Dax Enshan Koh

Dax Enshan Koh, Ph.D.

Z-Fellowship Postdoctoral Researcher

Dax Enshan Koh is a Z-fellowship postdoctoral researcher at Zapata Computing who works on quantum algorithms, computational complexity theory, and classical simulation of quantum computation.  Dax received his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the supervision of Peter Shor. Prior to MIT, Dax completed the Perimeter Scholars International Master’s program in Physics at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and received an undergraduate degree with a double major in Mathematics and Physics from Stanford University.

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Question & Answer

Why have you chosen a career in quantum?

I have chosen a research career in quantum computation and quantum information theory because I would like to better understand the capabilities and limitations of quantum computers and quantum information-processing devices.

What is a quantum problem you dream of solving?

‘Which computational problems can quantum computers solve that are hard for classical computers?’ Shedding light on this question not only helps us better understand quantum mechanics and its relationship with the classical world but also promises to provide solutions to problems that are currently deemed intractable for classical computers.

What are a few of your favorite things?

Thinking. Solving problems, puzzles and paradoxes.