Born and raised in Germany, I first learned programming in python during my physics diploma research project in 2009. At the time I was looking for an efficient way to numerically analyze and simulate quantum mechanical models. This was, of course, long before QuTiP existed and what I came up with was a combination of a custom symbolic-algebra package for quantum operators as well as a numpy/scipy based numerical backend. In 2011 I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and started a new software project in the lab of my PhD advisor Hideo Mabuchi that in a way generalized my previous project and allows us to model circuits of interconnected quantum optical components. Our workflow makes heavy use of the awesome IPython and SymPy packages in addition to numpy and scipy. As of now I am still in grad school trying to balance research with the pleasure of building awesome tools.
Thursday 2:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m. in Grand Ballroom