austin adams

computer science PhD student

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Hi, I’m Austin Adams, a PhD student at the Georgia Institute of Technology studying quantum computing from a computer architecture perspective. I am co-advised by Tom Conte and Jeff Young, and you can find my publications listed here.

I am particularly interested in architecture and compilation techniques for ion trap quantum computers and hybrid quantum–classical programming. I have experience hacking on both the Q# compiler and the QCOR/XACC compilation framework(s).

I graduated from Georgia Tech in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. As an undergrad, I worked as the head teaching assistant for CS 2110, the undergraduate intro to computer architecture course at Georgia Tech where I wrote a bunch of autograders.

In 2022, I also completed my Master of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. My master’s thesis was titled Enabling a Programming Environment for an Experimental Ion Trap Quantum Testbed. During my master’s, I was the head TA for CS 6290, the graduate intro to computer architecture course at Georgia Tech that covers topics such as branch prediction and out-of-order execution. Here’s some praise from student evaluations across all my time TAing.

During the ~2 years between undergrad and grad school, I lived in Seattle and worked as a software engineer on product ingestion into the Amazon catalog. (For more information on the inner workings of the Amazon catalog, see this article.)