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Quntao Zhuang

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics and Astronomy


  • 2018, Doctoral Degree, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2013, Bachelor's Degree, Peking University


Quntao Zhuang joined the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in August 2022. He received his B.A. in physics from Peking University in 2013 and Ph.D. in physics in 2018 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before coming to USC, he was an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Optical Sciences at University of Arizona.

Dr. Zhuang received the NSF CAREER award in 2022 and DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2020, which is selected as DARPA Director’s award in 2022.

Research Summary

Quantum engineering with optical systems: applications in sensing, communication and computing

Quantum sensors
- Entangled sensor networks for radiofrequency signal sensing, opto-mechanical sensing, microwave sensing
- Quantum limits of sensing precision
- Quantum lidar and radar for target detection

Quantum communication
- Entanglement-assisted communication
- Quantum transduction

Quantum computing and optimization
- Variational circuit approach for sensing and communication
- Quantum optimization algorithms

Quntao Zhuang Research Summary


  • 2022 DARPA Young Faculty Award, Director’s Award
  • 2022 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2020 University of Arizona Craig M. Berge Dean’s Fellow
  • 2020 DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • 2017 Chinese government award for outstanding students abroad
  • 2016 MIT Claude E. Shannon Research Assistantship
  • 2013 MIT Physics Clay Fellowship
  • 2013 Beijing Municipal Commission of Education Outstanding Graduate of Beijing
  • 2008 China Physics Olympiads Provincial First prize
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • PHE 606
  • Charles Lee Powell Hall
  • 3737 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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