Maliheh completed her PhD in Operations Research at the University of Toronto. Her research focus was on optimization under uncertainty and the probabilistic analysis of systems in the application area of engineering asset management. Immediately following the completion of her doctorate degree, she worked on a resource planning project for a utility industry as part of her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto.
At 1QBit, she works on developing new tools for improving the performance of quantum computing and on hybrid optimization algorithms to combine the strengths of quantum and classical computation in the application area of load balancing.
When not at the office, Maliheh reads books on the contemporary history of Iran. She also loves reading short stories.
Hamed completed his PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics in the Physics and Astronomy program at the University of British Columbia. His focus of study was on low-dimensional interacting systems such as Heisenberg spin chains and interacting fermions. He is also a Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Computer Science at UBC, where he focuses on continuous convex optimization with applications in machine learning problems.
At 1QBit, Hamed works on the application of quantum annealing and quantum computing to machine learning-related problems.
Hamed enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and kayaking.
Hedayat received both his BSc and MSc from Sharif University of Technology, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia. His prior work and research experience was in areas of control systems, analogue electronics, acoustics, software, and signal processing.
His current research interests lean toward designing algorithms for modelling and solving quadratic binary optimization problems.
Hedayat is also passionate about swimming and playing the tanbour.
Maritza obtained her PhD in Quantum Optics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Before joining 1QBit, Maritza held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia where she performed research on the dynamics of central spin systems and their quantum correlations.
She also studied the influence of quantum effects in biological systems, such as the avian compass. Her current research interests include quantum information, bioinformatics, machine learning, and data mining. Maritza also enjoys photography and hiking.
Sourav received both his MS and PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. His graduate research focused on Stochastic Graph Grammars (PhD) and Distributed Data Mining (MS).
After graduating, Sourav joined Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), where he had two internships as a student. He worked on SQL Server 2012 and on discovering dependency relationships in data stored across multiple domains (Excel, databases, flat files, etc.) Thereafter, Sourav worked for Amazon to develop configuration-driven web services for extracting accounting information from business transactions.
At 1QBit, Sourav works on developing and evaluating quantum and classical algorithms for discrete optimization problems.
Sourav is an automobile enthusiast and loves to travel. He also enjoys music and fine dining. He once published a recipe for chicken skewers in the cloud version of a recipe book published by Microsoft, and received an apron as reward.
Gili has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of British Columbia, where he studied newly discovered phases of matter, such as topological insulators. He is interested in how challenging problems can be solved with disruptive technology, as well as in how machine learning and data science can be applied to real-life problems.
Gili aims to live a passionate and adventurous life, and is an active hiker, alpine scrambler, rock climber, cycle tourer, and backcountry skier. In addition, he is a foodie who loves to bake and cook most things, and is obsessed with fruit.
Dominic studied computer engineering and physics at the University of British Columbia. His current research melds these two fields in a variety of ways. His postdoctorate work is concentrated in computational condensed matter physics with an emphasis on quantum Monte Carlo methods. Dominic sees quantum computing as an exciting new frontier of both software engineering and applied physics.
Dominic is a technology enthusiast with a love for gadgets, electronic or otherwise, and an avid rock climber. He is also suspected of being responsible for a disproportionate fraction of the espresso consumption at 1QBit, but will eagerly claim he could stop if he wanted.
Max spent six years in the financial services industry prior to working in the Industry Applications team at 1QBit. In the sales and trading divisions at both Morgan Stanley and BNP Paribas, he designed quantitative investment strategies, focusing on condensing advanced financial techniques into standardized form to allow for easy access by both institutional and retail clients. Max specializes in asset allocation and financial decision problems.
Andrew started out in plasma physics and ended up creating electronic trading software for the New York Mercantile Exchange. He is currently part of the Industry Applications team at 1QBit. Along the way, Andrew helped bring digital music to radio broadcasting and the Internet, with CBC, N2K, AT&T, Reciprocal, and Sony. He is licensed as an Engineer in Québec, and holds sixteen patents in three countries.