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APS Honor Recipients

APS Honor Recipients

Giacomo Torlai

Giacomo Torlai

Flatiron Institute

Recipient of the 2020 Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics

For pioneering achievements in adopting machine learning technology, especially restricted Boltzmann Machines, into the field of condensed matter and quantum information physics.

Invited Talk: Session J09.4

About the Recipient

Giacomo Torlai earned a B.Sc. in physics from the University of Florence (2011), a M.Sc. in physics from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2014), and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Waterloo. During his doctoral studies, he developed a computational framework based on machine learning algorithms to study a variety of problems in quantum many-body physics, ranging from strongly-correlated quantum matter to emerging quantum technologies. Applications include the reconstruction of quantum states from measurement data, quantum error correction of stabilizer codes and the enhancement of experimental quantum simulation platforms. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2018, Giacomo joined the Flatiron Institute in New York, where he is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Computational Quantum Physics.

About the Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics

The Metropolis Dissertation Award recognizes doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in computational physics and encourages effective written and oral presentation of research results.

The award is supported by the Division of Computational Physics.