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Kenneth R Brown

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
701 W Main St, Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701

Research Interests


Quantum error correction, quantum control, quantum computer architecture, ion trap quantum computing, and the spectroscopy of sympathetically cooled molecular ions

Selected Grants


PIF: Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum Co-Design (STAQ II)

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2023 - 2028

QuSeC-TAQS: Novel Quantum Algorithms for Optical Atomic Clocks

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of California - Santa Barbara · 2023 - 2027

QLCI - CI: Institute for Robust Quantum Simulation

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of Maryland, College Park · 2021 - 2026

Comparing molecular ions and atomic ions for quantum information processing and quantum sensing

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2021 - 2025

Simplifying quantum characterization through physical symmetries, machine learning, and a top-down approach,

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2020 - 2024

PIF: Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum Co-Design (STAQ II)

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2023 - 2028

QuSeC-TAQS: Novel Quantum Algorithms for Optical Atomic Clocks

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of California - Santa Barbara · 2023 - 2027

QLCI - CI: Institute for Robust Quantum Simulation

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of Maryland, College Park · 2021 - 2026

Comparing molecular ions and atomic ions for quantum information processing and quantum sensing

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2021 - 2025

Simplifying quantum characterization through physical symmetries, machine learning, and a top-down approach,

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2020 - 2024

2023 RQS Seed Proposal: Simulating Dissipative Electron Transfer with Trapped-Ion Systems

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of Maryland · 2023 - 2024

PFCQC: STAQ: Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2018 - 2024

Quantum control based on real-time environment analysis by spectator qubits

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2018 - 2024

Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Sandia National Laboratories · 2019 - 2023

Quantum-hardware focused application performance benchmarks

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2018 - 2023

MRI: Development of a Programmable Ion-Trap Quantum Computer

EquipmentPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2018 - 2023

Collaborative Research: EPiQC:Enabling Practical-Scale Quantum Computation

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2018 - 2023

Quantum Computing in Chemical and Material Sciences

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2018 - 2022

Scaling Modular and Reconfigurable Quantum Systems

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by University of Maryland · 2018 - 2021

Control and Spectroscopy of Single Molecular Ions

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Army Research Office · 2018 - 2021

Precision Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Control of Ultracold Molecular Ion Reactions

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Georgia Institute of Technology · 2018 - 2020

Workshop on Research Themes in Quantum Information in the United States and Europe

ConferencePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2019 - 2020

External Relationships


  • IonQ, Inc.
  • SpinQ, Inc

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