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Ashwin Nayak

Faculty, Associate Professor

Ashwin NayakAshwin Nayak studied theoretical computer science at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (BTech, 1995) and at University of California, Berkeley (PhD, 1999). Following this, he held post-doctoral positions at DIMACS Center (Rutgers University) and AT&T Labs-Research; Institute for Quantum Information, California Institute of Technology; and Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley. He joined the University of Waterloo in 2002, and was Associate Faculty, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, from 2003-11.

Ashwin is an associate professor in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo, a Scholar at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and a member of QuantumWorks, Canada's national research consortium on quantum information science.

Research interests

  • Quantum computation and quantum information
  • Computational complexity
  • Design and analysis of algorithms


  • PhD in Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley (1999)
  • BTech in Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1995)

Awards & honours

  • Discovery Accelerator Supplement, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Canada, 2008
  • Early Researcher Award, Province of Ontario, 2006
  • Regents’ Fellowship and Earl C. Anthony Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 1995
  • Visiting Student Research fellowship, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, 1994
  • Second Prize for academic excellence, IIT Kanpur, 1993
  • Certificate of Merit, IIT Kanpur, 1992 and 1993

Major positions

Title Location When
Associate Professor Department of Combinatorics & Optimization and the Institute for Quantum Computing, the University of Waterloo 2007-present
Associate Member Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 2003-2011
Postdoctoral Fellow The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, Program on Quantum Computation 2002
Postdoctoral Scholar Computer Science Department and Institute for Quantum Information, California Institute of Technology, 2001-2002
Postdoctoral Fellow Rutgers University and AT&T Shannon Laboratory Joint DIMACS and AT&T 2000
University of Waterloo
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