: Exploration Technology Directorate

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Eleanor G. Rieffel leads the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the NASA Ames Research Center, and is the NASA Senior Researcher for Advanced Computing and Data Analytics. She was one of two 2020 NASA Ames Associate Fellows. She joined NASA Ames Research Center in 2012 to work on their expanding quantum computing effort. She also serves as the Chief Computational Scientist for the SQMS center, of which the QuAIL group is a part. Previously, she performed research in diverse fields at FXPAL, including quantum computation, applied cryptography, image-based geometric reconstruction of 3D scenes, bioinformatics, video surveillance, and automated control code generation for modular robotics. Her current research focusses on quantum algorithms, evaluation and utilization of near-term quantum hardware, fundamental resources for quantum computation, quantum error characterization and mitigation, distributed quantum computing, and applications of quantum computing. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is best known for her 2011 book Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction with coauthor Wolfgang Polak and published by MIT press.

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