About me

Xiaodi Wu ( in simplified Chinese )

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am also a Fellow at the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS).

I received my Phd in theoretical computer science in 2013 (advisor: Yaoyun Shi) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I received my B.S. degree in mathematics and physics in 2008 from the Academic Talent Program, Tsinghua University.

Before coming to Maryland, I was an Assistant Professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Oregon from 2015 to 2017. Before that, I was a Postdoctoral Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2013 to 2015 (advisor: Aram Harrow, Scott Aaronson, Edward Farhi and Peter Shor). I was also a Simons Research Fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at Berkeley, for the program of Quantum Hamiltonian Complexity in Spring 2014 (advisor: Umesh Vazirani). I also spent two summers at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo as a student intern (advisor: John Watrous).

Research Interests

My research interest lies in theoretical computer science, with a special focus on the theoretical aspect of quantum information and computation, which includes,

  • classical and quantum computational complexity

  • classical and quantum cryptography

  • quantum communication

  • quantum algorithms and property testing

  • quantum entanglement

  • quantum programming languages

  • interplay between quantum information and machine learning

as well as some purely classical topics, such as,

  • sum of squares proof and optimizations

  • quantum-inspired proofs for classical topics

I am also interested in collaborating with experimentalists to demonstrate ideas from theoretical study. Check my Research Overview for details on my existing and on-going projects.


I am looking for motivated and talented students who love to work on quantum information and computation.

If you are interested in working with me, you are welcome to send me an email to let me know of your interest.


Office: CSS 3247 / AVW 3257

Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science
3100 Atlantic Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Email: xwu (at) cs.umd.edu

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