Travis S Humble

Director, Quantum Computing Institute

Dr. Travis Humble is a Distinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Director of the lab's Quantum Computing Institute. He received his doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the University of Oregon before coming to ORNL in 2005. Dr. Humble leads the Quantum Computing Team in 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 and an Associate Editor for the Quantum Information Processing journal.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.


2016 Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program
2017 ORNL Significant Event Award, World Record in Quantum Communication
2018 Department of Energy Office of Science Basic Energy Sciences Program Office Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Quantum Information Science
2018 Department of Energy Office of Science High-energy Physics Program Office QuantISED
2019 Federal Laboratory Consortium Excellence in Technology Transfer Award
2019 Department of Energy Office of Science Advanced Computing Research Program Office Accelerated Research in Quantum Computing


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