University of Chicago Department of Computer Science

June 28, 2021

Kate Smith, a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Professor Fred Chong and the Chicago Quantum Exchange’s IBM Postdoctoral Trainees Program, received the Kenneth C. Smith Early Career Award in Microelectronics from the IEEE Computer Society, Technical Committee on Multiple-Valued Logic (IEEE TC MVL).

The award, which is typically given to tenure-track faculty, celebrates Smith’s “contributions to quantum computing systems and circuits.” Smith has also been an active member of the IEEE TC MVL community, serving on its program committee and chairing next year’s International Symposium of Multiple-Valued Logic in Dallas, Texas.

The honor is also one of the first given by the society for research in the accelerating field of quantum computing, though the topic has long been of interest to the multi-disciplinary society. Multiple-valued logic covers anything beyond standard binary computing, and quantum computing — with its qubits, qutrits, and qudits — certainly fits in.

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