Eric Jones

Postdoctoral Researcher-Computational Sciences


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Eric Jones is a postdoctoral researcher in the Computational Science Center at NREL. His primary research interests reside in using near-term, noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) computers to solve difficult computational problems in the renewable energy and energy efficiency research space in addition to NISQ error mitigation and constructing digital NISQ algorithms that display intrinsic noise-resilience. In particular, he is involved in applying NISQ machines to solve problems in artificial intelligence, optimization, and the simulation of strongly correlated condensed matter and electron systems via hybrid quantum-classical algorithms. Eric holds a dual bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physics from Wesleyan University, a master's degree in quantum fields and fundamental forces from Imperial College London, and a doctorate in applied physics from the Colorado School of Mines.

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Research Interests

Application of near-term quantum computers to domain problems in renewable energy such as power systems optimization and electronic structure of chemistry and materials

Error mitigation techniques in noisy intermediate-scale quantum hardware

Construction of near-term, noise-resilient quantum algorithms

Education

Ph.D., Applied Physics, Colorado School of Mines

M.S., Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces, Imperial College London

B.A., Mathematics and Physics, Wesleyan University

Associations and Memberships

Member, American Physical Society

Featured Work

K-Spin Hamiltonian for Quantum-Resolvable Markov Decision Processes, Quantum Machine Intelligence (2020)

On the Computational Viability of Quantum Optimization for PMU Placement, IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (2020)

The Glassy Solid as a Statistical Ensemble of Crystalline Microstates, npj Computational Materials (2020) 

Polymorphism in Elemental Silicon: Probabilistic Interpretation of the Realizability of Metastable Structures, Physical Review B (2017) 

Awards and Honors

NREL Laboratory Directed Research and Development Grant Awardee (as Principal Investigator) “Entropically-Assisted Digital Quantum Algorithms for Renewable Energy Science” (2021)

Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Travel Fellow (2018)

Colorado School of Mines First Year Research Fellowship (2016)