Mark Wilde, Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, recognized for contributions to the relative-entropy framework and theorems for quantum communications. This is the highest grade of IEEE membership and a milestone career achievement.
"I've been working hard on research in quantum information science (QIS) for many years now," Wilde said, "so it meant a lot to me personally to receive this news.”
Wilde played a critical role in developing new kinds of quantum relative entropies, which are formulas used for quantifying distinguishability, information, and entanglement in quantum states. His work also improves upon a fundamental data-processing inequality for the most important quantum relative entropy, and this improvement has now been used in a wide variety of contexts, not only for understanding correcting errors in quantum computers, but also for understanding how information is processed in theories of quantum gravity.
Wilde also helped establish various fundamental limits for information transmission over quantum channels, which will be useful for understanding what's possible in a future quantum internet. This is the subject of his published textbook, Quantum Information Theory.
Wilde expressed great satisfaction with the opportunities he has been afforded, including working with many kind and supportive students who have the curiosity and perseverance needed to find success in QIS. “Likewise,” Wilde said, “I am deeply grateful to my Ph.D. advisor Professor Todd Brun at USC and postdoctoral advisor Professor Patrick Hayden at Stanford for setting me on a path in QIS and helping me learn the tools I needed to know to survive in the field."
Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow, and less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.