Travis S Humble

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Travis S Humble

Director, Quantum Computing Institute


Dr. Travis Humble is a Senior Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Director of the Quantum Computing Institute. He received his doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the University of Oregon before coming to ORNL in 2005. Dr. Humble is a member of the Center for Engineering Science Advanced Research, the Complex Systems Group, and the Quantum Information Science Group. He is also an associate professor with the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee.

As director of the QCI, Dr. Humble oversees research and development of quantum computing technologies. At the intersection of computing, physics, and information, his research focuses on the design, development, and benchmarking of new quantum computing platforms. These revolutionary new approaches to familiar computational problems include reducing algorithmic complexity, reducing the computational resource requirements like power and communication, and increasing the problem sizes to be tackled by state of the art scientific applications.


E. Dumitrescu and T. S. Humble "Discrimination of correlated and entangling quantum channels with selective process tomography," arxiv:1607.05292 (2016).
T. S. Humble, A. J. McCaskey, J. Schrock, H. Seddiqi, K. A. Britt, and N. Imam, " Performance Models for Split-execution Computing Systems", arxiv:1607.01084 (2016).
V. R. Dasari and T. S. Humble, "Openflow arbitrated programmable network channels for managing quantum metadata," arxiv:1512.08545.
V. R. Dasari, R. J. Sadlier, R. Prout, B. P. Williams, and T. S. Humble, "Programmable multi-node quantum network design and simulation", SPIE Commercial+ Scientific Sensing and Imaging, 98730B (2016).
R. J. Sadlier and T. S. Humble, "Superdense coding interleaved with forward error correction," Quantum Measurements and Quantum Metrology 3 (1), 1-8 (2016).
K. A. Britt and T. S. Humble, “High-performance computing with quantum processing units,” (submitted 2015); cf. arXiv:1511.04386
B. P. Williams, K. A. Britt, and T. S. Humble, “A tamper-indicating quantum seal,” Phys. Rev. Appl. (accepted 2015); cf. arXiv:1508.05334
E. Dumitrescu and T. S. Humble, “Direct characterization of quantum processes with noisy ancilla,” Phys. Rev. A 92, 052329 (2015); cf. arXiv:1508.03053
T. S. Humble and B. P. Williams, “Tamper-indicating quantum seals,” International Nuclear Materials Management 56th Annual Conference Proceedings art. 300 (2015)
B. Williams, T. S. Humble, W. P. Grice, “Nonlocal polarization interferometer for entanglement detection,” Phys. Rev. A 90, 042121 (2014). Selected as an Editor’s Suggestion.
T. S. Humble, “Quantum Statistical Testing of a Quantum Random Number Generator,” Proc. SPIE 9225, 922509 (2014).
H. Seddiqi and T. S. Humble, “Adiabatic Quantum Optimization for Associative Memory Recall,” Frontiers in Physics 2, 79 (2014), invited for special issue, ed. Jacob Biamonte
B. P. Williams, W. P. Grice, and T. S. Humble, “Nonlocal polarization interferometer for entanglement detection,” CLEO: Science and Innovations, JW2A.123 (2014).
T. S. Humble and R. J. Sadlier, “Software-defined Quantum Communication Systems,” Optical Engineering 53, 086103 (2014).
T. S. Humble, R. S. Bennink, A. J. McCaskey, J. J. Billings, E. F. D’Azevedo, B. D. Sullivan, C. A. Bishop, C. F. Klymko, and H. Seddiqi, “An Integrated Programming and Development Environment for Adiabatic Quantum Optimization”, Computational Science and Discovery 7, 015006 (2014).
C. Klymko, B. D. Sullivan, and T. S. Humble, "Adiabatic Quantum Programming: Minor Embedding With Hard Faults," Quantum Information Processing 13, 709 (2014); arXiv:1210.8395 [quant-ph].
T. S. Humble, R. C. Pooser, and K. A. Britt, “Quantum Statistical Testing of a QRNG Algorithm,” 2013 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topical Meeting Series¸149 (2013).
T. S. Humble “Quantum Security for the Physical Layer”, IEEE Communication Society Magazine 51 (August, 2013).


2015 US Patent Award #9,172,698 System and Method for Key Generation in Security Tokens
2009 US Patent Award #12/424,957: Tampering detection system using quantum-mechanical systems