Research Interests
Eleanor Rieffel's interest in quantum computing dates back to 1997, when she read early papers and saw the mix of the practical and fundamental, of physics, mathematics, and computer science. Through her research she hopes to catch glimmers as to the elusive source of the power of quantum computation. Her current research interests include adiabatic and measurement-based approaches to quantum computing, and the insights these different approaches give to into both fundamental questions in quantum computation and into algorithmic design. She has long been interested in heuristic quantum algorithms such as quantum annealing, and looks forward to experimenting with them on emerging quantum computing hardware. She is working with various teams at NASA to explore quantum approaches to attacking the many hard computational problems required for NASA's ambitious missions.