Johannes Kepler University Linz
Integrated Circuit and System Design
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Robert Wille
Altenberger Straße 69 | SCP4 0331
4040 Linz | Austria
Tel: +43 732 2468 4739

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Assist.-Prof. Dr. Richard Kueng

Assist.-Prof. Dr. Richard Kueng
Tenure Track

Open Innovation Center
Phone: +43 732 2468 4754

Richard Kueng is assistant professor (tenure track) for Quantum Computing at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.

Born and raised in the vicinity of Linz, Richard Kueng pursued his academic studies from 2007 to 2012 at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. After completing a BSc in Interdisciplinary Sciences and a MSc in Physics (top of his class), he started his doctoral studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany. With an academic exchange at the University of Sydney in-between, he completed his doctorate at the University of Cologne in 2016 (summa cum laude). After brief postdoc appointments in Cologne and Berlin (Free University), Richard Kueng joined the California Institute of Technology. From 2017 to 2020, he held a joint research position at both the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) and the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS). In 2020, Richard Kueng returned ``home” to Linz and is currently assistant professor (tenure track) at the Institute for Integrated Circuits at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

Richard Kueng pursues an interdisciplinary research agenda at the interface between computer science (algorithms & computational complexity), physics (quantum information & quantum technologies) and applied math (convex geometry & high dimensional probability theory). Broadly speaking, he aspires to develop efficient and simple solutions for important algorithmic challenges that also come with rigorous performance guarantees. Concrete examples are efficient subroutines for quantum and classical data processing, as well as (convex) optimization. Applications in optics, wireless communication, the math of voting and electronic design automation are also within his portfolio.

As an academic, he has worked at a total of 9 academic institutions spanning 3 continents. Since 2014, Richard Kueng contributed more than 40 scientific articles – most of which have been published in prestigious journals for physics (e.g. “Nature Physics” and “Physical Review Letters”) and applied math (e.g. “Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis” and “SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science”), as well as competitive conference proceedings in electrical engineering (e.g. the “IEEE Information Theory workshop” and the conference on “Sampling Theory and Applications”) and computer science (e.g. the “Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference” and “Design, Automation, and Test in Europe Conference”). He received several awards for his academic track record (e.g. the “Willi Studer Prize” from ETH Zuerich, a “Leistungsstipendium” from the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and a “Talentfoerderungspraemie” from the state of Upper Austria), values academic teaching (excellent evaluations) and has close ties to quantum industry (AWS, Google AI Quantum & IBM Quantum).

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Data

Name:Richard Küng
Date of Birth:April 25th, 1988

School Education and Civilian Service

1992 -- 1993Elementary School Linz Auhof, Austria
1993 -- 1998Elementary School Hagenberg, Austria
1998 -- 2006Bundesgymnasium Freistadt, Austria
2006 -- 2007Civilian Service, Betriebsseminar Linz, Austria

Scientific Career

2007 -- 2011Bachelor Studies in Interdisciplinary Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Thesis title: "An RPMD approach to the tunneling splitting"
Supervisor: Stuart Althorpe
2011 -- 2012Master Studies in Physics, Department of Physics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Thesis title: "Calculating and bounding POVM norm constants"
Supervisor: Matthias Christandl
2012 -- 2015Doctoral Studies, Institute of Physics, University of Freiburg Germany,
2015 -- 2016Doctoral Studies (continuation), Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne, Germany
Thesis title: "Convex reconstruction from structured measurements"
Supervisor: David Gross
2017Postdoctoral researcher, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne, Germany
2017Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Physics, Free University of Berlin, Germany
2017 -- 2020Postdoctoral researcher, California Institute of Technology, United States
joint positions at the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences & the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter
since 2020Tenure track researcher, Department of Computer Science, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Selected research visits extending one month

2010Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
2015School of Physics, University of Sydney, Australia
2016Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics, University of Bonn, Germany
2020Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, University of California, Berkeley, United States (cut short due to COVID-19)

Awards and Distinctions

2006Austrian Matura, grade: 1.0, top of my class (Austrian grading scale: 1.0 (best) to 5.0 (worst)), Bundesgymnasium Freistadt, Austria
2012Master Degree, grade: 6.0, top of my class (Swiss grading scale: 6.0 (best) to 1.0 (worst)), ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2013Willi-Studer prize, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2016Doctorate in Physics with distinction: summa cum laude
2017Talentförderungsprämie für Wissenschaften, State of Upper Austria, Austria


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